Bilborough Girl

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  1. When we lived in Bakersfields and the Red Arrows were performing at Nottingham Air Show we were able to see them from our bedroom windows so would rush upstairs when we heard them. Now I live about 10 miles from their base at RAF Scampton and, when they aren't away at shows, their practicing often brings them over my garden....and I still rush out to see them when I hear that very distinctive engine roar. Unfortunately the base is due to close next year and they are being moved away from this area. Everyone is very upset about that as we feel they belong to us.
  2. The chef from Griffins restaurant was the husband of a friend of my mother's and he made my wedding cake as a gift.
  3. Back as far as the 1960s I often had the thought "what if there's a fire" when I was in Griffins! It was such a rabbit warren that people would have a job to find their way out. I was in there a few weeks ago and lo and behold, I STILL couldn't find my way out! Is it a listed building? I have a recollection of being told, or once reading, that the shop consists of a series of wealthy merchants' town houses knocked through to join them up. Certainly, if you stand in the Square and look at the architecture, that could be their origin. It would also explain the higgledy-piggledy interior layout. The buses to Bilborough had their terminus outside Pearsons in the 1970s. It was a lovely shop.
  4. As I recall there was also a beautiful staircase in Griffin and Spalding ( now Debenhams) but it seems to have disappeared.
  5. Thanks Stuart. It certainly didn't look as though it would be finished any time soon when I was there a few weeks ago....in fact, there didn't seem to have been any change since I was last there in October!
  6. I've been shocked at the state of that end of town in recent visits to Nottingham. Getting to and from the station is like negotiating an obstacle course. Does anyone know what the intended outcome of all that construction work is, when it's intended to be finished and if Broad Marsh Centre will ever open again?
  7. So sorry to read of the demise of The Chateau. My father was very involved with the Civil Service sports club and ground which were opposite (anyone know if it is still going?) so, as a family, we would sometimes go across to The Chateau for a meal. As a result it was the place where my wedding reception was held.
  8. VERY newly built by the look of it! Do you know what year that photo was taken? We moved in to our brand new house in 1951. I suppose the estate did look that raw and bare before people had made gardens but I don't remember it looking quite that empty. I guess maybe I was too young to notice such things.
  9. Martins Pond! Yet another reminder from this wonderful forum of something I'd forgotten all about. We used to collect frogs' spawn there for the school nature table....something which I am pretty sure wouldn't happen nowadays.
  10. Yes, I was in 5E....although I'd forgotten that was what our O-level class was called; well done you for remembering it! I've sent you a message.
  11. Was Mole played by a Michael Shepherd? Don't know why that name has come to me as I can't put a face to it! That play was such fun to do wasn't it? I think our drama teacher in those days was Miss Jefferson. I haven't yet found that photo but I'll keep looking as I know I would never have thrown it away. I can still quote chunks of Macbeth having learnt it for O-level all those years ago!
  12. Somewhere I have a photo of the Toad of Toad Hall cast: I was a weasel. IF I can find it and IF I can work out how to do it, I will post it here. That may take some time though!
  13. I know Pork Farms is part of a group of companies now but the name lives on as their pies and sausage rolls are in the supermarket. I always thought their pork pies were the best.
  14. Both my father-in-law and my husband, both keen d-i-y-ers, used to buy tools from Gillotts. The building in the photo is an interesting shape: it looks as though the top has been neatly sliced off!
  15. That building had an interesting history http://www.nottshistory.org.uk/whatnall1928/oriental_cafe.htm I remember there was a lot of controversy over the destruction of the Oriental Cafe's ceiling some time before I left Nottingham in the 1980s but I don't recall the details. Does the actual building still exist?