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Annoyance by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Mar-2014
Forgive me for straying from the subject of Gorton but, watching the news tonight has brought me some annoyance. All this tripe
of two famous people who are splitting up saying they are "conciously uncoupling" have you ever heard the like, who do they
think they are !. We have people living and dying on our streets and families with enormous difficulties, and the media choose to make
it a m... more >>
  
  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Never heard of Martin and Paltrow Dave. Glad I don't watch the news.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    Even happier that I never got wed. Oscar Wilde said that getting remarried was a triumph of optimism over experience. Course, he was a poof.

  • Re: Annoyance by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    These "stars" live in a world where they are protected against the realities of life, where their backsides are wiped for them and where people not on their "plane" are considered a lower class, so statements like they used to describe what you and I see as being a separation is no surprise.
    Problem is, WE boost their incomes and the Press boost their ego's.
    What a load of saddo's?

  • Re: Annoyance by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Mar-2014
    Publicity Stunt methinks. Chris Martin has a new CD out very soon.

  • Re: Annoyance by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 29-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary,are you feeling better?hope all is well with you and your family, it will soon be your birthday, and I'm sure all you family will gather round to make sure you enjoy it.have a lovely day, it must be great being a twin, I bet you were never lonely. Love and best wishes for the day.Sylvia

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia, I'm fine, yes I was never lonely which makes it all the lonier now, it was my 59 wedding Anniversary yesterday, sad it never registerd with him though,went to see him but it's never a happy visit as he can't understand why he can't just come home with me.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    I have posted some old maps of West Gorton on FB.
    Have a look and see if you can locate places you have lived. Eepkay ouryay inchay upway arlingday.

  • Re: Annoyance by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 29-Mar-2014
    Mary
    If you ask one of your lads to transfer those maps to your computer picture album, you can blow them up to full screen and then zoom in and have a look round.
    Enjoy.

  • Re: Annoyance by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 29-Mar-2014
    Right Thanks

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walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
my grandfather is walter carr and hes sister is Doreen we was looking at this and he was shocked to hear about all the memories of William street and hes school anyone who remembers my granddad he would love to get in touch with use thanks   
  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Give us some more details of your grandad if you can?
    There are several people on this site with strong connections to the William Street, Robert Street and Spurgeon Street area and with both St Marks' and Thomas Street Schools, and somebody may well know something that will help you.
    Good luck, and regards, John H.

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    my grandad is called walter went to st marks in the years of 1943-1953 if anyone from these years recognise this name get it touch please

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by Alan Wain (Member 10242957) on 5-Apr-2014
    Hi, I used to be at school with Walter,!! was'nt he Ronnie Coghlans cousin?? ,Ivy Coghlan lives round the corner from me off Stockport Rd Denton, nr the Fletchers Arms,give him my best regards ,always used to have a laugh with Walter at school!! Great times!!

  • Re: walter and doreen CARR by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 29-Apr-2014
    yes my granddad knows who you are he isn't ronnies cousin but does know who Ronnie is

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Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
I am shortly planning a trip back to Gorton and West Gorton to take some photographs, and if anyone wants me to record a building for them, just let me know on here, and I will do my best to get them for you.
Eventually I will get them back to you via email or through Facebook.
Kindest Regards,
John H.
  
  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by daniel boardman (Member 10292220) on 26-Mar-2014
    what's the facebook page called ?

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Mar-2014
    Daniel,
    You may want to search for the "Gorton M18" site.
    John H.

  • Re: Revisiting Gorton and West Gorton by norma wood (Member 10289432) on 2-May-2014
    memories of Ashmore Street

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M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
John, I read your message on Facebook about the sadistic teacher at MCGS for boys but could not reply as there was no little box for my answer.
My brother went there from 1948 to 1953 and had a pretty rough time there apparently.
One teacher referred to him as 'the boy from the slums', the slums being West Gorton.
The teacher may have been correct in his statement but it was still out of place.... more >>
  
  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi Kate, lovely to hear from you.
    Yes, it was not a nice place at times, some of the teachers were a bit strange to say the least.
    I heard from one lad on FB that one teacher used to make kids lift up their shirts, and he would slap them as hard as he could on their bare back with his open palm, it must have hurt dreadfully.
    Another would use a piece of plastic hoop to hit kids across their bar... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Kate,
    As an after-thought, I heard that the teacher who was threatened with being thrown through the plate-glass window (and the kid WOULD have done it too), went to another school in Manchester, I don't know where, and was eventually arrested and charged with a physical assault on a pupil.
    I think he got the sack too.
    John.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    So John. Can you explain why your posting on FB does not have a comment option. Puzzled.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    Would love to ask my brother more about the teachers but unfortunately he passed away three years ago.
    Like you say, I think the ones that did this needed psychiatric help and should never have gone into teaching. maybe there was nothing else they could do!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    We had monsters at both my schools Kate but remember that they had lived through at least one world war and had a different mind set. The beatings I got from the women at Thomas Street School were far worse than we got from the men, and that is why I am a misogynist.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi Bill, have no idea about the comments box on FB, I have not made any alterations at all, so will have a look now mate and let you know.
    Cheers Bill.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    No big deal John but I am still learning FB and sometimes this happens.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Bill, just checked again and can't trace this at all.
    I went to my old school site where this story began, and the Comment box is there, got me beat mate.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    Billy, I thought there was only one old witch at Thomas St, namely Mrs Kenyon. Who were the others and what exactly did they do to you to make you hate women? Remember, some grown men pay good money for these awful things to be done to them.
    I only knew one old witch whose name I can't remember who gave me an almighty shove across the cloakroom for no good reason.
    No wonder we left Thomas St wit... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    The other one was Ms Kenyons husband, Ms Armitage the headmistress of the infants and they lived together. I don't hate women Kate. I'm just scared of them. Maybe I used the wrong word but childhood scars run deep.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    Bill,
    Would love to see a photograph of these two little angels - are they on any class photos at all?

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    Sorry Billy, I thought the word hate was too strong a term.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hi Kate, Bill might be busy with Mum today, he may be on later. Dont worry about him Kate, he doesn't hate women and isn't scared of them either, he's a man's man and just doesn't "get" us - and he doesnt want one. haha

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hiya Lynda, nice to hear from you. Sorry I didn't reply to one of your postings on FB but I think I went out for the evening and the following day it was nowhere to be seen, there had been so many further postings.
    I realise that many a time your Billy is talking tongue in cheek and that's part and parcel of the enjoyment. Hope you and your mother are well and hope to see you all in the not too distant future.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    And my little sister used to beat me up.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 25-Mar-2014
    She must have had good reason!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 25-Mar-2014
    Misandry?

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 26-Mar-2014
    That's definitely a misnomer Billy. PS: Thanks Kate, you're right.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Doubt it very much. You probably just needed a good hiding. Brothers can be very macho and bossy at times and need to be shown just who is the boss. No doubt your experiences with Mrs Kenyon stood you in good stead!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    See what I mean.
    They gang up on you, just like the fragrant Ms Kenyon and Ms Armitage.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Lynda, I'm sure you are not misandrous and methinks Billy deserves yet another beating, this time worse than the last one!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    See.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Mar-2014
    From my own experience some brother,s can really make your blood boil the way they tease

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 26-Mar-2014
    They're all at it now.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 26-Mar-2014
    Go Mary go !!!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Mar-2014
    Sugar and spice and all things nice!

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Mar-2014
    What are little boys made of?
    What are little boys made of?
    Slugs and snails
    And puppy-dogs' tails,
    That's what little boys are made of.
    What are little girl... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 27-Mar-2014
    Comments please ladies.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Mar-2014
    We live and learn.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 27-Mar-2014
    yeh, thats new to me too Mary.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Apr-2014
    John and William just to clear the air about comments on facebook .........if there is no comment box sometimes means that you are not friended (not Always)and if you cant post a pic on your friends page (that is simmilar) but because you two are obviously friended its different so let me try and explain...if no comment box is showing
    try double click on the article so it comes full page then l... more >>

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 6-Apr-2014
    Thanks for that Alan,I will try that next time it happens. I hope you are better soon Bodzy.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 7-Apr-2014
    Thanks Alan, it seems OK now, cheers, John H.

  • Re: M/C Central Grammar for Boys by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 14-Apr-2017
    I went there 1947-52 and it was officially called Central High School and not Grammar although it was a grammar school.I remember a few peculiar teachers but no rally vicious ones. Everyone was afraid of Charley Bowcott who dished out caning to the disorderly, Fud Lever who used to spit on you when speaking. Mr Stewart sometimes brought a small terrier to school and led it around on a lead!Happy days!

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George Harrison by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
"Behind The Locked Door"
I have just read this biography. I always admired George and thought he was the best Beatle, but now I see him as a whingeing spoilt brat and a hypocrite. Sorry George RIP.
  
  • Re: George Harrison by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    I read some time ago that several Formula One racing drivers were forever being pestered by George Harrison, and that he used his "fame" to gain access to Pit Lanes, continually interrupting discussions drivers were trying to have with both sponsors and team members.
    It got so bad that he was considered to be a nuisance, and his presence anywhere in those areas was seen to be an irritation by ev... more >>

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MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
If what Colin Lloyd says below is accurate ( and i have no reason to disbelieve it ) can some body please explain why the rest of the people on this site were not informed ?. I have been thinking that a few names were no appearing so often, has the interest switched to
Facebook now ?. Its not a problem to me whatever people do i have never met any body on this site. Although i do think we have s... more >>
  
  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 22-Mar-2014
    Is this true that there has been a meeting at the Wagon recently? It was not mentioned on Facebook, because I read it all the time. Some explanations please?

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    P S. i've tried looking on Facebook but as i don't understand it and never used it i have not found anything, Can anybody enlighten me how to find the Facebook site for Gorton.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Explanation.
    I made contact with one of my old 60s motorbike pals on Facebook Gorton M18 site recently and we made arrangements to meet another old biker buddy at the Waggon last Sunday between the three of us. There I met three other old buddies coincidentally and the only one who is on this site was me. Only two of us are on FB so there is no conspiracy. Two weeks ago there was a gathering at t... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    PS. Last years successful gathering at The Waggon in April was partly down to the organisation of me and our kid.

  • Re: MEETING by Frank Simpson (Member 10274229) on 22-Mar-2014
    Hi. To everyone.Just to answer the query re:a gathering at the Waggon I am in there every Saturday lunchtime and can cofirm there has not been any in the last few weeks or so.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for all the replies, That clears that up then.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Dave. If you can find me on FB click on friends and I will sign you up on "Gorton M18 Place Of All Places." I promise you will enjoy it.

  • Re: MEETING by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 22-Mar-2014
    To Dave,
    Once on Facebook if you type in the words " Gorton M18" in the Facebook search engine you should be taken to that page. It is a closed group and I think you have to be nominated by another member or by the head guy of the group.
    Hope this helps.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Frank. I looked for you in the Waggon on Sunday but I had to mark you absent. I did see Jimmy Jones though, I bet you know him, everybody does.

  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for the reply Bill. Its true Linda and yourself did ask about another reunion a while back and not many replied. I think there would be a few more people now, due to the reaction to Colin's post, I would definitely go.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Me and our kid have chucked the towel in Anne but the post of organiser is open to all. Any takers?

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    I hope Colin reconsiders. I owe this site a great deal with old friends and new.

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 22-Mar-2014
    I do think this site is losing it to fb though,but I can't see how hard it is to get on fb and what's this about someone having to nominate you to join fb m18 group, that's not right I joined easy enough, it would be nice if all our Gortonion friends joined they are such a nice crowd, and the photographs you can put on makes it better.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    I was really concerned and upset today to read Colin Lloyd's misunderstanding and other comments on a supposed "meeting" of folk on this site. Bill is right, we have tried and tried to get feedback about us all meeting up in Gorton, but it came to nothing. Bill's trip to Manchester was to meet a couple of old biker friends (who are not on this site). Colin has totally missed the point. He had ... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 22-Mar-2014
    Kate i think your right .. Sorry .. for Paul tell's me you do have to be nominated or something, so how I found my way on I'll never know, so whoever nominated me.. thanks

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    If Dave Jones just contacts the friendly moderator Mikey Colebourne, he will sign him up.

  • Re: MEETING by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-Mar-2014
    Got to admit to being astonished to remarks on this site regarding Billy's messages re: Pomona. It was clear that he was meeting up with old mates contacted via FB, there was no hint of a Gorton gathering! After reading the remarks made by Colin Lloyd and the follow-ups posted today it appears to me that Billy should be receiving opologies and not demands for explanations!
    If Colin Lloyd is not,a... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 22-Mar-2014
    I sincerly doubt!), I can only hope that somebody may know him and can point out that he should be the first to tender an opology !!
    Jim W.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    Well Jim, if Colin does read this, he will now know there was nothing underhand going on. I guess he just mis-read Bills 'personal' report. We all need to stick together at this time of our lives don;t we.... And Mary, hope you are OK, would love to meet up with you one day. Love to you and yours. Lxx

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 22-Mar-2014
    Apology unnecessary and unwanted. It would be nice to see Colin back with his Gorton family, on here or FB or in the Waggon. This site is short of active members and that is why it has quiet times.

  • Re: MEETING by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 22-Mar-2014
    Perfect response Bill, no apology necessary Colin, just come back and bring your tall tales with you.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 22-Mar-2014
    Thanks for the FB info William i will get it done.

  • Re: MEETING by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 23-Mar-2014
    I'm O.K Lynda, thanks for asking x

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Mar-2014
    Say what you like about Colin, but he livened this site up for a bit. It is better to participate than to spectate. I think we are loosing it.

  • Re: MEETING by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 23-Mar-2014
    People in this house say i lost it years ago. Not yet had chance to do the FB yet William , but i will.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 23-Mar-2014
    Click on friends Dave.

  • Re: MEETING by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    I've missed something here, having been away for a few days, but can I throw my tuppenyworth in please?
    I was well aware that Billy was to meet some old pals who he had been in touch with, and it was not connected to this or any other site as far as I could make out - it was just a social meeting of old friends.
    Billy and Lynda made great efforts to manage last years' meeting, which by all accou... more >>

  • Re: MEETING by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 24-Mar-2014
    John is right about this Nowhere site being the best. There are some really nice people on here, of a similar age and of the same background. Gorton M18 is o.k. but not as good as this.

  • Re: MEETING by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Mar-2014
    Well said Anne. I have reconnected with so many old pals courtesy of message board and last April In the Waggon I met old and new pals. It is nice however to be able to send pictures as Mary said.

  • Re: MEETING by Kate Nowell (Member 10137684) on 24-Mar-2014
    I agree Billy, pictures can make an awful lot of difference. Same as reading a book, imagine if it didn't have any pictures in it.
    having said that, many books are gripping without any pictures.

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Pomona by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 16-Mar-2014
Went to Gorton cemetery yesterday ( Saturday ) and came out at the top gate nearest the old canal, looked over to the back of the
Pomona Hotel that stands in Reddish lane and was surprised to see it is a burnt out wreck. I used to live nearby and in its day it was a
very popular venue for entertainment. I don't know how long it has been closed but its another casualty of the demise of Gorton, ... more >>
  
  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 16-Mar-2014
    I was there today Dave. Had a good walk round Debdale park and the ressers. I guess we have to let go what it was like and consign it to history and our own memories. I met up with some old pals in the Waggon and Horses and consoled myself with a few pints of Joey Holts finest. Met a mate that I hadn't seen for forty years or more, one of my old biker mates. And a lad I was at school with.

  • Re: Pomona by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 17-Mar-2014
    Billy, I remnember some time ago you mentioned how you had made contact with old, long lost mates via. this message board. Although I was a Gorton lad I did my secondary education in Openshaw at Varna Street school. In the past year or so I have put a few entries on the Openshaw site and low and behold, in the last few days I've had a contact with an old mate who I last saw in 1954 ! Amazing stuff... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 17-Mar-2014
    Jim. Yesterdays meeting was a result of contact made on Facebook Gorton M18 site.In a few weeks I will be meeting another old pal courtesy of FB.

  • Re: Pomona by Barbara Withey (Member 10292046) on 17-Mar-2014
    Hi
    I'm sorry but I am new to this site and don't know where to start.My name is Barbara (Frost) Withey. I used to live in Endcott St and Dalkieth (Derby) St,opposite Gorton Park.
    I went to All Saints then onto Bishop Greer.I have been following this site for a couple of weeks and it has brought some lovely memories back.I was born in 1953.

  • Re: Pomona by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 17-Mar-2014
    Welcome aboard Barbara. It is all about sharing memories and finding old friends.

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 18-Mar-2014
    Hello Mary, just wondering if you are o.k, not heard from you for a while, and as you have not been too well, just thought I would check, hope all is well , sylvia

  • Re: Pomona by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 18-Mar-2014
    Thanks Sylvia I'm Ok just a bit down at the moment, I'll brighten up again soon

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 18-Mar-2014
    O.k Mary , I understand . Hope you are soon feeling better.love Sylvia.

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 19-Mar-2014
    Chin up Mary, we all love you girl, John H.xx.

  • Re: Pomona by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 19-Mar-2014
    Hi John, I have seen from your messages, that your brother lives in Prestatyn, I lived there for 30 years until1997. I lived on gronant road near the duck pond, where does your brother live, I wondered if I know him. Sylvia

  • Re: Pomona by Colin Lloyd (Member 10289684) on 21-Mar-2014
    I'm surprised there was a meeting of the people from this message board at the Waggon and Horses recently and not everyone was informed. William said something to the effect that it was on Facebook but that is obviously a very poor excuse.
    It could easily have been disseminated on these pages.
    Well, if you want to keep your meetings exclusive and attended only by the the chosen few, that's your ... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Colin,
    It wasn't me, honest, I was still at school.
    However nothing ever surprises me at all, I'm too long in the tooth and have seen a lot, like most of the contributors here.
    I have commented at length today (Monday 24th) about your post, and was saddened to read your comments.
    It would be nice to think you would remain here, I have enjoyed your input (as have lots of others) so reconsider -... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 24-Mar-2014
    Barbara Frost, you were in my class at Bishop Greer, and my mate Ian Moir who lived on Crossley St. own near Gorton Lane went out with your sister....a long time ago. Welcome aboard.

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Hi JC, how are you mate?
    That name Ian Moir rings a bell with me, he may well have been a friend of another lad I knew called Dave McKeown, who lived in a house on the corner of Cambert Lane and Casson Street.
    Dave went to St Bede's College.
    John.

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 25-Mar-2014
    JH, I am keeping fine now, had a viral chest and throat infection while in Australia ( probably got it on the plane )laid up for 2weeks. Anyway Ian Moir was a pal when we were about 11 / 12yrs old. think he went to that school near Arrowsmiths on Gorton Road / Ashbury Station. And he went on to Crossley Motors / Rolls Royce. That's about all I know about him. His father came from Kirkubright in Sc... more >>

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    You too John, can't wait to hear about the trip.
    Like you, I suffer after long-haul flights, they say it's the air on, but I get flu-like symptoms for a couple of weeks afterwards.
    Glad you're on the mend buddy, stay upright, speak soon.
    John H.

  • Re: Pomona by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Mar-2014
    Hi JC, thought you'd gone quiet, shame you didnt enjoy your trip 100%. Our school was near Arrowsmiths, behind Clowes Street (Thomas St Primary). Is that the one ur thinking of?

  • Re: Pomona by john carlton (Member 10248427) on 25-Mar-2014
    No it wasn't, thinking about it.....it may have been Openshaw Tec???. Even a good Throat infection cant shut me up for long, haha, thanks anyway.It's nice to feel wanted...other than being wanted by John H's mob. haha

  • Re: Pomona by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Mar-2014
    No problem John, have arranged a lifetime pardon for you, will get it framed and hung in the Waggon mate, get well soon John.

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The Yates Family. by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 13-Mar-2014
Does anybody remember the Yates family whi lived in Bryson Grove off Parker Street (Palin Street). As far as I can remember they had three lads, Donald was the eldest then came John and I cannot remember the name of the youngest! Could have been a daughter as well but not sure on that.
Mr. Yates used to drive a double decker bus and sometimes came home for his lunch in it !!
Was wondering what e... more >>
  
  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Jim,
    Lynne Gregory may be able to help you out with this.
    She lived in the area for quite some time.
    Hope she picks up this thread for you,
    John H.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Apologies to both, I meant Anne Irving - Lynne Gregory is a woman here at work, my heads gone this morning, sorry Anne.
    John.x.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 24-Mar-2014
    I'm sorry Jim but I don't remember anyone from Bryson Grove at all, apart from the Bowes in the shop, and Linda Cooper, who was related to my mate Margaret. Its strange that, because even though it was only one street away, we never played with anyone from there. John, I can't believe you have forgotten my name already. You are mixed up because my maiden name was Anne Gregory.

  • Re: The Yates Family. by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Mar-2014
    Sorry Anne, we have a lady here with that name, whenever she rings me, I always think it's you, real grey moments, need more sleep I think.xx.

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The Birdcage by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 10-Mar-2014
I recently went to Riley's Sausage factory at the top end of Chapman Street to buy their yummy sausages, when passing over the railway line I seemed to remember from the distant past (1940s) we kids used to pass through what was called the Birdcage, a covered wire enclosure somewhere in the vicinity but I couldn't remember where. Can anyone put me right on this?Location and whether it still excists.
Many thanks.
  
  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 10-Mar-2014
    The birdcage was down at the bottom of what was called(I think) froxmer street, it passed over beyer peacocks factory and railway yard, it was the street at the side of the Vulcan pub, that was also better known as the monkey.I don't know if it's still there, because it's 40 years since I lived in gorton.sylvia

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 10-Mar-2014
    Where on earth is Riley's sausage factory? I have never heard of that place , is it fairly new?.sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by dave hodkinson (Member 10266434) on 10-Mar-2014
    hello everyone, The bird cage was at the end of Railway St? off by the side of the main Beyer Peacock offices , once at the top of the stairs it went 90 degrees to the right over the main man/Sheffield line,over Gorton tank and along to ? can't remember the street but basically towards Ashton Old Rd, Happy days!
    Dave

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Mar-2014
    Sylvia,
    The Birdcage has long gone.
    The Vulcan is still going strong on Gorton Lane.
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 12-Mar-2014
    Sylvia,
    Riley's Sausage Factory is located at 9 Cornwall Street, Openshaw, Manchester 11.
    It's been going since 1956.
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Mar-2014
    Thank you john , I honestly have never heard of Riley's sausage factory, and I was in gorton until 1970, so I really don't know how I missed it, but there you are, I'm still not too old to learn something about gorton, and I thought I knew it all.sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 12-Mar-2014
    Me too Sylvia, I've lived in Gorton all my life, and have relatives near Cornwall Street, and I've never heard of it.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    I think Mary, that gorton has probably changed so much since I lived there, that I. Would not recognise many of the places that were so familiar to me in the past.I suppose that like so many people my age, I'm looking for a time that does not exist anymore, only in my memories, that's the price we pay for the so called progress.love sylvia

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    I understand what your saying Sylvia, thank God for a good memory, don't know your age, but you sound as if you feel like me, my husband has got dementia, and it's the cruelest thing that can happen I think.

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    I'm 77in June and my husband is 80 in April, it must be terrible for you, I think dementia is the worst thing that can happen to a partner. My husband had a spell of undiagnosed diabetes, and he was very confused until his blood was stabilised, and I thought he was starting with dementia, thank god I was wrong, he is fine now. It must seem very lonely for you now, we are so used to asking for opin... more >>

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    What date in April Sylvia? I am 81 on the 12th April

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    Fred is 80 on the 6th April.are you going to celebrate yours? Or like Fred just be glad you got there, we will probably go out for a meal with some friends, there are not a lot of options left open to you when you reach 80, are there?anyway whatever you do I hope you enjoy it with your family. Love Sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 13-Mar-2014
    I have a twin who doesn't like a fuss, so it wouldn't be right for one half to celebrate with a family party, I'll get her to join in one year though, perhaps when we reach 100, thanks for your well wishes and all the best to you and yours xx I'm a young 80 I hope so just glad to have my health and outlook

  • Re: The Birdcage by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 14-Mar-2014
    Mary and Sylvia, you sound like two lovely and brave ladies.
    Wouldn't it be nice to think that everyone had partners like you two,
    John H.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 14-Mar-2014
    Aww thanks John, it's remarks like that, what keeps us going x

  • Re: The Birdcage by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 15-Mar-2014
    Dear John, thank you for your kind words, it's amazing what a difference a few kind words can make,especially when they are from someone you have never met, Sylvia.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 16-Mar-2014
    Many thanks for all your memories. I only remember Froxmer Street from having to take my Dad his supper when on firewatch during the war. He was at Follows & Bates who at that time were making wooden bread slicers (or would it be meat slicers) plus other assorted wartime products I was about 7 or 8 at the time.Didn't we kids have a lot more responsibilities in those days! I also had to take Satur... more >>

  • Re: The Birdcage by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 16-Mar-2014
    Hi Frank, My Grandfather worked at Follows and Bates all through the war, Joe Whittaker was his name, your Dad probably knew him ? I think my Grandfather was an air-raid warden during those years, he was never in the air-raid shelters during the raids ! He was at Follows and Bates ( later it was Qualcast) until he retired when he was presented with a gold watch and an armchair !! Jim.

  • Re: The Birdcage by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 26-Mar-2014
    My Mother worked at fallows and Bates,I used to go and wait for her coming out of work, I must have been about 10 so it was after the war.

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Looking for JOHN FIELDING by Sam (Member 10250551) on 9-Mar-2014
Looking for any information on my friend John Fielding (known to friends as Kane)
Lost touch a few years back when he was living on Burstead Street in Abbey Hey, Gorton. He is 45 years old, tall, big built with long dark hair and tattoos. Any info greatly appreciated.
  
  • Re: Looking for JOHN FIELDING by David Harrison (Member 10306538) on 15-Jul-2016
    I am not sure if you will pick this message up but i was Johns close friend. I lived a few doors down from him. I am sad to tell you John Passed away in 2009 from a blocked artery. If you have a look directly opposite his house you will see his plaque in his memory. Sorry to bring you such sad news. I miss this guy every day of my life. He was awesome.

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Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 6-Mar-2014
to Sylvia Morgan Hiya just an inquiry, when you lived in Gorton in Gorton terrace did you know a fella called Eddie Kendell only he has just been introduced to the Gorton Facebook site , just figured you might
regards Bodzy
  
  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Mar-2014
    Hello again Alan, I knew an Edwin Kendal, he lived next to to me, he lived with his grandmother, his mother died when he was quite young, he may have changed his name, because he always hated the name Edwin. So it's probably the same guy, is a mate of yours.cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 6-Mar-2014
    I meant to say is he a mate of yours, I'm sure you must know my brother keith buckley, he is the same age as Edwin,and he knows you and your brothers. Sylvia

  • Re: Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    Sylvia You gotta lean how to put photos in emails and send me some photos of your Keith I'm sure I know him , I know the name but cant place the face PPPPlease

  • Re: Question by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    Ps Sylvia where does Keith live now ??

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi again Alan,keith lives in Denton, he lived on Dane bank for years and moved to haughton green about five years ago, my daughter is visiting in April so she will show me how to put photos on the I pad, keith is sixty seven now, I don't know if that is older or younger than you,he was big mates with Arthur Bell, who I think lived somewhere near you.sylvia

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Sylvia,you didn't say you were back on line,thanks for Christmas card did you get mine? Louxx :-)

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Well! Hello Lou, a lot of things have happened since I last spoke to you, I will write to you and tell you all about it, we were in Britain for two years from 2011 to 2013. We returned sept 2013 I will explain in a letter. Far too much to explain on line. I wrote to Jean , as she told me about her illness, hope she is recovering. Promise I will write to you soon. Love syl.

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Jean is recovering from her illness but she has other probs will tell u all about it when you write . I was in Spain last year went to Benidorm had a great time with my daughter-in-law and 2nieces .How far are you from Alicante?

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    We are about 2hours drive going south from Alicante, I was really glad to get back here, I thought we were never going to get back to Spain, it was one thing after another kept cropping up to stop us, but eventually after 2years we were able to return love syl.

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    After going to Benidorm in october i understand why u couldnt wait to get back as far as your arthritis was concerned,i was great while i was there.

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 11-Mar-2014
    Hello Mary, how are you, where are you and are you feeling better? Hope all is well with you, I am looking forward to your next poem.sylvia.

  • Re: Question by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Mar-2014
    Hello again Sylvia, I'm not so bad now thanks,the weather has made a big difference, and I'll put another poem on soon just for you, hope everything is fine with you.....Mary x

  • Re: Question by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 11-Mar-2014
    Sylvia .......
    A LITTLE CHILD'S PRAYER
    A little toddler trustingly went on her knees to pray
    She wished to talk to Jesus she had heard about that day
    He was her Heavenly father to guide her was his plan
    Already in that childs bright mind he was a s... more >>

  • Re: Question by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 11-Mar-2014
    Thank you Mary , that is beautiful, you really have got to do something about getting into print!, it would be such a pleasure for you to do, and you could earn good money as well, which I'm sure would be very useful with all your grandchildren, and just ordinary household expenses, we can all use extra money these days, and you are certainly good enough Mary, so think about it I'm sure you would ... more >>

  • Re: Question by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 11-Mar-2014
    That was a beautiful poem Mary :-)

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John / KANE, Burstead Street, Abbey Hey Gorton by Sam (Member 10250551) on 2-Mar-2014
Hello all,

I'm looking for an old friend who I lost contact with many years ago. He lived at 14 Burstead Street, in Abbey Hey, his mum died some years back, her name was Joyce.
Tall, muscley biker looking man, with long dark hair and lots of tattoos, known locally as just 'Kane' but his name is John. Will be 45 this year.
Was very unwell last time I spoke to him - any news would be greatly ... more >>
  
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Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
Born on my birthday she is my thirteenth grandchild
Nanna didn't get any roses, on that special April day
We knew it was her birthday but she had gone away
She went waiting by a bedside, for the patter of tiny feet
And all the time kept praying, it would be a little girl she'de greet
Her prayer was quickely answerd, for it was very soon, There was this great excitement all around... more >>
  
  • Re: Poem by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    Mary, that is beautiful, many thanks, what lovely words.
    Will copy them now, print off and save for the future.
    Really appreciated,
    John.xx.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 28-Feb-2014
    I remember when my brother was born, I had not even been told my mother was pregnant,I was sent away to spend a week with a favourite aunt,I was 9 years old. When I returned home my father was waiting for me, he said your mum is upstairs and she has got a lovely surprise for you, I thought , bloody hell! They have got me that bike I wanted,what a shock when I saw the cot and new baby,I think it wa... more >>

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 28-Feb-2014
    By the way Mary, your poems are lovely, have you thought about publishing them?, there is a very good publishers for new authors, it's called the Minerva press I think the address is Buckingham gate London, but not too sure, but I'm sure if you were interested you could find the address, cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    Thanks Sylvia for that, I don't know how to go about these things

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    The Old Kitchen Clock

    We look upon it's face each day,sometimes we glance with dread
    But that old clock is comforting, when there's a chance to stay in bed,
    It makes a lovely picture, as it hangs upon the wall,
    That old familier kitchen clock'that succeeds to ru... more >>

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Feb-2014
    Lovely Mary.
    Publish and be damned as Arthur Welleseley, 1st Duke of Wellington once said.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    Don't think they are quite good enough though William

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 28-Feb-2014
    Better than mine Mary lass.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-Mar-2014
    Mary, you are too modest, I think you are good enough for publication.all you have to do is type out your poems, and then send them to Minerva press, they will do the rest if they think you are good enough,they will negotiate with you.anyway you have nothing to lose, and you too Bill, you could try too,although I think maybe some of your poems might be a bit earthy, for some of their more genteel ... more >>

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Mar-2014
    Thanks for that Sylvia

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Mar-2014
    It's not so much the poems Sylvia, but the spelling and puntuation marks

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 1-Mar-2014
    Well Mary,if I can help you in any way I will, I have had a few things published myself, let me know what you want me to do and I will do it. Cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 2-Mar-2014
    Thanks for that Sylvia,meant to thank you before now, but been in bed ill with flu

  • Re: Poem by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 2-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, your poems are a darned sight better than that Pam Ayres woman. She spouts rubbish - in my opinion. Good Luck. Lx

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-Mar-2014
    Sorry to hear you have been ill Mary, all my family in Britain have had the flu, and my son in law was in hospital, did you have the flu jab? We have it every year, and up to now it has kept us clear, but I'm not holding my breath.hope you are now feeling better, and like Lynda, I think you are better than Pam ayers. Hope I spelled her name right,cheers Sylvia.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 3-Mar-2014
    I bow to Lynda's correct spelling of her name.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Mar-2014
    Thanks Lynda and Sylvia, Feeling a bit better to day, at least I can make myself a brew, feeling so run down at the moment catch colds easy I'll have to toughen up, your messages keep me going anyway.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 4-Mar-2014
    It's funny Mary, as we get older, things that we used to bounce back from so easily, become harder to deal with, but unlike so many of our contempories, we are still bouncing back, hope you continue to improve. Cheers sylvia

  • Re: Poem by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, just thinking about you.
    Are you ok?
    John.x.

  • Re: Poem by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 8-Mar-2014
    Thanks John , for thinking of me, I was thinking of you too, because I was on the verge of asking your advice, but the problem has been solved.

  • Re: Poem by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 8-Mar-2014
    Just been reading through the poems on here,what talent,thanks for sharing your poems,I have really enjoyed them .

  • Re: Poem by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Mary, I've also been wondering if you are OK, you're on here & M18 much more now you have some time to yourself. Hope your hubby is doing well.
    And Sylvia, hope your friend Eddie (Edwin) gets on here soon, he's also on the M18 site and asking what you remember from the old days. Come on Eddie, Sylvia wants to chat with you..... Lx

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Hi Lynda and Mary, great to hear about Eddie, I remember him very well , and his cousin George they were very good mates with my brother keith,hope you are feeling better Mary, and back on form.I sometimes wonder what I did with my spare time before I thankfully discovered knowhere, it seems that most of old gorton people, can leave gorton behind, and it's amazing how much we all have in common wi... more >>

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 8-Mar-2014
    Meant to say can't leave gorton behind,syl.

  • Re: Poem by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 8-Mar-2014
    Many of us were forced to leave Gorton in the sixties. I moved around for years following the work and ended up in Blackpool. Gorton will always be special and I believe that Belle Vue gave us a specific identity which other places lack. Gorton lad at heart.

  • Re: Poem by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 9-Mar-2014
    You are so right Bill, about belle vue it did set us apart from other manchester people,and gorton people had a quality that made us different.i have lived in different places, and even different countries, but never come across any one to beat us gortonians, I miss the old times, the old places. And the old people, unfortunately those things are gone forever. Sylvia.

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Trust in Gorton by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Feb-2014
Do you remember in our childhood, when you could leave all your doors unlocked when the house was empty? Nice to know there are people still living, that could be trusted. Wouldn't like to do this now. Where did it go wrong?   
  • Re: Trust in Gorton by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    True.
    I feel nervous every time I leave the house, even though it has CCTV, intruder alarm and locks like the Tower of London.
    Sign of the times I expect.
    John H.

  • Re: Trust in Gorton by jim whittaker (Member 10267375) on 4-Mar-2014
    Hi, just catching up - again! I always remember the rule at No.5 Parker street, ie. 'last one in dropped the 'catch' and locked the front door ! it was forgotten on many occasions to no ill effect! As you say, couldn't do it these days! We were on the Isle of Arran 18 months ago and werre told that on the west side you never locked your doors, on the east you did ! Around where we live we have hea... more >>

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Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 27-Feb-2014
What silly thing did you believe as a Kid? I lived for a short while with friends of the family who had a farm, I was 8 years of age and the farmers son of 14 was showing me the animals, he came to a goat and had it sucking at his finger, he told me to be brave and do the same thing with it, but when I offerd the wrong finger, he said no only this first finger can it get milk from, I really beleiv... more >>   
  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    We were so poor, that until I was twenty one I thought that knives and forks were jewellery, lol.

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 28-Feb-2014
    Dad gave us 'spends' every Friday and told us the piggy bank was on a wall in the cellar.
    It was only when I left school I realised it was the gas meter.
    John H.

  • Re: Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 28-Feb-2014
    That jewellery bit made me laugh John, I never new the difference between sheets and blankets, I called them all blankets, would have been more truthful to have called them coats.

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Mar-2014
    Mary, do you remember when a duvet was an eiderdown, when central heating was a fire grate in the middle of the kitchen wall and when a supermarket was the outdoor beer licence?

  • Re: Kidded by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 3-Mar-2014
    We bought most of our clothes from the local Army and Navy store Mary.
    For three years I went to St Marks' dressed as a Japanese Rear Admiral, lol

  • Re: Kidded by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 3-Mar-2014
    That sounds smart to me John. I was Gunga Din.

  • Re: Kidded by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 3-Mar-2014
    I was never in the Brownies, but I was proud of my Brownie uniform

  • Re: Kidded by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 3-Mar-2014
    I tried to join the brownies but they wouldn't have me.

  • Re: Kidded by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    They Let us in one night , the Gore Street Mission Girl Guides cos we were hanging about in the door way trying to chat up some girls probably decieded it was better that way .........................

    I was going to use my old tale about The luton Girls Choir , The only reason I didnt get in was " I lied about my age " bum bum

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Stupid people by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Feb-2014
It never ceases to amaze me how stupid some people can be, have you come across such a person lately (Don't say me) Seriously though, someone shown me a job application someone had written, and they used a lot of words spelling in text ( R. U.) How in the world did they expect to get the job.   
  • Re: Stupid people by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Feb-2014
    Things like that always make me smile too Mary.
    I heard of one young girl at the hospital being told that she was three monthsn pregnant.
    She replied to the nurse "are you sure it's mine".
    John H.x.

  • Re: Stupid people by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Feb-2014
    Just this morning received an email from an official government dep't it reads 11 lines long, not one punctuation mark of any
    description and the writer finishes off with " Please BARE with me". Now this has been sent by one of the Civil Service, who are
    supposed to be educated and she probably has a degree.
    Yes Margaret , how do they get the jobs ?.

  • Re: Stupid people by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 26-Feb-2014
    Sorry i meant to say Mary .

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Mixed Emotions by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Feb-2014
It's a strange, mixed emotion day for me today:
My late Dad would have been 101 years old today, having been born on Victoria Road (off Church Lane) Gorton in 1913, and although he died in 1995, like lots of people on here, I miss my Dad a great deal.
However, my daughter will be admitted to St Mary's Hospital in Manchester at 4:00 pm this afternoon to give birth to our 12th grand-child, and I c... more >>
  
  • Re: Mixed Emotions by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Feb-2014
    This is lovely news John for you, I was thrilled to bits when one of my granddaughters was born on my birthday, must put the poem I written about it, on Gorton Knowhere.

  • Re: Mixed Emotions by Frank Ravlen (Member 10276433) on 17-Feb-2018
    Always thought the definition of mixed emotions was watching your mother in law driving your new Jaguar over a cliff. Joke!

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Sooty Days by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
Do you remember the smokey room when the chimney needed sweeping? who remembers Mr Hampson out of Margaret Street, he was our local chmney sweep   
  • Re: Sooty Days by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    Remember the Old Wives' Tale that you could stop the chimney sooting up by burning tin cans in the grate.
    Can never remember us using a chimney sweep in Clowes Street or Cambert Lane, but we burnt everything in the grate.

  • Re: Sooty Days by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    Remember that everyone had a small shovel with the handle burnt black, caused by drawing the fire when lighting it using the shovel covered with a large sheet of the Evening Chronicle.

  • Re: Sooty Days by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    Does anyone raised in West Gorton remember Tommy SPEED, an old boy who chopped kindling and bound it into bundles in the yard behind West Gorton Labour Club in William Street?
    He must have been as strong as an ox, as he pushed a hand-cart (remember those?) packed with bundles of kindling, and brown and cream stones for the steps, which he exchanged for cash or rags.
    He was short and stocky, wore... more >>

  • Re: Sooty Days by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Feb-2014
    I didn,t know him John, but I knew of him cos my mother in law once had a little job with her neighbour once helping him to bundle the wood I think it was a short spell though.

  • Re: Sooty Days by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 25-Feb-2014
    Talking about a man with a cart and donkey stones, that would be what we called the Rag and Bone Man. I couldn't believe it yesterday when I heard this loud noise in the street, saying Bone, Bone,. I went outside expecting to see the Rag and Bone man with a horse and cart (Did it have balloons hanging on it}? But it was a open sided van with junk in, and it must have had a loudspeaker inside.
    I r... more >>

  • Re: Sooty Days by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    Hi Anne,
    We have one of those electronic rag and bone men here in Lincs, and he has chimes like an ice cream van, but collects literally anything you can carry out to his van, but you get 'nowt in return.
    I remember that Tommy SPEED had a brass and copper bugle with which he announced his presence in the street, and exchanged cream and brown stones, firewood, goldfish and balloons, all in exchan... more >>

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Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
How did you rate in the hand me downs in your family, it was a blessing that I had a size smaller feet than my twin, her shoes would fit me lovely where mine nearly crippled her, I wish i had at the time broader shoulders though cos my big sisters coats looked awful on my shoulders my little sisters dresses made lovely mini's for me though when I was in my teens   
  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
    I remember when I forced my younger brothers wellies on, there was a hot penny on the metal fire great, as i picked it up and dropped it quick, it fell inside the front of the wellington and i screamed as my big brother found it hard to pull the wellie bob off, I had a right bad foot for weeks with the copper penny doing it's damage

  • Re: Second hand Rose by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 24-Feb-2014
    My auntie was a dressmaker, she lived on the street where the Harrington pub was, I can't remember the street name,she had three girls , and I used to get their hand me downs,I loved it , because they were always in great condition and I got such a lot at once, it was better than whit week, the girls were pat and Brenda beaumont and Elsie was their older sister, pat and Brenda were twins, like you... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by William Briggs (Member 10267694) on 24-Feb-2014
    Just trying to picture you in a mini and kinky boots Mary.Did you have a bouffant?

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
    Yes Sylvia I did know the Beaumont's very well did one of the twins die? i think Elsie went living on Ryder Brow estate didn't she ? They always looked nicely dressed, and William don't be cheeky I was alright in my day. (well I think I was )

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
    Talking of twins Sylvia Pat and Brenda were identical wern't they? me and my twin are not even like sisters, she always looked older than me, but I was the mischeivous one always out for a laugh, I think I embarrassed her in class she was good for the teachers I wasn't.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    Sylvia, the name Beaumont rings a bell with me.
    I know you mention twin girls, but I was at St Marks' with an Eddie Beaumont, but I can't remember where the family lived, can you help at all?
    Mary, I was quite lucky, there was only me and our kid, so he would have got my hand-me-downs, but I do know exactly where we got our clothes:
    Whit Week, was the Co-op on Hyde Road, using the divi from the... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    Sylvia, just spoken to our kid, he tells me the Beaumonts I refer to lived in Spurgeon Street off William Street and facing St Marks' playground.
    May not be the same family, but will wait for any information you might have, thank you.
    John H.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
    John I remember Kellets (is that the right name on Clowes Street) they had my dad's Saturday night Harrington suit in the shop more than he had it, in Monday morning and out friday's, or there was trouble in our household. Do you know the betting entry on Henry Street, I remember a fellow called Ginger and a Bernard there, is them the same people belonging to William and Lynda's family mum always... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    Mary, the Manager of Kellett's Pawn Shop (Clowes Street and Robert Street corner) was Edward (Eddie) FROST.
    Me and our kid were best mates with his three sons, all lived on Clowes Street, they were Eddie (named after Dad), Peter and Raymond, all St Marks' boys.
    Young Eddie Frost was the first lad I ever knew in West Gorton who was bought a brand new drop-handlebar racing bike, a blue Coventry Ea... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
    well with a hard working dad I guess he deserved his Saturday night in the Harrington, for all they were hard up days , everybody seemed friendlier, we had eight kids and lots of laughs, wish they were all here now but we have mum and dad and three kids missing mind you the youngest is 73 so must count our blessings

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    Mary, after a bit of research, I have found that Kelletts Pawn Shop did not exists as such when the Census Record of 1911 was undertaken.
    It was a Drapers Shop, numbered 134-136 Clowes Street, occupied by the Simpson family:
    Thomas Henry (52 years) born Manchester, his wife Ada and his son James, all three being employed in the shop.
    Kellett's obviously post-dated the Draper's Shop.
    Sorry to b... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Feb-2014
    Thanks for that John, interresting to know these things

  • Re: Second hand Rose by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-Feb-2014
    Mary and John,john first the beaumonts you knew are not the same ones, sorry I can't help you any further.Mary, Brenda died a good few years ago,Elsie.died last year,pat lives in Denton,and yes they were identical,did you. Know the two half brothers they had called Fred and frank torr their mother married a second time and had the two boys.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    Sylvia,
    Thanks for getting back so quickly, it was always a long shot.
    It reinforces what I always think now, that friendships we made as kids often were not carried through due to re-development and re-housing programmes.
    I know that several people on here have become acquainted in the last few years, and that's a great thing.
    John H.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by dave Jones (Member 10246485) on 25-Feb-2014
    My mother used to ask the butcher for bones for soup, don't think they will give them to you nowadays. But there again there isn't
    many individual butchers now it's all supermarket fridges and freezers.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-Feb-2014
    Hi again John , when you were in the police, did you ever meet a David drinkwater, he lived here in spain for a couple of years, but then went to Australia.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    I knew David very well indeed, we did our basic training together at Bruche in Warrington, and as he had a car, four of us travelled to and fro in it, David, Eric Roberts me and another bloke I forget.
    His nickname was The Muncher, boy could he eat, and he served on the B Division at Willert Street while I served at Beswick Street serving Ancoats and Bradford, then Mill Street and then Gorton w... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 25-Feb-2014
    Hello John,well David had an accident in1987 and retired with a shedload of compensation! He moved around Yorkshire and the Lake District for a couple of years, and then came to Spain for about 3 years on and off. His son went to Australia, and then his daughter did too, his wife missed them too much so they went as well.. The last I heard about 2 years ago was they were fine, but so far away from... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Lynda B (Member 10277391) on 25-Feb-2014
    Hi MARY, our bookies was on Robert Street. The Henry Street booky was BERNARD CONNOR. His brother KEN CONNOR also had a bookies behind Gorton Library, altho he lived in Denton. Ken & our Dad Stan Briggs were best of friends.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Feb-2014
    Thanks for that imfo Lynda, Later on there was a betting shop on Hyde Road , near Margaret Street we called him Gypsy Johnny, and my mum cleaned for him

  • Re: Second hand Rose by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Feb-2014
    Hi Sylvia,
    Thanks for the information on Dave Drinkwater, I had no idea that he had retired after an accident or had gone to Australia.
    He was always a happy-go-lucky lad but although we roomed together for thirteen weeks, we never actually worked at the same nick.
    We saw each other from time to time, but with shift-work it was easy to lose track of people.
    It's a pity he's not on any of the M... more >>

  • Re: Second hand Rose by philip orme (Member 10262543) on 1-Mar-2014
    I,m not ashamed to say i now have hand me ups from my two son in laws .t shirts jumpers ect.

  • Re: Second hand Rose by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 1-Mar-2014
    These youngens buy that many clothes they part with them before they wear them sometimes, keep it in the family I say.

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Superstition by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 24-Feb-2014
Funny how we still beleive in superstition, what was it said in your family that you think twice about to day? We were told never to put new shoes on the table,(Not that we had the chance often in those days) And mum would always uncross knives incase there was a row, (The knives must have been always crossed, when dad had too much to drink) then there was the spilt salt, and the breaking of mirro... more >>   
  • Re: Superstition by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 24-Feb-2014
    My uncle was in the navy, and he would never take the salt pot from your hand. You had to pass it to him but put it down on the table, and he would then pick it up himself, it was some sort of naval superstition, but I never found out what it was.

  • Re: Superstition by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 24-Feb-2014
    My mother always opened the front door in a thunderstorm.
    She reckoned that a storm built up pressure in a sealed house, causing the windows to smash.
    Never thought it really worked, but it didn't half give us a wet lobby.

  • Re: Superstition by Anne Irving (Member 10289876) on 24-Feb-2014
    My Grandma always opened the kitchen door in a thunderstorm too John, but she said it was in case a thunderbolt came down the chimney, and it could roll out of the door. What a weird idea, I thought that was crazy even as a kid. What was a thunderbolt anyway?

  • Re: Superstition by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 25-Feb-2014
    Do you know Anne, I often heard that strange tale about thunderbolts coming down the chimney during a thunderstorm, funny how things come back to you.
    I remember one storm when I was living on Clowes Street when the front door of our house was blown open (mother mustn't have got to it first!) and I was told that a thunderbolt had "just gone down the street, blowing doors open".
    I always believed... more >>

  • Re: Superstition by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 25-Feb-2014
    my parents beleived in opening back and front door to let the lightening pass through, they didn't always do this, but on one rare occassion when they did we saw the lightening strike the metal fire guard they swore it was only opening the doors that saved the situation, can tell you some tales about the air raids in the war but I'll be showing my age, that was more nerve wrecking than lightening,... more >>

  • Re: Superstition by John HOLMES (Member 10245597) on 26-Feb-2014
    I have been talking to older relatives about superstitions, and the topic of chimneys came up, but NOT in connection with thunderstorms or lightning strikes:
    It appears that there was an old Lancashire tradition that evil spirits always entered a house down the chimney, and therefore many people would put some form of "charm" up inside the chimney to ward off them off.
    I know it sounds a bit far... more >>

  • Re: Superstition by Mary Clarke (Twin of Magaret) (Member 10227220) on 26-Feb-2014
    Do you remember when we sent little notes up to father christmas? it seemed like magic when they didn't fall back to us

  • Re: Superstition by Alan Bowden (Member 10251584) on 7-Mar-2014
    Up to a couple of years ago there was an old lady next door to me she was eighty odd and she never had a fridge in her life and she had a transistor radio with batteries she wouldn't have a mains radio in case the thunderbolt came down the wiring through the aerial

  • Re: Superstition by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 7-Mar-2014
    To Sylvia Morgan,I remember you scarring me to death when I slept at your house you were convinced your house was haunted

  • Re: Superstition by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 9-Mar-2014
    I also remember my sister used to do her hair with pipe cleaner to curl it, if there was thunder and lighting she would sit up in bed and out came the pipe cleaners in case she got struck by lightning . :-)

  • Re: Superstition by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 12-Mar-2014
    Well Lou , I remember those nights you slept over, and I still say my mothers house was haunted, I hated living there when I was a kid,the houses we lived in were the houses that the attendants from the old workhouse on wellington street lived,and where ever you look in the old records for manchester there is no records for a work house, but it was supposed to be a small laundry branch of the work... more >>

  • Re: Superstition by Louisa Hannam (Member 10291887) on 12-Mar-2014
    I have been checking the records for a workhouse in gorton, couldn't find anything,Where did the info come from that there was one.

  • Re: Superstition by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    There was a house on wellington street, that in the past had been a fine house, and it was the house of the people who were in charge of the laundry part of the building, which had in past times been a home for us married mothers and fallen women, and they worked in the laundry for their keep, it was within living memory of some of the local people, but I suppose it was all kept quiet in those far... more >>

  • Re: Superstition by sylvia morgan (Member 10224927) on 13-Mar-2014
    Ps I meant to say unmarried mothers not us married mothers sorry! Sylvia

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