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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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


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    Always been known locally as &#39;The Earl&#39;<br />

    don&#39;t think it&#39;s a proper pub any more, keeps closing,changing hands,<br />

    and no regular opening times,<br />

    at one time it was some sort of community place.<br />

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    When I frequented the Earl (70&#39;s/80&#39;s),<br />

    the landlord at the time was called Henry or Harry,<br />

    sorry can&#39;t think of his second name?<br />

    He was a former boxer, so I was told,<br />

    he owned a race horse at the time<br />

    that had blood connections to Red Rum,<br />

    strangely I do remember the  name of the horse, it was Red Earl.<br />

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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. <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>


  9. 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.


  10. My father worked in the steel works at Wardsend rolling mills during the war. He was not allowed to join the army due to his job being essential to the war effort. My dad never spoke much about the war years but we knew he joined in the home guard. My dad was called Harry Crapper and lived in the Hillsborough area. Whilst reading a book "Hillsborough and her people" i saw a photograph of B Company Home Guard taken on Wadsley Common and my dad is there. Does anyone have any information about B Company and does anyone know how i could find out about who the recruits were. If anyone has any info about either B Company or my father i would very grateful.

    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


  11. Looks like Mellowes had a bit of a fire at their Bridge St. premises ..

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    Was the fire on 1858/01/14 or 1958/01/14? :blink:

    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


  12. 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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