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2 hours ago, Cliff Ton said:

I've just had a quick glance through that website and it's a spectacular treasure trove of information. It'll keep me occupied for a long time.

If you have anything to add, or you know someone who may have, please pass on.

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The latest article - about Rock Cemetery. Any extra information welcome.   https://scenebeforeinnottingham.wordpress.com/home/landmarks/church-rock-cemetery/

It happened. I was in the Vernon at the time minding me own business, watching said film when a row of 5 or 6 seats arced across the auditorium in front of the screen accompanied by a lot of shouting

Quite a few updates made on the website:   The ‘Scene Before in Nottingham’ website has been enhanced with more information, more stories about Nottingham.   It now contains the fo

On 10/1/2020 at 11:07 PM, Moz said:

An article in the Nottingham Post from 2019, claimed that the restaurant on Forman Street became Punchinello in 1965. However there is a picture of the premises when it was the Empire Cafe and it became the Soup Kitchen (there is another picture of that) in 1975 or 1976. So when did it really become Punchinello?

Was that the cafe we used to cal "the one-up cafe"?  On ordering pie, peas and chips, the bloke serving would shout "one up" to the women in the kitchen.  The place would get packed out and I remember a chap shaking a sauce bottle and the top came off!  I was that busy laughing at my mate's face getting plastered I didn't realise I'd caught most of it up my back!

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I have been spending my time in lockdown adding detail to the 'Scene Before in Nottingham' website. I have not been out taking photos but I have added much written word, hopefully which you will find of interest.

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I've spent the last half hour going through the website and it's definitely grown a lot since the last time I looked at it.

 

A surprising number of places, events, people, things, etc that I'd forgotten about. Keep up the good work !

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Does anyone know?
There was a club called the Calypso on Byard Lane, later the New Calypso opened on Commerce Square.
I can see that the New Calypso was opened around 1973/4 by Carlton Forbes the cricketer. Did he own the original?
Does anyone know any details? Did anyone got to either of these clubs?
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Moz, didn’t Gary Sobers have something to do with a club on High Pavement, may have been in Commerce Square I suppose, I just have a vague memory of it.  
I know that a certain friend of ours will have more information, have you asked her? 

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Hi Moz,  on occasions I used to go to the original Calypso club,it had a great atmosphere. Carlton Forbes was sometimes there and I understood that he was the owner. Regards,Will2017

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Thanks for that article,  Moz, very interesting.  i love wandering around old cemeteries, i have some relatives in the paupers graves, Chulla showed me their names once. They were hard to read then,  I guess they got worse later. We could walk down into St. Anne's Valley at that time, not any more.

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An interesting read.

 

One of the big problems with cemeteries these days is that they can be inhabited by undesirable, still-living people who have strange lifestyles and leave the remains of their lifestyle lying around.

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Does anyone know anything about the 50s and the teddy boys? Where did they go/hang about in Nottingham? Any stories?

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I'm too young (just) to have been one Moz...........but i hung around with the Bestwood Teds.....great bunch..

Penguin CAFE in Bulwell was one of there hangouts 3d bit Juke box....also remember them talking about ripping the seats out in the Vernon Pictures while watching Bill Haley's ''Rock around the clock''.........loved their style of clothes and hair........sad to say went to a few of their funerals in recent years........still see one of em in Bulwell name of 'Ronnie'' still looks good ..must be 80 now........

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4 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

ripping the seats out in the Vernon Pictures while watching Bill Haley's ''Rock around the clock'

It happened. I was in the Vernon at the time minding me own business, watching said film when a row of 5 or 6 seats arced across the auditorium in front of the screen accompanied by a lot of shouting and laughter. We then settled down to watch the rest of the film when the cops barged in, marched to the front and working front to back cleared the whole auditorium, guiIty and innocent. I never got a refund.

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Did you know any of the Teds by name Willow ?

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The crazy thing is...after all these years ...i still remember just about all there names...such was the impression they left on me..............

 

When we had football meetings on a Sunday night at the ''Tavern'' in the 'Gents only room'' our Wives/girlfriends would be in the Bar with them.....Dancing to the Juke box...60s and 70s..

Donna met many of them in the 80s.....and loved their sense of humour...they all made a real fuss of her......She found Nottingham so different from the South and really loved it.........

 

 

 

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Does anyone have any information about wild white cattle in Wollaton Park in the recent past? I believe some may have been re-introduced in the 1980s but they are not there now.

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There are pictures of them but I can find no information.

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The Italian restaurant on St James street owned by Michael Grey mentioned earlier was Valentino's. My dad and I both worked there. I was a wine waiter and my dad was the barman. Michael Greys son ran the French bistro 3 or 4 doors further up on the same side.

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I worked for Michael Grey for about a year when he was senior partner at Turner Barrows and Moss the lawyers. I was the group accountant for the numerous businesses he ran including Spinrock Construction. I was enticed away by a substantially better offer and was very pleased to leave!

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On 4/13/2021 at 1:43 AM, HSR said:

Does anybody recall the location of Vino's?    I know iv'e been in it, searched this site, nothing,   googled, found a link here...

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/toxic-shock/1984/vinos-wine-bar-nottingham-england-3bce9448.html

 

I remember a wine bar (but not its name) which was on the lower end of Mansfield Road,  approximately opposite the end of Woodborough Road, or a bit further up. It only existed for a few years in the 80s. The entrance was a door at street level, and the rest of the bar was upstairs on the first floor. I didn't like it much, but never liked wine bars anyway. This place isn't mentioned on Moz's website, but it might've been Vino's.

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There was a wine bar in the 80s on Maid Marion Way called Lyrics that used to put local Nottingham bands on No Tears & Fatal Charm where almost resident.

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There was a wine bar in Trinity Square/Forman St. back in the 70’s/80’s whose name I cant remember but it was run by a chap called Jeremy Gisborne who both Margie and I knew as we were  in the same class at Arno Vale primary. He used to live on Greys Rd. Woodthorpe near to Joseph Giemza whom Nonna may have known as he had a prestige hairdressing salon on Market  St. A bit of what they used to call a nancy back in those days!

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