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  1. I failed, it didn't ruin my life. I certainly felt like I was swimming against the current until I went to University. The headteacher of the secondary school I went to said we were there because we'd failed and weren't GCE material. The school prepared us for a life of dead end manual labour with no direction or support for those who realised there were other possibilities.
  2. I've also been given the address of Jimmy Noonan today if you're interested
  3. Your best bet is to join the Heeley Past and Present group on Facebook. Old pictures are regularly posted on there by former residents.
  4. I think the council may have been partners with the University of Sheffield in the experiment. I remember seeeing film footage of it on a visit to the School of Architecture there in the eighties.
  5. Alan Dagnall is very much alive although not in the best of health. I can probably put you in touch. PM me if you want to. I won't be available for a couple of weeks but I'll pass any messages on after that.
  6. I don't know to be honest. I first met her in 1964, by that time she was either engaged or married to John Fantham of Sheffield Wednesday and not long after she was running her own shop at Crosspool.
  7. I went there occasionally through '68 and '69.
  8. Fond memories of Darnall shed. My dad took me on my first visit in 1959. It was the first time he took me anywhere unaccompanied by my mother so we took a trip round the shed rather than the park or anywhere else sensible. He worked for British Railways and was based at Grimesthorpe at the time so it was reasonably legit, and over following years I took it that I had inherited free roaming rights. I have a photo to remember the day by, it's not of me but of a K2 on the scrapline. I could see the pall of smoke hanging over the shed from my bedroom window in the early mornings so it was always lurking as a seductive presence whatever else I was doing. I spent a lot of time hanging around there and became a full-on railway enthusiast as a result. I started collecting numbers along with my mates and playing on the dead engines- J11's, N5's and K2s early on all the while being schooled by older lads on the why, wherefore, rules- written and unwritten of the trainspotting world. It wasn't a glamorous shed and all of it's loco's had the 'camel**** and sand' darnall livery but it would throw up regular surprises such as 60100 Spearmint one weekday in the early sixties. It stood out like a sore thumb on the eastern end of the shed all gleaming and clean. I don't know what it was doing there but a few days later it was in Doncaster Works yard looking very sorry for itself. I enjoyed every minute even when breaking my arm falling off one of the retaining walls of Kettle Bridge and I always regarded Darnall as my 'home' shed after moving away and being near other more prestigious sheds.
  9. There used to be a chip shop next to the bank in the late sixties and for a period it had lunch time opening hours that couldn't be relied on. Unfortunately the chippy didn't have a phone so I used to ring the bank and ask them if the chippy was open before me and my mates made the trek down there. I don't remember them ever complaining or refusing. "The past is another country, they do things differently there".
  10. Carol is the sister of a close friend of my teenage years, Christine was a close neighbour and Delyse wanted to buy a business property that I owned in the eighties.
  11. I would be interested in touching base with Janet Bean if anyone knows her. She later married and became Janet Ward and lived at Handsworth. From there, she and her husband moved to Worksop but they are no longer at the address I knew. Her sister was Pauline and she moved to Cheshire.
  12. Oddly, I met all three under different circumstances.
  13. Did you know a Harry Ratheram?
  14. Tiptoe Through the sodding Tulips. Praise the lord for the installation of radios on coaches.
  15. Look up Mick Jones in the Park Hill flats group on Facebook. He has a bunch of photographs that he took in the sixties that haven't yet been published elsewhere but people are latching on to them so get in now. There's some really good stuff amongst them.
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