We lived on Pegg Street then moved to Rupert Street, but I seem to remember a Smithy, that looked after the shire horses, on the left-hand side of Goodhead Street, just before Wilford road. Can anyone else remember this (it is going back rather a long way!). Also, my parents, Jim and Milly Saunders, were members of the British Legion and used to spend time there, as well as Dad's brother, Fred, who had a lovely singing voice, and would often perform.
I remember the Empire - my Mother used to take my sisters and me when we were young. We queued for ages to get into the Gods and were packed like sardines, everyone's knees touching. But we went more to the Theatre Royal to see visiting opera companies, the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, and of course, 'The Desert Song'. year after year, always with John Hanson in the lead!. My most vivid memory, however, is when the touring half of the Bolshoi Ballet came to the Theatre Royal (the other half performed in London). Not only was the dancing wonderful, but Harry Wheatcroft was in a box, a