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  2. Hello again, usual thing looking for one thing and find something else. All through the history with the "Blydes" are references to scissors and here is that "JNO" mark on a pair. Kalfred
  3. Thanks for posting this, I've been aware myself of some of the 'differences' in Tony's memory of the event and of those who feel their noses have been put out of joint through all this. It's useful to have them brought together. I'm not a supporter of an honour from the Queen either and I suspect there will be the expected outcry when he doesn't, but the reasons you catalogue will be the reasons the Palace, or whoever, decide not to include him I suspect. I too enjoyed the fly past, who doesn't, and it was a great day for Sheffield. I'm concerned however that it had more to do with 'great' telly than anything else, along with BBC Breakfasts battle with ITVs alternative. There's no hiding the one-upmanship between Dan and Piers. A journalist bumps into an old man tending to a memorial with a great personal back story and bingo !!! No need to check it out. At some point people will start to get fed up with all this and the one to suffer will be Tony. It's what society likes to do for some reason - build someone up then knock them down? And where will the BBC be. You say in your report that Tony hasn't benefitted from any of this - well in many ways he has, it's quite painful to see some organisations fall over backwards to be seen to support him on the back of the BBC publicity - free pleasure flight, Upgrades to 1st class, Stars etc.... And I now hear that he's telling everyone the memorial is 'HIS' ???? and that he's upsetting certain members of the military by planting yellow flowers around it - I know I didn't think that was a problem myself until it was pointed out it's a symbol of cowardice in such circles. And please don't start me on that flag pole... the entrance to Butlins springs to mind.
  4. Good point, when was the road closed to traffic? Google found a council document saying the road was finally closed became part of the Lower Don Valley Cycle Route in around 2016. https://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Public-reports-pack-26th-Sep-2016-14.00-Sheffield-City-Region-Combined-Authority-Transport-Committ.pdf I shall add that factoid to the web page. Thanks
  5. I don't know when Colliery Road was limited to pedestrian traffic only but certainly in the 1960's it was open to normal one way traffic with a height restriction. Circa around 1966 I used to work at the Greenland Road branch of AEI Traction Division. It was a bit of a trek catching two busses to get there from Malin Bridge and some helpful soul told me about a chap who worked in the fettling shop that gave lifts from my area. What he didn't tell me that he was the northern hemispheres' worst car driver. He used to pick me up on Holme Lane and sometimes I managed to get both legs in the car before he set off. I normally kept both eyes firmly closed until we got there. He used a variety of short cuts, one of which involved cutting down Colliery Lane from Holywell Road. One morning we get a hundred yards down the lane before we came to a halt in a line of traffic. (The short cut was very popular). Some distance in front a big lorry had managed to jam itself under the first bridge. It was only about 6 feet too tall ! We had to wait until the police closed off Holywell Lane and reversed the large snake of traffic back out of the lane. I suspect that was when the traffic restrictions were introduced.
  6. Hello The other day I was cycling round Brightside and went up Colliery Road and wondered why it was there, its too narrow for two way traffic and the bridges are too low. After some time researching I have written this short essay, I think I have gleaned as much as I can for this without having to make a visit to Sheffield Archives. https://www.g7smy.co.uk/2019/04/history-colliery-road/ Karl
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  8. The same in our house. The fire was lit in the dining room / kitchen in the morning to heat the water and to cook our evening meal in the oven. Front room was only used on a Sunday until TV came along. The sometimes if it was cold father would transfer some of the range fire into the front room very carefully on ashovel
  9. In my house te real reason was the fuel needed to heat two rooms. And we didn't have it.
  10. I remember my mother in laws terraced house where the front room was never used. It was cleaned and dusted once a week and only used if visitors called or for funerals. Even though they had three children, the kitchen was used for everything, cooking, homework and for bathtime. Is it a working class thing do you think?
  11. After a bit more research it looks like by 1967 the area above the canal basin was converted to a Car Park, presumably to cater for the increasing need for parking in the city centre. It's ironic that those who predicted that small goods depots would not be needed and that the future would be Tinsley Yard, got it very wrong! In reality Tinsley Yard never achieved full capacity and the smaller goods yards would have been very handy today, with all the parcel traffic around. Of course the railways were never allowed to compete with Road Services for goods and even in the 60's and 70's charges were imposed on British Rail for goods traffic, that were easily undercut by road haulage, who were not paying for the environment costs that they were creating. There were some sidings left over the other side of the canal, which show up on the later 1969 maps, explaining the coaches and wagons on the 1969 picture. The bride to the yard over the canal was still in place but carried no tracks. It was later removed.
  12. I came across this 1970's photo' recently, the old St. Bartholomew's, visible through the gap, and the houses on the right have gone but the old police station / dentist building is still there. I see from Google that St. Bartholomew's has been replaced by a new building on Primrose Hill.
  13. Many, many thanks to both Edmund and dunsbyowl1867 for their very quick replies. And the wealth of information they have given me - far more than I ever expected and I am extremely grateful. Has helped me with a much more rounded picture of the recipient of the silver vesta than I could have hoped for. Thanks again Chris
  14. A few snippets 1911 October 1919 November 1919 September 1921 December 1921 1929 Februray 1950
  15. If anyone has any information at akl on Leslie Norman Stubbs, born 1889 in Rotherham - died 1950 in Sheffield, I would be grateful to receive it. He played for Sheffield United Cricket Club certainly in 1919 and more than likely the years adjoining and was later the chairman of the Cricket Committee. He was also a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The SUCC may have won honours in 1919 as he was presented with a silver engraved vesta commemorating his playing for the cricket club, Many thanks Chris
  16. At that time, High Storrs would have been the Central Technical School located on Leopold Street in the city centre
  17. Hello everyone, thanks for having me as a member. I am currently researching and writing about the Owls' darkest days of the 70s. The team were really struggling, but I think thank many fans remember the time fondly. I wonder why? If you were an Owls fan who remembers those times I have a survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CMNK95S I appreciate any time people can spend on this. I have the offer to put a couple of articles together on this which should be out by the summer. Full book to follow hopefully by Summer 2020. Many thanks John Dyson Westmidlandsowls@aol.co.uk @ourlowestebb1 on Twitter
  18. This country used to equip the railways of the world. My first machine commissioning job in Asia was in South Korea. One of the British men stopping in my hotel was overseeing the assembly of 200 underground trains exported from GEC Manchester. The new trains were to improve the Seoul underground ready for the Seoul Olympics. Having thrown our industry away we have to import trains now.
  19. I grew up on Ridgehill Ave leaving in 1966 when I was 14. Hollinsend Rec was our local park, an all year round venue. I remember the Whit Sunday parade and also have a vague memory of a fun day, with a clown and other entertainment. The park keeper (parky) in those days was Jack Metcalfe, a pleasent chap who knew most of our names. Every evening at dusk the parky would blow his whistle, clearing the park before locking the gates to the main park and play ground. The park buildings were all painted Sheffield green, a paint source which found it's way to various houses around the city! The large wooden hut in the play ground was open at the front, so once we knew the parky had gone home we would climb over the fence and use it as our den. I have a broken front tooth which is a result of an accident in the play ground. I was climbing on the front of the cast iron rocking horse when my pal Timmy Brammer jumped on at the back causing the head to fly up and clout me in the mouth! I attended Gleadless County School and the headteacher at that time was Mr Jack Spur. Our teacher in the top juniors was Mr Dyson and I also remember Barbara Metcalfe who was the other top junior teacher. She used to take us swimming to Park Baths on City Road. I remember Mr Spur passing away when we were in the early years at Hurlfield but I can't remeber the circumstances of his death. In those days the school was only on one side of Hollisend Road, the new buildings on the other side of the road were added later. My brother John passed away in 2004 and so we scattered his ashes in the long grass by the little stream. I was surprised to see that the stream had almost dried up, when we were kids it was quite fast flowing and was full of frogs and tiny fresh water shrimps. Wonderful childhood memories of a much loved park! Wazzie Worrall
  20. My gran used to work there, so my everyday cutlery is still Eye Witness (wth a little Mosely Rusnorstain thrown in) I've got a bunch of EW knives with Sheffield spelt incorrectly... I like Phlegm a lot, and though his art doesn't float everyone's boat, I suspect that his connection to this now might have saved that memorial stone which otherwise might have been simply sandblasted away - just my humble opinion
  21. There is an out of date page on Wikipedia about the Taylor's Eye Witness Works here ---------- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor's_Eye_Witness_Works ---------- and their home page, which amongst other things gives their reason for moving, is at this link ---------- http://taylors-eye-witness.co.uk/about-us/
  22. Was the cutlery company not called "Tailors Eye Witness? The development guy at Westall Richardsons was called Taylor and claimed a family tie up with Tailors Eye Witness!
  23. That's it thanks. Couldn't see for looking!
  24. Sorry I misunderstood. What I do is use the "unread content button" which should appear as on one of the pictures below , and when on the "unread content" page there should be a link top left or on the left of the same line to "activity". The activity page appears in order of date with latest activity first. You can also "mark the site read" so that old content that doesn't interest you will not appear in the unread content. "Mark the site read" in the top instance is in the menu extreme top right or in the second just to the right of unread content.
  25. No, I can start new threads, like this one I did here. - What I mean is, since the site isn't hugely busy (and I've read lots of things that interest me), I find myself logging on every so often now, however, I have to scroll down the whole forum to see any new posts. So, I'm looking at how to just click on new posts, and read those. That will encourage me to look more often. If it's not possible then that is perhaps why the site isn't as busy as it was. (if that makes sense)
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