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    Default THE CHANGING FACE OF SPEKE

    On my way to work this morning i suddenly realised Speke is no longer the place i knew as a child. All the old factorys have gone theres a hotel on the old sports field the parade shops have gone and they have just completed anew shopping development on the old "ralla".If any body has photos would love to see them i.e. Whitley Lang and Neil factory (that used to look posh) Evans Medical, Cousins Bakery Metal Box ,Lockeeds, Dunlops,Standards and all the old factorys off Woodend Ave. Would be great to here from old friends from Evans Medical (1974 to 1978) and memorys of Speke in the "good old days"


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    Anything to do with Peel Holdings, 123Dave?
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    as in me? no lived and worked in speke all my life but would be curious to know how much of speke they have got hold of

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    Sorry, Dave, I meant the new developments, not you personally.

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    The new dobbies garden development is excellent!

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    We moved out in 1961 and on occasional visits back it seems to have changed every time. The prefab I grew up in is long gone, as are both schools I went to. Don't really recognise the place anymore - just got loads of happy memories.

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    i remember the roundabout by Mothaks and being sent there on a friday to wait for the lorrys carring the wood from the timber yar(now Speke retail park) just waiting for one to tip over with the order "make sure you get 2x2"

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    I used to work in the 'owzin office in the 1990s, head to go and pick some gym equipment my wife bought off ebay the other day. I've known about the Morrisons & Parklands development, but was glad to see further improvements taking place in the estate itself and the old parade area, couldnt get my head around North and South Parad now being two way traffic.

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    solicitors heaven when they did that imagine being in the outside lane an the 82 comin right at ya scary

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    A bit before your time there Dave123! but I remember Speke when the only roads on the left of Western Ave., were Linner Rd and Loval Rd. nothing else but fields, ponds, Bluebell Woods, etc and a great place for us kids to explore, and we could walk all the way back to Garston via paths, and fields, over railway lines, and never get on to any roads!!! Ah! great memories!!

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    Remember the Whitley,Lang,and Neil place well,very modern,but still went with all the others! What school did you go to?

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    Stockton Wood then All Hallows Whitleys now Peoples Ford and the Metal Box is now airport car parking

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    Stockton Wood then All Hallows Whitleys now Peoples Ford and the Metal Box is now airport car parking
    I was at All Hallows one year only - '66 to '67.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    Stockton Wood then All Hallows Whitleys now Peoples Ford and the Metal Box is now airport car parking
    Still got my All Hallows school reference,which I got told,was very important! ......no-one ever asked for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Still got my All Hallows school reference,which I got told,was very important! ......no-one ever asked for it!
    Still got mine as well - very creative, silk purse from a sow's ear!

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    and mine all it said was "took part in school activities such as the choir" anythin to get out of maths

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    and mine all it said was "took part in school activities such as the choir" anythin to get out of maths


    Can't for the life of me,remember the headmasters name (68-70) which demonstrates the positive influence it had on me..........none,I'm afraid!

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    Fred Roberts Head Deputy Mr Oakley english Mr McGrail Biology Mr Marr Science Mr Craig Art Mr Hart Geogragphy Mr McCabe thats all i can remember
    Last edited by 123dave; 09-08-2011 at 07:01 PM. Reason: add info

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    Fred Roberts was a nice guy. He lived just around the corner from us and I knew his kids quite well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    Fred Roberts Head Deputy Mr Oakley english Mr McGrail Biology Mr Marr Science Mr Craig Art Mr Hart Geogragphy Mr McCabe thats all i can remember
    Mr.Roberts sounds familiar,wasn't there a guy with a wooden leg,who used to doze off? I can't say I was around there, as much as I should have been,in my final year! Apparently,there's no trace of the school, now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Mr.Roberts sounds familiar,wasn't there a guy with a wooden leg,who used to doze off? I can't say I was around there, as much as I should have been,in my final year! Apparently,there's no trace of the school, now!
    Mr McCabe, I think.

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    Mr Naylor woodwork

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    Mr Naylor woodwork
    Sounds familiar....woodwork,ha,ha!

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    The guy who took metalwork gave me a lot of encouragement and played a part in me deciding on an engineering apprenticeship. Bit embarrassed I can't remember his name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    The guy who took metalwork gave me a lot of encouragement and played a part in me deciding on an engineering apprenticeship. Bit embarrassed I can't remember his name.
    Small fella with glasses thats all i can remember about him but taught me somethin usefull about motorbike gear shifts when the spline is worn "file two flats on the spline then hammer the gear lever on" worked a treat

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    Quote Originally Posted by 123dave View Post
    Small fella with glasses thats all i can remember about him but taught me somethin usefull about motorbike gear shifts when the spline is worn "file two flats on the spline then hammer the gear lever on" worked a treat
    Yes, that's him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    The guy who took metalwork gave me a lot of encouragement and played a part in me deciding on an engineering apprenticeship. Bit embarrassed I can't remember his name.
    Mr Oldfield metalwork Mr Dawson woodwork Mr Howard woodwork just a few more n ames for you Kev oh and Mr Reagan Hstory and English Mr Fowler French Mr Campbell History and Football

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    Default All Hallows/Pope John Paul II

    Mr Campbell History - Left around 1990.
    Mr Naylor Woodwork - Same as above.
    Mr Duffy Metalwork - Looked like a mad Father Xmas. Left around 89-90. Was mates with Mr Naylor - both as mad as a box of frogs.
    Mr Marr Science - Left around 91. If I remember rightly the poor sod never got over the death of his missus and never returned.

    My mam and dad always say that the worst thing they did to that school was letting it become a mixed school (naming it Pope John Paul II in the process) rather than boys and girls. It had become a shambles by the time I left in 92 and only lasted for a few years after.

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    Here at the cast of 'little Billy' at All Hallows school taken in June 1969.



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    Many changes for the good over the years. The place still has a lot of undesirables.

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