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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.
  16. Good detective work, RLongden! "Fried fish dealer" - how prim. I remember Mrs. Furniss who had a distinctive face - her top lip stuck out further than the bottom one. I had never sen anyone with that feature before. How odd that one remembers such peculiar details after some 55 years.
  17. I was too young to notice the pubs - I was not yet 14 when we left Sheffield, though I do remember the name "Hollin Bush". Furness' was on the right-hand side going down the hill from Ridgeway Road, further down than Gleadless School and on the opposite side. I think there were other shops nearby but can't remember what they were, except there was a sweetshop on the left.
  18. Oh dear, I have few original ideas so I have to recycle the old ones! So, are you a narrowboat owner too?
  19. Thanks, Jackanne. What a shame. We started going there about 1960 when Mum decided that she didn't want to cook seven days a week. So every Saturday about one o'clock Dad and I would go down there in the Hillman Minx, returning with that delicious-smelling newspaper-wrapped parcel whose contents would be eagerly devoured once we got home. That was a ritual for some two years until we moved from Sheffield. We did try one or two chippies in our new home of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, but they didn't even come near Furness' standard. I wonder if there is a photo of the shop.
  20. No contest! Furniss' on Hollinsend Road in Gleadless, right-hand side as you went down from the main road. Mum, Dad and I tried one or two others in the area but the equality didn't come close. Ooooh, I can just taste their fishcakes (as in two slices of potato, fish in between, cooked in batter) now, and I'm subconsciously reaching out for a bowl to take the peas home in. Apparently in later years it became a Chinese Chippy, not sure if it is still there now.
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    Shops In Gleadless

    Hunt's doesn't ring a bell - perhaps they came after Quirk's, who were there when we left Sheffield in 1962. I rather think that the people before Quirk's were the owners of Major, a friendly boxer dog which used to walk down to our house as he knew he's get made a fuss of and be fed some table leftovers. But I just can't think of their name at the moment.
  22. As a boy growing up in Gleadless in the 1950s and early 1960s I used to walk around the local area and also, like most children at that time, was often sent by my Mum to do some shopping. I remember three local shops in particular, all of which are now gone as far as I know. At the end of my road, Gleadless Avenue, on the corner of Gleadless Common, were two shops side by side. One was Jenkinson's the grocers, where several members of the Jenkinson family worked. The other, known locally as "the fruit shop" was a greengrocers which, about 1960, became Quirk's. Their son Jack Quirk was at Gleadless County School with me, perhaps one year below me. But I can't remember what it was called before the Quirk Family took it over. Last time I visited the area, about ten years ago, both buildings were still standing but had become private houses. Perhaps 150 yards away, on the right hand side of Gleadless Common going uphlll, was The Bungalow Stores which, in modern parlance, did just what it said on the tin. It was a normal looking bungalow of which one room happened to be a shop, once again a grocer's I think/ I have a memory of it being run by two ladies (I would have said "old" ladies, but at that age anyone over 30 looked quite old to me). My Mum did not seem to like them, describing them as "last penny types" though, as I never saw her go in there, I wonder how she formed this view. On the occasion of my last visit I could not find where it had been , so I guess that it too has reverted to being a private dwelling. Any further details on the history of these shops would be of interest. Though it didn't look like a shop, there was a further retail premises a little way down Gleadless Avenue from us, in a house on the corner of Gleadless Drive (I think that was the road's name). This was occupied by Mr. Fulford who was a photographer. I'm sure that he did the usual weddings and so on, but I knew him because Dad used to get his films developed and printed there. Mr. Fulford probably did them cheaper than the local chemist's, and Dad always did like a bargain.
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    Manor Top Telephone Exchange

    It was our actual number: Sheffield 37605. STD codes had not yet been introduced then as far as I'm aware. We were in Gleadless Avenue, Sheffield 12.
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    Manor Top Telephone Exchange

    Interesting, Andy, though I don't quite grasp it. So, our phone number in Sheffield in the early '60s was 37605. What can I deduce from that number? (And, I wonder, why on earth do I still remember it?)
  25. A McDonald's has closed down? That must be a step forward for civilisation. It's a pity about BHS and Woollies, though, two shops which had "always been there" and which many of us thought always would be.