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Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by Mark tedder on November 11, 2019, 01:09:17 PM »
I remember Balsall heath and spark brook we had a shop in Ladypool road in the 60ís and my mother grew up in Runcorn road.l started school at Dennis road.my dad grew up in Balfour st so l know the difference
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by Scipio on November 10, 2019, 08:52:04 PM »

I saw 'Rock around the Clock' there in 1955. Because of Teddy Boy riots in London, the Castle Cinema was the only one locally that would show it so all the Teds in the area came. The police stood at the back and immediately ejected a couple that started dancing in the aisle. At that moment, someone let a banger off and there was uproar. No further trouble but the atmosphere was electric - magic!


On another occasion, I was caught letting my mate in through the back door.


Then we have the nerve to say about the youngsters misbehaving ,you can now see where they get it from
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Birmingham Chat / Re: FREE IPHONE 11 GIVEAWAY
« Last post by Phil on November 10, 2019, 07:54:18 PM »
All Advertising, links or reference to advertising sites without prior permission of the administration will be removed without warning.
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Birmingham Chat / Re: Congestion Charge For Birmingham
« Last post by astoness on November 10, 2019, 06:57:15 PM »
hi spud...i have a theory as to why the german market will be on for an extra 2 weeks.. in my opinion the city centre has become a ghost town since all the building work and metro work has started coupled with constant pedestrian diversions and bus route changes resulting in a loss of revenue for the city...apart from the people who work in the city who have no choice in the matter the normal shoppers are keeping away...me included as its just a constant building site and is so depressing...so the powers that be are hoping by giving the market this extra 2 weeks they can claw back some lost revenue...of course come the new year it will be back to a ghost town again..just my opinion... :(


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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by mike mancott on November 10, 2019, 06:17:46 PM »
I remember seeing Rock Around The Clock at The Rialto in Hall Green . What a night that was. I had not been going out for very long with the future Mrs Spud and her father was a bit of a stickler had he known we had been there on the infamous night I doubt if she would ever have become Mrs Spud.
The Rialto was a lovely old Cinema they had a organist named Foley Bates hardly a name you could forget and an usherette named Minnie a dear soul who lived a few doors from my parents house in Sparkhill. Doubt if either had heard of Bill Haley let alone his Comets. Every thing was going swimmingly until Bill belted out the first cords of Rock Around the Clock Watching from the Back Stalls the place erupted . The Circle above our heads began creaking groaning. It started with dancing in the aisles but the staff try as they did to control the audience it was just hopeless. I can still see seats being torn out. We managed to get out just as the Police Arrived to restore order. The Circle was damaged so much it was never to open again.
Arriving home early-ish  we told my Girl Friend's Dad that we had been to the Robin Hood


So you not very seriously HOOD-winked your girlfriend`dad.



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Birmingham Chat / Re: FREE IPHONE 11 GIVEAWAY
« Last post by mike mancott on November 10, 2019, 06:13:37 PM »
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Charleselals, I tried to help another poster by referring them to info on another forum, and was shot down in flames by our moderators.


Be careful.
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Birmingham Chat / FREE IPHONE 11 GIVEAWAY
« Last post by Charleselals on November 10, 2019, 06:06:01 PM »
Awesome blog you have here but I was curious if you
knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
Id really like to be a part of community where
I can get responses from other knowledgeable people that
share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please
let me know. Thanks a lot!
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by Spud on November 10, 2019, 04:52:47 PM »
I remember seeing Rock Around The Clock at The Rialto in Hall Green . What a night that was. I had not been going out for very long with the future Mrs Spud and her father was a bit of a stickler had he known we had been there on the infamous night I doubt if she would ever have become Mrs Spud.
The Rialto was a lovely old Cinema they had a organist named Foley Bates hardly a name you could forget and an usherette named Minnie a dear soul who lived a few doors from my parents house in Sparkhill. Doubt if either had heard of Bill Haley let alone his Comets. Every thing was going swimmingly until Bill belted out the first cords of Rock Around the Clock Watching from the Back Stalls the place erupted . The Circle above our heads began creaking groaning. It started with dancing in the aisles but the staff try as they did to control the audience it was just hopeless. I can still see seats being torn out. We managed to get out just as the Police Arrived to restore order. The Circle was damaged so much it was never to open again.
Arriving home early-ish  we told my Girl Friend's Dad that we had been to the Robin Hood
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by Ian Dalziel on November 10, 2019, 04:00:46 PM »
An early image of The Castle cinema on the corner of Chester Road and Timberley Lane Castle Bromwich and what the site looks like today.


I saw 'Rock around the Clock' there in 1955. Because of Teddy Boy riots in London, the Castle Cinema was the only one locally that would show it so all the Teds in the area came. The police stood at the back and immediately ejected a couple that started dancing in the aisle. At that moment, someone let a banger off and there was uproar. No further trouble but the atmosphere was electric - magic!


On another occasion, I was caught letting my mate in through the back door.
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Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by RoyMcC on November 10, 2019, 12:18:33 PM »
Desecration. Bradford Street and its pubs ought to be left alone now. But I suspect it won't be.
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