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Genealogy / Re: Robert Lees born 1762 and family Hurst
« on: December 29, 2015, 05:25 PM »
"Robert Heap of Stealey" is likely to have meant "Robert Heap of Staley". which came under Cheshire.

Genealogy / Re: Josiah Lancashire Hadfield
« on: December 22, 2015, 01:05 AM »
Fascinating, Taddy.  :)

Talking about Ashton / Re: Ashton Pictures
« on: November 25, 2015, 11:23 PM »

There will be a lift, Fudge, so you won't have to struggle up those metal steps!

Luckily, those of us living in the Ashton area are not affected by this. Only the Preston / Fylde / Blackpool area.

Memory Lane / Re: Wakes week
« on: July 03, 2015, 06:36 PM »
At the time the 'Lobby Lud' challenge started, in 1927, 5 was worth around 250 in today's money. It was started by the Westminster Gazette, which was taken over by the Daily News, which was taken over by the Daily Mail.

Each day, the paper published the name of the resort 'Lobby' would be visiting, along with a description of 'Lobby'. To claim the money, people had to be carrying a copy of that day's paper and say the words "You are Lobby Lud and I claim my 5."

Apparently a lot of people went up to Lobby and said things like "'Ere - you're that Lobby Lud, ain't you?" to which Lobby would reply "You're making a mistake." Usually the challengers would just apologise and walk off.

It was the Daily Mirror that copied the idea with its own character, 'Chalkie White', which was the name of cartoon character Andy Capp's friend.

Looking for family or friends... / Re: STAMFORD BOYS SCHOOL
« on: June 19, 2015, 10:08 PM »
Nowt else posted under this topic, but plenty posted under other topics.

Since the last time you popped in, Stamford School has been demolished and the site is being developed as a primary school and a housing estate.

You may like to see Vanessa's video of the old Stamford School buildings shortly before they were demolished.

Memory Lane / Re: PUBS IN ASHTON
« on: June 14, 2015, 06:52 PM »
There was a bowling green at the back of the Gardener's Arms.

General Discussion / Re: ELECTIONS 2015
« on: May 27, 2015, 10:44 PM »

Talking about Ashton / Re: A building dies...
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:10 PM »
I will try to find out what is happing to the Plaque

Tameside Council has the plaque stored safely, Fudge.

General Discussion / Re: Missing member
« on: March 16, 2015, 06:44 PM »
Ian is a regular poster the the Ashton under Lyne Now and Then group on Facebook.

Those who live here will recognise the Ladysmith Shopping Centre, and also the TV ad that this video is spoofing.

Those who live in far flung lands should know that this is based on a TV ad, and that the Ladysmith Shopping Centre is what was once known as 'The Precinct'.

See video here:

Talking about Ashton / Re: Market webcam back
« on: March 04, 2015, 02:22 AM »
Posted by Kevin Buckley on Facebook.

The good old days, with no sign of rubbish, eh?

Talking about Ashton / Re: Tameside Council Offices video
« on: February 21, 2015, 05:28 PM »
We didn't go into the staff cafeteria, Fudge, out of respect to the staff that were eating their lunch in there at the time of our visit.

Memory Lane / Re: Reminiscing
« on: February 17, 2015, 01:02 AM »
Thanks. I'm glad that, in these times where everyone seems to be on Facebook, this forum still has a useful purpose.

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