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About johnm

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  • Birthday 19/05/1944

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  1. I lived near Firth Park & had a great time there on the slides & swings in the 1950's. Also at the pond near what was Firth Park library where we sailed our boats. When I was a bout 11 I fell through the ice into the pond & got home to be dumped into a hot bath! Firth Park also brings back memories of great Whit Monday marches up to the park with hundreds of people lining the route. In the afternoon we went up there for our Sunday School sports & afterwards back to Reform Chapel for tea.How sad that's all gone. Also played tennis there & occasionally bowls with my dad. Left Sheffield 1976 but come back a couple of times a year to see family & friends. Popped into the very nice café in Firth Park for coffee & a teacake 2 or 3 years ago.
  2. Lunch and beers at The Sicey pub, Sheffield

    For quite a few years before it shut it was a really nice Beefeater pub. I used it a lot when visiting my mum at weekends after dad died.
  3. I was at ESC from 1960 to 1967. Up to around 1963 I don't think working hours & conditions would be significantly different from the 1930's. I recall we ( those on staff conditions) worked 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday. We had to clock in & out. Steelmaking was not a continuous process so steel plant workers would work Monday - Friday two 8 hour shifts per day , maybe Saturday if required. My first pay packet was £2 17 shillings & six pence. Prior to the early 1960's safety had a limited impact on operations. Manual operation of bar mills occasionally resulted in a man getting a red hot piece of bar through his leg! This changed when the new Tinsley Park automated bar mill was built in 1963 & overnight safety was vastly improved. People were killed in accidents from time to time in the steelmaking plant though particularly prior to the 1960's. Little safety equipment was used. On the Siemens furnaces which were used until they were replaced by electric arc furnaces about 1962, the 3rd hand would go to The Wellington pub every so often & bring back large plastic containers full of beer to prevent dehydration. I worked with an old steel melter & he mentioned drinking up to 24 pints a day including what he drunk at night. In the early 1960's beer was replaced by salt tablets. That might just give you some idea of what it was like.
  4. Sheffield Records Office

    The Sheffield indexers site was set up b y a group of volunteers.. Most of the data on it has been transcribed by volunteers ( I did it for about 4 years) from information obtained from a variety of sources inc Sheffield Council for burial & school records etc. The webmaster is Elaine who now lives in Ottowa, Canada If you are interested in Family History do have a look at it. It contains a wealth of information. http://www.sheffieldindexers.com/
  5. VIDEO - Sheffield Castle

    Excellent video - thanks for that. John
  6. Sheffield Playhouse

    We used to go to the Playhouse early 60's until it closed. Really loved the pace - it was a very intimate theatre. So sad when it shut. There was a thread on it here some time ago at https://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/739-the-sheffield-playhouse/
  7. The First World War

    My granddad was at Firth Browns as a plater. Whilst it was a reserved occupation he was sent up to Scapa Flow on 13th March 1918 for 2 months & had a special ID card given him to allow entry to the North of Scotland Special Military Area.
  8. Sheffield Victoria Train Station

    I and friends went regularly on the train from Sheffield Victoria to Retford to go trainspotting in the 1950's. When it rained or snowed we played shove 'appenny in the waiting room there. In those days there was a crossover of the main line & it was a terrific sight seeing the express trains on the down line going from side to side as the went across it. Eventually they put the underpass in as trains had come off apparently. I love Unitedite Returns photo of the 2 A4's double heading - must have been a very rare event !
  9. THE ABC CINEMA Sheffield

    Hi S24, Thanks for photo. At least I was right that there was an organ! John
  10. THE ABC CINEMA Sheffield

    I seem to remember that in the early years the ABC had an organ at the front which rose up for organist to play during intermissions etc.
  11. This is how Leopold Street used to look

    Looks like 1950's to me. I remember that the shop where Kate Saxon's is in the 1960's achieved some fame as it displayed a topless dress in the window. My girl friend (now wife) & me were passing it on way to Berni Inn (I think that's what it was) for a steak.
  12. WILSON PECK music shop

    Went in there a lot to buy records in the late 50's & 60's. You could listen to a short part of a record via headphones on the wall. Used to admire the wonderful looking pianos on display too. .Also went in Canns on Chapel Walk for records. Cann the Music Man as there advert put it.
  13. Did you play shove hapeney?

    My friends & I went train spottinbg to Retford when we were lads. Remember playing shuv'apeney in the waiting room there many times when it was wet.
  14. Sheffield Crucible Theatre being built

    Makes me think of The Playhouse. We very much missed its intimacy when it closed I had to move out of Sheffield up to Teesside & we have the Middlesbrough Little Theatre which reminds me very much of The Playhouse.
  15. Shock Horror I am not on Facebook

    Its worth mentioning that quite a lot of organisations, clubs etc. now use Facebook rather then having a website because Facebook is free !! So if you want to know what's happening with your club or whatever you have to be on Facebook. So it has moved on from the original chat site to some degree.