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  1. Ey-up, young Philip, suddenly lost all contact with you and Viv - for some unforseen reason - a couple of years ago?

    Would dearly like to pick-up the pieces where we left off ...

    Trusting all is well (and still locked-down)?

    Kindest Kindnesses

    Micky P

    1. philmayfield

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      Still locked down and enjoying it Mike. Everything comes by van and I barely have to associate with humankind. Perhaps next year when things revert to normality we may meet again! :)

  2. Hi good people, I am trying to trace a (then) young lady who, I believe, was head girl at St Catherine's c1964/5, by the name of Kathleen Brennan. Kathleen lived on Brora Rd in Bulwell but we lost touch when she left to go to London University in 1965. Any help gtatefully received, Micky Peters
  3. Just found this topic, Guys. Worked at Hov Grav from 1957 - 60. The inside of those Foden Mickey Mouse cabs always smelt like cat piss, to me
  4. And rocked to-and-fro on rocking chairs while polishing their shotguns under the verandah...
  5. Looking back over my previous (June) threads, I now see that I've repeated myself a great deal, Futurist; my apologies - I should have re-read things first. I have to say that I have never experienced such erratic comings and goings and fall outs, elsewhere, as I have amongst the names I have listed above. The (unfabulous) Beatmen, for instance, seem to do one - or at the most - two gigs and then have to withdraw and reform. The musicianship in Norfolk is quite something to behold and I put this down to the amount of American forces who were stationed in East Anglia during and after the war and the musical legacy they brought with them and left behind. Not just that, the coastal holiday and caravan parks still pull in a lot of bands whereas, sadly, I guess most of the Notts and Derbys miners welfares shut down
  6. Thanks for the info Futurist, sorry I've been off site for a while. Yes, I'm a friend of Sarah's on Facebook and I know quite a few of the musos who she's sung with - Nig Smith, Roger Lymn, Pat Wright, Clancy, my Brother - Steve Peters, Walt Savage and John Landon. I understand that Bill Brasier lives in Bleasby (where I did many years beforehand) and Paul Mountain in Bulcote. Three of four years ago I stood in as a drummer for a number of gigs in Nottm with Rock Wheatley, Spike and Stan late of the Varitones. I live and drum in Norfolk now - but the music over here is quite different to that I've experienced first hand back in Nottingham
  7. Any more gen or pictures of the Skeggy steam Bedford toastrack from anyone would be so very much appreciated, please. This absolutely fascinated me and I never thought I'd see anything of it again. Any photos of any of these Vulcan/Bedfords operating the 'Penny All the Way' shuttle service in Skeg would be most welcome. Not the later OB coaches with their sides tin-openered by Lincs Road car, thanks all the same.
  8. Firbeck, you mentioned a Ted Farnsworth, Chairman of the Group, earlier. Was it he who lived in a terraced house in Basford? I'm pretty sure it was him I was referring to who's house I attended one or two meetings at. A very pleasant guy who would sometimes wear a flat cap, which was somewhat unusual - or unfashionable - at the time, for someone so young
  9. OK. Slight change of tack - I was born and lived in Burton Joyce until around 1951 and I remember when Staythorpe A power station was being built by Balfour Beatty. Each evening at about 4.30 - 5.00 a fleet of about a dozen old grey/blue double deckers would chase along Church Road in convoy taking the workforce back in the Nottm direction. They almost terrorised the villagers because, when I say 'chase', they did just that - it was obviously a race between them and they all had to keep up. They were obviously old wrecks of pre-war petrol-engined buses and the noise of either unsilenced exhausts or misfiring, knackered engines drove us kids running yet we still had to turn up daily and watch and listen to the racket! I never could say Balfour Beatty back then but, instead, called the daily 'display' the 'Belle View Beauties'.
  10. Crikey, Smiffy49, no wonder this etched itself on your mind, it would have me, too. What obviously made it seem particularly sinister was the juxtaposition between the bright lights, the loud music and people laughing, screaming and enjoying themselves while this 'poor unfortunate', possibly a quadriplegic, was confined to his mobile 'coffin'. It would only have been made worse by seeing him with the same accompanying party again in the grave yard. What terrible secret did they carry, what frightful thing had happened to the family to make them go through this seemingly tragic ritual? Did the poor man suffer a terrible accident or illness earlier in life or was he born that way? Whatever, his family must have been very loving, dedicated and loyal towards the poor soul. Then the very fact that he made eye contact with you...
  11. I quote from the link to which is refered "...The three* operators then became known as part of the Tillings Group..." *The three operators being N & D, MGO, MDT I'll try to post a photo of my Yarmouth 329 Bristol decker. It lives on our clifftop in North Norfolk overlooking the North Sea - a nice place for an evening drink, summer or winter alike
  12. Does anyone remember a double-decker bus at Ingoldmells in the 60s where you could buy takeaway fish and chips downstairs or sit and eat them at a table upstairs? I think it may have been on a caravan site on Sea Lane?
  13. Missed out my Brother - he did longer than any of us - Nottm Mid, Furlong House, Toton, Coalville, Grantham. various London depts
  14. Here goes - I worked on the Railway on four separate occasions - yes, four! 1) 1960 -Started in the Publicity and Public Relations dept. on Victoria Street Nottm. Then Alan House on Clumber Street; Furlong House, the Meadows; British Transport Advertising on Low Pavement. 2) 1988 - Platform Ticket Barriers at Coventry. 3) 1990 - Yeah, first proper Railway job at last - Traincrew at Norwich a) Trainman on Ballasts and freight followed by Senior Conductor on intercity hauled trains to London Liverpool St. 4) - 2000 - Customer Services at Norwich. Family connections. Grandfather - BT Police Inspector Aunt - Supervisor Nottm Mid Enquiry Office Mother - Porter Burton Joyce Station during War Father - Signalman Thurgarton and Burton Joyce Daughter - Clerical Grosvenor House, Norwich Self - as above Micky P
  15. Hi Guys, only just joined Nottstalgia Nottingham so forgive me coming in late on this blog. Sorry, Stephen Ford, I have to challenge your (much) earlier statement re the ownership of Notts and Derby Traction, Midland General and Mansfield District Traction although the rest of your information is astoudingly informative and much appreciated. These three companies, along with many others throughout the country prior to the formation of the NBC, were part of the Tillings Group of Companies which also owned the Bristol Motor Co from, believe it or not, Bristol plus Eastern Counties Bodyworks in Lowestoft. This is why - at the end these companies they almost invariably had Bristol chassis, EC Coachwork and, usually, Gardner Engines. I personally have ex Yarmouth Corporation 329 Bristol VRT2 (vertical, rear, transverse engine) its body number is 23456. I worked for British Transport Advertising in the 60s and sold bus (exterior and interior) advertising on the aforementioned bus companies vehicles plus Trent, East Midlands and North Western Road car. These latter 3 companies were part of the BET Group - British Electric Traction - yes, part of Balfour Beatty (historically from tramway days). Although I sold purely bus advertising my wage was actually paid by British Rail(ways) and I was actually a Railway employee and received BR priv tickets and concessions. The local office was on Low Pavement. Fact is stranger than fiction..