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How it looked... Weston Quarry (circa 1941-42), just before it was flooded and filled in. The quarry was at the top of Highlands Road, Runcorn. Photo: Percy Dunbavand.

Ray Miller: Time for council to step in to save our town centre

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Ray Miller: Moving birthday letter from older brother serving on WWI front line

This beautiful photo from four decades ago was kindly provided by regular correspondent Percy Dunbavand. It shows three young riders against a backdrop of St John’s Cottages at Weston. The middle rider is a young Janet Walters. The cottages were demolished some years ago.
Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Ray Miller: Lotto bid the key to preserving famous canal tug for the nation

The Daniel Adamson in the 1970s approaching Warburton Bridge near Warrington
Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

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How it looked... Weston Quarry (circa 1941-42), just before it was flooded and filled in. The quarry was at the top of Highlands Road, Runcorn. Photo: Percy Dunbavand.

Ray Miller: Time for council to step in to save our town centre

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

This beautiful photo from four decades ago was kindly provided by regular correspondent Percy Dunbavand. It shows three young riders against a backdrop of St John’s Cottages at Weston. The middle rider is a young Janet Walters. The cottages were demolished some years ago.

Ray Miller: Moving birthday letter from older brother serving on WWI front line

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The Daniel Adamson in the 1970s approaching Warburton Bridge near Warrington

Ray Miller: Lotto bid the key to preserving famous canal tug for the nation

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The Queen visits Mather and Platt in Manchester in March 1965

Ray Miller: Warm, woolly welcome to Christmas market

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The Mount

Ray Miller: Runcorn through the pages: pictures reveal our history

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Entertainment star Ken Dodd has been a familiar visitor to Widnes on a number of occasions during the last six decades. But where in Widnes was this photo taken? And what year was it? Reader Dennis McNish, of Black Dentons Place, Widnes, would love to know. The boy on the right, David McNish, was six or seven years old when the photo was taken. He is now 45 years old so the photo was probably taken around 1977 or 1978. The lady behind the boy is the late Olive McNish, who died in 2012, aged 66.

Ray Miller: With imagination, the Old Town can be given a new lease of life

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Some names are missing from this memorable ICI line-up but here are a few, named where possible, from left to right.
Back: George Shallcross, ---------, Sam Andrews, Stan Farmer? Arthur Wright, Grange Moores? Tudor? -------,------, Wilf Nixon and Les Whitby.
Middle: Arthur Jones,------,- ------, -----, -------, ‘Joey’ Walker, --------, Henry Shaw, -------, Jones?, Frank Pendlebury, Dr Kerry, Dr Walters, Eric Turner.
Front:------, Jimmy Hill, ------, -----, -----, T E Houghton? R L G Donaldson? Richard Collins, Jack Williams, Jack Ravenscroft? Arthur Briggs, Tom Stephens

Ray Miller: Faces of ICI presided over one of the big names on world stage

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Among the Runcorn Parish Girls' presenting the nativity in 1955 were Jill Rushton, Mavis Critchley, Susan Cawley, Alice Bratt, Margaret Riley, Shirley Japp, Ruth Abel and Patricia Chimes

Ray Miller: Memories of Runcorn Hill shared at history gathering

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The Dundalk Road refuse tip and the chemical waste heaps alongside Ditton Road were tranformed in to a municipal golf course. Picture by Andrew Teebay

Ray Miller: Memories of old tip and what it was like with 'the devil on the doorstep'

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

These former pupils of Fairfield Secondary School were all taking part in a school musical some 66 years ago.

Ray Miller: Were you one of the young actors on this school stage?

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Kenny Pearsall (right) with the medal found by Phil Sheridan

Years of searching over as war medal is re-united with family

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The three-masted barque Cloch overcame mountainous seas

Ray Miller: Canal inspired the worldwide adventures of sailor Joseph

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Dave Keenan with his home, the Oakdale, in the background

Ray Miller: Dave's battle to live his life at sea

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Ray Miller: Treasured memories of the hill

Ray Miller: Treasured memories of the hill

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

The girls of St Bede's infants in 1949, just as they were about to go into the juniors

Ray Miller: The best years of our lives?

Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

Soldiers of the British Army seen here resting by the roadside at Hennecourt, France 6th March 1918

World War One: Use our search tool to find relatives or people from Widnes and Runcorn who died in the conflict

Full searchable database allows you to discover ancestors who fought in the conflict from Halton and beyond

Janet and John Wainwright are investigating their family history

Mystery Naval death sparks Widnes family’s quest

Seventieth anniversary of Widnes sailor’s naval death mystery sparks family quest for information

CLASS OF 51-52: With some of the pupils named

Ray Miller: Sadness as our landmarks turn into dust

For many of us, the gradual disappearance of once  familiar landmarks is nearly always accompanied by a tinge of sadness

A certain William Johnson was the Surrey Street Garage owner back in the 1930s

Ray Miller: Surrey Street Garage that has been running 80 years

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 two John Duttons not only made widely acclaimed jazz horns but also produced decorated kettles and pots and pans for narrow boat families

Ray Miller: Tin men helped jazz scene thrive

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

Videos & Photos

Clay is a black goldendoodle and is nearly one. He is owned by Ian and Kayleigh who said "Clay likes to jump in swamps, bark at Christmas decorations and shred up magazines."

In pictures: Pets of the week, December 18

Tracy Brindly, Cal Bardi, Sandra Bentley, Alison Evans and Denise Zachariasz

Halton Plodders embark on several festive runs throughout December

Santa Dash 2014

Over 700 Santas run through Halton as part of hospice's annual fundraising drive

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