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I remember walking all the way down Manchester Road to St Joseph's Infant School, which at that time was on Grafton Street and part of the Girls School, it seemed to take ages, we walked past all the pubs and shops a real hive of activity. There were 40 pubs on Manchester Road and a brewery! I then moved to St Joseph's on (...Read full memory)

Born in Bradford in 1956, emigrated to Australia in 1969 (40 years this year). Memories of my grandma's house in Arum Street, Canturbury where I was born in her lounge room and going to church every Sunday morning in the snow. My mum and dad were both born in Bradford and still have family living there. Remember going to (...Read full memory)

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.

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)

I recall my grandmother, Florence Peyton, who lived in Little Horton Lane writing a poem about the Slum Clearance and High Rise Flats Programmes of the early 1960s. The poem was published in the Bradford Telegraph and Argus in the early 1960s. The Old Folks’ (...Read full memory)

When I was very young my dad used to drop me off at Carters cafe in Kirkgate market where my grandma use to work, her name was Ethel Johnson (nee Deacon), happy days. It's tragic seeing Bradford today, what a lovely compact shopping centre it had, my dad was a wool merchant and it was a close knit community of wool men.

The memories of this then hospital has remained with me 64 years. I survived a very serious kidney operation. At the time I dont' think a young child had ever survived. The surgery had been tried before me. The kidney doctor was called Mr. Hamilton Stewart. The ward paediatrician was called Dr. Rosenbloom and a ward (...Read full memory)

i was brought up in myrtle street all during the war ...i remember the Tivoli picture house, i well remember the life we lived ...so poor but a real community spirit...our doctor was Dr. Black, up Lapage St. we first went to Bowling Back Lane school then later to St. Peters in Leeds Road....i was 12 in 1945 and well remember (...Read full memory)

I grew up on Kingswood Terrace, Great Horton from 1942 - 1967 and have many memories of good times there. I enjoyed Scouting with the 3rd Bradford South Troop for many years at the old Bell School on Southfield Lane. I remember trying out all the pubs in the area particularly the Kings Arms and the Bull's Head (...Read full memory)

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)