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In reply to William Addison, I've just looked on the Trafford lifetimes site, the photo you refer to is not of my Uncle Brian, I have put a couple of photos in the gallery. Urmston junior school, 1948 & 1949. The 1949 photo he is pictured second row from the front third from the right and the 1948 photo he is second row from the front first from the left below the teacher, hope this helps
Thanks to Chris Burgess!

In response to Leslie Welsh and Ken Dutton - yes the Heyes (not Hayes) family did move to Massachusetts in the USA in 1968 when I was 14 years old. My oldest and youngest brothers are still in Massachusetts. I am the middle child Gerald (also known as Jed) and live in Illinois. My oldest brother Pete was a friend of Ken as I recall. My sister June was a friend of Leslie. I remember and shared many of the personal histories you have shared - the Thunder bridge, the smelly canal, the ferry and more. We lived at 35 Ascot Drive in Flixton and I went to Welacre boys school. One day I recall running across Irlam road to get an autograph from Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits at the pub. I lost it but years later here in Illinois I saw him perform and got it again. My mum Nora Heyes (nee Taylor) is now 89 years young (as of January 2017) and is still in touch with Ken's mum. I can be reached at gbheyes1 at icloud dot com.
Thanks to Jed Heyes!

In or around 1956 a young lad named as Brian Powell joined the Urmston Council as a trainee in the Parks and Gardens Department. Retiring after 50 years he was honoured by council for this long service. If anyone knows of his whereabouts it would be appreciated as he must have so much local knowledge I would be delighted to make contact with him for my historical record.
Thanks to David Smith!

The Palace Cinema, which stood on Railway Road, was officially opened on 12th of December 1912 by Councillor Cross. The feature film played to a full house, and piano music was played for dramatic effects. The takings for that day were donated to the Urmston Cottage Hospital. The commissionaire later married the usherette. Sadly, the projectionist was killed in WW1. Post-war the pianist became manager at the Empress Cinema. I have wistful memories of attending the kids matinees at the Palace in 1942.
Thanks to Bob Potts!

I remember the Palace, I think I went the last time to see "Pycho". It closed I believe to become "Neilsens"Bulbs. The owner I believe died on Urmston Railway Line about 1962?? I worked at Grange Garage on Gloucester Road at the time.
Thanks to Garth Hanson!

If somebody could bring back that fantastic Grimwoods ice cream, they would certainly clean up in the ice cream wars.
Thanks to Garth Hanson!

I have exchanged words with family members about the ice cream formula and although it is still available it is not cost effective anymore. The ingredients used back then make it too expensive for manufacture and to compete with the products available today.
Thanks to David Smith!

Just read the post from Jane Munday who says that Bernard Donnelly passed away on 30th Aug 2013. That's sad would loved to have met him again - some great times as I am sure Andy Wright would confirm, Phil O'Sullivan West Cork .
Thanks to Phillip O'Sullivan!


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