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Yes - the baths were used for dances in the 1950's. Pre-war (i.e.pre 1939) Urmston Baths were considered to be of Olympic standard and we saw some of the best swimmers there including a Scottish brother and sister - he was the diving champion. I too remember spending happy hours at the Baths and going to the cafe for hot oxo's before we went home - I was a pupil at Urmston Grammar School (1942-1947) and we used to walk in a crocodile to the baths for swimming lessons. We also used to go to the Palace and Empress cinemas for the Saturday matinees. All week we collected jam jars from the neighbours to sell to raise the money to get in. If you were flush you could afford to go upstairs and then drop things onto the plebs below. Does anybody remember the fields where the pre-fabs were built after the war - Winchester Road - we spent hours there fighting rival gangs and building dens. Also the 'little field' which was hemmed in by the houses along Greenfield Avenue,Derby Road and Crofts Bank Road - the VE day and VJ day bonfires were held there as well as the annual bonfire nights - a safe place for us all to play - and scrump apples from the gardens of the houses on Crofts Bank - I can remember the Wright family (5 children),the Harrisons,the Farrimonds,the Cooks and the MacMurdos (4 children) all living on either Greenfield Avenue or Derby Road - we all attended Urmston Council School and walked across Golden Hill Park to get there. On the way home we would stop off for a go on the Big Dipper. When the GI's arrived we would plague them for gum. They were stationed at Park Hospital and seemed very exotic to us kids - happy days -
Thanks to Mac the Knife!

Urmston baths were in fact used for dancing in the winter. As a pupil at urmston grammer i went swimming once a week during the open season. i also went dancing after learning to dance at Sidney Painters School of Modern Dancing which was situated on the road leading up to the cemetry in Urmston. In those days it was a choice between dancing and snooker in the Temperance Billiard Hall which had an unusual semi circular domed roof.
Thanks to Alan James!

What happy memories the comments made concerning Urmston Baths have come to mind. Many happy hours I spent dancing there. Xmas and New Year dances were held in both the baths and the Princess Rooms. Happy,Happy,days.
Thanks to Derek.J.Hallworth.!

Your Mum is correct about dances at Urmston baths Bernadette.They covered the pool over and it made for rather springy dancing.They also used the princess rooms for old time dancing at Xmas and New year.The period covered would the 50s and 60s.Many times I enjoyed the times there. Happy Days.
Thanks to Derek J Hallworth!

Oh yes I remember the swimming baths being turned into a dance hall in the winter. We had some fabulous times there and New years eve was amazing. I am so glad I found this site, the memories it brings back such happy memories.
Thanks to Maureen Oates, nee Bennett!

My sister Deanna and myself June went to the New Years Eve dance at the baths near the Curson cinema each year from 1955 on for a few years and they were great June Damianidis ne Darby Canada.
Thanks to june Damianidis ne Darby!

The opening act was a band called The Meteors.I know ,I was the drummer. I still have the poster!
Thanks to Peter Simensky!

It wasn't Hermans Hemits in support, it was the Meteors, I was the drummer! I have a poster...4/6 to get in"
Thanks to Peter Simensky!

Just stumbled on this site and would like to say WELL DONE. Very interesting. Born in Urmston 1936 (old Cottage Hospital) but left the area a few years ago. Came back briefly and was really sad to come over the motorway bridge from Worsley to be greeted by the neon lights of that shopping ?? (sorry do not quite know what to call it). You see I grew up in Kingsway Park during and after the 39/43 war and that area was all farms and woodland where my friends and I would spend all our free time. Some call it progress. I call it vandalism.
Thanks to Thomas R Daniel!

Such a nice surprise to find this site.great memories.seem to remember les burges he might remember me.we (brenda and me) lived at no 17 the grove dad frank was killed in germany at the end of the war.mother annie married again and we moved all the way to percys place at no 4. what a tale the GROVE could tell if all the people there got together.the shops were as people have said but the that has been missed out is mrs gibons at the pork shop.best meat pies in the world brawn,tripe,trotter,pressed face,cowheels what would people think of that today.you can still smell the coffee being roasted across at meakins mr shuttleworth was at the chemist and mr dyson was the end shop. would be nice to here from any one stillremembers us we went to st michals school i went flixton senior and brenda went to urmston grammer,our step brother les morris still lives in flixton regds brian lewis now living in sale
Thanks to Brian Lewis!


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