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Top 13 things you miss most about the Warrington of your youth
Updated 1:03pm Friday 11th April 2014 in News
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
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?
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?
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.
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?
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
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?
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!
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!
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?
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.
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
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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