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  2. You are correct with that name and definitely warm.
  3. Bobby Knutt

  4. Bobby Knutt

    R.I.P. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-comedian-and-actor-bobby-knutt-dies-aged-71-1-8771667
  5. I think the name plate was Clayton. Am I getting warm?
  6. Not headlights, the company that made these made many things but I don't think head lights was one of them.
  7. Looking at later comments, I am going to say it's a headlight.
  8. Sheffield's new City Hall

    Amazing it was built at all, a contemporary exposition of the arguments from 1932:
  9. Sheffield's new City Hall

    I am informed by an ex Councillor who had access to Council records that the original proposal was for the hall to be financed by public subscription. This was done and raised a magnificent amount of money but, in the end, still needed a financial input from the Corporation who, promptly, changed the name of the hall from "Memorial" to "City". This upset a great number of people...demonstrations were held ; questions asked in Parliament and, finally, it was made known that the Prince of Wales was very unhappy too. As a "sop" to public opinion ( and to the Prince, no doubt,) the Corporation agreed the smaller hall to the rear should be called The Memorial Hall,.
  10. You are probably correct Keith_exS10 they perhaps just looked enormous to me, when the correct answer in put up I will try and post a picture in situ which will give a better idea of the size.
  11. I reckon you wouldn't get one in at that size. l would have said nearer two thirds of that. I remember what I could use them for when I was ten during the war.
  12. Sheffield history site in Canada

    Wash your mouth out - how very dare you ?
  13. Sheffield history site in Canada

    Is he a Blades fan running a landscaping company ?
  14. Yesterday
  15. May I add.a belated comment having just come across this thread re ground crew at Ladybower Dam My late father qualified as a charted secretary.and prewar taught book-keeping, law and accountancy in Sheffield. When called up for National Service the RA.F. decided he was ideally suited to be an electrician. Trade training was at Hereford followed by posting to R.A.F. Scampton to 49 Squadron ( C.O. Guy Gibson) as a bomb electrician. His responsibility was the servicing and last-.minute testing of the bomb hook and the fusing unit. As such he was the last man out immediately before the plane started to taxi. Bombing raids were not carried out when weather conditions were not suitable so anyone not needed was given a weekend pass. His return was the 0305 train to Lincoln on Monday.. Then one weekend he announced that on Sunday he would be going the other way on the 1830 to Manchester and the same the next weekend. The weekend after that would be the Lincoln train again and no, he could not tell us why for the moment. Then came 614 Squadron and L.A.C. Bradshaw's address at Scampton sudenly changed. We of course only knew the address bit.Then came the raid on the dams and father felt he could tell us what had happened. The.Manchester visit was a training course at the makers for only I think about four of them on the new hanging gear and the rotating gear. After all the cylindrical bomb idea was foreseen as a one-off (618 Squadron had the spherical bouncer but that is something else) By this time the development work had been done, and the modified Lancasters had been delivered for familiarisation. In effect it was a longer allround exercise as the planes were set up at Scampton, flew from there, practiced the low level approach at Ladybower and came home. So far as I know no-one went from the business end at Scampton., there was no need. It would be surprising if there wasn't a technical man lurking about Ladybower somewhere.For obvious secrecy reasons there would be a heavy presence round the dams plus the fact that the Germans might have had ideas of a conventional attack. For anyone who cares, there were Indoor tests, a good many outside on South Coast beaches. other nearby dams and at a specially constructed simulated site in Mid Wales.The choice of Ladybower was due to it's close similarity to the .Mohne There were hours of tv documentaries at the last anniversary. Just for the record we had a little chap who had spent years happily washing and cleaning the company cars. On the thirtieth anniversary he showed me a letter from the M.O.D. saying in effect it was a private party. I asked why and he simply said he was an anti aircraft gunner; "I was trying to shoot them down . I thought they might like to know what it was like to be on the receiving end" I asked whether the raid was effective. "Four days after they were back working" Enough said.
  16. You have it somewhere there jmdee but which one?
  17. Oakwood School

    That's me, third from the left, in the row behind the teachers. Others I remember are Katie Henderson, Lorraine Little, Deborah Fothergill, Peter Daykin, Michael Oates, Fraser Scott..
  18. Oakwood School

    7 years on and I found this! I think you must have been 2 years ahead of me. Not boring at all! Mrs Swift, Mrs Fretwell, Miss Beardsley, Mrs Cope.. yes I remember them all. But I have managed to forget the beetroot trauma.
  19. Chesterman 24" Rule

    Have you asked the Hawley Collection at Kelham Island? If anyone knows they will.
  20. Then again, could be either a headlamp, or rear light.
  21. If it has to be downstairs, I would guess it's either the cover over the transmission at the front of the bus, or a heating device.
  22. Pow Camp - Lodge Moor - Info

    Pardon a late observation by a new boy who found Bayleaf's comments interesting on two counts. We had close relatives in Derbyshire on the 84 Buxton route. One singledecker three times a day and busy with it, and often well filled by Hunters Bar. To make sure we would go off to the start at the Victoria station. This day the station approach was occupied it's full length by a string of commandeered buses all khaki painted with army drivers. A trainload of Italian P.O.W.s had arrived and were being urged not very effectively into them. No hurry, their war was over and that never changed. We later found out that these several hundred were the first arrivals at the Lodge Moor camp. Time passed and after National Service I joined a firm.of heavy engineers in Lincoln We acquired a Training Officer from Mid Wales who recommended to us a foreign farmer friend in another village .Sitting talking to Luigi one evening I mentioned the Lodge Moor Camp incident more than thirty years earlier and got an unlikely response. He was one of them and in no uncertain terms told me their opinion.of Lodge Moor. I remember it started with cold, damp, muddy, isolated, thoroughly depressing, and went on from there in fractured English. As his family had a citrus farm on the slopes of Mount Etna, a culture shock was inevitable. He was put out to local farm work which suited him, and as Bayleaf noted, he was packed off to live in on another farm which turned out to be ini what was then Radnorshire and left to get on with it.without much supervision.The classic story book; did well, married the farmer's daughter, took over the farm in due course, ran it successfully and merged in with the locals. "The Star" quotes 1944 as the date the camp filled with German P.O.W.s. Whilst we saw Italians, I don't remember seeing the Germans about the city except for one occasion. I gather they were more senior in rank and.still strongly Nazi. The Sheffield Philharmonic Society organised concerts in the City Hall. At the end it was permissible to go round the back to get autographs in the artistes room behind the platform. I did and got the biggest shock. Talking to the soloist, a. German refugee pianist, were three officers, all in immaculate grey uniforms jack boots you could see your face in, standing bolt upright, looking as if they owned the place, still obviously serving army officers. This was very shortly after V.E.. Day and l began to wonder who had won. Later came thoughts as to how much freedom they had and how had they got from and back to the camp. Unlike the placid Italians, I felt uneasy. as there was no obvious sign of an escort. It was all long time back but it is still quite clear in my mind An incident I have never forgotten.
  23. No, they would have to be big matches. No chance of being upstairs.
  24. Old House on Crookesmoor Road

    We used to play in there as kids in the early '60s, too, docmel. It was the only really 'wild' place for miles around. I remember there was an old overgrown vegetable garden in there and it had fantastic rhubarb still growing, which I used to take home for my mum to make pies with. I lived round the corner on Bower Road and went to cubs and then scouts in the Unitarian Church opposite this corner. Happy days!
  25. This is one incredible photo! It shows The Old Cottage at Attercliffe on the site of what would now be the dual carriageway outside Attercliffe School. It's so charismatic and interesting. One of the best old Sheffield photos I've ever seen
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