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Canal street

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happy days
happy days
Photo: cliff aspey
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Item #: 13299
on some other pictures,,,for some reason,,they seem to be the other way,,this pic is the right view

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 24th January 2010 at 10:41

What a lovely, happy photo.....not a designer outfit or fancy trainers in sight, (especially for the little barefooted boy on the far left!), but Mums, children, babies and dogs seem happy and contented with their lot.

Comment by: henry7 on 24th January 2010 at 11:18

Like they say "A SMILE COSTS NOTHING", so why are people so miserable today. a smile costs nothing. It's wonderful to see such a happy picture.

Comment by: dave johnson on 24th January 2010 at 11:57

A fabulous picture, full of atmosphere. Would it be 1953 with the union flags on the wall?

Comment by: janet on 24th January 2010 at 12:51

We were happy and contented with our lot, in those days, none of us had a telephone, TV or car, so we didn't have a clue there was something other than what we had.. In spite of all that, I still believe our childhoods were far happier than that of the children of today, for many many reasons. Lovely lovely photo.

Comment by: tony on 24th January 2010 at 13:19

great photo but is it canal st in ince or wigan

Comment by: gill holland on 24th January 2010 at 15:00

my dad stanley holland was born in canal street.his parents were Annie and Billy. Does anyone remember him?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 24th January 2010 at 16:03

Look at the poor little lad on the front row left, with no shoes. As has been said by many people before, including myself, Kids then had a "childhood" Innocence was something which alas is no more. Kids today may have more material things but in no way are they as happy as kids then.

Comment by: Helen on 24th January 2010 at 21:02

Wonderful photo of social history...keep them coming !

Comment by: cliff on 24th January 2010 at 23:18

its canal st,woodhouse lane

Comment by: irene roberts nee griffiths on 25th January 2010 at 11:58

Cliff, are you any relation to Jimmy Aspey? He lived in Beech Hill area in the early 60s....died mid-60s.

Comment by: jont65 on 25th January 2010 at 11:59

I knew Stanlet Holland from Ingram St he had a sister Doreen and two brothers Joe and Jackie.

Comment by: cliff on 25th January 2010 at 17:36

sorry,,none of my uncles or dad know of jimmy aspey being related,,but they knew him

Comment by: tony j on 14th February 2010 at 12:23

i recognise billy and john wilson, and freddy aspey.

Comment by: Keith Moore on 30th August 2011 at 06:48

My wife Margeret (nee Higham) remembers most of the people on the photo. They all used to play street games together--Hop Scotch, they had a big skipping rope ( probably a barge rope) which stretched from one side of the street to the other. Only the grown up kids were able to swing the rope (or as they called it) " Turn up". Skilly 2-4-6-8-10, Hide and seek . Tap latch was the nearest thing they got to asbo's and woh betide anyone who got caught by the local bobby- not that we ever saw one.( a bit like today). They once got caught by the Line cop ( someone who watched over the railway sidings) when they were taking a short cut to the lime pond. He made them walk all the way round and stood there and watched whilst we did as we were told.Happy days.

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