Ashfield Road c1955, Sale
Memories of Ashfield Road c1955, Sale
Sale & local memories
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Dancing at the Sale Locarno; Bobby Charleton and David Pegg would be there with other Manchester United football players (Busby Babes), all of us girsl would be waiting for them to ask us to dance. Before, we would go to the Bulls Head to have a baby Seal or Baby Champaine. In those days they had a men's room and we would look over the counter to see who would be going to the Locarno, what wonderful memories of Sale. I was born there on Hope Road and left for California USA in 1960.
Town Hall Bombing During The Second World War
During the Second World War my mother lived in a flat opposite the Town Hall, above Partington's. She had been suffering with a very bad cold and had been recommended a cure that involved consuming rather more alcohol than she was accustomed to. Apparently she used to look out of the window each morning at the Town Hall clock, to check the time. The morning after the night before, she attempted her usual ploy, only to find that the clock tower had disappeared during the night. The Germans had bombed the Town Hall and my mother had slept right through the entire episode.
I had a fantastic childhood living in Sale Moor. I suppose one of my most vivid memories was selling the evening paper "Empire News" from the front of the Temple Inn to the crowds attending the Warwick Picture house on Temple Road junction with Northenden Road. It used to cost twopence halfpenny and the customer almost always said to keep the change. I also worked for POP Wilkinson at the dairy on Marsland Road until I was 19 years old. A great place to live with so many happy memories.
I will always remember going to Sale Lido for the dancing. The Manager was called Ronald.B. Bloxham, he had a Van Dyke beard and he encouraged the lads to request a dance with a girl, and chat them up. It became the Locarno Ballroom later. We used to go to the local cinema called the Savoy.
Memories as Clear as Yesterday
I have clear and wonderful memories of 1958 and 1959 cycling down School Road and then Ashton Lane to my girlfriend Joan's house on Totnes Road. I remeber too, taking her into Woolworths to buy a hoop for her skirt which was very stylish then. I have thousands of wonderful and warm memories of those glorious years. A quieter, calmer, simpler time. How I miss those years. Although it's changed a bit since then, I can't wait to walk down School Road and Ashton lane again on my next visit.
Golden Days at The Locarno Ballroom And The Odeon
More of my golden memories from 1958/1959. Going dancing at the Locarno Ballroom with all the great music from that time ( Buddy Holly, Billy Fury, Marty Wilde, Cliff Richard and all the other greats and watching my girlfriend Joan win a Jive/Routine contest dancing to Buddy Holly's " Rave On", and going to the pictures at the Odeon. Precious Days, Precious Times.
I used to work in the TSB down School Road in 1965/1966. I walked up from Glebelands Road swinging my wicker basket. Sometimes I got a lift off the milkman, it took me longer but he was very nice. I spent my time watching them build Boots and the new precinct.
St Pauls Mission
I was 8 in 1950 and often walked from my house in Brindley Avenue near Dane Road Station to School Road. On the way I would pass the bombed out wereckage of St. Paul's church at the corner of Waverley, and Dargle. I didn't understand Latin writing then and always called it Saint Pavis's because of the latin 'V' for our 'U'. It was a great place to play in there as well. It is now a block of flats I think.
Town Hall Fire.
I am uncertain about the precise date. During the bombing of Trafford Park a stray bomber, probably with a stick of bombs stuck in the bomb doors, released a stick accross School Road up to the Town Hall. The bomb rack wrecked the front wheel of my fathers bike as he was riding it ! The Wardens did attack the fire relatively successfully. My father was the Deputy Chief Warden of Sale at the time. My aunt, who drove a white ambulance was stopped outside Woolworths when the bombs struck - an alarming experience.
Town Hall Fire
I also remember the town hall fire during the blitz. At that time the fire station was just behind the town hall and I understand that all the fire engines were deployed elsewhere during the night of the bombing. The story that circulated was that a team of air raid wardens with a stirrup pump were sent to put out the fire. I don't think they would have had much success. It sounds like an episode from Dad's Army.
The roof of the Town Hall was set alight by incendiary bombs in the heavy air-raids on Manchester and surrouding areas in late December 1940. I remember seeing it, being a young boy at the time. Sale is about six miles from Manchester centre.
Living And Working in Sale
In 1960-63 I lived in Stanley Grove off School Rd which is where they now have the Arndale. We moved into a pre-fab in Ashbourne Crescent at Sale Moor when they had plans for the Arndale. My first job was at Boots Chemist on School Rd in 1962 (not far to go to get to work). Later around 1964 I worked at Macfisheries also in School Rd opposite Woolworths, and my mum worked at George Masons in '62. When I was at school my cousin Brian and I used to have to go to the launderette on Ashfield Rd which was run by two ladies, and when the washing had had it's second soap in, there was about 20 mins before it was finished so we used to dash off to Woolworths to spend our 2/6p spends. We never got back on time and were constantly in trouble with the washer ladies because they had to get our washing out of the dryer for... Read more