Ron McCormick remebers…

1. I’m 80
2. Finest cinema ever built.
3. Saw Tudor Rose there.
4. My late sister-in law worked in the box office.
5. The lights failed in an amateur operatic show in the late thirties
6. I accompanied my father to see his favourite film stars–Sonja Henie,Deanna Durbin.
7. My mother and I used to eat scollops on the way home from the Longford purchased from the chip shop opposite Stretford Baths.
8. Everyone in the cinema was crying when Will Fyffe shot his dog at the end of “Owd Bob”
9. As children we could never get in to see “H” (horror) films10I remember the applause for the Prince of Wales in the cinema.
11. I remember the cheers in the Longford for Neville Chamberlain after Munich.
12. Stage shows I saw: Nat Gonella,Florrie Forde,Frank Randle.
13. Saw the Halle with John Barborolli.
14. Double seats-magnificent.

In the late forties as a student postman(Stretford Post Office) at Christmas along with many others I used the Longford cafe as a meeting point forcoffee after our rounds were finished.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMORIES LIKE THIS, REMEBER JOHN OR WERE YOU PRESENT AT ANY OF THE ABOVE? PRESS THE COMMENTS LINK BELOW TO LET US KNOW.

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2 responses to “Ron McCormick remebers…

  1. Remember going to the Longford in the late forties tried there before the picturedrome but being scruffy kids in short pants we always went to the side enrance on edge lane.We always had to ask grown ups to take you in otherwise we had no chance.Once in it seemed an endless queue down a dark brick passage. The odd time my mother took me it was thro the main entrance i always remember the large murals of musicians with various insruments in there handand elegant metal art deco stair rails. The Longford was the tops!!! Geoff Roddis

  2. How I remember the Essoldo born in 1947 and living in Stretford (Mitford Street) On a Saturday my Nana would take my Sister and I to the doorman at the Picture Drome and then the Essoldo to see which picture finsihed first, we sould then have the treat of the week 2 Pictures in a night with a dash across Chester Road into the next show. Followed by Fish & Chips with a bag of Fish Ends, at the Regal Chip Shop.
    How Stretford has changed only the the Essoldo and the Library remains of the buildings I knew.
    Any one remmeber Raws the Chemists, and the Herbilists in King Street
    The day they closed the Poilce Station, in King Street, I caught my Dad crying – he had been there for almost 20years and did not want to move to Talbot Road, I still have a bunch of the keys from ‘The Nick’ including the Cell Keys. We moved in 1969 to Kenya Dad still a copper training all the locals, I went on to the Merchant Navy and then to teach in Kenya, still with a home in Barton Road.

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