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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 16th July, 2017)

Old Lamp post

Old Lamp post
George Terrace, Orrell.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Alan on 16th July 2017 at 08:57

Looks great, could do with a lick of paint though!!

Comment by: Mick on 16th July 2017 at 10:25

One of the locals told me this is the Lamp Post that George Formby was filmed, singing his Leaning On A Lamp Post song.

Comment by: Garry on 16th July 2017 at 13:05

Very nice indeed.

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 16th July 2017 at 15:43

Shame the cobbles/setts have been tarmaced over. They are the sort of thing that gives a place character.
Would go with the lamp post well !

Comment by: irene roberts on 16th July 2017 at 15:49

I love old lamps. I can just imagine it lit when the nights begin to draw in, or at Christmas, sparkling on frost. In my mind, I can still see the lamplighter when I was a small child in Ince in the 1950s, cycling along, lighting the street-lamps; a sight I feel privileged to have in my memory.

Comment by: Garry on 16th July 2017 at 17:27

Yes me too Irene, Ince Council man cycling to each lamp switching them on with the long pole he carried just before dusk.

Comment by: Gareth on 16th July 2017 at 18:42

They have a old fashioned lamp post that sometimes I go past but as it has a energy saving lightbulb in it then it takes away any of the character it gives !

Comment by: Maurice on 16th July 2017 at 19:39

It's a tall one,we used to shin up,and swing on the bar for the ladder,no Elf & Safety then.

Comment by: Veronica on 16th July 2017 at 20:04

When playing out in winter after tea for an hour or so we were drawn to the gas lamps somehow. It was a softer and kinder light than the harsh electric lamps of today. The darkness didn't deter from playing in the street and the corner shop was lit up as well. Better still if it had been snowing -but it was a safer environment then in sight of home. No cars parked in the street. Happy times.

Comment by: Maureen on 16th July 2017 at 22:16

Practically outside our front door in Great George St Wallgate was a huge lamp post that we all as little 'uns would throw a rope on and swing around to our hearts content..we got told that many years later when all the houses had been demolished,that one night all the cats that had obviously been relocated with their owners were heard and seen in a ring around the lamppost all miaowing for half an hour..as a way..plenty said..of saying goodbye..it sounds far fetched I know ..but who knows what goes in the animal world.

Comment by: Veronica on 17th July 2017 at 08:58

What a lovely little 'tale' Maureen they must have been caterwauling in protest at the houses being demolished. It must have been their 'leaving do'! x

Comment by: irene roberts on 17th July 2017 at 18:55

It may sound far-fetched, Maureen, but I believe it. Animals are far more "in touch" with things, especially, "another World than this", that we give them credit for. I think that not being able to speak heightens their other senses, and that they can see, hear, and sense things beyond our powers.

Comment by: Maureen on 17th July 2017 at 20:34

Irene,they can teach some folk a thing or two on the subject of looking after their young 'uns...animals are marvelous creatures.

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