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Athy

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  1. Paul, I'm not sure of his spelling, I thought Iossen or Iosson, but you could be right. Mr. Dyson must have been after my time. Th wename "Miss Parkin" rings a bell but I can't picture her. I do indeed remember Mr. Lancaster the caretaker -= we didn't think much of him because he was always chasing us off when we climbed up the huge pile of boiler coke in the school yard, and also used to put salt on the slides we made there in winter, so that they would melt. I suppose he was "only obeying orders", but when you're nine or ten you don't see it that way.
  2. I don't remember Mr. Dyson, though I was at GCS about three years before you. Not Mr. Iossen?
  3. Hence yet another name for an off-licence, "Jug and Bottle", as you had to take your own container for the beer. My parents used to use this (the expression, not the facility). I remember a variation on this when I was at University in Brum at the end of the '60s, as there was a pub where you could take a pint milk bottle and get it filled with wine or sherry for a modest price. From memory, they were not fine vintages. On a slightly similar note, when we used to get fish & chips from Furniss' on Hollinsend Road in the early '60s, if we wanted peas we had to take a bowl for them - a ceramic one, as I don't think that plastic containers were yet commonplace.
  4. Bev's photo now has 26 "likes" on the vintage reggae forum, so obviously quite a few people remember the name.
  5. I posted it on the old ska and reggae forum and got lots of "likes" and comments. One music historian from Sweden even sent me this photo from 1963. It shows Vinley with compere Anthony Cobb at a big show, headed by Jamaica';s biggest star of the time Derrick Morgan, on which he appeared. Thanks to Ludde Myrsell for permission to reproduce it.
  6. That's how I remember it, yes - though, as an Old Edwardian, I would say that, wouldn't I?
  7. Superb, thank you very much for going to the trouble of posting these. Would you mind if I reproduced the photos on a vintage ska and reggae forum of which I am a member? Not for any commercial gain, you understand.
  8. It's still of considerable interest, don't worry!
  9. Thanks for posting that - though it appears to refer to a covered driveway where the carriages and horses can wait, rather than the cabmen's rest room shown in the photo.
  10. It is ironical that this, the last main line to be built in Britain, was also the first to close, or at least most of it was. Thanks for the information about the bigger loading gauge - I never knew that.
  11. I never knew that there used to be a cabmen's shelter, not unlike the ones you used yo see in London, outside the Mid.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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?
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. As they would say on Wayne's World, "Ex-ce-llent"!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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