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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 19th May, 2021)

The Old Hall Hotel


The Old Hall Hotel
Lower Ince.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Mick on 19th May 2021 at 08:43

What worries me with all these bus rides is the pollution these diesel buses are making in the local heavily built up areas.
Up here in the Shevy countryside we are lucky that all buses that are allowed on the Shevy, Appley Bridge routes are these new environmental friendly buses.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th May 2021 at 08:59

Doesn't look any different to the late sixties. The room on the right was where the groups were set up. You had to be early
(7 00 pm) . It wasn't a big room lined with backrests and small round tables and stools.
The Vaqueros belting out ' Oooh! Yes I'm the great pretender ' and
' Hey Mr Tambourine Man' ... enough to waken the dead across the road. Great days...

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 19th May 2021 at 09:14

Good photo Dennis, as Veronica said, it hasn't really changed a lot. Went in here late 70's with a girl I was going out with at the time. Always seemed busy. I think Mick has got a point, Shevington has got everything going on and maybe we should all up sticks and move there, then it will become like Standish is now, over developed !!

Comment by: DTease on 19th May 2021 at 09:57

Mick, you seem to have a blind spot when it comes to that whacking great Motorway that runs through the middle of your Shevington Shangri La.

Comment by: Anne on 19th May 2021 at 10:02

Up here in Winstanley/WindyArbour countryside there are no buses.

Comment by: T.A.B. on 19th May 2021 at 10:32

Blind he must be deaf to he lives 100yds from it

Comment by: Mick on 19th May 2021 at 11:14

Teasy, its been proven that motorway traffic doesn't pollute when its moving at a steady pace like it is in Shevy , the fumes only come when a vehicle is accelerating from a slow speed like there do at Standish junction 27
Another good thing about living up here in Shevy is that we have an abundance of trees and shrubs and plenty ancient woodland to help in soaking up what little pollution that we may get from all the wood fire burning narrow boats that we get on the Leeds Liverpool canal

Comment by: Maureen on 19th May 2021 at 11:18

Why on earth is he going on about buses? It's a photo of a hotel in Ince...Mick....get to spec savers.

Comment by: Jembo on 19th May 2021 at 11:43

Mick. A Bus full of passengers takes a lot of cars off the road and is better for the environment.

Comment by: walt (nth Yorkshire) on 19th May 2021 at 13:17

We are entering the age pollution free living, everyone over the age of two will probably not be around when it does finally come about. The sooner we get pollution free buses the better. Here in York we have some battery driven buses and slowly getting more. Mick, may I ask, when you went to Australia, N Z, Singapore, H K etc, did you fly by glider ?. Another good photo Dennis, in a hundred years or so these photos will serve as information to the new kids on the block of how we once were and that's what its all about is it not..

Comment by: Broady on 19th May 2021 at 13:35

Remember going in around fifty years ago when there were “ scantily unclad” ladies on a Friday night.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 19th May 2021 at 14:02

Ee, Broady, lad!! A friend of mine who lives in Buxton was doing some research many years ago in the cemetery across the road and stayed at The Old Hall. I was working then and passed it daily on the bus and I told her I didn't think it was still open but she assured me they had booked her in. Apparently, she was the only guest and the only person in the dining room for breakfast but she said they treated her like royalty.

Comment by: John G on 19th May 2021 at 15:28

Broady: Now let’s see here, I wonder if you all met up to go again on a Friday night. And more importantly what time did the pies come round?

Comment by: Dave (ince) on 19th May 2021 at 15:47

If you take notice the brickwork under the window to the left of the main door is slightly different.
This was once the entrance to the night club (early 80s)

Comment by: lock lass on 19th May 2021 at 16:27

My husband, who is 82, remembers it well. They used to queue round the block on a Sunday night and had to be early. like Veronica said. to get into the little room on the right.

Comment by: Broady on 19th May 2021 at 16:34

At this stage I must point out I was only there as I was writing my thesis on “ Human Anatomy” ????????????

Comment by: DTease on 19th May 2021 at 18:39

Are those thesis the ones they sell on the top shelf of the Newsagent’s Broady?

Comment by: Edna on 19th May 2021 at 18:51

I agree Maureen, but as we know, Mick seems to be able somehow to get everyone in a tiswas over something else..Good photo Dennis.

Comment by: DTease on 19th May 2021 at 18:55

On re-reading your comment Broady, it occurs to me that it’s not possible to be “Scantily Unclad”. You can only be “Scantily clad” or “Unclad”. It doesn’t really matter, of course, it’s just a matter of personal preference. I preferred “Scantily clad” myself (you’ll notice I speak in the past tense). Loved a bit of mystery I did. I’ll have to have a little lie down now with one of my tablets I think.

Comment by: Pat McC on 19th May 2021 at 19:06

Veronica - as soon as my husband saw the photo he said how brilliant The Vaqueros were, and the singer (Lally?) - and being in a 60s group himself (The Chosen Few!) he said that he and his friends used to go the Old Hall Hotel regularly to listen to them.
Mick - in comparison with where I live, Shevington is a veritable metropolis. We have buses on two days a week (2 a day), no shops, no pubs, no post office. Nearest ones are 5 miles away. I think it's stretching credulity to mention Shevington and countryside in the same breath - again, with due respect.

Comment by: Veronica on 19th May 2021 at 20:29

Pat I can only remember the name of Mick Gannon on the guitar, the other names are lost to me. That was because he went to St Pat's school before he became 'famous'. I believe he wrote songs. However. I do remember the singer , who was giving me the eye! He reminded me of PJ Proby , far too daring for me , I scuttled off quick at the end of the night, I always had to be home for 11 00. I agree it was a great night there. They were a really good group. Another place for the groups was The Banner at Hindley. ;-))

Comment by: burtspieeater on 20th May 2021 at 08:39

Pat Mc,
If you look on Google Maps you will be amazed how much countryside does actually surrounds Shevington. Also how you easy it is to walk from there to Standish, Appley Bridge, etc and hardly need to walk on a paved road.

Comment by: Mick on 20th May 2021 at 15:09

You can say that again Burt

Comment by: Pat McC on 20th May 2021 at 15:51

Lovely times Veronica, when there was music everywhere - lots of pubs promoting local groups and giving them a chance to play to an audience.
60s music is still going strong, which speaks for itself.

burtspieeater - thank you for your information.

Comment by: Kenee on 20th May 2021 at 17:53

The Vaqueros were the resident band at the Old Hall in 1965. Harold (Lally) became a millonaire with the royalties from his songwriting, mainly Chirpy Chirpy which was a big hit for him in several countries including Australia and Canada. It was covered by Middle of the Road in UK and Mac & Katie Kissoon in USA. I played at the Old Hall with Oggie in 1967/8, a memorable time indeed.

Comment by: Pat McC on 20th May 2021 at 22:08

Keene, my husband remembers Lally and thinks they were one of the best local groups. The group he played with once did a 'warm up' for Dave Berry at the Tower Ballroom. I think that was his group's most memorable booking!
He sold his bass guitar in 1967 to buy me an engagement ring - he still reminds me now and again!
Such good times.

Comment by: Veronica on 20th May 2021 at 22:49

That's definitely true love Pat, I bet he has never regretted selling his guitar. ;-))

Comment by: Pat McC on 21st May 2021 at 13:27

Thank you for your kind comment Veronica. Even in his 70s he can't pass a music shop without looking at guitars!!

Comment by: Veronica on 21st May 2021 at 15:10

We're all still young at heart us 'baby boomers' Pat, at least I think so.

Comment by: Kenee on 21st May 2021 at 18:20

:Pat McC:
The Vaqueros most memorable booking (apart from playing with me and Oggie!) was at the Cavern warming up for The Beatles.

Comment by: Pat McC on 21st May 2021 at 21:23

Now you're talking Keene. That was truly a big gig.

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