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  1. Hi Oldbloke, That actually rings a bell that it was the Red Lion, but where was it's actual location? My late brother maintsind he saw Bob Dylan in there when he was playing at the City Hall. Wazzie Worrall
  2. Hi Bob, I once heard a ‘Sheffield folk tale’ about the famous Halle Orchestra conductor – Sir John Barbirolli going into the Albert for a drink when they were playing at the City Hall. On hearing the din from the Juke Box, he said to the landlord, ‘I’m Sir John Barbirolli, please turn that row off.’ To which the landlord replied, ‘I don’t care if you’re Screaming Lord Such, that Juke Box is staying on!’ Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  3. During our conversation about the 11+ exam Jen13 reminded me of Andrew's Education Supplies at the back of the City Hall. Does anybody else remember this wonderful shop? The range of material on sale was mind blowing! It was a sort of 1950/60's version of the Works or Rymans - everything from stamp hinges to poster size maps. There was also a rather loppy pub next to it, was it called the Albert? The toilets were disgusting, open air with just a urinal and seatless pot, no where to wash your hands. I never ventured into the Ladies! Wazzie Worrall
  4. I'm glad that somebody else remembers those blue excerise books with their rods, poles and perches on the back. What crazy systems of measuring they were, mind you, the money also left a lot to be desired - twelve pennies in a shilling, twenty shillings in a pound! Night mare, 'If an egg costs 3D what would a dozen cost?' There was also the range of coins which included; Three Penny Bits, Six Pence (Tanners), Florins and Half Crowns. Purses and trouser pockets bulged with the stuff, our geography teacher once told us that in times of high copper prices bent scrap metal dealers would melt down pennies because the scrap value of the bars was worth more that the monetary value. I don't know what contemporary 'copper coins' are made of because they are magnetic, a magnet won't touch an old penny! I also remembered Andrews at the back of the City Hall. It was a wonderful shop, the range of materials for sale was mind blowing. I think I'll put a posting on Sheffield Shops to see who else remembers it! Wazzie Worrall.
  5. Thanks for that wonderful clip, I'm so sorry I missed Galatea on Monday. For all the steam buffs out there, on Saturady morning the Yorkshire Man is running along the Hope Valley line. The actual times haven't been listed on UKsteam.info yet, however the train is due to leave Manchester Victoria at 09:55 so assuming everying goes according to plan it should be at Dore and Totley around 11:00. The actual times can be checked on Saturday morning on Realtime Trains - Grindleford, and Dore & Totley. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall Sat 14-Sep THE YORKSHIREMAN Crewe-Carlisle(LSL) [lsl] 34046/46100/70000: Crewe-Manchester-Sheffield-York-Todmorden-Manchester-Crewe SPHS
  6. Hi Jen, Brilliant, you took the 11+ the year before me. I didn't realise that learners were actually sent a letter to invite them to attend the exams. The other interesting thing is the signature of T.H.Tunn - Director of Education. So many items had Tunn's signature on, including those green school regulation boards. Do you also remember those blue Sheffield Education Dept excerise books? There were three main types, NF - narrow lined for Maths, which also had mathematical scales and measures on the back cover, S - wider lined for writing and P - plain for drawing? There may also have been a squared book also mainly for Maths and one which was mixed plain and lined pages. At both the schools I attended excerise books were closely guarded so it was a bonus if you could get your hands on one for your own use. At secondary school we also had large green excerise books which also showed the Sheffield logo. Unfortunately I didn't keep any of my old school excerise books so I have no examples to hand. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  7. Hi Nigel, Thanks for that. If it was an 8F I'm even more annoyed that I missed it. I would say that the whistle certainly sounded 'LMS', so I assumed it was either a Black Five of Jubilee. I'm afraid with the exception of A4's I can't determin a loco from it's whistle. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  8. Does anybody know what the steam special was that went along the Hope Valley line towards Manchester today (09.09.19) around 12:30? I saw the steam and heard the locomotive in the cutting just before Totley Tunnel, but couldn't see what it was. I've checked on UKsteam.inf and Realtime Trains and there's no mention of it. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  9. Hi Lyn, It wasn't me who went to City Grammar it was my late brother John Worrall. He left City Grammar in 1963 so I guess he would have started there in 1956. Cheers, Wazzie
  10. Thanks, what a wonderful resource. Wazzie Worrall
  11. I took my 11+ in 1963 at Gleadless County Primary School and promptly failed and went on to Hurlfield School for Boys. (Both schools have forums in the Sheffield Schools section.) As I remember the papers were spread over x2 separate Tuesday mornings in February and March. On one day the morning was split between an English and an Aptitude paper. On the other day the morning was split between a Maths and an Aptitude paper. The whole process was torture, it was a ridiculous experience to put 10/11yr olds through. How could five plus years of primary education be assessed in two mornings of high pressure formal testing? What consideration was given for the amount of stress the learners were put under? How could two mornings of exams evaluate what was the best secondary school path for the learners, bearing in mind that the two main paths were very different? It may be said that its sour grapes on my part, however I got much better O’level results than older brother who went to City Grammar School. My partner failed her 11+ and now has a PhD from Nottingham University. When I did some work at Sheffield Polytechnic in the early 80’s I tried to get hold of the 1963 11+ papers from the Education Offices on Leopold Street, but I had no luck. I was told it would be impossible to know where they were stored as the archive of past documents was so vast. I wonder what happened to all that paper work when they closed Leopold Street offices? I’d love to see those exam papers and wonder whether I would pass today! Wazzie Worrall.
  12. Thanks. I'll check it out. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  13. Hi Syrup, Thanks for those wonderful press clippings. Is it a trade secret how you managed to access them? Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  14. Hi Edmund. Thanks for the very comprehensive description. We lived on Buttermere Rd for nearly 10 years and often heard mention of what had gone on, however details were often vague. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall.
  15. Hi Ukelele Lad. I've no memory of a Thomas Cook or any other travel agent on Westfield Terrace. I do remember sometime in the early 90's there was an Indian Restaurant on Westfield Terrace, but again I can't remember it's name or where it was in relation to the Stamp Shop. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
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