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fewkeste    8
On 10/6/2016 at 11:41 AM, Mess said:

 I even used to put a wooden sucker stick in my bicycle spokes to make a rattling noise.

Re-reading this thread I spotted this comment. I used to do that - I think I held it in place with a clothes peg. I also used to 'plait' several sucker sticks together to make a square flat frisbee type of skimmer.   Also, do you remember 'Jublys'? They were a frozen 'tetrahedron style' ice lolly. When we'd finished the lolly we'd either put empty packs on our feet a la swimming fins and pretend we were frogmen OR, stamp on the open end to make a loud bang!! Happy days - memories I thought I'd lost that now have come back.

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fewkeste    8

With Bonfire night approaching I remember something else I discovered as a kid with my bike. I bought a pack of bangers, took my bike onto the Forest, laid it on its side, removed the handlebar grip from the end of the bar, lit a banger, popped the banger into the handlebar and then quickly pushed the handlebar grip back on. It went off with a hell of a bang and shot the grip high into the air!   Great fun if a little risky.

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meeowed    102

I remember the whitlams I think the father drove a wagon for sankeys the clay pot makers in bullwell.  I recall jimmy sat on our doorstep gasping for breath he was what they called a blue baby in those days he had heart problems. As children we didnt know we were all running about and he would say hold on bill while I get my breath back. I thought the barber was Dons and i to recall anything for the week end.  mrs orange and the hardware shop. my mother used to clean for her. mrs Torr whoes husband drove for BRS and Olga who always dressed like a man with a navy blue beret on. We shall never see the likes of those sort of people again

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Chulla    4,540

meowed. It was interesting to read about Billy Whitlam and his heart problem. His father was my uncle Les - my mother's brother. He was married twice. His first children were Brenda and Les. Les was born in 1940 with a hole in his heart and had the last rites administered, fearing that he would not survive. In later life had a patch fitted in Groby Hospital and it made a new man of him for a number of years. He lived to be 61 before his heart let go.

  After the divorce Les re-married and had the two children mentioned. With Billy having a serious heart problem it rather looks like there was a genetic anomaly.

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Oztalgian    811
On ‎14‎/‎10‎/‎2017 at 10:12 AM, fewkeste said:

Also, do you remember 'Jublys'

Sure do, you could get them as a drink, or frozen. and a folded Park Drive or Woodbine packet made a makeshift clicker if you could not find a sucker stick.

Lolly sticks from Instructables .com

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meeowed    102

I recall as a child having a wooden spitfire we used to run up and down the street with and poor little jim couldnt keep up I always thought he had died at a young age I dont recall seeing him with the rest of the kids we played with As for mr whitlam i remember him banging on my door when my chimney was on fire oblivious to me and we had got it out before the fire brigade turned up They lived on Ewart road then

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fewkeste    8

I never realised Jubblys were a drink! - I only knew them as a frozen 'lolly'. Nice to see the sucker stick skimmers as well. 

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Oztalgian    811
8 hours ago, fewkeste said:

I never realised Jubblys were a drink! - I only knew them as a frozen 'lolly'.

Used to suck all the orange flavouring out of the edges until all you had was ice

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meeowed    102

I seem to remember the chip shop as malloys as a child  pilkingtons the pork shop and henshaws the butcher During the war mr henshaw was home guard he had the ladder and stirrup pump for fire watch

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