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I attended Fairfield Secondary in the 60's, does any one remember Miss Anker's (Fannie) and the Headmistress Miss Ridyard (Dolly)? I was born at Widnes Maternity Home and lived on Alder Avenue while attending Fairfield, I also attended Fairfield Primary School, which was also located on Peelhouse (...Read full memory)

I went to the School that is hiding behind the phone kiosk and the trees on the right of this photo and then later to the school in Spinney Avenue There was a sweet shop opposite the school just where that car is parked and there was a bus stop there going down Ditchfield Road. What I remember about the school, (...Read full memory)

I was a pupil at West Bank Primary School in Widnes. I was in the infants in 1954. I loved this school. I can't remember the name of the HeadMistress at the time but John Wilcox took over when I moved up to the juniors. My maiden name is Maegan Edwards. My dad ran the Angel pub. Some of the pupils in my class (...Read full memory)

I was born in Widnes Maternity Home in 1946. Not sure if that was the correct name. My parents lived on Boston Avenue in Runcorn and my grandparents on Taylor’s row. It was great finding this site. I’m going to look at the pictures of Widnes and just marvel at it.

Are there any pics of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Junior School from the 1960s? It was the only school I liked going to. We were the first children to go when it opened in 1967. I was in the 4th year and was the only one who passed the 11+ that year. We had a lovely teacher called Mr Kilburn and Mr Conlon was the headmaster.

I remember the flats well and the Labour Club. I used to go to the club and had my wedding reception there in the 70s. I lived on Heralds Close and then moved to Avondale Drive. We used to play on that field by GUS. It seems like yesterday.

I tried to post on the board earlier, but may have botched up. But if it appears twice. Whoopsie! Now, I'm going back a bit... My grandparents Annie and Arthur Booth and their daughter (my mum) Barbara lived on Sadler street #4, subsequently moving to Princes Road #60, I'm guessing mid to late 30's. Possibly (...Read full memory)

I started school in September 1945 at Farnworth C of E School in Pit Lane. When I started school my dad worked at the Co Op as "first hand" in various shops in Widnes. Our headmaster was Mr. Turton and he was an excellent man! We had a very good primary education and I sat the 11 plus in the early months (...Read full memory)

I was born in major cross st in 1947,then in1953 lived in Smith rd and stated at st Maries . I would like to see any photos from that time at st Maries i did have some but now long gone.

This was where I was born in 1953 I lived there in a two bed terrace with my mum and dad 5 sisters and 1 brother also my nan and grandad we stayed there till my dad won the pool's in 1960 50.000 pounds I went to simms cross school and then Kingsway secondary I had then moved to Milton road I left (...Read full memory)