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Jim's poem was complemented by a photo of his inspiring plaque which he donated to The Prince of Wales, Ledbury, the haunt of the Ledbury lowlife in need of encouragement. After all these prescient reminders the summer hols in the s still seemed to coagulate into a misty mess There were camping trips to Conway, Borth-y-Gest and Abersoch During these years transport was a serious problem for folk in the Northwich outback Mike Clifford had a posh motor bike Brian Wheeldon impressed us all when on his 17th birthday he managed to secure regular access to 'Annie', an impressive Ford Anglia Saloon, from then onwards chauffeured lifts into Chester kept Brian on free ale as eager passengers paid in pints.
We kept in touch with Brian at his wedding in at Whitegate Church and beer afterwards at The Woodpecker, Leftwich There we shared a drink with Brian but this time it wasn't beer The Kings Reunion was a sobering leap into the past But it was great to see many of the best of the reprobates who made the trip The reunion of the class of inspired Roger Vincent to provide a wealth of memorabilia rescued from the milieu of the s. All with ambitious intents of infiltrating The Queen School social scene.
Roger uncovered a photo of Mike Colledge tripping the light fantastic at the do in the Sarl Williams Hall in This goes a long way to explaining our choice of a reliable best man Mike had the extraordinary ability to dance coherently with the girls after a pint Also uncovered were the identities of the fabulous cricket team which proved to be of significant social and sporting importance Adam the Smith and Jimmie Watt!
At uni up there in the cold we learned how to drink 'heavy' In we were elected President of the 'University Jazz Club' which boasted the largest membership of all the clubs in the Union and thus some associated 'political kudos'. Participation in the 'University Athletic Club' was also good news, and such activity was respectfully marked with a garish scarf and recognised as a social good Soccer endeavors had been cut short as failing eyesight added to a general incompetence but hockey was a great wheeze as we met new friends and traveled around the environs.
Although we never sussed out the local vernacular we enjoyed superb all weather pitches where balls didn't get lost in the mud and you could learn strange stick skills Everyone was drinking 'heavy' By Vijay had the distinction of being the oldest friend on our Christmas card list Glasgow was at least ten years behind the times, London was the place to be!
Ted was a clerk in the railway office and regularly entertained a rum set of friends who were all ex Communist Party members. Whenever we were willing we were rolled in as bait at late evening discussions and tea drinking sessions. Without any personal animosity the problems were all to do with 'the system' run by 'the powers that be'; an elitist conspiracy. Our protestations about evolutionary outcomes came to naught, then and never since!
But strangely we learned just as much about life from Ted and his mates of revolutionary fervour than from the dour equations of thermodynamics. During the late s The Glasgow Students Union earned a fine reputation for political debate and we were enthusiastic listeners but never participants It seemed as if Adam the Smith was misunderstood within his own University? We recalled the best man of political substance at Adam Smith's place was 'conservative' Len Turpie who explained that universal 'moral sentiments' were the key to making life 'work' Nevertheless the open free thinking and beer in the 'Beer Bar' at the students union were refreshing tonics We always remembered Pat, one of our more reliable girl friends, who quite clearly established the ground rules -.
Apart from music, hockey, friends and beer we seemed to have little time left for 'Natural Philosophy', 'Daft Friday' and 'The Squeezey' And Dad did great turns with the chauffeuring and fixed my summer vacation work up at Stanlow! But on December 30th we were on our own and cycled home from Chester in the pouring rain. Christmas was a blast.
Vijay's spirit was always in London and it was therein, after sister Gill's wedding on December 30th , that he entertained us with considerable panache throughout the beery New Year's Eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square and through into We didn't dance in the fountains, we had another round instead and prepared ourselves for The Casino de Paris and Alma Cadallac the following day. At some stage in we also spent a break with Vijay in London and slept in his digs in Gerrards Cross, he had abandoned Electrical Engineering for the Actuarial profession.
We can't remember where we drank? The first things we had done on arrival at Gilmore Hill was to seek out opportunities for our passions for sport, music and beer. Hockey and The Students Union were straight forward and sign posted but jazz at the Glasgow Rhythm Club was a little arcane.
Jeremy Jordan was a wily local student with a penchant for the electric guitar of Barney Kessel There he introduced us to avid listening and eclectic jazz We learned more than thermodynamics during our first two years at Glasgow. We recalled traveling to the hospital gig on the back of John McCurley's scooter. And what a party afterwards For the Students Union dance, the band were smartly turned out in blue uniforms It seemed the band had been drinking in the student's bar before the gig and it was reported that Johnny had met a 'jazz critic' Glasgow students in those days often had a struggle with Carlsberg Specials In September we were laid low with violent tonsillitis and neglected to sit the 2nd year exams and engineered a sabbatical.
Noel Coward's 'Blyth Spirit' and the mysterious lady Di, then on to Christmas and a year of fun and experience in work and play December 3rdth , with Colin M Bell in tow we managed a break from theory and Littlejohns but not from 'heavy' when we moved to Westfield, Ballingry, Fife for a project at the Scottish Gas Board We were learning how to learn. Westfield Works was a brand spanking new Lurgi high pressure coal gasification plant opened by The Queen on June 27th But in the fullness of time we realised Ballingry's lasting fame was not its coal Westfield was closed in 19??
It was freezing in Ballingry but duffle coats and gas rings in our homely digs kept us warm. Memory often played tricks on us but two things we do remember - our first industrial accident as a column full of stinking condensate disgorged itself onto to our protective duffle coat which then became a major hand washing project back in our digs - and our delectable lunches in the works canteen which invariably involved ice cream topped with molten chocolate Christmas was memorable for running out of petrol with Rick and having to walk home from Tarvin, arrived at 4.
We claimed in those days that the only way to learn was with the help of your drinking mates We had endless fun dissecting the intrigue of Eastern European politics and grappling with the concept of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics even as we explored the Trossachs in Alistair Lindsey's car!
And we recalled discussions continued after graduation when Jost stayed with us at The Briars in Northwich Jost got a first, of course this surprised nobody and he went on to be great in combustion in Arizona.
We also remembered that much later Jost was quick to point out that the insights of economic science followed quite naturally from thermodynamics Although Spid wrote a year with nature , a book with lasting appeal in our household which was packed full of environmentalists In Glasgow, with the Colin M Bell, we developed an absorption system which involved securing a full set of lecture notes even if they were only carbon copies they were prized and then we worked through the mysterious contents together late at night when there were no distractions.
The strategy was based on two heads being better than one and learning at the start of the term was a mugs game because by exam time we had forgotten it all. The execution of this strategy was only possible if we started work after midnight when things had quieted down We became night owls, bed before 3am was a no no In the end it was deemed an incomprehensible success by our more conventional colleagues This was a strange awakening Dad's diary recorded, 'Had a long chat with john in the bar' At Glasgow we discovered we were quite good at learning We seriously planned 'Operational Research' at Birmingham During university years we never lost touch with the magic of Chester.
All the engineering students at Glasgow were expected to grease their hands and graft during extended summer breaks. Just before he died our lifelong friend and social secretary, Phil Campey rescued all his old Crossbatters files and scorebooks from the imminent tip. Remarkably Phil had carefully preserved minutes of meetings, six old scorebooks from and all sorts of odd bits of paraphernalia We guessed he just couldn't bring himself to throw happy memories into a skip?
His solution to this 'safe keeping' dilemma was to deposit the treasures into our garage in Mouldsworth as a safer alternative? In , feeling a little ambitious, or perhaps guilty, we tried to organise a 50th birthday celebration for the Chester Crossbatters. We failed miserably to locate many of the reprobates concerned as most had disappeared into corners all over the globe.
In the end four lonely ex cricketers did manage to arrange a beer at Boughton Hall during a Chester v. We also discovered some ancient photos which had somehow managed to survive in our own dusty archive.
These faded specimens immediately posed the questions of where and when and even who? We started by trying to date a splendid beer drinking photo from one of the school cricket tours. This caused general consternation as memory proved to be the second thing to go Happy memories of the Crossbatters Cricket era seemed to be widespread amongst the those we did manage to contact and this spurred us into action; scanning some of the memorabilia and in a vain attempt at preservation.
No doubt we will be too busy to compile such an opus and, in any case Engineers at Glasgow were expected to get their hands dirty and get stuck in It was rumoured around Chester that the 2 stroke motor scooter ran on ale?
Grog Guthrie and David Hindley spent many hours on the pillion as the motor thrived on the ferry trade between Northwich and Chester. Needless to say the ploy failed to sufficiently illuminate the road ahead as we sped through Vicars Cross to Northwich. We reluctantly left the lightless contraption behind a hedge to be retrieved the next day.
Transportation problems loomed large for Northwich travellers. The last train for Northwich left Chester Northgate at 8. There were real breakthroughs in our quest for mobility As noted by in Dad's diary the 'L plates' disappeared on July 9th as john p passed his test.
Mama at the grand old age of 55 learned to drive and john p was gifted access and passed his test in the Glasgow go slow in March ' This enterprising effort at social cricket was continued with some formal glue at a memorable meeting on the 22nd September , Chaired by 'Hebrew Birchall' And at the end of many of the troops who had been away at Uni reassembled in Chester for a Christmas beer In Bill Willetts posed the question -.
I remember Graeme Guthrie getting a hatful of goals that day and JPB by then a hockey player at Uni charging thru the mud to thwart the opposition. And a game at Winsford when Mike Burdekin was in goal'. It was 7 a side and the date was Monday December 28th The other game against the Nomads at Winsford was on Jan 9th but we still await the forgotten details.
And there was also golf at Hawarden in or 60? We remember Vicars Cross because john p played almost the whole round with his favourite 'spoon' We were in awe of this august company where dad's mate Hoot Gibson discovered polythene in John Reidford averaged But in his presence was demanded to assist the Crossbatters in the Boughton Hall Knockout Competition. He flew, bat in hand, from Dublin to help us out but as he later reminded us,. Undeterred by this setback by Grog had found time to captain the University cricket team.
On July 31st Mike Burdekin played his last game for the Crossbatters as a local resident, it was against Tunnel Cement at Hope; he bought us all a drink! On August 21st at Winnington Park 85 not out was recorded by john p for the Crossbatters against a team skippered by our old mate Colin Barnes, Northwich Victoria's solid right half back Later as good mates do, Colin was known to retell this story in return for beer The delightful Maureen did the cakes and grand plans for a constitution and a booze up were tabled We also had a Crossbatters tie And then in September a disastrously timed 'bout of tonsillitis resulted in a father's letter to the University Registrar and exam resits the following March.
This educational interregnum offered some thrilling unanticipated pleasures. When the opposition finally got round to batting young Willetts managed On Friday December 22nd Quaintways was ablaze with passion and beer at a Christmas Dance , the irresistible Heather Chilton was there and all the reprobates bar none.
Creaky Dawbarn made his mark at school as our wicket keeper until that fateful day when he was hit in his unprotected delicates and Willetts claimed the stumps.
Creaky was doing National Service from and then away in London and Scotland for most of so his auspicious contributions didn't really start until This return to Chester was a good move, we'd missed his performances 'behind the stumps' From then on remembering protection was second only to remembering money for a pint! This amiable club was where, the previous year, on the adjacent cricket pitch Our skipper Malcolm Brewis was from that hot bed of sporting acumen, Chester Road, Northwich, with Chris Chorlton next door, Graeme Guthrie next next door, john p across the road and Cibby Smith just up the road in Sandiway, and David Hindley just across the river in Barnton As early as the school cricket tour, MSB and his car were invaluable.
We will never forget the journey home from Worcester when Burdekin, Guthrie, Reidford and Birchall all crammed into Malcolm's Standard Eight for, what was then, a long chug!
We celebrated with Malcolm at his wedding on April 2nd in the spring of MSB left for Bristol after the season Cricket was not our only sport in , and egged on by Max Faulker and 'Edley Simms we became students of the turf and forever remembered the riches won at the Doncaster St leger on 'Hethersett' Perhaps we have to thank our shared our love of cricket for this escape from the theory of snake oil into the hairy arsed practice in manufactories?
Dad always said cricket and beer opened doors? Confirming evidence came in in a newspaper report about an old left arm spinner from Kings In Tom Bateman bowled and took wickets, 40 of them. Martin Evans was the star of the batting , 15 knocks, runs. Martin Evans was still in short pants when we were at school but later over the years we played a lot of cricket with Martin. He was a reliable friend and his claim to fame was as a fellow Chemical Engineer.
He was much more convention than we were and went into a proper job with Shell, in the oil business in Aberdeen. Noel Barlow only played 4 times in but averaged Captain john p only had 9 knocks, he must have been down the order resting The club had another successful year.
The Chester Chronicle reported -. We guessed that the newspaper reports were edited by our mum Carole had been recruited on September 28th at Max Faulker's 21st birthday booze up. This happening had everything to do with her remarkable skills and nothing to do with Max's excellent beer.
The Crossbatters team fielded in the Boughton Hall Knockout in against Brymbo was impressive but nobody can remember who won. Abe Taylor , Martin Evans contributed some serious run accumulations The Chester Chronicle reported - 'Tom Bateman was the mainstay of the bowling' Alan Coleman's first night out in Chester was at john p's stag party in October ; drinking beer at The Customs House.
Alan scored at Bangor in June This was the start of a remarkable run scoring spate for the Crossbatters as he secured his reputation as a remarkable wellier and purveyor of convivial pints. Alan Robinson also remembered what batting for the Crossbatters was all about And how the search for beer was often fraught but fun was forever! A splendid description of the social cricket of the time was skillfully provided by our captain of repute Chris Chorlton We were lucky to have Chris Chorlton in our midst until , he then escaped and generously donated his excellence to Canada, producing two children, four grandchildren and lots of runs.
In , by now a famous author, he delved into his memories of convivial pints and cricket and added more reminiscences and ramblings to the Crossbatters 'story' By the end of the season it had become more and more difficult to field eleven cricketers from the pool of Kings School old boys.
Several of the original reprobates had inevitably left the district and john p was now involved in the arduous task of educating his first born in the art of ball catching. At the time this was deemed to be a more important skill for the youngsters than beer drinking, a task which was delegated to Nogs and mates at Ellesmere College. By the end of the s Crossbatters life had been prolonged only by an influx of stars from Boughton Hall Cricket Club.
Much to the chagrin of Tom Bateman who was determined to sire his very own Kings School eleven, the inevitable came to pass The agm in October in The Blossoms Hotel was decisive. The club entered the season with aplomb, Robin Jones as skipper and Alan Coleman vice captain Mickey Moore donated endless hours and countless wickets to the cause as his enthusiasm drove the integration of the Crossbatters social cricket into BHCC.
In Mick's memory was up to scratch -. Then the demand on the better players was such that there was simply no time for friendly cricket. He felt new blood was needed to take the Club on And Mickey also remembered the fun. Robin Jones' 21st birthday coincided with a Crossbatters match at Davenham after which all played 'Cardinal Puff' the well known drinking game. Mickey thought he drove Robin home afterwards and was sure the car had to be stopped at regular intervals for internal relief.
Unfortunately Jane lost her bearings, but not her nous, in Northwich town centre and went down a no-entry Bravely taking the advice of all the delirious passengers, the car drove off as fast as possible leaving the law somewhere in the wake.
They had gained a good reputation and a strong fixture list, but since many members were also members of Boughton Hall, difficulties had arisen when Sunday Cricket was reinstated at Boughton Hall. Thus Boughton Hall acquired a ready made fixture list, and extra members, while the Crossbatters found a home and a source of players. As was hoped, Sunday Cricket has flourished at the club since the move, and the Crossbatters are firmly established in the top rank of Sunday teams, having a good name both on the field and off.
They have won the Mid Cheshire Knockout at Northwich, three times in the last five years. Such was the influx of members, to which the Crossbatters and the Junior Section contributed in no small part, that many extra fixtures were arranged'.
Alan Coleman spent his first night in Chester at our stag party at The Customs House in We played endless games of cricket together and enjoyed many more convivial pints Alan was Captain of the Crossbatters in ? Such longevity afforded Alan the pleasure of playing cricket and buying beer for our son Jonathan In Alan Robinson we were lucky to find an good friend who had an excellent memory and his reflections on the other Alan were masterful In Phil Campey died; Phil was the power behind the long lasting tsunami of social cricket that was The Chester Crossbatters.
Phil had also carefully preserved the old Crossbatters files and records Brian Gresty summarised a great effort In there was a frantic failure to organise a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of Chester Crossbatters Cricket Team Macclesfield and drinking beer In we caught up with Tom Bateman, who we'd never lost, a local Headmaster and Governor of our hospital in Chester.
The ferocious pace of Tom Bateman's bowling which terrorised Hedley Simms at The Grammar School see below , was also apparent in his beer drinking and his tale telling -. He was matched by Peter Greenwood, a fine Lancashire off spinner who was a regular at Hoole.
Hedley will want to get after you, two straight full length balls then a third short on the leg side and he will hook early, set your field for the catch. It came to pass. Later Peter mercilessly ribbed Hedley about the dismissal, and Tom had an excuse for another drink. Chris Chorlton's story about his altercation with the law 'Occifer' see above was both confirmed and elaborated by Tom.
Tom was the fourth passenger in the back of the car which had so recklessly overtaken the police car along, Mount Road, after a Crossbatters match at Oxton. Tom honestly tried help our hapless driver and explained to the investigating Occifer that Chris did indeed have a real life stammer and that his demeanor was nothing to do with the amount of beer he had consumed.
Tom was convinced that the Occifer was himself a beer drinking cricketer which explained their miraculous escape. Iggy Jones had a throw that was faster than Tom's bowling. We never worked out how on earth he managed to throw a cricket ball with such ferocity? Dad was so confident in this arrangement that Iggy was allowed to borrow the family car. Unfortunately, returning from a match at Oswestry with a precious cargo of drunken cricketers, the car completely lost its way along the alien roads which all seemed to have identical distinguishing characteristics.
Much to the mirth of the passengers a resolute Iggy solved the problem by telephoning his dad in the early hours of the morning for instructions. Occasionally the Crossbatters outstayed their welcome. At Hightown, where matches and hospitality were always a joy, the gang were still ensconced in their Tetleys when the home team retired defeated to their beds. The steward, on his last legs, donated the club house keys to Captain Bateman with instructions to lock everything up when they left But the last word on the Crossbatters, and many other happenings, came from Chris Chorlton -.
In Mike Burdekin retold the story of the Chester Crossbatters and guaranteed a place for the reprobates in the King's School Archives. Amongst the beers there was always music Right from the start jazz and beer were inextricably linked in the bars, dance dives and speakeasies in America as Chester Sociologist Helen Southall noted in her splendid thesis on the Chester Dance Band scene -. However for all of us there was music to imbibe years before the beers.
It was the 'wireless' that had access to our ears. Much later we realised that our mum was a 'flapper' and, with dad, the pair were immersed in the intimate excitement of the British Dance Bands during the s and 30s Jack Hylton, Henry Hall, Ambrose, Lew Stone and the rhythmic American songs they danced to at the Winnington 'rec' were in the air and on the air in our house and home all the time.
Without any intention these sounds were unconsciously ingrained for future recall and pleasure. It always irritated us to recall the abject failure of the BBC to broadcast American jazz. However we certainly remembered the steam wireless, and the BBC did reluctantly broadcast American influence dance band music.
But our excitement was really stirred when Radio Luxembourg floated across the airwaves Perhaps, jazz started with a bit of fun in when we went to a concert in Manchester with Peter Oliver to hear Guy Mitchell aka Al Cernik from Detroit Al had been pushed by Mitch Miller into recording some rocked up novelty songs under his new name Singing the Blues was different, real American music, a sort of rhythm ballad with voice and whistle complements.
We loved the live concert so much we looked up the who of the next American visitor Peter was a great friend from very early days at The Grange School, Hartford. Eventually three generations of Birchalls learned their nous at this fine establishment A June photo revealed two pals on the back row, one looking a bit grumpy At The Grange we had been proud members of Peter's formidable gang Years later in , Pat and Brian Wheeldon recovered the treasured reminder of our first and only adventure on the other side of the footlights How did that happen?
Before King's we spent a lot of time with Peter Oliver, and then we both managed to secure Hornby Dublo three rail model train sets for passing 11 plus exams Peter bagged Sir Nigel Gresley, and john p had The Duchess of Atholl ; a die cast loco which was the centre of enduring layout constructions and dreams. We also built dams in the streams in the woods Both our dads were team mates and beer drinkers at Winnington Park Hockey Club.
A friendship which culminated on Easter Sunday March 29th as we managed to execute the best man duties when Peter married the lovely Lorna in Aberdare. But our shared interest in Jazz followed from the Guy Mitchell concert and led to studies and more dreams associated with the book Jazz by Rex Harris This propelled us towards the excitement of Humph's Parlophones on 78 rpm shellac. We never sprinkled the dessert with a teaspoon, the deeper we went the more intense the satisfactions Quaintways and the music of the armed forces gymnasiums at the Castle and College Al Powell and his Rhythm Aces built their reputation.
Bollands was the focus of our social activity for five glorious years from Mike J Colledge who ended up on lager in Oz We agreed that onerous best man duties required a 'reliable' choice Picking up conversations where they were left them 52 years ago was easy, memories were just about up to it, and what we didn't remember we guessed and concurred. John P Milroy was a regular at Bollands and drank so much beer that he qualified for official ushering duties at our weddin' John P was from farming stock and wore a hat to match.
He was a real hard full back at school and a Liverpool trained vet, who memorably attempted to drink Glasgow dry with us in John 'Max' Faulker was the third of our pressganged weddin' helpers was who was also still enjoying his beer in This motley trio from had things in common Clems was the residential home of the superb Dennis Williams Quintet with the talented guitarist Frank Jeffes , drummer Don Morris and in the early days; Syd Lawrence on trumpet.
Tony Faulker remembered Clems, just at the time we also became intoxicated with the place Hi John, Wow, happy memories indeed! The guitarist in the band was Frank Jeffes who, according to a pianist friend, is still around in Chester. I don't know whether he's still active, he's probably in his late 80s by now. The rest of the band were Dennis, of course, on alto sax, Jimmy Chadburn on piano, Ces Davies on bass and Harold Jones then Don Morris on drums, sadly all now deceased.
In addition, I'm sure you'll remember that Syd Lawrence used to join the quintet at Clems whenever he wasn't busy with the BBC Northern Radio Orchestra and long before he organised his own orchestra. As far as I'm aware the quintet never recorded commercially although there may be some private recordings somewhere.
I wish I knew where! The drummer in the contest winning quintet was Harold Jones. If memory serves me correctly the personnel was as I listed except for Don Morris. I remember seeing Harold a few times depping for Don and at first being disappointed because Don wasn't there. That was until I heard Harold play with brushes. It's almost a lost art these days but Harold was about the best brush player I ever heard.
During that residency I borrowed a tape recorder and recorded a dozen songs we played, a treasured memory for me, working as I was with two of Chester's finest musicians. Try Tony Faulker's website Frank continued to make music well into his 80s, which included a long association, from , with the Hywel Williams band.
Frank worked as an accountant for the Associated Octel Company, at Stanlow, retiring in Clems was dry and we always wondered how the quintet managed their arpeggios without beer? We were lucky to belong to a generation who could still dance after a fashion to live music and doubly fortunate that Dennis Williams and the Wall City were such good bands. So much better than listening to a DJ putting out plastic music'.
Bill was also sure Dennis Williams recorded in the s, maybe at Clems, maybe a radio programme There was no beer at Clems but the music was spectacular So popular was the venue that 'The Inters'; the Chester inter-schools dance was held there We didn't appreciate it at the time but the Chester area was a active hub for wonderful dance band music, embracing the strong influences from the proximate American Forces bases during the war.
Helen Southall did all the research on the Chester Dance Bands of the s, admirably summarised in her project chart and her YouTube presentation. Shortly after Frank Jeffes died in , there was a moment of serendipity and to the delight of eager listeners, Frank's son, Leigh, rescued some real live recordings of The Dennis Williams Quintet at Clemences.
The Wall City Jazzmen. In 15 year old Pat Trish Fields was added as vocal prodigy. We were 'regulars' around this time and were there when Billy Buck abandoned his sausages in the Chester Market for some new priorities with his drum skins Check out Jazz News in for Jazz in Chester Years later when we retired in and started playing saxophones we rediscovered The Wall City Jazzmen still going strong in Chester.
Milton Street' Chester was a Gordon Vickers enterprise which provided splendid accommodation and entertainment with Monday night jazz We were regular Monday night attendees at The Mill as we drank the beer and tried to fathom out what these guys were playing. Trish Fields retired in Tommy Jones retired in but Paul Blake continued to lead the band still strong in And they were joined on occasions by our very own 'bone player!
Try the Jazz NorthWest website They were hopeless for sobering up as they closed before the pubs. After throwing out time the only chance of a coffee was at The General Railway Station with a platform ticket! The Commercial Hotel , Northgate Ale. In the early s Pete Smith had reliably bought his rounds at The Commercial Hotel on Monday nights and in he remembered those beer drinking rituals with mirth and affection over 50 years later!
We returned to The Commercial with Pete Smith in to try and recreate the taste of Northgate ale from ? But the sad demise of The Commercial didn't stop the fun; we retired to The Vic across the courtyard and enjoyed a couple of pints of Deuchars Pete Smith was not only a hockey player and a beer drinker of old We remember him running off after he had bought his round at the hockey club And there was evidence his grandeur at the Wigan Little Theatre on 21 May At the time we were severely handicapped with cloth ears and shortage of time but we remembered Pete's adventures and were secretly envious of his stories recounted over Northgate beers -.
Mersey Beat - was OK for me up until that summer. Ralph Whatmough's band's line-up had some very familiar names in it as you can see from the Wigan Theatre programme. His bass playing was in a higher league than my drumming's and in his time he played and depped in many well-known bands. The Howell Williams band played mainly in our area and Harry Worsley, his tenor player, who had a tone like yours and Coleman Hawkins!
I knew quite well as he lived near us. I certainly remember 'Pennies from Heaven' and it had some wonderfully mimed tunes in it. If you're feeling a little bit masochistic try Googling 'The Fallen Archers Chuck Penman', Chuck is Charlie, the inimitable uke player and bovine waste merchant. Pete was still at it in the s depping with the Howell Williams and Arthur Price bands and he even tinkered on piano as a budding 'musical director' at Cammell Lairds Social Club, Tranmere.
We were always secretly envious of all this musical nous but only became awestruck many years later when we ourselves tried the dance band toons we loved with The Smithy Lane Stompers. Hedley Simms wrote good fiction and took up our beer story with his customary dash and unwarranted embellishment! My Father was a wonderful cricket coach, he had played along with Sir Learie Constantine, Alf Martindale and many great West Indian Test players in exhibition matches during the war.
At least once a week, homework permitting, I accompanied my father to the indoor nets at Barrow, where an enterprising cricket-mad farmer had converted an old redundant chicken-shed into a state of the art indoor cricket net. The standard of the latter club was pretty poor but the money was pretty good! I was Captain of the School Cricket team and member of the tennis team. This was a devastating experience; the Kings School team had names like Burdekin, Brewis, Birchall and Guthrie and the ferocious pace of Bateman who put the shits up us all.
I remember little of the match except that we were hammered by a better team. My college pal, Pete Smith, who hailed from Irby, a village on the Wirral, became a Monday night boozing companion.
Friends of both Pete and myself would appear on a regular basis and we would collectively listen to the ramifications of each others love lives. For me it was a great joy to sink about 6 pints, maybe 4, of Chester Northgate bitter and then motorcycle home on empty roads. My Father would stay awake until I returned, not because of safety reasons but in the off chance that I had brought some mates home to play poker. If voices could be heard, he was up in a flash, dressing gown on, with a pack of cards in his hand and the whisky cabinet open!
But sport was the priority. One day he decided we would go to the Manchester November Handicap meeting; in fact I think it was the very final meeting on this race course. We took along a very bright Maths graduate called Max Faulkner who had a host of mathematical theories connected with gambling. The day out for me was more significant for the evening festivities which involved a pit stop at Belle Vue Amusement Centre. We all got hopelessly drunk and I very nearly killed myself on a monster whirligig by not strapping myself in properly and finding myself suspended about 50 feet upside down with my protective belt unbuckled!
Never miss an opportunity! I always admired his gorgeous sister. John was as mad as a hatter when he left school and found great solace in alcohol. He went to Liverpool University Vet school and took about 7 years to get his degree.
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