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  1. Thanks for the reply and apologies for the inordinate delay in saying that. Whilst on the subject of closed Woolworths branches in the vicinity of Nottingham (I mean ones that were already closed when they went out of business) there were Hockley, Hyson Green, Lister Gate, Beeston, Hucknall, and Arnold. I know where the first five were (even though I never lived near any of them, but although I lived and shopped in Arnold in 1980, I cannot identify where that branch was, apart from thinking that it was somewhere on the left going along Front Street from the High Street end towards the Croft Road junction - but even that might be wrong. Can anyone answer that and say if the premises still stand, - and were there any other branches in the Nottingham area that had already closed in the past that I have missed?
  2. There is an image of Colin Gregory and Jackie Trent on Jackie Trent's web site. This link should take you there: Colin and Jackie
  3. There was once a branch of Woolworths on Mansfield Road at Sherwood - but exactly where? And is the building still there? I remember that there used to be a building on the left going up the hill towards Daybrook after you had crossed the Winchester Street lights that looked like it might have been it, but I cannot find even that on street view etc. Anyone any ideas?
  4. I have vague recollections that, years ago, there was a shop somewhere in the vicinity of the junction of Alfreton Road and Radford/Gregory Boulevards, (possibly a greengrocers - I have recollections of boxes of potatoes, cabbages, etc. outside), and where the proprietor always seemed to wear a brown bowler hat. I am sure I didn't imagine it, but the few people I have mentioned it to have looked at me as if I am mad. Does this ring a bell with anyone?
  5. As regards the closing scenes, that, and all sorts of other information can be found in the text of newspaper articles at the following url
  6. Ward's garage was in the large building on the corner of Mansfield Road and Bedale Road at Daybrook. My recollection of their bikes was that they were agents for Laverda, Ducati and Moto Guzzi. I don't know if there was any connection with them and the people mentioned on Hucknall Road. Jackie Trent was divorced from Tony Hatch in 2002.
  7. Getting a bit off topic but Joselyn's was owned by Colin Gregory's father. Colin subsequently joined the police and was a motorcyclist there, but he gave that up to open the shop at Daybrook (which was a separate enterprise to Joselyn's). He subsequently moved the business further up Mansfied Road into the old Wards garage building. Eventually, he sold the business (and the majority of the building was taken over by a tyre/exhaust business). Totally off topic, but Colin Gregory is now married to Jackie Trent, the singer/songwriter.
  8. Woolworths was on the left as you went down from the Bentinck Road end towards the Gregory Boulevard junction. I remember that when it was closing down (most likely in the early 1980's), they sold off all the stock at half price and it was packed. I queued for over half an hour at the checkout. Only as a child in the 1950's could I remember their shops being that busy. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that it is going to be a common, but short lived sight, soon. Further along towards the Gregory Boulevard junction was a branch of Boots which I think has gone. And on the other side of Radford Road on the corner of Gregory Boulevard was a Fine Fare supermarket which subsequently became a "Shopper's Paradise" (- sort of Kwik-Save type of place). On the right of Radford Road going down, in the vicinity of the junction with Palin Street, was an electrical shop called Alberta or something similar. And sort of Hyson Greenish were some shops on Alfreton Road at the other end of Palin Street. Does anyone remember "Flo's Cafe".
  9. At some time in the late 70's/ early 80's, there was an article about her in the Evening Post. I imagine that if someone has access to the means to search that out, her correct name could be verified.
  10. How about imitation plastic m/c jackets. A friend had a row over his with another friends' parents. He had painted a silver eagle on the back using some oil based zinc paint (galvafroid, I think) and sat down on their settee which had rexine covered back cushions. We think that the paint hadn't dried properly because when he got up, a silhouette of the eagle could be seen on the rexine, and no matter how hard they tried, they could never clean it off completely.
  11. As regards bikes, they used to say that you didn't need a map to get to Brands Hatch in those days, even if you'd never been there before. You followed the trail of oil and the broken down bikes on the roadside. And the effort of pushing them did keep you fit. Years later, I did some work in a m/c repair place and needed a Jap 750 race replica moving to position a ladder, and was told to move it myself. Anticipating it to be far heavier than it actually was, I almost dropped it by applying far too much force to move it. Some of these remarks are bringing back other clothing memories. The leather look jeans were matt pvc from the end of the 70's. I had some of those, but they ended up reserved for fancy dress parties. As to loons, I had some green canvas ones from C&A's. They fitted like tights from the waist (which was ultra low) down to the knees, flared out to wide bottoms from there downwards, had no waist band but rather a seam like a jeans leg hem, and no pockets. I have some photos somewhere, but the last time I got them out, my children (by then adults) fell about laughing. The comment about such clothing now being worn only by someone that is really camp shows how attitudes to style change over the years. Then it was the norm, even though, years before, such clothing would have been regarded as outrageous. In the 1975 section of the TV film of "The Naked Civil Servant" by the openly gay author Quentin Crisp, he comments as an old man how, by that time, "the symbols I adopted forty years ago to express my sexual type have become the uniform of all young people." Whilst on the subject of clothing from that era that you wouldn't wear now, would anyone go swimming recreationally these days in the same sort of trunks that were the norm then?
  12. I recall they had a branch on Alfreton Road and also along Hockley somewhere. I think they might have had another one but can't remember where. As to clothes I wore then but wouldn't be seen dead in today:- I saw an article somewhere that said that in the 70's and 80's, men wore clothes which, these days, would be more suited to teenage girls. I can relate to that. In the 70's it was flared jeans - I had Levi's and Wranglers that were skin tight from the waist down to the top of the thighs, and flared out, some to 25" and some to 28" hems. We moved in 1985, by which time jeans looked as if they were painted on, and my wife found the flares. Apart from those that still fitted and were cut down for shorts, they all went in the dustbin. Had I kept them, I reckon I could have sold them for good money. I wouldn't be seen dead in any of the stuff from the 70's or 80's now, even if I had kept them. In any event, I have put on some weight and would need a shoehorn to get those flares on. (My recollection is that the 80's, my jeans looked as if they needed a shoehorn to get them on even then, but that is another story.) Flared trousers with three inch wide waist bands and two or three buttons. Also, C&A's did coloured and patterned shirts for about 80p or 90p each. I remember dark green and brown, a brown and cream one with leaves on it, and one with newspaper cuttings.
  13. I think the post office premises did subsequently become a cafe. Some of the houses along there had been turned into commercial premises. The dentists, if I recall correctly, were in one of those and called Wood & Vint or something like that. I believe they moved to Talbot Street where their successors still are. I also remember a shop that was in the front room of one of the houses called "Pennyfeathers" selling (I think) clothes.
  14. My recollection is that in the 1970's, it was "The Empire Billiard Hall" owned by Elston & Hopkin. There were also some shops further along, on Goldsmith between Trent University Maudslay building and the corner with Shakespeare Street. I recall a post office on that corner, and also a newsagents shop run by a Keith Price - a staircase within that shop comes to mind. There were a few other shops along there, and also some houses.
  15. Just to add a bit about locations that were not in Nottingham. To start with the closing scenes on the grassy slope above the housing estate. The following passage is from an article in the Nottingham Evening News dated 30th March 1960: Filming has been going on mainly at Twickenham, and several Nottingham firms have helped the film men with items bearing the local trademark—from laundry bags to beer signs. The building firm of Messrs. Simms, Sons and Cooke last weekend sent a lorry with siteboards, site hut and other equipment so that a Wembley building site would look like one in Nottingham. Secondly, some filming was done along Culvert Road in Battersea. The scene where Peter Madden throws a mug through an undertakers shop window, with a pub named the British Flag in the background. The pub is still there. The following scene where a train passes on a viaduct is also along Culvert Road looking the other way - you can see the pub on the left hand side of the road. Also, where AF rounds a corner just prior to being attacked - that was filmed outside the British Flag pub. In the film, the road name on the pub wall was Sheepcote Lane, and this matches London maps at that time. However, that part of Sheepcote Lane was subsequently re-named Rowditch Lane. The locations are discussed at length in the Britmovieforum at: where you can see an image (a scan of a photograph that I took about 20 years ago) of the British Flag pub, and also a link to a local site that provides numerous contemporary newspaper cuttings with information about locations.