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1Memories of Park-life.... Empty Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:26 pm

bwfc71

bwfc71
Ivan Campo
Ivan Campo
As seen in Bolton News - Queens Park and received the Green Flag accolade.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14635798.PICTURES__Bolton_park_hailed_as_one_of_best_in_country/

What memories do you have of being in Queens Park, or of that matter the other two big parks - Moss Bank and Leverhulme.

2Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:35 pm

BoltonTillIDie

BoltonTillIDie
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The memories I have of Leverhulme park is the Bolton Show. Used to love it in the early years, got a bit crapper as time went on

3Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:18 pm

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Used to go to moss bank park all the time, remember the mini zoo, banana swing boats and the little cafe

4Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:53 pm

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Queens park was for drinking cider in as a teenager  Very Happy

Always loved Moss Bank Park apart from the zoo, when i was about 4 or 5 a peacock chased me and put the fear of god in me! Used to love the rock gardens,going on the little railway and they had a big slide as well.
Played tennis and pitch and putt on there as well, a great park, probably the best in Bolton

5Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:01 pm

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Can't say that I have ever been around Queen's Park.

Used to go to Moss Bank park a lot with the 63 steps behind at Barrow Bridge.

6Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:03 pm

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
used to love Barrow Bridge as well, did anyone go in the ciggie tunnel? It was like a right of passage when i was at school

7Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:13 pm

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Loved Barrow Bridge. Fell down a hole there once.

I've been falling into things ever since.

8Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:15 pm

Boggersbelief

Boggersbelief
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@whatsgoingon wrote:Used to go to moss bank park all the time, remember the mini zoo, banana swing boats and the little cafe

Don't forget that toy train ride. Used to love that as a kid

9Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:04 pm

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@Norpig wrote:Queens park was for drinking cider in as a teenager  Very Happy

Always loved Moss Bank Park apart from the zoo, when i was about 4 or 5 a peacock chased me and put the fear of god in me! Used to love the rock gardens,going on the little railway and they had a big slide as well.
Played tennis and pitch and putt on there as well, a great park, probably the best in Bolton
This pretty much sums up my younger years (apart from the bit about being chased by a peacock). Drinking around the pie crust in Queens Park in summer and sledging down the hills and steps in winter. 

At Moss Bank we'd play tennis on the courts and hide and seek in and around the rock gardens. Great place was Moss Bank.

10Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:06 pm

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@Norpig wrote:used to love Barrow Bridge as well, did anyone go in the ciggie tunnel? It was like a right of passage when i was at school
Haha the cigarette tunnel, I'd forgot all about that. Looks like I spent a bit of time following in your footsteps Norpig!  Very Happy

11Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:09 pm

Guest


Guest
I scored my first hat trick on Queens Park against Oldhams estate. I'd scored two and we had a free kick about 25 yards out and our centre back, Will, just said, "just fucking smack it" second best goal i ever scored Smile

Moss bank was the little train and the zoo

Longsight park in harwood was good.

12Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:20 pm

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@y2johnny wrote:I scored my first hat trick on Queens Park against Oldhams estate. I'd scored two and we had a free kick about 25 yards out and our centre back, Will, just said, "just fucking smack it" second best goal i ever scored Smile

Moss bank was the little train and the zoo

Longsight park in harwood was good.
I wasn't going to bother asking but the curiosity is a killer, go on, what is the best goal you have scored?

13Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:20 pm

Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile
David Ngog
David Ngog
@Norpig wrote:used to love Barrow Bridge as well, did anyone go in the ciggie tunnel? It was like a right of passage when i was at school
Loved the ciggie tunnel, especially when the water was running fast, you could glide down on your stomach. A Very rare occurrence for it to be warm enough and to have rained enough, Brill. Very Happy

14Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:34 pm

Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile
David Ngog
David Ngog
Queens park paddling pools. 
Remember thinking it was a long way to walk on a hot day just to stand up to your shin's in water and watch people cut their feet on glass. 
My brother, (C#nt) used to tell me there was a ghost in Queens park and someone hanged himself near the river.
Frightened the shit out of me.   Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

15Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:53 pm

Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile
David Ngog
David Ngog
Azzy (Haslam) park was my favourite, walking past the pen's (allotments) or walking down the bruck. 
Anybody remember the tramp, Jimmy Carter? Or trying to throw sod's down the Funnel's of steam trains that went 
 under the bridge? 
Tears are forming now, time to stop drinking.  drunken

16Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:30 am

Guest


Guest
@Bwfc1958 wrote:
@y2johnny wrote:I scored my first hat trick on Queens Park against Oldhams estate. I'd scored two and we had a free kick about 25 yards out and our centre back, Will, just said, "just fucking smack it" second best goal i ever scored Smile

Moss bank was the little train and the zoo

Longsight park in harwood was good.
I wasn't going to bother asking but the curiosity is a killer, go on, what is the best goal you have scored?
It was for school.  Against mount st josephs

0-0 all game with two minutes to go and i had a total hit and hope from the half way line that looped the keeper.

Next day about 20 lads from mount where waiting outside the school gates to kick the shit out of me Very Happy

Was well worth it

17Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:55 am

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Used to go to Egerton Park as kids, played tennis,football and we used to play crown green bowls because you could hire them. My dad played it at the Coneervative club and we watched sometimes and picked up some of the lingo. Good wood, oh he's only put a tuppenny stamp on it. We didn't really master the nuances of it because it used to be 2 or 3 bowls followed by a load trying to smash them all.

18Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:18 am

Banks of the Croal


Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Wnen I was younger, in Bolton, my favourite Parks were.

Moss Bank.
Leverhulme.
Tonge Park.

19Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:23 am

Reebok Trotter

Reebok Trotter
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
As a kid I spent most of my time in Bobby Heywoods park. Happy days.

20Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 11:38 am

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
Great thread Chris.

My local park was Mere Hall but back in those days we played mostly on the streets and 'spare ground'.

Going 'to' the park such as Moss Bank was sort of a family day trip out, we either walked over to Queens Park with bread to feed the ducks, or catch the local bus (The No 1) to Moss Bank and visit the boating lake (but I can never remember actually going on it although I may have done).

For some reason I used to love running around the rock gardens at Moss bank and eating our 'butties' on the benches there.

My father also used to love a walk on a good day and sometimes used to walk me and my brother through Queens Park to Spa Road, then up through Middlebrook as far as Haslam Park and out on to Wigan Road, then head up Deane Church Lane and go visit my uncle.  

We caught the bus back though!

Happy days.

21Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:11 pm

finlaymcdanger

finlaymcdanger
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Spent most of my time in the fields and forest behind Crompton Way (Astley Bridge end) that connected to Hall 'i 'th Wood so I didn't do the parks a great deal. I do remember good times in Moss Bank Park though because thats where we played a lot of football. Like WGO I used to play tennis in Egerton Park after we had moved up to Egerton.

22Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:27 pm

Banks of the Croal


Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Sluffy wrote:Great thread Chris.

My local park was Mere Hall but back in those days we played mostly on the streets and 'spare ground'.

Going 'to' the park such as Moss Bank was sort of a family day trip out, we either walked over to Queens Park with bread to feed the ducks, or catch the local bus (The No 1) to Moss Bank and visit the boating lake (but I can never remember actually going on it although I may have done).

For some reason I used to love running around the rock gardens at Moss bank and eating our 'butties' on the benches there.

My father also used to love a walk on a good day and sometimes used to walk me and my brother through Queens Park to Spa Road, then up through Middlebrook as far as Haslam Park and out on to Wigan Road, then head up Deane Church Lane and go visit my uncle.  

We caught the bus back though!

Happy days.

Remember Mere Hall Suffy used to go to a nursery school there.

Moss Bank and especially Barrow Bridge with the boating lake and arcade being there, also we spent a lot of time messing about on The Jolly Brows and Seven Acres, all of which have left me with a love 
for fresh air and the great outdoors Cool

23Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:51 pm

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
I grew up living on Ashford Walk right in front of the ABC Park which was a tiny park on a big field that had hardly anything on it and later got developed into a much bigger and better park with a mini football pitch on it. I remember the people from the council who were planning it came and spoke to all of us kids hanging around the estate and asked us what we would like to have on this park they were planning. 

As Mere Hall was the next closest park I also spent a fair bit of time on there. I went to Susan Issacs nursery on that estate and remember the Skagen Court flats and Mossfield Mill still being there both of which are no longer there.

24Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sat Jul 23, 2016 10:54 pm

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
It is a small world sometimes!

I lived in a house on one of the streets that were demolished to make way for the Ashford Walk estate and the ABC park. We were moved to Grantham Close, which is just off Brownlow Way and my parents lived there until my father died, and my mother moved into one of the warden controlled flats across the road until she passed away.

There is even a fair chance that I may have even seen you from a distance running about as a kid on the park as when I visited my parents when living down south, I would stay there and sleep in my old bedroom and more often than not walk it into town (or home from town) so I could have a beer and not worry about driving.

A bit random I know but you don't happen to know of a bloke called Mark who also lived at Ashford Walk around the time you were growing up, who was South African and a teacher (maths I think) who was a friend of my older brother?

25Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:02 am

Resistance is Futile

Resistance is Futile
David Ngog
David Ngog
@Reebok Trotter wrote:As a kid I spent most of my time in Bobby Heywoods park. Happy days.
Bobby Heywood's was a good park, spent many hours there as a kid. The guy who used to be in charge in the big hut,  can't remember his name, had mats for wrestling and a Pakistani kid (I think) wrestler who used to beat all the kids at wrestling in the area. He was his champion and nobody could win against him, that was of course until yours truly came along.
As always and especially in this case, resistance is (was) futile.   bounce. Come on you whites

26Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 1:00 am

Guest


Guest
Too many new subsections on the site.

Only been gone a week and already it's looking like a poor man's version of Burnden Aces.

What's next - A new section on "Shops In Bolton What You've Been In Once Or Twice" or "The Best Dentist In The Halliwell / Astley Bridge Area"?

We're better than that.

And not quite as desperate.

27Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:02 am

Dunkels King

Dunkels King
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
My local park was Moss Bank. Used to go there to collect Conkers from the big trees on the Barrow Bridge road side of the park. In reality we spent more time on Captains Clough playing fields. Right side playing footie, and left side Cricket and general messing around. Our school sports day was held at Leverhulme Park. Always will remember at the last one before leaving school when you used to sign everyone's shirts, drawing round my hand on a shirt belonging to a girl called Phillipa. I got the left tit. My mate Gilly got the right one. Funny how you don't forget things like that even after 30 odd years. When a bit younger we used to play in "the tip" which ran from Ivy Rd across to the back of the Doffcocker with a couple of tunnels to go through under Captains Clough and Moorside Avenue. Great times to be a youth !

28Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:28 am

Bwfc1958

Bwfc1958
Tinned Toms - You know it makes sense!
@Sluffy wrote:

A bit random I know but you don't happen to know of a bloke called Mark who also lived at Ashford Walk around the time you were growing up, who was South African and a teacher (maths I think) who was a friend of my older brother?

I knew quite a few people living on the estate but a South African teacher called Mark isn't one of them, doesn't ring a bell anyway.

29Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 3:14 pm

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Breadman wrote:Too many new subsections on the site.

Only been gone a week and already it's looking like a poor man's version of Burnden Aces.

What's next - A new section on "Shops In Bolton What You've Been In Once Or Twice" or "The Best Dentist In The Halliwell / Astley Bridge Area"?

We're better than that.

And not quite as desperate.
Hi, what's your favourite cheese Bredders.

30Memories of Park-life.... Empty Re: Memories of Park-life.... on Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:41 pm

whatsgoingon

whatsgoingon
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@Cajunboy wrote:
Breadman wrote:Too many new subsections on the site.

Only been gone a week and already it's looking like a poor man's version of Burnden Aces.

What's next - A new section on "Shops In Bolton What You've Been In Once Or Twice" or "The Best Dentist In The Halliwell / Astley Bridge Area"?

We're better than that.

And not quite as desperate.
Hi, what's your favourite cheese Bredders.
Interesting question because I was going to start a thread on Bolton Market and there is a particularly impressive cheese stall in there with a plethora of cheese options including both creamy and crumbly Lancashire.

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