John Cooper Clarke On Life In Higher Broughton.

I'm from Higher Broughton, on the corner of Bury New Road and Great Cheetham Street East, opposite the Rialto picture house, and I used to go there loads. We lived above a chemist's called Friedman's and that corner was a really happening place actually. Potter's Club was there where all the North West snooker players used to go. It was open 24 hours and if you were a member you got a key so you could knock about there for as long as you wanted. It's where John Virgo, Alex Higgins and John Spencer used to practise their shots.

Also in that block was a place called Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms which had indoor fountains and a sprung dancefloor. On a Friday night Jimmy Saville was the DJ and ugly Ray Terret was his apprentice who was like a mini-me of Jimmy Saville. There were quite a few fires there which I could see out of my window but the place always rose from the ashes and would be a bit more splendid than before.

I went to St Thomas's, then in secondary modern it became St Andrews and then, just after our kid left and the Pope had gone to Heaton Park, they re-named it Pope John Paul 2nd. It didn't cut much mustard because about a year later it became a Barrett estate which it still is now.

I wrote bits of poetry at school, I had a knack for it but so did a few of the kids in the class. We had a good teacher, Mr Malone, who was actually the PE teacher doubling up. He had a glass eye and when he took us swimming he'd throw it in the pool…honest…and whoever got it the first would get off early. He was a real outdoor guy, an Ernest Hemmingway type, red blooded, literary bloke. But he was a really inspiring teacher…he used to read old 19th century stuff and say `Just do it like that but only write about what you know' which was pretty good advice from anybody.

My first job was a `shabbos goy', switching the oven on and off for orthodox Jewish people on Fridays and Saturdays. They used to treat you afterwards with a few pennies…a `shabbos goy', that was me…

I had no idea what I wanted to be, just to get a trade after I left school. I had a job cutting out linings for women's coats, got into printing and then became a lab technician at Salford Tech. They called it that but anyone who had a white coat and wasn't a lecturer was a lab technician. It didn't involve any test tubes and or anything like that – I was working in the joinery department handing out power tools.

Beasley Street ? The nearest thing that comes to mind is Camp Street as it was in those days, big houses split into flats with a lot of different things going on.

I now live in the South East – I had a girlfriend who lived down there and I've been there ever since. I've always been in and out of Salford – I worked in Plymouth for a long time in the early 70s with my first wife but I've always come back. What is it about the place ? It must be a magnet for us bohemians…"

See also John Cooper Clarke Part 1: It's Legend Time - click here

kath beckett wrote
at 8:02:34 AM on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Mark Donoghue...do you remember Maureen Agnew?.She lived in Bannerman st...she went to St. Thomas's...passed away in 2014.....
Craig Briggs wrote
at 8:16:17 AM on Saturday, April 23, 2016
Does anybody remember the Briggs family who lived in higher broughton. My grandmother lived in Bignor St Cheetham Hill. My uncle Eric Briggs drank in the Duke of York pub for over 60 years and lived in a street at the back of the Duke. Eric had 9 kids who I believe in the area still
Terence Derbyshire wrote
at 12:17:02 AM on Thursday, April 21, 2016
I'm from higher broughton Salford went to St. James's school till it closed down then went to brentnall school head teacher mr kerns remember miss ramplyn the last class was in was the one at the top of the fire escape rember it well got finger trapped in gate at bottom of it when someone was swinging on it got bent finger from it would great to hear from anyone who went there and have any old school photos also looking for a frank leaver re cooper brother Clive and sister Jackie moved to Oldham when school closed believe frank joined army
kath beckett wrote
at 11:38:31 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016
Janet Murphy..Father Watson had a thing for Margaret Renshaw..15 yrs old..typical of the priests then
kath beckett wrote
at 11:38:11 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016
Michael Moran..pics pleeeaaase
Rosie O'Shaughnessy wrote
at 12:55:03 AM on Saturday, April 2, 2016
Hello Murphy Hope this link works!http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/sidebyside.cfm... Ollier Street was off Halliwell Lane and Oakhill Street- which was between Halliwell Lane and Heath Street. I am not sure it's there anymore. Regards.
Murphy wrote
at 1:35:20 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hello, can anyone tell me where Ollier Street is/was in Cheetham Hill? I am researching family history and this street features for a number of years.
Rosie O'Shaughnessy wrote
at 12:08:06 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Sorry I should have said Leo Conley not Kevin, I am getting two people mixed up here!!
Rosie O'Shaughnessy (Kelly) wrote
at 4:10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Oh my goodness what a blast from the past and all because my lovely daughter bought me tickets to go and see John Cooper Clarke so I am re looking at where I went to school and grew up. Frankie Quigg you were in my class and sat beside Kevin Conley, who incidently ended up teaching my son years and years later. He then went onto become a Head teacher in Bolton. Lovely man. Sr Geraldine was strict beyond belief, I often wonder if it's because of people like this that I went into Social Work so children would not be treated in the manner in which she and a few others behaved back in the day. I recall her telling my mam that I would never achieve anything and the welts on my hands from the cane. Have so moved on from all that. Sr John Baptist and Miss Cashmore were lovely people and I have the fondest of memories of another Miss Sheehan, so kind she was to me and I remember her spending her own money on a communion dress for one of the children. Frankie Quigg I recall the fair coming to visit near your house and we all called for you to play out, Leo included. I remember your mam sat outside, which all the Salford Ladies tended to do. I recall standing on the waltzers to impress you ha ha, silly thing to do as I nearly fell off and clearly never created any impression. Still makes me smile. Oh my!! I have posted some pictures on a face book group about living in Cheetham Hill which shows the Whit Walks, the May Crowning and I am sure Kevin Clarke is in there too plus Paul Tootill?? We used to call him the Milky bar Kid if its the same one. Anyone recall Kevin Hulme he lived up on the big brew off Marlborough Road? Character Building days indeed :)
Gerald Tierney wrote
at 7:34:54 AM on Sunday, February 28, 2016
It's wonderful reading all the messages from people recalling their early years in Higher Broughton. I went to St Thomas' before moving on to St Peters in 1970. I was in Miss Cashmore's class. She was a great teacher, although she had a word in my ear when I first started in her class as I'd given the previous years teacher a hard time. Best mate at school John Lavin. Only girls I can remember are Dolores Bradbury and Marie McWalter both of whom went on to Adelphi. Only found out recently that the small building Miss Cashmore taught us in for the final year was originally a police station.
Angela Shaw wrote
at 12:16:58 AM on Saturday, February 27, 2016
Just found this site by accident and so interested to read all the comments about Broughton. I went to St Thomas's and recall so many names mentioned on here. Was in Sr John the Baptist's class in the club and really have so many memories of the play we did in the gym one year. Fr Kirkland wrote all the words to some classical music and she was in awe of him. The Whit Walks were a highlight with such a long walk down into town and back but the pipe bands were brilliant. Saving up all year for the new uniform and being allowed to wear it that day. Walking up to Cheetham Hill baths and having a bar of chocolate from the cafe on the way back, if you were lucky ! Sr Geraldine coming into class on a Monday morning and asking who went to mass the day before, she knew who hadn't put their hands up after 8,9,10 and 11 o'clock mass and you got 6 of the best for it. David Cummings used to cop for it, if I recall correctly. Anthony Wilson broke his leg before the 11+ and came in in full plaster for it. I passed and went to Adelphi, more nuns ! We lived in Hampshire St and it's just an empty field now. Miss O'Gorman taught us in 2nd year when JFK was shot, I remember her slamming her well used cane up and down on the floor so much it went down a knot hole one day and she went mental when we all set off laughing. Kevin Clarke was so funny in that class. My best friend was Muriel Matyszewska, we are still in touch. My maiden name was O'Connor.
Kev Morrow wrote
at 12:31:03 PM on Saturday, December 26, 2015
After leaving school I used to deliver Mothers Pride Bread Old Trafford as a van lad 1965-1967 My journey started at Lower Broughton cafe at bridge near Strangeways Milkbar, Crossleys Bakers, Cade, Kenton’s, Carlton mini market (Carl Hackett’s) Jadzines, Delanties, Nunn’s for Ford, Reliable Rainwear, Ward and Goldstones to name a few. And late morning to Higher Broughton; John O’Connor’s, Babs Cafe, Nellie Bakers, Warrenders, Crowthers, Monks Leicester road, Forshaw’s, Tommy Armstrong, Ron Rutters, Broughton House, the Convent. Very fond memories
Brenda Walker nee ( Oddie) wrote
at 2:09:01 AM on Sunday, December 20, 2015
This is the second good site I have found on Higher Broughton and couldn't resist leaving a few comments. I along with my parents Bill and Alice and my sister Barbara lived in Beaumont Street Higher Broughton. My sister and I both attended St James school and remember headmaster mr.Kearns,Mrs Yule,mr Wright and miss Rampling. Went on to North Salford girls school and remember Elkie Books( Elaine Bookbinder) Also remember lining up with the rest of the children to go into the county cinema for the Saturday matanee. Loved the Rialto,remember the ice cream shop on Cheetham street. My mother used to manage Hames confectioners in the same area. My sister and I new what it was like to keep the front doorsteps clean and what can I say about the bonfires. Paid my first visit to the area recently and couldn't believe it. So sad, such happy childhood memories.
Selina Higson nee Millward wrote
at 11:03:58 PM on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
I used to live on Eskrigge St and went to Marlborogh Rd infants. My nana and Grandad was Gert and Ted owned the shop on the corner of Bannerman St. It is lovely to read about people who knew my grandparents and visited the shop. I have lovely memories of that time.
Violet Flashman/ now Angela Hess wrote
at 1:26:47 AM on Monday, November 16, 2015
I lived in Duncombe Street, Higher Broughton until 1962 I went to St James's. Head teacher was Mr Kearns and drove what I thought was a Rolls Royce. It was probably an Austin A 40! Teachers, Mrs Yule, Mr Smith, Miss Rampling, Mrs Roff, Mrs Higham ( horrible!).
Stephen Nuttall wrote
at 1:23:29 AM on Sunday, November 15, 2015
Me and my family lived at Numbers 8 Bannerman Street Higher Brought Salford my Mum and Dad were Henry and Mary Nuttall my Mum's maiden name was Holt my Dad was a very big guy 7 foot tall liked a beer his best mate was John Holt who is the younger brother of my Mum John Holt he was also a very big guy indeed if enyone does remember my family members my email address is Stephennuttall77@gmail.com it was in the 1960s when we lived on Bannerman Street it would be great to hear from enyone who remembers eny of the family
Tony Pritchard wrote
at 10:48:19 AM on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Some brilliant memories and nostalgia on here, great to read. I used to live in Taylor Street just off the Bury New Road - just up from The Grove pub, we had a football pitch at the top of our street named 'the croft' with goal-posts painted on the factory walls. I've recently got back in touch with Vinny Mulvey, Billy Crawshaw, Paul Jackson (Mendips, Greptona Grundish, Gellingellers - to name but a few of his nick-names) Wayne Taylor and Billy Rea amongst others. Frank Wongs was unstoppable for Chips & Gravy, Jeff's Ranch House over the road never stood a chance. Cheap Jack's could serve you anything from a tin of beans from 1958 to a new football. Back on the other side of the road seemed to be festooned with laundrettes, and I also recall The Chittagong restaurant, TSB Bank on the corner opposite Dr Mulvey's. The Rialto cinema was great, still has a magical pull for me even now. The swimming baths is still there but looks as if its had its time and probably needs raising to the ground for a new replacement of sorts. I went to St Thomas's from 1967-'73, it was my favourite school - most of the teachers were great, my favourites being Miss Coyle and Miss Cashmore. I went to De La Salle afterwards, but it was never the same, can't say I'm sorry that its now a new housing estate. If anyone has any photo's of the area from the '60's & '70's to share I'd be very grateful to see them.
"Frankie" Quigg wrote
at 6:41:54 AM on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
THE song @ The County cinema, minor's matinees: "We are the boys and girls well known as Minors of the ABC And every Saturday all line up to see the films we like And shout aloud with glee (yeah I know, it doesn't make sense!) We like to laugh and have our sing song Just a happy crowd are we We're all pals together We're minors of the ABC!" ( the last bit shouted, not sung) Always had to get our "rations" from Duckworths first and do the washing @ the "bag wash" just up the road. I remember being in the "bag wash" when hearing JFK had been shot. Happy happy. xx Frankie Quigg The Inkman
at 1:36:24 AM on Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Wow. Just seen this site. I have lived in London since 1985 and I am still in regular touch with Kevin Clarke and Joe Boylan. Remember many many names and faces from the 1960's, very fond memories indeed. Miss Cashmore? Wow again. I was in the Rounders Team that won trophies, man! Real success story. Sister Geraldine was a toughie, I agree. But I was recipient of a number of extraordinary kindnesses from her which helped me on tremendously.... Sr. John the Baptist I remember as having a beautiful singing voice and a luvverly gentle and kind demeanour. I am an artist now and they all encouraged me along the way. O Salford, my Salford. What a place and such wonderful, gritty yet warm memories! Tantrum Ergo and O Salutaris Hostia. Gawd, my kids are sick of me telling them about it all. Proud is an understatement! Salford I salute you. St Thomas' too! Wow wow and wow again. xx Frankie Quigg the Inkman
Mike wrote
at 6:13:35 PM on Thursday, October 8, 2015
How interesting to read about the old witch sister Geraldine. My sister got expelled at the age of five for biting the headmistress Miss Walsh. Mother sent her to Marlborough Road School but did not want us to be separated. Sister Geraldine would not release me from St Thomas. A battle raged and my late mother fought and won ... which I regret to this day 51 years later. I ended up at North Salford and all my friends went to St Andrews. ... I use to wash the van for Tom who had the grocer on Great Cheetham Street. I recall his son painting the shop and forgot to take Billy the mimer bird out. The bird - so popular - died from the paint fumes.
Michael Moran wrote
at 8:46:31 AM on Sunday, September 13, 2015
Great memories of old Salford here. I grew up in Bangor St off Back Roman Rd at one end and Bradshaw St at the other. Amazingly the barber Melvins is still there. I remember Jacobs bakers (can still taste their bagels) 'Dirty' Dicks hardware (he was always black with oil hence his nickname), Wongs chippy (great gravy), Dr Mulveys (used to play at their house) Tom & Walters corner shop, the pair of them were like a comedy double act! Also went to St Thomas's and felt the fear of Sr. Geraldine. I have some old pics of the area if anyone is interested mamoran@gmail.com
Peter Louden wrote
at 9:21:25 AM on Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hi Kathy - yes it is me and thanks for remembering me. I thought I would throw some names and memories into the pot as I did St Thomas from 1970 to 76 and then DeLaSalle in my Cherry Blazer ! First of all - am I going crazy or did we have five sets of twins in one year at age five? Brian and Alan Jones (caned by Sister G for playing football with me and five others with a brick which hit a girl on the head). Coolest boy in school - Barry Marshall and his brother Neil then I run out. More names - John Woods, Eamonn Considine, Carl Butler. Kenneth Bethel ran into a lamppost when we racing to get to a football match. Mandy Churchill, Cathy Foley, Yvette Warwick. Anderton's Chippy was always better than Frank Wong's ! No one has mentioned the baths next to The Rialto and North Salford Youth Club. Playing football on the bowling green at Mandley Park. Learning to play table tennis on a door painted green in the green keepers hut. Spending your bus fare on sweets and walking home. Brian McGahey, Albert Barrett and his leather jacket with John Tabbron. My head hurts now!
Joan Ilott wrote
at 2:01:52 AM on Saturday, August 15, 2015
Janet McGraph. I remember you and your lovely brother. I was born in 1959 and lived in Larch Street next to Garnett St., from the age of 4 to about 9 or 10 before moving to Whitefield. I can still taste Serettis ice scream now, delicious!!!
Anthony Blakeley wrote
at 10:42:47 AM on Monday, August 3, 2015
It is evident that many folks posting attended St Andrews RC. I wonder how many remember the outstanding production of "Toad of Toad Hall" with Liam MaGrodan in the lead role as Toad. My contribution was a minor role in the crowd scenes.
Tina roberts wrote
at 2:29:12 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015
i went to St Thomas's from 1963 to 1971 but haven't got any photos at all, does anyone have any' My name was Tina Pritchard and my brothers are Gary and Darren Pritchard x we lived in a hill St.
Brian Mcnichol wrote
at 10:17:40 AM on Friday, July 24, 2015
Great time in my life living in broughton lots of old friends haven't seen for years, use to be a paperboy at the Broughton depot, Mr Pickering had that shop, then there was radivans fruit shop. Then Jeff's ranch house next to the. Sun pub , giant hotdogs, then Toms off licence on Fenney St , Maidens paper shop on fenney St what about cheap Jacks shop on gt cheetham St with the whitewash on the windows, got all pics for anyone if wanted .
Cathy O'Donnell wrote
at 8:51:28 AM on Friday, July 24, 2015
Cannot believe I stumbled across this page! Reading names I have not heard for years. I went to St Thomas's and then to St Andrews, left school in 1981 and went to Holy Cross College in Bury. My sisters Eileen, Sheila and Anne and my brothers Michael and John, all older than me , went to the same schools too. We lived at 21 George St . We had cats but still had mice, used to cover up the damp in the living room with a frieze of postcards! I remember Mr Lundy, the terryfying sister Geraldine , miss Griffin who was my form teacher and took English, Mr Williams who took maths and was a real dish! Mrs Owens who took biology and PE. Does anyone else remember Miss Odonnell who took PE too and left to have a baby. Also, Mrs Ford, who gave me such a lot of help to try to pass the 11+ . She was lovely. I remember Darren ? and Peter Louden and Jane Kinder and Janet -? -she was mad on Michael Jackson! I was friend with a girl called Catherine, again a surname I can't remember. I remember Pauline Azarpadi, Debbie and Georgina - they were twins.....the best days ever in George St. The wine shop at the top of George St, went to buy mint cracknell chocolate there, the croft where we used to have Bon fires, buying sun blest bread and making toast with it by holding it on a fork in the fire! Fabulous to hear all these memories!
lynne Goddard wrote
at 3:33:31 PM on Friday, July 10, 2015
Born 1950. St Thomas and then Adelphi House. Lived above the Higher Broughton Assembly Rooms from 1957 - 1964, my dad and mum were the managers. My name was Walsh. I had a ballroom to practice my roller skating and met many groups over the years. Back seats at the Rialto with my first boyfriend Bobby Yearsley and watching the world go by from the roof tops of the building. Mum also worked part time at the chemist across the way mentioned by john cooper, Such good memories.
kath beckett wrote
at 3:40:55 PM on Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Has anyone got pics of Bk. Roman road Salford 7...used to love playing there...
Moira stout nee Davies wrote
at 4:14:36 AM on Sunday, July 5, 2015
I also attended St. Andrews although only the latter years and would love to hear from Janet Harris or Agnes Forjoni? Sorry unable to recall names but remember faces!
Eddie Wright wrote
at 10:12:06 AM on Friday, June 26, 2015
Anybody remember Back Roman rd and Papermakers Arms and the tip circa 1948 to 1972.
Pam Yates ( Johnston) wrote
at 4:19:35 AM on Sunday, May 10, 2015
Someone asked where Conway street was. It was one of three street running off Fenny street, Harriet Street, Conway Street and Tully street. Each had a corner shop. Conway street had Hartley's greengrocers. The other two had off licences which seemed to sell anything and everything under the sun. I grew up in Conway street in the 40's and 50's the people were genuine, kind and caring and kept there homes spotlessly clean. Front and back steps were brown stoned regularly and windows were kept sparkling, even though my mum swore our window cleaner only ever cleaned a circle on the centre of each pane and she often went out and did them again when he had gone. When dad said she should get rid of him she just said she felt sorry for him because he could hardly get up the ladder!
Janet Murphy nee Bazeley wrote
at 1:00:27 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2015
It was amazing to read through these messages, a blast from the past. I too went to St. thomas's and St. andrews, remember Sister Geraldine, she was scary and Sister Clare she was sweet, anyone remember Father Watson people used to say he had a thing for her. I lived on Ollier St then Warren St, cheetham Hill, used to play in Mandley Park, loved to go to that club Whisky Agogo! Next to the Rialto. Peter Bagshaw was in my class, Fred Fielder, Marie Grace, just cant remember John Cooper Clarke, can someone jog my memory, happy days eh?
Mark O'Donoghue wrote
at 4:47:33 AM on Thursday, April 30, 2015
Great to hear that Miss Cashmore is still around, she taught me in junior 4 I think, I still remember them all, Miss Callaghan, Mr fiorentini, Mr Coward! It must have rubbed off I became a teacher too. I lived at 27 Bannerman st, parents still live in Hartis Avenue so go back a lot, it has changed so much
Elsa Conaghan wrote
at 10:46:29 AM on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Hi how great to receive replies!Christopher Blakeley we have been trying to find you for years. What have you been up to and were did you go.After the shop was demolished my parents moved to Swinton. Irene went to live in Bolton after she got married.We live in Prestwich. Mike Pawson so good to hear from you, Stephen went to St.Gregs in Ardwick so left all his friends behind. We are members of a walking group and one week Kevin Clarke turned up. We did not recognise each other but after we could not stop talking. John Stephens brother unfortunatly died aged 37.Let us know what you have been doing all these years.If any of you would like to meet up for a chat let me know. My email is elsa.tomato9@btinternet.com. Miss Cashmore good to hear from you, I was on your rounders team as was Kevin Clarke, Murial Mativshefka? Anthony Wilson, Sergio Pasquarle, Ann cummings , Pauline and Ann and Frankie Quigg. Do you still keep in touch with Sister John Baptist. Bridget Santos you asked about photos of Charlotte St.try the Local History Museam on Salford Crescent.
david lalley wrote
at 5:23:08 AM on Monday, April 20, 2015
my mother used to live in Conway Street at number 26,she left there when she got married in 1937. Her name was Edith Holt, I just want to know where abouts was Conway Street in Higher Broughton.
Michael myers wrote
at 8:33:19 AM on Sunday, April 19, 2015
Great to hear from miss cashmore on here I was in your class in the late 70s and yes I remember being on your rounders team
Ellie Green wrote
at 1:36:30 PM on Sunday, April 5, 2015
Wow. I've just gone back in time. PAM E YATES NEE JOHNSTONE!! I went to North Grecian St. Remembered the rhyme about Mr Small.Loved it there. We lived in Hampshire Street. My friend and I parted ways a bit when she went to North Salford. She was Maureen Herbert. Her mate at school was Jennifer James..there from 57 to 62. I went to BHS and was in the same group as Ruth Leigh. One of the wittiest girls I ever met. She's the sister of Mike Leigh the really brilliant film director. He actually acted in a school production and everyone was enthralled. He was hilarious and clever. Love to know how Ruth is. And Maureen. Was in touch with Maureen up to us moving to Leyland when we were both in the Fire Brigade. Went to St James youth club for years. Still in touch with someone from there. Could go on forever. ELSIE ROPER
Sr. Moira fcJ ( alias Miss Cashmore) wrote
at 12:48:07 AM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Well.Well.Well! Can't believe all the names I know. I'm still in touch with Sr. Clare (not the same order as me) and Miss Ginley, Mrs. Durkin(Miss Murphy) I can even put faces to names! I taught there from 1960 to 1985 then when my Mother died I became a nun. Best wishes and fond memories of you all. Some of you were in my classes for 3 years e.g. Shelagh McWalter. Happy memories! Were any of you in my Rounders teams?
Mags wrote
at 5:29:52 PM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Brilliant read - the school me dad taught science at (st andrews) and one of his best mates (John with the glass eye). Both passed on now, but gems of their own sort. Thanks john c-c!
Steve wrote
at 1:33:55 PM on Saturday, February 7, 2015
Can Shaun or Selina of Bannerman Street contact me please? I would like to get a copy of the Jubilee poster. I lived at 33 Bannerman Street in the mid to late seventies. I think if Shaun is who I think he is then he was my friend and we spent an awful lot of time playing Tennis (he always won, was better than me).
Mike Pawson wrote
at 7:24:39 AM on Thursday, January 29, 2015
Just referring to Elsa Conaghan's post of 16 November. I, too, was in Miss Cashmore's class and attended St Thomas of Canterbury between 1960-1966. I also remember your husband,Stephen, very well (I believe he has a younger brother who was in the year below). Many of the names you mentioned are very familiar and I recall several others who were also in the same year, not necessarily in Miss Cashmore's class. The following may jog your memory (excuse the spelling in some cases);Stephen McKeown, John Moxon, Brian Bason, Martin Dwyer, John Hoskins, Stephen Saunders, Eamonn McGrath, Wassell Hamon, Myram Kopczik, Chris Conway, Murial Maticzevsky, Pauline Ashworth, Ann Cummings, Irene McEvoy, Elizabeth Kavanagh, Vincent Graffey, John and Marie Fielder, Paul Devine and Paul Tootill. The list is not exhaustive so apologies to ones I've omitted. I hope the list brings back memories.
Janet McGrath (nee Harris) wrote
at 1:07:29 PM on Monday, December 22, 2014
Just come across this site. I too went to St Thomas of Canterbury and St. Andrews. I have just read Pauline McGagh post and was delighted to hear my name mentioned in her memories. I lived on Garnett Street. My grandad was Marco Seretti and we owned the ice cream shop. I lived there as a child and have great memories. What a community it was! If anyone out there remembers me please get in touch. I would especially love to see photographs.
Michael McCormick wrote
at 8:46:37 AM on Friday, December 19, 2014
Kevin meehan iwas a very good friend of your brother martin we went to st thomases together and knocked about together till he went to australia in 66 I used to come round to your house in hill st for a catch up but lost touch in the early 70s would love to catch up with yourself and martin
bridget santos wrote
at 10:11:15 AM on Thursday, November 27, 2014
Found your comments very interesting. I am also a survivor of St. Thomas's. I escaped in 1953, so I am much older than you. But I was born on Charlotte Street and have been trying to find a picture that shows Charlotte street, but so far no luck. Any ideas of where I can find anything like that? Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Christopher blakeley wrote
at 1:13:07 PM on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Hi elsa, I worder if you remember that I used to visit you and your sister Irene at your shop on Gt Cheetham St some time after we left St Thomas s school around 1971. I am searching for an old class photo which my mum kept which has some of the people you mentioned on it. As you said we are all around 60 now, where did all that time go. Best wishes to you and your sister. Chris. Ps 40 years wow 9 up on me!
Elsa Conaghan wrote
at 12:05:34 PM on Sunday, November 16, 2014
My sister Irene and myself went to St Thomas's up to 1965 . We both have bad memories of Sister Geraldine, I went to her office once to have my library card stamped, she hit me with the cane for disturbing her! We both went on to Adelphi House on Chapel Street. My family lived on ST. James Road , they had Lomas Greengrocers next to Andertons chippy. I married Stephen Sawczuk who was in Sister John Baptist's class. we have been married nearly 40 years. I was in Miss Cashmore's class up , there must be loads of us that will be 60 this year. Ones we remember are : Joe Boylan, Kevin Clarke , Anthony Wilson, Christine Oldham, Ann Agnew, Leo Connoly, Jerko Babczuk, Frankie Quigg, Christopher HYland, Christopher Blackely, Paul Drench, Ruth Mulvey, Sheila Morgon ,Helen Marzak, Maria Corcoran, Dave Cummings, Christopher Manning, and the rounders team. There were many more faces I remember but alas not names.We would love to hear from any of you .
Bernard Ryan wrote
at 1:01:54 AM on Sunday, October 26, 2014
Some great posts on here, I lived at Back roman road as a kid, Were the paper makers pub was, And then moved to Hacking st, Went to St Thomases and then St Andrews, Sister Geraldine the evil nun No forgetting that name LOL,
shaun wrote
at 12:28:47 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014
Hello all,I went to Marlborough rd infant and junior schools then onto north Salford high. anybody remember the ghost stories about the junior school, the cellar was not a nice play area when it was raining.I lived on Bannerman St. I remember hearing the bell on top of the school ringing all night. Gurtys on the corner and Pete and Liz's on dudley brew. Enjoyed the times collecting bonnie wood and raiding others of Thiers! It was the best place to grow up.
David Knowles wrote
at 12:11:37 PM on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Wow....Just like all my yesterdays, I was born in Hope Hospital in January 1950, went to Marlborough Road school then Salford Grammar, lived on Weatherall Street and had my first flat with a mate above the laundrette on Devonshire Street. Anybody remember me then drop me a line? Hung around the Rialto complex in my teens on my scooter (yep a mod)and frequented the Disc, which was the "kids" club below the Riverboat Club next to the Rialto cinema. E mail with any memories. x
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Hundreds of bus drivers, members of Unite union, began a 24 hour strike today at First Manchester UK over breaches of longstanding industrial agreements, which will affect services in Salford.

"It is with a heavy heart that our members have been left with no option but to strike" says Unite regional officer Neil Clarke "We regret any inconvenience and disruption caused to passengers, but they cannot and will not sit by and let their hard fought for agreements be trashed."

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Star date: 23rd May 2016


"We deplore the lack of public consultation that there has been both before and during the introduction of Devo Manc" GM Green Parties Forum.

Greater Manchester Green Parties Forum, which represents local Green Party branches, has slated the Greater Manchester Combined Authorities devolution consultation, which closed on 18th May. 

"From the outset this process has been run by Tory and Labour politicians behind closed doors" says Brian Candeland, North West Green Party Chair "To hold this figleaf consultation now two years down the line is a farce."

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Star date: 22nd May 2016


Psychopathy and The Single Girl
Wednesday June 22nd to 25th
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A psychopathic journalist messes with a city lawyer in the Beetham Tower in a controversial new multi-media, sexy, horror, comedy experience, as a series of murders create mayhem, to a background of Manc music and local filmscapes.

Psychopathy and The Single Girl runs for four days in June at the King's Arms and stars Beth Hunter of the upcoming Brit film, Dusty and Me, and Salford actor, Rob Lines, who has just returned from performing in New York alongside Francesca Annis. A strange, stylish, noir night is promised.

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Star date: 22nd May 2016


Are you mature, semi-retired maybe, reliable and caring? This could be the perfect opportunity to do volunteer work, basically by Being There.

Being There has a base at Langworthy Cornerstone and supports people who have illnesses like cancer, strokes and heart disease. The charity's staff and volunteers provide emotional support, transport to hospital appointments and social activities. But it works both ways, says Karen Mercer of Being There..."Volunteering keeps people healthy and sociable...we've even had a couple of marriages."

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Star date: 22nd May 2016


A permanent garden memorial to Salford aid worker Alan Henning was officially opened this week at Eccles Recreation Ground. The circular garden is based upon a clock face, a place of quiet reflection and symbolic of time.

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