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Darlington Street

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DARLINGTON ST. .1970's
Photo: RON HUNT
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Item #: 33486
Photo showing, Kays Army Surplus Store, Taylor's Picture Framers and Norcliffe's C,orset shops. Looks like it could be one of Frank Orrell's photographs?

Comment by: Cyril on 11th January 2022 at 17:09

In the far window of Kay's there is what looks to be a puppet head - Pinocchio perhaps?

Comment by: Maureen on 11th January 2022 at 18:00

We used to live in Warrington Lane so went up this street every day for a while..Kay's shop was always full..the pet shop right facing it was owned by Mary Collins,her hubby Danny who was Irish,they one Daughter Clare..the man in the art framing shop was lovely but it was an expensive shop..the small garage further up was used by the Police..but not sure why...in my teens I was riding my bike as it was going dark,but I had no bike lamp on..on passing the garage a Policeman came out shouting oi..come here,I started pedaling like crazy,he was at the back of me but I lost him ..who's this Chris Boardman ?.

Comment by: John G on 11th January 2022 at 19:47

Maureen: He was probably having a nice cuppa when he saw the only incident he could put in his book, but you escaped.
I wonder if it was Albert, he might remember it.

Comment by: Maureen on 11th January 2022 at 20:32

Ha ha John,I wouldn't care but it was my Brothers bike and pedaling down Queen St so fast jogged his pack a Mac from the cross bar and I lost it so I was in trouble when I got home.

Comment by: Mr X on 11th January 2022 at 22:13

An Austin Maxi going down the bottom end of Darlington Street, its registration is blurred possibly NTB413R. At the end was the Derby Arms pub demolished in 1985 for the new ring road. Just behind the shops were the gasholders, one big, one small, and a third one was on the other side of the railway.

Comment by: Gareth Cheetham on 12th January 2022 at 12:55

So is this the very bottom of Darlington St near the courts building and with Brocol House in the background??

Comment by: RON HUNT on 12th January 2022 at 19:05

Gareth correct, the shops location is now the Covid Testing car park

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th January 2022 at 10:34

John. If this was a photograph taken in the seventies, it would not be me. In the seventies I was a sergeant, at Rochester, in Kent Police.

Comment by: Ray on 13th January 2022 at 12:10

Hi Albert, I know that you went to the county of Kent a long time ago,
so please explain... Are you " A Man of Kent ", or a " Kentish Man".
I believe the River Medway is the dividing line. In my early lorry driving
days, particularly with Reed Transport at Wigan, I frequently did trips
to Reeds near Maidstone. Ray.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th January 2022 at 13:14

Ray. I served nine years at Folkestone, and fifteen years in the Medway towns. In relation to the two descriptions, I believe it related to, on which side of the river you were born. I was born in Wigan, where people are real proper, and down to earth. If you were born in Blackpool, you were sand grown.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th January 2022 at 13:25

Ray. I believe if you were born in West Kent, you were a ‘Kentish Man’ , if in East Kent ‘ A Man of Kent’. I was nine years at Folkestone, fifteen in the Medway towns. Been retired thirty four years in May. So God’s been very good to me.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th January 2022 at 13:46

Ray. I have just had it confirmed by one of my previous Kent colleagues. What I have put is correct. I served just over six years in Wigan Borough Police. I would have stayed if the writing hadn’t been on the wall for the replacement of Borough Police Forces, by larger forces.

Comment by: John G on 13th January 2022 at 14:05

Sorry Albert, I thought you may have been the constable running down the road after are very own Maureen, she appeared to be living life on the edge as a young jockey, giving the police the run around with no lights on her bike.
What a young Woman Albert, she probably needed a good reprimand to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Comment by: Albert.S. on 13th January 2022 at 15:39

At the present time John the only thing that I can catch is a cold. Although I have felt a few villain’s collars in the past years.

Comment by: CJAlan on 14th January 2022 at 16:02

The Wigan Job Centre building (Brocoll House) can be seen further up the street in this picture. That is very much unchanged these days.

Much of the Chapel Lane and Darlington Street area under went a massive redevelopment in the mid 1980s when most of the buildings were demolished to make way for Riversway and the expansion of Chapel Lane.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th January 2022 at 17:52

Maureen your husband had a wonderful voice I can vouch for that with that romantic " Love Letters in the Sand'' ... it blew me away.

Comment by: Maureen on 14th January 2022 at 19:32

Thank you so much Veronica..he had hadn't he.

Comment by: Bill on 14th January 2022 at 20:26

Albert,in the 70's the old police garage was the place where the Post Office Telephones Underground maintenance vehicles were garaged.

Comment by: Veronica on 14th January 2022 at 22:45

I've just realised Maureen my comment about your husband's lovely voice is on the wrong thread! It's all these Darlington St Photo's . ;~)

Comment by: Maureen on 15th January 2022 at 08:28

It doesn't matter one iota Veronica..I've done the same thing myself.

Comment by: Edna on 16th January 2022 at 21:38

Maureen, your comment made me laugh, and so did John G's. He made you out to be a wild one. ( Joking of course)

Comment by: Maureen on 16th January 2022 at 21:53

Edna,you always come across as a very nice person...you really do.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 20th January 2022 at 18:22

Yes,she is Maureen.x

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