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On 10/01/2021 at 14:33, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

That bus stop on the right nearest the camera could be the one I stood in many times on the way back to Rochdale on the Ribble bus. I think it was the No158.

 

On 10/01/2021 at 17:17, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

That's not how remember it Phillip. You're right about which bus stop it was. The route home is as you described but I'm sure the buses were every hour. 244 doesn't ring a bell but it's 50 years ago now !

Mr Shoelaces you remember correctly. The bus was the 158 and it ran from Blackpool to Rochdale through Preston, along the old road to Blackburn and beyond to Rochdale.

I used to travel regularly from Preston to Blackpool. There were 2 or 3 buses that did that trip. The 158 went via Weeton village whereas the 154 went via Wrea Green.

Philip, congrats on your deep knowledge of the buses.

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On 10/01/2021 at 20:02, Exiled in Toronto said:

Personally, I always preferred the livery of the Darwen buses. We lucky people in Tockholes were served by both, albeit highly infrequently.

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Always absolutely gleaming at all times too!

Great fun jumping off at 30mph too. Imagine Elf and Safety of today contemplating that in a risk assessment?!

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On 10/01/2021 at 20:02, Exiled in Toronto said:

Personally, I always preferred the livery of the Darwen buses. We lucky people in Tockholes were served by both, albeit highly infrequently.

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Where is that photo taken?

Is that The Brownhill pub in the background?

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Just now, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Until you jumped off into the bus stop ! Been there , done that.

Sorry Tyrone but I'm smiling just a touch! I thought you always said you had quick feet? 😉

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1 minute ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I got distracted by a stunner in a mini skirt waiting for the bus. I was trying to look cool !

I'm pissing myself now!!

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4 hours ago, Gav said:

Where is that photo taken?

Is that The Brownhill pub in the background?

I would hazard a guess that the bus was hired out for the day by a local church, youth club or school for their annual event. The background doesn’t lend itself to the usual route of the Darwen bus, but I have no idea where it is.

The Mission I attended growing up used to hire out two Blackburn buses for the annual Summer outing to Lytham which we looked forward to. There were lots of games for the young kids, football, rounders and races for the older ones. The ladies were tasked with providing the buffet. It’s unlikely that sort of simple entertainment would occur today, but it’s what held communities together and for some was the nearest they got to a holiday.

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14 hours ago, darrenrover said:

Always absolutely gleaming at all times too!

Great fun jumping off at 30mph too. Imagine Elf and Safety of today contemplating that in a risk assessment?!

You must be posh Nick and referring to th'express 😁😁😁. The regular buses rarely got over 15 mph due to lots of stops.

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2 minutes ago, arbitro said:

You must be posh Nick and referring to th'express 😁😁😁. The regular buses rarely got over 15 mph due to lots of stops.

Poetic licence Tony! 😉

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13 hours ago, darrenrover said:

It's off piste and not in Darren Mark, we both know that!

Too right Nick, Brownhill Arms is in Darwen North and, as you say, off piste. I used to pass it every day though when I worked in Clitheroe. 😀

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12 hours ago, Gav said:

Millwall away 88/89?

 

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Great photo that Gav. A mate of mine went to Millwall (not sure if it was that game) and they found a boozer near the ground. The bravest one of the four said he’d go in and order a half and, if it looked a rough hole, he’d down the half in one and be back out before they knew it. A few minutes later and no sign of him, they were just walking in through the front door when he was just about to come out the same way, so they had to go in. Anyway, they lived to tell the tale. One of the few grounds I never went to.

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2 hours ago, arbitro said:

You must be posh Nick and referring to th'express 😁😁😁. The regular buses rarely got over 15 mph due to lots of stops.

Just as well or my encounter with the bus stop might have led to more than an egg sized lump on my forehead ! 

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The old Millwall Den was genuinely frightening. Went there a few times, situated in the middle of a railway triangle in deepest sarf London. Ramshackle is being kind to it - it's one of the few grounds I visited where the terraces were literally crumbling away with lumps of concrete lying around. The crowd were "hostile" to say the least - mostly old dockers, who hated the ref, presumably because he represented a figure of authority, even more than they they hated the opposition, and young skinheads. It was one of the few places I went where I never wore a Rovers scarf. 

 

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17 minutes ago, jim mk2 said:

The old Millwall Den was genuinely frightening. Went there a few times, situated in the middle of a railway triangle in deepest sarf London. Ramshackle is being kind to it - it's one of the few grounds I visited where the terraces were literally crumbling away with lumps of concrete lying around. The crowd were "hostile" to say the least - mostly old dockers, who hated the ref, presumably because he represented a figure of authority, even more than they they hated the opposition, and young skinheads. It was one of the few places I went where I never wore a Rovers scarf. 

 

I went to a game there 1976/77. As a loan 18 year old, walking the streets of Bermondsey after the game was terrifying. Some may say character building, but I was shitting myself. Ah! Venkys can't take the memories away

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14 hours ago, Gav said:

Millwall away 88/89?

 

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87/88 maybe Gav? Millwall were in the top flight in 88/89. Was this the last game of the season that got us into the play-offs when we dicked them 4-1 to spoil their championship celebrations?

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Those ‘friendly congrats’ included a barrage of coins, which you could hear pinging off that floodlight pylon. We were taken to London Bridge station in police personnel carriers afterwards for our own safety. 
Fucking scum are Millwall fans. 

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20 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

Those ‘friendly congrats’ included a barrage of coins, which you could hear pinging off that floodlight pylon. We were taken to London Bridge station in police personnel carriers afterwards for our own safety. 
Fucking scum are Millwall fans. 

I worked down there for a few days, that was enough for me.

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