Manchester Evening News
Update to the collection so far - at least 1970.
26 Willbraham Road used to be the home of the Princess Christian College of Nursery Nursing where I spent a happy if hectic 18 months - in those days my surname was Smith. We used to be able to go out through the back gate into Platt Fields to hire a skiff. Now the College is being run somewhat differently but I wonder if any of my contemporaries read this page!
I was also hired in 1965 to drive the Ashton New Road, Dale Street to Kershaw Lane route and the Stevenson Square to Sunnyside Road route for Maynes buses.
I had my first job teaching in Droylsden and had obtained my PSV licence to drive a Leyland 1951 PD1 Double Decker from Matlock to Moscow. In order to keep my licence valid I needed to work for a company who would to sign to say I was employed by them.
I loved the variety of work offered by Maynes and the many different old buses and coaches I drove for Football, Morris Dancers, Scouts / Guides, Works, Churches, School, Private Hire, Blackpool, Chester etc. etc.
On 30th December 1966, I was driving the Kershaw Lane route when Maynes swapped it for full control of the 46 Sunnyside route and the Manchester Corporation trolley buses were withdrawn.
I remember driving the C reg AEC Regent 3 on its first day in service (a Sunday) and the old KNA pre selectors and Regent 2s with crash boxes and the lovely swb 7194 H reg ex Oxford Corporation Regent 3 with a synchro box and the Bristol VRs .
I continued to work part time for Maynes until I left Manchester in 1978. It was a very happy time and I only wish I had taken photos of the many rare vehicles I drove
Keith Eckersall commented
1966 I was hired by Manchester Corperation Buses as a trolley conductor. I was 18 1/2 years old, I worked the last 6 months of trolley life on Ashton New Road, working out of Stephenson Sq.
They were the best years of my working life, and I worked with a smashing bunch of men from all over the UK.
Piccadilly was a beautiful place, here was where many bus roads terminated. Our canteen was upstairs and a grand breakfast could be had with a steaming mug of tea for a few bob.
I left there in July 1980 and worked for the TTC Toronto Canada, but nowt was like the fun we had working the buses back home.
Very fond memories.
I was a student here between 1966 and 1969 and loved the place! Although it was an all-male Hall of Residence we organised events with other Halls from the University and Colleges. I was the social secretary for my Hall and got to meet some lovely people; although it is now more than forty years later I still remember very fondly Gill Bagshawe, Rosemary Smith, Lil Howie, Val Hugill, Gail Willson who were all nurses nearby!
I organised weekend trips to the Peak District and Lakes and sometimes hired entire youth hostels to accommodate our groups. Many of the residents of my Hall were from overseas and I recall some from Greece, Russia and Aden in particular. I spent three happy years studying and working plus a lot of partying too!
I lived for a while at 153 Upper Chorlton Road,with my wife Jean and children Stephen and Cheryl. I was attched to the 7th Manchester General Hospital RAMC at Kings Road. Happy Days. We have lived in New Zealand since 1970.
I worked for the London Provincial Tax Office in the mid 1960s dealing with the tax affairs of employees of some of the big London shops. I used to get off the train at Knott Mill and walk to the office. I went back about five years ago and found that I could no longer recognise the place and could not even begin to get my bearings!
The office was big and bustling. I remember Mr Topham who was an ex policeman and Gordon Collinge who went into the music industry some time later and I think is still active in the brass band world. I used to get my hair cut in the barbers in an adjacent street. I was too young to understand at the time but it was where I first heard customers being asked if they wanted "Something for the weekend?"
Put up or shut up BNA the nations best selling regional paper deserves more spaces on here poor form BNA
My mum and dad got married here in 1964, John Jackson and Joan Davenport, it was gorgeous inside. As a child I lived on Salford Brow and spent many happy days around the area :)
Naomi reese commented
Hi. My old firm, Harry S. Fairhuirst and Sons, were the architects who designed the YMCA in Peter Street. In the 1970's I took over responsiblity for the R & M of the building and this contiinued until my retirement.
Who remembers the bedrooms for single young men coming to the city to earn a living ( girls were not allowed through the doors at that time ), the relatively inexpensive food, the running track and swimming pool on the top floor which was the bain of my life.
Lived on Salford Brow for a few years then moved to Mazeppa Street. Had many happy hours playing on the hills..After Mazeppa Street was pulled down a lot of people were relocated to Whitefield, Hulme, and other places. Never was the same after we moved
Stephen Cavanagh commented
Hi i used to live hinckley st 1975 81 i remember ashburys i went to school of ressurection i want to know about gresham st school i think it was built on site where ashburys was along side bradford park barmouth st baths i only knew of gresham st school was when i watched film a taste of honey the shots of the park and barmouth st baths when they are playing rounders at start of film are brilliant charlsworth st in the back ground also excellent although when gresham st school were there the st was called gresham st need to find out more
I don't see any memories of Beswick, Manchester. We lived on Mill St., between the Bradford pub(I think this is still there) and the doctors office(I believe that it is also still there), but the houses in between have been pulled down. We moved from Mill St. to Collyhurst when they were pulling down all the houses in the area and on this part of Mill St. I remember Grey Mare Lane Market (the old one especially - was owned by Mike Don - he has passed away and I think his son takes care of the markets now). Does any one have any memories of this area in the mid 1960's to the 1970's? Did anyone go to Ashbury Primary school, or move from Beswick to Collyhurst? Any memories would be appreciated. All the best
I recall a warehouse on the left side of Shudehill going into town with a big gold sign on it with the name Holmes Terry. Apparently somebody from my family had some association with this company but we know nothing about it. Does anybody have any knowledge of Holmes Terry?
My family lived in the magistrates court between 1957 to 1964; my father was Frank Wood and he was the court keeper. My sister and I had a wonderful childhood there, there was lots of places to race around when the courts had closed. Many times Mr Green, the judge at the time, would find a teddy sat on his chair where me and my sister had been playing court cases. Our friends loved to come around and see the cells and docks in the courts. My cousins laugh at when they were asked where they had been in the holidays; they got strange looks when they said they been to strangeways! We lived there for 7 very happy years, we socialised with all the governers and families, we went to social events at the prison club, Oh yes, great times we all had!
Does anyone remember Mountfield Street, later called Milton Street? I lived at number 37 with my mam (Veronica), dad (Jim) and my sisters, Vera and Mary. We went to St Bridget's School. The three of us used to go and play in Phillips Park during the holidays, you could go anywhere in those days and feel safe. How times have changed! There were two picture houses near us, the Mosley and the New Royal on Ashton New Road. I remember as I lay in bed hearing the sound of cloggs on the pavement as the men went to do their shift at Bradford Pit. I also remember the "knocker up", you use to pay him some money and he would wake you up to go to work, he had a long stick with wire on the end (like a witches broom) and he used to bang on your upstairs window till you got up. We also went to Barmouth Street baths. Happy days...does anyone remember?
I first lived in Droylsden St and we moved to Lees St about 1955. My parents Bob & Gladys had the shop at No.108, I lived there with my brother Steve. The shop was across the road from the Red Reck, where we spent most of our time; it was there or the slag heaps at the back of Vanna St school. Also over the canal; we could go anywhere in those days without any fears. I used to play out with Peter Piggot, Eddie Higgins, Pete & Dave Smith and the Phithians family. I wonder if they, and a lot of others think about those days
Hi my name is Avalon Greenhalgh my grand father was Stanley Greenhalgh he was married to Ellen Shuttelworth they had a son geofrey william Greenhalgh born 2 oct 1919 bolton Lan he married nancy and lived in kenya he ldevorsed in the 60's and moved to south africa and married Anita ferreira i an one of theur children need help to locate family
Ian Austen commented
Clearly we need more coverage when you can you with clarity submit more years ?
Looking for the 1980s versions please ?
Stan leger commented
Updates are needed !!