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    ALLERTON?S cinema will close its doors next week after 70 years of showing films to the people of south Liverpool. Read


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    Probably went there about once a week through the early to mid 60s. Wasn't it a Gaumont in those days?

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    So the Landlord has given Odeon notice to leave, I wonder what bar chain has come in with a better offer then. I hope it doesn't lie empty for years. One problem to me would be the fact that if anyone does take over the site,they would have to install lifts etc to reach the top floor, bit of a ball ache really.

    Maybe now they will update the frontage of the building, to me it lets down Allerton rd.

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    Hopefully It doesn't become a bar, theres enough of them on the end of Allerton road.

    I don't remember Virgin owning It either, they owned the Edge Lane Cinema but the Allerton was only Canon and ABC before the Odeon.
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Unhappy saturday mornings

    we come along on saturday morning
    greeting everybody with a smile
    we come along on saturday morning
    knowing that it's all worth while



    and there wasn't a single bar either

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    Shame! probly another bar or even flats???

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    Quote Originally Posted by inky View Post
    we come along on saturday morning
    greeting everybody with a smile
    we come along on saturday morning
    knowing that it's all worth while
    and there wasn't a single bar either
    Inky, you just took me back 45 years to my Saturday mornings when I was 6 or 7.

    Get out of the pics and walk back to Perriam Rd stopping to play cowboys on the building site opposite Forthlin Rd then going into Haswells by Heath road spending the last of the pocket money on BlackJacks and Fruit Salad

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    Quote Originally Posted by raymman View Post
    Inky, you just took me back 45 years to my Saturday mornings when I was 6 or 7.

    Get out of the pics and walk back to Perriam Rd stopping to play cowboys on the building site opposite Forthlin Rd then going into Haswells by Heath road spending the last of the pocket money on BlackJacks and Fruit Salad
    Haswell's - there's a name from the past. Often spent my pocket money there. The guy who ran it had been in the Merchant Navy. When he gave the shop up he went back to sea and ended up in the same company as me.

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    The old Odeon was a pretty classy place and I remember the fountain in the foyer. I'm sure it had goldfish in it. The Mayfair in Aigburth was pretty upmarket too. That even had room for a massive ballroom on the first floor.

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    "Odeon"? In my day it was called the 'Plaza'

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdseye View Post
    The old Odeon was a pretty classy place and I remember the fountain in the foyer. I'm sure it had goldfish in it. The Mayfair in Aigburth was pretty upmarket too. That even had room for a massive ballroom on the first floor.
    I remember the fountain - quite plush. Also went to the Mayfair fairly often.

    In earlier days we used to go to the Saturday morning show at a flea pit we called The Lousy House. It was on the right hand side on the way out of Garston, at the top end of St Mary's road. Anyone remember the name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    I remember the fountain - quite plush. Also went to the Mayfair fairly often.

    In earlier days we used to go to the Saturday morning show at a flea pit we called The Lousy House. It was on the right hand side on the way out of Garston, at the top end of St Mary's road. Anyone remember the name?
    Yes Kevin, It was called The Lyceum!

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    Haswells,the sweetshop that stood at the corner of Heath Road and Mather Avenue,twas there in the '50's that Reggie Owen,Billy Dawber,Joey Lewis and me would get our chocolate cigars to augment our vienna loaves stuffed with hot chips and retire to the grass verge beneath the trees that led up to Woolton. Under the boughs we would talk of of sailing ships,sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Haswells was our sweet heaven, and many a boy from Gilmour Heath Road Secondary Modern chose to spend his dinner money there than in the purchase of a ticket for a school dinner. A shilling in those long ago days. I had forgotten the name of that wonderful shop until I saw that posting tonight.
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    It was indeed the Lyceum, became Garston Welding when it closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    Yes Kevin, It was called The Lyceum!
    That's the one. The kids used to stamp their feet and the whole building would shake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian daley View Post
    Haswells,the sweetshop that stood at the corner of Heath Road and Mather Avenue,twas there in the '50's that Reggie Owen,Billy Dawber,Joey Lewis and me would get our chocolate cigars to augment our vienna loaves stuffed with hot chips and retire to the grass verge beneath the trees that led up to Woolton. Under the boughs we would talk of of sailing ships,sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Haswells was our sweet heaven, and many a boy from Gilmour Heath Road Secondary Modern chose to spend his dinner money there than in the purchase of a ticket for a school dinner. A shilling in those long ago days. I had forgotten the name of that wonderful shop until I saw that posting tonight.
    BrianD

    Duncan, who ran it in the late 60s and early 70s, had been a navigating officer previously. He returned to sea in the late 70s, with Harrison Line. Never sailed with him but our paths crossed a few times.

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    The Lyceum, that was the flea pit that showed Xrated movies that we adolescent boys tried to get in to see, "Bitter Rice" with Anna Magnani and other foriegn films that were so rated. They were not like the semi porn that is on offer today but they were thought to be hot stuff then. On Saturday mornings the Lyceum was packed to the rafters,not like the posh Odeons or ABC's,there was no cinema club, just good old fashioned serials ,Flash Gordon,The Mystery Riders,Don Winslow USMC, Johnny MackBrown, we sat rapt as those old pre war films flickered on the screen.If a film was rubbish the kids booed and barracked ,and sometimes threw a bottle at the screen,which was full of patches. I actually saw a Tizer bottle hurled at it one matinee.It flickered and flashed in the projectors beam and went through the screen with a plop.We had to watch the rest of the show with a big black hole in the top corner of the screen. A big cheer went up as it went through ,must have been a bad movie.

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    Hi Brian D,
    Yes great memories of Heathy And Springwood in the forties our
    headmaster was Pop Little and he used to take all the sports,especialy
    swimming which I was best at,he used to take us to the Mather Ave,
    Police baths and when walking back to school, he would stop outside the
    shops, and say those with dinner money can fall out. There was a mad
    dash into Blackledges for a twopence three farthing crusty viener loaf, then
    into Costigans for a slice of marg which they had already cut up into thin
    slices even though it was rationed, and into Haswells for stickylice then we
    would walk back to school pulling the centre out for the birds so that we
    could drop marg to the bottom and squeeze it all the way back up to the
    top, and eat it on the way back. In the forties there was know chippy
    I'm sorry to say,I left Heathy in 1947.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.

    PS. was the plane still
    in the corner of the field.

    QUOTE=brian daley;163464]Haswells,the sweetshop that stood at the corner of Heath Road and Mather Avenue,twas there in the '50's that Reggie Owen,Billy Dawber,Joey Lewis and me would get our chocolate cigars to augment our vienna loaves stuffed with hot chips and retire to the grass verge beneath the trees that led up to Woolton. Under the boughs we would talk of of sailing ships,sealing wax and cabbages and kings. Haswells was our sweet heaven, and many a boy from Gilmour Heath Road Secondary Modern chose to spend his dinner money there than in the purchase of a ticket for a school dinner. A shilling in those long ago days. I had forgotten the name of that wonderful shop until I saw that posting tonight.
    BrianD[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by Tippo; 02-20-2009 at 07:02 PM.

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    Hi Tippo! You must be near the same age as myself! I too left Gilmour Heath Rd in 1946, but the Headmaster then was 'Peg Leg' Simpson. I still have my leaving certificate signed by him, My class teacher was a Mr Corrin, 'Big Fella' and used to wield a mean cricket bat! on the field of course! And the old Bi-Plane was long gone way back in the 50s I believe, don't know where it went to.
    The original owner of Heswells (Mr Heswell of course!) was a conservative councilor on the Liverpool City Council in those days. "So long ago"! so many memories! Cheers
    Last edited by Norm NZ; 02-20-2009 at 09:33 PM.

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    Re Bi-Plane in Heath Rd School grounds: Does anyone know what make it was??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippo View Post
    [I][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Red"]In the forties there was know chippy
    I'm sorry to say,I left Heathy in 1947.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.
    Tippo,
    You are right about the chippy - there wasn't one on Heath Road until the
    80s sometime - think it was the wool shop that became a Chinese. The nearest chippy before that was at the shops near the cenotaph, at the end of Long Lane - close to South Liverpool's ground.
    Kevin

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    Thumbs up Heathy.

    Hi Norm,
    Correct it was Simmo at Heathy, pop Little was the head at Springy.
    Corrin was one of the teachers Dyson, Bleasey bill, my teacher Killer Miller,
    along with Leonard Toft. who also coached me in swimming.
    Staiton, or as named Satin. Brown woodwork, Butcher woodwork,
    Miss Greyham Art, Miss Bruce, Joe Gibson, Ermson the caretaker.
    Norm was there a chap called Wingy in the training school with
    and a George who married one of best looking girls in "Bear Brand"
    one of the Storton girls, they and their mother got killed in the Stockport
    air crash disaster.
    And was Clarence Bunting one of your teachers in the old KB dept later to
    become room FF4.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.

    PS,
    I think Dyson, used to play for Lanc's,


    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    Hi Tippo! You must be near the same age as myself! I too left Gilmour Heath Rd in 1946, but the Headmaster then was 'Peg Leg' Simpson. I still have my leaving certificate signed by him, My class teacher was a Mr Corrin, 'Big Fella' and used to wield a mean cricket bat! on the field of course! And the old Bi-Plane was long gone way back in the 50s I believe, don't know where it went to.
    The original owner of Heswells (Mr Heswell of course!) was a conservative councilor on the Liverpool City Council in those days. "So long ago"! so many memories! Cheers
    Last edited by Tippo; 02-26-2009 at 12:24 AM.

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    Thumbs up Chippy.

    Hi Kev,
    Yes I remember that chippy, and a school mate named Reggie Griffiths
    used to live over "Abba's" news agents, got it wrong with Diables shop.
    thats where I got my fishing tackle at the top of St, Mary's Rd.
    Great memories.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Tippo,
    You are right about the chippy - there wasn't one on Heath Road until the
    80s sometime - think it was the wool shop that became a Chinese. The nearest chippy before that was at the shops near the cenotaph, at the end of Long Lane - close to South Liverpool's ground.
    Kevin
    Last edited by Tippo; 03-13-2009 at 11:50 AM.

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    Hi Tippo! I do remember some of the names from Heath Rd, Bill Blease, Mr Brown, and "Joe Gibson'! theres a name to remember, he was one of my teachers at Banks Rd school!! as for Howard Ford names, can't say I remember the ones you mention, sorry, Jimmy Hodges operated the machine next to mine in rm 2, I think it was his family that ran the Grapes Pub. Cheers

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    Thumbs up Lyceum.

    Hi Brian D,
    Bitter Rice, wasn't it" Silvana Mangano".

    cheer's,

    Tippo.




    Quote Originally Posted by brian daley View Post
    The Lyceum, that was the flea pit that showed Xrated movies that we adolescent boys tried to get in to see, "Bitter Rice" with Anna Magnani and other foriegn films that were so rated. They were not like the semi porn that is on offer today but they were thought to be hot stuff then. On Saturday mornings the Lyceum was packed to the rafters,not like the posh Odeons or ABC's,there was no cinema club, just good old fashioned serials ,Flash Gordon,The Mystery Riders,Don Winslow USMC, Johnny MackBrown, we sat rapt as those old pre war films flickered on the screen.If a film was rubbish the kids booed and barracked ,and sometimes threw a bottle at the screen,which was full of patches. I actually saw a Tizer bottle hurled at it one matinee.It flickered and flashed in the projectors beam and went through the screen with a plop.We had to watch the rest of the show with a big black hole in the top corner of the screen. A big cheer went up as it went through ,must have been a bad movie.

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    Hey Tippo,you're right it was ,all I can remember is the stills outside the Lyceum showing the flashing thighs and big bosoms.
    Mr Blease was still at Heath Rd in 1956 as was Mr Brown,Peg Leg Simpson was headmaster, Mr Jameson ,Mr Reed ,Mr Williams ,Mr Calcutt ,Mr Bagot, Mr Parry,Mr Hughes,Mr Butler,Bert Holmes, and Mr Hamilton are just some of the other masters I recall from the first half of the 50's.
    Anyone got any old pics?

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    Thumbs up Black Horse.

    Hi Norm,
    Not certain but I think the Hodges took over the Black Horse
    sometime after my G/father left,and Jim was married to Joan Quick
    herself a Woolton girl and they lived in Widnes until Jim died
    somethink like 5/6yrs ago not sure if is wife Joan is still alive.
    FF 2. was Alec Heuwin a red headed chap in charge at that time.
    Letty Edwards was the boss needle plier in room two, did you play
    footbal up the woods in the dinner hour.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.


    Quote Originally Posted by Norm NZ View Post
    Hi Tippo! I do remember some of the names from Heath Rd, Bill Blease, Mr Brown, and "Joe Gibson'! theres a name to remember, he was one of my teachers at Banks Rd school!! as for Howard Ford names, can't say I remember the ones you mention, sorry, Jimmy Hodges operated the machine next to mine in rm 2, I think it was his family that ran the Grapes Pub. Cheers

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    [QUOTE=Tippo;164001][I][SIZE="4"][COLOR="Red"] Hi Norm,
    Not certain but I think the Hodges took over the Black Horse
    sometime after my G/father left,and Jim was married to Joan Quick
    herself a Woolton girl and they lived in Widnes until Jim died
    somethink like 5/6yrs ago not sure if is wife Joan is still alive.
    FF 2. was Alec Heuwin a red headed chap in charge at that time.
    Letty Edwards was the boss needle plier in room two, did you play
    footbal up the woods in the dinner hour.

    Cheer's,

    Tippo.
    Hi Tippo, Thanks for the info, sorry to hear about Jimmy! he , and another chap, (who operated the same machine as Jimmy, different shift) were both at my wedding reception at the church hall next to the 'Rose of Mossley' in Rose lane, way back in 1956. and yes, Alec Heuwin was the superviser in Rm 2. As for the 'footy' no, I remember we only had a half hour for lunch! do'nt forget, we were on piece work! so had to keep those machine's going!! Brian D,s comments re the teachers was interesting, I was in Cyprus, and the Suez Canal Zone in the early fifties, doing National Service!!! I wish some of those teachers were with me over there!!!! Cheers

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    Thumbs up School Mates.

    Hi Norm,
    About a month ago I was in my Local the Unicorn :PDT_Aliboronz_24
    :and a chap was talking to a mate of mine and he said to him this freind
    of mine Pedder I said excuse but did you say Pedder and answered yes,
    I said Alan Pedder a blonde fellow, he said yes why I told him I went to
    school with him and that was the last time I saw him. Last night In the
    Unicorn the chap gave me a Phone No, when I get
    back from my daughters next week I will give him a call he's only 2mls up
    the road from me, can you recall him Norm, god their all comeing out of
    the woodwork I never thought there was so many pupils at Heathy
    LoL:PDT_Aliboronz_24:
    Cheer's, Norm.

    Tippo.
    PS.
    The pick weilder because
    I live next to Cronton
    Coliery,
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    Hi Tippo! Yes I remember Alan Pedder, he was probably a year or so younger than me, same age as one of my childhood friends, Bobby Nugent!
    Hope Kev does'nt mind this exchange of personal expairiences!! pity we don't have the Pers.Message system back. Cheers

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