On this day.....

Started by: Billinge Biker (1069) 

Tuesday 5th November 1974....a young 16yr old spotty faced Billinge Biker was en-route from Wigan North Western to Ipswich to join the Royal Navy at HMS GANGES to enlist as a Radio Operator... Left in 1979. Two days later Lord Lucan did his nanny in.... What was you upto? Can you remember.?

Started: 5th Nov 2021 at 12:31

Posted by: tomplum (8295) 

I can't remember So I was probably planning which bommy I was going to attend, I'd be 22 years old and motorbike mad at the time, I had my Bonnie 650 T120 BLP 545H, Just another day to me,,,,

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 13:13

Posted by: jathbee (10970)

Yes. I remember well. Looking after two young children.
Too young to take to a bommy.

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 13:29

Posted by: admin (1087)

I had just been married 2 months so I've a good idea what I would have been doing

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 13:36

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (8706)

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 13:49

Posted by: broady (17570) 

I was working on the M55 construction.

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 14:29

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4449) 

I had just left Cromptons ( GKN ) in Ashton and started work for MATAL BOX 1st June 1974 on a lot higher wage......had been married 3 years with 2 daughter's ........GB

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 14:37

Posted by: momac (11918) 

I too was bringing three children up,the youngest was four so have no idea what was happening roundabout that time,except had a cat that had six kittens and had a puppy..

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 14:39

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1069) 

I remember at 4am the following morning a dustbin being thrown the full length of the mess to startle us out of our beds.... What had I signed upto I thought. Then there was the daily dawn chorus for the next six weeks of basic training.
"Wakey Wakey rise and shine.. You've had yours now I want mine.. Hands off c***S and on with socks... Get up you lazy B******S".

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 14:59
Last edited by Billinge Biker: 5th Nov 2021 at 15:05:46

Posted by: whups (7559) 

i was downt pit . alan my old girl worked at cromps in ashton along with some friends of mine as well ? .

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 15:35

Posted by: nanajacqui (3920) 

I was putting the final touches to a three tier wedding cake I'd made for the following Saturday

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 16:08

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (391)

I was still at school, Shevington County Comp. They say it's a ' Beacon of Excellence ' these days. It was a beacon back then too as it was frequently on fire :)

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 16:12

Posted by: peebee (604) 

And a grand job you made of it Broady, it's made my life easier to get to the M6.

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 16:22

Posted by: Platty (716)

BB: Did you sign up for 5 years? I thought you had to do longer. Do you get that pension as well?

Replied: 5th Nov 2021 at 16:45

Posted by: bentlegs (4740)

Billinge Biker
Did you teach your mates the Wiggin Twang.

Replied: 7th Nov 2021 at 09:42

Posted by: roylew (3428)

I was in Mombasa Kenya…was on a 9 month deployment on HMS Lowestoft…world cruise

Replied: 7th Nov 2021 at 10:49

Posted by: Billinge Biker (1069) 

No Platty... Signing on age was 18yrs of age. Then you signed up for 3. 9. or 27yrs of service.. I signed for 3yrs...then later on the 3yrs was credited to my Police service. Had to correct my English a few times so the southerners could understand me!! Never did manage a world tour roylew... Many a visit down the Gut though.

Replied: 7th Nov 2021 at 11:01


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