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  1. Mine was "China Seas" starring Clark Gable l went to it 3 times the week it played at the Wicker and a couple of times at other houses Skeets
  2. l would have thought that the Tivoli picture house would be added to the list of cinemas in Sheffield, perhaps its too old HAha, By way of interest the cinema was severely damaged except for the facade which ironicly l worked on in 1944 we turned it into 2 shops, an electrical and umbrella besides repairing all that block including Union st and St Pauls Parade Skeets
  3. Before the blitz, and part damaged by the blitz there was a building 1st on the left on Change Alley which was owned by Mudfords the rope and tent firm would it have any connection with the building that was known as the Rotherham House Hotel
  4. When l was still a schoolboy l was stood in the foyer waitng for my pal who was reading the coming attractions, there was lots of plants and ferns and l saw one was bent almost to the floor, l was just in the act of placing it behind its next frond when a heavy hand grabbed me from behind , a deep voice said, l have been waiting to catch you, l was dragged struggling to the managers office who phoned the police, l was taken home still pleading innocence to my parents, my mother stood by me saying how could the usher say l was guilty of the act before when it was the first time l had ever been to the place, l still was not exonerated because we had a demand for 2/6 in the old money, which after lots of arguing we still had to pay. l still have feelings of injustice about this.Skeets
  5. Are there any gas lamps still in use some were in use to burn off methane at one time
  6. l was about 7 and stood with my mum who worked there as a cleaner and watched it on fire
  7. Can anyone tell me whether this writer was from Pitsmoor as l knew Bill Banks in my youth we drank in the Normanton in Grimesthorpe rd 50 yrs ago he lived on Malton st Skeets
  8. Bit more useless info the pub was built on the site of a tea garden and named after it but do not know when, anyone any idea. skeets
  9. On Tree Root Walk in the thirties, opposite a small housing estate,there was a large orchard where the local kids did their scrumping l was once left up a tall pear tree when the owner opened the door and all the others ran to the wall opposite and over they went to safety. He didnt see me and l was left for 2 hours before he left, the next time l visited that land was 12 years later to have a tooth extracted, the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital had been built there, l had to have it removed without any gas or an injection,l had eaten dont know which was more painful the cramp in the tree or the tooth extraction Cheers Skeets
  10. Steve HB I Have course to remember this PUB Steve,66years ago my wife Betty and l had visited her parents in Alderson Rd and had called in the Sheaf, and was in a quandary over where to live, as l had left my parents home saying l would not return, at that time some seats were back to back and a nieghbour of Betty's had heard our conversation and called us to sit with him, we did, and to my surprise it was Alec Bowler, an old workmate from my apprentice days. He was as astounded as l. Without another word he gave us a key to share his home. Does anyone else Have memmories of early war years with nowhere to live Skeets.
  11. Hi History members, does any of you recall the street games of years gone by, like kickcan, relieveo.getting into an awful mess on very hot days playing with molten pitch from the cobbles in the road,the only thing to remove it in those days was lard applied by an angry mother, making a lyons roar, news paper stuffed uo fallpipes and set alight, all this before many had even a radio. Happy days some 80 years ago Cheers Skeets
  12. HI Steve, This topic brought back memmories,it was aprox;1945 or thereabouts, before l was married, we were in a mixed group in some pub in town possibly the Rainbow, somebody came in dishing free tickets for the Lantern Theatre, we were off, and the driver of the car l was in did not know where it was,l knew cos l had worked on Priory Rd, when we were there l was begining to feel ill with the booze and stayed outside, by the time l was feeling better it was over apparently it had just been a forerunner of what was to come,that was my lackluster account of the Lantern at the time, l don't recall hearing of it again. Cheers Skeets.
  13. l worked on erecting an office extension to the saw works in 1947 they were owned by George Butler and Sons at the time Cheers Skeets
  14. <p style="text-align: right">HI Richard There was a sheffield person in the Broomhill area he was in the early horse days with my father, l also went to Broomhill school with his son name of Joseph Revill his father also named Joseph could the picture be a grandfather Skeets</p>
  15. l remember standing in a small queue at the Playhouse,' with my bride to be', during the last year of the war 1946, when l suddenly remembered it was the wrong Theatre l had been given these two tickets by the producer one boosey night in the Dove and Rainbow, l recalled him directing me to the place and saying Townhead St down there when his taxi had arrived and it was a hurried goodnight, the tickets were put in my ticket pocket and forgotten. lt was at the bottom of Townhead st and up to the top of Hollis Croft on the right it was a [ Church Hall] l then got a clout with her handbag, the play was Night Must Fall, by the Welshman Emllyn Williams, anyhow we rather enjoyed it. So the night didn't Fall Flat after all. Cheers Skeets.
  16. Abbeydale Hamlet painted by me many years ago, from a black and white in the Star, perhaps someone would contact them to compare, l visulised the colours
  17. hi l would be inclined to say a railwayman
  18. HI Wobble, there was a Harry Crapper worked as a foreman bricklayer for PWD In the late 70ties if that's any use, l was in the Home Guard too but at Norbury Hall Sorry Skeets
  19. A little addition to this to topic, an old friend of mine was a manager, or some head at Mellowes by the name of Albert Drake, and also [,take note Richard] he was, at the same time, late 40 ties era the landlord of the Normanton Inn Grimesthorpe Rd Cheers Skeets
  20. WELL its pretty obvious this would be a celebration dance for all service personel stationed in or nr Sheffield at the end of the 1914/18 war with Roses printing the stationary for the occasion. Skeets.
  21. HI All those who posted regards my mother. Well recently by almost a miracle l have succeeded, a week or so go, l had a flashback to what my sister Frances said, soon after this bombshell dropped 36 years ago, and l was not really either interested or not listening at the time, she said she had heard that she had gone to Canada. After the usual searches, on a Canadian forum, my enquiry was picked up by a Genealogical Consultant of archives in Ottawa and he very kindly fowarded the following info;that on 27/3/1926 Florence Burnand alighted at Halifax from the ship DORIC he also gave me details of microfilm that exists giving further info; l am trying to get this but it is complicated, when l get it l wil keep you posted. Skeets.
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