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    Fred Dawkins Cafe Highgate Road Balsall Heath

    fred told me a rep walked in one day ,,to demonstrate the machine,,and explained the saving in labour ,as customers helped themselves,,,this would of been in the 50s,fred bought one ,but made the spares needed over the years as company went out of business,,fred repaired my electric drill, as i...
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    Fred Dawkins Cafe Highgate Road Balsall Heath

    fred dawkins ran the cafe after his mother retired, ,,up until it finally closed for demolition,,,,after he retired he did my neighbours garden for at least 10yrs,,in kings heath,,,he was a great worker well into his 80s,,,i think he did the garden more for something to do,he kept it...
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    Ice cream shop in Ladypool Road?

    has anybody got the recipe for burdons ice cream,,,i would love to have it for my own use,,,
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    Simpsons Fishmongers.

    what was your fathers name,,i remember the silver van with blue writing i was a sat morning delivery boy ,,i loved it ,,,and got to know every bit of moseley,,,john griffin, ps i recall jack the manager ,,barry and audrey the cashier,
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    The Four Provinces

    hi there the 4ps or four provinces was opened in circa 1964-5 the manager was billy lavin rip,,it was owned by jerry cohen,,who sold it to john courtney it closed in the mid 90s my late father in law tom fitzgerald did the tarmacing front and rear carparks,
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    Simpsons Fishmongers.

    hello,,,,,i worked partime as a delivery lad in the very early 60s for simpsons , in moseley,,it was manged by jack,???,,and barry,,audrey the cashier,,i delivered all over as far as the maypole, it was a very busy shop,,,orders constantly being phoned in,,,i got 5 shillings for a saturday...
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    St Michaels RC School Floodgate Street

    yes tommy hames i well remember you ,,one of the best ,,i hope you are well, hello john james ,,,tommy griffin built the house on lovelace avenue you refer to for seamus dunleavy ,tommy was an outstanding bricklayer ,very well known and sort after,,by the biggest ... builders in the uk, it is...
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    St Michaels RC School Floodgate Street

    tommy i remember you as captain of st anns football team, playing at highbury playing fields against english martyrs,before st micks, john mullen rip was our captain,,,,he was a brilliant player,,,way past the rest of our team, ,in fact you could of called us a one man team, i will never know...
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    St Michaels RC School Floodgate Street

    bobby mccrackens 3 sons all boxed professional...bobby himself worked for me as a doorman,,,he was a very hard man, in fact in his prime he was the best in bham. i handled lots of doormen in my career in bhams night life, so i know a bit,
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    St Michaels RC School Floodgate Street

    yes tommy i well remember you from st micks and st patricks house you were captain of most things, ...its incredible how long ago it all was,58yrs,,,my son used to live in no 1 bordesley st, so i often passed the old school.it brought back the memories, great memories, best wishes,,,john...
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    Fred Dawkins Cafe Highgate Road Balsall Heath

    i used to use freds cafe for many years,,,he was a lovely man,,,after he retired he did gardening and did my nieghbours for a few years,,,in kings heath,,he once told me no one was interested in his old tea machine,,which he said was a great buy,,.saving lots of labour,,in his 80s he still did a...
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    Does Any Remember Steve Ford - Local Comedian In Late 60s

    many thanks to SOSPIRI,,,,what a find you are,,,i was at the fore- mentioned midland club acts of the year,,,may 1982,,it was a great line up...nick barry and oliver spencer were both superb acts,,,,you had to be good to win this award,,,the competion was fierce,,,,,,,,bernie burgess was the...
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