Memories of Bradford
Oh the good old days !!! From 1938 to 1976, when we emigrated to Canada, I remember the places talked about in the other peoples memories having lived in Fitzgerald St until they tore it all down. I remember Paisley St, Grafton St, Earl St, Stirling St etc. When I was old enough to drink we used to go to the ...Read full memory
My dad, Teddy Burke, was Santa Claus at Busby's on Manningham Lane. He was certainly popular, since in the 1950s and 1960s the crowds lined the streets when he was due to arrive on his float. When he did appear, he played Christmas carols on his trumpet before making his entrance into the grotto. What few people knew was ...Read full memory
As a schoolboy in the 1960s I would generally go to the city centre to lunch with my parents so as to avoid school meals. Large stores offered various dining options. Collinson's had an ensemble on the ground floor playing popular classical works. The musicians would acknowledge regular customers with a slight bow and they would play “Happy Birthday” when so requested by regular patrons. The store had three tiers of restaurants with prices decreasing as floors were ascended. Brown, Muff & Co., “The Harrods of the North”, had in its restaurant area a “smoking room” in which gentlemen could retreat to eat and smoke undisturbed by feminine chatter. How different from the fast-food outlets of the early twenty-first century!
It is so nice to read all the memories of Bradford (the good old days). I went to the student club even though I wasn't a student! We would get a stamp on the wrist so we could go out to the Alessio for coffee. I worked as an hairdresser at Fould's in Manchester road and after work at the Majestic in the ...Read full memory