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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 30th June, 2023)

St Thomas

St Thomas
Saint Thomas the Martyr, Upholland.

Photo: Dennis Seddon  (Sony DSC-WX500)
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Comment by: Sue on 30th June 2023 at 08:00

Love it!
Very tranquil and spacious.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 30th June 2023 at 08:46

If that tree is a danger to someone it should be cut down.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 30th June 2023 at 09:26

Lovely photo. I love a walk round a churchyard on a nice day. It's just so peaceful.

Comment by: Sandra on 30th June 2023 at 09:33

There is something about Churchyards, peaceful and safe.
Somewhere to get away from it all. (if you know what I mean)

Comment by: Garry on 30th June 2023 at 09:38

The red blossom tree draws you through the path.
Cheers Dennis.

Comment by: David Barker on 30th June 2023 at 10:21

Really nice photo Dennis ,the colour of the Rhododendron shrub in the centre draws you in, excellent .

Comment by: Veronica on 30th June 2023 at 10:51

I visited the church last year - it’s worth a visit.
Very interesting it’s a great age.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th June 2023 at 12:03

Good photo Dennis, it's a nice colour of magenta flowered shrub too.

Who'd have thought that signs would have to be put on trees warning that if you climb you could fall, though it'll be a sign of the times we now live I suppose, with those ambulance chasing lawyers saying "where there's a blame, there's a claim."

Comment by: Donald Gordon Ion on 30th June 2023 at 12:39

Very nostalgic. I regularly cycled past the Church from Roby Mill to Upholland Grammar School in the 40's. Now in Perth Australia

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 30th June 2023 at 12:53

Oh Mick, you are an old 'worry guts ' you seem to see danger in everything.
As the song says .....Always look on the bright side of life.....that tree will probably last us out so don't worry !

Comment by: Dennis Seddon on 30th June 2023 at 13:24

That sign on the tree says “Caution! Slippery Surface”.
Presumably meant for when the leaves fall in the Autumn.

Comment by: JamButty on 30th June 2023 at 14:44

Donald Gordon Ion I was born (and still live) in Roby Mill. I have a brother-in-law in Perth Australia. It's a small world.

Comment by: Cyril on 30th June 2023 at 16:44

right Dennis, I assumed it to be about climbing, it will still cover the church authority in event of any mishap, though a bit like those clamping signs being high up, i.e. when walking along you don't tend to look up.

Comment by: Veronica on 30th June 2023 at 17:53

I had booked a flight to Perth to stay at a place called Cottesloe. I was staying with a school friend whose family emigrated in the sixties as Ten Pound Poms. Covid stopped me in my tracks. Been invited again but …..who knows.

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 30th June 2023 at 19:04

If the flags are that slippy when wet that they have to put up warning signs, wouldn't it be a good idea to take them all up and put down new non slip flags.
Tom Williams from Leas lane was sent to Western Australia in the 60s, last I heard he was living in Mandurah and I used to own a house in Marmion.

Comment by: DTease on 30th June 2023 at 19:38

Could you see it from here Mick?

Comment by: Gladys on 30th June 2023 at 20:03

Yes I can sympathise with you because when we lived at Whittle le Woods we also had Marmions calling, and they just won't take no for an answer, they kept on calling and so we had to put a note on the door.

Comment by: DTease on 30th June 2023 at 22:45

They are always well dressed and smart though them Marmions aren’t they Gladys? Black tie, white shirt and polished boots, I’ll bet they stood out like a sore thumb in Whittle le Woods.

Comment by: Veronica on 1st July 2023 at 05:14

They should have put a sign up on a tree …
“No Marmions Here ‘Cos it’s very Slippy” …

Comment by: Cyril on 1st July 2023 at 15:13

They are persistent Gladys, I've always wondered how come they are all called Elmer, as that's the name on all the badges they wear, reminds me of porky pig or daffy duck.

Marmions, is that how Australians pronounce it, wonder how Chinese who can't pronounce Rs pronounce it?

They may be wearing those Therma-Grip soled shoes Veronica,
£19.99 at Timpsons. https://youtu.be/SQNIpLoN_-8

Comment by: Veronica on 1st July 2023 at 20:00

I can’t say I’ve seen any ‘Marmions’ for quite a while perhaps Covid has kept them away.
I can remember many years ago in the seventies? A protesting Marmion was kidnapped by a young blonde lady. My memory is a bit hazy but there was something to do with skiing involved??? I bet somebody remembers it better than me Cyril.

Comment by: Ken on 1st July 2023 at 20:19

Somewhere in this graveyard my 3x great is buried on his death cert it states he fell of his cart which rode over probably had a jar or two

Comment by: Cyril on 2nd July 2023 at 18:32

Veronica, I didn't remember that at first until I had a Google and a Yahoo, and I vaguely remembered it when I read it, and the headline was -
The manacled Mormon: https://allthatsinteresting.com/joyce-mckinney

She probably did okay out of it though with the publicity interviews with TV and newspapers

Comment by: Veronica on 2nd July 2023 at 22:55

I could only recall it vaguely Cyril. I knew I hadn’t dreamt it. There was even a rose clenched between teeth skiing down the icy slope. I wonder what became of the pair of them…

Comment by: Cyril on 3rd July 2023 at 22:48

The Weird History TV channel made a YouTube documentary about her, entitled The Bizarre Life of Manacled Mormon Mastermind Joyce McKinney: https://youtu.be/hPH9kp1W1GE

she lived a crazy life being known by the police.

Whereas he kept a low profile and got on with his life and married with children: https://showbizcast.com/kirk-anderson-now-joyce-mckinney-victim

Comment by: Veronica on 4th July 2023 at 07:14

Thanks Cyril I shall look into that. It will be interesting to see how they both ended up as it was such a scandal at the time especially as the role of ‘kidnapper’ was reversed! Very unusual…
Not unlike ‘Allo ‘Allo with Rene being pursued relentlessly by the girls in the cafe not to mention the husky voiced girl in the Maquie/ Resistance…;o))

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