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Date Posted: 02:54:18 05/16/06 Tue
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Hi Again
What a joy recently departing for the First time from Liverpool Airport. Having lived in Speke from the Age of 2 in 1953 and watching the airport develope. Original area consisted on the 'DAMWOODS. trees from Oglet lane, Now the start of the Runway. The woods was outlined towards Hale road with the Playing Field where Speke schools transfered the Pupils by Bus to the Then New changing Rooms. Many Sporting events took place with regular vcenues for football and Baseball teams. That was the Early 60's and all gone and fence with the new Airp[ort Boundary.
Ther used to be a little farm House cottage on the Grass verge at the top of Eastern Avenue oposite the Dove and Olive. Doe's anyone Reember It.??. Flying in over Speke lets you pick out the memories but sadley with Time and Changes not Mutch to see anymore.' I'M Glad that the days walk into Hale will newver Change and we thought we where in a different Country when we where kids. Does anyone Remember a Competition with # 'KELLOGS' CORNFLAKES; to win a Luxury Country Home. Well That HOUSE IS STILL THERE IN HALE on the Right hand side 3rd or 4th after the Hale garage on the Right. I've always wondered Who Won''
Changes will always be made but the Asmespere of Speke in those days is only a memory but GOOD memories from a clasic childhood.
Cheers Again Rob.

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[> Re: INTO THE ''''21 ST CINTURY.;;''' -- ROB TITCHEN, 05:48:14 06/15/06 Thu (

HI Tom
Have you heard the news 22 million on hotel ??? for the airport.Great for those who can afford to use it. What will will the visitors think when then pass through Speke.
The money would be better spent on the community and housing inprovements. landscaping would give a better outlook and could benifit the whole area, '''but alass. 'NOT TO BE.' the only advantage of the Hotel it will create many jobs.
Will they never realise the pride that people have in the Speke area and so many Councel houses are now owned. This is because of the nature of the people and the place as a whole. Tenants in the early 50s & 6os never had the opertunity or morgage facilities to buy as they where council owed, and you could not buy them.''. The Majority of the houses where well looked after and often in my early would pass painters up ladders. They would be doing the 'CORPY' green on the gates and busy with facias and window painting. WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE THIS being Done These days. !!!!!!. They put a gate or door on unpainted let it rot for a few years then they decide to send a painter to fill the rot holes and paint it. How 'Sad is that.''
Anyway I LOVE a good Moan,'' But I Miss Speke as we all do, everyones childhood sets a bsic path for your future Adult Years. I had A GREAT childhood and enjoy life to the Full.
My Way of THinking is 'THIS IS NOT A REHEARSAL' you Don't get a second chance. Boy am I Glad I experienced the Old Speke in it's hey day.'''

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[> [> Re: INTO THE ''''21 ST CINTURY.;;''' -- Tom Ryder, 16:57:05 03/01/07 Thu (

You are right Rob....Speke was one of the greatest places to be for children in the 50's and 60's. We were close to town and yet we had all the facilties of the country with the woods, the ponds and the shoreline at Oglet. What more could a kid want.....paradise? Now Oglet is home to the "Fly Tippers" and the woods have all gone and the ponds built on or filled in. No more fishing on a Saturday morning with your mates at the "Millies". That, I guess is progress but the cost was a high one to pay with the destruction of the countryside, depriving all the future generations of ever knowing what it was like to live in that environment. Sad........

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- BOBBYJONES, 01:40:22 07/03/06 Mon (


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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- jim (kellogs house), 06:54:54 03/01/07 Thu (

sorry to disapoint you about the kellogs house but the house you mean was built by the calvert family.they owned a department store in widnes and one in frodsham. this info is from my ma in law dolly who cleaned for them in the 80s. they moved to a bungalow next to hale post office nice people, sadly no longer with us.

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- Tom Ryder, 05:48:57 03/03/07 Sat (

Calverts owned a shop in Albert Road, Widnes. As far as I know it was Charlie who built the house in between the thatched houses on Hale Road and he lived there for years. Then the Calverts moved into the bungalow which was next door to the Post Office and which was originally built by Mrs Lynch. Mrs Lynch previously run the village shop which is now the Hale post office. After Mrs Lynch the shop was run by Yan Imink ( don't know if that's spelled right) Then Yan moved to Ivy Farm Court shops and opened a small supermarket. The original Post Office was located next to the Smithy and it was run by Mrs Nailor. Next door to the bungalow was Doctor Mercer's surgery and house. Just a little more information I found by asking the locals.

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[> [> Re: FLYING HIGH -- emma cliffe, 17:08:31 01/15/14 Wed (

Hi my dad worked at calverts when he left school.he has great memorys.i think he worked on the curtains.i remember a cafe.my dad wud take me there.it was the one in widnes.his name is alan travers. My mum said she got my clothes from there.he left to work on widnes buses and crosvile in runcorn x

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- Kelvin Christie, 15:04:13 04/23/10 Fri (

What a great read Rob..

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- bob walker, 09:03:49 03/19/13 Tue (

hi, tom the little cottage you mentioned by the dove was later speke boys club mr daniels run it i think. i beleive paulmac went ther

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- John Cartmell., 09:33:44 11/25/13 Mon (

I lived in the flats (now gone!) on Ganworth Road, opposite
the park. I remember the old farmhouse opposite the dove & olive, at one time it was Speke Boys Club, affiliated to the National Association of Boys Clubs. I lived in ganworth road
1955-1966, & remember the area well. There was some prosperity in Speke when the Ford plant opened, around 1960, & the long gone industrial estates were busy. The people of Speke deserve a lot more than they have now, & investment in real jobs would be a start.

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[> Re: FLYING HIGH -- bll blackett, 11:23:01 01/30/14 Thu (

yes rob,i remember that little farmhouse very well.for a while it was a boys club,table tennis and what not.just somewhere for us to go.in the summer we were gone all day in the woods and fields,no computers to slow us down!i have lived in Canada many years now,but remember it well.bill blackett (alwain green).

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