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

Update October 2018 - There is a new John Cooper Clarke interview now on the site - click here to read it

Linda wrote
at 06:12:34 on 11 December 2018
I am desperately trying to find photos of Bangor st I am desperately trying to find photos of Bangor st mum lived at no 14 and dad lived at number 18 mum was Edith Bateman dad was jim Royle that's where thay met and was married at st James church in 1938 My e.mai! Is lindaroyle1949@outlook.com
James patrick wrote
at 08:24:36 on 25 October 2018
My parents had the hairdressers on Gt Cheetham Street almost opposite Manley Park in about 1959. Spent many hours in that park and also in the library on Leicester Road. My little sister went to St Thomas's but I travelled to St Annes at Crumpsall for some reason. I was also a vanboy at Mothers Pride in 1965.
Graham Emery wrote
at 19:26:24 on 09 September 2018
Ilived in Beaumont Street,Higher Broughton from 1949 to 1969 and have really enjoyed the memories posted on this site. I went to St. James's School and also remember Mr Kearns the headmaster and teachers Mrs Roff and Mrs Yule (and I think Miss Nicholl). We used to play on the landslide on Bury New Road and at what we called Top Fields on Wellington Sreet. My close friends were Jimmy Nolan and Paul Williams. We played snooker at Potters Club next to the Rialto cinema and used to watch Alex Higgins play there. I remember quite a few of the shops on Great Cheetham Street - TSB bank,the Co-op,Broughton Depot,the Post Office,the Sun Inn and Frank Wongs.They were happy times!
Jason szulimowski wrote
at 06:03:59 on 05 August 2018
I loved St Andrews then got stitched up with St alberts Where I met mr Mongon maths teacher hated the guy he was a straight out little ??. My uncles and aunties went to St Andrews So me being the kid had to follow suit. My cousins were there at the time Nigel Ianson, Mark Ianson, my uncle also went there peter szulimowski with Pava who was pretty much an uncle two he used to spoil me with baseball caps etc top guy still and always think highly of him. does anyone remember the science teacher? He was a buzz we used to gas light the balloons aka (condoms) lol what a buzz cracked me up. Do you remember the bbc model b computers lol and metal work. That teacher used to own a rs 2000 way back. Lol he hated me melted my ring I made for my Nana Mrs S to those in the know! Hillbilly boys knew her 😊👍 What a reminder of wherewe come from Salford is something special. Mad time in my life love it respect it was great.
Ann Hodgkiss wrote
at 09:19:57 on 13 May 2018
Hi, lived on Wally Street but moved away around 1970ish to Whitefield, mum was Ann Savage, dad is Peter Hodgkiss. He came from Fenney Street, his mum Sarah lived on Carter Street with his sister Cathleen, Uncle bunt and Aunt Lil lived next door. Uncle Bernard & Aunty Mary lived on Langworthy Rd where Mary still lives. Uncle pat and Auntie Pat lived on Hampshire St. I went to St Thomas, loved the Rialto Saturday mornings where it was safe enough then to walk down alone as a small child. Played outside most times being too young to go elsewhere, sugar butties were a fave. There was a shop a few streets away with a penny tray .... can't remember the name. Rest of my family went by the name of Savage (Barry was my paternal dad) but think they are more Warrington way. Friday night tea was always Frank Wong's. I went to nursery from a young age not sure, was there one on Murray St?. Mum worked for "uncle" Lou Airley who had a clothes factory near the Rialto,
Elaine Kramer wrote
at 16:28:12 on 31 January 2018
I lived on Fenney St in the 50's. We had a tiny front garden and a back yard with outside toilet, The back yard led to the 'entry' the narrow passages between the back to backs. We used to play on the 'croft' presumably a bomb site. We used to have bonfires on an enclosed site across the rd. There were 2 bonfires at either end of the enclosed courtyard. There were 2 corner shops. I remember the 1d box in one of them for sweets and chews eg black jacks.sorretti's ice cream cart used to visit amazing stuff. It was a friendly street , my dad would sit on the front steps on summer evenings chatting to neighbours. The street was cobbled. We used to go to the County kids matinees on Saturdays - Flash gordon, 3 stooges, etc. We also went to the Rialto - much plusher seats for 2 at the back and the Devonshire. If it was an A film we would wait outside and ask adults to take us in! I remember Radivans fruit and veg, the Co-op, a bakery Laidlaw's? on Cheetham St. Our doctor was Dr Class. We went to grecian St school and would walk there through Albert Pk. 'Pop" Small was the horrible headmaster. nunn's garage was at the bottom on Bury new Rd.
Beryl Roberts wrote
at 17:22:46 on 27 January 2018
Hi, David Cohen, I lived on Coke St until the demolition set in. I had two aunts who lived on Halstead Street, my Aunty Sally who had two lads Dennis and Brian Brogan and my Aunty Nancy who had one lad Colin Thomason. My gran also lived there for a time before she moved to Coke St. I only have one photograph of Halstead St and it is my Aunty Sally walking down the street with my gran's dinner in hand. Loved it growing up there. Would love to know if you remember any of my cousins or me and my brother (Beryl and Barrie Pennington).
Dave Cohen wrote
at 13:13:25 on 06 December 2017
I was born in Halsted street just before the slum Clearance. I can't find anything online about it. It was near coke street and the now gone kilderkin pub. My Aunt Eva lived in the streets off Leicester Road. I can still remember the gas mantles in
Anne quinn wrote
at 06:56:29 on 30 October 2017
Hi Cathy I came across this site just recently and read all the names you recalled I also left st Andrews in 1981 do u remember Adele cuddy Lorraine McNally known as laney Margaret Breen Lydia vernosa Carol Quinn !I took a number of pics in 1979 in school yard with navy blue uniform around the time the hall was being rebuilt after the fire ? I was a paper girl at Mr woods shop on Leicester rd getting up 530 ever morning by afternoon when my lesson for history I would fall asleep I had female Irish teacher which can't remember her name she was not impressed with me lol ? Great to hear so many names after all these years !!
jennifer lockett (POOLE wrote
at 20:36:13 on 11 October 2017
Hi, love hearing all the comments. I lived in Cheetham hill born walnut street then moved to Newsholme st. I have 4 brothers Christopher, Bernard Clive Mark and sister Angela and Theresa. POOLE. we all went to St ThomasS and my mum worked at the cinema in town was it the Rialto with my brother Christopher. We moved to Knutsford which was the manchester overspill minus my big sis who could not leave and stayed close to where we grew up
jennifer lockett (POOLE wrote
at 20:14:53 on 11 October 2017
Hi, love hearing all the comments. I lived in Cheetham hill born walnut street then moved to Newsholme st. I have 4 brothers Christopher, Bernard Clive Mark and sister Angela and Theresa. POOLE. we all went to St ThomasS and my mum worked at the cinema in town was it the Rialto with my brother Christopher. We moved to Knutsford which was the manchester overspill minus my big sis who could not leave and stayed close to where we grew up
Maureen Brown .Nee Phelan wrote
at 09:09:00 on 11 October 2017
My sister is Kath Beckett. Is my cousin by marriage Roseleen Kinney.. I have lived in Perth Western Australia for the past 30 years . Used to live in Norbury st and before that Lime st off Waterloo rd Maureen Brown ?Nee Phelan .
kath beckett nee Phelan wrote
at 06:30:16 on 09 October 2017
I lived in Norbury street off Gt. Cheetham street. I had a sister Maureen..Teresa..brother John who sadly died in an accident at just 17 yrs old in 1976. I remember Maidens...Tom.and Walters outdoor...the other outdoor..think she was called Flo. Noras chippy near the Broughton pub..turned into a funeral parlour. Loved playing round all the streets. Went to St. Thomas's of Canterbury...then St. Andrews....left in 1966. Now in Prestwich...
Maureen Brown née Phelan wrote
at 06:29:59 on 09 October 2017
Hi I am Kath Beckett's sister née Phelan ?Is Christopher Poole out there or does anyone know him I remember Mr Lundy Head teacher.At St Thomases.Also Roseallen Kinney.Cousen by marrage.I have lived in Australia for 30 years.
David wrote
at 21:02:56 on 12 September 2017
John won't remember me, it was a long time ago, but I remembered where he lived, opposite corner from the cinema. The last time I saw him he was storming out of the cimema where they were showing 'blazing saddles'. The snoooker club he spoke of was owned by an Uncle of mine. Thanks JCC, brought back memories. My God did we booze and smoke a lot.
Paul Harris wrote
at 07:23:53 on 09 July 2017
The postings have brought back so many memories of Higher Broughton, especially street names and places such as the Rialto... a very regular haunt for me as I lived in Hilton Street round the back of the cinema. I attended Broughton Secondary Modern in Duke Street... left in 1964, leaving Salford a year later for Australia. Sorry to have lost contact with school friends and family. Anyone from that era... would be interested to hear from them.
Tony Pritchard wrote
at 07:13:07 on 09 June 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 20:58:27 on 29 May 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 21:35:22 on 11 May 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 16:55:04 on 08 May 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 07:10:36 on 28 March 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 10:17:52 on 26 February 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 11:23:41 on 10 January 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 07:14:11 on 20 December 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 21:21:26 on 16 November 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 06:46:33 on 03 November 2016
janis wilson wrote
at 10:40:32 on 15 October 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 18:37:39 on 10 October 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 18:08:08 on 19 August 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 14:02:34 on 27 April 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 14:16:17 on 23 April 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 06:17:02 on 21 April 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 05:38:31 on 04 April 2016
Janet Murphy..Father Watson had a thing for Margaret Renshaw..15 yrs old..typical of the priests then
kath beckett wrote
at 05:38:11 on 04 April 2016
Michael Moran..pics pleeeaaase
Rosie O'Shaughnessy wrote
at 06:55:03 on 02 April 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 18:35:20 on 16 March 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 06:08:06 on 02 March 2016
Sorry I should have said Leo Conley not Kevin, I am getting two people mixed up here!!
Rosie O'Shaughnessy (Kelly) wrote
at 22:10:00 on 01 March 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 13:34:54 on 28 February 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 06:16:58 on 27 February 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 18:31:03 on 26 December 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 08:09:01 on 20 December 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 05:03:58 on 10 December 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 07:26:47 on 16 November 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 07:23:29 on 15 November 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 16:48:19 on 11 November 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 12:41:54 on 20 October 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 07:36:24 on 20 October 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 00:13:35 on 09 October 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 14:46:31 on 13 September 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
Please enter your comment below:
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
Recent comments
You spoke ref. Peel Holdings working with us. Last week it was taking people 2 hourd to get home due to an accident on the motorw... [more]
I may not understand the way things work but not once did I see our Mayor stand up & stick up for our cause , all I could see was ... [more]
i was part of the troop i'm the founder of north staffs stormtroopers i do darth vader and also stormtrooper..was a great day with... [more]
Ok Ray , lets build 80 or 90 dirt cheap starter flats, and have lots of people living in the land that is surrounded by parkland.... [more]
Rayofsunshine - You should probably ask that question to the Mayor and his cabinet. However, while I agree with you, I do believe ... [more]


Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome


More articles...


Star date: 21st January 2019


Tonight a Special Community Committee Meeting took place for Irlam and Cadishead to discuss the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework which proposes 1,600 houses to be built in the green belt near Irlam Station.

Passionate opposition speeches from the community covered all issues, from infrastructure to pollution, affordable housing to loss of Grade 1 agricultural land and the unstable site proposed for development. Not one single person present spoke in favour of the proposals.

Full details here...


Star date: 21st January 2019


Star Wars characters landed in Eccles Shopping Centre at the weekend and raised £132 for the Autistic Society of Greater Manchester. Alongside Darth Vader were Stormtroopers, a Wookiee, Jedis and more.

Full details here...


Star date: 20th January 2019


Manchester Meltdown 4
Wednesday 23rd January
The Peer Hat, Manchester

Four ace bands feature in Manchester Meltdown 4 this Wednesday, including two bands, Four Candles and Matthew Hopkins, who played at the Eagle Inn Salford Star Benefit last November. Ian Leslie chats with Matthew Hopkins' Julia about tales of mystery, magic and prostitution.

Full details here...


Star date: 20th January 2019


Salford's Margaret McHale turned one hundred this week as her six children and relatives gathered for a huge party at The Broughtons Care Home. Born in Hanky Park, Margaret moved around central Salford, to Ellor Street, Warburton Street and finally to Littleton Road, as part of the slum clearances.

A proper Salford lass, Margaret worked on Lancaster Bombers during the war and as a machinist in Strangeways, and, as the family partied with residents and staff, there were a zillion anecdotes that will echo with loads of local families.

Full details here...


Star date: 20th January 2019


Electricity North West, the region's power network operator, is looking to take on young Salford people and has places for craft apprenticeships, which include overhead line workers and cable jointers, and higher level apprenticeships, which include roles such as design and control engineer.

Full details here...


written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx