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Birkenhead in all its glory
July 30, 2015

Joined: May 14, 2014
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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

Joined: May 12, 2014
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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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