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St Patrick's Walking Day

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Walking Day 1961
Photo: Veroica Biggadike
Views: 3,870
Item #: 26013
Photo of the St. Pats walking Day in Greenough St.
L.to R.Margaret Stockley, Ann Cartwright, Pat Halliwell, Norma Blake, Ann Bolton, Veronica Catterall(Biggadike), Christine Derbyshire.

Comment by: Karen on 12th February 2015 at 18:00

Great picture Veroica, Open question. Have walking days been banned or are they no longer politically correct?

Comment by: Jarvo on 12th February 2015 at 19:25

What a lovely photograph. All happy and smiling. The Convent girls eat your hearts out...Laugh out Loud.

Comment by: Julie on 12th February 2015 at 20:19

Wish it could have been in colour to truly appreciate it

Comment by: Giovanni on 13th February 2015 at 08:34

Lovely photo Ronnie Biggadike!
Pity its not colour but so expensive at the time!
You've credited it with the name Veroica (careful it could be pronounced "Veruca") LOL

Comment by: George Chilvers on 13th February 2015 at 08:58

Karen - I may be wrong but I think the issue now is of closing roads, paying for police, ensuring there are Health and Safety marshalls etc etc etc that make it such a bureaucratic nightmare that it is impracticable. Nothing to do with PC.

Comment by: theresa on 13th February 2015 at 12:24

all st pats girls, veronica thats how I remember pat halliwell

Comment by: Albert. on 13th February 2015 at 14:25

George. It seems that the authorities can cater for any other such procession, political, or other wise.

Christian religion seems not to be a welcome subject, with regard to the procession of faith.

Comment by: DerekB on 13th February 2015 at 14:47

Am I right in saying that the street to the right with the shop on the corner was Windsor St? If so, the shop once was a Post Office and the shop on the opposite corner on the other side of Greenough St was Sutcliffe's tripe shop. That is, if they were still in business there in 1961.

Comment by: Julie on 13th February 2015 at 16:06

Wish it could have been in colour to truly appreciate it

Comment by: Tony G on 13th February 2015 at 16:19

The street to the right of the post office,on this phot was Turner Street, to the left was Every Streeet

Comment by: DerekB on 13th February 2015 at 19:14

Thanks Tony G for your correction - of course it was Turner St. Windsor St. was the one with St.George's School at the top of it.

Comment by: Angela McLennan (Halliwell) on 14th February 2015 at 00:57

Great photo, thanks Veronica. Never seen it before. I will have to show Pat (sister)

Comment by: Carol on 14th February 2015 at 10:00

Jarvo, please stop slagging off the Convent as you did not have the opportunity to attend the school. I did. I had a brilliant time, as did the vast majority of the pupils. I was a happy, smiley person then, and I still am today. One of the saddest days of my life was when it closed in the early 70's and I had to complete my secondary education elsewhere.

Comment by: felly on 14th February 2015 at 10:51

Norma Blake looks a lot like her brother Brian,It,s just 20yrs he died
Aged 50. He came to our wedding 50 yrs in.aug this year.
Lovely man lovely family

Comment by: vb on 14th February 2015 at 11:03

Glad you all liked the picture. I can describe the colour of the dresses - they were white with a golden autumn leaf print.
The clothes then were pre Beatle era and very girly. All full skirts and twirly - just right for dancing in!!!
I would have given my "left leg" to go to the Convent. Those girls were ultra smart!

Comment by: jim on 14th February 2015 at 18:12

met Pauline Norma's sister few years ago and she told me Norma sadly
passed away in 2007

Comment by: felly on 15th February 2015 at 12:29

So sad to here about Norma always had a lovely smile

Comment by: arburthnot on 15th February 2015 at 20:21

Thas not changed vb . Spotted you straight away !

Comment by: vb on 16th February 2015 at 13:07

I must have changed - its 54 years since!!! But it is nice to know I have been spotted Aburtnot who ever you are!!!!

Sadly another of those girls died a few years ago - Margaret Stockley who is only just on the photo on the left.

Comment by: arburthnot on 16th February 2015 at 20:32

I will make myself known vb when I next see you downt street . :)

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