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  1. I also remember having some great times at Millhouses outdoor pool. The summer school holidays (which were always hot and sunny!!!) were the main season we went there. I also remember that the water was always a green colour and you couldn't see through it. I used this fact to fool my mates. I would dive in and swim back under the flat area over the steps. This was covered in a material similar to hessian and you could surface under this and breathe, which I did. After a while I would swim back out under water and surface in the middle of the pool. They thought I could hold my breath for all that time. I never did enlighten anyone!!
  2. I have lived away from Sheffield for some years now but I recall on one occasion when I visited we went into a number of pubs which had oversized glasses with the pint mark on the side of the glass. This was apparently to ensure that payment was for the beer and not the "head". The beer was delivered via a half pint pumped measure (twice for a pint). Mind you it was not the real ale that was delivered. Does anyone know if it is still in use? Sheffield was the only place I have seen this.
  3. Just noticed a VHS video on eBay - Sheffield Trams. If anyone is interested. Click the link. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RARE-Online-Video-Sheffield-Trams-VHS-1990/113898360866?hash=item1a84df1022:g:FsYAAOSwVvBdY7ZY
  4. My Grandad was a crane driver at English Steel Corporation (ESC) in the 1950's/60's and he told a similar story to most of the replies here with one difference. I do not recall the name of the pub he referred to but he told me that before finishing time the pint glasses would be lined up on the bar and two thirds filled with beer as the men arrived the glasses would be topped up to ensure a "head" on the beer as this was demanded by them. I have lived away from Sheffield for some years now but I recall on one occasion when I visited we went into a number of pubs which had oversized glasses with the pint mark on the side of the glass. This was apparently to ensure that payment was for the beer and not the "head". The beer was delivered via a half pint pumped measure (twice for a pint). Mind you it was not the real ale that was delivered. Does anyone know if it is still in use? Sheffield was the only place I have seen this.
  5. Welsh Flag ! Anyone can make a mistake ! They will make up for it on St Andrews Day ! Can't wait to see which flag appears Eany Meany Miney Mo (Tee He He He)
  6. I also attended Greystones. I cannot remember the dates but it was around 1957/8. a little earlier than you. I was only there for a short while before going to Rowlinson.
  7. There were, as most people know, meat shortages during WW2 and in the late 1940's and early 50's. However I seem to remember there were plenty of rabbits hanging up in the butchers shops. Where did they all come from? We had rabbits to eat frequently and to this day I can smell them cooking and I cannot eat rabbit! What are your recollections of eating rabbits?
  8. Forgot to include the closeup https://goo.gl/maps/7P8scZDnvZz
  9. …..and just to the left...……...JohnWilley and Sons Norfolk Bridge Works Established 1880(I think its 1880) They don't build 'em like this anymore
  10. Bownes Family Tree So far I have traced back to John Bownes Born in Eckington in 1654. It obviously gets harder the further back you go.
  11. Hi EllisSearcher I have an Arthur Ellis in my Family Tree. He was born in Sheffield 5th October 1880 so he would have been about 35 at the time of the Dolphin beerhouse changing hands. But I do not know if it is him. I also have a Walter Ellis born in Sheffield May 12 1876. but he is much younger than your Walter. Incidentally my surname is Bownes there are a lot of Bownes in Sheffield and going back they seem to come along with Bown from the Eckington area
  12. Going way back some 30 odd years (in the 8o's) I had one of the early "mobile phones". It was not truly mobile as it was fitted into my car. The cost was extortionate £1,750! This was not paid by me but by my company who felt it necessary in a fast moving business world. The hand set weighed about 2.5 lbs so you could not talk for long. A lot of my journeys were on the M1 and the reception was diabolical and very patchy in those days. A short while later as technology advanced one of my colleagues had one of the first truly mobile phones. The batteries were so big the whole unit was fitted into a briefcase. Obviously technology advanced and the phones got smaller, then bigger again and when I retired the last mobile which I still have somewhere, was a Motorola T250e. Now after a large part of my business life spent with mobiles I had had enough and I did stop using them. However last year my daughter bought me one for Christmas "so she could send me pictures and for security." I do not use it for any pictures but I confess I do take it with me mostly turned off "just in case" In an emergency I think they are useful. I am glad to say though I am not addicted to it. We also have a rule in our house that family and guests turn them off at the dinner table. Some people do find that strange...I don't. I find it hard to understand how people put their phones as such a high priority in their lives, but these days it is much more than just a phone!!!
  13. I was at Hillsborough too what a wonderful memory. The video brings it all back.
  14. 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!
  15. 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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