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My 3rd Delivery was the other side of the tracks onto Hucknall road...to the lovely Miss Mabel Thorpe...a single lady in her late 5os who lived on Orville road.....she also worked in Marsdens/Farrands head Offtce on Wigman road......

 

Morning Miss Thorpe..you ok ?

Hello Ben...i;m good thanks,,,on holiday this week...

Have you been or done owt ?

No just relaxed mostly reading,,and a couple of walks across 'Common'' into Bulwell...

All alright at Head Office?

Yes was talking to Mr Vaughan about you...(she said smiling,,Mr Vaughan was the General Manager)

Nothing bad i hope?

Far from it...he will be coming to see you...

 

Had another cup of tea with her and more small talk...before bidding her Tat ta.........Mr Vaughan a big Yorkshireman and Father of one of the 'Paper Lace group'' did indeed come to see me......and it led to the start of my many travels for them and many happy exploits........so i think i owe a lot to the lovely Miss Thorpe......

 

One Delivery left down Hucknall road near Marble Arch to Mrs Timberlake.....................In a bit  

              

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By Request then.............. Like all other aspects of my Teen years,at Marsdens,loved doing deliverys to customers on the Granville with big Basket..no gears and hardwork up the hills of Bestwo

Next delivery was Mrs Taylor....who lived 2 doors from me on Andover road  .......knew her all my life...even Babysat me when i was a little un....a very formidable lady had 5 kids all much older than

Last delivery to Mrs Timberlake...Hucknall road..... Morning Mrs T....Where you want me to put your Order ? Just leave it on the Hall Table Ben...How much is it ?  (she was a customer that p

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No Cliff Ton.........all the names ive used are real people inc,,Miss Mabel Thorpe........lol

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Last delivery to Mrs Timberlake...Hucknall road.....

Morning Mrs T....Where you want me to put your Order ?

Just leave it on the Hall Table Ben...How much is it ?  (she was a customer that paid cash on delivery)

£8-12-6

Can;t offer you Tea Ben .in a hurry going out,,,,

 

At that she paid me and we said  Tat Ta..........

 

Just a couple of hundred yards back to Marsdens,,,Manager Mr Richards said..you only made 4 deliverys and been gone all bleddy morning......

I know...sorry Boss...just cant get away from some of em....

OK put kettle on...not had a drink all morning...he said.....

Couldnt tell him i;d had 3 cups of Tea....lol

 

Happy Days...terrific people...love to go back and do it all again...

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Still on about the Granville bike........never recall having it mended.... Lad from Valley road Marsdens came to work at Andover for a week.....and was sent to do deliverys.....

                  Unfortunately the brakes failed him going down the very steep 'Hove road'' he shot down across Andover thru Mrs Seatons hedge landing in her Garden...........really funny   even Mrs Seaton was laughing.............

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Remember when shops in Nottingham closed Half day on Thursdays?

           Hard to believe now with many shops open 7 days a week..

            Got me thinking to my days in the 60s at Marsdens/Farrands....and what we did on Thursday afternoons..

            Whatever you did it was never crowded because apart from Shop workers everyone else was at work.....there was even a Thursday football league..which i played in for Notts Corinthians...it was ran and sponsored by Redmayne and  Todd...It was played to a good standard with teams such as City and County Police plus a Nottingham Forest A or B side ..and i recall playing against a good few young players who later became household names at Forest...

                    The only friends you could really mix with on Thursday afternoons were other Shop workers...and my old school friend Keith (Columbo) worked for the Coop....so together we had many good Thursdays.........we would catch a train to anywhere just to see new places........Coventry and the Cathedral being one...and obviously we dated girls who were also Shop workers.....our favourite place to take them was the Embankment for a Row down the Trent and Tea at the Little T bar that was there at the time........Sometimes Keith would bring his Portable record player and we'd play records with our cup of Tea and even danced with the lucky girl of the day.......

                   Enjoy Waxing Lyrical about by-gone days......

 

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There was also a Thursday afternoon cricket league. I remember matches being played on the field behind the Vale Hotel on Thackeray's Lane. The managing director of Redmayne and Todd, the football sponsors, at that time was Eric Norris. 

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The chap from Redmaynes for the football was called Poyser....i think..could be wrong.....it was almost 60 years since...bleddy hell we are old Phil................

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And neither do i ............

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When i was playing football thursday afternoons i had a Manager at Marsdens who kept telling me to pack up...cos if i got injured i;d be off work....of course i took no no notice..........anyway he was a keen Golfer and got hit with a golf ball on Bulwell hall....off work for a month......:wacko:

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