filsgreen wrote:Hey Mark, that's my story from 20 years earlier, I lived in number 13 till 1973. Neighbours ar that time were: the Coughlin, Cravens, Owens, Fredson's, Stafford's White's Macmillan's and the Reardon's
The Backy was prefabs till about 1965, when they were demolished, it was then called the Oller or Debris. The prefabs had wooden flooring, everyone made picket fences out of them, we recycled in the 60's. The flooring had a bitumen coating on, which if they could not get off, it was burnt on the fire, ithe bitumen made the wood burn great, but the fumes were terrible. The prefabs had asbestos rooves , which were just smashed up and left there, it made great ammo for stone fights. No health and safety, then.
I remember my mum sending me to whites for messages; she gave me a ten bob note, which I duly lost crossing the Debris. When I went back to tell her she sent me back out to find it, luckily enough I did. We too used to build a bommy at the top of the Debris, not far from the substation, the fire brigade never bothered us.
I too went to Orrell, at that time the headmaster was Mr Scott, my teachers being: Miss Pritchard, Mrs Jones and Mr Johnson. In the Georges I can't remember many of the teachers; I was only there for two years before moving to Netherton and Warwick Bolam.
The park side used to be Harland and Wolf's social club. When it snowed we used to slide on the snow that had settled on the bowling green. Also, in the winter we used to pour water down the gullets in the entries and hope it would freeze over, so that we could slide on the ice.
The set of shops next to Orrell comprised of Danny's or Gallaghers, then Cousins the bakers, Owens the greengrocers, Gidmans the butchers, men's barber, Frank's the newsagent and a chippie.
We used to go to the Black hills in Derby park to play war or hide and seek. There was a tap there where you could fill your Tizer or Schofields bottles with water. In the summer there was always a fair at North Park and there was water in the bathing pools.
So there you are Mark, when I met you at your parents to do their garden, little did we know we had so much in common.
marymaple que. wrote:Hi/there...I used to have relatives that lived in number 3 Hackett ave......but I have lost touch with them all, their name was--Chatterton--I was wondering if anybody knew of this family..Thankyou.
mckenna wrote:HI ALL i was born 1928 October my happy memouries was before the war when use have beutiful summers, i started
school in 1934 at Bedford Road i only remember the headmaster was a Mr Blanchard i stayed there till i was 11years old the went to Balliol road the teachers then was Mr Tickle Mr Clough Mr Hobart Mr Elliot and that famous Mr Cooper
whom i think some forum members new, Mr Mills was the head master,i was evacuated to Churchtown before i start Balliol road
i only stayed a week in Churchtown and came home on the 3rd of September the day war started,but before the war started
in the school holidays Derby Park was one favourite places fishing for tiddlers as use call them,South Park was another the
Brickfields were Southport road is now the Princess was our Saturday matinee picture house,with penth of fades realy happy days, them days we could go out and play without any fear not like to day,i dont whether anyone new about thye little fair on Seaforth Beach to get to it there was afootpath at the tram terminus which lead onto beach and the fair was at the end of the path i could go and on let some else give there memouries all the best to every one George
filsgreen wrote:Wouldn't give up on the topic just yet Mark, the forum in general is pretty quiet right now for whatever reason. Maybe a lot of members are on holiday, or if they're like Ken, et al, they're too busy looking after relatives and friends to post their biographies
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