benjamin1945

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  1. My project in the Garden for the last  year...has been trying to save a dying Rose.............

    This particular Rose was planted a good few years since.........by my Late father in law in his small garden in Peterborough.........It was planted in memory of one of his daughters(my wifes sister) who died in a car accident...

                Her mother also passed a year ago.......and when their house went on the Market we decided to try and save this Rose........dug it up and brought it to our present home........

                 Planted it with loving care......but earlier this year it looked completely 'Dead'....the wife wouldn't let me dig it up and get rid.........it meant too much to her..............Anyhow without her agreeing or even knowing......i transplanted it into a large fancy Plant container ..in the early spring.. along with some Earth and compost...........

                        At first it looked a hopeless case....so i cut it right back.......the wife was upset when she eventually realised what i'd done..............Anyhow the good news is......it has grown back to life...all green and bushy and this morning noticed it had two buds which i know will flower............Wife is over the moon..........knowing her sisters memory will linger on..............never knew i had such 'Green Fingers'........:)

                     

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  2. Bulwell lasses take some beating.......they rule the 'Roost' at home as well...........my Bulwell mother and all her sisters were the Boss of their households......and me Grandma''

             Courted many Bulwell Gels...but never came close to Marrying one..........they took no Prisoners...bless em...:ohmy:

  3. Never took a girlfriend to the Palais or Locarno........always went with the intension of dancing with someone NEW and getting a date..........usually went with a mate.....but sometimes even by mesen...........last time i was 40 and recently divorced....long story but got kicked out that night......i was innocent Honest.....

              I Was getting to my feet at the bottom of the steps when the lady i'd been dancing with helped me up......and we went for a drink to the Nelson'' up Hockley......finished up having a lovely night.........another night to remember........wonder if i'm still 'Barred'?

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  4. Oh yes my old boss at Farrands/Marsdens also lived on Woodthorpe drive..Ken Barrand.......

               In that bad winter of 63........i had the use of a Farrands 15cwt van.all logoed up and...not to be used privately.........

               Anyway one night when it was snowing heavy...about 10pm after i'd dropped Trina off........i got into a skid top of Woodthorpe........and passed Ken's house side-ways......lol

     

    Edit both lived Pete and Ken in the middle of Woodthorpe drive..

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  5. Anyway not long after Mavis had reunited with ''Big Ron'' i was back down the 'Locarno' on Tuesday ''Teenbeat nights''

    Looking for a bit of a 'dance' and 'Romance'...Was working for Marsdens now and at 16 in the summer of 61' earning a bit more money.....after paying my Mam £3 board still had just over £2 for mesen.......the world was indeed my 'Oyster'

                    I was with my mate Keith (Columbo) scanning the ladies on the dance floor.....when i spotted this lovely dark haired girl who could really move.....she was dancing with a blonde girl.......both were wearing flat shoes and them 'Flared skirts' and were really 'giving it some'.......

                

    The song playing was ''Ginny come lately'' Brian Hyland...when we asked them 'Dance Duck'?...the 'Ginny'' song was a bit of a slow one...so we were pushing our luck for a first dance........

    But they said....''yea spose so''

    My dark haired beauty was named 'Molly' from down Meadows and her mate was Julie also a Meadows girl...........

               Walked em home that first night.....bit of a kiss and Cuddle'' on corner of Crocus street......and a date for Thursday afternoon down the Embankment was sorted....they both worked in shops in town...so Thursday half day same as me and Columbo'' was nice and handy.......

                    Turned out to be a great Summer of courting 'Molly and Julie.....Skegness a couple of Sundays by train,,,even a train trip to Barrow on Soar one Thursday afternoon.....

               End of the Summer saw us go our different ways..hope Molly has the good memories i still have of 61..

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  6. Me and Mavis didn't last long.......think she really loved 'Big Ron'' cos she went back to him and eventually married him....

             But never mind......met Molly soon after ..again at the 'Locarno'' on a Tuesday night ''Teenbeat.''........She was quite a girl from the Meadows...but won't bore you any more...unless by request........;)

  7. Took Mavis to Gaumont......started with 13/10....

    2x 4p ones on 17 bus to town....Mavis lived on Heathfield estate...

    Money now 13/2.......

    Back row upstairs 3/6 each...left with 6/2

    Popcorn for Mavis

    Sucker for me...........cash now 4/2

    Film 'Expresso Bongo'' not bad not great...but must get a shirt like 'Cliff's' when he was 'Tom-Tomming on the Bongo's......

    Both underage but got served in 'Peach Tree'' 2 halves of Mild 1/6...quite nice in little room Forman street side...Radio Luxemburg crackling away......

    Mavis said....who's that bloke at the Bar? think i know him...

    Daft as it sounds i knew him too...it was David Whitfield......

    Cash now down to 2/8....Bought 10 Parkies 1/4.......and headed for the Bus...number 17....8d fare...left me with 8d.........

    Mavis wanted another 1/2 pint in the Heathfield.......but with 8 pence no chance....she said neh mind me Mam'll treat us..she be in best room having a sing song.....

    Sure enough she was and did......

    Finished the night 'Sing-songing'...with her Mam and Aunts

    Stan on the Mike..Dickie Bird on Drums and Eric on Piano...

    Kissed Mavis and her Mam and Aunts good night...

    Got home still with eight pence.......Not bad hey two nights out and still not spent me Quid........

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  8. Got ya 1/6 ers ready ?.............its 1960 andTuesday Teenbeat night.........

    8p busfare from Arnold road bridge and back.........

    6p for Shoeshine man........

    1/4 Ten Parkies........

    2 bob for a few Coca cola's

    Total = 6/2............

    13/10 left out of me £......enough to take Mavis to Gaumont Wednesday night....'Expresso Bongo''.....and dance all the way home,,,,,,,,,,

    What a wonderful world.........and all for under a £ ya know.....

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  9. This could have been one night at the 'Locarno''..back in 1960..Teenbeat for 14 to 16 year olds. .........................................Eu up Mavis............on yer own ?

    Might be........(chewing her 'Beachnut)

    Still gewing out with Big Ron ?

    Might be...you still with Sandra ?

    No...aint seen her since she started work...

    Where she work?

    ''Stumps on Haydn road..meking Cricket Bats..........

    ''Ha Ha funny....yo do think ya funny don't ya.......

    '' Only like to see ya lovely smile Mavis.......

    Oooh wer....yo really fancy yersen don't ya.....

    Not as much as i fancy you Gel..........Wanna Dance?

    Go on then.....i like this one (some elses baby..Adam Faith) after a few dances asked her..

    Shall we go upstairs with a 'Coke and Smoke'?

    Sitting on the Balcony i saw Big Ron with his mates on the edge of the Dance floor......Scanning.......

    Hey Mavis.....Big Rons down there !!

    Yea i know..seen him...he's looking fer me.......go and tell him i'm with you now.......

    Ya joking......ya know he's a bit nasty if someone upsets him...

    If ya want to be the one who teks me om tonight....GO AND TELL HIM !!!

    Taking a deep breath said ''OK Duck''

    On the way down to him..thought 'Bleddy Hell he'll kill me.''

    Hey up Ron you ok ?

    Hey up Ben yea ok..are you ?

    Don't tell Mavis ya seen me if ya see her...im off innabit seeing another girl up 'Donkey Hill''

    OK Ron...my lips are sealed......

    At that he left........

    Got back upstairs to Mavis.......

    OK Duck..told him to ''do one'' and hes left the building.....

    ''OH Ben.....i think youre great.......

    I know...want another dance ?

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