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Thread #5256   Message #3002271
Posted By: GUEST,Norman
08-Oct-10 - 03:30 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Collyhurst Road
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Collyhurst Road
My Dad was born and spent his childhood in the Dwellings (1913) and my mother lived in Burton Street (1915). They both went to St Catherines "Ragged" School and later got married in St Catherines Church. As a family we lived just off Queens Road, near Finnegan's. In 1927 my Nana moved to Merryfield Street and various members of the family occupied 3 houses there. In winter, in the late 40's, we used to walk down Smedley Road and Collyhurst Road to the Gas Works where we collected coke in an old baby's pram. We would then push the pram back along Cheetham Hill Road because the hill up Smedley Road Road was too steep for us kids and a heavy pram. Enjoyed that walk in winter because we passed a Blacksmiths in the Arches. Surprising how many horses needed shoeing in the middle of Manchester. Have memories of the Balmoral, the Queens, hot Vimto on Rochdale Road, Osborne Street Laundery and, unfortunately, the Train Crash. We watched the rescue efforts from Barnies Croft (we were sat on top of the fence near the train sheds) Nearly forgot.....saw "Annie get your gun" at the Essoldo. First time, ever, at the "Pictures"