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    Hi all, so glad I found this site, so much history in one place. I was born at walkley in 65, moved to Bubwith rd Brightside where my mum was born and grandparents lived. From there we lived in a cottage in Roe Woods, my dad became one of the first 6 park patrollers, on motorbikes, in Sheffield while at Roe Wood. From there we moved to Shiregreen where mum still lives. Dad was born at the bottom end of Bellhouse rd. Have lived in a few places in Sheffield and now 20 years in Chesterfield. Looking forward to reading lots more and to dig up some of my own memories and photos to share with everyone. :-))
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    Last year's thread and I rediscovered this 35mm slide which seems to fit appropriately into this one.Taken in June 1963 when rear loaders were favourite and steam locos much in evidence at Midland Station.
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    For your information the letters on the bridge BB & JH refer to Benjamin Blonk and John Huntsman. Blonk Street was so called because when it was made the "tilt" shown on the map on the river side of Blonk St.was "The Wicker ***" belonging to the Blonk Family. On the other side of Blonk St. was "The Wicker Wheel" also belonging to the Blonk Family. You will also see a third grinding shop belonging to the Blonks at the end of the dam to the right of "Blonk Island". Later on John Huntsman had a Huntsman Melting Furnace at the end of the Wicker Tilt building. If you look through the large window nearest to Blonk Bridge you will see the chimney of the Huntsman furnace preserved as a monument. Remember the old Sheffield saying "Down T'Wicker were t'water goes o'er t'weir" the weir on the upstream side of Ladys Bridge diverted water to the Wicker Tilt and Wicker Wheel. I learnt all about this by carrying out research for descendants of this branch of the Blonk family who live in Australia. My Blonk family come from a later branch of the Blonk family
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    I've read somewhere that the flats that face Lady's bridge and Nursery Street were originally called Castle House, the windows just above the river was where the dogs were kept when it was a Dogs Home when it re-located there from the Pond Street area in c1900 I think , it wasn't used for long as it was always damp because of the river often flooding the place. The ornamental front door was the entrance and you can still make out the name. At the end of the walk on Blonk Street bridge you can see the initials of one of the men who ran the stables there plus possibly the vets initials too, the chap that owned and ran the stables also had stabling and shoeing available at 30-36 Burton Road now known as the Yellow Arch Recording Studios but the Horseshoe above the arch tells just what it was .
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    Hi Syrup Thank you for the news article clipping. It's very tantalising close apart from one minor detail the name in the article states G Lyon not J Lyon. However, the date and stables are spot on which leads me to believe Joseph Lyon worked at Sheffield Tramway Company. Joseph (27) married Emma(22) in 1869, the two witnesses are George (53) & Ann Lyon (55). His father is named Thomas so judging by the age gap George is probably Joseph's uncle. They come from a farming background in Lincolnshire so working together with horses makes sense. In 1883 George would have been aged 67 hence the article (oldest servant) makes it more probable that it was presented to George rather than Joseph, who was only 41 at that time. Joseph died (unknown) not long after aged just 44 and was buried at Heeley Christ Church on 2nd Jan 1887. So another connection to the article (he is now going to Heeley). I can only assume that the inscriber perhaps made an unlikely error with the initial on the trophy? I can't find a record of George & Ann having children hence the trophy must have been passed down to one of Joseph's two sons. I did find a very interesting post on this site on the STC and will make contact to see if any employee records still survive and hopefully will provide the proof that George & Joseph did work together. https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/154-sheffield-trams/ Again thanks for the clipping. John O.
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    If my memory serves me well, it doesn't usually, I seem to remember that it was used as a stand for milk churns awaiting collection. I may possibly remember a fellow miscreant trying to get one of the lids off to quench a thirst but if pressed I would plead the UK version of the fifth amendment
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    It really frustrates me that not enough is known about Sheffield Castle. We don't really seem to have any information at all on this place considering what an important Sheffield structure it was. Sheffield Castle is still an enigma. Why is that?
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    modern 'journalism' at its finest. Hide behind youtube and stir some s***. It brought the city together, made us very proud to be sheffielders and remembered the lads who paid the ultimate sacrifice. who plants the bedding plants and sweeps up from time to time is of little or no consequence. I dont see what youre trying to achieve by posting it to be honest.
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    I have just come across this photo' of a North Western Leyland TS4 on Mam Tor. --------------- http://www.old-bus-photos.co.uk/wp-content/themes/Old-Bus-Photos/galleries/frank_brindley_collection/frank_brindley_collection.php
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    Anyone living in any of these houses may be interested in this postcard on Ebay. ------------------- https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/173604248815?ul_noapp=true Google Street View -------https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.3837307,-1.4973794,3a,75y,81.23h,90.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s24w0G3NbxJMMlYOd7eyZgw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
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    Probably of no interest to anyone else, but one of the photos here shows the location of my Dad’s bench, sited and dedicated to his memory for almost twenty years now...
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    Was down at Crich last week. 510 was being moved late in the afternoon and is looking very smart.
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    This is a recommendation for a book available from Amazon (£8 well spent) - an edited and updated version (with corrections and new information and pictures) of James Hayton Stainton's "Past Chapters in Sheffield History". It was originally published in 1918 for the benefit of prisoners of war. It's very good on old street layouts and especially the background to the High Street widening. There is a "Look Inside" feature on the Amazon site that allows skinflints to read some of its pages: Past Chapters in Sheffield History - Amazon Link
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    There was a pub called the Rising Sun on Hunshelf Road at Stocksbridge directly across the road from the billet mill. In the billet mill large ingots were rolled at yellow heat down into blooms of say up to 4" plus square, and then cut up on a hot saw into lengths to suit the customers. In an early application of technology the blooms were measured for length and a very early computer made by Elliot Automation determined the best cuts to make out of a given length to suit the various customers. The computer use first generation germanium transistors and had a 1K magnetic core store for it's memory. The pub was obviously very (too) convenient for the parched workforce and I was told the Fox's had bought out the licence and closed and demolished the pub in 1967. My connection with this came in the early nineteen seventies when I parked my A35 van (Wallace & Gromit Mobile) on the cleared ground of the pub in order to carry out the " Redex Treatment". This consisted of running around until the engine was hot, parking up, removing the air filter; and pouring a can full of Redex engine detergent/cleaner into the top of the carb. This was supposed to clear the valve stems and piston rings and restore performance. It also produced huge quantities of black smoke. When I started this procedure I had failed to notice the large billet mill high voltage substation downwind just a few yards away. I'd also forgotten that large substations often used photo-electric ray fire detection in case of fire in the oil-filled switchgear. I'd just got about half the can of Redex in the engine and couldn't see a hand in front of my face when there was a loud bang from the substation and the loud whine from the billet mill opposite wound down to a worrying silence. The penny dropped ! I flung the air filter inside the car, shut down the bonnet and was speeding back down the hill in the opposite direction to where I knew the high voltage gang would be approaching within about ten seconds. My stealthy departure was not helped by a smoke trail that the Red Arrows would have been proud of. I think I got away with it 'so don't tell anyone. hilldweller.
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    The demolition of Sheffield in the 1960's, 1970's & 1980's a blaze was the sky with fires from the demolition sites there were only a few known Sheffield Companies at the time A.D.H Demolition Limited (contracted to Sheffield Council) A. Whites Demoliiton Ltd Childs Demolition Ltd Demex Ltd J. Whites Ltd and later T.D.E (Rotherham) (ancestors of A. Whites demolition) i remember as an only child going with my parents to the demolition sites, i remember the black sooty days crooks moor was ablaze with fires and being situated on a hill you could look across Sheffield and see other contractors lighting the sky. The forgotten demolition men and woman contractors that made Adolf Hitler assault on sheffield oblivious. The Sheffield Council pillaged property with compulsory purchase took peoples homes and business for pittance of monies, i remember sometimes wed pull houses down leaving the odd one still standing whilst the owners or tenants were fighting for their legal rights to stay or be given a better deal. Sheffield Council insisted on the demolition of what we would see today as historical buildings but to the council they was drab, nuisance and needed to be pulled down our sheffield architecture of centuries past were stone masons are not of what is today ended up a pile of rubble and down the tip it went. Odd pieces will have survived and relocated without knowing and the next generation losing site. I know the red set that lay on the floor in kelham island were taken from the Sheffield Abattoir and re laid in the museum yet a piece of history is lost again and no mention of where they arrived from they just part of the decor of the museum yet in truth is part of a bigger history. i attach a stone fireplace my parents built in a property still in the sheffield area, the new owners of that property will never know the history of that house or where that huge fireplace with its ornate archway came from. The archway formed the door way to the GAS HOUSE on commercial Street its were you paid your account (its historic significance to Sheffield is when sheffield turned from Candle Light to Gas. i attach another photo of a font that was part of the St josephs convent, common side htpp://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5 I'm hoping a log can be made on this site for anyone to upload demolition photographs and maybe if theres any demolition men left that worked on these site can contribute before history is lost. I was a fortunate person i know much of sheffield i lived the era and a breathed it with my family. Im trying to see if we can make a single page where all the data of the lost (demolished) can be found, before it is too late. I want to see what the public holds before i update this site again with All the 1000 pictures and documents i hold of Sheffield
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    171 on corner of Alfred Street and Dane Street https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/437500/389500/13/101329
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    I remember as a child in the '70s being so proud of that fountain because my Dad had told me that it had been made (partially at least) at Bramahs, which he worked at as a fabricator for some years Cant honestly remember if Dad had actually had anything to do with its construction, but in my head 'My Dad made that!', and I told anyone that would listen !
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    Picture Sheffield gives date as 22 July 1961 ( spot on boginspro!) which was a Saturday. The AEC Regent III - VWJ 541 was one of nine Roe bodied vehicles out of 85 AEC's delivered in 1956/57 for tram replacement services, seen here on Route 24 to Tinsley. Used to love the smell of Ground coffee which drifted out of Davy's.
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    A stunning bit of film. Anyone seen this before?http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/environmental-health-part-park-hill-slums-1-5
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    Not sure if we already have a drinking fountain thread, but this image posted by Aiden Stones on his Twitter account is fantastic. It shows the drinking fountain that was at the junction of Gibraltar St, Allen St and Bowling Green Street, and todays view from Moorfileds facing towards Penistone Rd.. https://twitter.com/OldSheffield
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    One of my husband's hobbies is collecting transport tickets, and occasionally in the bits of paper he buys something interesting turns up, such as this one. It is a ticket for the City Clopper, a horse bus which operated in the city in the early 1980s: I remember reading about the horse bus but I wasn't living in Sheffield at the time and I don't think I ever saw it operating. A short film about the service:
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    If you follow the supertram which is blurred above to the road, is where the church would have been. Possibly where the big tree is now. Also I note that Midland Station has now lost it's first foot bridge.
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    I think there was just a crossover for the trams to change tracks for the return journey, but then that's all a tram needs. I worked buses to Vulcan Road in later days but we went round the loop. I think there was a row of basic tin topped shelters on the return track side. Quite a number of trams and later buses were needed there when shifts changed in the steel works, some of them being workers special routes. I have recently seen a picture of a crowd round one of the last trams on Vulcan Road but can't remember where I saw it. EDIT Not the picture I was thinking of but here is one of trams on Vulcan Road, possibly the last day,
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    Hi Folks, I wrote a new blog about seeing I'm So Hollow at Romeo's & Juliet's in February 1981. Link - http://www.mylifeinthemoshofghosts.com/2017/08/26/im-so-hollow-atmosphere-at-romeos-juliets-bank-street-sheffield-wednesday-11th-february-1981/ Enjoy. Dodger
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    Fascinating reading. I had read other articles about the Charfield crash but not these. My grandfather was apparently a ladies' man and I suspect that his failing to give his proper name was for such reasons. I like the fact that in the above article, he is referred to as a young man when he was 46 at the time.
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    Recognise any of this scene?
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    Hia, I believe it is the one storey high walkway, that went from the Castle Market accross to the back of the opposite shops, looking down on the building site that would end up being the Sheaf Market, and the shops in view, with peolple seen walking through a gap by the Bakery, was on the edge of the old 'Rag & Tag' market.
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    I apologise,HD, for inadvertently attributing the book to Hillard when, of course, it was Hotson...just a slip. I didn't say it was Dudley I merely repeated what some others had said...the danger of using secondary sources. Like RLongdon i shall not lose any sleep either.
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    So much to discuss here including all the buildings that have now gone What can you remember and recognise from this one?
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    Are they queuing for cigarettes or something else?
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    Queen of the Gypsies, Lucretia Smith, St Mary's church Beighton.
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    The first picture is a class 56 loco pulling MGR wagons on a colliery to power station run. The nearest thing you can get to a model railway on the full size thing. Since they went around in a circle from colliery to power station and back again. The second picture is a class 37 loco pulling oil tankers. Most of these classes of locomotive have now been scrapped, even though the 56 had only started to come in service the year before the photograph was taken.
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    I used to work with ammonia refrigeration plant. A very effective refrigerant, but wicked stuff to work with. The ammonia gas, was fed from the compressors into coiled tubes which sat in the bottom of a brine (water-salt solution) filled tanks, and it was this chilled brine solution which acted as the secondary coolant, as it was pumped from those tanks through plate heat exchangers and shell and tube heat exchangers. A very similar kind of set-up, I would imagine to the one described in the brewery. We had very few problems with running the ammonia compressors themselves, or indeed the ammonia condensers. After-all, we were all too well aware as to the nature of the beast that we were dealing with. The problems, when they came, always came with the brine-tank-coils, as after-all, brine-solutions, like sea-water, can be particularly corrosive, despite any amount of anti-corrosion agent used, or planned preventative maintenance employed. Fortuitously, the brine solution itself, seemed very effective at 'mopping-up' ammonia, so, if you did have a leak in the brine-tank-coils, it was still detectable, but not so much as to prevent a hasty evacuation. Being overcome in an enclosed room with ammonia gas exhausting directly into the air however, must have been a particularly unpleasant way to die.
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    I must admit that I too have heard this story in the past, and have always thought that it was perhaps, just another urban myth, and that someone, somewhere was, if you pardon the expression, taking the wee-wee. However, there might well be some truth in the story after all:- http://www.loosewireblog.com/2004/11/urine_corrosion.html On a serious note, I would suppose that if the reported 'offences' took place during construction, and before all of the steelwork had been treated and painted, then the presence of any corrosive agent could represent a problem, but I would have thought that you would have required one hell of a lot of the stuff.
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    I have found this article that refers to the Workmen urinating within the Box Sections of the Viaduct. Birmingham Daily Post 05 May 1972
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    Facebook is amazing for finding and keeping in touch with friends However it's also addictive and very depressing
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    what info do you need nathan? Edit search New searchSave search 16 result(s) Order by Relevance First name(s) Last name Entry year Place Court First name(s)Last nameEntry yearPlaceCourt DorothyStaniforth1673EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription GeorgeStaniforth1660EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription GeorgeStaniforth1667EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription GeorgeStaniforth1698Troway, EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription HenryStaniforth1661WirksworthLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JohnStaniforth1681EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JohnStaniforth1682EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JohnStaniforth1691Litfield, EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JohnStaniforth1693EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JoshuaStaniforth1670BeightonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription JosiahStaniforth1675BeightonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription RobertStaniforth1681BeightonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription SarahStaniforth1692Litfield, EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription TimothyStaniforth1684PenkridgeLichfield Consistory Court Transcription WilliamStaniforth1671EckingtonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription WilliamStaniforth1697Hackenthorpe, BeightonLichfield Consistory Court Transcription Learn about these records About Lichfield Consistory Court Wills, 1650-1700 Discover your ancestor’s will from the diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, including parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. You will find the name of the testator, occupation and residence. Wills are valuable resources for your family tree. Locating the original documents The original wills are held at Lichfield Record Office. To obtain a copy of the original will or administration, download a copyright/order form from Lichfield Record Office. Complete this and post with the remittance for the cost of the will etc. to Lichfield Record Office. A copy of Lichfield Record Office’s Fees and Charges is also available online. Currently there is a standard charge irrespective of the number of pages. Each record includes a transcript of the original court record. The amount of information in each transcript can differ, but most will include a combination of the follow: Name of testator Occupation Entry date Testator’s place and county of residence Court Document type Additional notes
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    I can so relate to this video..Back then went to Hope valley in identical Sunblest van with Dave Baldwin a mate of mine at the time, a bit earlier than this video. Worked in forge at Browne Baileys 1968 on train wheels similar to that on video. Got married at that old register office in 1970, Worked on the abatour roof in 78 scaffolding then went inside to meet the workersand saw all the slaughter area with the cows getting the hilti spike in the top of the head, ...that rumbler with the sheep in was to remove the hairs of the body, it was like sand paper lined inside the rumbler...and The Black Swan part is brill...I posiibly was in the Swan that day watching the dancers... i used to frequent there most dinner times after the morning shift in the rolling mills where i worked near Town..I,m sure that girl was called either Tina or Kathy..AKA tantilising Tina And curvacious Kathy...if the footage had have gone on a bit longer it would have shown her topless, ha them shows were regular in the week in the afternoons and saturday dinnertime too...they also included Mighty Melvin the male stripper and resident topless Booby Ann a giant of a girl. Great times and def the best times of The Black Swan when Terry Steeples was landlord...The days of Joe Cocker and Marty Caine and the Fabulous Disco's...(three mimes) and not forgeting Top covers band fronted by Barry Marshall superb vocalist..."Bitter Suite" sheffields Best at the time. Yes This video was great to watch. Took me back 45 yrs in a blip. Thanks for putting it on here. Made me feel 20 again. Picture is me and mate Done Savage back then.
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    found a great shiregreen photo with my dad in , can anyone recognise and name the others please. looking at the posts above looks like the 2 chaps there( Pat Flaherty and Graham Burdett )
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    £20 a pop is peanuts in relative terms, prior to the new contract my boss racked up £1,200 in a week in Greece, £60-70K a year contract gets the phone companies attention much more so than a one person contract.
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    Can anyone help with some queries about the local operation of WW1 “On War Service” badges, please? I’m researching the activities of the Sheffield Committee on Munitions of War. This operated via the University of Sheffield, and its remaining records are fairly detailed about contracts with local companies (around a million steel helmets, half a million shells and so on). But many points are far from clear. A summary report of October 1918 says: “For many months the issuing of War Badges required constant care and work, all applications for badges in the City were submitted to the Committee for enquiry and recommendation, thus saving the Badge Department in London a vast amount of work as they came to understand that an application carefully considered and recommended by men on the spot could be granted without further enquiry. The Committee issued a report on the subject of recruiting and the need of exemption for certain branches of the Sheffield Steel Trades. In this connection the return of skilled and necessary men from the colours formed a most important part of the Committee’s work . . . . The enquiry made and reports given in these cases were judged to be so reliable that altogether over 2,000 men have been returned from the Army.” Elsewhere in the records it is indicated that nearly 20,000 badges were issued. It would be great to learn more. For example: Question 1: Why is there a focus in the first words above on “for many months”? The Committee might have been busy with this over several years, but it seems as though one period caused special problems. Reading the helpful account by Tom Tulloch-Marshall (http://www.btinternet.com/~prosearch/OWS.html), I wonder if this period was the middle of 1916, when the first set of official badges was replaced by more stringent assessment. Does anyone have knowledge/ideas about what was going on in Sheffield at that time? Question 2: The records of the Sheffield Munitions Committee contain no other documentation about this side of their activity. Are any badge applications, acceptances or other forms or letters available, please? Question 3: Each issued badge was accompanied by a certificate naming its holder and presumably prohibiting misuse. It would be good to see one of these certificates; are any available? Question 4: Are examples of Sheffield’s unofficial badges still in circulation? I see (from the article above and elsewhere) that from the early days of the war some companies issued their own badges to employees. Do you know of Sheffield examples? Are there any images of them? These badges must have been part of everyday life in Sheffield, and they need to be properly documented. If you can comment on any of these questions (or anything else about the badges), that would be great. With many thanks.
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    Barkers Pool was one of the original town resevoirs and still runs under the area today. I worked at the Gaumont in the first half of the 1960s and had to check the water levels on a daily basis. During a stage production of the Bruce Forsyth Show the pump controlling the water level failed. The orchestra pit quickly flooded and the band played the first house with their feet in three inchs of muddy water. The show must go on......!
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