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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 20th April, 2018)

Rose Bridge Academy

Rose Bridge Academy

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: irene roberts on 20th April 2018 at 09:18

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th April 2018 at 12:45

Modern schools like this put me in mind of 'Rydal High'!

Comment by: Cyril on 20th April 2018 at 13:02

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.

Comment by: Alan on 20th April 2018 at 14:03

Those classrooms date back to over many years.

Comment by: Garry on 20th April 2018 at 16:28

Pubs over Rose Bridge. Rose Bridge Inn, Oddfellows Arms, Cases Arms, Shovel & Broom, Bay Horse. I've had a drink in them all, cheers.

Comment by: Garry on 20th April 2018 at 16:33

The school has been modernised in recent years, Alan.

Comment by: Alan H on 20th April 2018 at 17:32

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.

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th April 2018 at 17:41

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.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 20th April 2018 at 19:12

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?

Comment by: Veronica on 20th April 2018 at 19:27

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.

Comment by: irene roberts on 20th April 2018 at 20:18

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th April 2018 at 20:53

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.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 21st April 2018 at 07:51

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.

Comment by: Veronica on 21st April 2018 at 09:06

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!

Comment by: irene roberts on 21st April 2018 at 09:07

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!

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 21st April 2018 at 09:58

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.

Comment by: Arthur Lee on 21st April 2018 at 11:32

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

Comment by: Garry on 21st April 2018 at 17:19

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.

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 21st April 2018 at 21:06

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.

Regards. Ozy.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 22nd April 2018 at 06:51

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.

Comment by: Bod on 22nd April 2018 at 11:26

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 .

Comment by: Alex on 22nd April 2018 at 20:36

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!

Comment by: Dave on 23rd April 2018 at 17:43

The cafe on rose bridge was Rizzano's his ice cream factory was in Holt street.

Comment by: Cyril on 24th April 2018 at 11:11

Rizzano's - thanks Dave.

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