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Memories of Huyton
My husband and I celebrate our Golden Wedding on Sat 5th Oct 2013. We had our wedding reception in the barracks, I remember we ran out of beer and my husband had to go the pub next door (The Blue Bell Inn) and buy more beer. We had a great time there, the only thing to marr the night was that our wedding video was stolen from a car while we were in the hall. But happy to say we are still together and looking forward to celebrating fifty years together.
We loved the flics on a Saturday morning, mum got rid of us all for a few hours we got our sweets in the Mayfare sweet shop opporsite before going in. It was always 'cowboys and indians', that's why it was called 'the ranch'.Sometimes the film would snap - well it snapped a lot and when it did we would all bang our feet. It was great, you could hear it outside, great fun - I don't remember anybody getting thrown out. My friend was posh and her mum paid for us to go upstairs, what a treat, but it was better downstairs with the gang. Carol May (nee Bott), I am 65 now, born in 1947.
These barracks were used as the recruit training centre for the Territorial Army and all volunteers serving with the 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment completed basic training here in the 1960's before passing out to "trade training" with the Royal Signals. I completed my initial training here and quickly went on to train in Germany at RAF Geilenkirchen with the 42nd Signal Squadron. Altough the official MOD records show RAF Geilenkirchen closing in January 1968, it continued in service as a training location for the Territorial Army. I served there in November 1968 with 33rd (Lancashire and Cheshire) Signal Regiment on exercises for my annual camp. I recall US servicemen were also based there so it would have been used as a NATO base (AFCENT, Allied Forces Central Europe). As a German speaker I had more than my fair share of guard duty on the main gate interpreting for the GI's, as it seemed the US Army posted mainly black soldiers on the gate and they needed language... Read more
I can remember Huyton when it was a village, in the 1950s. The Police Station was at the end of Derby Rd. not far from St Micheal's Church. At the other end was Richardson's , a grocery shop which often had a ginger cat on the steps. My mother would buy her groceries here and I can remember sugar being weighed out into blue bags.
About half way down Derby Rd. was the council offices with a War Memorial outside and close by was a small track which took you to an open space with swings and a sandpit.
No supermarkets in those days!
The NHS clinic was close to the underway pass to the station but on ths opposite side of the road, the library was in the road behind.
The Mayfair Picture House
I left Huyton to go in the army in 1956 and met my lovely wife and stayed in Wiltshire but never forgot The Mayfair picture house. It was Joey Dutton and me who started calling it 'The Ranch' because of all the cowboy pictures.
Alamein Barracks at Huyton
I had never even heard of Huyton, much less been there until I joined the Territorial Army in 1967. I had enlisted at a recruiting office in Manchester and attended the Alamein Barracks for my basic training in 1967.
In those far off days we wore our uniform instead of civvies when leaving the barracks and I have happy memories of a bunch of us "squaddies" riding on the top of a double decker bus into Liverpool city centre for an evening's entertainment!
The trouble with this was that the beery evening always seemed to be followed by an early start the next morning! Believe me Corporal Stewart's drill was not the best cure for a hangover. Sometimes instead of drill we would pile into the back of a "three-tonner" and drive out to the nearest firing ranges at Altcar.
I passed out successfully and was posted to the 42 East Lancashire Squadron of the Lancs Yeomanry - soon to become 33rd Signal Regiment. ... Read more
All my life I have lived minutes away from the famous Liverpool and Manchester railroad, opened 1830 by the Duke of Wellington, Prime Minister, fifteen years after Waterloo, and have daily heard the trains travelling along the Roby embankment, north of historic Bowring Park in Roby, which was gifted in 1906 by William Benjamin Bowring, first elected Lord Mayor of Liverpool. I cannot recall them ever not running! Decades of uninterrupted train service, from wonderful steam locomotives to present day diesel. Unbelievably to be electrified in the near future. How awful to have pylons attached to that famous line. I would support any endeavours to have it listed as a World Heritage Site, being the first of its type in the world. Thank you for reading this. Friends of Bowring Park are organising a heritage project this year, if anyone is interested in taking part. Tel: 0151 482 1116