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  1. Superb photos rinty, but you have the captions for the Spitfire and Hurricane the wrong way round.
  2. "Vickers" or it's correct name English Steel Corporation (owned 75% by Vickers and 25% by Cammell Laird) had a Drop Forge Department. This Department, as stated by little malc, had the only drop hammer which could forge the Merlin engine crankshaft forging for the first eighteen months of WW2. Firth-Vickers Stainless Steels was formed in 1934, when Thomas Firth, John Brown and English Steel Corporation merged their stainless steel interests, and became equal partners.
  3. As Plain Talker has said, Intake School and Intake Cemetery are on Mansfield Road, Intake. The Manor Lane area has never been Intake, it has always been the Sheffield Manor area. I think that you have probably seen one of the old road signs which said,"City Road, formally Intake Road". Regards Manaman.
  4. The original "Crossed Torches" school was Nether Edge Grammar School for Boys. The school hymn was "Fight the Good Fight".
  5. I passed my motorcycle test there in 1960, on my Ariel Leader. No formal instruction in those days. On the day of purchase of the bike, I was shown the basic operation of bike, i.e. brakes, throttle and lights ( by a well-known motorcycle dealer of the day ), then I was left to my own devices to get the bike from Banner Cross to the Manor Estate, having never ridden a motorcycle before. I practiced riding around the Estate and studying the Highway Code until the test. I passed the test first time. I passed my car test there in 1968, in a driving school Vauxhall Viva SL Mk1. It was very different from the motorcycle experience. I had lessons with Jack C(L)are School of Motoring of Abbeydale Road. Again I passed first time. Where did those years go? Those years went thousands of miles down the road, and are still going ( faster as the years go by )!
  6. Hi Fareast, I too remember the lady who sold the lollipops. We used to go from Standhouse School on the Manor to Woodthorpe Baths for swimming lessons. We used to spend our 1d bus fare home on a lollipop, and then have to walk all the way up the hill back to the Manor. As I remember, the lollipops were disc shaped mounted on a stick and were made of cinder type toffee. Worth the walk home (unless the weather was really bad).
  7. Not heard a thing since my last post. In February, I had spent a large amount of money between a number of the stores on the Park, hence my "overstay". To say I was surprised at then being bombarded by threatening letters demanding extortionate amounts of money for this "overstay", would be an understatement. All my previous visits were to a free car parking Retail Park. On this visit I did not see any large notice at the entrance, and indeed in the car park itself, indicating a change in the parking conditions. I will never visit this site again. I prefer to deal with retail companies who appreciate my custom and treat me with respect.
  8. Not quite! Have been away from the forum for a while but not as far as Guantanamo Bay. But I'm back now for my fix.
  9. See my post #62. Still nothing up to now. As stated many times previously, the initial letter is an invoice, i.e. a request for payment NOT A FINE, and like any request it CAN BE REFUSED. DO NOT CONTACT THEM IN ANY WAY, just retain all the letters received. Regards M.
  10. Had my first letter, dated 23 Feb 2009. Had others on a 2 to 4 weeks basis until the 6th letter dated 29 May 2009. Haven't had another letter since.
  11. Since receiving (and ignoring) a Parking Charge Notice dated 23 Feb 2009 from G24 Ltd, I have had the following correspondence; 09 Mar 2009 from G24 Ltd. Final Reminder. 1st April 2009 from CCSCOLLECT DEBT COLLECTORS. Formal notice of intended court action. 24th April 2009 from CCSCOLLECT DEBT COLLECTORS. Notice of intended legal action. This is not a court or legal document. 14th May 2009 from CCSCOLLECT DEBT COLLECTORS. 72 hour notice of home visit. We are now making arrangements for one of our collectors to visit you at home. The purpose of this visit is to: Obtain payment or agree a payment arrangement with you Investigate your home situation prior to recommending Court Action. 29th May 2009 from Charles Howard & Partners ( which is a trading style of Commercial Collection Services Ltd). Legal Notification. We have been instructed by CCSCOLLECT (themselves !) etc. etc. If judgement is obtained, application can be made to enforce the judgement by way of; Seizure of goods to the value of the judgement An Attanchment of Earnings via your employer A Charging Order placed on your property IF YOU GET A PARKING CHARGE NOTICE FROM G24 Ltd. IGNORE IT. DO NOT CONTACT THEM ABOUT IT. You will get threatening letters as shown above, and after 3 months they are still blustering, but no Court Order. Why? because they can't prove who the driver of the car was; and they cannot prove how long the car was in the car park, a timed photo showing the car entering and a timed photo showing the car leaving does not prove they were of the same visit. A poster on another thread has stated the government makes approximately £6 million per annum through the DVLA selling registered keepers' details to such companies as private parking contractors(ppcs) for £2.50 per enquiry. If £3 million of this £6 million was contributed by the ppcs, and they conned £25out of each erring driver, then the ppcs potential annual turnover could reach £30 million. It is a sobering thought that for a few million pounds, the government is assisting some companies to make many more millions of pounds per annum out of innocent motorists.
  12. I remember seeing David Whitfield there, but my overriding memory of him was how his teeth reflected back the spotlight as he spoke or sang. Even up to the gods where I was sitting. It was like he had a mouth full of mirrors. I have seen many artistes on stage over the years, but none whose teeth reflected back the spotlight like his did.
  13. Thanks crookes:thumbsup:. Somehow I don't think that I would have known ALL the words:D.
  14. Apparently I always used to be singing, "Lavender's blue dilly dilly, ? is green etc" when I was very young. What was the title of this song and who sang it (apart from me)? Kids novelty songs that I can remember were; I taught I saw a puddy tat a cweeping up on me. Nellie the elephant. Sparky and his magic piano. Rudolph the red nose reindeer. A singer who used to make me laugh was Jerry Colonna, with songs such as Ebb Tide and Velvet Glove. It didn't take much to keep me happy in those days:D.
  15. I remember B.J. Williams also being MG, Wolseley and Riley dealers.
  16. I didn't have any fillings, but had an extraction once. I had gas, and when I came round I didn't know if I was on this earth or Fuller's Earth. I was then lead into a room with a row of sinks to wash the blood out of my mouth.There were kids crying and blood everywhere:gag:. It looked like a school for young Draculas. I never went to the school dentist again.
  17. Thanks cat631:thumbsup:. You can't win them all. What I do find interesting, is how powerful and popular television was in those days. Here in Sheffield we had two diverse areas at opposite ends of the city, both commonly named after a ficticious ranch in a popular television series. I wonder how many other "Ponderosas" there are, or were in the U.K?
  18. The Tinsley Park "ponderosa" history is as follows. In the 1950's, when Britain couldn't produce enough steel and steel products, the Board of The English Steel Corporation decide to replace it's existing River Don, Grimesthorpe, Cyclops and it's other smaller works with a fully integrated works on a new site. This site would have one large electric arc melting shop which could produce more steel than the existing open hearth melting shops. This would supply all the steel for the rolling mills, forges and foundry to be located on the new site. Sir Frederick Pickworth, English Steel's Managing Director asked Sheffield Council if they could offer a suitable size site within the Sheffield boundaries. After a perceived lack of interest or urgency by Sheffield Council, Sir Frederick Pickworth issued them with an ultimatum. Either the Council offer English Steel Corporation a site in Sheffield, or he will build the new steelworks at Grimsby. The advantges of Grimsby were; plenty of flat land available, able to ship in raw materials and ship out processed and finished materials without having to use road or rail transport, and finally a co-operative local council eager to have an integrated steelworks in it's area. Shortly after this ultimation, English Steel Corporation was offered the 500 acres of the old Tinsley Park Colliery site. In the late 50's the site was cleared and shafts capped. Work was started on the new works. The first section to be completed was the Spring Works in 1960. This was followed by the Melting Shop, Bloom and Billet Mill, Billet Finishing, Bar Mill, and support services such as the Central Engineering Workshops, General and Alloy Stores and Process Water Services. The Works were officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1963. The original plan of relocating the Forges and Foundry together with the Bloom and Billet Mills in a "starburst" arrangement around the Melting Shop was never achieved. In the mid 60's British steel production was in decline, so much so that all the major steelworks were nationalised in 1967 under the British Steel Corporation banner, and then rationalised. Ranskill Road (less the dwellings) was in existence on the Tinsley Park site until Tinsley Park closed in 1985. It was an integral part of the Ranskill Road Ingot Stockyard, being used by the large forklift trucks and lorries when moving the ingots around. The approximate location of Ranskill Road, relative to Shepcote Lane, was opposite to the old Tinsley Wire's office block. Originally the site's internal post and personnel transport which ran regularly through the day was carried out by a Land Rover Safari vehicle, it was the only type of vehicle which could get to all parts of the site in the early days. Later, as stated above, this was replaced by a minibus.
  19. Hi again Janet, Presumably more visits to Prince Edwards. Don't have many memories of Mr. Haigh, other than his deep voice, "1 o'clock shadow" and he was always "re-arranging" himself. I see you learnt the lesson that most of us of our generation learnt, that you didn't tell your parents that you had been in trouble at school. If you did it was "double trouble" i.e. a telling off or pushment from your parents.
  20. Hi Janet, How's the legs? Prince Edward's would have been the last place that I would have wanted to go. I had to be dragged to to the dental clinic there.
  21. Hi Texas, My eccentricity was to have a Desparate Dan cow pie with the horns sticking out through the pie crust . With regards to the more "mature" comics, I used to prefer the Wizard and the Rover to either the Adventure or the Hotspur. But having said that I still did "swaps" to read the latter two! Regards m.
  22. Hi grinder, I think they used to cost 2p for a full stick, and a 1p for half a stick. The triangular thin cardboard tube the lolly was in was marked at the centre so that the selling shops could cut them in half, and sell half lollies if they wanted to. To be able to lick or bite a piece off the lolly, the bottom of the tube had to be squeezed in order to push the lolly above the top level of the tube. It was then advisable to fold up the bottom end of the tube to stop the lolly and any melted lolly coming out of the bottom of the tube. This only worked for a time before the non-waterproof tube would go all soggy and hands become wet and sticky. They were local, being made by Adsetts at their shop next to Owens Chemists at Manor Top. Regards m.
  23. Hi Davekowl, I think the man you are talking about, was known to us as "Parrot nu-us" (for obvious reasons). When all the kids were in, he would close the door, and to a massive cheer from the kids, would go and press a button just behind one of the screen curtains to signal the projectionist to start the first film. It's funny but when I think of the Manor's kids matinees I also automatically think of the Joy-Stick triangular ice lolly. Maybe this is because the cooling system behind Adsetts shop could be seen when queuing for the matinee, and Adsetts made the Joy-Sticks. (Adsetts later diversified into supplying insulation materials. Lead by the son Norman, later Sir Norman, they founded Sheffield Insulations Ltd. which is one of the largest companies of it's type in Europe). Regards m.
  24. Oatcakes and pikelets always reminds me of the following story. My grandparents lived in a village just outside Sheffield in the 1920's. Every week the oatcake and pikelet man would walk round the village with his large wicker basket, shouting in his "light" high pitched voice, "Oatcakes and pikelets". One day grandad, who was profoundly deaf, was sat outside the front door reading his newspaper. Two of my uncles who were in their early teens, and were always up to some mischief, were hiding behind the garden hedge. As the pikelet man came down the street, my uncles started to mimic his cries in falsetto voices. As he came near to my grandparents' cottage, grandad must have seen him out of the corner of his eye. Grandad looked up from his newspaper, just in time to see the pikelet man stick his tongue out at him. Grandad muttered to himself, "What's up wi that silly bugger?". Meanwhile both my uncles were rolling about with laughter.
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