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Old Manchester / Re: Newton heath
« Last post by Tom on Yesterday at 20:59:27 »
By the state of the water you were lucky to survive! Platt fields lake was not pleasant to paddle in. Thick very smelly mud on the bottom. You had to swill yourself under a tap before venturing home.
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Whats on in Manchester / Re: Christmas Celebrations
« Last post by Tom on Yesterday at 20:53:26 »
Sadly southern Manchester is badly affected by the floods. The Mersey has flooded at Didsbury. My father used to take us walking along its banks from Northenden and Parrs Wood towards Stockport. Any lads who were at MCGS in the 50's will know this bit. We were taken in buses for games. Nice in summer but not in winter. When I was in my first year our form master Herbert Harwood, who taught history ,was our referee. He stood on the Parrs Wood pitch in his hat , scarf, raincoat and wellies  holding an umbrella whilst the snow came down and we in football kit played round him. We turned various shades of red and blue on our legs and shivered. Good for you if you survived. The outside cold showers were not much in demand afterwards! ;D
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Manchester Chat / PCSO used database to snoop on woman
« Last post by celeste on Yesterday at 20:22:08 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-55767329

A police community support officer used police databases to pester a woman with a series of unwanted emails, texts and phone calls.
Peter Kiba admitted data protection and computer misuse offences and was given an 18-month community order at Manchester Magistrates' Court.
The 59-year-old Greater Manchester PCSO was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.
It follows an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
The IOPC said Kiba, who later resigned, made unwanted contact with a woman in Oldham who he had "a professional association with".
She told her employer, who notified Greater Manchester Police, who in turn referred the complaint to IOPC.
'Questionable behaviour'

The investigation found Kiba had regularly accessed the woman's personal information, including her home address and car registration, as well as those connected to her.
IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: "Mr Kiba abused his position by repeatedly obtaining the personal information of both the woman and people connected to her held on GMP systems without a proper policing purpose.
"His behaviour brought his professionalism into question and the sentence shows that behaviour will not be tolerated."
The IOPC referred its findings to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided to prosecute.
Det Ch Supt Jon Chadwick, head of GMP's Professional Standards Branch, said: "Peter Kiba's actions were unlawful, unprofessional and a direct breach of GMP policy.
"Such behaviour is not tolerated by GMP."
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Old Manchester / Manchester nun Elizabeth Prout to be canonised
« Last post by celeste on Yesterday at 15:09:16 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-55748879

A Victorian nun is a step closer to being the first modern female English saint not killed for her faith after Pope Francis recognised her "heroic virtue".
Elizabeth Prout, known as the "Mother Teresa of Manchester", was declared "venerable" at the Vatican on Thursday.

The announcement leaves her two steps away from canonisation.
The nun would be the first non-martyr English female saint since an 11th Century Anglo-Saxon princess.
Her new status comes in a year marking the bicentenary of the birth of Prout in Shrewsbury.
Bishop of Shrewsbury, the Rt Rev Mark Davies, said he was overjoyed and said it was appropriate the announcement came during the coronavirus pandemic for a woman who "helped many during the epidemics which swept the industrial communities of Victorian England".
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Whats on in Manchester / Re: Christmas Celebrations
« Last post by celeste on Yesterday at 09:13:19 »
Hebden Bridge which I went to not long ago, Stalybridge and Whaley Bridge all small villages,  geography is not my strongest subject and I was surprised to notice that Stockport is more southern than most of the towns around Manchester.
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Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by SalfordGed on 22:11:04, 21/01/21 »
I went to St Thomas of Canterbury school leaving in 1970 to go to St Peters Grammar. I lived on Craven St in what I thought was Salford 7, but after looking at electoral roles I discovered that the street was split in two and that the half I was in was Manchester 8. Our house was a typical 2up 2down with the toilet out the back. I remember that when we arrived home at night and turned the lights on you could see the cockroaches scatter. Strange but I still look back at that house with fondness.
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Old Manchester / Re: Newton heath
« Last post by Parky on 21:46:15, 21/01/21 »
Very sad about the co-op. I have many happy memories of shopping there and playing by the canal at the back. Crossing it by walking on the gates was exciting if not recommended!
Yes I fell in
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Old Manchester / Re: Newton heath
« Last post by Tom on 21:44:46, 21/01/21 »
Very sad about the co-op. I have many happy memories of shopping there and playing by the canal at the back. Crossing it by walking on the gates was exciting if not recommended!
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Whats on in Manchester / Re: Christmas Celebrations
« Last post by Tom on 21:27:23, 21/01/21 »
The air certainly improved the further you got from the centre of Manchester before the clean air laws. The good thing about the city is how easy it is to get out into the surrounding countryside. Manchester is surrounded by rural areas, villages and small towns which retain their industrial and rural heritages.Cheshire and Derbyshire are easily accessible and feature on my family tree as does Wales .
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Manchester Chat / Gorton - Sinkhole causes houses to collapse
« Last post by celeste on 17:26:12, 21/01/21 »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-55755159


Four homes were evacuated on Wednesday evening after the hole appeared on Walmer Street in Abbey Hey, Gorton.

Fire crews returned hours later after the front of two of the empty properties crashed to the ground.

United Utilities said it was dealing with a collapsed sewer but was investigating all possible causes including the recent heavy rain.
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