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Paul Worrall

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  1. What are peoples memories of 'The Stamp Shop' on Westfiled Terrace, off West Street? The Stamp Shop was every philatelists dream come true. My visits with my pals Philip Downing and Mick Hartley would have been around 1962 to 1964. I think the owner at that time may have been called Mr Edwards? I remember him as a very serious man, with grey hair and glasses? He was a bit torn when we went in, on one hand it was these pesky kids asking silly questions but on the other he knew we would be responsible for keeping the noble art & science of philately going into the future! Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  2. Hi Athy, I also had a Brownie 127 - you could take ghost pistures with it by holding it very still, taking a frame with x2 people in it, removing x1 person and taking another frame before winding on. I had some ghost pictures which were taken in Gleadless Church yard, I've no idea what happened to them or the 127! Bob Nutton and I have started a Gleadless Primary School page in the school section of the forum. Bob mentions mentions Mr Fulford because when we were at Gleadless PS, he used to come and take our pictures. Unfortunately there were never any class photos taken. I bet his darkroom was a treat? Things were beginning to change in film processing around the mid-60's, but I bet Mr Fulford was old school? Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  3. Hi Bob, I don't remember Peter Robinson. One ex Gleadless student in the year above us at Hurlfield was Ken Wilson, two years above us was Dave Crapper (I think he became a bus driver with SYT) and somebody Webster - 'Webby' (he left school at 15 and went to work for WM Monks as a tiler). In our year at Gleadless was Steven Hardwick, I think he was in Miss Metcalf's class, he also went onto Hurlfield. I don't remember where we went on the way back from York. I do however remember the allotment and the greenhouse, a group of us (can't remember who) painted the inside with red lead, who we be allowed to do that these days? Cheers, Wazzie.
  4. Hi Bob, I don't blame you for that decision, I wasted my time in the 6th form at High Storrs and came out with very poor A-levels. I missed Geoffrey Turner off the list, he went onto Hurlfield with us. I'm sure one or two other names may pop up! Cheers, Wazzie
  5. Hi Bob, Thanks for reminding me about David Frost. When I went into the 6th form at High Storrs (1968-70) David was still there as was Mick Hartley - I think you'd already left? Cheers, Wazzie.
  6. Lovely photograph. Bob Nutton and I have started a Gleadless County Primary School forum in Sheffield Schools. The school is also mentioned in the Hollinsend Recreation Ground/Park forum page. Please added your memories to the school page. Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  7. I taught at King Ted's until I retired in 2011. Mr dear pal Mr Alan Powell (P.E then Careers Education) often talked about the flour incident. It appears that one of the main instigators was one of the famous Kaiser Brothers, either Kim or Nick? Their father was Prof Kaiser who worked in the Physics Department at the University. They were both very clever, unfortunately Kim died suddenly around 2004 when he was in his early 50’s. Nick became an astronomer and is featured in one of the early Prof Brian Cox productions. Nick was the younger brother and in the same year group as Phil Oakey of Human League fame. I understand that there’s a book about King Ted’s called something like ‘Thal’ Never Get in Theer’ which mentions the flour incident, unfortunately I have no other details or name of the author. Paul ‘Wazzie’ Worrall
  8. Hi Bob, I’ve been through the rusty shelves in my head and come up with this list of people who I think I can remember from the J4 classes of 1963. I’m not 100% sure if all these people were in the classes as shown and not sure if the family names are spelt correctly. I also have a memory of a Jonathan Needham and a Jane Needham but I can’t remember whose class they were in. Craig still doesn’t come to mind. There also may have been another Christine but I can't remember her family name. Mr Dyson’s Class Barbara Bradshaw, Lynn Buckley, Christine Burrows, Sandra Callaby, Jane Goodson, Wendy Handley, Vicky Johnson, Christine Lindley, Linda Neville, Susan Parsons, Barbara Wright, Neil Bissatt, John Burton, Paul Creaghan, Philip Downing, Mick Hartley, Alan Munro, Richard Nickleson, Robert Nutton, Robert Pratt, John Pursehouse, John Siddall, Stephen Smith, Robert Thorpe, Paul Worrall, Miss Metcalf’s Class Ian Bickerton, Steven Clark, Julie Evans, Robert Lancaster. I wonder if there is anybody out there who can either add to or correct this list? Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  9. Hi Bob, Two more J4 names have come to mind - John Pursehouse and Philip Downing. Both these lads lived on Ridgehill Avenue and I think they both went on to City Grammar School which at that time was still located on Leopold Street in the Education Office complex. They both also had younger sisters and I think John Pursehouse sister went to High Storrs, but she'd be a few years young than us and at that time the school was still split in separate boys and girls schools. I don't remember ever having a class photo taken at Gleadless P.Sch, Mr Pulford or was it Fulford used to come and take individual photos of the kids but never a whole class picture? Where are all these people now? Cheers, Wazzie
  10. Hi, When I was a teenager in the late 60's living on Whirlow Court Road, Ecclesall, Miss Middleton and her father lived opposite us, although Mr Middleton died when we'd not lived there very long. Miss Middleton was a wonderful old lady who owned an Austin A40 Farina which I used to wash for her. When I'd finished she'd give me tea and cake and tell me stories of her days as headteacher at Carbrook Primary School. One of the things that has stuck in my mind is her description of how poor some of the families were. She once told me that they often gave the kids bread and dripping/jam in the mornings before lessons began, they also got a free 1/3pint bottle of milk. Free school milk ended in the mid 70's when a certain 'lady' began Secretary of State for Education. Who can remember being a milk monitor? In a lot of ways those days haven't gone away, kids are still needing breakfast clubs and many of their parents have to use food banks! Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  11. Hi Bob, I don't remember a Craig. There was a Paul Creaghan, who lived somewhere at Basegreen near Stephen Smith, but I'm not sure if he was in Mr Dyson's or Miss Metcalf's class. Christine Lindley has also just come to mind, she lived somewhere on Hollinsend Road. The thing that has also stuck in my mind about the York trip was the stained glass in the Minster windows, I'm sure the person who showed us round said that some of the coloured glass let white light through, a production skill which has been lost. Cheers, Wazzie
  12. Hi Bob, x2 more names from Mr Dyson's J3/4 class - Vicky Johnson and Lynn Buckley. If you're out there I'm sorry I left you off the original list! Was Julie Evans in Mr Dyson's class or was Julie in Miss Metcalf's class? Cheers, Wazzie
  13. My old pal Bob Nutton and I have decided to start this forum page because the school is mentioned several times on the Hollisend Recreation Ground forum page. Arif also has made contributions about the school. Bob and I left in 1963, Bob went onto High Storrs and I went onto Hurlfield - both schools have their own forum pages. Our teacher in J3/4 was Mr Dyson, the headteacher was Mr Spur and the other J3/4 was Miss Metcalf (there is a lovely photo of Miss Metcalf on the Hollinsend Rec forum page). Is there anybody out there who went to the school, especially in the late 50's, early 60's? Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  14. Hi Bob, I didn't know that the old school wasn't used any more. I've not been anywhere near for years. I can't imagine the old building could be demolished, I would have thought it was listed, old sandstone buildings often are. I'm going to start a Gleadless P.Sch in the schools section right now, will you please put a posting on when you have a minute? Cheers, Wazzie
  15. Hi, That's right. Somebody posted a clip on the forum from the Star about Jack Warhurst after he'd been in the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand. I once heard a story that Jack entered the Star Walk as a bet and he never looked back! Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  16. Hi Bob, I remember all those J4 classmates, I also remember the trip to York. Is there any chance of putting the photos on the forum? Maybe we should start a Gleadless P.School page? Other people were Mick Hartley (an excellent guitarist who went to High Storrs with you), Sandra Callaby, Barbara Wright, Barbara Bradshaw, Wendy Handley, Stephen Smith, Alan Munro. I'm sure others will come to mind, I wish we had a class photo from 1963. There was also Susan Parsons who was knocked down and killed on Ridgeway Road when she was in the first year at Hurlfield School for Girls - that's an unhappy memory of those times. Cheers, Wazzie
  17. Hi again Bob, I don't remember Miss Varney. Do you remember Robert Lancaster? He was the caretaker's grandson, he lived on Ridgeway Road in the row of terraces houses opposite where Grassthorpe Road joins the main road. Rob was a brilliant artist even as a teenager, I think he became a stone mason. I've not seen him for years. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  18. I remember Nora from the mid-60's, she was a local celebrity. She would often be around when we got off the No. 27 bus from Hurlfield School to Pond Street. I also once saw her 'sun bathing' in the Peace Gardens. There was also I time when she would be seen around Gleadless, I saw a couple of times in Brown's Store which was on the corner of Gleadless Common and Gleadless Avenue, she was very quiet, no shouting and swearing. Wazzie Worrall
  19. Hi Athy, What I remember of Miss Parkin, I think she was our teacher in J2, was her winged glasses. These days with the fashion for designer glasses I think she'd be quite trendy. I don't really remember Mr Lancaster very well, I think he was a little guy who always had a roll-up in his mouth? The whole school appeared to run on a regime of petty rules, I doubt whether they'd get away with it with the modern generation of kids? It was common to give the kids a slap if they stepped out of line, I got many, but again that's how things were in those dark days!! Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  20. It's interesting that Coffee Cup also mentions getting kinkoff if you sit on cold stones. My Mum and both Grannies used to say that, I once told a pal who was a GP and he said that despite six years at medical school and years of practice he'd never heard of kinkoff! Wazzie Worrall
  21. I am trying to trace my second cousin - Paul Cartwright whose last known address was Crimicar Ave where he lived with his grandmother Rose Cartwright. Rose died many years ago but I believe Paul continued to live in the family home. I also believe that in the 70's or early 80's Paul gained a social science degree from sheffield Polytechnic. Does anybody have any idea where Paul is now? Paul 'Wazzie' Worrall
  22. Hi Steve, Thanks for the clip. Jack was a neigbour of a friend of mine and I remember him training around Gleadless in the mid 60's. Cheers, Wazzie Worrall
  23. Does anybody remember Jack Warhurst from Gleadless winning the Star Walk? It was probably the mid to late 60's. Wazzie Worrall
  24. I've just had a look in my 1954 Kelly's Directory. The house holder for No. 81 Ridgehill Ave is shown as Ernest Hibbert - Boot repairer. Wazzie Worrall