Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cat in a basket


I'd been getting my groceries at Morrisons in Denton last week and had just put my trolley back when I noticed this cat grooming itself on one of the baskets that parents use to strap their babies into when shopping.

I had my camera to hand so took a quick picture.

A contribution to
Saturday Critters;
Camera Critters;
Monday Mellow Yellows;
Blue Monday.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Blackpool Tower in a puddle


The iconic tower reflected in a puddle on the promenade.

A contribution to Weekend Reflections.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Venting Pipes at Manchester Square Pumping Station


Manchester Square pumping station discharges screened foul and surface water sewage from areas of south and central Blackpool into the Irish Sea during periods of storm surge. Normally, this waste water is treated and discharged from Fleetwood.

Blackpool Tower is visible in the background and the Ferris wheel on Central pier can be seen on the left.

For a more natural view see Geograph.

A contribution to The Weekend in Black and White.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

R is for Remembrance at
Denton War Memorial, Manchester


Denton War Memorial stands in Victoria Park, near to the Victoria Street entrance. It commemorates the sacrifice of the 379 men of Denton and Haughton who lost their lives during the Great War. It was unveiled on 23 July 1921. On each of the four sides, there are four steps leading up to the memorial. At the front, the dates 1914 and 1918, surrounded by wreathes, are either side of a panel of names. Above, on the central column, it states:
IN GRATEFUL
AND
UNDYING
REMEMBRANCE OF
THOSE WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN
THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

THIS MEMORIAL HAS
BEEN ERECTED BY
THEIR FELLOW
TOWNSMEN
JULY 1921

These wreaths were laid on Remembrance Sunday, 9th November 2014 and these photographs were taken the next day.

A contribution to
Ruby Tuesday;
Our World Tuesday;
ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Bowling Green Shadows


Autumn shadows on one of the bowling greens at Victoria Park, Denton, Manchester, UK.

A contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Waterloo Sunset


Taken September 2013 near Waterloo Road, Blackpool.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ABC Wednesday: O is for
Oldham Old Drill Hall


The Old Drill Hall on Rifle Street, St Mary's, Oldham with its distinctive castellated Gothic frontage, was the home of the local volunteer forces since 1897 and was used by the Territorial Army until 1998 and closed in 2002.


A sign on the former Oldham TA Centre exhorts:

DON'T WASTE YOUR SPARE TIME
JOIN
THE REME OR RAOC (TAVR)
JOIN HERE - JOIN NOW
INTERESTING WORK CAMPS OVERSEAS GOOD PAY


The red-brick castellated front block with tower at each end and central gatehouse with a hall reputed to hold 1000 men was built for the 6th Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment (following the 1881 Cardwell reforms previously Lancashire Rifle Volunteers). The battalion became the 10th Manchesters following the Haldane reforms in 1908.


In 2007 Oldham council failed in a bid to list the building because of its architectural or historic interest. Later that year a developer was given the green light to demolish the hall and build 30 homes, but that permission expired.


The Oldham Detachment of the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force who meet in a building adjacent to the old hall had wanted the hall to be used as multifunctional venue.


The Old Barracks building was engulfed in flames on 31st March 2011. The 48,000 square metre hall was being used at the time to store vast amounts of upholstery foam. Read the Manchester Evening News report.


For now its only use is as an anchor for mobile phone masts.

A contribution to
Rubbish Tuesday;
ABC Wednesday;
signs, signs;
Good Fences.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Fishing Community Memorial, Fleetwood


The Fishing Community Memorial featuring parts of a trawler was created in 1987 and revamped in 2004.

The first of three inscriptions reads:
"Past this place, the fishermen of Fleetwood have sailed for generations while their families have watched from the shore. Their courage and comradeship under hardship is a living legend. This memorial depicting equipment from a trawler, was placed here in recognition of the great contribution which the men and women of the fishing community have made to the life of Fleetwood"
The second reads:
This memorial was devised by
DAVID PEARCE
and designed by
RICHARD GILLINGHAM
with research by
COUNCILLOR BEN JACKSON.
It was donated by
ROBERTSONS of FLEETWOOD
and the site was prepared by
WYRE COMMUNITY SERVICES
with the assistance of
WYRE BOROUGH COUNCIL.
Unveiled by
COUNCILLOR ANTOON VINK MAYOR of WYRE
Decmber 1987

The third reads:

THE REAL PRICE OF FISH IS THE LIVES OF MEN
The Fleetwood based trawlers listed here came to grief on fishing operations at the cost of life. Many other Fleetwood fishermen have been killed or injured in ships great or small in peace and war from Morecambe Bay to beyond the Arctic Circle
BELOVAR 4/12/13, All Hands (10), N. of Barra Head
DORIS 21/1/14, All Hands (10), Isle of Coll
CLARA BELLA Feb 1914, All Hands (13), Iceland
FANNY Feb 1917, All Hands (10), Hebrides
SWAN 7/3/21, 6 Lost, Off Lands End
ANGLE 8/1/24, All Hands (13), Isle of Man
ANIDA 18/10/24, 9 lost, Isle of Islay
CORMORAN 12/1/26, 7 lost, Islay
SALMONBY 23/3/26, 11 lost, North Sea
GAUL 3/4/26, 7 lost, Tiree
CARTEGENA, Jan '28, All hands(12), Irish Sea
BRIARLYN, 13/2/28 8 lost, St Kilda
MALAGA, 18/10/35, All Hands(12) Irish Sea
WINOOKA, 15/3/36 3 lost, St Kilda
KODAMA, 4/12/36, All Hands (12), West Scotland
SAN SEBASTION, 10/1/37, 4 lost, Islay Sound
BOSTONIAN, Jan '38, All Hands(12) S of Barra Head
EXMOUTH, 9/3/38, 3 lost, Islay
ALCAZAR 12/8/38, 7 lost, Irish Sea
WELLVALE, September '39, All Hands(12), Hebrides(U-Boat)
CRESWELL,November '39, 6 lost, Hebrides (U-Boat)
SULBY, November '39, 5 lost, Hebrides (U-Boat)
WILLIAM HUMPHREYS, Nov '39 All hands (13, Hebrides (U-Boat)
BARBARA ROBERTSON, December '39, One lost, NW Scotland (U-Boat)
MERISIA, 26/1/40, All Hands (12) Isle of Man
LOWDOCK, March '40, 11 lost, Humber Estury
OONA HALL, 28/5/40, 8 lost, Irish Sea
THOMAS DEAS 6/2/41, All Hands (12), Humber Estuary
KINCORTH 12/6/4, 3 lost, Anglesey
LADY LOVE, 30/8/41, All Hands, Iceland (U-Boat)
KING ERIK 8/9/41, All Hands, (U-Boat)
NORDALE, 15/1/42, 5 lost, Mull of Galloway
GALLINULE, 14/3/42, 3 lost, Skerryvore
HONDO, 29/11/42, All Hands, Off Barra Head
LOIS, 5/1/47, 1 lost, Iceland
BENGHAZI 24/4/47, 2 lost, Firth of Lorne
DHOON, 12/12/47, 3 lost, Iceland
GOTH, 16/12/48, All Hands(21), Iceland
MICHAEL GRIFFITHS, 31/1/53, All Hands(13), Off Barra Head
HILDINA, 1/12/53, 6 Lost, Muckle Fugga
EVELYN ROSE 31/12/54, 12 lost, Sound of Mull
RED FALCON, 14/12/59, All Hands (19) Skerryvore

A contribution to Blue Monday.