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  1. Thank you for clearing that one up for me. I do remember passing through Willougby on the train.
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    If you caught a South Notts to Gotham/Loughboro' bus from Huntingdon Street you would ask for a fare to the Map. Seemed a thing back in the day when paying your fare you would always say where you wanted to get off.
  3. Thanks for reply Willow, One memory that does stick with me is standing outside an arcade called "Jacksons Radio" every time we (Dad and Mam dragging me along) walked past the place it was always blasting out Kathy's Clown. Must have been late 50's.
  4. Question to Willow Wilson ( re October 2017 Post): You describe the journey from Boston to Mablethorpe as I remember it. Remember the train crawling past a place called "Clover Dairy" . Where was that?. 1955 to 1961 Always had our holiday clothing sent ahead in a large travel trunk. Problem with this was it was collected by BR on the Wednesday before we went on holiday and taken Ruddington station for its onward journey to Victoria Station then to Mablethorpe. Where, if all went well it would be waiting at Trusville on arrival. The only problem with this arrangement was we were running around in tatty old cloths the week before going and on return what ever we came home in until sometime when the BR wagon delivered our trunk at home. Strange that we always saw our trunk being loaded on the train we came home in. Nice beach, always rained. Loads of jelly fish washed up.
  5. Boots Island Street, August 1964 My first employment after leaving school. The interview at Station Street consisted of "How many of your family or relatives work at Boots and for how long?" My Dad, Aunt and Uncle had clocked up about 60 odd years between them at the time. OK, just need to sit a test to see what we can offer. Well done! we are offering a Chemical Plant Operators apprenticeship. Sounded OK. All new recruits were assembled and assigned to various departments. I was posted to E16 where they made an assortment of Chemical compounds. As it turned out it was a good place to work or so I thought back then. The assigned junior apprentice was the equivalent of the House Elf, Dobbie. Do as you are bid. First job. Transferring small bottles of mercury (The stuff science teacher put in the palm of your hand) into a bigger bottle. This was carried out in the Mercury shed, a small crumbling open front redbrick building ope to the elements well away from E16. My very first task. Dropped a bottle the shiny silver liquid ran along the floor down a crack in the floor disappeared for ever. "No problem, don't worry about it, was going for waste" said the bloke looking after me . No wonder the old site is still unoccupied. Heath and Safety was not what it is today. Some names Joe Harrison, Frank Poyser, Bill Drain who used to have his comfey chair /table and tea pot in the cyanide store, and George Stapleton, signed anyone who played football up for Thorneywood Athletic. The inside of E16 had wooden floors and those outside the Formans Office were pristine (Foreman at the time was Mr Towlson and his assistant Bill Harvey(?}} Why were they pristine? the House Elf had to polish the floors, brass taps and copper. No one wanted to look after the new lad until they got to know you, so the only job was bulling up the fittings. The other side of the building was where the work was carried out and wasn't pristine. The rest of Island Street Chemical works were gradually changing. Although there were the new Labs, canteen, changing rooms etc. The red brick E6 gradually closing down (there was an attractive Sister who worked in E6 Surgery at the time) E1 still working. E60. Boots chemical department was still their show piece of current chemical manufacture. Then there was the "Tit Lab". The compound produced caused physical changes to the male operatives so it was Experienced personnel only allowed to do 2-3 week stints. Anymore and they would be well endowed with a pair of breasts. Hence the department name. Some of the new lads who started with me went to work in the Insulin/Heparin building. Insulin was/is produced from Cows intestine. The job of the apprentice was to walk down to the abattoir at the cattle market wait for the slaughter man to do is job, collect the fresh intestines in a bag, leg it back to Island Street and scrape out the contents of the intestines. That was the start of the process. Bulling up floors wasn't so bad after all. E16 a good place to start never did get posted to Insulin dep't As part of the apprentice training Boots college was compulsory including night school. After 6 monthe I was posted to D6 Powders. Are there anymore Boots CPO apprentices out there?
  6. Thanks for the jnfo. Nice guy, always had a joke when he called. Once met never forgotten. Or as my Mum would say 'He has me in fits every time he calls'. That was repeated every time he called to who ever was in earshot. Had no idea what being 'in fits" was.
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    Always smartly dressed as I remember and spent time having a chat and a laugh. Believe he used to do a fair few childrens events at the time. Sad day for all when he left Wigfalls and we had another less entertaining collector. He was a hard act to follow.
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    Another well known person who was a regular on Woodbridge Ave was Neville King the ventriloquist. Late 50's early 60's he worked for Wigfalls, TV rentals. Every Saturday he would call to collect the TV rental. My mother used to like him, always called her "Mrs Woman" which she found amusing and have a chat. He often spoke of entertaining at parties and clubs. On his final call he did say that he was leaving and going full time entertaining. He eventually turned up on the Black and White Minstrel Show and other TV programmes with his Dummy "Old Boy". and often turned up on various entertainment programmes upto the 80's. Took a bit of convincing mother that this was the same chap, until she read it in the paper.. Apart from David Pleat who used to walk up the street (Lived on Farnborough Rd at the time and always refused to kick our football) thats all I know of. There were sales promotions as well down Woodbridge. The White Tide man, some bloke in a white suit knocked at your door, answer the question (what ever that was) and produce a pbox of Tide win a tenner. Also "Miss Camay" in a bright pink car, usual thing produce a bar of "Camay" soap answer a question win a box of beauty products. Both were advertised on ITV at the time. There were probably others nut these are the few I knew about.
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    Hi Cliff, Answer to No1. Correct Answer to No 2. Google search for Anna Wheatcroft, computer say. 1961-1966, Children Daniel and Piers Baker. With regards to the Tardis, it had an early version of cloaking device. Left on the street with one of those car covers thrown over it. Do you remember Mr Sherwin who lived at 35, had a prewar two seater Riley Coupe, rag top that had seen better days, wire wheels. Not sure of exact model but we referred to it as Sherwins Cronk. Probably worth a bit these days. There was a story (as told by my Dad to me) probably pre or in wartime and before HW moved there that the house was one of "ill repute". Be interested to see if anyone had any further information to confirm this.
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    Reply to Cliff Ton, (19.02.20) Morning, The opposite side of the road to Mrs Powells, 2 doors up from Ray Hurst towards the green. On the topic of Harry Wheatcroft, When my Dad part timed at Harry's he always used to mention Harry's relative (Brother), think his name was Alf who's daughter lived or visited. Harry's neice Anna was married to Tom Baker (Dr Who) whom he later divorced. They had 2 children. (Source IMdb) Were the children dropped off at Mrs Powells Tom Bakers? Harrys house was the Nottingham Knight which at the time was on Landmere Lane until the ring road went through early 60's. Can anyone confirm this.
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    Evening Cliff Ton, My Dad used do do a bit of part timing at Harry W's. as he was a keen rose grower and for a bit of extra cash. Harry used to have a chat with him and I'm sure he knew the origin of the roses in our garden. (Clue: 2 doors down from the green, entry house). Harry was always tyre kicking and had time to walk about whilst waiting for Mrs W to reappear. Didn't realise Mrs P did a bit of child minding. When i was in my last year at Greencroft I had a nice little earner delivering the school washing to Mrs P and picking it up first thing Monday morning to take back.
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    Believe Colin died when they were on holiday, had a sister Carol went to Clifton Hall. Their other next door neighbour were the Powells. Harry Wheatcroft (famous rose grower and has a traffic island named after him) often visited Mrs Powell. harry had a light coloured Merc. Must have been late very late 50's early 60's.
  13. Thanks to all re Warro's. I'll have a search through. My first thoughts of the liquid was it looked like a pint of Duckhams 20/50. Cheers
  14. Hi TBI, Thanks for updating, Wasn't living in Nottingham in the early 70's. first beer fest I have memories of is 75 or 76. One of the exhibitors I remember was Warro's selling genuine Scrumpy sent up from Scrumpy land. Very potent stuff. His supplier was happy to ship it up because of the quantity he could sell. He had a Scrumpy bar called Warro's in Fletcher Gate, somewhere near the Cross Keys. It was up some stairs to the first floor, the decor was minimal and bare floorboards. You only went for the drink not the decor. Back then scrumpy/cider didn't attract the alcohol tax for some reason and it was a nice cheap way to merriment. Not long after the government of the day slapped tax on Scrumpy/cider and Warro's disappeared. Can anyone fill in more detail as I've always wondered where he went.
  15. Under the junk and rubbish stored in my loft I discovered a copy of the CAMRA 1978 Nottingham Guy Fawkes Beer Festival Programme, held at the Victoria Leisure Centre 2/11/ to 5/11/1978. Unlike the recent event held at the Motorpoint this was a somewhat small affair, but back in the day it was huge, I think this may have been the 2nd or 3rd event. Opening hours (A limiting factor back then) Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd November 11.30 to 14.30 and 18.00 to 22.00. Saturday the 4th, extra supping time, 11.00 to 14.30 and 17.30 to 22.00. Sunday you had to be quick to sample any remaining brews. 12.00 to 14.00. There were 16 breweries to choose from:- Ansells, Hardy and Hansons, Home Ales, Hoskins, LLoyds Country Beers, Manns, Marstons, McEwans, Robinsons, Ruddles, Samuel Smiths, Shipstones, Theakston, Wards, Westcrown and Worthington White Shield (Bottled). offering between 1 and 3 brews. O.G or ABV as it is now. (are they the same thing?) of between 1032 and Owd Roger at 1080. Most of the Ales were Mild and Bitter, Theakstons Old Peculiar, McEwans 70/- and 80/- (any ideas what they were?). A shame that some of these names have been swallowed up by the big companies. I suppose it was possible in the half pint commemorative glass that they gave you to complete the circuit to sample at least one glass from each brewer in each of the sessions. Never made it passed the Theakston OP tho'. Some of the breweries underestimated demand and were not on offer for all the sessions although Home and Shippo's was available for Sunday. Still got my commemorative glass and a bottle of White Shield. Back then going to visit a Shipstones pub was some times referred to as going for " Pint of Honest " derived from a two word nine lettered anagram of Shipstones. Clue: first word Honest .... Cheers!