I used to live at No.9 Cross Addy Street with my sister Sharon and parents Dennis and Dorean. We were 3 doors away from you and 2 doors away from the Kirk's (Len & Anne). When we were kids I remember we used to play subbuttio competitions in your front room. I went with you to town and bought my first team (using you as advisor) from Sugg's, my dad went mad as they cost 1 shilling and 3 pennies!!!
I was the one who had a crash on a push bike at the junction between Arthur Street and Springvale Road in 1964 racing Steve Naylor round the block. It left me in a coma for 5 days with a fractured skull and a brain Haemorrhage.
Reading some of the posts I can shed some light on some of the people and places. I knocked about with Steven Nailor, Rodney Smith and Cecil Spencer. The Naylor's lived at the top of our 'yard' the kids were June, Les, Brian, Steven, Graham, Andrea and Joanne.
The last I heard Steven moved to Australia. Unfortunately I heard that Brian died of cancer as did his dad Bob. I saw Graham working in a council craft centre for people with learning difficulties on Peter Street about 1980/81. AndrÃ©a lived with us on and off for many years while her mum and dad looked after Joanne who was in and out of hospital having her legs broken and reset to correct a twist. They were all a fabulous family.
I don't know the final story but in about 1998/99 we were driving past the old Infirmary Hospital and we saw flowers and a slogan painted on the wall saying "Pigs killed Cecil Spencer". I made some enquiries and was told he was killed on a car chase with the police. I presume this was the same Cecil Spencer as it is not a common name.
Someone mentioned Cheryl Goldthorpe, she was the daughter of the corner shop owners Doug and Winney (I think). On the other street corner it was Wards shop and Marriotâ€™s transport and just down Springvale Road there was a newsagents called Don's. At the bottom junction of SAddy Street and Springvale road there was the Upperthorpe swimming baths, the wash house, Library, the Oxford Cinima and the chippy. A few other people you may remember were Andrew Wallace and Graham Cogin, they were my age (born 1952) and lived on Addy street near David Belk.
Hope this fills some of the gaps and questions posted. I have added a photograph of myself and Sharon from way back then plus a photo of me a few years later and a photo of the 'Tip' we used to play on, mainly sliding down the banks on cardboard and making throwing arrows launched with string and playing footy on the ash pitch.