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  1. Thank you so much for that. I am very grateful. If anyone else has information on Gilbert and Kate Searle, photographs maybe, I would love to see them. IR
  2. Sorry, I should have said that the Serales lived in Wallace Road. I implied that they still do. IR
  3. Hello to all, I am writing a book about Sheffield in days gone by, and I would be grateful for any information on the Searle family (possibly John Searle and his wife of unknown first name) who live at No. 154 Wallace Road, Neepsend, Sheffield 3. I am particularly interested in the year 1936, which is when the famous writer, George Orwell, visited Sheffield during his research for his book The Road to Wigan Pier. Orwell (or Eric Blair as he was christened) stayed with the Searles from 2 March to 5 March 1936. He was very dergoatory about Sheffield, but exceptional grateful to the Searles, who he said, "I have never met people with more natural decency. They were as kind to me as anyone possibly could be, and I hope and trust that they liked me.". That is quite a rare compliment coming from Orwell, who was a deceptively good man, but exceptionally taciturn. If anyone knows of the Searles, I would be most grateful to hear from them. Best regards, Ian Rivedon
  4. I also have a copy of the EP, the front and back of the sleeve are shown below. I could also attach an MP3 file of the EP itself, but I don't know if that would be allowed. Maybe someone can provide an opinion on that. Regards, IR
  5. Thank you—that's most kind. It was a bit late last night and my brain must have been in a fog (too much wine maybe?). Doing a search didn't occur to me. Best regards, IR
  6. I went to the opening night of Down Broadway. I was just sixteen, and having been too young to go to the Mojo, saw it as my entry into the exalted world of the Mojo fraternity. There were lots of really 'cool' looking, obviously ex-Mojo veterans there (all in aged levi's, jeans and jackets), and the verdict from them was a vocal, metaphorical 'thumbs down'. After that first night, they were never seen again, and the place was left to us upstarts. I really liked the place. I saw some really good bands there ( I was also there when Jethro Tull played, but I recall the place was packed). the Stringfellows always seem to have moved with the times, and by the late 60s, when progressive had taken over, Pete had no problem in using the club to give many good bands a chance (usually on Monday nights as I recall). I stopped going when the Penthouse opened. I think there was a short period when the Stringfellows owned both, but not for long. Once I had been to a 'real' club—one that sold alcohol—my life changed forever. I used to go in Down Broadway afterwards, but only during the day. They used to do really nice burgers, and it was a 'cool' place to go in the days when the only other real burger alternative was the Wimpy Bar. IR
  7. I'm new to the forum, and find it exceptionally interesting and memory jogging. Before I comment on any other specific club threads, I just thought I would mention the Black Cat Club, which, unless I'm mistaken, seems to have been forgotten. I never went there (too young) , but seem to recall this as being the Stringfellows first venture. I may be wrong, but wasn't it near City Road?
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