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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

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

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
Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

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

These former pupils of Fairfield Secondary School were all taking part in a school musical some 66 years ago.
Taking a sideways look at the past, present and future

All stories

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

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

Videos & Photos

Twinkle and Daisy were two Guinea pigs owned by Hayley Houston who said they loved tormenting the dog and squealing for food.

In pictures: Pets of the past

Molly is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Kim. Molly likes eating, sleeping, watching telly, going for walks along the canal and staying over at Aunty Hazel and Uncle Bernard's house, where she is spoiled rotten.

In pictures: Pets of the week, October 30

Halton Horror Festival. Photo by Warren Millar Photography.

Zombies descend for horror festival

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