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    Around St.Helens

    "CANT BELIEVE ITS NOT A CIGARETTE" Sounds like a rare treat to look forward to, can't wait for that one to hit the shops.
  2. The factory was open during these years and even earlier I understand. During the war it was known as the Biscuit works to the locals and to the women who worked there, due to the fact that production changed to making biscuits for human consumption to aid the war effort. My mother, along with many young St Helens women worked there during that time and it was always known as the biscuit works to that generation, even when it reverted to manufacturing dog foods in subsequent years the name stuck.
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    why so much litter in sthelens streets.

    Judging by the original contents of much of this litter, i.e. expensive coffee from the "in vogue" coffee houses, fast food and takeaways, cigarettes etc, plus the fact that much of it is left at night, when the offenders have left the pubs and clubs and been paying the associated prices for entrance and drinks all night and having to take taxis home afterwards, then I'd suggest that whoever blamed austerity for the amount of litter, needs to rethink that theory. I personally would take the opposite view.
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    Albert Pierrepiont

    I live just around the corner, in Southport, from where Albert Pierrepoint lived for a time. I'm led to believe, from information gathered from someone who has lived in the surrounding area all of his long life, that Pierrepoint and his wife moved to Much Hoole, about 8 miles away from here, where he had interests in a local Public House called the Rose and Crown, which is on the main road between Southport and Preston. Not sure how accurate the information is, it is just anecdotal, but if it is accurate, then he could have been cremated or interred somewhere outside of Southport. His final resting place would however have been kept secret for obvious reasons.
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    Pub closures

    On the subject of pub closures, the White House, [formally the Imperial, before I was exiled from St Helens] in Sutton road was featured on the programme "Fake Britain" this morning, concerning the landlord selling fake spirits and being jailed for the offence. The local trading standards officer who dealt with the case said that she thought that it would prove to be one of the largest, if not THE largest, seizure of counterfeit spirits, from a public house, in this country.
  6. Powells engineers in Jackson St, next to Middlehursts, was a long established company, making baling presses and conveyors, first for the agricultural industry then later for the waste paper recycling industry.
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    Old press article: late 1960's...

    The Evening Post and Chronicle was popular in the area around that time, probably more so than the Liverpool Echo, may be worth a look if you haven't already.
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    Local butchers

    Ronnie Davies did have a butchers shop in Sutton Rd, his wife, whose name I can't remember, worked in the shop. It was the first building after Lancots lane, just around the corner from the Welsh Chapel. My particular memory of the place is the large mural which covered the whole of the wall behind the counter, showing a field with cows and sheep running around. I used to look at that for ages while waiting for the gossip to end and my turn to be served to come around.
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    Brass Bands and Other Musical Groups

    Hi, I remember a Howard Taylor from Sutton from nearly 50 years ago, when, if it's the same person, he played in Haydock prize band along with my father, and often used to take myself and my dad in his car, down to the wagon and horses in Haydock for practice sessions, which I used to sit and listen to. If I can recall any further information then I will post it on here. I do believe though that he had a son, a few years older than myself who attended the same school as I did, albeit in a higher year. I cannot, at the present, remember his name.
  10. Glad someone can recall the band, I was trying to find out about it for someone else, who was going to the dance halls during that time, I was beginning to think she was getting a bit confused about the band and the leader of the group, but at least I now know that it did exist at that time.
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    walking days-also may day walks

    I remember the late 50's and early 60's taking part in the walking day from Sutton C of E primary school, known back then as Sutton nash. The whole route used to be lined with people watching the procession, perhaps that used to be one of the highlights of the year for Suttoners. We would walk from the school, along Peckers Hill road, down Junction Lane and into Station Road/Robin's lane, then onto an enclosure in Sherdley park, where we'd all be given a bag with a pork pie and some other bits and pieces to eat. We'd have a few activities, running competitions and such like and hang around for a while, then that was it for another year. I'll never forget, as we were walking, the band would suddenly stop playing and just the big bass drum at the front would keep time, always liked that part of it. The weather was always very warm and sunny, although that recollection could just be the result of a fading memory. The weather was always warm and sunny back then wasn't it?
  12. I asked the question a while ago whether anyone remembered a group who played in the St Helens area at places like the Co Op. Although I had a couple of replies, the information didn't relate to the band I was trying to find out about. The leader of the band played the Hawaiian guitar and I've since found out that his name was Noel Powell, I believe even from an early age, he had grey/silver hair. Just wondering if any of the older members remember anything about this group from the 50's or 60's
  13. Thanks for your quick replies, I'll look through the information on the link provided.
  14. In the photos section, there is a picture labelled Startham Hall, in Billinge. Does anyone know the location of this building and whether it still exists. I have spoken to "Billingers" but they don't seem to have heard of it, in fact it is a Billinge resident who has asked if I can find out more about it.
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    red and blue ducks

    British Sidac used to draw water from the Monastery dam which was near St Annes church, the dam also used to be used by the Sidac angling club. The monastery dam used to fill from the Mill dam which was in Mill Lane,[surprisingly] not far from where the Sidac club used to be situated. The coloured water was the outlet from the Sidac and the colour of the outflow depended on the paper they were making, the usual colour was green but I have seen it running blue or yellow or a mixture of all those colours. It used to flow out from a pumping works near Sutton national school [The old name for Sutton C of E,] it would follow Worsley Brow then cut across what used to be known as the Bonk, then out towards Parr across Gaskell st. Not sure where it went to after that, but I think it used to end up at a water treatment plant close to Boardman's lane in Parr. I remember the smells from it but don't remember any coloured ducks. I'm told that the water runs clear now and there are fish living in it.
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