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  1. I'm afraid I don't have any photos, I did spend a couple of months with the O/H gangs in the winter of 1965/66 during my time as a TTA. The names I remember are Eric Ludlam (former ABA middleweight champion), Jack Atter, Len Meadows, Ted? Rodgers, Ray? Pettit, &"Cassius" Clay. As you say there were some real characters in those days. I remember Jack Atter bursting into song in the middle of the road giving a sort of Black & White Minstrels rendition of "Gimme Dat Ole Time Religion".
  2. I was about 4 years old when I heard of the death of King George the 6th in February 1952. I heard it on my Dad's Ex-WD radio set.
  3. Today's Times Sports Section suggests Wilder would make a good replacement for Emery.
  4. Yes, I went there in 1961 for an X-ray as part of my school's BCG immunisation program. Despite my 1956 visit to the TB clinic at Queen's Road I had to have another test injection but it was by means of a 6-pronged hypodermic which surprisingly was much less painful. The 6 tiny marks are still visible on my forearm.
  5. I went there in about 1956 for a TB test which entailed a quite painful injection in my forearm. If the injection site swelled up to a certain size after a day or two, it indicated that you were ok. I never understood what was going on but I was given the all-clear. It was a 2-storey building with a sort of verandah & a cupola at the Queens Road end.
  6. Mr Kurley (maths 1962 to 1965) was a student at a beginners' Spanish course I was attending about 15 years ago. He hadn't changed much over the years & I recognised him almost immediately. He had retired as Head Teacher at Meadow School about 10 years previous to that. I always remembered him as unstuffy & not pompous as some of the other teachers at ABGS during my time there. He did not remember me but he said he only remembered his best & worst pupils, so I suppose that was ok! He said he still met up with Mr Mann ( Chemistry), Mr Marshall(Eng Lit) & Mr Ramsbottom (RE). Mr Ramsbottom was a Lancastrian with a booming voice & a fierce temper whom you didn't want to cross!
  7. I remember our Eng Lit teacher being outraged that anyone in the class could equate possession of much knowledge with intelligence. I think it's true to say that in the case of trivia but some knowledge requires a great deal of mental effort to acquire.
  8. From what I have read, mixed bathing was first allowed in Sheffield as long ago as 1912. This was at the then-new first-class pool at Glossop Road Baths. I have recently visited Staveley pool & Dronfield pool where both have mixed changing facilities which didn't seem to be causing any problems but I suppose a determined voyeur could easily make a nuisance of themselves.
  9. Anybody remember how long it lasted? I walked to & from school several times but eventually got fed up (it was at least 3 miles away). The strike lasted several weeks & I seem to remember it was maybe 6 weeks long but surely that can't be right.
  10. As I remember it, the biggest factors in the increase in the numbers of TVs were the advent of ITV in 1956 & the availability of 17 inch models around the same time. People didn't want to watch worthy but dull BBC programs on small screens when they could watch Highway Patrol & other exciting American programmes on ITV. By the end of the 1950s, ITV were winning the ratings war hands down & most households had a TV set.
  11. There was no TV reception in the Sheffield area & beyond until October 1951 when the Holme Moss transmitter came into service, so this leaves just over 18 months to the Coronation. My memories of the event were the military band playing Soldiers of the Queen over & over & over again ad nauseam, and seeing the statuesque Queen Salote of Tonga riding around in a carriage & getting very wet. We all went to my uncle's to watch it on a 12 inch Murphy which was passed on to us a few years later.
  12. I swam there in about 1970. At that time it was an indoor pool. I'm fairly sure that the pool was enclosed some time in the 1960s. The pool itself was not tiled but painted concrete.
  13. The Local Studies Department of the Central Library has microfiche copies of local newspapers going back to the year dot.
  14. I wonder what the distance is along the horizon as shown in the photograph. Considerably less than the distance to the horizon I would guess. Hence the imperceptible curvature along the horizon.
  15. Most of Monk Wood, adjacent to Dronfield Bypass, has been felled recently. I got quite a shock when I saw it for the first time. The trees were mostly coniferous.
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