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Old Manchester / Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Last post by Alan J on 20:37:19, 18/10/20 »
Hello Charlie g,

Welcome to the Site,
Chazz will be very pleased another of Curly Bill's Star Pupils have joined the merry band!  We are looking forward to posts from you both humorous and serious about your time at the School.  On a personal note one of my neighbours and friends was John Wooler: did you get to know him well?
Keep safe and well,
Alan J.
Old Manchester / Re: Manchester Central Grammar School for Boys
« Last post by charlieg on 20:04:09, 18/10/20 »
Just seen Chazz's photo. That's me in the middle of the bottom row. Well done in remembering all those names - can hardly remember my own some days.
Manchester Chat / Re: Calling Andy Burnham
« Last post by St Chads Lad on 20:47:12, 17/10/20 »

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You've started something now Ya bum.

Sport & Activities / Re: Premier League radicsl reform
« Last post by ExileSteve on 20:12:10, 17/10/20 »
Pure greed , thank goodness I now watch non league

Fully agree, 100%. Non-League all the way from now on and, judging by the way the NFL and (especially) the NBA are unravelling in the States, I will wager a bet that we are not the only ones who feel the same way. I honestly don't think I would wish to continue following the horribly corrupt and bloated mess that the professional game is turning into, even if they hadn't decided to prostrate themselves to an imported Marxist organisation of terrorists. I have a treasure trove of memories gathered from all those years of fervent passion for what used to be the "beautiful game", and this will sustain me in the years ahead. But I simply cannot recognise the monster that pro-sport has become.

To all of those players and managers who were so much a part of my life in the past, I wish to say thank you for all of those wonderful (and not-so-wonderful!) experiences, triumphs and shared frustrations. And to all those in the present who are kneeling to the Satanic forces of darkness, I can only say "fork you".
Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by lozflan on 13:07:31, 16/10/20 »
Good stuff ,Tinyclanger.
I did the same with identical van,no seatbelts or childseats back then.
Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by Tinyclanger on 11:12:45, 16/10/20 »
PS. Just had to mention , as others have elsewhere on here, that I also remember Dr Lipworth. I'll have been very young when I was taken there. As a small kid, I still remember the echoing sound running through a "modern" pale brick-walled  walkway somewhere on the way in to the surgery.     
Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by Tinyclanger on 11:03:41, 16/10/20 »
Last two photos today.[size=78%] [/size]

On a similar textiles & manufacturing theme....

Inside Macben on Lord Street , down at the bottom of the slope. They made handbags. My Dad was a sewing machine mechanic here from the late 1960's to the start of the 1980's.  He told me it had been a Timpsons shoe factory at some point before that?

This was his works van, and I'm one of the kids squeezed in the front, outside my grandparents house in Dundee Scotland.  Can only salute my parents' endurance of a nearly 300 mile trip north in a Leyland van (dull mustard colour) with us small kids sat in the back on loose "salvaged" car seats. Will have taken many hours, pre- M74. No nintendo games back then, only I Spy and a spot-the-road-sign game with cardboard cut outs which you stuck on a board. And then argued about.   
Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by Tinyclanger on 10:44:07, 16/10/20 »
.... and not even black and white! I never even noticed that until I posted it.
Old Manchester / Re: Cheetham/Hill 1950s/60s?
« Last post by Tinyclanger on 10:39:15, 16/10/20 »
Back again.
I'm now up to page 59 of these pages on Cheetham, it's been so interesting. I can see now that there are lots of funny tales and reminiscences as well as sad ones, that's life I guess.
 Another spin off of this stimulating thread is buying a slew of historical maps from Alan Godfrey's, really good service and very reasonable prices. (Google search "Alan Godfrey maps").  In one of my previous jobs at Salford City Council, before the "online" era,   I used to go to Peel Park library on The Crescent and look up past land uses on these and older maps (linens).   I'm delighted to have some of my own now to pore over.
Here is a black and white snap from 1967 somewhere around the Huxley Road area.  My Dad's older sister lived on Wordsworth Ave, and he lived there before he got married to my Mum. We lived on Tolworth Drive until 1972.
Manchester Chat / Christmas markets cancelled due to pandemic
« Last post by celeste on 13:11:53, 15/10/20 »

Manchester's Christmas markets have been cancelled this year because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Hopes of having even three small mini-markets have also been abandoned due to fears of the spread of coronavirus.

Councillor Pat Karney said it was a "very disappointing" since the markets had brought "great joy and enjoyment over the past 25 years".
He added: "We kept it under review but commercially and public healthwise they didn't pass the test."

Manchester City Council has already scrapped any organised Bonfire night events while the switching on of the city's Christmas lights will not be marked formally, and New Year's Eve will not have a fireworks display.
Councillors considered whether social distancing could be possible at the markets, which attract many thousands of people to Manchester each year.
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