Memories 1958 – 1976
For Peyton Place, read Murray Place,
Coronation Street, read Store Street,
East Enders, read East Brougham St.
In Stanley there’s more larger than life characters
and dafter stories than any of these shows. Unfortunately they can’t be
told on this medium, to protect the innocent you understand! I’d have Pete
Cameron round with his handcuffs (he’s retired now but I believe he still
has a use for them!).
I’m sure the 070707 reunion
will be the place for all the best and worst stories to be discussed,
dissected and embellished. The News of the World has been alerted.
When it rained in summer we didn’t need to go doon
The Linn for a dook. Naw, there was a rare wee swimming pool outside the
Stewarts house. We’d block the drain (I think we called them condies then)
and the street would fill with water. The O’Briens, The Lakies and The
Stevensons were usually the first ones in.
Across the road from me was Toghal Ferguson (Alan),
my best mate still to this day. He was actually Toghal junior , as his big
brother, Ian was the original Toghal.
Above Toghal was Dave Melville (the Mountain Goat).
He used to send Toghal round to Gudge’s shop for his baccy. He’d wait at
his upstairs window ‘til Toghal came back and get him to chuck it up to
him, to save him from going up the stairs. I remember one day Toghal threw
it too high and it got stuck in the roof gutter. Gone was Daves weekly
supply! Never did find out why he was called the Mountain Goat. If anybody
knows, and it’s printable here, I’d appreciate it!
One Christmas Toghal got a battery operated machine
gun. While playing outside we noticed that when it was fired, it made Marion
and Alex Kennedy’s t.v. go fuzzy. We had a bit of fun with this. Waiting
until Alex got up to bash the telly and we’d stop. We’d start again when
he sat down. This would go on all night. Sorry Marion if you’re reading
I remember collecting football club coins that I
discovered were exactly the same size as a 2 bob coin. When my Mum gave me 2
bob for the electric meter, I’d put in the football token. Then the meter
man came to empty the meter…sorry Mum.
We grew up with the age old Stanley tradition’s of
mischief as laid down by the kids that went before us: tying the opposite
doors together in the Store St closes & filling up newspaper with
dogshit, setting it alight outside a close door and knocking on the door.
The person would come out and stamp out the small fire. Messy, and probably
would get you arrested now, instead of the boot up the backside we got when
caught. To anyone who fell for this, it serves you right, as you probably
did it yourself years earlier.
Here’s a few names and places and what they mean to
Fifi, Toots, - I’ve put them together
because they’re in the same family.
Spud – I pierced his ear with an ice cube and
needle. It got infected
Lush – I pierced his ear and it was ok!
Bambi – one of the daftest buggers I’ve known.
Now a Minister in Australia!
Dodge – his old man was a colourful bloke.
Scab – always seemed to have a few.
Toghal Jr & Toghal Sr – who thought up that
Blaw – lived in Store St
Clug – from a big family in Mill St
Bugsy – has a famous brother
Whistle – had one of the first colour tellys in
Murray Place. We used to watch Top of the Pops at his hoose.
Geordie Rabbit - he used to lower down his Co-op
message book from an upstairs window with his fishing rod
Gudge – sent me on an errand with an envelope that
had me visiting every shop in Stanley. Wasted a whole morning on APRIL FOOLS
DAY. Bastard! I got him back though.
The Mountain Goat – he’s in an earlier story.
The Virginian – often seen on his bike.
Willie the Tink – toughest bloke I’ve seen
Chrissie the Tink.- used to chase us with her pram.
Spooky Smith – it was the house. I don’t think I
ever saw the man.
Jock the bus driver
Peg the ticket collector
Drew the pools man
Bert the milkman
Willie the Coalman
The Bat & The Beeler – from the same family as
Solid, Fifi & Toots!
Jeanie wi the lump on her heid – Sorry, this is
totally politically incorrect & insensitive but she was a great
character in Store St.
Will Stevenson 1st June 2006