All but a relatively small number of the two-up, two-down terraced houses which formed the main arteries of the streets running down to Lowlands Road, its shops and the Empress Cinema in Runcorn have long gone
The old days of jazz bands were a little before my time, so it came as a pleasant surprise when retired teacher Peter Johnson told me there was a thriving tinsmiths business which not only operated in our locality but also produced the best of the kazoo-style instruments required in this particular field
The old Alex Theatre had already established a big reputation for attracting music hall stars to its downtown Widnes venue by the time the Empress Theatre really got going on the Runcorn side of the river
Some of the best non-league footballers of the day graced Canal Street in the years when The Linnets were both a power in the old Cheshire League and a team to be feared in the early rounds of the FA Cup
During all the years I have been writing my own column for the Weekly News, one school seems to have slipped under the radar. That was the old Kingsway Secondary School, or should I say Widnes Central Secondary School (Kingsway), to give it its full title
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