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As a social historian (I was a history lecturer at one time) now retired, here are my thoughts and opinions about Sir Ralph Valentine, and the fascinating legend of Shaw Hall - a mixture of facts and fancy. I love a good story. Before he left Flixton to fight at Bosworth Field in 1485, he told his wife that he would return alive or dead, echoing the pledge of a Spartan warrior, " With my shield or dead on it!" That he took a 100 men with him has been challenged. Who cares? The numbers don't matter. Left Flixton on his own? I don't think so! The legend is that his wife Lady Alice died of shock when his body was returned to Flixton. It happens. Especially if she had reason to believe he had survived the battle. He told his men to return his body to Shaw Hall. So was he dying of grievous wounds? Women are tough. Her sudden death implies that she was expecting him home alive. His men brought his body home on his horse via a ford across the Mersey near Shaw Hall. I know that ford! In times of severe drought one can walk across it without getting wet. The Legend of Shaw Hall would make a great movie don't you think? bobpotts43@hotmnail.com
Thanks to Bob Potts!

Post- war Flixton, Urmston, and Davyhulme. The inhabitants got on with their lives and put the 1939 - 45 war behind them. But today some of their experiences would be worthy of a headline or two. e.g. Former St. Clement's schoolboy designed the Lancaster bomber: Roy Dobson. A Flixton man meets the first man in space: my dad. Davyhulme resident was at Pearl Harbour the day it was bombed in 1941: Jack Garnett. And I like the next one... Man living in Davyhulme fought at the Battle of Stalingrad! All true! Taking a break now. Saving these for next summer. I love a good story.
Thanks to Bob Potts !

Errata. The Urmston schoolboy who went on to design the Lancaster bomber was of course Roy Chadwick not Roy Dobson (what am I like!) He worked for A V Roe as did my grandad. Jolly decent of him to give the crew four escape hatches.
Thanks to Bob Potts!

Ive just put some info on regarding Brian Burgess just put is name in the search it will take you there.
Thanks to william addison!

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!


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