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Updated December 18, 2016 7:17 PM

Photo courtesy of Bolton Archives and Local Studies with permission

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Boys Playground

Taken from St Marks Church grounds and across St Marks Street the photo shows the boys playground.

Photo taken in 2004 with permisson of the occupiers

I think every boy who went to St Marks played footie in the schoolyard using the wall of the coal merchants next door as one of the goals. We certainly did and "Old Man Entwistle" had a habit of keeping our ball if it went over the toilet block and into the coal yard. His son Jack, also carried on the tradition but I got to know Jack quite well years later and he was a good bloke really.
Hindle Gregory Class of 1952

 

Around 1963/64 I was being chased by a bully and his mates, It didn't dawn on me at the time that he was 3 years older, but this day I was running for the gate I glanced round to see how far in front I was then turning my head to look forward again BANG! straight into the gate that was left open, down I went with stars all over the place and my head thumping and my face smarting like hell, the ones who were in chase just went off laughing. Anyway when I got home I had recovered enough 'I thought', to enter our house but as soon as I got in my Mum said "what is that on your face? what have you done now?" she showed me the mirror I had two vertical welts that the railings on the gate had done.
Dad got me an Alsatian dog some time after and at about the time school finished my Mum used to let Sue out (dogs name) and she sat on the doorstep and when I came round the corner of our street Sue used to come running up to greet me, but one day I was again being chased by the same lad 'and he was gaining on me' just as I ran round the corner of our street Sue saw me and came a running, the bully not far behind me, Sue came running faster than usual and I thought to myself she is going to bring me down the speed she's going at, but she ran straight past me and ran after him, their was screams and yelling and all kinds of commotion behind me but I was'nt stopping.
He never bothered me again.
David Dixon site author Class of 1966

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