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  1. Tongue in cheek comment - i have decided that I had better not come back to St Helens again - I got lost enough the last time i was there in 2001 - I think I would be in an even more quandry as to where i was if I were to return! Nevertheless Rob thank you so much for your photos - as Phyll said it is great for us ex-pats to see what is happening and you have done a tremendous job with doing just that. I spend most of the time looking at them and trying to remember what was there when I last lived in the town - 1971.
  2. thanks Hort - looks as though the street on which the surgery was the on the corner is no more - is it now an alleyway or path to somewhere else? There used to be a chip shop about 2 shops further on from what is along the same side as the surgery - is it still there?
  3. Nott sure about that one Donkey O'tay - go to a concert starring Tom Jones or Cliff Richard - even The Rolling Stones - grey and white hair are the predominant colours.
  4. Dr McNeily's surgery was on right hand side of Duke St going from Lingholme to Baldwin St nearly opposite Atherton St.
  5. and the girls skipped with a long rope tied to the gas lamp and turned by ever patient mothers or bung-off and delalio - lots of entries to hide in. very rarely we were interrupted by a car chugging along the street. it came so slowly that we could carry on playing until it was nearly in the middle of the game.
  6. thanks for that - when you haven't been back to St Helens for decades you can begin to doubt your memory. King Kenny - you mention Penketh's butchers as being on the other side from the Talbot, I thought it was Phythians - can anyone else remember?
  7. Have they changed The Talbot originally called that on the corner of York St and Duke St? The photo of Duke St - I am sure that Phythian's pork butchers (selling pork pies as one thing) was next to the TV rep[air shop - they were as good as Burchall's and a little nearer for us. Also interested to see that Cross's tripe shop is now a restaurant. It was a fascinating tiny shop and Mrs Cross and Margaret used to live behind the shop - does anyone else remember that? Have they changed The Talbot originally called that on the corner of York St and Duke St? The photo of Duke St - I am sure that Phythian's pork butchers (selling pork pies as one thing) was next to the TV rep[air shop - they were as good as Burchall's and a little nearer for us. Also interested to see that Cross's tripe shop is now a restaurant. It was a fascinating tiny shop and Mrs Cross and Margaret used to live behind the shop - does anyone else remember that? Sorry meant to say in the first sentence ---- Have they changed the name of the pub The Talbot back to it's original name - I thought that that was its name in the 60's (on the corner of York St & Duke St)
  8. facing the Parish Church it was on the right hand side tucked behind the house where Charlie Ashurst (verger) lived
  9. thanks again for info and more photos Rob
  10. Rob - where is the next to last photo please? I know the YMCA photo, the rebuilt Congs church (I think it is called a United Church now), and the last one as being at the top of Duke St but I cannot work out where the building of glass is and the shop with USION written above the doorway. I apologise for not naming streets as they are now but it is 15 years since I was in St Helens and even then for only a couple of days (enough to get lost many many times in areas I used to know well! Thank you for your photos - as I have said before it is great to see places as they are now and try to work out what used to be there. Barbara
  11. I have been out of St Helens for over 40 years - whilst my accent has modified a fair bit and i have lost the hard vowels I grew up with I still have a St Helens accent. The biggest advantage is that when ever I open my mouth (even if I am hidden in some way from people) I am recognised immediately not just as coming from England but by name so I am very proud of where I come from and very glad that I have never lost some of my accent even though when I do return to St Helens I am accused of talking 'posh'!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is an interesting topic of conversation talking with people who have never lived in UK or visited long enough to know anything at all about dialects to tell them that my husband (who came from Huyton) had major difficulty in understanding me when we first met - never mind the fact that I had a similar difficulty in understanding him! I was in a classroom in a school in Auckland NZ a few years ago and heard a man talking as he walked past the room. I had never seen him before. I hurried out said "Excuse me - are you from St Helens?" His answer was 'yes' and what made it even more interesting he had lived opposite where I had lived in Harris St (at a different time to me being there). it is not an accent (or dialect) that is easy to lose completely.
  12. Pilks had a connection with a factory in Birmingham who made glass and supplied decorative ware, fruit sets, plates and eventually Coning ware to the seconds shop at Sheet Works.I have quite a collection of beautiful glass crockery which came from Birmingham bought when my father used to visit the factory and bring presents back for my mother.
  13. Can I just say we are sweltering in 28' heat and 100% humidity. It doesn't seem as hot as some places in Australia but we don't get much higher temperatures. It is quite hot enough considering schools go back on Monday. Unfortunately, many classrooms do not have air conditioning and with NO breeze at all it becomes quite hard to motivate children or even the teachers themselves. I won't say enjoy the coldness because to me it wasn't the cold that bothered me but the slush when the snow melted and then the freezing overnight so ice formed over the slush - that really got to me. I will be thining of you and hope it doesn't get as bad as I know it has got in the past but I suppose it is actually early days yet.
  14. thanks Alan - that's right - I can remember practising 'Fur Elise' when I was about 8yrs old and laughing heartily a couple of years when I heard one of my grandchildren playing the same piece. - what goes round, comes round.
  15. I will add my thanks to the above Rob - it is great to be kept in contact with places I know but could have forgotten and for introducing me to places i never knew either because they weren't built or because they weren't areas I visited. Hope you have a very happy, safe and healthy New Year and keep those photos coming regularly
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