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Photo-a-Day  (Sunday, 8th December, 2019)

Rectory Road Remembrance

Rectory Road Remembrance
When the North Ashton Social Club was demolished earlier this year, a new home was sought for the War Memorial which was originally in the Soldiers and Sailors Club at the end of Rectory Road. It is now among the exhibits at the wondrous Rectory Nursery almost opposite Holy Trinity Church.

Photo: David Long  (Sony SLT-A65V)
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Comment by: PeterP on 8th December 2019 at 00:20

Kevin will look after them

Comment by: Cyril on 8th December 2019 at 00:33

You could spend a good couple of hours avinagudroot in there, looks to be very interesting displays.

Comment by: Janet ( jouell ) on 8th December 2019 at 03:18

Kevin's place.. Very interesting place to visit in Downall Green...

Comment by: irene roberts on 8th December 2019 at 08:57

I remember the Soldiers and Sailors Club in Ashton and I love this tribute to the Soldiers and Sailors themselves. I think everyone knows my love of the forties and I was really taken aback when I typed into photo-a-day this morning.

Comment by: Dougie on 8th December 2019 at 10:14

David--I know Kevin will have given you the history of everything in the photo, we both knew the man that gave Kevin all is genuine ex army ww2 kit, Well worth a visit its free to look round but helps him if you bye a plant or something

Comment by: Veronica on 8th December 2019 at 10:24

Marvellous exhibits amongst that lot for stage plays. The War Memorial looks as if no expense was spared with the gold lettering and flowered border. Initially I thought it was an attic or similar

Comment by: Pw on 8th December 2019 at 10:42

Looks interesting and well done for saving the Memorial.The club in Atherton was the Sailors and Soldiers club as I recall but always called the Soldiiers(Sowdyers) Did these type of clubs have two names

Comment by: Rev David Long on 8th December 2019 at 13:01

Kevin and Carl were very hospitable - gave me a cup of tea 'on the house' - and proudly showed me their own Monument to the fallen.
Pw - most clubs were set up before the British Legion was formed out of existing veterans' organisations - so the clubs carry their original names. The former British Legion club in Dicconson Street - on Friday I photographed the memorial they left behind there when the Club closed about ten years ago - was originally known as the Comrades' Club.

Comment by: Mick on 8th December 2019 at 13:41

A bit more of Rectory Nursery

[url= https://youtu.be/FdyTS4KMCtc ]Link[/url]

Comment by: Pw on 8th December 2019 at 18:20

David ,thanks for that,so I presume some were Sailor and Soldier clubs and some were Soldier and Sailor clubs.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 8th December 2019 at 21:25

Pw - there was a 1917 organisation for demobilised Sailors and Soldiers, and a post-war one for Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen - so it may depend on a particular Club's history.

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