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Athy last won the day on February 13 2018

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  1. Athy

    Victoria Hall

    I used to walk past it every day, as Chapel Walk was on my route home from King Ted's to Gleadless. I also went to a few services there with my friend and his parents. I may have got this wrong, but did they have exhibitions there? About 1962 I went to a model railway exhibition in some large hall in Sheffield, and got a photo of me me admiring a model railway layout printed in the 'Star'. I really can't remember if it was Victoria Hall or somewhere else.
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    Old Sheffield Shops...

    I remember it well. On the top floor was a barber's where my Dad used to take me to have my hair cut when I was quite small- so small that they had to put a board across the chair for me to sit on. I remember how grown-up I felt the first time that they dispensed with the board. Oddly, he never had his hair cut there - he remained faithful to a barber called Henry Wheeler in Woodhouse, near where he taught.
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    1960's in Pond Street Bus Station

    Who remembers 41209 and 41245? The two 2-6-2 tank engines which were used for shunting ("station pilot" I think it was officially called) duties at Sheffield Midland?
  4. Perhaps the more neutral "Mark" would be an appropriate verb. On the other hand, the final end of this terrible conflict must indeed have been just cause for celebration.
  5. What a fascinating post. I hope you get some answers. Quoting the car's registration number may jog someone's memory. For no apparent reason, people tend to remember that sort of thing. I still recall that my Dad's first two Hillman Minxes were KAL 554 and 772 WB, and that's well over 50 years ago.
  6. Excellent detective work! It is interesting to note, from one of the reports, that attacks on players and/or officials by spectators are far from being a new phenomenon.
  7. The player at front right is the same person in the top two photos also - and is that him,a bit older and now moustached, in the third photo too?
  8. Good, wasn't it? Since that post I've attended a reunion of ex-Island Records people in London, where I met former Island artist Jess Roden - who confirmed that he was the singer with the Alan Bown Set at that time. In the '70s he had some success with his Jess Roden Band. He still looked annoyingly young!
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    I remember quite a few from the late '50s and early '60s. In particular, a cigarette machine outside Jenkinson's (later Brown's) stores at the Gleadless Common end of Gleadless Avenue. It wasn't attached to a wall, but stood on metal legs which were, I think, concreted into the shop's forecourt. Round the corner on Hollinsend Road was a chewing-gum machine on the wall of a small shop - and yes, it gave two-for-the-price-of-one every fourth turn. But I never seemed to get the bonus packet; I suppose some eagle-eyed local kid was watching from behind neighbouring net curtains and popped out with his penny each time the handle was in the correct position. On Sheffield Midland station's platform there was a milk machine. When I used to go train-spotting, Mum would give me a packet of sandwiches but not a drink to take with me, so I bought a waxy carton of milk to wash them down. From memory it cost 3d. In the booking hall was a more unusual machine. It consisted of a model of Stephenson's Rocket in a glass case, with a slot beneath. When you put a penny in the slot, the engine's wheels would turn a few times. I think that the money thus collected went to some sort of railway benevolent fund.
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    The Road to Monyash

    As they would say on Wayne's World, "Ex-ce-llent"!
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    The Road to Monyash

    Always look on the Brightside of life. (M. Python) Woodhouse, in the middle of our street. (Madness) The sun always shines, in my Gleadless Valley. (Love Affair/ Robert Knight) Behind the green Dore. (Shakin' Stevens and others) Rolleston, oh Rolleston. (Glen Campbell) Walkley back to happiness (Helen Shapiro) Little Sharrows in your clothing, little Sharrows in your hair (Leapy Lee) Hillsborough's alive with the the sound of music (Julie Andrews) Gosh, easy, isn't it? I bet someone can think of better ones, though.
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    The second of those is, unless I'm mistaken, from that fount of breezily basic English, Australia, whence "point Percy at the porcelain" also comes. Surely the item for which unsuspecting new employers were sent was a a long WEIGHT.
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    Or "I'll go to t'end of our road" - neither of which I actually remember hearing in Sheffield. They tend to be trotted out by "stage Northerners" in modern times, often followed by a story involving a cardboard box.
  14. Excellent stuff, Sheffield History! So you actually worked with the Jackson brothers, wow! Years later I worked for a while with the co-promotor Jeff Kruger - a very big man in the entertainment biz, and very aware of that.
  15. Moving slightly sideways, many of us will remember when the fish & chip shop was the only take-away available, especially in the evenings - except that it was never called a "take-away" in those days, simply "the chippy". I would guess that the next type of shop to enter the fray was the Chinese food outlet - for which the expression "take-away" was probably invented. But when? I remember the first one opening in the town where I then lived, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, about 1970, run by one Johnny Wong; but I suspect that the "chinky chuck-out" as they were rather dismissively called back then, would have arrived in big cities such as Sheffield before that.