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  1. knockaloe

    Catapult too

    Can anyone please tell me how the buildings known as Catapult Too on the corner of Parade St/Charles St got their name?
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    Thatto Heath Fair.

    The hum of the generators ,50,s pop music blaring .It was great !.Can,t remember too well the prices ,the Waltzer 6d. The dodgems 1 shilling but two could ride ,hoopla would have a bottle of wine ,teddy bear ,or something ,but your hoop had to go over the big wooden block your prize was standing on,otherwise you have lost .Toffee apples 6d,not sure if they did candy floss or not . Hotdogs ,I can smell the onions now .Air rifles ,I always used to think the person taking the money and loading the rifles was very brave ,no ELF & SAFETY in them days ,mind it was better than sniper school for an eight year old lad .There were Bingo stalls 6d a go ,something for a line and then a Prize for a full house ,and my Mam won me a space rifle it was as big as me but can,t remember if it took rolls of caps or made a noise when you pulled the trigger.Best of all for me was "3 darts for a tanner"simply enough meant what it said but there was a small brass ring in the centre of every playing card .Not enough to hit the card but it had to be the brass ring in the centre of the playing card .Prizes were usually teddy bears ,cheap wine ,novelties ,and the only thing I ever objected to was the fate of the goldfish given as prizes in plastic bags ,I always thought about the poor things swimming around in things like jam jars.
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    Vicky park faces.

    I remember seeing these faces and always thought that anywhere else in Britain they would have got somebody "clever" in to have a look at them .We can all see they look out of place with the rest of the stonework which may be furnace slag or something .Those Victorians with money loved building follies,but these faces seem to be much older .It would be great to find out where and what from they were pinched, or recycled from.
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    Tommy Ball's?

    Yes I remember Tommy Ball,s shop .He was a tall pretty slim man,quietly spoken ,and usually smoking a pipe ,balding and with a trimmed moustache.His shop was a beacon of delight to us youngsters in the 50,s .If you lived in Toll Bar ,Thatto Heath ,or Nutgrove this was the place to look at bikes ,prams,toys,mopeds,air rifles and pistols ,and possibly more stuff that escaped our attention.It was always a fine distraction to spend half an hour gazing at the goods in the windows whether the shop was open or not,no such thing as metal shutters in those days .Onward from late November you would see kids rolling out with bikes as "early Christmas presents".Not sure about this but I was told he lived in St Georges Rd.West Park. Yes he made a lot of us kids happy did Tommy Ball.
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    Things you don't see anymore

    I remember as a teenager in 1969 going into Rothery Radio in Baldwin St .I,d saved up 99 "guineas " for a Murphy Stereo Cube ,which was just a radiogram really,and they charged me half a dollar extra for the plug. 2s/6d not much I suppose but it was 10 Embassy and a box of pilot in those days.
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    23 Bridge St

    Anyone remember Samuel Mercer,s pies?,a stones throw from Jackson St .They were opposite the Queens Arms in Fingerpost ,on the next block and same side as Dingsdales bike shop.
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    Rag and Bone men

    I remember quite a few times in the 50,s and 60,s travelling along Elephant Lane when suddenly a man would dart across from Radley St into Dorothy St pushing a bike with a bag of coal slung under the crossbar .The source of coal being the clayhole belonging to Roughdales Brickworks, this would happen anytime after dusk.About this time I was living in Nutgrove,my Granny used to by her coal from Cheetham,s (an unfortunate name for any businessman I know). He used an ex Army Bedford lorry painted maroon,and later on when we moved to Newtown he put all our furniture on the coal wagon and flitted us down to Exeter St .I think coal was about 10 shillings a bag in those days so these freelance coal miners must have got about half that. How many pints for a bag of coal in the Elephant later on ?.They would be well deserved!.
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    Cenny Mod

    The two woodwork teachers were Mr Clayton and Mr Grayley in my time ,(58 to 62) who took half our class each .Every boy had one side of a bench and at the end of every lesson tool cupboards were inspected for missing tools.Mr Grayley had a damaged leg and wore a calliper which squeaked at every step,so if you were messing about there was no way he could sneak up on you.We always wondered why he never put any oil on it (heartless I know) there was no WD40 in those days.Things I made were a bookcase which only recently got dumped ,and a toolbox.The games teachers travelled from the school in their cars but always left us to carry the cricket bags up to Bishop rd and back .No way were they going to soil the boot of their cars.
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    Ghost boy on new bridge

    At least up to the sixties Pilks. had a large railway siding there part of which was used for the delivery of white sand .I am sure I read over time children were buried whilst playing in the sand as it collapsed on top of them .There was at least one fatality.Maybe there is a connection.
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    Rag and Bone men

    My apologies if this in the wrong place on this forum but this tale was told to me 40 and more years ago. A monumental fiddle was going on in a coalyard"somewhere in St Helens" .Probably in the late 50,s a certain coal lorry was fitted out with a 40 gallon oil drum underneath the chassis and before entrance to the coalyard was filled with water.Having arrived and weighed in at the coalyard the water was duly discharged out of sight leaving the lorry with an added capacity for an extra 3 1 cwt bags of coal . Hardly worthy of comparison to the Brinksmat Heist I admit but surely a feat of working class ingenuity ?.
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    Motor bike shops

    Yes I remember the Bentley as well.He sold a product known as Porzelack car polish and used to say "that,s what I use on my car".Champion spark plugs were 5/- each or 25p each. Duckhams,and Castrol GTX was about 25/- for a gallon can.And you could park outside the shop as well!.
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    Sherdley Park

    Spot on .Lets not forget painting a white line across the footpath and calling it a "cycle lane".A very cheap way to gain green Brownie Points
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    Sutton arms pub land

    Roughly facing the Sutton Arms before it was built was Jack Goodisons Farm and a bit further on was Ernie or Aaron Kirkmans cottage , who was a very tall man with size 14 or thereabouts shoes .In those days Sherdley Rd went round in a curve to meet Elephant Lane and did not reach as far as Eltonhead Rd.At the bottom of Sherdley Rd and the corner of Burtonhead Rd was the Pig and Whistle.A very small pub this being merely two terraced houses joined together .Fantastic beer 1s/8d for bitter 1s/6d for mild.About 1966 I think.
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    Cenny Mod

    I have seen him twice many years ago now both times on North Rd ,the first time I think was in the mid-eighties in the Magpies Nest and then later on in the barbers shop next to the YMCA .I think he owned both businesses.Another event I recall was the last day before the summer holidays, and the head prefect that year was a lad named Small .He wasnt very well liked and a number of the leavers grabbed him along with a length of rope and tried to attach him and the rope to a overhanging lamp bracket over the entrance (the one nearest Glasseys toffee shop) .I dont think for a minute it was a serious attempt,but the lad himself was understandably very shaken.
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    Cenny Mod

    Hi Hangonamo. What a fantastic guy Sid Griggs was.If old Griggsy was your form teacher that I think puts you in 1D right next to me in 1C. I did the same 4 years as you .He always came to school in a brown trilby and a fawn trench coat and in class the same tweed sports jacket ,he always seemed to be smoking (I'm sure he smoked in class) and the state of his fingers with nicotine was terrible.Also we could never place his accent which seemed somehow foreign, a tiny bit German we thought.The worst teacher I remember was Mr Finch but no more of that .In I think 1962 it was, there was a school trip to Speke Airport where we saw a couple of DC3s , and a jet engined caravelle take off and then on to Speke Hall.That was the best afternoon I spent in school .It took us into another world altogether and it just didn,t last long enough.Finally ,do you remember "the beast of cenny mod".Keith Bennet .Playtime one morning I remember him taking a hymn book from the stacks on the window ledges in the hall and throwing it at Mr Griggs.Whether it connected or not I fail to recall ,or the bedlam that ensued.
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