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Post by sless » Tue May 22, 2007 10:10 pm

good riddance to him i say

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Post by gag » Sat May 26, 2007 10:48 pm

Know exactly who you mean Sless, he was a right nasty sod.

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Post by sless » Sun May 27, 2007 1:35 am

thank you mate
if you look back over the last quite a few years
there is a quite a few swimmining coaches been done for bullying and the like
my daughter is in south tyneside swimming club and they are sound
realy show willing towards the kids

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Post by Axeman » Sun May 27, 2007 1:45 am

The only real thing I can remember about Derby Street ( apart from the water unblocking my ears on the way home on the no 12 bus to Marsden ) was starting to laugh when I was in the deep end.

Ever tried swimming when laughing.....I nearly drowned that day. :lol:
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Post by Jarrow Pete » Sun May 27, 2007 10:40 pm

Can remember going to the Sat morning sessions and going to the shop for a bag of broken biscuits and wafers on the way to the bus stop next to the cinema (Pavilion or Plaza ?)

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Post by baldy.smith » Sun May 27, 2007 10:42 pm

It was the "Pavilion" Pete. :wink:

Plaza was down Ocean Road, in a side street on the right.

I first went to the Derby Street Baths in 1948, got hooked on swimming and starting going whenever I got the chance.

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Post by Jerry » Mon Jun 11, 2007 10:40 am

Yes I remember the broken ice-cream wafers. The name Maxwells comes to mind - were they the firm nearby that made them?

There was also a bowl of beetroot juice (?) in that shop. You could dip a slice of bread in. Simple but lasting pleasures. I only saw one film at the Pavilion (The Pivvy) - Cat People.

The swimming instructor in my day was a Tarzan-like figure Mr Hart. Once when the session was over, a lad dived in without his cosser and did a length backstroke laughin all the time. He was lucky he didn't get a mouth full of chlorine, probably fatal.
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Post by baldy.smith » Mon Jun 11, 2007 12:55 pm

The broken wafers were in "Maxwell Street" and made by the Gabriele family (Italians). Prior to Maxwell Street, they had a little place on the corner of Victoria Road and Isabella Street, just opposite the coal depot. I have had contact with one of the Gabriele family not too long ago, the business was set up by his grandfather.
The family actually originates from where I go to in Italy, Arpino and Isola del Liri.

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Post by Globalmyths » Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:45 pm

The wash house in 1958. Was it a public or private wash house.

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Post by baldy.smith » Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:37 pm

Public wash house, public baths (as in bath tubs) and public swimming pool.

You are correct about the beetroot juice (vinegar) Jerry. The shop which had it when I went to the baths was actually in the front room of a house. We used to buy a penny dip, as it was called.

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Post by philip5555 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:08 pm

i used to go to derby street baths with my school (redwell )miss mcurk was our teacher from redwell and mr mordue was our instrutor he was never nasty , but there was a ginger haired guy worked there who we were scared of , could you be tinking of the wrong guy :twisted:

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Post by philip5555 » Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:11 pm

remember baths well they did away with ghanging at side of pool early 1960 s new stainless steel ghanging rooms and suana built . hated getting ghanged at side of pool the men used to look over the doors at us girls :roll:

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Post by stevea » Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:03 pm

I know exactly who you are talking about he was an ogre and a bully and he did carry a piece of black rubber hose that he would beat you with.We were only about 12 at the time he did it to me once and I went off it and siad I would tell the head ,he was terrified.As it happened I told my dad who had a right go at him and nigh on s**t his pants what a laugh,he couldnt do enough for me after that.Iam sure he used grecian 2000 as well.

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Post by Toxic Avenger » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:11 pm

I remember going to Derby street baths for swimming lessons when i was at school. I vagualy remember a pool attendant with a piece of rope with a knot in it. Can't be sure but i think he might have been called ***. :cry:

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Post by sless » Sun Nov 25, 2007 3:19 pm

yes thats his name
a right sadistic b'stard aswell
i hated him
she should have been done for child abuse
he is brown bread now tho
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Post by martymont » Sat Feb 09, 2008 9:50 pm

Went to Derby Street for our swimming gala hated it used to go to the library instead :D :D :D

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Post by primitive man » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:01 pm

I had an unfortunate swimming accident in Derby Street Baths, luckily my dad was on hand.
After that I was put off swimming and never learnt til I was 16.

But I remember Barnes Road Juniors Swimming gala (60s)- when a girl got into difficulties - a man jumped in from the spectators fully clothed to get her out of the deep end.

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Post by baldy.smith » Fri Feb 15, 2008 3:59 pm

When I was a kid I used to go to the baths with some friends, unfortunately we came home from the baths one day not realising that someone was missing. We found out later that she was found at the bottom of the baths; drowned. I'll never forget her, she was only 11 years old and was a twin.

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Post by helena » Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:33 am

What would be a good car to use in a demo derby? i wanna get a cheep old 4 cyl. car and make it demo Derby ready. it will be my first time and i want to make sure i don't screw it up ;p so does anybody know of a good car from personal experience?
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Post by martymont » Sun Aug 30, 2009 6:56 pm

A good demo derby car would be an old style, Metro, Fiesta completely gut the interior take out the seats, glass,carpets radio anything breakable or flammable so your left with your seat, brake, steering wheel and not much else you only get enough fuel for thee length of the race you do it by guess or maths, gloss paint for decorating and then crash your way to victory.

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