Invicta wrote:Further back on Strand Road, my late Father in Law managed Moss “ Gentlemen’s Outfitters”
Main business was from sailors who would come in and buy 6 of everything, shirts, underwear, pairs of socks. He also did a roaring trade in gloves and scarves during the Winter when seamen from warmer climes came on frozen. Ken
Sonoma wrote:Anybody remember the Bazaar shop on Stanley Rd near Bedford Rd ? It used to sell all kinds of unusual stuff. First time I ever heard of peanut butter was seeing it there - early 1950s when certain foods were still rationed
Trevelyn Kinrade wrote:
The image pictured above shows housing accommodation situated between Bianca Street and Viola Street.
The image pictured below shows the former Swifts Pub on the corner of Viola Street.
Community Spirit was a feature of local pubs and local communities often benefited from events and activities organised by pub regulars.
Did you or members of your family ever frequent Swifts?
Walsh wrote:As a kid (and in my 60s, now), I was proud to be brought up in Bootle.
I often went to Balliol Baths (swimming and life saving tests) and passed my cycling proficiency test after riding around the roads by the baths, overseen by enthusiastic, but helpful policemen. Both the baths and the police station should be special, heritage buildings.
Once I had passed yet another test, the 11-plus, our class, sadly, became separated and I headed off to Bootle Grammar School for Boys, which had recently moved to Netherton. On a nervous first day, it was explained to us that all boys belonged to one of four teams with coloured football shirts, Balliol (red strip ), Oriel (yellow), Pembroke (green) and Trinity (blue) - as these roads bordered the original school location.
In later years, I graduated as a scientist and engineer then examined at Oxford Uni. There, I was pleased to explain to colleagues there that my school sports teams were named after heritage Bootle roads - of course, they always corrected me that these names originated from Oxford Colleges - but I knew better, due to a privileged upbringing near the UK's most important docks and the University of the Backstreets!
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