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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

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

Soldiers of the British Army seen here resting by the roadside at Hennecourt, France 6th March 1918
Full searchable database allows you to discover ancestors who fought in the conflict from Halton and beyond

Mystery Naval death sparks Widnes family’s quest

Janet and John Wainwright are investigating their family history
Seventieth anniversary of Widnes sailor’s naval death mystery sparks family quest for information

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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

An Empress Theatre programme from the mid-1920s

Ray Miller: Empress Theatre proves a worthy rival to Alex

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

The late Bert Trautmann, who won the FA Cup with Man City with a broken neck

Ray Miller: Football legend Bert Trautmann's Runcorn fixture

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

Daniel Adamson 1981 on the MSC at Ellesmere Port

Ray Miller: Drive to preserve tug a truly worthy cause

The Manchester Ship Canal Company’s flagship tug, the Daniel Adamson, is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year

Tatton Hall, Tatton Park, Cheshire

Ray Miller: Tatton Hall history is of such value!

Primary schools from all over Cheshire, and beyond, are flocking to Tatton Park and its expansive grounds

CLASS OF 1950-51: Can readers put names to these pupils at Widnes Central Secondary School (Kingsway) in 1950- 51?

Ray Miller: Elementary schools gave education to 8,000 pupils

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

The Widnes loco shed, opened in 1874, lasted until 1964
Taken in 1950 by the late Jim Peden, from Richard Mercer’s collection

Ray Miller: Fitting tribute to age of steam

For me, and a great many of my generation, the Age Of Steam was the perfect time to follow the trains and the magnificent locomotives which hauled them all around the country

MATINEE MEMORIES: In the days when ‘Uncle Stratton’ was the Scala Cinema manager, Saturday matinees were a ‘must’ for the town’s youngsters.

Ray Miller: Jazz band brightened up carnival parades

Local jazz bands were a regular feature of carnivals in the years of Peter Johnson’s boyhood

SWINGING SIXTIES: Vic Takes Four in the 60s, with, from left, Frank Houghton (drums), John Ashton (bass), Victor Wright (vocals), Billy Faulkner (rhythm guitar) and Ray Faulkner (lead guitar)

Ray Miller: Re-united for old time’s sake

The Swinging Sixties was a wonderful time for dozens of Merseyside pop groups, including many from Widnes and Runcorn

Captain Crater

Ray Miller: Captain leads way on craters

Our roads are disintegrating, not only in this part of the North West but also in a great many other places around the country

Peter Twist

Ray Miller: When Aussie ex-pats meet

When Peter Twist visited Australia to see his old friend, former Swale Press and Weekly News press room operative Ged Murray, the two of them had the pleasure of meeting up with former Widnes and Runcorn families who had emigrated ‘Down Under’ in the 70s and 80s

Brothers James Taylor and George Crosland Taylor moved to Helsby in 1885-86

Ray Miller: Helsby cable site was world’s biggest

Helsby ‘Wire Works’ – as most of us called it in the boom years of the 50s, 60s and 70s – was big. Very big

Mary Sinclair 1

Ray Miller: Telling tales from the Old Quay workshops

When, just a few weeks ago, Ken Stubbs recounted his wonderful boyhood memories of the time spent at his grandfather’s boatyard close to Old Quay workshops, I didn’t have space to tell readers much about one of the best known schooners which came into the yard for maintenance and repairs

All Saints Parish Church, Runcorn

Ray Miller: The grand houses of Regency Runcorn

Wealthy Liverpool businessmensent their sons and daughters to boarding schools and private day schools in Runcorn in the early years of the 19th century

Videos & Photos

Harvey is an eight-year-old English Springer Spaniel, owned by the Houston massive. Some of his pastimes include terrorising squirrels on the park, stealing socks and curtain twitching.

In pictures: Pets of the week, September 25

Michelle Doran, of Widnes, sent in this picture of two-year-old Golden Retriever Chester who likes cuddles and playing fetch.

In pictures: Pets of the week, September 18

Three-year-old Fred came from the RSPCA in Halewood in 2012. Owner Stuart Bell says he is a great family dog who loves playing with his ball and swimming in the sea.

In pictures: Pets of the week, September 11

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