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  1. Many years ago now my friends and I would walk from our homes at the Fingerpost down along Parr St. to the bottom of Church St. to where the bridge use to cross the canal. We would then turn down the town side of the canal towards Fosters, just where you left the road there was a parking area/ waste ground where you would then find various old vehicles. What use to interest us most where the numerous ex-RAF Queen Mary trailers. Not large by today's standards but impressive then, does anyone else remember them ?. We would then continue on to the small Bailey bridge (little did I know then that I would be assembling these in years to come).Here we would climb underneath until chased off by somebody with more sense. On one of these jaunts we watched as the section of the canal was drained, I think the local anglers helped out by rescuing the stranded fish and releasing them further up stream, While enjoying this entertainment we where addressed by the then feared red faced Police sergeant (cannot remember his name) and moved on in no uncertain terms.Jog any memories ?
  2. Thank you Eileenec for clarifying their name, I had several childhood friends who lived in Brown Street. I also remember in that period when on at least two occasions of trucks rolling on their side on the corner of Higher Parr Street and Ashcroft Street. They where loaded high with hundreds of wooden individual bottle crates complete with bottles, this cargo would be spread over the road causing mayhem but of great entertainment for us kids. A little piece of local history now long gone from that area was an advert from the 20's and 30's painted on the very end terrace wall of a house near Ashcroft Street. The text read something like "Use ROP motor spirit" it was quite large and depicted a old fashioned petrol can. This was pointed out to me by my father who worked for them delivering petrol in gallon cans around St Helens and Liverpool area during the inter-war period, petrol stations where not so wide spread then. ROP stood for Russian Oil Products, I think they may have been the forerunner of Esso.
  3. If you view the maps kindly posted by Le200 you will see in the earlier street plan that Brown St. had a clear area opposite the terrace houses. This is where they where situated, if my memory serves me right their vehicles had a red livery and where usually Seddons, Atkinsons and Dennis's.
  4. There was a haulier in Brown Sreet Fingerpost, can anyone remember their name?
  5. Back in the 60's when I was a child(honest!) we where thought of as quite welloff because we had a telephone. It was used by all and sundry, there would be a knock on the door and there would stand a neighbour with coppers in their hand as payment complete with a request to call such-and-such. One large family had a war bride daughter, we would often have her family members in at unusual hours to call the States due to the time line differrences.It was not uncommon for us to also be disturbed by a telephone call in the middle of the night from America to go and get someone from our neighbours family to receive an important message. This was in the age of so called "slum clearance" terrace housing, I have to wonder would it happen now.
  6. In my work I'm constantly using the metric system but being of a certain age I think in imperial, they both work for me. Here is one introduction to the metric system I was treated to by a rather pompous ships chandler. Me- "Can I have three feet of inch cable please" SC- "N0" Me- " Why not ?" SC- "We dont sell it in feet" Me- "Can I have a yard of cable then" SC- "No, we have moved on from inches, feet and yards and so should you" Me- "OK, can I have a metre of cable then?" SC- "No" Me- "Why not" SC- "Ww have'nt got any" you have got to learn to love these people have'nt you, God bless him
  7. Yes Alan that would make sense, there was a large vehicle re-assembly workshops in Liverpool for American and Canadian Lend-Lease transport which arrived in what was called Knock Down Kits.
  8. It has suprised me to read of peoples memories regarding tanks stored on the Rainford Bypass. The reason being that it brought back to mind one of my late fathers stories. He was stationed in the Orkney Isles before being sent abroad during the early part of the war. From there he was given leave, he managed to make his way to Manchester from where he started to thumb a lift along the East Lancs. To his surprise a tank stopped driven by civilians they where delivering the vehicle to Rainford Bypass. As a boy I would imagine these rows of tanks when cycling to Southport but as I've grown older I've thought why they would be there. Logistically the Leyland truck plant is not that far away where tanks where produced. The famous Gardiner engin was manufactured in Manchester, could be a link.
  9. The wonders of germolene was not wasted on the military. Every squad of men has one who is accident prone the one with ours was Doug. Clambering over a twelve foot wall on some god forsaken assault course near Plymoth Doug fell from top to bottom bruised all over the medic (who were called "doc")assessed him and issued a tube of Germolene. Days later similiar accident exiting a 3-ton truck,and much to Dougs discust more Germolene was issued.The next stage of training was more daring and hazardous part of which involved us "happily" descending the Death Slide in full kit. Guess who did not grip the loop correctly?. When Doug hit rope brake at the bottom the loop stopped but not him he continued for some distance like a out of control Catherine wheel shedding ammo pouches, boots, etc in his wake. When he finally came to rest we ran up to him along with tne Doc, He was a mass of cuts and bruises complete with some fingers at strange angles, Doug cocked his one good eye to the Doc and said " Don't trouble yourself Doc I still have some Germolene left".
  10. Something similar was for someone to shout HEY!, then when you looked in their direction you would greeted with the following, "I made you look I made you stare I made the barber cut your hair he cut it long he cut it short he cut it with a knife and fork". It has to be said at speed with no pauses. I still say it to my kids, they're adults now, it still annoys them, great
  11. pereira

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    I remember the Mars Attacks, very popular, out in the early to mid sixties ?. Was there a link between these cards and the Chics factory? Shortly after the closure of the factory we made our "way in". There was still sweets lying around, fruit salads, black jacks ,etc I sure we eat some. It was the same time that the graveyard adjacent to the factory and I think the Post Office was being cleared for demolition. Of course this we also visited hoping to find something sinister but only coming away with tall tales that grew with the telling.
  12. Hi Geoff Not the railway warning type but the form of blank round used to kill the cattle ready for butchering
  13. Remember the slaughter house near the centre of town, quite near the Hotties after a afternoon swimming there we went to watch the cattle arriving and noticed a box of percussion caps left unattended. Well you know what boys are like, we made off with the same and laid them on the St Helens to Liverpool line. Great fun we thought untill the police turned up and chased us all the way to Parr where we lost them in our familiar territory, you had to make your own fun in those days. This also reminds me of days spent at the Hotties especialy one evening, again the police arrived. their usual practice was to creep up and grab your clothes stopping you from escaping. Not this time there was quite a few officers that descended upon us. They asked us if a certain boy was with us, who was not, then in certain terms told us to get out and then they continued hurridly on their way towards the Pilk's end where to our amazment they all sripped off and entered the water. We later learned that a boy had gone missing while swimming. The search went on into the night with more police and helpers arriving until he was found lifeless trapped near the bankside. At the time Silcocks Fair had their vehicles on what was waste ground adjacent to the Hotties, they set up all their strips of coloured lights along the pathes and over the railway bridge to illuminate the area and then helped in the search, they were not all bad. It was a strange sight to see the area so gaily decorated on such a sad occasion
  14. Was there bus grille called the St Helens front?, I seem to remember reading this at sometime
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    Who Knows?

    The gentleman walking passed the town hall in the earlier picture had one of the first mobile telephones
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