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  1. The Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway > Places > Hospitals > Overview (
  2. I don't think it was a children's home though, at least not in the 1960s, it was more an outpost of St Ann's Hospital.
  3. Amazing it's still there. It was 50 years ago when I used to frequent it!
  4. There was the Kardomah on King Street. My Dad worked in an office a few doors away and used to take us there.
  5. I was into stamp collecting as a teenager and I used to go to the stamp shop near to the Theatre Royal. I don't supposes it's still there?
  6. I had an auntie and uncle who took their children to Mablethorpe every year. A B & B and a chalet on the seafront. Kids playing on the beach and adults in the chalet brewing tea and reading the newspaper. At least my parents took us to different British seaside resorts (no holidays abroad though, I had to wait until I was married for that). I can't think of anything more boring than Mablethorpe every summer. Day trips yes, but EVERY year for a week??
  7. This brings back memories of when I grew up in Wollaton. I used to get the E6, I think it was, to Bilborough Grammar School until I got a cycle permit. I think there was a C6 and F9 went through Wollaton too, the F9 went through the village and the C6 and B2 (?) along Russell Drive. Another bus turned down Bramcote Lane and I if I got on that one I had to walk from the library to Goodwood Road instead of just walking round the corner if I got the others. The bus tickets all had a three digit number on and there was a craze of trying to collect all the numbers, I was desperate to ge
  8. I remember the Batman cards. And Bazooka Joe bubblegum. Once my brother, who was only very young, bought a few packets of Bazooka Joe and found that there were no cards in them. He decided to write a letter to the company and his punchline, as only a young child could write, was "if you keep doing this, people will not buy your bubble gum any more." He received a dozen packets of bubble gum for his trouble!
  9. Was it Pearson's that used to have a large music section and sold Hammond and other organs? My Dad used to love going in there to browse and he eventually bought an organ of his own (second hand though, not from Pearsons). I remember Selectadisc too, I bought quite a few albums from there. Also I remember the man who worked in menswear at the Co Op. He had the mannerisms of Mr Humphries in Are You Being Served! Another shop I remember was the first supermarket to open at the far end of the Victoria Centre, I think it was called Scan (?). I had a Saturday job
  10. I'm surprised there isn't a thread for this school (or the secondary school for that matter). I was at Fernwood Junior between 1963 and 1967, my parents moved to Wollaton from West Hallam (the other side of Ilkeston) so I was late coming into my year group. I remember the headmaster was Mr Whittaker, and many years later we bumped into him outside the Camelia House in Wollaton Park. He used to come and give us special lessons called "verbal reasoning" and what we didn't realise was that this was actually coaching for the 11 Plus. It succeeded because out of a class of 33 all but one person got
  11. The first house I lived in was directly opposite Cantrell Road school but we left Bulwell when I was five. I have a vague memory of going to Cantrell Road school for half a day before we moved to West Hallam, this would be in 1961. A couple of years later we moved back to Nottingham (Wollaton) as my Dad wasn't coping with the commute to work.
  12. Hi Ann, yes Mr Mahoney taught Maths. I had him for the lower 6th but then he moved to another school. He was an excellent teacher and I was sad to see him go.
  13. So, we had our reunion last night and a great time was had by all. About 80 people turned up, most were former pupils from the class of 1967 - 1974, plus a few people brought partners and there were also some teachers: Mr Nicklin (didn't get a chance to speak to him but I don't think he ever taught me) Mr Robinson - a lovely gentleman, I didn't think he taught me either but he thinks he might have done in the early years. Mr Mahoney - he was only at the school for 2 years and he was amazed that he was remembered - but as I and others told him, you always remember your mos
  14. From what I remember: Big old ?Edwardian house in extensive grounds. You walked in the front door and ahead of you were stairs with a corridor to the left. Two rooms were on the left - the first was the dining room which doubled as the room where you would meet Dr Arkle when she visited. The other room was the lounge with sofa(s) and a TV. To the right of the front door was the manager's office and at the bottom of the stairs I think was the room where they administered the drugs. Dormitories were on the first floor, I think there were at least 6 beds in mine. At the end of the passage next to
  15. I don't know if anyone saw this recently I remember when that site was the Park and Ride site for the failed Zone and Collar system to keep cars out of the city centre. The so-called "Lilac Leopard" coaches often had just one passenger on them! Later on it was Main Stop, then the Co op and then Waitrose. My Mum lived round the corner until she went into a care home last year, and my brother and I sold her house just before Christmas so hopefully we benefitted from the Waitrose effect. The lady pi