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  1. Used to go in there every Saturday night in the 60's. Brilliant music from The Bill Hogan Trio with guest singers. Later becoming The Conways, a 5 piece band with Barry and Barbara Mullen as main singers. The place used to be packed solid. Was in there when we learned of President Kennedy's assassination.
  2. May I ask who "We" is. You probably knocked down the houses where I was born and all those of my very good friends & neighbours. That was such a lovely and lively place to live and everyone was so friendly and caring. I would give everything I own to turn the clock back to those days. I take it you are a Heeley lad yourself and probably in my age group.
  3. There were bombed buildings ( shops) there after the war until site was cleared (just before 1950 I think). photo attached
  4. Redgates - next door to Woollworths, So it was. Not very often I slip but you caught me. I've now discovered that Pauldens was built in 1964 but that's now immaterial as the photo must date from the fifties due to the trams having stopped in 1960
  5. My guess is late 50's or very early 60's. The Bedford van is pulling out of Button Lane or Carver St. so it's before Pauldens Department Store was built. I don't have a solid date for this. Woolworths store was previously Redgates in the early 50's until Furnival Gate was built and then Redgates moved around the corner. Don't have a solid date for this either but Furnival Gate was built at the same time as Pauldens Store. So photo was taken between those 2 dates. The Old Moor was a lovely place and well supported by shoppers.
  6. Well said. I share your sense of frustration and annoyance at the useless lot in the town hall. I wish the Sheffield public would have the sense to vote them out now and again to regain their attention as that's the only way to get them to listen. Who would believe that they were there to represent us? Thanks for the lovely picture of the monument too.
  7. It was the original Black Swan but known to everyone as the Mucky Duck.
  8. Yes, they were previously known as Holmes & Younie
  9. Don't know if this is the same knife but there used to be one similar, on display in the old Norfolk Market hall in the forties and early fifties. At that time, a new blade was added every year and it often got a write up in the Sheffield Star from time to time. Those were the days when Sheffield was a great and very important city with industry which led the world in so many ways.
  10. I have been having problems for the last 3 days. Tells me the site is insecure and my browser will not let me enter. Have found a way round it but long and tedious and this needs putting right as, in my case, the problem still exists and I am missing using the site in a normal way.
  11. Yes, Superfi rings a bell with me so you may be right. I know I've seen the shop before in the old days and often looked in the windows so I will have to think further about this.
  12. I think it was at the bottom of Rockingham Street - left hand side going up from The Moor, facing the side of Roberts Bros old shop.
  13. I used to go in there in the late 50's early 60's - my grandmother worked there at one point. The Athol tried to be more up-market than most pubs and the most notable and unusual thing was that they had a very good pianist playing a grand piano and he was immaculately attired with dress shirt, dickie bow etc. and when he took a break, he walked around the patrons and offered them all a pinch of snuff out of his snuff box. When I declined, he told me to try dipping my next cigarette in it before I lit up and yeah, it was quite nice. Don't know when it closed down - at a guess I would say in the 70's.
  14. Hi Wayne, I left facebook because of the amount of notifications I was getting so I can't get on properly now. Lovely to see the photo up here - that was a great day. Such a shame that those times have gone forever. All the best mate. Tony
  15. Very interesting Meersbrook, I'm trying to find out more about Joseph Berley as I have great personal interest in the Wagon & Horses in particular (sadly, just closed down for good) besides history of Heeley and it's people in general. I wondered how a young man like Joseph, who died at 31 years came to own the old Wagon & Horses and to afford to demolish it and build the imposing Wagon we see today. Also seems strange that he lived on Well Rd. when he owned The Wagon. I also noticed that the concert room of The Wagon appears to be the original part of the old Wagon building which must have been left standing and added to when the new Wagon was built.
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