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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

Tony Pritchard wrote
at 1:13:07 AM on Friday, June 9, 2017
Emma Louise I read your post, but at the risk of appearing thick I couldn't find your email address. My email address is tony.pritchard@aol.co.uk It would be great to hear from John again, I think 1980 was the last time!
 
maggy wrote
at 2:58:27 PM on Monday, May 29, 2017
My dad taught at St Andrew's sec mod. Think he just missed you John, maybe not - Terry Burke, taught science, bit of a bastard but generally OK (till he got home, that's another story).I so wanted to go to that school, cos it was all modern and new. Had to go the Adelphi with the nuns and stuff instead. Terry Burke died unexpectdly in 1975. Lost touch after that.
 
carl lawrence wrote
at 3:35:22 PM on Thursday, May 11, 2017
Looking for people who may know my grandparents. My grandad is Brian Lawrence and left North salford secondary in 1952 i think and my nan who is maureen lawrence (mcmanus) who attended st chads highschool leaving around 1953/4. Be great to see if anyone remembers them.
 
Mike Bagshaw wrote
at 10:55:04 AM on Monday, May 8, 2017
I lived in Hilton Street next door to the Church Inn pub that used to be run by my gran and then auntie. The Rialto was like a palace. I remember the luxurious carpeted stairs. The County cinema was a bit more downmarket and my regular cinema haunt was the Devonshire. 'Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier'. As feral kids in the 50s we lived on the streets and at the landslide ('lanny') building dens and playing street cricket and football. My mates were Dave, Phil, Dennis, Terry, and Brian.
 
Mike wrote
at 1:10:36 AM on Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Way back in the 1960s our teacher from North Salford Boys - Mr Fish - filmed us with his 8mm home movie. One school outing was at Trentham Gardens and it be the only piece of movie that I appeared in. Obviously Mr Alex Fish will no longer be with us ... but where is that home movie. Love to see it on YouTube if it exists. And talking of teachers! I recently found an old image of school teachers from North Salford Boys, quite a few I recognised. If MR RH Clarke is still alive I would like to shake his hand [lol] the only teacher who ever fancied me.
 
Fred Fielder MBE wrote
at 4:17:52 AM on Sunday, February 26, 2017
Good memories.Remember being kicked out of the woodwork club,by Maurice Mcgee,for snoggin Isobel Eadie in the cloak room!! Some little first year dogooder grassed me up!I could have been a Carpenter,just like Jesus,but eh,thats showbiz.
 
Emma Louise wrote
at 5:23:41 AM on Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I noticed Tony Pritchard on here. John Tabbron who was a real friend to Tony, lost contact but really enjoyed all the nostalgia and comments. He played Pool at the Rialto, a Broughton lad through and through. The area is nothing now to what it was. Tony if you see this, email me and I can let John know and give you his details.
 
Paul McCarthy wrote
at 1:14:11 AM on Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Great to read about peoples experiences at St Andrews RC,I was there between 1973 and 1978. Remember well Mr Lundy, Mr Williams , Mr Nixon 'get down to my room boy ' before another caning. Happy days !!! Our form teacher ( first year ) was Miss McMahon she took gym , I heard she had a car crash with Mr Henley. Left Cheetham Hill 25 years ago and UK 7 years ago,
 
Eileen noon wrote
at 3:21:26 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Hi Maureen Barratt I reckon I used to live at the back of you in Harriet Street my name was Eileen Entwistle xx
 
caroline craven wrote
at 1:46:33 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2016
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE CRAVENS, THE MOORES, OR THE SPEILLER FAMILY THAT LIVED ON BELLINGHAM STREET IN CHEETHAM HILL IN THE 1960S, I WENT TO ST THOMAS OF CANTERBURYS SCHOOL THERE BUT MOVED IN 1968
 
janis wilson wrote
at 4:40:32 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016
wonderful reading these comments. I have been married to Anthony Wilson for 40 years!! Amazing how many of you remember him from st T's he is flippin hopeless with e mails but if you want to contact him, my e mail is janiswilsonv@hotmail.com im a Wally street girl went to grecian street school, lots of very happy memories - janis wilson nee Taylor
 
Maureen barrett wrote
at 12:37:39 PM on Monday, October 10, 2016
Oh my so many memories reading these posts, I lived on back roman Rd . Went to St Thomas's remember frank baron the teacher ? What a nice guy . I remember playing on the paper makers steps as a child . Miss cash more taught myself and my brother Albert barrett.yes Peter louden I remember that leather jacket. St Andrews and the teachers ,miss Ritchie ,Mr Handley , miss Murphy, Mrs owens Mr during I could go on and on
 
Boyesy wrote
at 12:08:08 PM on Friday, August 19, 2016
My father Bernard Boyes seemed to have plenty of say regarding the Rialto once it became a bingo hall mid 70s, Office on the front where he did the books, all the United players of the time used to come in and play snooker in the afternoon and drink as much as they could, funny times considering these guys were my hero's ?
 
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
 
wrote
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
 
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CLADDING TO BE REMOVED FROM NINE SALFORD PENDLETON TOWER BLOCKS

Star date: 23rd June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TO REMOVE ALL ACM CLADDING

This afternoon, Pendleton Together has sent a letter to residents informing them that Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks, including Spruce Court, Whitebeam Court and Thorn Court is to be removed, at the behest of Salford City Council.

Salford Council states that the move is "precautionary".

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ANOTHER SALFORD GREEN BELT CONSULTATION IN THE PIPELINE

Star date: 23rd June 2017

THOUSANDS OF OBJECTIONS TO SALFORD GREEN BELT PROPOSALS

Salford City Council officers have stated that "it may be necessary to undertake some further public consultation" on plans to build on the city's Green Belt, in a new report to the city's councillors.

During his campaign to be elected GM Mayor, Andy Burnham called for a "radical re-write" of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework, which included proposals to build 2,250 houses on Green Belt near Irlam and Cadishead. Officers cited "the scale and nature of public objections" as reasons for the re-think.

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ORDSALL LEISURE CENTRE TO LOSE RECEPTION STAFF AS DEVELOPERS CASH IN

Star date: 22nd June 2017

COMMUNITY PETITIONS AGAINST LOSS OF STAFF AT SALFORD COMMUNITY LEISURE

Salford Community Leisure is proposing to axe reception staff from Ordsall Leisure Centre. A community petition from users of the centre has been launched, arguing "This will have a detrimental impact on the service we rely upon"

Meanwhile, Salford Council has plans to flatten Ordsall Leisure Centre with the land estimated to be worth up to £1.5million, and developers in the area are paying no planning fees.

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SALFORD AND ECCLES MP DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ASSURANCE ON TOWER BLOCK CLADDING

Star date: 21st June 2017

AS CLADDING TESTS CONTINUE, REBECCA LONG BAILEY DEMANDS ASSURANCE AND FINANCE FROM GOVERNMENT

Despite being "assured of tenant safety" by housing providers for the city's 43 tower blocks, Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, has written to the Government demanding immediate "total assurance of safety on the materials used" for cladding.

In a letter to residents, the MP also demands from the Government "funding to carry out any necessary works to remediate once the assessments are complete plus funding to support or re-house residents whilst that is carried out." She also calls for the Government to pay for the retrofitting of sprinklers in the blocks.

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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL LOOKING TO DITCH URBAN VISION?

Star date: 21st June 2017

SALFORD COUNCIL TESTING OTHER MODELS FOR PLANNING AND HIGHWAYS COMPANY

After a controversial decision last year to extend the contract of Urban Vision, Salford City Council is now tendering for companies to "engage in a Soft Market Testing exercise" to look at other options for the delivery of its planning, highways and building control services for which the Council spends £42million annually.

Urban Vision is a joint venture profit making company in which the Council holds a 19.9% stake but until this year has never even got a dividend.

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