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Shops

Bruce Johnsons Toys.
Willis Walkers Sport.
Milburns Health & Efficiency MAG, Train spotting book including "namers" I bought one without by mistake first.
Pillings Teacakes.
Reids Bookshop. Cavendish Street?
Currys Bikes.
Bread On corner next to Girls' Grammar School bus stop?
Ice Cream opposite school playground?
We Shall have rain Protective wear Cavendish street.
Ex Army Arcade down Cavendish Street.

And who remembers Syncopating Sandy playing non-stop piano in old theatre next to Bus station? Circa 1953/4

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) W Yorks

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Ice cream by school in Lord St was Leda's.

Protective wear, Will-be-Fort ?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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Yes I remember being taken to see the non-stop piano player at the Hippodrome! Other shops? Bruce Johnson’s; Direct department store; Milburn’s newsagent; Speak’s: Gott & Butterfield; Stylo shoes?

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For the life of me I cannot remember the name of the shop at the bottom of Highfield Lane which you call Bread on the corner . it was , in the 40's a lovely bakery , cakes and all the usual stuff in a high class shop. Was it "Days"??

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

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I think it was Days. I think the other baker was Wilde’s.

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My vote goes for ‘Days’ too.
I didn’t live In Keighley and we never seemed to do much shopping in town. But I remember ‘Days’ cafe because that was where my dear wife and I had our wedding reception back in 1959. The place might have been used by the Rotary Club for their meetings. - not sure, but ‘dad’
had been a Rotarian prior to his death. Anyway, that is where the Brides’ family entertained the guests after the wedding up in Crossroads. And, Yes, my recollection is that it was a ‘posh do’. It cost Half a Crown a head! Forgive the digression, but my memory of Days is concerned not so much with the food, but with the Grace delivered prior to the meal by my newly acquired brother-in-law’s, brother. (Follow?) He’d been selected for the job because of his academic prowess - being a Professor of ‘summat’ at Lancaster University. He took everyone by surprise when he uttered the words ‘Benedicte benedictat’. ‘That’s Latin’, I thought, vaguely remembering Frizzy Berrington drilling into my head, Amo, Amas, Amat! That form of grace was clearly unknown to the guests present that day and no body seemed to know when to sit down. But eventually we got stuck into the boiled ham and salad and eventually we were permitted to depart on our touring honeymoon.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

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Denis Pickles
My vote goes for ‘Days’ too.
I didn’t live In Keighley and we never seemed to do much shopping in town. But I remember ‘Days’ cafe because that was where my dear wife and I had our wedding reception back in 1959. The place might have been used by the Rotary Club for their meetings. - not sure, but ‘dad’
had been a Rotarian prior to his death. Anyway, that is where the Brides’ family entertained the guests after the wedding up in Crossroads. And, Yes, my recollection is that it was a ‘posh do’. It cost Half a Crown a head! Forgive the digression, but my memory of Days is concerned not so much with the food, but with the Grace delivered prior to the meal by my newly acquired brother-in-law’s, brother. (Follow?) He’d been selected for the job because of his academic prowess - being a Professor of ‘summat’ at Lancaster University. He took everyone by surprise when he uttered the words ‘Benedicte benedictat’. ‘That’s Latin’, I thought, vaguely remembering Frizzy Berrington drilling into my head, Amo, Amas, Amat! That form of grace was clearly unknown to the guests present that day and no body seemed to know when to sit down. But eventually we got stuck into the boiled ham and salad and eventually we were permitted to depart on our touring honeymoon.
Not forgetting the old NEGB, an uninspiring building on Cooke Lane.

Was there also a milk bar next to the bus station? "Drivers"? It obliquely faced Bruce Johnson's.

And a Chinese nosh shop on College Street plus Ramsden's chippie and cafe on the corner.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) W Yorks

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Yes there was a "Milk Bar " at the bus station . I remember it opening after the war when at last we could get ice creams. The first to get going with Ice creams was a chap up Fell Lane but his product tasted of dried milk . The one at the bus station served Walls cut from a block at, I think, 6pence . We wandered down to the milk bar after school to get a peak at the girls arriving from the Girls grammar.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

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I was a bit slow on the previous entry . Noticed that Denis had probably just had or would soon have his Golden Wedding . So cause for congratulations Denis and your lovely wife . May you have many more anniversaries. Mary and I clocked up our 64 th today . Tempos fugit to add to Benedicte Benedictat .

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

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Sorry, not Golden--------Diamond

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

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Amazing how a train of thought expands: there was a steamy cafe, Oldfields? on the street across the top of the market where I used to meet my dad for dinner. There was also a pet shop where we got my Cairn Terrier annually plucked as he used to call it. Sandy hated the occasion and sensed it was about to happen.

And who remembers Anderton's, the coach trip firm on Church Green, not to forget Mr Sadler barber,Golbourne St?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) W Yorks

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The Chinese in College Street was The Golden Pheasant. Wasn’t the fish and chip restaurant Moseley’s, or have I misremembered that?

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Sorry that I didn’t make It clear in my post - my wife died many years ago i’m afraid! Our Diamond Anniversary would have been celebrated On 26th September.. The date will certainly be remembered by me, but quietly!
There was a shop near to the Milk Bar which sold art work and picture frames. Edwin Ribey?

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1945 - 50

Current location (optional) Norfolk

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The Fell Lane shop was Freds .. Fred Greenwood

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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Mosleys , Allan

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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Fred Sadlers family (wife Marion and son David, an excellent musician who emigrated to NZ) was well known to me at Lund Park Methodist Church. But I usually had my hair cut at Jim Berrys in Low St. Also knew Harry Anderton. His 2 elder daughters also come to Lund Park Youth Club

PS correct Latin phrase is 'Benedicte benedicat'. Was always said at Uni (Nottm) Hall of Residence formal dinner.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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Mosley's sounds right, Alan

I also remember a shoe shop near the top of Low Street? I was fascinated by a floor gadget which the foot was placed in which showed an xray of the toes in the shoe. I knew the chap who officiated, who was from my church at the time.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) W Yorks

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Tempus fugit. Yes, it's terrifying. {Presumably inspires fugitive?}

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) W Yorks

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I think the shoe shop was Stylo. Midgeley’s On Cavendish Street had radios and gramophones and tellies. They also sold me my first Muddy Waters LP! What was the name of the hobby shop opposite where you got your Airfix models?

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Brian - the Anderton girls were called Sandra and Penny.
We also knew Pat Seeking (of Seeking's tobacconist's).
Unlike you I was a regular customer at Fred Sadler's. Fred was a lovely man. You could tell him exactly how you wanted your hair cutting - then you always got the standard cut.
There was a "herbalist's" somewhere on Church Green. Can't recall what it was called.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

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Seeking's - not just a "tobacconist's" - more of a generalists as I recall. Brian Moate will no doubt be able to give an exact account.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1958-65

Current location (optional) Leeds

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Sorry Shaun, I vaguely remember the Seekings, but cant add anything.

The Earliest Chinese restaurant I remember was the 'Mai Kwai'

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 58-64

Current location (optional) Wirral

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Scrolling through I saw a reference to Leda's ice cream "parlour" across from the school.Remember getting caned by Watthey for not asking a prefect for permission to go across Lord Street! The fearsome Mama Luigi and Dan ran the show producing lollies with flavours of champagne,cider,spearmint, et al.God knows what colouring was used.Used to take the micky out of Mama whose expletive responses knew no bounds!
Seem to also recall their attractive daughter,Gina.
Oh, on the topic of colourants...those short hard cylindrical sticks of (Italian) liquorice which inevitably produced both black lips and tongues.....

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1960-80 (inc Oakbank)

Current location (optional) Norfolk

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In the early fifties Leda’s ices were delivered around the town by motorbike and sidecar. The sidecar was a wooden coolbox, and the arrival at the end of the street was signalled by a handbell. Ice cream vans with tinkly tunes came later!

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The first to enter the field with Ice Cream vans after the war was the Italian "Mafia" as we called them , the name was Masseralla,and they were in a few years the leading firm all over the West Riding .They later were rich racehorse owners.I doubt my spelling of the name but it is a few years ago .

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 43-46

Current location (optional) Tasmania

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Brian R Moate
Sorry Shaun, I vaguely remember the Seekings, but cant add anything.

The Earliest Chinese restaurant I remember was the 'Mai Kwai'
Harry​ Wood down Cavendish St.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 59 -‚Äč66

Current location (optional) Haworth

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This jogged a few memories for me
https://youtu.be/lDj43eEHqXc

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Allan Jones
This jogged a few memories for me
https://youtu.be/lDj43eEHqXc
Misspent youth? Satdy neets, Devonshire Arms? bottom of Cav observed by the Salvation Army.

Years at KBGS e.g. 1958-1964 (optional) 1953-58

Current location (optional) Brighouse