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alby

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About alby

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  • Birthday 11/02/1946

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  • Location
    Peterborough
  • Interests
    History, writing, reading, walking
  • Occupation
    Lecturer
  1. I was born in a back to back, one up one down, in the old Park district on Bungay Street prior to the building of the Park Hill Flats. Awful conditions but smashing people.
  2. I remember going here around 1959/60. I think it might have been earlier than the Zing Vaa.
  3. My great Grandma (Mary Ambler) lived on, I think, Stothard Road. She died in 1958 at the age of 87. I remember her as a very nice and gentle woman. I spent many hours on the Bolehills when I used to visit her.
  4. I was born in 1946 in the Park district (Bungay Street) and my mother often took me to Norfolk Park. I still have many fond memories of the place I spent many hours between the late 1940s and early 1950s in the Park. I seem to remember there was a cafe in the middle unless my mind is playing tricks. The big event was the fair/gala that took place there each year which had a wide assortment of rides, events and sideshows. Great memories.
  5. I was born on Bungay Street in 1946 and went to Park School as well taking regular visits to the Park and Norfolk cinemas. My first memory of Duke Street was being taken to the library by my parents. Can't quite remember the librarians name Miss Brookbanks (?) who worked there for many years.
  6. It's a shame there aren't more photos of Bungay Street and area before it was demolished. I remember my parents taking me to Park library when I was about 5 (around 1951) I think it was a Miss Brookbanks that was the librarian. There was also the pigeon cotes just off Bungay Street.
  7. Worked at Arthur Lees Crown Works in Attercliffe. Hard and dangerous work. The red hot metal came through the rollers very fast. In between times the men would go to the pub and drink 8-10 pints per day which was usual - the fluid would be sweated off. It looked like Dante's Inferno with smoke, red hot metal, noise and the silhouetted figures of steelworkers in the midst of it. There was sandwich shop on Attercliffe Road - dripping sandwiches were popular.
  8. Still can't believe I'm an OAP (for a year now). All of a sudden I was in my 40s and then whoosh I'm in my mid 60s. There are some great opportunities for youngsters now regarding technology and travel. Nonetheless I feel fortunate growing up as a kid in the 1950s. Although I lived in what was a slum area (the Park district pre-Park Hill flats) it was a great community with many smashing people. The 1960s provided some good teenage years going to the Locarno and seeing all the big names in music coming to Sheffield. Getting old then was what happened to other people but here I am.
  9. Dad took me to Hillsborough when I was about 3 in 1949. Went to many matches in the 1950s and remembered how exciting it was to see wingers, a centre forward, inside right/left and full backs who never came over the half-way line. Supporters could also swap sides at half-time. Remember the score board at Leppings Lane end?
  10. Has my tonsils out there in the 1950s when it was a standard requirement for kids to have the op. Still remember those three days I spent in the hospital.
  11. My first film at the Rex was Curse of the Werewolf with Oliver Reed in 1961.
  12. Cannot believe that John Fantham is not in the Hall of Fame. I know it's difficult to compare teams over time but I do think the Catterick team was the best Wednesday side I have seen. They were exciting to watch with two fast wingers in Wilkinson and Finney, solid midfielders such as Swan and Kay, great goalie in Springett and of course forwards like Fantham and Craig. Pity they did not have a better centre forward. I rate the Spurs match (12 Nov 1960, att. 56,363, 2.1 to Wednesday) as one of the best I have seen at Hillsborough. I was on the kop that day - went in soon as the turnstiles opened.
  13. I started at Arthur Lee and Sons in 1961 age 15. My first wage packet was £2 13s 6d. Remember buying a shirt that first week with what was left over.
  14. I remember catching the last bus from Pond Street to Brinsworth in the 1960s and there was a guy who caught that bus who fancied himself as Dean Martin. He wore a suit, had black curly hair and was great fun. He had obviously had a few pints but he always entertained those on that last bus home singing Deano songs.
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