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Low Bank road Ashton.
Photo: . Ozymandias .
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Item #: 29777
The year would have been 1970 or thereabouts, the location being the premises of J.W.Ratcliffe & Sons on Low Bank road Ashton.
The houses are located on Low Bank road. The characters in view being Trevor Ratcliffe, on the left, and Robert Brooke Grundy to the right. It all seems now, as though it were just almost fifty years ago.

Comment by: irene roberts on 12th October 2017 at 09:05

It may be many years ago but our friend Robert never looks any different to us! I have known him from 1974 and Peter has known him even longer. Great photo, Ozy.

Comment by: pat on 12th October 2017 at 10:45

Is that Robert who has a place on Liverpool road?

Comment by: whups on 12th October 2017 at 11:16

a mate of mine used to drive for them.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 12th October 2017 at 12:03

Your mate wouldn't have been ' Clogs ' would it whups?, Tony worked there the same time as I did in about 1970. Colin Lodge did a spell there as well, but that was a few years later.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 12th October 2017 at 16:31

The lorry carries the name of Greenings, of Britannia Works, Warrington - that was on the edge of my parish - St Barnabas, Bank Quay. They were one of a number of wire works in the town - all gone now. Fans of steam might like this related pic: http://warrington.photomag.co.uk/greenings-2/

Comment by: whups on 13th October 2017 at 00:11

yes it is ozzy . do you know him.

Comment by: atlas on 15th October 2017 at 18:35

anyone remember George the fitter and jimmy grindley that worked there about 50 years ago

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 15th October 2017 at 20:21

I remember George atlas, his surname was Bryan. I worked with him for a number of years at Rac's. He was a damn good mechanic. In fact I went to the poor lad's funeral. Danny Towey worked there as a mechanic as well for quite some time before emigrating to Canada. Sometime in the mid 70's if I'm not mistaken. Danny appears in some photos on the Skitters Wood thread, as well as in one on the Wiganers on holiday thread. I also remember a lad called Jimmy Grindley, if it's the same bloke. The Jimmy that I knew lived opposite the Caledonian hotel in Bolton road, but I don't remember him working at Rac's to be honest. It could have been either before after my time though. I worked there on and off for a number of years, starting from around 1970 until about 1980.

Comment by: Billy gough on 19th October 2017 at 13:03

Jimmy grandly worked there with Joe hockey then he came to Lyons scrap yard with me-

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 19th October 2017 at 14:49

I remember Joe working there Billy, he used to drive the wrecker amongst other things, but it was just before my time there. Ted Lindsay and Jackie Fairhurst were on the yard when I started. You may remember those two. Jackie died quite recently I believe.

Comment by: Robert on 12th December 2017 at 14:24

The guy in the yellow shirt looks a lot like the actor John Simm.

Comment by: James on 12th December 2017 at 17:42

The man in the yellow shirt is indeed the spittimg image of John Simm (who played Detective Inspector Sam Tyler) in the BBC TV time travel cop drama 'Life On Mars' that was set in the 1970s......he looks even more so with a 70s haircut.
They say that everyone has a doppleganger/double don't they?

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