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John T

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  • Birthday 04/09/1956

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  1. My father was evacuated around 1st September 1939 and was away for around 15 months
  2. My father recognised the names and places on this list under Langsett Road and he was evacuated from Burton Street School just before the war broke out as per the article in the Star date 31st August. Along with his brother he was evacuated to rural Nottinghamshire to a place called Ratcliffe on Trent. I would love to know if there are any lists of pupils who were evacuated and where they ended up. His 3 younger sisters were fortunate enough to visit the place to where they were evacuated at a similar time. I may get a chance too take him back there in the near future.
  3. I remember the 11 plus well. There were only 9 people took it from Woodthorpe School in 1967 and only myself passed. It was the last year and it certainly changed my life. I passed for King Edwards on Glossop Roadand it took 2 bus rides to get there. No 'mummy dropping me off in the 4x4' at 11 years old! We shared busses with girls from Notre Dame (my neighbour Marie Dawson went there) and Girls High School. The exam papers were Maths English and Aptitude to test general levels of intelligence. How different to SATS it was I don't know but it was a time of pressure and expectation.
  4. Cinerama That brings back a childhood memory. That big blue tent with the screen that went right around your edge of sight. I remember a film they showed there called Cinerama Holiday. It featured a helicopter ride over the mountains, an olympic bob sleigh run taken from the sledge and a roller coaster ride. So big was the screen that you actually felt like you were there and all the film watchers were moving their heads in unison. It was the forerunner of the Disney 3D and Imax stuff. It never really took off because of the size of the screen and I recall that only the ABC had a screen anywhere near as wide. In the ABC I usd to watch how far the curtains opened to see how wide the screen was going to be. Well, it added to the excitement!
  5. The Green Room I cant believe no one has mentioned the Green Room. Perhaps some of you are not old enough to remember it? If you look on one of George Cunnighams paintings it is the restaurant that is lit up above the cinema overlooking Barkers Pool. My mum used to work there as a waitress and often me and dad would catch a film (Dumbo, Pinocchio,etc) while she was working and then pick her up after. As you have guessed I was a kid at the time so we are talking circa 1960. I am not sure when the restaurant closed. Apparently it was quite "well-to-do" and "the tips were good".
  6. The Clubs on City Road. Sunday lunchtime was a hoot! Like the migration of the wildebeast.. P&A (also known as Cabbies Castle, after the Secretary who "authorised" the Vera Duckworth-like stone cladding and battlements in the 80's) ran their bingo at 12.30 following which the club emptied as the Manor Estate club ran theirs at 1pm. Not to be outdone the migration continued to the Arundel for bingo (or tombola as it was then known) at 1.30. Shrewd business or just amatuers running professional organisations? Well, it worked. The Manor used to play 4 or 5 full houses for £100 each on a Wednesday night for 25p a book. It was big money back then and you could hear a pin drop, as they say.
  7. I sampled my first pint of Whitbread Trophy in the Woodthorpe Arms circa 1974. It was a good pint too. The landlord was a dark haired tall upright man of serious demeanour. Me, dad and my uncle whiled away a couple of leisurely hours in there on a saturday evening while mum and auntie went down to the birley bingo club. So good was the ale that I often tried to steer my mates into there rather than head down into the city centre, but to little avail. Sadly now its flats, but happy memries of my first soujourns into the adult world.
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