Top 13 things you miss most about the Warrington of your youth

Warrington Guardian: Top 10 things you miss most about the Warrington of your youth Top 10 things you miss most about the Warrington of your youth

1 A night at Mr Smith’s

From the Hit Man and Her to a chance to dance with Stan. Everyone has a favourite memory from a night at Mr Smith’s. Even Rick Astley

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2 Having the day off school or work for Walking Day

Admit it, you probably didn’t walk and maybe only arrive in town after most of the parade had finished. But a day off in June is always good, and where else can you buy a novelty balloon shaped like Thomas the Tank or drink on a Friday afternoon?

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3 A trip to the Mississippi Showboat

It is not exactly Miami Vice (although lots of people dressed like it was) and it was out on Howley but who could forget the showboat (or Secrets) – until it burned down in mysterious circumstances.... And who could forget The Carlton or The World?

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4 Vodka from Varrington

Before Warrington was known as the home of Ikea, you could guarantee people you didn’t know but found out you were from Warrington would shout Vladivar Vodka from Varrington at you.

5 Wilderspool

Yes, we know, it is still there. But watching a game, packed into the Fletcher End in the freezing cold always provided great memories. Who needed toilets when there was a perfectly good wall?

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6 The Odeon on Buttermarket Street

It is all well and good going to Westbrook, but there was a time when at least one cinema remained standing in Warrington town centre (and that is forgetting the ABC and Ritz). And you could get ice cream after the cartoons and before the main show

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7 Woolworths

Where do you go to get your passport photo taken or go to nick some pick n mix now the Sankey Street store is shut?

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8 The Hoagie Wagon

Bridge Street has a plentiful supply of fast food takeaways but nothing to compare with the Hoagie – or was it Hogey? Chips, burgers and milkshakes – the perfect end to the night. Ken’s opposite Central Station also gets an honourable mention for its hot dogs!

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9 Warrington Baths

Orford Park might be shiny and new but there was something special about Warrington Baths. Being taught swimming by Sunny Lowry and changing just metres from the edge of the pool added to its character!

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10 Hanging round McDonalds on Bridge Street

Before drive thrus, where else could you go to see your friends on a Saturday afternoon on a bus trip to town?

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11. Warrington Festival

Those balmy couple of weeks in the summer when star acts like Brotherhood Of Man would appear at the Parr Hall, and there would be a convoy of floats between town and Victoria Park giving away promotional freebies like paper hats and cans of Labatts lager.

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12. Winter weather

When it got so bad that school heating systems would break down regularly and we would be sent home, usually to play out and create skid patches on the ice - spending hours sliding several metres over and over again

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13. The roller rink!

Strapping on the skates and waltzing around like a champion, trying your best not to end up on your rear end in front of your pals.

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11:47am Fri 11 Apr 14

Dr Beeching says...

McDonald's ? - The Wimpey please.
McDonald's ? - The Wimpey please. Dr Beeching
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dr Beeching says...

Or even better, The Wimpy !!!
Or even better, The Wimpy !!! Dr Beeching
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bluejean says...

I have brilliant memories of The Lion in Bridge Street, disco upstairs every Friday & Sunday night. Also saw some great acts there and I will admit to slipping down those stairs once or twice! ;)
I have brilliant memories of The Lion in Bridge Street, disco upstairs every Friday & Sunday night. Also saw some great acts there and I will admit to slipping down those stairs once or twice! ;) Bluejean
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Billy Porter says...

"Who needed toilets when there was a perfectly good wall?"

Classy.
"Who needed toilets when there was a perfectly good wall?" Classy. Billy Porter
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Brick Bazooka says...

No mention of where kids played. How about...

The derelict Gartons
The B.O.N.K.
Under the bridge on Chester Road (near Gainsborough Road).
On top of Priestley College roof.
No mention of where kids played. How about... The derelict Gartons The B.O.N.K. Under the bridge on Chester Road (near Gainsborough Road). On top of Priestley College roof. Brick Bazooka
  • Score: 1

1:53pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Brick Bazooka says...

Forgot the Jungle near the B.O.N.K.
Forgot the Jungle near the B.O.N.K. Brick Bazooka
  • Score: -2

2:31pm Fri 11 Apr 14

GRUMPY PARENT says...

Being able to sneak up to 35mph without getting a speeding fine, Or parking round town without getting a ticket. Driving with no M.O.T because your car would never pass one, or not taxing your car until you had gone at least one month without any.
Not a popular comment I know but you were all thinking it, and I didn't even mention drink driving.
Being able to sneak up to 35mph without getting a speeding fine, Or parking round town without getting a ticket. Driving with no M.O.T because your car would never pass one, or not taxing your car until you had gone at least one month without any. Not a popular comment I know but you were all thinking it, and I didn't even mention drink driving. GRUMPY PARENT
  • Score: -9

2:37pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Bewseylad says...

Everybody having a proper job in the many manufacturing companies in Warrington.
St. Alban's youth club after work.
Everybody having a proper job in the many manufacturing companies in Warrington. St. Alban's youth club after work. Bewseylad
  • Score: 10

9:21am Sat 12 Apr 14

Avoidthemainstream says...

Got to be the world nightclub. Eat 5 garries and dance ya tits off all night
Got to be the world nightclub. Eat 5 garries and dance ya tits off all night Avoidthemainstream
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Cheap Mower says...

GRUMPY PARENT wrote:
Being able to sneak up to 35mph without getting a speeding fine, Or parking round town without getting a ticket. Driving with no M.O.T because your car would never pass one, or not taxing your car until you had gone at least one month without any.
Not a popular comment I know but you were all thinking it, and I didn't even mention drink driving.
What a dick
[quote][p][bold]GRUMPY PARENT[/bold] wrote: Being able to sneak up to 35mph without getting a speeding fine, Or parking round town without getting a ticket. Driving with no M.O.T because your car would never pass one, or not taxing your car until you had gone at least one month without any. Not a popular comment I know but you were all thinking it, and I didn't even mention drink driving.[/p][/quote]What a dick Cheap Mower
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Paris says...

Peppermint gardens and Fiesta at Wilderspool. Disco queen!
Peppermint gardens and Fiesta at Wilderspool. Disco queen! Paris
  • Score: 3

8:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

silverlady54 says...

As a child I remember the very creaky lift with attendant in Boots, when it was on the corner at Market Gate.
As a child I remember the very creaky lift with attendant in Boots, when it was on the corner at Market Gate. silverlady54
  • Score: 1

12:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Jess4095945 says...

Casis!!
Casis!! Jess4095945
  • Score: 0

1:23pm Mon 14 Apr 14

paulandlisa says...

What about the Bell Hall, or St. Ben's Youth Club? Or the old market?
What about the Bell Hall, or St. Ben's Youth Club? Or the old market? paulandlisa
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Mon 14 Apr 14

paulandlisa says...

What about the Bell Hall, or St. Ben's Youth Club? Or getting he last bus home?
What about the Bell Hall, or St. Ben's Youth Club? Or getting he last bus home? paulandlisa
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Mon 14 Apr 14

richiepooh says...

Wearing a suit to get into a nightclub such as Legends (remember the ice rink and arcade they used to have there).

Rainbow Cafe,american pool center, when winwick street was decked with flowers in the center carraigway, lovely, now looks like third world shanty town, thanks to council neglect.

Coop dance hall

Town center, crowned bussiest shopping town and market in the UK, now looks like...repeat above.
Wearing a suit to get into a nightclub such as Legends (remember the ice rink and arcade they used to have there). Rainbow Cafe,american pool center, when winwick street was decked with flowers in the center carraigway, lovely, now looks like third world shanty town, thanks to council neglect. Coop dance hall Town center, crowned bussiest shopping town and market in the UK, now looks like...repeat above. richiepooh
  • Score: 7

8:10pm Mon 14 Apr 14

exwarringtonian says...

I can well remember the following picture houses, the Grand, Ritz, Empire, Odeon, Regent, Premier in Latchford one in Church St known as the flea pit and the Royal Court theatre, all these had Saturday morning matinees, another one in Orford lane named The Queens, Rugby played at Wilderspool on Saturday afternoons and watched the Yanks playing American football in the weekday afternoons, those were the days to remember.
I can well remember the following picture houses, the Grand, Ritz, Empire, Odeon, Regent, Premier in Latchford one in Church St known as the flea pit and the Royal Court theatre, all these had Saturday morning matinees, another one in Orford lane named The Queens, Rugby played at Wilderspool on Saturday afternoons and watched the Yanks playing American football in the weekday afternoons, those were the days to remember. exwarringtonian
  • Score: 4

4:56pm Wed 16 Apr 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

The working boats as i remember on the Sankey - St.Helens canal. Hickeys stables and their horses for hire at Buttermilk Bridge. The Baby Clinic at Eagle Sports where the David Lloyd Centre is now. The lime-mortar being made at Rigbys on the corner of Hood lane and Liverpool Road. Various Co-op Shops around the town. The Steam powered (Scammell) waggons that traveled regularly from Liverpool to Warrington Market, i remember them filling up at the water hydrant at a layby that became a bus stop, opposite Electro Hydraulics' main gate on Liverpool Road.
The working boats as i remember on the Sankey - St.Helens canal. Hickeys stables and their horses for hire at Buttermilk Bridge. The Baby Clinic at Eagle Sports where the David Lloyd Centre is now. The lime-mortar being made at Rigbys on the corner of Hood lane and Liverpool Road. Various Co-op Shops around the town. The Steam powered (Scammell) waggons that traveled regularly from Liverpool to Warrington Market, i remember them filling up at the water hydrant at a layby that became a bus stop, opposite Electro Hydraulics' main gate on Liverpool Road. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Wed 16 Apr 14

SAC_in_Warrington says...

The working boats as i remember on the Sankey - St.Helens canal. Hickeys stables and their horses for hire at Buttermilk Bridge. The Baby Clinic at Eagle Sports where the David Lloyd Centre is now. The lime-mortar being made at Rigbys on the corner of Hood lane and Liverpool Road. Various Co-op Shops around the town. The Steam powered (Scammell) waggons that traveled regularly from Liverpool to Warrington Market, i remember them filling up at the water hydrant at a layby that became a bus stop, opposite Electro Hydraulics' main gate on Liverpool Road.
The working boats as i remember on the Sankey - St.Helens canal. Hickeys stables and their horses for hire at Buttermilk Bridge. The Baby Clinic at Eagle Sports where the David Lloyd Centre is now. The lime-mortar being made at Rigbys on the corner of Hood lane and Liverpool Road. Various Co-op Shops around the town. The Steam powered (Scammell) waggons that traveled regularly from Liverpool to Warrington Market, i remember them filling up at the water hydrant at a layby that became a bus stop, opposite Electro Hydraulics' main gate on Liverpool Road. SAC_in_Warrington
  • Score: 1

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