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  1. 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.
  2. 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".
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Oddly, I met all three under different circumstances.
  6. Did you know a Harry Ratheram?
  7. Tiptoe Through the sodding Tulips. Praise the lord for the installation of radios on coaches.
  8. 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.
  9. Yes, I knew about that account and had researched that particular bomb myself some years ago. The Edith Sitwell account appears to stand alone, but when time allows I'll research it properly.
  10. I am aware of the V1 bomb that fell near Killamarsh on or about Christmas Eve 1944 but I've just been reading a biography of Edith Sitwell of Renishaw Hall, and in it she claims that seven V1 bombs either passed over or fell near Renishaw Hall during the same attack. She was hiding under the kitchen table at the time and claims that the explosion of one bomb fell close enough for the blast to blow the kitchen door open. She can be very accurate in her recording of events but sometimes she can be prone to a little embroidering of the truth. I'd be grateful if anyone has any further information about this before I venture into the physical archives.
  11. Thanks. It's a distinct possibility. I'll be visiting the archives in a couple of weeks but that's the best clue I've had from the various sources I've tried so far.
  12. I'm not sure if we've communicated previously so apologies if we have and I'm repeating myself. My former mother-in-law held the license of the Haigh Tree Inn on Bernard Street from late 1954 until it was demolished to make way for the construction of Hyde Park flats in 1959. At the time she took over the license she was the youngest landlady in Sheffield- I think she was 22 or 23.
  13. Recently came across a couple of pictures of staff from there.
  14. Can anyone lead me to a picture of the Shaffield Hall of Sciences on Rockingham Street. It was opened in 1839 and I guess the building lived on into the photographic age. I've tried Picture Sheffield and other online sources and this is my last online chance before diving into physical archives A fresh eye would be welcome.
  15. Would like to locate the address of Rockfield Securities who were trading in the late 60's and 70's. Not interested in the firm itself just the address. They used to advertise in The Star and were based in one of the big Victorian houses somewhere near the Royal Hallamshire hospital. Thanks in advance. Edit: *think* it may be Claremont Crescent.
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