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Orchard Lane in Sheffield City Centre

Great photo of Orchard Lane showing Boy Scout and Girl Guide Depot with the Grand Hotel in the background.

Anyone know what is on the site today?

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Seeing the Grand Hotel in the photograph brings back memories.

The plumbing firm where I worked as a apprentice won the contract in 1964 to refurbish 17 of the Hotel bathrooms.

Some of the rooms in that end block had windows overlooking the City Hall stage door, standing by the door was a crowd of girls with autograph books in hand waiting for their favourite pop group to appear after rehearsals.

Some of the girls looked up towards the Grand Hotel, saw two lads looking out of an open window and gave out an almighty scream, needless to say two apprentices milked the situation for all it was worth with a few deft waves of the hand.

That same year I attended a night school course in plumbing theory at The Central Tec just opposite the Hotel on Orchard Lane.

The row of shops in the photograph would have been demolished to make way for the construction of the City Hall.

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