peterinfrance

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About peterinfrance

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  • Birthday 03/07/1945

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  1. peterinfrance added an answer to a question: Rowlinson Technical School   

    Just testing !!!

    and I thought it was only yesterday...................................
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  2. peterinfrance added an answer to a question: Rowlinson Technical School   

    Hi Ian
    I wondered why you said I was there a bit earlier than you and I wonder if you thought the date on the certificate was 1954 as it could be taken for that. In fact it was 1959. I can't remember the dates I was there but it was definitely 1958 and 1959. So we were there at the same time! But I can't remember you, but then it was over a quarter of a century ago and I expect you don't remember me either.
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  3. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Boys Brigade   

    There are quite a few people with a considerable knowledge of the Boys brigade in Sheffield and it is to those people Iam appealing to for help.
    I never quite made the Boys Brigade but I remember having some good time in the Life Boys. For those who don't know the Life Boys were the first step before being old enough to join the Boys Brigade. Similar to the Cubs and Scouts. I remember marching round the local streets on Sundays with the Boys Brigade band leading and every year, I think it was on Whit Sunday, we marched to Meersbrooke Park if memory serves me right, where we met up with other Boys Brigade and Life Boys from other parts of Sheffield.
    Here is where I need some help as I can't remember. The boys Brigade / Life Boys I was in met at the Methodist Church in Anns Road, which I believe is now the Sheffield Chinese Chistian Church. Does any one know the name company etc.? They were happy days !!!!
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  4. peterinfrance added an answer to a question: Rowlinson Technical School   

    Hi Ian
    It's on the diving certificate! - Peter Bownes
    I took the tram too it started at the Town Hall all the way to the terminus.

    Those were the days!
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  5. peterinfrance added an answer to a question: Rowlinson Technical School   


    Hi Ian, Yes I went to Rowlinson too in the late 50's. I moved there from Greystones school. I can't remember how long I was there becase we moved house and I then went to Dinnington Tech.
    You mentioned Mr Brennan and that rang a bell with me and I started rummaging through "the archives".
    Sure enough J.P. Brennan was the teacher who encouraged me at diving (off a diving board not underwater) and I won the under 15 district swallow diving championship award, under his guidance. These championships were held at the King Edward V11 swimming pool Sheffield. He was the Hon. Sec. of the City of Sheffield schools swimming association. I have attached a copy of my certificate, albeit a bit tatty, and you can see that he is one of the signatories. My prize was free entry for a year to any of the Sheffield municipal swimming pools and I made good use of it.
    If I remember correctly my class was 2/14.
    ...................................Memories!!
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  6. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Humour   

  7. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Your first car?   



    My first car was a 1959 Ford Prefect similar to the one here. It was a 100e side valve engine with 3 forward gears and the windscreen wipers were not electric but somehow worked off
    a pressure system to do with the engine. This arrangement worked fine if you were travelling on level ground but if you went up a hill the engine took most of the pressure leaving the wipers to fend for themselves,
    slowing to an almost stop. Of course the good news was that on reaching the summit of the hill and starting to descend the wipers took on a life of their own and went like the clappers !

    It was for all that a good car which I sold in the late 60,s for £65. I wish I had kept it as now they are worth several thousand pounds. Hindsight is wonderful.

    What was you first car and memories?
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  8. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Most Incredible Chance Meeting And Location   

    Way back in 1982/1983 we were rehearsing for a sales conference. The theme was Breakfast TV which had recently been launched.

    The link man was the presenter of Breakfast TV Frank Bough (before he was caught being naughty)

    The location of this conference though was up the Eifel Tower in Paris!

    At a break in rehearsals I took the opportunity to take the lift to the very top of the tower (our conference being on the first floor)

    I was just taking a picture when I felt a tap on the shoulder and a voice saying" what are you doing here?"

    It was my friend and sometime golfing partner Jim Thomas and his wife.

    So that is my incredible chance meeting - at the top of the Eifel Tower.

    I am sure there are many more - what is your story?
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  9. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Best Concert You Have Been To   

    For me it has to be Elton John at Wembley Arena. I think it was 1985 or there about. It was a fantastic night when Elton was at his absolute best.

    Guesting was George Michael (not billed) and to cap it all Lady Diana and friends including Prince Andrew!! came and sat not 20 yards from us. A memorable night indeed.
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  10. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Link PH   

    Hi Dave Stuart Chalky Steve HB

    Just to clarify - there was a Target Inn at 75 St Johns Road I don't know when it closed but my GGGGrandmother Maria Carrier was the Publican in 1901 !
    With regards to The Link. Colin Hardy is or was my Uncle although we have not been in touch for more years than I care to remember.
    Incidentally it does not appear to be listed in the Pubs A-Z.
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  11. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Humour   

    Cure for wife beating !

    A woman goes to the Doctor in Sheffield, worried about
    her husband's temper and threatening manner.

    The Doc asks: "What's the problem, Janet?
    "Well Doctor Rogers, I don’t know what to do.
    Every time my husband comes home drunk, he threatens
    to slap me around'."

    The Doctor says: "Yes, well... I have a real good cure for that.
    When your husband arrives home intoxicated, just take
    a little glass of water and start swishing it in your mouth.
    Just swish and swish but don't swallow it until he goes to
    bed and is sound asleep."
    Two weeks later she comes back to the doctor looking fresh and reborn.

    She says: "Doctor that was brilliant! Every time he came
    home drunk, I swished with water. I swished an' swished,
    and he didn’t touch me even once!
    Tell me Doc...what’s the secret? How's does the water do that?"

    The Doctor says: "Janet it’s no big secret.
    The water does bugger all - it's keeping your mouth shut that
    does the trick."
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  12. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Humour   

    Happy Easter Everybody



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  13. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Baptisms, Marriages & Burials for HEELEY PARISH CHURCH Sheffield   

    Bubble Gum-Bubble Gum

    If I am not mistaken it was in Heeley Parish Church that there was the gravestone of a young girl and the inscription was:-

    Bubble Gum Bubble Gum
    Don't eat Bubble Gum
    It was Bubble Gum
    That sent me to my grave!

    I think she had chocked on a bubble Gum bubble

    I only have a fleeting memory of this and I wonder if someone else can verify it.

    It is certainly an interesting gravestone
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  14. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Old Sheffield Pub Songs!   

    In a reply to another topic (see Holmsfield to Sheffield Bus Service) I recanted an old pub song from the 1950's and probably before even then.
    It got me thinking that we should get some of these old songs written down before they are all forgotten, as singsongs as they were, with piano accompaniement
    are largely a thing of the past.

    So does anyone have any songs to contribute?

    To kick this off, the song I recall is as follows and I would be grateful if some one could fill in the missing words

    Oh give me a nail and a hammer
    and a picture to hang on the wall
    give me a pair of step ladders in case that I should fall
    Give me a ........................
    and a barrel of old scotch ale
    I'll bet you I'll hang up that picture
    if someone will drive in the na a a ail
    if someone will drive in the nail

    Over to you....................

    peterinfrance
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  15. peterinfrance added a post in a topic: Sheffield To Holmesfield Bus Service   

    Holmesfield brings back some very happy memories for me when I was a boy in the 1950's. We lived in Sheffield (Heeley Bank Road) and my mum and grandad took the bus to Holmesfield on a Saturday taking me with them. They went mostly to the Rutland Arms where there was always a good singsong with piano accompaniement. I played out the back with the local kids and we had lemonade and crisps (brandy snaps if we were lucky). We also went to The Horns Inn.

    After closing time at the Rutland Arms we caught the bus back to Sheffield and there was inevitably a singsong on the bus. I was usually stood at the front upstairs "leading" the singing. I can't remember all the songs we sang but a short one sticks in my mind. I do not know all the words so if someone can fill them in I would be grateful.

    It goes like this :-

    Oh give me a nail and a hammer
    and a picture to hang on the wall
    give me a pair of step ladders in case that I should fall
    Give me a ........................
    and a barrel of old scotch ale
    I'll bet you I'll hang up that picture
    if someone will drive in the na a a ail
    if someone will drive in the nail

    My Grandad eventually had a caravan down in Cordwell Valley and I would bring the cows in for milking. We also went blackberry picking there.

    Those were the days.
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