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Birkenhead in all its glory
July 30, 2015

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Birkenhead in all its glory

July 30, 2015

Hi I found a section ,and I use that word as I'm not shore what a lot of people on Facebook is called . It's about the town I grew up in ,Birkenhead an old shipbuilding town on the Mersey, lots of official pictures from days of old ,some personal ones too. After joining the Army in 62 I never lived there again,being married in Detmold , and on demob went where the work was. It's startling the amount of modernism has taken the lovely old Victorian buildings and replaced them with modern boxes ,In some cases they ripped areas down and replaced them with nowt,just grass,all the character terraced houses have gone ,people have been put into very large estates (the Ford being at time the drug capital of the North West) .......what am I saying is this section are/is recording the living history of Birkenhead,what is like before modernity took over.Heres one I spotted on Tuesday a ticket for the Tower ballroom for Little Richard (remember him) in October62 ,with a supporting act of Cilla Black and a group called the Beatles (I wonder what happened to them) it cost 7 and 6d ( now 37;5pence) and I with my mates had attended ,happy cheap memories....I know there a few bods from Birkenhead,some I see in Chester some like Derek Peers I've lost touch with ,hoping all you guys have a good day

July 30, 2015

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Birkenhead in all its glory

July 30, 2015

Bob, Talk about bring the past to life, in the 1960's!!! I was an apprentice at De Havillands Chester then, (1960) and our YHA and Climbing Club had a night out in Chester watching Little Richard performing in the now long gone theatre in City Road. We were up in the gods, but truly enjoyed him jumping around while playing piano and singing. Nearly got thrown out when one of the lads shouted "rubbish" during one song..... those were the days, my friend!! I think there is a song title in there somewhere... Thanks for reminding me!!

August 5, 2015

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Birkenhead in all its glory

August 5, 2015

Now then, the Tower grounds were in Wallasey, as was New Brighton, I must point out to the un-initiated that Wallasey was a far superior town to B'Head and we only ventured there in extreme situations, only one bus was allowed to venture over the bridges, we still regard the Birkenhead'ers as walking around with a large chip on each shoulder and I totally agree that knocking down loads of terrace houses was a bad move, we finished up with all them moving to Wallasey. I curse the day that Wirral Council  was formed, Bring Back the' County Borough of Wallasey '!!!!!!

August 5, 2015

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
Birkenhead in all its glory

August 5, 2015

Charlie, so what do you think of West Kirby, Moreton and Leasowe??? It was there that my uncle and I used to race motorbike and sidecars on the beach there, with the local motorbike club. Great fun, but my bum got wet cos I was on the flat sidecar about a half inch above the ground, and lots of dips and holes held loads of seawater. Those were the days.... I suppose that sort of activity is banned  by the anti-fun brigade these days? They were the days where we bought a m/bike, and fitted a flat sidecar, all for £10 to £12..... And Bidston Hill with its windmill and Tidal observatory etc? I recall the massive Tidal Prediction machine in the Observatory, all mechanical, on the left as we walked in, accurate to  under a second, for tidal in and out. And it was all mechanical too, none of this leccy gear!! When I left the Regt, I was with IBM  and I shared the upkeep of the new electronic computer driven predictor there with another IBMer (ex matelot) who lived in Moreton. It was a great experience.  The girls who worked there were all gorgeous.....and I was not married then!!! Ho Ho!!


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