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  1. 7 points
    This is the only coastal resort in Cheshire. We went for a ride out looking for the coastal wildlife but nothing much there but we did see a Peregrine Falcon snatch a Starling that was on it's own but it was too quick for me. Parkgate is a beautiful and quiet corner of the Wirral,wit spectacular views across the River Dee Estuary to the Welsh hills. The spring high tides are always an impressive sight when the water comes right up to the Parade wall.However it can sometimes mean that there are road closures depending on the height of the tide. Along the 1.5 mile stretch of the Parkgate Parade on the Wirral...restaurants,pubs,25 bedroom hotel,clothes shop,ice-cream parlours,chip shop, seafood shop, general stores and much more. The reedbeds & marshes of the Dee Estuary stretch out on your right, and the Welsh hills provide a spectacular backdrop. On Spring tides,especially when aided by northerly winds, much of what seems dry land is covered. Birds & small mammals, driven inland by the encroaching water, provide easy picking for raptors such as the Marsh Harrier. Burton Point, just north of the Welsh border here, is a sandstone outcrop behind which there are some Iron Age earthworks.There are, however, some interesting erosion patterns on the outcrop itself, and even the modest height gain provides a wide panorama of the Dee Estuary, from Queensferry right up to the point of Ayr. Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Mr Trump in the back seat ... Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hundreds of Lapwings by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hundreds of Lapwings in Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Tata Steelworks,Shotton by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Another flock of Lapwings,Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr More Lapwings again,Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Grey Heron. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Grey Heron by Robbob 2010, on Flickr In the distance over the other side of the Dee Estuary... Duke of Lancaster Ship over the Dee Estuary by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parkgate, Neston,Wirral by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  2. 7 points
    The Steve Prescott Bridge was lit for Helen on what will be the 30th anniversary of her death...i had to do this. Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bridge for Helen McCourt by Robbob 2010, on Flickr added 0 minutes later There was 2 yellow bows on either side of the bridge.
  3. 7 points
    The Goshawk is one of the largest and rarely seen birds of prey in the UK and an excellent woodland hunter.It's an extremely fierce predator that can catch birds and mammals of twice its own bodyweight.When their eyes fix on prey there's no getting away...a 'Top Gun' of the woodlands. The Goshawk used to be widespread throughout Great Britain but became extinct in the late 19th century due to deforestation followed by relentless persecution. They were reintroduced from the 1960s onwards, not by any conservation organisation, but by falconers and hawk-keepers who brought birds into the country initially from Poland and Germany. For such a large bird they can be secretive and can remain in an area for some time without being detected. Goshawk by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Goshawk by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Goshawk by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Goshawk by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Goshawk by Robbob 2010, on Flickr added 1 minute later
  4. 6 points
    A friend and i went up to Billinge Hill around 4:30ish till after 6pm. We waited for the moon to come up from the horizon but nothing...only cloud coverage. We got battered by rain and wind but stuck it out. Anyway the time we got back ...it showed in-between cloud coverage but no Blood Moon as yet. Billinge views by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Billinge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Billinge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Harold by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Billinge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Billinge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Towards St.Helens by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Supermoon Bluemoon..View in Lightbox by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Supermoon Bluemoon by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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  7. 5 points
    Winter pics @ Taylor park
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    I'm up and down from here lately and you think its been cold here? Phil the Barrister with his Goldy again and my mates Matt and John. Pictures later.
  9. 5 points
    The unit where Poundworld is vacating had a planning application submitted to change the use to include cafe usage. Tim Hortons (Canadian coffee house) is actively looking for several sites within the town, so potentially a brand new business may locate in that vacant unit. On a different note, some positive news that the restaurant group who owns Chiquittos is still ‘considering’ which restaurant brand to locate on the new Linkway West development. Plus they have now started pile driving the foundations for the bowling alley, long overdue start onthat site. I have been in direct contact with the developers and they stated that occupiers had previously left because they need it to be commercially viable for them as developers (I translate that to be they are charging too much in rent). Robbob, you may want to take some pics of St.Helens Retail Park, where Dunelm is. I think work will start at some point this year to refurbish this site. New car park layout, Aldi relocating and expanding, B&M expanding, relocation of Poundworld and Jollies (to potentially include cafe and vets) and creation of two new small units. Full plan can be found at: https://www.cspretail.com/properties/st-helens-retail-park/
  10. 5 points
    More from the same day... Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Claughton St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Star Office by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Counting House by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The reason i got this is because Thomas Cook are closing branches down to online competition,so let's see. Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Through a gap in the window of former Woolworths by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Woolworths by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Church Square,Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Behind the former Raven pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Behind the former Raven pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Behind the former Raven pub by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The house in the entry off George St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The house in the entry off George St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parr St bridge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parr St bridge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Parr St bridge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Atlas House,Corporation St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr From Corporation St bridge by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Police from Parr Stocks Rd Firestation by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  11. 4 points
    A few more...after all it's all being knocked down isn't it? Multi storey collage,under multi storey carpark by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    Some more snaps updated.... Higher Parr St,Fingerpost by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former doctors on Higher Parr St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Millennium Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Holy Cross Church by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Church Square by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Empty shops in Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Empty shops in Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Millennium Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Church Square multi-storey car park by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Boots,Lagrange Arcade. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Boots,Lagrange Arcade. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Boots,Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Church St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Greenwoods by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Greenwoods by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Greenwoods by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Foodland on Jackson St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  13. 4 points
    Some more. Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carrmill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carrmill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carrmill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Now the guy below with the silver hair Eric,in the pool room and a regular for 50 years was telling me that behind the chimney breast on the wall is some sort of mural of a water wheel to represent or something to do with the pub Carr Mill...anyone heard of it? I said get me a scraper and ill look Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Carr Mill Hotel by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  14. 4 points
    It's hit and miss when Hampsons is open Dig. Here's some more for history taken the other day...i've still got plenty to post but away in Wales at the moment. Former Furnacemans Arms pub,Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Allfast,Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Allfast,Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Ayrshire Metals,Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former, The Victoria pub, Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former, The Victoria pub, Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Pocket Nook St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Union Inn,Hall St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Union Inn,Hall St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hall St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr The Needle,Hall St. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr They look Worried...Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Claughton St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Claughton St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Central Library The Gambel Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Central Library The Gambel Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Central Library The Gambel Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Central Library The Gambel Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Back of Central Library Gamble Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Back of Central Library Gamble Building by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  15. 4 points
    I have done some Indian research myself, my husband's great, great grandad was in the 95th Foot(Derbys) and he fought there in the Indian Mutiny, did the 3000 mile march across the continent and all that, eventually became Chelsea Pensioner and settled in Widnes working as a Goods Foreman at the railway goods yard, he died of pneumonia and is buried at St Lukes Church there. His wife was of Irish descent but a British citizen, born at sea off the cape of good hope, she was the army schoolmistress and travelled with the regiment to India, Crimea and Ireland, they were married at Trinity Church, Karachi, Bombay and had a son born in Bombay and buried there before he was a month old. Their next son was born at Mhow, West Bengal he was enrolled in the army aged around 11 as a drummer boy and stayed in as a career soldier ending his career as a Major in the South Lancs Reg, (his brother was killed at Pas de Calais WW1) his own son born in Ireland at the barracks, also a career soldier who started in the army band, also became a Major in the South Lancs, DC/DCM and survived WW2 only to be killed by a lorry while crossing the road in St Helens. His son, also a soldier, after surviving WW1 was killed in the Irish war of Independence 1919 by a stray shot from his own patrol, whilst he was officer of the guard at the Viceregal Lodge Phoenix Park, Dublin. I found FIBIS a great help with the research in India, also the British Library https://search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/
  16. 3 points
    Taken yesterday morning in Taylor Park cyclists did a sponsored run with one group going to Southport and back with another to Whiston and back. This is the first event as part of the campaign in raising awareness of knife crime - with the aim of raising funds to get knife wands into bars in the town centre. Some pictures named... Rebecca and Glenn Youens by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Dannys mum Lynda Ashton with Rebecca and Glen Youens by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr A friend and Community Bobby by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Dannys Auntie Dawn by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Dannys Auntie Dawn by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Councillor Richard McCauley by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Sponsored bike ride by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Gotcha Dannys Auntie Dawn by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  17. 3 points
    winter pics.Taylor park
  18. 3 points
    I had to see these for myself so last night from the bridge i had a walk along the Sankey Canal. I had to keep looking around me as there's some strange people along there...and i'm one of em Camera on tripod by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Camera on tripod by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Light Boxes by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Chalon Way East by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Full story here http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15898459.Light_boxes_illuminate_Sankey_Canal_as_part_of_St_Helens_150_celebrations/
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    It's been for sale for a while now..any offers? Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Merton Bank Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  21. 3 points
    Taylor park lake , who doesnt run sticks along railings
  22. 3 points
    Taylor park images. old and new ( winter)
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  25. 2 points
    Remember getting on coaches in Birchley St. sometimes to the Tower Gardens, Blackpool I think that might have been with PIlks but remember going to other night clubs from there too. We would often miss the coach home and spend the night wherever we ended up, someone's sofa, all night cafe's in coastal resorts or get a lift back home in someone's car. Hope my grandchildren never come one this site and recognise me
  26. 2 points
    Yesterday i went up to Reginald Road in Sutton to where i once lived. I was brought up and lived in the middle block in the early 70's before we moved to Junction Lane,late 70's. Behind this tin fence was an industrial estate named 'Greenins' back then,with different units on there.As children we used to play around the carpark and talk to the security guy at the barrier. (2 guards/different shifts/one nice and one a * *************************************************************) On one of these pictures below i put my camera over the fence and got the Fountain. It was a working fountain back then and we as children sat around it just watching the water sprinkle out (that's when it was working) and about a foot deep and that was with rain.(I'm sure it was a 3 tier but the more you think of it the more you can't remember) Reginald Road,Sutton. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Behind the tin fence by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Behind the tin fence the Old working fountain that we played around in the 70s by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Reginald Road,Sutton. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Reginald Road,Sutton. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Nextdoor is EMR..former 'Fragmentation' back then which is CLOSING tomorrow,Fri 15th Feb 2018. I went yesterday with Les from Atlas Salvage for a ride up to get these as he was weighing cars in,i nip on the yard nearly everyday to the lads for a chat and nosey.There's scrapyards from all over the place that go there plus other companies...i bet it was a goldmine. Again as kids we would go next door from the fountain to the Alsation/German Shepard at the yard gate.We knew that we'd only last under a minute at the gate as we could hear a chain scrape along the floor with a Wolf like dog running up to us with spiky hair and piercing eyes...i just hope it was sweat running down me legs running away I was told that the former Greenins industrial estate is becoming an housing estate...it's got to be. I really hope which i doubt it that the fountain is kept as it'll make a nice feature done-up. Also in time EMR will become an housing estate i guess but it's going to be soaked up with chemicals from all these years it's been there and i'm sure there was an article in the Star to do with that place a few years ago with Junction Stn.? EMR Scrap metals on Reginald Road,Sutton.CLOSING by Robbob 2010, on Flickr EMR Scrap metals on Reginald Road,Sutton.CLOSING by Robbob 2010, on Flickr EMR Scrap metals on Reginald Road,Sutton.CLOSING by Robbob 2010, on Flickr I really hope they keep and do-it-up...i got this below in 2015 7th March 2015,former fountain on Reginald Rd,Sutton. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Thanks to @philthespark for a reminder in another topic.
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    Friths Farm too..
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    Taken today,i told Martin he had better win this World title fight or i'll have to have it out in ...tiddlywinks and i aint joking! St.Helens Boxer Martin Murray by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Just incase ...again Derbyshire Hill Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Schooner Wines,Cement City,Parr. by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Schooner Wines,Cement City,Parr by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  31. 2 points
    The boards have been removed and it opens on Thursday 15th Feb 2018 at 10am. New Poundworld opening in the Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Closing... Poundworld closing and moving to the former Woolworths by Robbob 2010, on Flickr This poster tickled me but i suppose you can grab a bargain for toiletries or whatever. Massive savings by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  32. 2 points
    This is one of our Connect's members Claire Rigby's shop on Cotham St. It's a family friendly coffee house/ cafe / bookstore with a child friendly play-area. I called down later than what i told Claire but i can always call back...it was near closing time too. Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Here below on the left is a friend of mine Becky. Becky is a volunteer for Teardrops who support the homeless in St.Helens. Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Also on the right is Linda Glover who has launched a uniform swap shop, where people can give away or swap their children’s old school clothes. Linda has done a Facebook page 'St Helens Uniform Bank and Swap Shop' for people who can't afford school uniforms through the cutbacks by the fact that the council have had to axe the school uniform grant as of last year. Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Linda trying the Rubik's Cube... Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr I could only do one side years ago in the 80's but to do the full cube i used to dismantle it Momo's Coffee shop by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Good luck Claire on your business
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    Original picture on Pinterest in old St Helens lock cottages. added 36 minutes later This looks like the cottage.
  34. 2 points
    remember this winter ?
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    5th Jan 17 – lake frozen over – 2c
  36. 2 points
    I remember it well @philthespark as i was brought up in the middle block on Reginald Rd before moving around the corner to Junction Lane. I didn't go further than the fountain for these pictures in 2013 that we played around as kids but...you have me thinking now to go back. Greenins off Reginald Rd by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Drive Time,Reginald Rd...this used to be my playground and an actual Fountain by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  37. 2 points
    Name the local pub doors ;-)
  38. 2 points
    Latest news on these fines http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42849443
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    Taken with permission from the Managers. Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr I even got the cleaners Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Former Seating by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Hardshaw Centre by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
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    Here you go... Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr Bickerstaffe St by Robbob 2010, on Flickr
  43. 2 points
    my grandad used to nail old car tyres to the bottom of his clogs used to leave mad tracks in the snow with his limp you knew where he had been
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    Speaking of them restaurant Towers this is probably the best one I have been too and had a meal .........the skylon Tower, Look at the view (and yes I did take these images)!!
  45. 2 points
    not been in there but I will after seeing this went to the Revolving restaurant in vancouver with family I said " I'll get the bill " Lol it was $700 plus tip Shoulda kept me gob shut added 2 minutes later added 3 minutes later
  46. 2 points
    My mum worked at Oxley's in the 60's, she started off on the shop floor and worked her way up to be a window dresser, a much-prized job back then I believe. She lost her job early in 65 and always blamed it on me, which for years I never understood considering I was born in August 65, then one day I heard the full story. Apparently she was really into the job but when she ended up pregnant she suffered from bouts of fainting, there was nothing the doctors could do to prevent it, and apparently, the shock of one of the " mannequins" suddenly picking itself up in the window had caused some complaints, so out she went.lol added 12 minutes later Greenalls brewery, now that's a smell I miss, I loved it on a Saturday morning, a great uncle of mine worked there as a tanker driver, but according to stories, he, like quite a few others who worked there was dismissed for basically being blind drunk at work. He was a sad case, ended up totally addled by drink, he lived with us for a short while before being put in a nursing home at a relatively early age. I remember he used to get up and pee anywhere, the final straw came after he relieved himself all over the new carpet. He went to several homes and was asked to leave each one after a very short time(weeks) in the end he ended up in a home run by nuns in Manchester. When he died we were handed all his possessions, he didn't have much apart from an old orange crate that he guarded with his life, we got it open and it was stuffed with five-pound notes!, there were thousands of them, but they were all well out of date and even the banks wouldn't exchange them, in the end my parents were that gutted they had a bonfire in the back garden and burned the lot.Years later mum used to laugh about it and sometimes when cash was tight, she'd smile and say "remember years ago when we had money to burn" and we'd all start laughing.
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    one of the many quirky things related to Sintellins and as far as i know unique too ..taking your plate to the chippy in a teatowel .this seems to really annoy are neighbours at the other end end of the east lancs road , lah ..
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    It no longer revolves but you can walk completely around. There is also a snack bar up there so you can grab a coffee and enjoy the vista. You also get to see the radio bods on air. You are right about the hit and miss with the visiting - you had to book a tour, but now you can just turn up on speck and go up.
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    Another source of amusement was finding the school book (log) of when my grandfather (Jack) and his elder brother (Tom) were at Breachwood Green (King's Walden, Herts), circa 1901-1906-ish. Their dad (a farmer) was on the school committee and he used to sign off the registers, like a witness, to say that they'd been done correctly. However, it seemed that he'd just turn up out of the blue and take the lads out to help him on the farm. A teacher writes "Perhaps the worst case of illegal employment is Mr Whitmore, his own two boys having been away 42 times during the last five weeks..." Another time "Jack Whitmore was punished (3 strikes). Twice lately when spoken to, or slightly corrected, he smiles as much to say he didn't care. He has been troublesome lately." Other tales of them supposedly being absent due to illness and being seen driving cattle into Luton. It all serves to pad out the characters in the tree.
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    I started looking at the family of a brother of my g g grandfather William Whitmore over a decade ago. They lived in Stotfold, Befordshire. His name was Joseph Element Whitmore (1820-1905). An unusual middle name, but he had a great uncle with the same name and it was sort of explained in a letter that he'd written to an American genealogist, where he said that one of the ancestors had eloped with the daughter of a London banker with 'Element' in his name. I've never found anything to substantiate that, but this Joseph gave his first son (born 1846) the same name. I could track him at Stotfold and up to 1871 at some army barracks in Burnley but then the trail went dead and I left it at that for a long time. As mentioned, he was the first son born in 1846 but then his mother died two years later, aged 26 in 1848. Joseph senior married again in 1849 and four more children were born. Then tragically his second wife also died in 1854, aged 27. So there must've been a bit of turmoil and it was probably no wonder that Joseph junior decided to sign up for the army. Then last night I stumbled on his army records. That was interesting in a few ways because whenever I've looked at records for the world wars it was all for the King, but of course this was for the Queen (Victoria) and I wasn't expecting much detail. I'd thought that such administration had only come about due to the significance and the scale of those wars, but I was wrong. The records weren't much different from those that came later. Anyway, amongst those papers was mention of Joseph's wedding to a Grace Elizabeth Hulme in 1882 (and to remove his father as next of kin). The first reaction was to scan everywhere to find her in England, but nothing came of that so I looked more closely at the details of the wedding and found that it'd been at St Thomas Mount, Madras (India). Then I found that she'd been born there, obviously to English parents serving over there. He'd signed up for 12 years. In 1871 he'd been listed as a 'Driver', but in these records his civilian occupation was that of a 'harness maker' (like his dad) and now he was a 'Sergeant Collar Maker'. Before any motor transport, looking after all of the kit for the horses must've been quite important. It was a good service record, no punishments and conduct exemplary, he was discharged in February 1892. So did he come home? No, he died and was buried at Sewree, Bombay, India in 1897, aged 51. Now I wonder what happened in those last five years and did he and Grace Elizabeth have any kids? It doesn't look as though they had any kids.
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