Recommended Posts

Yes, the Victoria Baths had much more seating for spectators. Noel Street had only a rather pathetic balcony where girls sat on occasions when they couldn't go into the pool, such as time of the month or "monthly" as we used to whisper to Miss Ramsden who wrote our names on her clipboard. Such things were not spoken out loud In those days!  I don't think she kept a record of this because I got away with it for several weeks in succession, although she may have simply given up on me!

 

The one thing I do recall about the swimming gala was the stink of cordite (or whatever it was) from Greig's starting pistol! I have no recollection of who usually won the gala but seem to think it was Edinburgh (blue). I simply wasn't interested and usually took a book to read under my coat!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 305
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

I don't know what any of the Manning staff did during the war but the deputy head was so combative, I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't start it!

Re maths teaching, earlier post; The only use for higher mathematics is to be able to teach somebody else higher mathematics.  (Bertrand Russell).

I don't know Jill well enough to be able to recognise her by any leg features.

11 minutes ago, Jill Sparrow said:

simply wasn't interested and usually took a book to read under my coat!

I would put money on that not being your SMP maths book:rotfl:. I was not an avid fan either but it did get us out of school and lessons for a few hours.

Link to post
Share on other sites

You've won your bet! Heaven help any girl who was caught reading instead of watching avidly what was going on in the pool at either Noel Street or Victoria Baths. Why couldn't they just accept that some of us just didn't give a damn about swimming, sports...or maths! :blink:

Link to post
Share on other sites

@Jill Sparrowyou got away with more at your school, regarding not swimming for several weeks, regarding your whispered 'monthlys'. Ha ha. At Crane you could only do that with a note from your mother. I remember word for word my mother's note. Kathleen cannot swim this week, she is indisposed. 

  • Upvote 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

@katyjayHow times have changed! I think Miss Ramsden, who was usually landed with teaching the less able swimmers, realized she was never going to achieve anything with me. By the end, she became my personal swimming tutor because I was the only girl in the shallow end and still convinced I was going to drown!  Letting me sit in the gallery for several weeks freed her to spend her time on those who were in the middle of the pool. Poor soul was never allowed near the deep end as that was the preserve of the merciless Greig who once forced me to get in the deep end and make my way across the end of Noel Street Baths to walk up the steps at the other end. I was absolutely terrified and clung to the lip of the side all the way! I will never forget the smirk on her face as she stood there and watched me. I determined I would pay the sadistic sod back for that. That winter, I cracked her ankle with my hockey stick out on the field! My turn to smile!

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Both my boys trained at Noel st baths, most nights, also training at Hucknall baths on a Friday night, they swam for Hucknall Falcons, and also for Nottinghamshire, Mr Crisp was there trainer

he would not put up with any messing about.

When my grandson was about 4 I took him to a training pool so he would learm to swim hoping that he would follow his father and join the Falcons. He was petified of the water he would  not even get his toes, wetl  it's amazing after 6 moths swimming was not an issue, he did end up swimming for the Falcons and had trails for Nottinghamshire.  Then he found out about ale and young ladies so that was the end of his swimming,

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...