I've not seen any of the Ebbrell brothers in years, probably wouldn't recognise them now, but please pass on my regards to Ian and Derek if you do see them again, although I doubt very much they would remember me now.
I used to watch a mate (Dave Mclaughlin) driving round the New Brighton stadium in his old banger, not seen him in years either.
As a kid I used to play in that quarry just off Sparks Lane, it is surprising how many of the red sandstone buildings that have been built locally from that quarry.
The other quarry we used to play in was at the corner of Telegraph road and the appropriately named Quarry road east, they've also built on that too.
The Anchor at Irby had a revamp last year and they have widened their sandstone wall but to me at looks a bit of an eyesore because they have used none matching sandstone, well they couldn't use local red sandstone because all the local quarries that were used to build the likes of the Anchor out of have been filled in.
The Anchor http://g.co/maps/ansm8
It wouldn't be too bad if they cleaned the old wall up to make a better match though.
I suppose we've been very lucky to have so many places to play in as kids,
I remember when I was ten years old climbing one of the tallest trees in Thurstaston common and fell through the branches when the one I stood on at the very top snapped, fractured my arm then but the fir tree branches broke my fall.
Barnston Dale was/is another very popular place to spend time in, spent many a day there.
Do you remember the Steam trains carrying iron ore to Shotton, we could hear them chuffing up the gradient at Storeton from Wimborne avenue especially at night whilst in bed, could you hear them from Fishers lane?