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Big Ada at the old market on Dixon Lane

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Does anyone remember the people in this photo? One is Big Ada from the old market on Dixon Lane

Any memories of these people at all?

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I remember her with warm affection, she was a tough old girl, could swear for England and she took no rubbish from anyone and had a reputation for flattening any bloke who was stupid enough to cross her.  She lived in Clarkeson St and her house backed onto our in Glossop Road.  She had a heart of gold if anyone was in trouble she was good for 2 bob and often she would take in young women who had been beaten by their husband, giving them a temporary safe place for the night.  I used to run errands for her and always got st least 3d but if she was in a good mood a tanner or even on odd occasions a shilling.  Like many Sheffield characters I think her reputation was bigger than reality but as always it was based in truth.

 

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