WikiWirral 13yrs online 24/7 365 days a year.
Forum Stats
12328 Members
65 Forums
73256 Topics
989090 Posts
27 posts in the last 24hrs
Max Online: 7831 @ 8th Apr 2013 4:18pm
Who's Online - Click Me
83 registered (alan128, 11 invisible), 1397 Guests and 278 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Social Media : Follow Us


(Views 7days)This Weeks Most Read
Finsbury Park mosque. 974
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934] 437
Code reader 322
Washing machine 199
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed 143
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 117
Ant and Dec 97
Another Scam 79
Wanted roof box 65
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats. 59
New General Forums
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day
by fish5133
07:38 PM
Ant and Dec
by cools
18th Jun 2017 2:11pm
Another Scam
by Excoriator
18th Jun 2017 10:00am
Happy birthday Ste
by Dilly
12th Jun 2017 7:54am
New Wirral History
Round the Wirral with a movie camera[1934]
by snowhite
16th Jun 2017 2:03pm
Bascule Bridge
by Sufee
6th Jun 2017 9:09pm
Pathe news short - merseytunnel 1934
by oldpm01
5th Jun 2017 1:57pm
1878 Post Office Directory of Cheshire query
by derekdwc
1st Jun 2017 10:41pm
Bakery at 275 Poulton Road 1925 onwards
by JAFitz
30th May 2017 8:59pm
Forum Tips
Photo Gallery Forums
wirral from Liverpool big wheel
New Brighton Big Wheel
Topic Replies
Where In The Wirral Is It??
by diggingdeeper
09:22 PM
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
Suspended sentence for 37,000 benefit fraud mum
by Mark
06:45 PM
What song are you listening to?
by granny
10:18 AM
live webcam from africa, a must see
by granny
09:49 AM
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
08:00 AM
Sailing volunteers
by diggingdeeper
12:34 AM
Finsbury Park mosque.
by fish5133
21st Jun 2017 11:48pm
Bromborough Central Power Station
by Jimbo620
21st Jun 2017 7:19pm
June
M Tu W Th F Sa Su
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30
Recent Posts : What's On ?
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
18th Jun 2017 11:41am
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
17th Jun 2017 7:28pm
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#393453 - 7th Mar 2010 2:55pm New Brighton - 60s Memories
atw1960 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 27th Feb 2010
Posts: 145
Loc: birkenhead
I have some random memories of New Brighton in the sixties.Do any of these ring a bell?
The shelters and toilets at the end of Victoria Road - these were fine examples of Victoriana .
Paddy's cafe (I think that's what it was called) also in Victoria Road .
The ghost train in the Tower fair ground - as I recall, it had two huge (or so they seemed at the time - I was only a nipper!) white mountains with suitably horrific decoration.
Lastly, in 1970 I went to a flypast commemmorating the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Britain- a great day out .

Top
Google Ads
#393458 - 7th Mar 2010 3:10pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: atw1960]
PaulWirral
Unregistered


Originally Posted By: atw1960

Lastly, in 1970 I went to a flypast commemmorating the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Britain- a great day out .


I think you mean the 30th Anniversary (1940 - 1970). I was not even 2 in 1970! I am now more interested in the aftermath of the Tower Grounds when it was used for Stock Car Racing.


Top
#393464 - 7th Mar 2010 3:18pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
hoseman Offline
Forum Master

Registered: 30th Sep 2007
Posts: 2346
Loc: Bromborough
I remember the `Banger Racers` at the Tower Grounds, used togo all the time with my dad, his mates used to race so had front row seats! I was 5 in 1970, so memories are a bit vague, my whole childhood revolved around cars and racing!
_________________________
IF IT HAS A HOSE THEN IM YOUR MAN

BETTER TO BURN OUT THAN FADE AWAY!

Top
#393481 - 7th Mar 2010 4:13pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: hoseman]
philmch Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 27th Dec 2007
Posts: 329
Loc: Wirral
The Tower Grounds had a lovely miniature railway in the 60s. Even though I grew up in Wallasey, I only ever went on it once as a child. Being put into a carriage on my own and the door closed behind me, I was convinced that I was being sent somewhere far away.

I also remember there being a fishing game in there too.

Top
#393495 - 7th Mar 2010 4:50pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: philmch]
Pinzgauer
Unregistered


Used to get the No.11 bus with my Dad to the terminus at the back of the floral Pavilion. First call was the toilets (as mentioned) at the bottom of Victoria Road. As you said atw1960 pure Victoriana. Always nagged my Dad for a penny (of the proper variety) to go on the weighing machine in there. It printed your weight on a card - similar to an Edmondson railway tickets of the time. Then on to the Pier. Happy days eh !

Went on the Ghost Train once. Emerged suitably terrified ! Never went on it again. Tommy Mann's narrow gauge steam trains that ran parallel to the prom then turned in an "underground" loop that had a model fairground in it. Presume that's the one you went on Phil. All the above would be the mid/late 50's I guess.

Thanks for prodding the grey matter into life again. ha.ha.


Edited by Pinzgauer (7th Mar 2010 4:55pm)

Top
#393498 - 7th Mar 2010 5:05pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: philmch]
PaulWirral
Unregistered


Originally Posted By: philmch
The Tower Grounds had a lovely miniature railway in the 60s. Even though I grew up in Wallasey, I only ever went on it once as a child. Being put into a carriage on my own and the door closed behind me, I was convinced that I was being sent somewhere far away.



Tommy Mann's Miniature Railway



History of the Tower Grounds and more pictures

http://www.liberator31.co.uk/wallasey/towergrounds//index.html

Top
#393499 - 7th Mar 2010 5:13pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
Roslynmuse Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 25th Jan 2010
Posts: 168
Loc: UK
When did the miniature railway close? I have a memory of walking along the prom (somewhere between Vale Park and the pier) and seeing a (red?) train of some sort high up, passing through some bushes or trees. Could be a false memory. I'm guessing early/mid 70s, no later.

Top
#393500 - 7th Mar 2010 5:14pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
PaulWirral
Unregistered


Originally Posted By: Pinzgauer
Used to get the No.11 bus


Number 11 Bus for Pinz...


Top
#393504 - 7th Mar 2010 5:38pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
atw1960 Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 27th Feb 2010
Posts: 145
Loc: birkenhead
Another memory - in the '80s I went to a show at the baths in New Brighton featuring stars of the day - Frankie goes to Hollywood , Nik Kershaw etc.I was a second generation hippy and far from impressed - my girlfriend liked it though.

Top
#393505 - 7th Mar 2010 5:46pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
Pinzgauer
Unregistered


Arghhhh..Hideous, modern box on wheels !! No.No.No. They were "proper" buses then. Like the one that was in the Heritage Fair thread. Half cab Leylands. Buses seem to run jointly with Wallasey Corp. ones. Again, half cab Leylands. The B'head ones were mostly Massey bodied, the Wallasey ones had Leyland's own bodies. Long before the day of the Atlanteans !

Thanks anyway Paul. Kind thought !

Top
#393512 - 7th Mar 2010 6:24pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: Roslynmuse]
uptoncx Offline
Veteran

Registered: 24th May 2008
Posts: 683
Loc: Wirral
Originally Posted By: Roslynmuse
When did the miniature railway close? I have a memory of walking along the prom (somewhere between Vale Park and the pier) and seeing a (red?) train of some sort high up, passing through some bushes or trees. Could be a false memory. I'm guessing early/mid 70s, no later.


The miniature railway, which was owned by Tommy Mann, was officially called the 'Fairy Glen Miniature Railway'. He bought the 18inch gauge track, locomotive and rolling stock from Commander Parsons who had operated it at Jaywick, near Clacton, and it was installed and opened in the tower grounds for the 1948 season.

The line closed at the end of the 1965 season, some of the equipment including the three passenger carriages, was bought by the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. In 1978 the carriages found their way to the Narrow Gauge Railway Centre at Blaneay Ffestiniog. Two of the carriages were stored outside and deteriorated badly.

The remaining equipment, including one of the locomotives, remained at New Brighton until 1968 when it was bought and moved to the Bromyard & Linton light railway in Herefordshire.

Top
#393520 - 7th Mar 2010 6:44pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: uptoncx]
Roslynmuse Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 25th Jan 2010
Posts: 168
Loc: UK
Many thanks, Uptoncx. That means I either imagined it or have a memory dating back to before I was one!

Was there ever anything else running on rails around there?!!

PS - Off-topic, but prompted by reference to the no 11 bus (Tranmere to New Brighton?)above - is there a thread on here devoted to all the old bus routes eg No 2 to Harrison Drive, No 14/ 16 to Seacombe, and all the rest?

Top
#393522 - 7th Mar 2010 7:02pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
uptoncx Offline
Veteran

Registered: 24th May 2008
Posts: 683
Loc: Wirral
Originally Posted By: Pinzgauer
Arghhhh..Hideous, modern box on wheels !! No.No.No. They were "proper" buses then. Like the one that was in the Heritage Fair thread. Half cab Leylands. Buses seem to run jointly with Wallasey Corp. ones. Again, half cab Leylands. The B'head ones were mostly Massey bodied, the Wallasey ones had Leyland's own bodies. Long before the day of the Atlanteans !

Thanks anyway Paul. Kind thought !


Is this better?


Attachments: Viewing Permissions May Apply. Click Me
number11s.jpg



Top
#393536 - 7th Mar 2010 7:38pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: uptoncx]
Pinzgauer
Unregistered


Yes - much !! Thanks. The bus shown was one of the last batch of half cabs B'head bought. Still Massey bodied, but less curved panelling than the others. Nice on the eye though (IMHO). When these went, it spelled the end of the road for conductors. It's called progress. I'll jump off at the next stop !

Top
#393719 - 8th Mar 2010 6:12pm Re: New Brighton - 60s Memories [Re: ]
philmch Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 27th Dec 2007
Posts: 329
Loc: Wirral
Thanks Pinz and Paul. I reckon I must've gone on the miniature railway just before it closed. It's very sad that it went. It really was charming.

Top
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Moderator:  Mark 
Random Wirral Images

Click to View Topic.
Newest Topics
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
08:00 AM
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
19th Jun 2017 11:42am
For Sale & Free
Washing machine
by GingerTom
20th Jun 2017 9:05pm
22" full 1080p hd and freeview tv
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:50pm
Apple TV box the 1gen
by monsterz4
20th Jun 2017 8:48pm
42 lf smart tv
by stumpyduck
20th Jun 2017 8:15pm
Wanted roof box
by monsterz4
19th Jun 2017 10:32am
Featured Member
Registered: 7th Sep 2015
Posts: 85
Newest Members
Fairz87, mikerobbo84, Robbo1960, Gwhiz03, SamphireGreen
12328 Registered Users
Today's Birthdays
No Birthdays
New Wirral Info
Shotwick - Old And New (Hall and Solar Farm)
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:19pm
Sefton Park
by diggingdeeper
15th Jun 2017 10:02pm
Property Law
by lau2908
14th Jun 2017 8:04pm
van driver needed
by futurepast
14th Jun 2017 7:34pm
Sailing volunteers
by dogsbrain
14th Jun 2017 4:31pm
News : New Topics
Benefit Cap is Unlawful
by RUDEBOX
07:37 PM
Finsbury Park mosque.
by Beethoven
19th Jun 2017 11:42am
Grenfell Tower - Notting Hill
by diggingdeeper
14th Jun 2017 5:13am
Manchester airport
by Dilly
9th Jun 2017 6:01pm
helicopter landing irby park
by fish5133
7th Jun 2017 12:22am
New Enthusiast Forums
VW t4 fixed side window replacement
by Mike72
Yesterday at 08:00 AM
Range Rover P38A Air Suspension Help Needed
by Martin1943
20th Jun 2017 8:06pm
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
20th Jun 2017 8:32am
Loving Home Wanted For 3 Cats.
by DavidC
18th Jun 2017 6:02pm
Code reader
by madrob
16th Jun 2017 9:09am
(Views 24hrs)Trending Newest Topics
Benefit Cap is Unlawful 35
VW t4 fixed side window replacement 28
Deja Vu, Lightning Strikes Thrice, Groundhog Day 19
Wirral Sunrise Sunset
Sunrise Fri 4:43am
Sunset Fri 9:45pm
Local Time Fri 7:56am
WikiWirral Can . . . .