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About peterinfrance

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  • Birthday 07/03/1945

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  1. I can remember back in the 1950's my mum used to take me to Chesterfield on Sundays to see the "pictures". I believe that this was because the cinemas in Sheffield did not open on Sundays, but my memory could be at fault here. Can anyone shed any light on this Also I seem to remember seeing Trolley Buses in Chesterfield at the time but from what I can see on the internet they stopped running in 1938!
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    Dunkirk-Sheffield Royal Engineers

    Hi lysander Your reply was not shown when I posted even though you posted 2 hours before me. Is the time lag normal. Bon Soiré
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    Dunkirk-Sheffield Royal Engineers

    Try this link I think you will find it interesting. www.sfbhistory.org.uk/Pages/SheffieldatWar/Page07/Page07e.html
  4. I was a child born out of wedlock and it was a stigma I had to live with. It was bad enough with some children always teasing that I did not have a dad and worse. However it was some of the parents who were the worst. They wouldn't let their kids play with me as if I had some sort of disease they might catch. It was a hard life growing up in Sheffield in the 1940's and 50's. It was just as hard for my mum. She volunteered to join the land army during the war and was sent to Thame in Oxfordshire to work on farms, for the war effort. My details here are a bit thin but I have managed to uncover some details as to the events. My mother met my father in Thame. He was in the Royal Navy and they had a relationship, for how long I do not know. His ship was HMS Warspite and it took part in the invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944 in fact it had the honour of being the first ship to bombard the French coast. I was born on 7th March 1945, 9 months after D Day! For reasons I do not know they never married and mum returned to Sheffield. Looking back on life as I am now 73 years old, I feel that my experiences in early life have helped in my determination to take a positive view and build on them. It is what you make of life not where you start that is important. I have not done too bad with my life. but it has been hard work. Just before I retired I owned a factory which employed 35 people and I am proud of that. Sadly my mum did not see any of this as she died early aged 50.
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    The history of Robin Hood at Normandale House in Loxley

    No one has mentioned "The Major Oak" at Edwinstowe. We used to cycle there quite often.
  6. I too remember Endcliffe park. We played football and went on the swings. There was one set of swings near the boating lake which I remember were much bigger and were well used. I also remember the rowing boats on the lake it was sixpence for a go. We also caught sticklebacks there. Being adventurous young lads there was a wall nearby which we climbed over to discover a pond full of fish. I think it must have been a private house and of course we shouldn't have been there. We also walked on up through Endcliffe park following the stream it was wonderful. Down Rivelin way we used to catch newts. In Millhouses park we went to the outdoor swimming pool. I remember the water was an opaque green colour. My party piece was to dive in and swim under the jute covered platforms at the sides, there was an air pocket there and I stayed for a while then swam back out under water and surfaced. My mates thought that I was brilliant at holding my breath for so long Then there was the Botanical Gardens. The "Parkies" always chased us there! There was also Weston Park where you could take a trip round the lake on a motor boat. My Grandad bought me my first watch and of course in those days they were not waterproof. So wanting to put my hand in the water on the boat I remembered to take it off. I put it in my shirt breast pocket for safety, leaned over the side of the boat and you guessed it, splash and my prize possession was gone. Happy Days when you had to make your own fun...…………….Was it better than todays technology engrossing the kids...………………..Or is it just me?
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    In the early 1960's I joined the Royal Navy as an Artificer Apprentice at HMS Fisgard in Devon. I will never forget being told to go to the boiler room to bring back a flashback!
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    Liberty Bodice

    Yes I had one too, but I managed to avoid any embarrassment by keeping quiet about it. Mind you they were very effective at keeping you warm.
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    Barber's Shops & Signs.

    Talking of Barbers reminded me of when my Grandad went to the barbers on Heeley Bottom, Queens Road, in the 50's. I can't remember the name but it was about where Halfords is now. I sometimes went with him and to get a haircut, being about 6 years old at the time I sat on a plank placed on the arms of the barbers chair. Without fail whenever the barber finished cutting an adults hair he would ask "something for the weekend sir?" Now at the time I did not know what was being said but he sold a lot of the "somethings"
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    There is someone!! I attended Dinnington Tech in the late 50's early 60's. I have a few memories in particular the chemistry teacher who's nickname if I remember correctly was Fez. He walked around the Lab dictating which we had to copy down in our notebooks. He carried a length of rubber tubing around and if he saw anyone not up to date with the dictation he swiped them round the backside with the tubing. since we were sat on stools it hurt ! I also remember an algebra exam. now algebra was my favorite subject then and if I do say, I was good at it. Anyway I finished the paper in half the time allotted and handed it in. I was asked had I checked it to which I said yes, and left. When the papers were returned with the results of the marking, I had got all the answers correct but instead of the 100% I was expecting I received 95%, with the comment 5% deducted for untidy work !! What a way to motivate and there was no allowance given for completing the task in half the time. That lesson in how to motivate people has stuck with me all my life. I certainly learned something from the experience. Which is more than I can say for the teacher.
  11. I am told this is a picture of the staff at Rowlinson School in the 1950's. Although I went to Rowlinson it is just before my time there. Can anyone confirm that it is Rowlinson staff and if so identify them
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    Paul Fisher

    Hi Tony Sorry for the delay, I just noticed your reply. Sadly I do not know his fathers name but Paul and I went to Greystones school in the mid/late 50's and if my memory is correct he lived somewhere near Brocco Bank. What information have you about him as I would like to contact him as he was a good friend. kindest regards
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    This is what made Sheffield great

    Fantastic photographs which just make you proud to be a Sheffielder. My Grandfather, Roy Bownes, was a heavy crane driver at English Steel Corporation in Sheffield and it would be wonderful if anyone has any photographs of ESC.
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    SHEAF MARKET Sheffield

    Hi Jane Your story about the cigarettes reminded me of the time after the 2nd World War late 40's early 50's. Cigarettes were scarce and the favorite brand was not always in stock. I would only be about 5 or 6 years old and my mother sent me to the local grocers shop at the corner of Anns road and Myrtle road I had to ask for 10 Woodbine, Park Drive or Star cigarettes in that order. As long as the shopkeeper knew the parent, no questions were asked about age etc. Those days are long gone.
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    Did you play shove hapeney?

    I don't know if the spelling is right but I remember playing a game pronounced Shove Hapeney when I was at Rowlinson school. It was played on a desk top and as in football there were 2 goals at each side and we used a Halfpenny as the ball and pennies (old) as the player. A ruler end was used to propel the man (penny) to hit the ball (halfpenny) and try to score in the goal by taking turns. I can't remember all the rules but we were mad about this game and played it at every opportunity.