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Horse and carts, business ones that it, - they had to have the owner's name painted displayed on the tailboard, or sideboard. Also, - they had to have the "tare" weight painted on the cart. I remember a fellow young PC dealing with an accident which involved a car, and a horse and cart, and he gave the "driver" of the horse and cart a form to produce his driving licence and insurance. That was in the days before MOT's. test certficates, otherwise he might have ticked the boxes for test certificate for the cart, AND the HORSE. You can't beat being young and naive.
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I remember when....... 12 months ago to the day I started this thread and it's now good to see it's still going strong with plenty of memories still being added.
All this from the knife sharpener.....
Remember when there was a different comic every day. Mon : Lion; Tues; Dandy; Wed: ?? Thurs: Beano : Fri: The Eagle.
There was a family in our street who had 4 sons. They were never allowed any of the above - all the girl's comics were delivered to their door. It was the Johnny Cash " A Boy Named Sue" syndrome application. By were they tough ? I saw grown men, - miners and shipyard workers, cross the street, when they saw the 4 brothers approaching, and that was when they were only 8-10 yrs of age.
They weren't uncouth or hooligans, they even sang in the local church choir.
These days the daily comics are Jack Dee (Monday), Michael McIntyre (Tues), Prime Ministers Questions (Wed), Jo Brand (Thurs), Lee Mack, (Fri) and Dara O Briain on Saturday.
Bathing in the horse troughs on the side of the road on hot summer days!
conversation was an art and not texting!
Conversation an 'art' ? Not up wor way, hinny, unless you were a woman. You should have seen them leaning on the garden fence on a Monday morning after they had hung out all the washing. Yakkity- yak wasn't in it.
"Windie hinging", doing the same out of Glagow tenement building windows.
Rarely see it these days.
Billy Cotton Band Show,saw them at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton when I were a lad,with Alan Breeze,Rita Williams and the Bandits.Who remembers the ending of his radio show with the man on the flying saucer trading insults with Billy?
Billy Cotton Band Show,saw them at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton when I were a lad,with Alan Breeze,Rita Williams and the Bandits.Who remembers the ending of his radio show with the man on the flying saucer trading insults with Billy? Forgot to add,Billy Cotton introduced at the Gaumont a young man called Roy Castle who played trumpet.
Colliery miners had a coal allowance as part of wages - poor unsorted stuff - that was tipped into the street outside the coal house. There was a hole in the wall and little lads like me used to earn a tanner (6d) to shovel the coal up and into the coal house itself. Happy mucky days - and I could go to the pictures and have a penny left!!
Quote: There was a hole in the wall and little lads like me used to earn a tanner (6d) to shovel the coal up and into the coal house itself
It wasn't just the miners' houses that had a "Cole ole" most of the Victorian terraces and semis did from memory, except the non-miners didn't get it for free. A lot of it just after the war was mostly wet, sloppy crushed slack, used to stick to the shovel and make a real mess in the bucket
I remember, in the early 70's there was a French onion seller who had strings of onions hanging from the handlebars of his bicycle, not an uncommon sight in the 50's and 60's, but this one was a bit different, he had only one leg!
He had a clip on his one pedal to slip his foot into and his crutch was stowed along the crossbar.
In the very early 50's my brother and I used to push a home made handcart with pram wheels to the local gasworks to buy coke.
It used to come out of a hole high up on the gasworks in large red hot chunks and roll down the pile to near our feet.
The Onion Johnnies in the North East came from Roscoff. They spoke broken English with a Geordie accent.
I used to be taken to the Empire Theatre in Newcastle every Tuesday night. I do remember seeing Franky Randal and Old Mother Riley and I think Norman Scott (over the garden wall).
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