Photo-a-Day (Friday, 20th April, 2018)
Rose Bridge Academy
When I lived in Ince the school was hidden by all the houses, shops and pubs on Manchester Road or "over Rose Bridge" as we called it, and in the adjoining streets, such as Caroline Street. Travelling past now, it's hard to believe how many buildings were there in what is now just an empty space.
Modern schools like this put me in mind of 'Rydal High'!
When going along there in the late 1960s and early 1970s we liked calling into the Italian càfe, was it Rossano's or Rossini's? anyone remember.
Can only remember three pubs, Swan, Cases and Foundry, I'm sure there was a lot more.
Those classrooms date back to over many years.
Pubs over Rose Bridge. Rose Bridge Inn, Oddfellows Arms, Cases Arms, Shovel & Broom, Bay Horse. I've had a drink in them all, cheers.
The school has been modernised in recent years, Alan.
Took my 11 plus here in February 1947 one of the worst winters on record. All the pipes were frozen so no heating and we all had our overcoats on. Managed to pass and went to Hindley and Abram GS.
Veronica, Rose Bridge is actually quite an old school. Cyril, was the ice-cream café Sivori's? There was a popular pub called The Imperial which was known as The Ping-Pong or Pingy.
All the pubs that you mention Garry, I'll wager you didn't order a glass of sherry in any of them....... Am I right?
The bad winter of 1947 and it was business as usual! That certainly wouldn't happen these days. The school looks in very good nick I must say! I imagine there's a 'Prom' too at the end of year.
Garry, my mistake....The "Pingy" was The Oddfellows Arms....The Imperial was on the Ince Bar side of Rose Bridge....my mistake, and, as "The Pingy" no longer exists, Veronica and I will come round to your house for a glass of sherry, (or twelve!). Veronica, what about those "Proms"?! At our school- leaving parties, we girls had a new frock from C and A's, (if our Mams could run to it), and the lads had a new shirt and a clean pair of jeans, and the only "Limo" we saw was on the telly! Still, I've no doubt your Millie and our Edie will have a "prom" and we will be very proud of them. Times change. x.
We didn't even have a party ... Nothing at all we were given a green card (which I still have) to say we had completed our 'education' and a holy picture from Sr Mary Monica. That was on a Friday and I started work on the Monday Irene. So there was no fancy Limos or ball gown witha gardenia pinned on - no mark of passage at all - just another day! The only dancing I did was at St Pat's Youth Club after I had left school.
I don't remember going to any leaving do at Hindley and Abram, only the Christmas Parties.Rose Bridge has been in the news recently as it apparently got a very bad Ofsted report and the Head resigned with almost immediate effect.
Didn't even get a weeks holiday that year Elizabeth....like many others thrown in at the deep end. Nowadays there's such things as 'gap years'! What's all that about!
Elizabeth, you're right.....it's the Christmas Parties I'm thinking of at HAGS, doing The Valeta and The Gay Gordons! My friend Denise and I danced them in March at a 1940s dance and they were to the same tunes we danced to at school!
I've known a number of Gordons over the years, but they were all straight......or at least as far as I'm aware they were.
I've just typed the verification code lvejq into the iPad, and the predictive text has come up with ' lovemaking '....No, seriously,..try it if you don't believe me.
I went the Rose Bridge from 1956/1960,I went on a school holiday to devon to a camp by train 3 times.When you first went to the school if you were unlucky you got ducked down the toilet,in those day if you were unlucky you got the stick 6 strokes
Correct Ozy, Brown and Bitter or just Bitter, if the Ale wasn't up to scratch, bottle of Guinness was order of the night. I'd finish of with Brandy or Whiskey. I like Gin, Rum and Vodka too. But these days it's Sherry. That reminds me, time to get the glass filled, cheers.
Bit of a coincidence is that Garry, as, leaving aside the Guinness, I'm quite partial to a drop or two of all the elixirs that you mention myself ( in moderation of course ). Have one for me mate....., and chuck a shovelful of slack on t' fire while you're at it marra, ( it's my new word of the month ).... Santé.
Thanks Irene,imagine hearing the very same tunes ! I know Veronica,I didn't go on holiday at all the year I left school either,and gap years, what's all that about ?? People seem to spend a fortune on School Proms now,another example of borrowing an idea from America.
Unfortunately offstead didn't give it a very good score this last time, but not as bad as atherton comunity school that was scored second worst school in the north west ,I have relatives attend the school it's not very good .
Bod...Atherton starts with a capital
"A". It also depends on the child if they want to be clever or not let's not forget that!
The cafe on rose bridge was Rizzano's his ice cream factory was in Holt street.
Rizzano's - thanks Dave.