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  1. Hi Ray43, I was one of those who caught the Sharps bus in front of the Red Lion between 1950 and 1955 along with Mr Guest plus one other who I can't remember. I started at Gleadless High School, up Smithfield Road and turn right, a very small school with little more than a handful of pupils between 5 and 11years. Anybody who went to GHSchool cant fail to recall Mrs Reynold's saint Bernard, a great dog and the day that it died the world ended and we all went into mourning. Great days just after WW2 ended. Brian
  2. Hi Jeff, I don't know if you are still on this forum but here I am again four years later. I am still living in Brittany with my wife and enjoying life here. We visit our daughters twice each year, summer and Christmas and are currently looking forward to this Christmas, the Pantomime, Santa special on the dean forest railway and seeing the families again (grandchildren 9, 15, 16 & 21 all join us.) I hope that life is treating you well and have a nice Christmas. Brian
  3. Hi Grammarian Remember Geoff Brint, he played a mean clarinet and sax, he was a good friend of mine. He still lived in Beighton until he passed on a couple of years ago. Also remember Marsman so nicknamed by his supposed resemblance to the green martians in the Eagle comic. Well............ it was me but I have got over it now! Geoff gave me a copy of one of those school photos - big and oblong. He wrote names on all those he could remember. We should get together sometime and talk over old times Brian
  4. A follow on memory - on my paper round there were a couple of houses with really fierce dogs which would run down the hall and throw themselves barking, growling and howling at the door/letterbox. Occasionally I would get fed up and roll the paper very tight, push it into the letter box and when the dog arrived bash it through the gap - great satisfaction. Another house had a particularly tight flap on the box with about 1" gap which was ok for most papers at the start of the week but the thicker papers were impossible to poke through and arrived torn through the box. It was never changed! Brian
  5. I delivered the Star Monday - Sat and magazines on Thursday in 1951-1954 for Plumbs newsagents at Gleadless Townend. The magazines were just about manageable then, wages 5/- (5 shillings) a week and it never went up. I also delivered meat for the Co-op butchers on a Saturday mainly carried in a butchers basket. If you got there very early you stood a chance of one of the two butchers bikes - hard lines if you got the wrong one though, it was the very devil to pedal. 5/- for that as well. My mother used to make me hand over the cash which I earned and she hid it in a childs tin combination safe which she kept in the pantry. Fortunately for me it was my safe and I also knew the combination so the money didn't stay in there long. I think that the "handing over the cash" was some sort of family tradition as she never mentioned when it quickly disappeared! I never did the mornings though as I found distinct difficulty in getting up early. This has stayed with me to this day (73). Brian
  6. Yes it was in the Briarfield Ave area but no, it was in the building next to the house which looks like a garage - very small. I think that the pupil count was around 20+. Mrs Reynolds was the teacher and her daughter helped occasionally. Top of Smithfield Road and turn right - the road was unmade (not tarmacced) I went up it to school and back twice every weekday, I rarely stayed to dinner which was always served in the house. Delicious soup as I recall. I seem to remember that there was an air raid shelter behind the school I enjoyed my 6+ years there before I moved on to Eckington Grammar as Lister Crescent, where I lived, was in Derbyshire and the nearest school was outside the 3 mile limit. We always travelled to school on a Sharps Bedford coach. I am still looking for ex pupils but haven't found any so far. Brian
  7. I went to a "small" school not too far from Norton Aerodrome called Gleadless High School. It took 5 - 11 year olds. I was there from 1944 to 1950. Anyone remember this? Brian
  8. Italian, above, mentioned the word "doings". I still use the word i.e. "do you know where I put my doings!" My wife is an excellent mind reader and finishes off my sentences. Also what about "thingy" and "thing-y-mi-jig" and "wots it" and "ooojaa" and "sithy"as in "sithy later". Must be thousands of these in different dialects. Incidentally we live in Brittany which also has it's own language and dialect. I usually try French with a yorkshire "twang" (oops! there's another) Brian
  9. Thanks to all for your help. I am tracing my ancestors and my mother and father were both born in the Grimesthorpe area (Upwell Street) and my Grandma lived for a time in Swallow Place. I see that this post has been open and supported for three days short of two years, amazing! Many thanks, Brian
  10. Hi Joan Thanks for that, Alfred Gould's was the place. As I recall, it was just a large room and a record player. Very ordinary but sweet memories for me! I see that you live by the pier in Bournemouth, it must be a nice place for retirement. Brian
  11. I remember those days in Sheffield at the Locarno and Cutlers Hall. Does anyone remember the "dancing school" by the Peace Gardens where we all used to try to learn how to dance. This was in 1959 and the most popular hit then was The Platters singing Smoke gets in your eyes. I met my first wife, Irene Lilian Goddard, there but unfortunately we parted in 1964. Sad but life goes on. I would be interested to hear where she is now. Brian
  12. Hi Jeff, I was an insignificant little boy with a round face. I went home from school down Smithfield road (a rough unmade road then), crossed White Lane and down the gennel opposite (between Plumbs newsagents and the chemist) left at the bottom on to Lister Crescent, number 37. I started at Gleadless High in 1944 and I guess that you were (and are!) two years senior to me. I seem to remember that there was an air raid shelter in the back garden where we played. I seem to remember that I went home for lunch except on the odd occasion wnen my mother was out. I was the only pupil to take the "11+" then, in 1955 and I passed for Eckington Grammar. I took my children there many years ago and they couldn't believe that it had been a school. It was so small!! Happy, innocent days, though... Brian
  13. Hi Jeff I hope that you are still on this site as I have just spotted your reply to my post. If you would like to get in touch, please let me know on here and I will pm you my email address. Hope to hear from you Brian. PS I don't remember your name but it was nearly seventy years ago!! Brian
  14. As you all come from Attercliffe, does anyone know where Swallow Place was. My grandma lived there for a while in 1891. I think it has long gone now. Brian
  15. Anyone know where Swallow Place was? I am searching my family tree and my grandmother lived there briefly in 1901. The census says that it was in the Attercliffe area. I have searched Google maps but it isn't marked, probably demolished! Thanks for any help.
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