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Albert Brown !

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Two things my mum warned me about were Albert (who I saw regularly going around town), and the "ladies" in Yates's or the Flying Horse.

She even said that the reason there was chalk on the floor downstairs in Yates's was that they used to chalk their prices on the sole of their shoes, so that they could scrub it off on the wooden floor should the law come through the door.

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One thing though, Albert Brown was a really nice bloke. He was accepted for what he was,sadly, over the years was imprisoned for being homosexual. Unlike some of this lot today who think they are gay

homosexual only because in some circles it is considered fashionable.

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He used to drink in The Napier on Union Rd and as kids we knew that there was "something very different" about him just by his appearance and demeanour,but at that age in those days had no idea about his proclivities, only that the grown ups used to smile between themselves and pass knowing winks when he was mentioned in our hearing.

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By all accounts he was the life and soul of any bar-room. I don't think anyone disliked him. I remember him in his powder-blue suit, blonde hair and a very pock-marked face.

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I remember Albert sometimes used to walk down Queens Drive - he came into our shop a couple of times. There was another chap lived in the bedsits on Queens Drive who openly dressed as a woman, I remember the long false eyelashes or 'roadsweepers'. He was a regular in our shop as mum used to let him have 'tick' and used to fascinate us kids,.

I'm sure Albert had a big funeral and the procession went down St Anns Well Road?

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One girlfriend ? he had when I lived on Union Road in the '60s was a bloke called Vivian !He used to like to dress like a woman !

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Nowt wrong we Albert, he was what he was. Nobody seems to mention how many lesbos there were about. I saw few around St Annes, Union Rd area and always one of them dressed more or less as a bloke. Anyway who cares.

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Albert Brown made it obvious what he was, lessie's were much more discreet.

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That's very true, catfan, they did make themselves more discreet. Their short skirts diverted your attention from their

shaven heads and tattoos on their necks. :biggrin:

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Shop owned by Albert Brown in Bulwell in the 1970's

It says "The shop next door was Alma's Ladies hairdressers, having previously been run as a Ladies Hairdressers by a well known flambouyant Nottingham character, Albert Brown"

That's a polite description :)

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I never knew Albert Brown personally but he was well known in town and i am fairly sure who he was.He used to attend the Market Square on Sunday afternoons especially which ,as we will all recall, was Nottingham's 'Hyde Park Corner', a hotbed of debate, political meetings ,club meetings etc.

Albert ,if i have the right person, was about 50 in the sixties at a guess; i believe he was bald but he wore a short ,blonde wig and a leather trilby; he was a very,strange person and i am fairly sure he was gay ( although that word wasn't used at the time); he used to wear a white mac most of the time and listening to him from a distance ,i think he loved his drink too much.

Our headmaster at High Pavement school was Mr.M.H.Brown and the boys used to nickname him 'Albert' as an insult. That sums up poor Albert Brown's  sad reputation. He probably did live in the Meadows  and that will be why he was in town drinking most days.

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I knew a chap called Albert Brown but he wasn't "the" Albert Brown. He was totally brassed off with the leg pulling and innuendo! Perhaps innuendo could be misinterpreted by some of you lot! :biggrin:

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I use to see him a lot in town. One day my brother had been for a drink with his mates and had come home when he mentioned to dad that he'd seen Albert Brown. My dad went berserk and told him to stay away from him. Dad was a policeman and probably knew what most Notts people didnt. By the way it was a wig he wore ( mostly at a jaunty angle) It looked more like a mop than a wig.

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Did he live in Bulwell?

 

I seem to remember a little song we used to chant ...

 

If you go to Bulwell Town,

Don’t bend down,

Albert Brown!

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My memory of him dates to the early 70's. At about closing time he came running out of the Bell in a panic shouting "I'm bostin' fur a waz"* and ran over to the underground latrines over at Slab Square (which, I understand, are now gone). Apparently he'd been making a nuisance of himself in the toilets of the Bell and they threw him out without him being able to relieve himself.

 

*Tr to English: I urgently need to urinate.

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At least he didn't pee in the shop doorway..

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It wasn't the 'done thing' in those days!

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It's only the 'done thing' now by disgusting morons. Decent people wouldn't dream of doing such a thing.

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We used to play football outside the bus depot on Bunbury st in the Meadows, we quite often saw Albert going out for the evening. He lived somewhere around Bathley street.

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