Bradford, Tyrrell Street 1903
Memories of Bradford, Tyrrell Street 1903
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!
I well remember my wedding reception at Collinsons in April 1963. The pianist and violinist played "This is My Lovely Day" as my wife and I entered and proceeded to an upstairs room for the reception. Always a wonderful aroma of coffee near Collinsons Café alas like many Bradford landmarks; Phillip Smiths and Seabrook Fisheries... gone into the mists of time.
Memories of Bradford
Saturday mornings at The Roxy, Barkerend Road, Bradford were a magical event in the lives of 8 year olds plus in the 1950's. The film breaking down which it did every week to the sounds of a hundred kids stamping and yelling and booing. It's a wonder the cameran didn't go to an early grave through sheer "stress".....which was ...Read full memory
Ohh...if there was ever a place to find peace ...it was/is Chellow Dene. I was born at St. Lukes hospital in 1967. We lived on Manningham Drive until I was about five ...then moved to the new Dale Croft Estate on Sandy Lane and our house backed on to the quarry view. I had a west Highland Terrier called Tina and we spent so many ...Read full memory
I remember walking our dogs Bradley and Monty here. It was always beautiful. We now live in Australia and Brad came with us. He passed away peacefully in 2011. Monty stayed at home and also had a long life. Bitter sweet memories
One of Bradford’s famous literary sons was the author and playwright J B Priestley, who was born in Mannheim Road, Bradford, on 13 September 1894. J B Priestley provided Britain with a rather strange morale-boosting symbol during the Second World War – a meat and potato pie. The pie which ...Read full memory