Goole on the Web
This site is meant to be taken tongue in cheek


This is an unofficial guide to all things Goole-related. For those of you who haven't heard of the place, it's not a search engine based in East Yorkshire, but a small town in Northern England full of Goolies. Goole is unusual because it's an artificial town, originally built to serve the Aire & Calder Canal. It is one of the few places in this country that knows exactly when it was formed. The Clock Tower marks the year, 1826, when Goole opened its doors (or should that be lock gates?)

Sorry for the recent downtime to the site. The previous hosting company blocked the site as the traffic was getting to large. It's now moved to another server. Bear with me if any broken links are not yet fixed.

Purpose of this site

This site was set up by an expat to see if anybody out there is interested in the town. Judging from the feedback, there is some demand. Hopefully, by browsing this site, it won't just be the people of Zlotow who've heard of the place.

Welcome to Goole Street Sign I do value your comments and contributions. I read all feedback, although I'm notoriously unreliable for replying to them. Most feedback is for lots more historical information. Being a sea-port, the goole genes have spread around the world and people are trying trace their ancestors. There is now a lot more of this, which hopefully will be of interest to people in the town as well.

You can now add comments yourself directly to the bottom of most pages.' Please do this if there's any wrong information, or you want to expand or record your memories about something.

Of course any comments in this site are my own personal views. There other web sites, agencies and tourist information which should be read to get the true picture. Wherever possible, I've tried to add links to other relevant resources on each page. This site is aimed at people who have lived and left Goole and keep some affection for the place. Contrary to what this site may imply, it's not that bad a place (certainly no worse than any others) and personally, I'd rather come from a town with character than live in Milton Keynes.

Please send questions, compliments or complaints to

What now?

If you're trying to track down relatives from the area then visit the genealogy page, it your ancestors sailed from the port then try the ships page, if you want to see where Goolies are around the world then dip into the Goole Gene Pool, if you want to view feedback or even send some of your own then go to the emails page, if you've got a funny nose then try The Reedness Test, if you've ended up here because you can't spell then you probably want Google, otherwise feel free to browse or use the search box in the top-left.

This site has achieved one of its purposes and has acted as a catalyst for commercial Goole websites. These are listed to the right and should be consulted for more serious research.

Various images and documents which didn't make it to the main site but may be useful to people interested in the history of Goole and District can be found at the GOTW web-exhibition


Remember that this site is completely non-commercial, was written firmly tongue-in-cheek and should be taken with a pinch of salt. If I make a light-hearted comment about syringes in parks, then it does not mean that national newspapers should quote the phrase out of context. If I have a WebCam and subsequently say that the pictures are hand-drawn by a primary school, then assume it's not for real. Be careful about using this material for radio phone-ins in case I've got my facts wrong.

Archived messages can be found with this link

Visitor Comments

Posted by danny smith at 01/01/2012 12:47
I was born in goole. Moved to Newcastle when i was 18.. its amazing how many people know of goole or have been to goole all over the country.. its a very unique town and I hope to move back as all my family are still there.. even in the 6years iv been away goole has changed a lot an is really getting put on the map, makes me proud to be a goolie :)
Posted by dominick smith at 07/01/2012 21:14
mike, ask simon if he remember's saint thomas's next time your speak to him
Posted by Keith at 09/01/2012 19:36
Sorry Mike, but I think the Mariners Arms was the bottom house and the middle house was the Dock Tavern
Posted by Mike Ganley at 13/01/2012 10:57
You're right Keith - stand corrected.
And the Cape of Good Hope (Chris Ward's pub) must have been the top house then?
Posted by danny johnson at 14/01/2012 12:36
married to helen (Kenning watson)

anybody a contact number.
Posted by Mike Ganley at 26/01/2012 10:08
Dominick - Simon says hi.
His e mail address is:
Posted by anita walsh at 28/01/2012 02:52
I am trying to find Dave Fallon, singer in a 60's group named The Blueberries. At this time he lived in Thorne. Friends from the group John, Mel and Jim would like to have a reunion.
Can anyone Help?
Posted by Paul at 28/01/2012 14:28
Mike Ganley
Did you or another member of your family with the same name attend Marist College in Hull.
Posted by Mike Ganley at 28/01/2012 21:55
No. Went to Holy Family Carlton.
A good mate of mine - Chris Gutowski - went there and my uncle was a teacher there but his name was Oldroyd
Posted by Paul at 29/01/2012 20:16
Mike Ganley
Thanks for your reply. I thought that as you went to an RC primary school you may have gone onto Marist College.Your comment in November about corporal punishment being inflicted by nuns was interesting as it was little different at an RC grammar school with all the priests and teachers having canes.The ruler on the knuckles reminded me that the physics teacher used a wooden box with weights for the scale instead and the latin teacher enjoyed twisting your sideboards or twisting his cane threw your hair whilst trying to translate latin prose.Record for caning was about 28 strokes in a 40 minute lesson to a classmate by a priest.Bet you're pleased you went to Carlton.
Posted by Peter Hill at 11/02/2012 10:39
Tomorrow, 12 February marks the 50th anniversary of the fire on board the Hull-registered MV Fountains Abbey which led to the loss of the ship and cost two Goole men their lives. Operated by Associated Humber Lines, she was homeward bound from Bremen and Hamburg when the fire was spotted 76 miles east of Spurn Head.It had been a rough passage and some drums of inflammable sodium chlorite had shifted, some spillage occurred followed by spontaneous combustion with bales of wool which formed part of the cargo.Within minutes, the master, Fred Wooller gave the order to abandon ship.Eighteen of the 22 man crew managed to get aboard the port lifeboat but two men were fatally injured as the ship's counter came down on the forward part of the lifeboat as it tried to clear the ship in heavy seas.The Lowestoft trawler, John O'Heugh, was able to get the survivors on board but before the fatalities could also be taken on board, the lifeboat drifted away.Three days later the lifeboat was found drifting by the Norwegian ship, Rondo.The bodies of James Cleary, bosun and William Gilmartin, a motorman were taken on board.Among the survivors from Goole were: Gordon King, chief engineer;Sidney Stowe, AB;James Dawson,steward;Michael Spencer, assistant steward; and Robert Denman.The 22 year old mate of another trawler, the Boston Spitfire, received awards from the Lloyd's insurance market and the Royal Humane Society for his role in the rescue effort.
Posted by Paul at 11/02/2012 20:55
Peter Hill
Did you live in Clifton Gardens and left Boothferry Road Junior School in 1955 for Pocklington?
Posted by Kevin Oldridge at 12/02/2012 20:34
Mike Ganley

Have seen your comments posted earlier.
I went to Marist College from 1966 to 1972. There were about a dozen of us from Goole- most came through St Thomas's school in Old goole but a few came from schools in the town.
We all enjoyed it in Hull but by the end of our time there, I was thoroughly fed up of getting on that train every morning and rushing back to the station every night to make sure you caught the 4:20 train back to Goole.
One good thing about it, was that we could use our train pass to travel back to Hull for free on a saturday to watch Hull City play. We were also able to catch every midweek evening game. They had a very good team at that time.
Posted by Paul at 13/02/2012 17:10
Kevin Oldridge
Nice to hear from a fellow former pupil of Marist.I was there 1956-63 and lived in Hull,having moved from Goole in 1955.I do recall the "Goolies" enjoying the benefits of their rail passes.In my last year I had to pay my rail fare to play football for Goole BRSA until I was paid 10s. to cover the fare, a surplus of 2s6d which made me feel like a semi-pro player!
Turnover of priests and teachers during my time was limited so I expect some of those there during your time were the same:Fr Salmon the headmaster,Fr.Howarth,Messrs.Mell(history)Healy(english)McGarry(geography) Flynn (latin)etc. Remember a Mr Oldroyd in the lower school teaching music appreciation in the prefab, sitting on his desk next to a large wind-up record player puffing away on a Park Drive or Woodbine.Was the school enforcer still there in your time,namely,Fr,"Sid" O'Shaughnessy?The priest I refer to in the post above about record the caning was Fr Riley,a young priest with a bit of a temper. Like you I enjoyed my time there but the only regret is that sport was not taken very seriously and it was only in my last year that a dedicated sports teacher was taken on, a Mr Myers, I think.
Was looking on google earth at the school site(date unknown) and it appears Waddingtons the tannery seems to be residential and except for the church and house at the school main entrance everything has been demolished and new buildins erected and even the playing field was under construction.
Best wishes.
Posted by Kevin Oldridge at 13/02/2012 22:14
Dear Paul,
Thanks for your response.
What's your surname by the way. If you lived in Goole perhaps my older brother knew you.

No can't say I recall Fr Sid Shaugnessy. Fr Salmon dished out the cane outside his office door for all to see. Although there was a Fr Moriarty (choir practice) who liked to give you a good old slippering! He had big feet and was built like a rugby player, so was a scary guy to an eleven year old.
There was a dedicated sports master in our time there, who also taught history, but I can't remember his name. We had school football teams, rugby team and went to regular swimming sessions across the road at a smallish pool. Me and Kev O'Regan used to come through to Hull on a saturday morning to play for the school football team. We had a good set of lads who all got along fine with each other. There was also keen interest in rugby at the time and I recall Phil Donn regularly practising kicking on the field at various points in the day. I was surprised to see he took up professional football refereeing after he left school because I never saw him kick a round ball at any time!
I do remember Mr Myers (geog) and Mr Mell. I also remember Mr Oldroyd, a nice chap, who taught English Literature I think. Can't remember anything else about him, other than, I think he mentioned he once taught at Goole Modern School.
Although we weren't allowed out at lunchtime some of us used to pay a visit to Monica Billiard Hall to have a frame if we could get on a board. Either that or go down Beverley Road to the Bowling Alley. Some lunchtimes (Thurs or Friday) we would pay a visit to the dance hall on the corner of Ferensway (Mecca I think?) (it's still there now but under a different name). God knows what we did there then, probably just seeing what older teenagers got upto- I don't remember any doormen to bar us entry. There was always plenty to entertain us in Hull.
Essentially, because we were so far away from home we could be lads without fear of our parents finding out. If my Mam had found out we went to those places she would have shook a seven!!
It was great at Marist.

Best Wishes
Posted by Paul at 14/02/2012 09:07
Hi Kevin
I'd forgotten about skiving off at lunchtime for a game of snooker.
My surname is Triggs. I doubt your brother would know me as I attended Boothferry Road Infants and Junior School.I did play a team from Old Goole in 1955 in the final of the Short Cup. 0-0 as I recall. Interestingly the captain of my team was Peter Hill who I think may be the poster of that name on this website.
Fr. Salmon certainly dolled out some retributution for serious misdemeanours. I recall a caning infront of the whole school on the playground between the old school building and bike shed that ran along Waddingtons boundary.I seem to remember he didn't use an ordinary cane but a black greeheart walking stick with a metal tip.
Mr Myers was certainly the PE teacher but no doubt doubled up with another subject.The best teacher during my time was Mr.McGarry(geography).
Like you I played football for the school and particularly enjoyed the trips to Blackburn and Middlesborough in the triangular competitiom. Rugby hadn't been introduced although there was a Marist Old Boys team.We did enter a makeshift seven-aside team in a competion in Bridlington or Withernsea as I played in it. Doesn't surprise me that rugby was introduced as I'm sure Myers played rugby and pupils from east hull were staunch Rovers supporters and probably played it at junior school.Touch rugby on the playingfield was common usinga "ball" of newspaper in an old sock. I also recall Father Salmon driving 4 of us upto Middlesborough for an athletics competition and nearly driving of the road,well he did wear glasses but clearly not strong enough!
In my early years at the College the summer break was 9/10 weeks 'though this was reduced to the normal 6 weeks in later years. Again when the annual weekly retreat took place as a non-catholic pupil it was effectively a week of doing very little but this changed it a more structured use of that time.
I've enjoyed corresponding with you as it's encouraged the"grey matter" to do a little work.
Best wishes.
Posted by Kev Oldridge at 14/02/2012 17:25
Re: Marist College

Thanks for your reply Paul.
You're right Triggs is not a familiar surname for us, probably because you attended a different school when you lived in Goole.
As for teachers, I think I have got confused with the names. I am not at all certain about these. I will go with your better recollection in that area.
Thanks for refreshing my memory of my time at Marist. Perhaps another subject that we have a mutual interest in, will crop up in the future.

Best Wishes
Posted by Peter Hill at 14/02/2012 19:14
Just caught up with the messages from Paul Triggs who I remember well from days in Goole in the 50's. Yes, I lived in Clifton Gardens - number 12 - and attended Boothferry Road Infants and Junior School.You have a very good memory of the Shorts Cup match: did we play extra time? I do remember playing on the Goole Town AFC ground and feeling very grown up.I left in '55, went to Pocklington leaving in '62. I taught for a year at Thorne as a student teacher before becoming a journalist and heading south eventually to Fleet Street.Your father, like mine, worked for AHL I think.
Posted by Paul at 15/02/2012 02:26
Hi Peter
Really nice to catch up with you as it must be about 56 years plus since we last were in contact.In the early '50's we moved from Jackson Street to 35 Clifton Gardens.
I found this website by accident as rather belatedly my cousin who lives in Goole gave me a cutting from the Goole Times for September 2007.I don't know whether you are aware of it but Colin Maundrell had approached the paper for help in identifying fotballers in two photographs from Boothferry Road School in 1954 and 1955.The latter photogragh I recognised as I was on it but could't recall the names except yours and my cousin Bernard Harrison.It was taken after the game with Old Goole ,which may have been St Thomas's, in the school yard. I still have an original copy in an album but unfortunately no names.I tried googling the Goole Times for archives to see if there was a response to his request but no results but it it did lead to this website.
I did recall colin but for a goalkeeper judging by the photograph he was pretty short. Whilst I recognized the faces, only two names sprang to mind, Appleyard and Westerman. Can't remember extra time at the Pleasure Gounds but do remember being taken for fish and chips near the clock tower after the game.
My memory may be a bit hazy about the players as I spent two years in the form below the 11 plus year and I was the only player from the year below to play for the team. I started school before I was 4 as the Goole Secondary Modern School persuaded my mother to return teaching there so I was "shunted" off to school early which meant that I had to lose a year somewhere.
I believe you are correct that, my father worked with your father as he was a marine engineer. Originally during the war he was sailing with the New Zealand shipping Company to Australia, New Zealand and Canada. I think he was torpedoed 2 if not 3 times and subsequently sailed to Antwerp and Rotterdam on The "butter boats".When we moved to Hull he was involved in repairs to a fishing fleet(can't remember which) and subsequently worked for Drypool Engineering Company and Dunstans.
Memories : You had a full head of blond or light brown hair( I think things may have changed here) :Your mother's name was Henrietta:your father had a large black saloon (Humber ? ) Pilate with leather upolhstery: My first two wheeler bike, a red one, was bought from your parents:I think it was you that came with my mother to a relation's farm.To get there we went by bus to "White City" and walked along a farm track and then along the railway track.We were playing on the haystacks and slipped between two of them which was quite frightening being very hot. It was a struggle to get out which we did but had to have minor medical treatment for cuts and grazes.
Anyway I'll bring an end to the tales of yore but do appreciate your reply.
Posted by Chris Gutowski at 15/02/2012 09:01
Hi Kev Oldridge

I remembner you well from those days of train travelling. You were with Kev O'Regarn, Paddy Byrnet etc, as well as my brother Mike. You also had a brother Andy I seem to remember.

Funnily enough I attended a 35 year old Marist re-union at the weekend. The leavers class of '76. We reminisced about Jim and Bill Samon, Tony Tordoff and many others (I too remmeber the white haired Fr Moriarty.

Do you remember 'Mad Jack' the Latinm techer? Physices teacher was 'Bongo' who knuckled your head if you got a question wrong.

To the wider forum contributors, it wasn't just catholic schools that gave out the cane and wrapped your knuckles was it. I mean this was standard fayre back then?
Posted by Mike Ganley at 16/02/2012 08:07
Posted by paul at 16/02/2012 14:30
Mike Ganley
As you will have gathered your uncle,Mr Oldroyd,did teach me.As well as music appreciation I think he taught english in the lower forms. He was a really nice laid back guy and I don't recall him resorting to the cane.He had a son at the College but he was 2/3 years ahead of me.

Chris Gutowski

Was "bongo" Mr Giles.If it was he also rapped your Knuckles with a wooden box containing scales weights.
"Mad Jack" sounds like Mr Flynn, an Irish teacher.
Posted by Kev oldridge at 16/02/2012 15:50
FAO: Chris Gutowski

I do remember you Chris, but more so, your older brother Mike. I think Mike was only a year older than me, so we would have spent more time together at St Thomas's and Marist. I'm not sure but I think he joined us all on Kingsway playing field to play football or cricket while we were still at Junior school. It's been so long ago now, I regret, I probably wouldn't recognise either of you. As an aside, your mother used to teach my wife at Goole Modern School as well.

I do have a younger brother Andy, who went to Holy Family Carlton. By that time I think Marist had stopped intakes from Goole, everyone seemed to go to the newly built Carlton school.

As for teachers, I mentioned in one of my previous posts that my memory of teachers was poor. I think Fr J salmon (headmaster's brother?) taught us latin. However, there was a strange guy, Italian I think, who taught that and other languages. From what I remember he had another job on an evening somewhere and would often be found asleep on the large window ledges situated on the upper floor of the new shool building. I think he was prone to strange stress outbursts as well! I think all schools have their share of "characters".

Best Wishes
Posted by Daniel Johnson at 26/02/2012 08:24
Stanhope Street

Can anybody remember when this Night club was open? Dates Please
Posted by Steve Butterworth at 29/02/2012 21:01
In response to an article by Tommy Parsons now of castleford.
Hi Tommy, I was at Greennawn when you were - went to Drax Grammar - one or two guys have recently asked about you and Derek so maybe you can get in touch.
Posted by norma frear nee weston at 29/02/2012 23:03
somebody must have known my dad frank weston who lived in goole as a child i would love to know anything about my dads childhood
Posted by tony wilson at 01/03/2012 07:30
Hello all you Goolies. Can someone help. Around 1946 my father played for Goole town. Albert Woodvine ( came from Leicster )
winger I believe. Does anyone know were i coul find apicture of the team or him form that era.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Posted by Dave Heffron at 09/03/2012 02:07
Anyone here know a Dave Retburg? His family used to have a shop on Marshfield road. Had some happy times a kid in goole in the 60's and 70's. From Sheffield but used to visit my Aunts on Broadway - McBrides. Loved the Carlton as a kid and the sweet shop at the side of it.
Posted by Moira Thomas (Buttle) at 13/03/2012 15:43
I noticed that you moved to 35 CLIFTON GARDENS in 1955. This is the last address I have for my Great-Grandparents the BUTTLE family. Thomas Alfred Buttle and his wife Anne. I know they were there until at least 1934 when a D Buttle was still there. I know its a long shot but I wondered if you have any knowledge of this family? I live in Birmingham and found the Goole web-site quite by chance a couple of years ago, very interesting to read about where my relatives came from. I believe my Great-Grandfather was a steam ship manager. if you dont have any knowledge of them perhaps you could recommend which newspaper is best to place an ad in for my search; also could anyone suggest which books are best for telling the history of Goole and the shipping connection. Best Wishes. Moira Thomas (Buttle)
Posted by Paul at 13/03/2012 23:09
Hi Moira
Sorry but I can't really assist you. I moved to Clifton Gardens in about 1952 and at the age of 8 your'e not really aware of the previous occupants of the house. It's a pity that occupiers aren't required to provide a log of the time they spent there to be handed on to future owners.
You may like to google for Susan Butler who has written extensively about the area ( She also has a professinal geanealogy service.
A request for information, as well as under this topic, may produce results if you posted under "The Ships" also.
I believe the local papers are The Goole Times and Goole Courier.
Sorry I can't be of more help but whilst I was born in Goole I have not lived there since 1955.
Posted by Patricia at 14/03/2012 16:03
Hello. Does anyone know any Bristow family members from the Blacktoft area or Scalby?
Posted by moira thomas at 14/03/2012 20:30
Hi Paul
Thanks for getting back to me so soon. It was a long shot but at least I know that you have no knowledge of the family in question. The leads you have given to me will be useful and I will follow them up. I have got this far so I will carry on trying to solve the mystery. I look at the Goole web-site from time to time and find it very good and informative. Thanks again and good wishes to you.

Moira Thomas
Posted by Margaret Audas( HOCKNEY) at 17/03/2012 18:02
Information please. Which church was built first, St. John's or St. Mary's? Also when were Sy. Paul's and All Saints built and closed? I fact any information of these churches. Thanks
Posted by Christine Graham (formerly MacSwiney) at 18/03/2012 10:17
Hi there,

I was born in Goole, in Brough St. to be exact, and lived there until 1946. I attended Pasture Rd school.

My grandfather was Thomas MacSwiney,who was a surgeon at St Bartholomews Hospital Goole.

My aunt is Mollie England, who I believe still lives in the Goole area, and I would love to hear from her as she is the only remaining member of my mother's family.
Posted by Bill at 18/03/2012 23:45
St.John's church was built in 1848
Posted by Ian Bowie at 20/03/2012 22:53
To: Shirley Jarred/Hind
Better late... Yes, I remember you. You were Ariel -- Shakespearean not radio. Digger is also long-time here in the Antipodes: he in Adelaide, I in Sydney.
Posted by danny johnson at 21/03/2012 15:33
still trying to trace Helen Tolan ex Kenning .Westfield sq Goole

Friend of Pat Robertson was married to Brian.

Posted by Robert Ward at 21/03/2012 17:13
St Paul's church closed in 1970 - in April I think.
Posted by Kevin oldridge at 23/03/2012 22:39
FAO: Moira Thomas (Buttle) 13/3/12 15;43hrs

Noted your search for the BUTTLE family.

When I was searching for information on the BURKILL family for my wife a couple of years ago I spotted the connection to the BUTTLE family. I hold a copy of a birth certificate dated 2/9/1867 for an Alice Ann Fowler, whose mother was named as TAMAR FOWLER (formerly BUTTLE) of Hemingbrough.

Tamar Buttle was my father-in-law's great grandmother.

Also, I spent quite a long time scanning through the census records in Goole Library and wrote down extracts of the 1871 + 1891 census microfiche. There are quite a few mentions of the Fowler & Buttle families in those records for the Hemingbrough, Howden, Eastrington and Goole areas.

I am very happy to email you copies of this information if you conatct me on "". They may be useful for your family history search.

Kind Regards
Posted by Dennis Thornton at 27/03/2012 16:56
Shirley Jarred/ Hind
Please put me in touch with Shirley Jarred / Hind. There are 60 years of catching up to do so our Webmaster may jib at large posts.
My Facebook address is Dennis Thornton.

Leeds Uni and GGS.

So much to say
Digger Thornton Adelaide in Oz
Posted by Moira Thomas at 27/03/2012 21:29
Thanks Kevin for your information on the BUTTLE family, quite a surprise! Give me a few days and I will sort out my records and see if any of your names and dates slot in with mine. I am fairly busy over the next few days but I promise I will get back to you. Thank you for taking the time, I will be in touch again soon.

Best Wishes

Moira Thomas (BUTTLE)
Posted by Derek Wright at 31/03/2012 08:18
Hi I am looking for any information regarding Captain Samuel Wright who is my great great grandfather and any of his children, Thanks
Posted by christine shaw (ne Abbey) at 21/04/2012 22:05
Hi everyone I didn't know about the web site until my son inlaw mentioned that our dad (that is me and my sister rose marie ) had been mentioned on the web site (doug Abbey) by someone called Rod Lumley, did I know him,? I said yes we have met, hi! Rod, hope your well and brother Bill., I have lots of great memories of dad, his love of his job and very proud of the port, he was called the voice of Goole, our lives as children were ruled by tide times,(mum biked all the way to the Lowther hotel just to give him his dinner on more then one occasion that and a few choice words) happy days.It was good to read some of the comments,Great to here your ok geoff and still making music.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 22/04/2012 23:23
Hi Christine, Were we at school together, I seem to remember a Christine Abbey, however as the years go by the memory tends to play tricks. Kind regards

Posted by Chris Shaw at 23/04/2012 21:49
Hello Barrie, I think we probably was at school together I can recognize people and remember names but putting them together is the problem,I put it down to age, its nice here from you,
Posted by sue powles nee fielder at 26/04/2012 15:31
goole how times have changed growing up there was the best
Posted by Chris Shaw at 27/04/2012 20:11
Growing up in goole was great we could walk everywhere never worry about missing the last bus home, walking down Old Goole to Mrs Barrats social club for a dance and bottle of pop ( now the seamans mission ) was the highlight of the week.
Posted by Annette Kempsell (Tighe) at 11/05/2012 13:18
Fantastic website!
I moved away from Goole in 1979 but still say I am going home when I go back. Brilliant place and briilliant people. School days were great and I have been to the GGS reunions organised by Wreaksy and Fling it was really good to catch up with so many people. Always seem to bump into people from Goole on holidays in various places at home and abroad - there's nowhere like the place I love it!
Posted by Paul b at 31/05/2012 23:32
I was born in goole as was my mother and her mother and father
I went to school at goole primary pasture rd
I have lived all over the world and been to many towns and cities
But whenever I can I vist the town
To me it's like Mecca
Fond memories
Posted by Harold L Tabiner at 05/06/2012 23:01
Mike Ganley, did you work in your dad's butchers shop? as I seem to remember a big lad working in there.
My grandad (Leonard Smith) once encouraged me to grow some onions in his garden and sell them to your dad, there was a sack full and I think I got 2 shillings and 6 pence for them, I was about 8 years old and at that time it was a fortune.
I was born in the front bedroom of 55 Morley Street in 1956 - so I am definately an 'Old Goolie'.
I remember the Old Goole Gala's and my Auntie Mays garden parties at Johnsons farm, sadly the last time I saw the farm house from Swinefleet road it looked in a bad state.
Worked for many years at the Starch factory next to Ocean lock? but my family now live in Hull.
Posted by Mike Ganley at 10/06/2012 21:16
Harold Tabiner
Yes I did work in my dad's shop but spent most of the time delivering meat on the old butcher's bike.
I can't remember the onions but it was the sort of thing that my dad would have done! My best bit was making pork pies at Christmas. I used to be able to make them easily and wish I knew the recipe as they were much more tastier than most of the pies you buy today.
But good days in Old Goole then. A lot of colourful characters with a lot of colourful language as well!
Posted by Tricia at 17/06/2012 14:06
Hello to Elaine Acaster! I have Acasters in my family and was wondering if our trees join! Let's hope so!!
Posted by Glynne Hughes at 20/06/2012 14:01
Harold Tabiner

I used to know a Jack Tabiner who was a foreman at Fisons Fertilisers. Any relation?

Glynne Hughes
Posted by caroline at 22/06/2012 08:10
Hi is any of the Tabiners related to the Tabiners in swinfleet or Theakers ?
Posted by reply to norma frear regarding frank weston at 04/07/2012 09:55
my mother was amy weston. i have info regarding .
the weston family if we can get in touch i will pass it on
d. owen
Posted by D.OWEN GOOLE at 04/07/2012 10:20

Posted by elaine acaster at 06/07/2012 14:34
hi tricia,i'm a Goole Acaster,as was my father,but i believe my grandad hailed from norfolk,my parents names were Ted and Mary,.
Posted by harold tabiner at 11/07/2012 23:30
Hello Glynne
Jack Tabiner was my uncle who I only met a few times when I was a lad, but he has a big family in the goole area.
Posted by harold tabiner at 12/07/2012 00:04
Hello Caroline
Yes I am related to the Swinefleet Tabiners, my dad was Harold brother of Jack, Ben, Frank and May.
They lived three doors from the last house in Swinefleet before Kings Causeway opposit Walt Ellas farm.
My dad worked at the starch factory next to Ocean lock in Old Goole, Jack was a forman at Fisons, Ben for what I understand took the surrender of some Japanes forces in Burma? during the second world war.
Frank was the crane driver on the Goole bight and later the mobile crane driver for the shipyard alongside the lep shed and the dry docks.
My aunti May lived in a house on High street? that had a garden and walls that were coated in shells, I don't meen a few shells but hundereds of thousands that covered the walls and even some massive clams (the big ones) about one and a half foot accross, (I was only young but the memory is good)
Were they all came from I do-not know and I oftern wonder if they are there now.
Please forgive me if I have got things muddled up, but it has been a long time and look forward to some more information about my family.
It's been a long time since I was in Swinefleet and I wonder if the broken gun on the war monument has been replaced?
Posted by norma at 19/07/2012 11:07
my mothers family comes from goole.mahoney and any one got any information
Posted by tasty buds at 23/07/2012 18:31

i m just writing to inform you all that the cafe tasty buds in goole is reopening we are based on :
pasture road
4 pool court

we hope to see you at our opening on thursday 26th july !
Posted by Geoff Depledge at 24/07/2012 21:45
My mum is 94 this year and she says she remembers a shop called icecream marys. Can anyone confirm this
Posted by eddie audas at 28/07/2012 21:37
Icecream Mary had a shop in Ouse street , I think she was the mother of Antony white who was realated to the Audas family. I wish that they had a shop living near us in Benidorm at the moment.
Posted by eddie audas at 28/07/2012 21:40
addition: Icream Mary went back to see her family and died there.
Posted by verena Letchford ( Nee Cook) at 11/08/2012 02:43
I was born in goole in 1939. Lived in Stanley st. until it was pulled down to make way for the flats. Anyone remember our family.None of down the street had anything but what great memories. Playing cricket down the lane with my brothers Walter and Brian, Denny Philpot, Malcom Coverdale Herbert Holiday. I seem to remember the boys names more than the girls. My best friend was Pam Newton and I was her bridesmaid when she maried. I joined the navy when I was 17 and really never a Goole resident again. I married my fabulous husband in 1960. We have lived in many places and now reside next door to Mickey Mouse. We live in Orlando Florida. If anyone would like to drop me a line I would love it. Happy days. I still have relatives that live on Goole so get back occasionally.
Posted by Reply to d.owen, regarding Frank Weston at 11/08/2012 19:30
Sorry it's taken so long to reply, been having trouble with my computer could you email me if you do have any more information, I would be very grateful.

My email is

Posted by verena Letchford at 11/08/2012 20:34
Here is my Email: verford (at)
Posted by Mavis Vines at 16/08/2012 23:15
to Verena Letchford nee Cook.
I remember you, I was born down Edinburgh Street and we all went to Alexandra Street school together. I remember Pam too, and the Cooledge twins, June and Ann. I see them sometimes. I lived in Germany for 30 years, so lost touch with a lot of Goole people, although I am back in Goole, not wanting to spend my retirement years in Germany. I have been so many times to Orlando, we could have met up so may times
Posted by Corby Bunting at 17/08/2012 10:53
Hello Verena. The last time we spoke was when you were urging sister Dorothy to organise a Street Reunion.You are briging back all these memories. Cricket in the lane was a skill for to hit a six meant the ball was lost forever. I played also with your brothers and Alan Pounder, Wilf Hodgson and the late Dougy Scott. To lose a ball meant a collection for balls which were found on the school roof. I have a photo of you, Shirley Peacock, Jean Collins, Jacquline Giles and Pam Newton. Give me your email address

Posted by Corby Bunting at 19/08/2012 13:13
To Mavis Vines. You will not remember me (age difference) but I do remember Thelma and your older brothers. In and out of school. Although my home was in Stanley Street I had friends in Edinburgh Street and Estcourt Street. Trevor Hudson, Eddie Binnington, Trevor Bramham and Gordon Shipley. My closest friend lived across the road from you. Alan Fielder. He had a Pigeon Loft where we often met up. Happy days
Posted by Verena Letchford(Cook) at 19/08/2012 15:53
Hello Mavis, Sure I remember you. Good old days right??
Next time you are in Orlando let me know!! I hear that Pam isn't well and we lost my next door neighour Glenys Wright. The wright family was a great comfort to me many times when my Mother (God bless her) was on the warpath. Pam's sister Mary was almost a second mother to me. I was always welcome at their house. I still have 3 sisters that live in Goole and try to get back when I can. My Brother Walter lives near Doncaster. He comes over to Orlando for 6 months over the winter. My lovely brother Brian passed away about 5 years ago.
Posted by Mavis Vines at 19/08/2012 23:10
Corby,I have seen your name before and wondered if I knew you, but could not put a face to your name. Thelma is still going strong, but Ronnie and Lawrence have now passed away. Both Dales brothers and Trevor Hudson, the list goes on. I hardly know anyone in Goole now. Verena, I remember your brothers running the mile, when we went on our away trips to Burtons at Leeds. Happy days indeed. Goole has changed so much. Send email address and I will keep in touch.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 20/08/2012 10:23
Hi Mavis. I guess Thelma now lives in Airmyn for I have seen her twice in the Percy Arms and I know that she attended a function at the Hal where my friend George Smith was Guest of honour She did not recognise me and I had to be pointed out to her.I believe Walter and Brian Cook worked at Burtons. So did my wife Audrey Pearce Her mates were Mary Taun Mary Clements Joan Clark and Gadys Rose. We only keep in touch with Joan who lives in Thorne
My Email is
Posted by alan tomlinson at 31/08/2012 07:15
tony wilson ref albert woodvine
tony,if you write a letter to goole afc im sure you will get some info.
goole afc
marcus street
eric lawton or graeme wilson might be able to help you
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 09/09/2012 21:19
To Mavis Vines. and Corby.
Hi Mavis, your name rings a bell and I am sure that we were in School together. I was also in the same class as your neighbour Glenys and a good few years ago I visited her house along with my brother Trevor. If I remeber correctly she lived in the Estcourt street area in school days.
Corby, my father mother and brother all worked at Burtons and I feel sure that your wife would remember them also Nellie Blanchard who worked in the cotton office.
I also remember a Marion Shipley, I think that she would be a brother to the other shipley mentioned.
Barrie P spink
Posted by Mavis Vines at 12/09/2012 22:05
To Barrie Spink, yes I was at the Grammar School with you. I hated the place and some of the class conscious teachers there. A couple were really good teachers, Mr Stone and Mr Hutchinson I remember were both good teachers.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 16/09/2012 18:07
Posted by Internet at 20/09/2012 18:24
Sorry I thought this was Google. My bad.
Posted by Tom Hardman at 25/09/2012 14:44
To Corby Bunting re Burton's my late uncle Bill Stock also worked at Burtons sweeping the floor and general handyman, he suffered badly from the war and this was the only job he could manage. I think all the girls knew him. My aunt Dorothy Stock also worked there
Posted by Corby Bunting at 26/09/2012 10:14
Hi Tom. I am sorry but my wife has no recollection of the couple that you mentioned.As I have said her main purpose of being there was the meagre wage which she attempted to increase by getting stuck in to the work. The names you mention are also new to me
Posted by trev hardwick at 27/09/2012 21:32
to geoff deplege hi geoff my grandad (ben abson )was a mariner and i am trying to trace the boats he sailed on my mum told me today that he went to sea with a man called deplege and i know your family were mariners so its possible it was your grandad ? do you have any ideas that may help me ( mum is 105 years ) but has good memory regards trev
Posted by Verena Letchford Nee Cook at 28/09/2012 01:45
I also worked at
burtons when I left school. I only managed the modern school so after leaving at 15 I started at Burtons in the office. I earnt a grand total 2 pounds one and nine pence!! I was the lowest of the lowest in the office and remember having to go onto the shop floor to collect the work books every day. I remember being scared to death. I only stayed for one year then I went to Fisons in Old Goole. I seem to remember making over 3 Pounds there. I stayed ther until joining the Navy 2 years later.
To Pam and Brian it was lovely hearing from you much love to you both.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 02/10/2012 19:22
Hi Verena Still on the Burton theme.I would like to point out the difference in yours and my wifes wage.Only came about by the piecework system.She once made 100 inside pockets in a day. She was not unique for others were faster. This could only be achieved on stock items when all were the same colour and the spools did not need changing, This job stood her in good stead when she started work at a bespoke tailors in Southampton. This tailors main customers were the crews of Cunard and P&O vessels. Which included Goole men. although this job was short lived as we started our family only 15 months later. She never worked full time after. You survived well for in your own words," I did'nt do too bad for a Goole girl" Remember
Posted by verena Letchford (Nee Cook) at 08/10/2012 22:40
Hi Corby, I do remember the workers on the factory floor working so hard. Your wife obviously knows how to use a sewing machine!! One other thing, I know that you say that you used to live in our house 8 Stanly street. I think you must have the wrong number! My Mum and Dad lived in there as lodgers when they married 1928 ish. When the lady who was in the house died, my mother had the house and her sister moved into the front room as the lodger!! I am curious as to where you did live.
Pam and Brian Sunderland, I have just started to write to sent me a great picture of a crowd of folks from Stanley St. I will get it sent to you via e.mail. Thankyou Pam and Brian.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 10/10/2012 13:11
Hello Verena. My wife is only 1 year your senior so you may have known school maybe.
You have now opened a new can of worms regarding your house and I love it. The bay windowed houses started from the lane. with the Parish's then the Wright's The last one before the Byrnes on the corner being your house. I have no idea how it became no. 8!
a key to the answer could be the lady who you say gave your mother the house, Was it Dickinson?
I'm running out of space for these pages so I must continue by Email
Posted by Phil Grassby at 28/10/2012 09:10

Does anyone remember my Grandad Albert Smith, or Seagull as he was known although he hated that nickname. He was a big character in the town originating from Grimsby. He worked at Reno Valet dry cleaners at the clock tower and then opened Val Cleaners with Mr Chappell, the shop was named after my Mother. He was also the area manager for United Friendly Instrance before opening Discount Cycling on Pasture Rd in 1975. My eldest brother still runs the shop now.
Would be interested in any old stories about my Grandad if anyone has any?
Posted by Bill at 01/11/2012 12:12
'Peter Goole' is the title of a poem written by Hilaire Belloc. As I discovered when reading his 'Cautionary Verses. Which I can recommend to anyone who needs cheering up!
Posted by Patricia Spink at 11/11/2012 11:11
Goole Reference Library
Having visited the library last week, for the excellently run FHS open day, I was annoyed to see that the wonderful reference library I had visited previously has now been incorporated into the downstairs area of the library with a much smaller allocated space.This contains only one microfiche reader and one computer now. I think is downsizing in a bad way.Most of the contents from the reference library was still in boxes upstairs,so nobody seemed to know where things where.A small fraction of the collection is available to see and I hope it does not get moved to Beverley Archives(which was mentioned when I asked what was going to happen)It is a valuable resource to the town and I for one would like to know what is going to happen to the upstairs, is the museum moving into it?I suppose it is all down to saving money as usual,but at what cost to us researchers and the society.
Patricia Spink
Posted by Mike Ganley at 13/12/2012 07:20
Can anybody help me?
During the now infamous Cambridge spy ring there was a fifth man. I am sure I read somewhere (Goole Times?) that a suspicious character lived near Goole (Blacktoft?) had dealings with the original four and was somehow implicated with the ring. he left under mysterious circumstances shortly after the original three were exposed.
John Cairncross and Leo Long were two names given by the original members but if anyone could shed light on this I would be grateful.
Posted by wayne buck at 15/12/2012 22:02
well im looking for anyone in my class Mr brant was our teacher and we were in classAI in the lab , susan benettt ,susan sayers, gail batty,kim wison ,martin pidd, allen poulton ,Robert cockin, david calver ,steve moore, howard garlen, john Gillian, Muriel woolass, and anyone else iv foggotton if you no anyone of these please contact me
Wayne Buck
Posted by emmo at 17/12/2012 06:18
hi wayne i remember you and your class mates as i was in your year at school
Posted by Keith at 01/01/2013 09:14
Here's a teaser , anyone know where Tower View is in Goole. Answers please .
Posted by Paul at 02/01/2013 01:00
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 02/01/2013 21:37
There's a picture of Tower View somewhere on this site
Posted by Keith at 03/01/2013 07:55
Hi Stuart, you've made it too easy for them !
Posted by caroline at 03/01/2013 09:22
I have to agree moving the family history stuff down stairs was a bad move the lack of computers and haeing to ask for info will put a lot of folk off not to mention the other distractions will keep folk away i know they want to move times forward but this happend in hull thet had a great place at the central libary then moved all the history stuff to the new building which is ultra moden cold and lack of feeling the libary is nicely done out warm and spaciouses but i do think it was a bad move to move the family history stuff downstairs
Posted by bernard welsh at 16/01/2013 13:03
old goolie to mike ganley what happend to your cousin rob iwent to holy family carlton
Posted by eddie audas at 19/01/2013 19:29
in reply to tower view - ask the goole times staff to look out of the window above the shops on boothferry road. regards from a sunny but windy benidorme. still 14 degrees tonight.
Posted by mike ganley at 20/01/2013 10:55
To Bernard welsh
Good to hear from you. Where are you living now? Still look back to those long summers playing foorball at South park. Rob Ganley sadly died in the early 90's - can't remember exactly when. He suffered a lot. he was a nice lad - in your year i believe.
Posted by keith at 20/01/2013 11:48
Nearly there Eddie , but not quite.
Posted by Mike Ganley at 20/01/2013 12:01
For Bernard welsh
Sorry I gave the wrong info about Rob Ganley - he died around 2002/3
Posted by bsrnard welsh at 22/01/2013 15:26
thanks for that mike rob was a good lad i live down dunhiload i miss the good old days down old goole
Posted by Mal at 31/01/2013 17:23
Just been reading about arthur hutchinson the serial killer, I would have been 9 years old when he committed his crimes, is it true that he hid out at Airmyn Tip for a while or is this just folklore in Goole?

Also someone told me somebody was murdered down Elm Avenue in the 70's is there any truth in that one?
Posted by eddie audas at 11/02/2013 18:12
kieth, yes i should have been a little more towards the old station hotel, but i know it is above those shops. there is a plaque with the name on it built into the buildings. were was the shop with three lions on the front .
Posted by Geoff Cooper at 13/02/2013 12:09
Hello Mike.
Just a little bit of information on the Cambridge spy ring and the Blacktoft connection. There was a programme on Yorkshire tv in the seventies about this. Some of the film showed Blacktoft Landing and the red telephone kiosk there. If my memory serves me well the following was suggested in the programme. That a KGB agent was there at Blacktoft to warn the spy ring that they were about to be uncovered and calls were made from the phone box. The programme suggested the agent disembarked at Blacktoft from a Russian timber ship going to Goole, and then was picked up on the way back.
Posted by Mike Depledge at 13/02/2013 16:43
My father was an apprentice on the "Temple Pier" in 1937/1938
I recently did a Google search on the name and it indicated that there was a reference on "Goole on the Web" but I have been unable to locate it - can any one help?
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 14/02/2013 20:46
Hi Mike,

There's a message on the Ships link at the top-left of this page. Dated 01/10/2008 from Geoff Depledge
Posted by Mike Ganley at 18/02/2013 13:00
For Geoff Cooper:
Hi Geoff and many thanks for this bit of information. The next time I visit Goole I'll have a look there.
Posted by Dave Greenfield at 09/05/2013 08:51
Yes Mal your right there was an old lady murdered down Elm Avenue . I was brought up down there & remember it well .
Posted by Fiona Moate at 14/05/2013 10:00
I remember the murder in the 1970s. The police did a house to house investigation all through the town. We lived on Hook Road & they came all that way. A number of people were arrested & questions; I think it was a relative that killed her.
Posted by JDX at 11/06/2013 14:56
Posted by norma frear nee weston at 19/06/2013 22:43
Hi this is Norma frear again I am still trying to find anyone who knew my family my dad was Frank Weston him and his dad lived at Flea man's building Google I think my grandma's maiden name was Drury
Posted by James poulton at 04/07/2013 18:58
Hi Wayne, Allen poulton is my dad. He now lives in kent. I'm writing on his behalf. He remembers all of those names from school
Posted by Bill Stewart at 06/07/2013 00:26
Curious about what happened to a couple of old friends from way back - Gary Armitage and Mike Tune. I get to Goole occasionally. Might be interesting to have a drink and catch up. By the way the 1957 James Captain was the start of a unbroken affair with motor bikes and I'm still tootling around on two wheels. Bill Stewart
Posted by keith at 30/07/2013 20:16
Just spent 25 minutes getting from the Grammar School to Boyes . Hit every traffic light, but the thing that really gets my goat is the amount of time the crossing gates are open, thus cutting the town in two. The traffic is held up firstly by the gates opening at least 5minutes before the train pulls into the station , the passengers disembark taking another 4/5 minutes still the gates are open then the train decides to move off. this happened 3 times on my journey , I think the train companies are having a laugh at Goole. There's no wonder people shop outside of Goole .........Rant over!!!
Posted by Dennis Roe at 23/08/2013 22:45
Hi all, I'm originally from Goole (left in 1961 aged 15) and I'm trying to find Keith Scott a schoolfriend of mine. It's been over 52 years since we last met, and I'm curious to know how he's done after all this time.
Posted by malcolm smith at 10/09/2013 19:45
hy Dennis ,mala here from York if you get in touch with scottie let me know ie .Keith Scott last time I saw him he was married and living in Old Goole ..An old Greenawn resident would be nice to get in touch with some of the old school ie pete dootson steve butterworth ,ernie hodgson etc .mala from york
Posted by Dennis Roe at 17/09/2013 00:12
No luck yet I'm afraid!
Posted by Dennis Roe at 17/09/2013 00:16
Also looking for Michael Smith who lived at Airmyn and Rawcliffe Station Cottages..........we started school the same day, way back in 1951.
Posted by John Jessop at 06/10/2013 08:22
To Dennis Roe. The name Keith Scott rings a bell as a man of the same name and possibly the right age group made many entries in Howden Camera Club competitions. You could try the club via google.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 06/10/2013 22:44
Thanks John, much appreciated.
Posted by Barry Hood at 22/10/2013 15:41
Is there anyone who was in GREENAWN kids home in the 1960's who remember my brother Anthony (Tony) and myself, (Barry)?
The head was called Mr. Turner I believe.
Can't remember much else about the place. Is it still going?
Was there for 2 years in 1965-66.
Researching our history so any help will be very welcome.
Thanks. You can email me at My name was changed by deed poll in the late 1960's by an aunt.
Posted by Dennis Roe at 23/10/2013 23:06
I was at Greenawn for about 8 months, 1960/61
Posted by Tony Hollerbach at 22/11/2013 17:58
Hi Everyone,
I left Goole in 1968 and am now nr London, I attended Boothferry road infants / junior school to 1959 then on to the Secondary Modern leaving in early 1964 if I remember rightly my last form was 4c with form teachers 'Dog' Watson and Mr Reid-Smith who was a Mayor off Goole at or near that time.
I would dearly love to hear from anyone who may remember me, my nickname was 'plug' much to my disgust! Also anyone with any photographs of that period especially any of class 4c if any still exists.
my email is
Posted by trev hardwick at 21/12/2013 18:10
re tower cinema i know there wont be many who can remember this far back
but mum ( she is 107 ) was telling me today about being a usherette there in the 1920 s and she said it was a cinema part of the year and put on productions the rest of the year i would like to find any info about these times if any one can help please
a very happy christmas to everyone who posts on gotw keep it up trev
Posted by Dennis Roe at 22/12/2013 23:38
I remember the Tower cinema, it always stunk of diesel because the electricity was generated by diesel engines located at the back of the premises.
Posted by Robert Ward at 26/12/2013 11:34
re The Tower Theatre - yes not just a cinema. I have some press cuttings from an old family friend who died over 20 years ago now. She was Ethel Shipley, later Ethel Laverack, who sang contralto (rather well people used to say) in the early days of the Goole Amateurs when they regularly performed at the Tower Theatre. For example in March, 1922, "Last night at the Tower Theatre, the Goole United Amateur Operatic Society opened a week's performance of The Mikado." ... "One of the chief triumphs of the evening was the Katisha of Miss Ethel Shipley, whose reserve of dramatic ability has not previously been utilised." I'm sure a search through the Goole Times fiche at the library would find more between 1900 and 1940.
Posted by Robert Ward at 26/12/2013 11:41
... The article then compares the Tower with the Theatre Royal where productions had been performed in earlier years, the Tower having a more roomy and well equipped stage. Other performers and support mentioned are Miss Nellie Carmichael, Miss Sylvia Cooper, Mrs H Petman, Mr R W Simpson, Mr W Blyth, Mr J H Carmichael, Mr J W Nichols, Mr J Crabtree, Me Ernest Johnson (conductor) Mr Lindsay Harman (coach) Mr R G Bickerron (President), Mr Ernest Gunhill (business manager), Mr Harold Lloyd (secretary).
Actually, from memory, I think the Tower continued as a theatre into the 1960s and possibly the 1970s.
Posted by paul at 26/12/2013 21:16
It was certainly a theatre in 1962 as on 19th November The Goole Operatic Society performed the "Quaker Girl."
Posted by trev hardwick at 28/12/2013 17:50
many thanks to robert & paul for your info re tower cinema i will try mum with the names that you sent she may remember some of them (her memory is still good at 107 ) she as now told me about a cinema that was in hook road her aunt & uncle lived next door to it and used to help out there so mum used to go in free when she was a child i must ask her aunts name
Posted by paul at 30/12/2013 13:57
The cinema in Hook Road was the Palace of Varieties.
In the search box,top left, type in cinemas and you should locate Theatres and Cinemas which gives brief details of their history as well as individual postings.
Posted by Gerald Brooksbank at 31/12/2013 09:19
The Quaker Girl was the first production on the return to the Tower Theatre by the Operatic Society. Not sure where they had been previously. The next two productions were White Horse Inn and Blue Moon.
Posted by June Makin at 05/01/2014 20:00
For Neil Epworth - if you are still checking this site, please contact me re Goole tug no. 10. My grandfather was also on this tug.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 11/01/2014 13:21
To Jan Townend re-Empson Ave. We lived at No.30 and were the first and only ones in the street for nearly a year as our house was across the corner with 101 Western Rd. and they built from our house back along Western Rd. into Oxford Rd. then restarted Empson from No.2. Nobody knew where we lived not even the Postman. I believe you lived at 22 next to Pete OBrien Blanchards were next then Ridgway then us. I remember Chris and Ray (Smudger) Smith, former mayor Malcolm (Suggy) South lived next to them also someone called Waites or Wakes across there Bernice Hewson had a brother Barry who I was pally with. Do you remember the street party on the grass in front of your house, I think it was the coronation and a Christmas Party in St. Pauls Schoolroom down Weatherall St. Cobblers Wood and Westfield Banks across the fields were our playground.
Posted by helen at 17/01/2014 09:53
my father was born @36 marshfield ave. in 1934 my fathers name was clifford lancaster . his fathers name was harry his mothers name was norah formerly newland any information would help
Posted by Bill at 18/01/2014 16:22
I was sure I'd seen a reference to Goole in one of Larkin's poems but I can't find it now I look for it. Any ideas?
Posted by Gerald Brooksbank at 19/01/2014 17:49
Tony Clyne. I remember you, vaguely. I lived in Westfield Square and was friends with Mick Jackson who lived in Western Road. David Wakes lived down Empsom as did Geoff Starling. There was also a young lady called Brown? who married someone off television I seem to recall.
Posted by Gerald Brooksbank at 19/01/2014 18:07
Bill. Although not mentioned by name Goole is probably in the poem Whitsun Weddings. This describes a train journey from Hull Paragon Station to Kings Cross.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 24/01/2014 14:42
Hi. Ged. Remembered you when first saw your name, only been on these sites for last couple of months, Mick was my mate as well he lived at 107 we both lived in Marlborough Ave after we got married, he was manager at United Carriers, Howden sometime in 70s I was shop steward, we had one or two discssions (ha ha) I think he then went to be manager at Leeds Depot but don`t know what happened to him after that. David Wakes was the name I wasn`t sure of in my previous posting, Geoff Starling lived at No.1. I remember Browns they had something to do with the electrical/record shop in the Arcade but don`t know anything about the marriage you mention. To digress it seems we both frequented the Peacock at the same time, only you went in the posh side, I think we have all had the keys dropped down. I don`t use this page often I`m usually on the ships page. Look forward to any more comments bye.
Posted by Margaret Audas at 16/02/2014 06:02
Tony Clyne, any relation to Helen Clyne now Blades. Do you remember the Hockney's down Empson.
Posted by Jan Townend at 16/02/2014 13:32
Hi Tony, yes I remember Empson Ave as being a wonderful place to be a kid. We had lots of adventures. I remember the Coronation Street party and the parties we used to have in St. Paul's schoolroom. I remember all the names you mentioned. My dad is still alive and lives on Cobbler Hill. He is 92. We used to think Cobblers Wood was haunted!
Posted by Tony Clyne at 17/02/2014 12:08
Margaret Audas the answer is yes on both counts Helen is my sister now lives in Hook I know she`s on facebook, re. Empson if you check Shops and Shopping page you wil see I have been looking out for your name. Jan T. It was a fun street to live in wasn`t it, nice to here your father is still around I remember him as quite a big chap who we were a bit frightened of, he used to clear us off now and then when we were making too much noise on a night time. Looking at where he now lives you will be loking out for ghosts when you visit, like the cobbler who hung himself on the lightning tree LOL
Posted by Norman roberts at 05/03/2014 09:14
T c .nr unable tofind web site I was on when I posted that comment to edi aurdus help
Posted by Norman Roberts at 20/04/2014 12:17
Hi I was talking to an old lady in town, I was having a good conversation with her when my wife said take no notice of him he's X Queen's ave, so am I she replied that started us both off.
We stated to name everybody from Jack Lace's corner shop to Stan Powl's,it's nice to reminisce the only shop in red lion street was Co-0p butchers Thelma was the assistance but we was unable to remember what the butchers name was, the door to the Co- op Office was in Red Lion Street was up stair's,the banister was fabulous the time's I slid down it, Queen's ave best bonfire raiders in town.
I was born in St Johns Terrace but I still call myself a Queen's ave lad, does anybody remember the Wessack's at Westfield Banks there was lagoon there we use to swim in it, we used to build a fire and roast potatoes on the fire,we would leave home about 9am did not get till late afternoon, we also spent time in Cobblers Wood ropes tied to branches,this was our free entertainment.
Hope you can remember these day's we did not have Much but we made do with what we had.
Regards N R.
Posted by Norman Roberts at 28/04/2014 11:02
it's me again I have found out the name of the Butcher who worked for the CO-OP Butchers shop in red Lion St, his name was Mr George Ligg and the delivery boy was Terry Becket,Mr Ligg used to lend us the CO-OP two wheeled cart To go to the gas house to to purchase bags of cinders,the gas house was in Doyle St,people used to scrat cinders on the Dutch river bank as they where free.

Regards N R
Posted by Bill at 26/05/2014 21:50
Aren't the Yorkshire Dales fantastic! despite spending the first 18 years of my life in Goole, I probably only strayed over to the Dales on one brief occasion. Now, after almost 40 years down south, I did an extended tour of the Dales - on a motor bike, the only way - and they are just astoundingly beautiful.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 27/05/2014 11:42
Hi Bill. Still flying the flag for British bikes on your Norton?
I first visited the Dales on a school trip which took is as far as Ripon.Place I have loved visiting from that day and have taken my family to in recent years. Are Brimham Rocks. Which has now become Environmently safe. Meaning the Idol Rock.a 50 ton Balancing stone which took little effort to rock it.It is now firmly anchored. Lover's leap which had a railing to stop children going too near the edge.I could no longer find
Bolton Abbey where the attraction was The Strid where he river Wharfe narrowed Creating a Vortex.Which tempted brave people the jump the gap, less than a metre wide . On a recent visit we discovered further up the valley a new addition to the lure of this place.somethin that has appeared in the last 30 years. namely the Money Tree A fallen Oak with deep cracks. Which has been filled with coins from all over the world An impressive sight
Posted by Bill at 31/05/2014 21:12
yes, but now it's a Triumph Bonneville.
Posted by Bill at 02/07/2014 19:53
Webmaster, what's happening? The 'What's New' is flagging up stuff that aint! Can it be fixed?
Posted by Corby Bunting at 05/07/2014 08:24
The Year that the Tour de France came to Yorkshire.What an event for all Yorkshire folk to be a part of.
My good friend John Appleyard and I joined the Goole Wheelers in 1952. Although we spent only three years in the saddle.that time was imprinted in our memories. As the "Callup"in 1956 made us choose what paths we took .We still lived those memories In fact John who passed away earlier this year taped all the Tours and had a huge collection. I find it ironic that he was taken from us in the year that would have been the pinnacle of his obsession with the sport he was so passionate about.
Posted by Jimmy wright at 15/07/2014 13:30
Old,olgoolie here,was wondering if anyone knows,whatever happened to a teacher from Carlton holy family,tony McDonald,would love to get In touch with him.had to laugh at some of the nuns,action sister Gemma and the strap,still got marks on me hands and me arse,lol,still miss the place,old goole that is,jimmy
Posted by Mike Ganley at 02/08/2014 08:02
To Jimmy Wright
I remember sister Gemma and the dreaded cane in the stock room. You wouldn't get away with that now would you! Mr MacDonald was a laugh. I actually played rugby with him. I think he now lives down south but he'll be knocking on now. Mike Ganley
Posted by Fiona Moate at 05/08/2014 23:29
Does anyone know if the Stink pipes are still on Hook Road. There used to be one near the Victoria Pub on the bank side and one opposite the corner of Salisbury Avenue. They were to vent methane from the sewers; there may of been/still are others in the town.
Posted by Jimmy wright at 07/08/2014 01:57
Mike ganley,thanks for your reply,yer we all knocking on a bit,did you know he played soccer for marshland one year he was a pretty good player,he taught me a lot in a short time,remember your dad well,all best jimmy
Posted by at 07/08/2014 11:17
Mike ganley.
Just read some of your earlier posts,re the education at st Thomas's,what a joke,and I was there until Carlton kicked off,I was in the first intake at Carlton and your comments are spot on,I didn't get to wear the purple blazer,myself and Steve (skooby)Moore where the only ones who's parents refused to buy them as we wasn't going to be there to long,thank The Lord ,it was disgusting,lol,at st Thomas's I had the job every Friday,to take the biscuit money to your dad to change into notes,takes me back.jimmy
Posted by John Dehaemers at 08/08/2014 10:58
Apparently Tony McDonald is now living in the Selby area,he and Mr Watson were at the school reunion last year
Posted by Jimmy wright at 09/08/2014 03:43
Hi ginner,thanks for that info,how you doing,do you still get the asthma,as I remember you used to get it quite bad,had a holiday with my brother arthur a few months ago,he tells me your a keen tigers fan,me two,loving it at the moment,we waited a long time for a bit of success,let's hope it lasts,imagine waggy in this side,all the best mate jimmy
Posted by Mike Ganley at 09/08/2014 09:35
Jimmy - good to hear from you. Some good times down at Boothferry park chucking oranges at Ian McKechnie. Running my own business in Harrogate so not much time to get over to KC Stadium but will try for the evening match v West Ham. Good days in Old Goole.
John If you know where Tony MacDonald lives would love to get in touch with him.
Posted by ex goolie at 21/08/2014 21:39
Some was asking about their mothers family(norma I think) mahoney and doubtfire. I don't know the doubtfires (apart from their icecream) but I know mahoney's. The request was a while ago I know, but I'll check back from time to time to see if your still interested.
Posted by Gary Worton at 09/09/2014 01:20
Hi guys:
I usually post on the Ships page but things are pretty slow of late: I tried Movers & Shakers; same deal, so I'll try the Welcome page. I see some familiar names from the other pages
so I'll ask my question here.
As a former Goolie and ex-pat to boot, what is the general consensus of opinion on the burning issue of the upcoming referendum on Scotland leaving the United Kingdom and becoming an independent country?
My personal view, albeit from afar, would be to give the Scots Nats. a big middle finger; especially to the likes of 'Sir' Sean Connery and his ilk.
So what's the score guys? Is it a big issue or a damp squib?
Posted by Tony Clyne at 10/09/2014 11:54
Hi Gary, I`ve not taken much interest in the Scotish referendum but read somewhere the Banks expect a big recession in Scotland if they go independant. Hope you are all keeping well over there and as you say the sea is a bit calm lately. Regards T.C.
Posted by Philip Cone at 16/11/2014 20:48
I believe several of the Holder ships were also chartered by A.H.L. in the early 50s
Posted by Shaun at 01/02/2015 19:01
Can anyone tell me if the road to spurn point is open at the moment. If not could anyone tell me where is the best place to get a view of the Hawke Anchorage from a car.
Posted by Tom Hardman at 07/04/2015 19:24
I am currently doing some part time lecturing at a college in Crewe. A member of staff asked me to phone a company called Open door adventure and speak with the owner, A Mr David Orange. I jokingly remarked that I went to school in Goole with a lad of the same name. Yes it turned out to be David. Last weekend my wife and I spent 3 days at his outdoor centre in St.Asaph Wales. I can highly recommend it. David and I recalled our days at the Modern School from 1960 to 1965. His brother Mick is also working with David. If you want a break in beautiful surroundings then see his web site and go!!
Posted by margery miller at 08/05/2015 00:09
I was born in goole in 1944 and we left in 1960, I lived in adeline street and like norman Roberts I spent many happy years of my childhood at the west park, down on the wessarks and even enjoying a good walk to boothferry bridge.with a pack up of jam butties and made up lemon drink. In later years I worked at Burtons and enjoyed dancing a the baths on a Saturday night. My three sister and I have been back a few times on a memory lane trip. I have found memories of Goole and never forget where I come from. Times were hard but happy.
Posted by Barrie P Spink at 20/05/2015 22:54
I wonder if you can remember my father Kenneth Spink and Ron Pearson who also worked there
Posted by Stuart - Webmaster at 01/11/2015 09:11
Hi - Sorry about the recent downtime. Seems the site was a victim of its own success and was blocked by the hosting company. Things should now be sorted. Thanks to everyone who got in touch. It's good to know people keep using the site!
Posted by Gary Worton at 01/11/2015 15:30
Nice to be up and running again after a short interval. It's just like rejoining an old ship and wondering how many of the old crowd are still aboard.
Now where were we.........?
Posted by Geoff Depledge at 02/11/2015 09:42
Glad you are back missed checking every morning
Posted by Ian Fletcher at 02/11/2015 09:45
Welcome back. Like an old friend coming home
Posted by John Depledge at 05/11/2015 15:54
Thanks for the info webmaster. I have been "blocked" for weeks! Beginning to think I had been disowned for leaving town.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 05/11/2015 16:08
Great to back and looking forward to interesting comments
Posted by Richard Ardern at 06/11/2015 11:31
I, too, would like to offer my thanks for re-enabling the web-site.

But what's happened to the "School Memories" section - all the posts prior to Jan 2012 have been lost and loads of "SPAM" posts have appeared!
Posted by Ernie Green at 08/11/2015 19:01
Had me worried, thanks Stuart for the explanation.
Posted by John Jessop at 13/11/2015 20:50
Hi Stuart (webmaster). I'm not sure why the Howdendyke page has suffered so many garbage posts but it's presently clogged. Can something be done to clean it up?

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