The Call of the Streets
Some of our contributor's stories - too good not to preserve!!!..... read on...
Sid Wheeldon January 2013
The owner of the little shop on Cathcart Street was Dolly Calladine the friend was her Partner ofcourse in those Days we didn't know anything did we ? I once worked for Dolly every night for 2 weeks after school pushing a wooden wheelbarrow all round St Anns taking out orders just before Xmas I was 11yrs old I said to Dolly save my wages till Xmas so I can buy my mum a nice present but if she gives me 2 Cigarettes for my mum after I finished each night she could then pay me what was left 2 days before Xmas exhausted from trudging up and down Sennty with this Barrow with Groceries in them, she Gave me Half a Crown & 2 x 1 penny Arrow Bars after 2 weeks including the 14 cigs I took my dear old mum each night . my mum went over and came back with a 10 bob note for me and said none of us would work for Dolly again ,she never did tell me what she said to Dolly Calladine bless her.. but I got my mum a box of Black Magic & a pkt of Wine gums for Xmas wrapped in real Xmas Paper Her F
Nov 14 2013
"Born in St Ann's could bring both Happiness and Strife
Hard people hard times all part of our Senty life
The wages were Poor most housing were Damp
Most Houses Heated By Coalfire or Paraffin Lamp
Mothers with Kids were indeed a Regular Sight
Dads working By Day in the Pubs at night
Scratting and Scraping seemed a Mothers Chore
But relief came sometimes with a knock on the Door
The Gasman or Electric man visited how we couldn't wait
For him to count the Shillings wishing for a little Rebate,
To the shops we would then Go to get a few Bits and Bobs
a sixpenny pkt of tea, a bottle of milk, a loaf of Bread And maybe some cobs
2ounce of cheese, 2ounce of spam,and of course a pkt of Lard.
best years of my life although they were Hard..
Just for the record, I still take the Malt Extract and cod liver oil and is full of vitamins which we used to take during the war years and onward,I have a large bottle in the cupboard 650grm and i love it,It`s extremaly rare if i get a Cold or ilness,so just nip down to a main branch of BOOTS the chemist and buy some,you will be a lot fitter and feel better,(If you like the taste that is,Terry dexter,
Tony Miller(on our Virtual Walk)....Talking about Edward Lee
"had to call and see a friend at 296 Lee's Sewing Machine shop..his names Edward Lee he has to stay in his bedroom for 6 months as he has got TB. My Mam says that he is very poorly..he's really clever and go's to the Nottingham Boy's High School...they send him homework every day...you always see him at his B/Room with the window pulled down shouting to his friends. Some of us go up to see him and play records...whilst he is bed he is learning the guitar...we have formed a small band, I play the clarinet, Les Shaw plays the drums, Tony Evans is on rhythm guitar and Ed's on the lead guitar...we have called our group 7-11...we all went to see " The Glen Miller Story" at the Gaumont, came out of it and decided that we should all become musicians... the influence of the cinema...I was never very good...but Les Shaw went on to be one of the top young jazz drummers in the country...he is still playing and is very much part of the local jazz scene in Nottingham at the age of 70+ great memories."
Sid Wheeldon ...Talking about GUY FAWKING
Hi Guys, talking of Guy's I know we've spoken about bonfire nights etc but we haven',t I don't think, spoken about Guy Fawking a couple of weeks prior. My best spot was either end of the old Victoria station tunnel, it could be by some classed as Begging but to some of us it not only got to buy a few Crackers & Bangers with a Catherine Wheel & Jumping Jack thrown in, but also a couple of Sat Morning Flicks at mostly Cavo or Empress; so Begging or not, it was and could be Lucrative if you spent a couple of hours after school & Sunday afternoon. Typical spots was outside Both Picture houses mentioned,local pubs but Woe betide you if Dad saw us or someone told him - which was usual in my case but nevertheless it was Fun. I remember that some Policeman frowned upon it and told you to go home most times some rougher ones gave you a clip with those leather gloves but in general it was accepted by most grown ups that in them days is what kids did, same as Carol singing. My Favourite Guy was one of my mates, who shall, to avoid Embarassing him, remain nameless sat in the old rickity pushchair or old pram in his own clothes & a bit of soot all over is face (he still had Remnants of the soot on his face at school the next day lol ) - he could sit there without moving for ages.. this my Friends is the honest truth - wonderful Times - Wonderful Memories.(p.s. the lad I'm talking about in the Pram became successful in Business.. ..
Learning Football skills on the Chase - a pot leg ....and other wonderful stuff
Learnt our Footballing Skills on the piece of Hallowed Turf behind those Old Phone boxes. Sometimes Kenny Wheat took his Pot Leg off and used it as a second Goal Post - he played in goal & despite having 1 leg was Quite a Decent Goalie. He'd dive all over the place, then we'd take it in turns after the match (which went on for hours) to put him on our shoulders and Carry him home to Cathcart Street along with his Pot Leg being carried by another lad because he'd hurt his stump. Bless him but he was as tough as old Boots. Bless him. If anyone is at City hospital and sees a tall lad with the Newspaper Trolley around the wards and a limp that's Kenny- he does a lot of Voluntary work there.. for the W.V.S. & others- say hello ok
MONDAY MORNING AT THE PAWN SHOP
I was in this class (Morley) It was 1A/ 61 the lad far right back row was David Campbell, the lad 3rd right front row was david walker, lots of the class missing off this photo I think they had 2 in fact 3 sittings so many of us but it
Was always Monday morning so I wouldn't have been on any of them as every Monday I was at the pawn shop with half of Cathcart street's bundles in a big pram of brown paper parcels and a list of what they wanted, money wise (this is honestly true Folks lol)
Memories were sparked by Audrey's evocative piece...see the conversation that followed...please add your own memories.....
Call of the street
We were rooted in cobblestones, reared in terraced rows. One cold water tap, and lav inconveniently in the yard. Our houses - brick for brick identical, were built by Victorians. Cost something like tuppence for a pound of lard.
Some strange set ups in front rooms, houses turned shops. Dark narrow entries that you daren't go down at night. We'd clamber about bombsites. Climb walls and lampposts, swinging by our ankles from the scariest heights.
No bathrooms, and in our backyards we had, wash mangle, dolly tub, ash bin and grate. The constant rumble of factories, thick smoke and smog. Chips eaten out of newspaper. Credit on the slate.
Long queues by picture houses. Rowdy public houses. Winter ice inside windows, and we cuddle tight. Mam pitched an extra blanket right the way across us. Goodnight, god bless - don't let the bugs bite.
NEWSPAPER FOR CHIPS and the outside loo!
Dianne Forbes chips eaten out of newspaper and a bag of fritbites lol I can remember cutting newspaper up into squares and threading them on some string and hanging them in the outside loo lol what our bottoms must of looked like lol
Clarence George-Antonio Shim Hey Audrey Most of Us in St Ann who are over 50 know this this kind of Living, It was still Like this in The late Sixties Early Seventies Good Analogy
DRINKING LEMON DASH
Angie Miles hot sticky evenings. dad used to go down to Mrs. Bates, the beer off with the beer jug. We all used to sit on the front step drinking lemon dash. Me in my pyjamas. Mine were short legged baby dolls with moons and green candlesticks on them. We bought them from Patrick and Greens. Drinking lemon dash
WHEN THE MINERS WENT ON STRIKE
Clarence George-Antonio Shim I remember in 1970 when The Miners went strike and we only had electricity four hours a day, I used to go down the The wessie Off license and Buy My Dad his Stones Ginger Wine, while i was there I would change to put Money in the gas and Electric Meters, boy they were some interesting times,