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Jamie: 6th Jun 2006 - 07:55 GMT

Gus, on the internet typing in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is generally considered to be SHOUTING and is, on the whole, unwelcome. Thanks for the pics and info though. Did you take these yourself?

jack: 6th Jun 2006 - 14:43 GMT


GUS BRENNAN: 7th Jun 2006 - 19:57 GMT

hi jamie, yes i know that capital letters are considered to be shouting, i just can`t fathom this one out, internet manners i suppose.i honestly thought that cap. letters would be clearer and easier to read, so for you i will type in a normal manner. no i did not take the pictures, and your welcome to any info. i can supply

GUS BRENNAN: 13th Jun 2006 - 19:05 GMT

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barnoldswick ladies starting their sponsored walk in aid of their local cancer support group "bosom friends" the walk was organised by the landlady of the local cross keye public house, andrea lee.

GUS BRENNAN: 14th Jun 2006 - 12:35 GMT

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barnoldswick rememberance day parade, just going down station road towards the cenotaph, do you recognise any familiar faces ??

GUS BRENNAN: 14th Jun 2006 - 12:46 GMT

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england versus scotland, challenge cricket match, circa 1974, this match was organised by the members of the union working mens club bar`lick better known as the pigeon club. england won by one run, but, of course the umpires were very biasedand of course the jocks are the much better looking side........

GUS BRENNAN: 14th Jun 2006 - 13:16 GMT

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if you have the good fortune ever to visit the wonderful town of barnoldswick, then you must pay the cellar bar a visit, great beer good company, and very cosy, this is a members bar but, you are allowed to sign in if you are a guest, rest assured you will be made more than welcom

Allyson: 14th Jun 2006 - 13:20 GMT

I am well impressed, I agree with the capitals though. You have always been a good looking chappie haven't you would have thought it was only yesterday!

GUS BRENNAN: 14th Jun 2006 - 13:26 GMT

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another friendly inn is the green street w.m.c. this is truly the place to visit all bar`licks drinking fraternity would not consider a night out without visiting the green street watering hole

GUS BRENNAN: 14th Jun 2006 - 13:31 GMT

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gus, rob, keir and gordon, take awell earned rest after their hike round victory park

leslie ottley: 14th Jun 2006 - 13:59 GMT

Gus I'm sitting here in happy tears,I want to come home "I wish"
Thank you so much thats my kind of town Barlick is,

Jamie: lmao

GUS BRENNAN: 19th Jun 2006 - 21:26 GMT

i would like to hear from any other ex-patriot barlickers, who miss the town, or would like any information concerning anything about barlick, i would be only to happy to help.....

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:29 GMT

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barnoldswick town millenium clock, note the town name, as numerals

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:32 GMT

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the bar`lick pub on church street, this used to be the old commercial pub
as any old barlicker would know.

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:35 GMT

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the cross keys, just acroos the road from the barlick pub, in fact most of the towns pubs, and clubs, are a mere stones throw from each other

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:38 GMT

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this is the view down the butts, note the road has been surfaced, after all the years of pot holes, puddles and bumpy funeral rides, from duxbury`s

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:41 GMT

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station chambers, this is a mock tudour building, and is not as old as it looks

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 09:44 GMT

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this is a view down albert road, the main shopping thoroughfare, and leading to the town square

jack: 20th Jun 2006 - 16:19 GMT

i love these pic's. very interesting and nice shots. but who is 'jack' above who was typing in caps, that was not me. if there is another jack posting comments should we put a number after our name.

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 16:52 GMT

thanks for your comments jack, as for the other jack, i have not got a clue who he is ,but, does it matter, after all typing anything in caps, is hardly, wait for it, a CAPITAL OFFENCE, i really can`t see what differance it makes, as long as it is not offensive, or abusive, and we can all read and understand what has been typed. or are we fast becoming intrnet typing snobs, god forbid. anyway keep looking, as i will be posting more of bar`lick photo`s, take care gus

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 17:26 GMT

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the old majestic, cinema, and ballroom, this place holds a million memories for all bar`lickers, over forty, sadly the cinema, and ballroom are both gone they were probably the best civic centre the town will ever have

GUS BRENNAN: 20th Jun 2006 - 18:47 GMT

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GUS BRENNAN: 30th Jun 2006 - 00:18 GMT

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bosom friends recent trip to Blackpool for the old time music hall at the grand theatre, note the period costume of some of our members, just to get in the mood. it was a wonderful day, enjoyed by all forty members and friends...

Scott Sargent: 30th Jun 2006 - 00:47 GMT

Nice photos, Gus. I like the European automobiles. Could you make more photographs of such automobiles for us 'Yanks'? :-D

Peter: i second that emotion!

GUS BRENNAN: 4th Jul 2006 - 20:54 GMT

thanks scott, i will certainly put some local auto`s on asap:- gus

Jean Hartley: 6th Jul 2006 - 13:51 GMT

Yes, nice pics Gus - brought back a lot of memories for me. I'm an ex-Barlicker (and my sister still lives there), and I now live in Budapest, Hungary. Thanks. J

GUS BRENNAN: 6th Jul 2006 - 23:15 GMT

hello Jean, it`s always nice to hear from old Barlickers, may i ask what you are doing in Budapest? would i know your sister? anyway just enjoy the site, and post any photo`s or comments you wish, and please keep logging on....gus

GUS BRENNAN: 6th Jul 2006 - 23:25 GMT

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lucky john, and yours truly, on a break in times square new york. check the hawian shirt... coool eh!!!!

jamie: gus you rock, you should have your own website

GUS BRENNAN: 6th Jul 2006 - 23:35 GMT

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sadly folks, for any old barlickers not in touch with recent events, Chris Day, our local drummer with the group "Dark Horse" has just passed away, this was of course a complete shock to all of us who knew chris, unless you knew him, you won`t know the gap he has left in all our lives. the photo shows chris, with his partner Jenny, at a recent bash in barlick.....goodnight Chris, keep with the music mate, never forgotten

GUS BRENNAN: 6th Jul 2006 - 23:54 GMT

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now here`s one from the archives, this photo was taken about forty years ago, in the fosters arms ( syke ) barlick, the event was of the landlords son Frank, and Essie, at their going away party, before they emigrated to Canada, my mum and dad are on the photo, can you recognise anyone.....

GUS BRENNAN: 6th Jul 2006 - 23:58 GMT

sorry about the last two photo`s they were inserted by mistake as thumbnails, i promise i will do better ..............

sara: 7th Jul 2006 - 01:28 GMT

thanks, uncle gus... its nice to see the pictures of home and I see nothing much changes!!!

Linda Buchanan: 8th Jul 2006 - 11:56 GMT

Thanks Gus for the wonderful view of our precious town Barnoldswick, you will have to travel far and wide to ever get a more friendlier town than our little gem BARNOLDSWICK!

Paul Standrill: 8th Jul 2006 - 12:55 GMT

Ay up Gussie my friend,
Nice one e-mailing me the link to this fantastic site

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Thought u might like this old photo of The Great Flash Flood on Walmsgate, Barnoldswick. 1932 or '33

GUS BRENNAN: 11th Jul 2006 - 08:12 GMT

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this is a blast from the past, one of bar`licks old pop groups from the early sixties, Cliff Stocker, ????, Geoff whiteoak, and Kenny Ranson,
Cliff is still going strong, with his band "Slack Alice". Geoff was working for wharfdale brewery, last time i saw him, and Kenny, is still updating his web site....

Vince Browne: 12th Jul 2006 - 11:30 GMT

Gus, Jean from Budapest is my partner Pats sister I think she would be
happy to see some photos you may have, cheers Vince

Norman Hudson: 30th Jul 2006 - 07:16 GMT

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Norman Hudson: 30th Jul 2006 - 07:27 GMT

A 'Blast from the Past!'
1964 Barnoldswick Gala Day, the Barnoldswick Youth Club Float.

Brenda Robinson(Hudson), Norman Hudson, Eileen Waterworth, ?, Dennis Bamber,David Metcalfe(back)Jimmy Stocks(front)Chris stuttard,John Stuttard, ?, George Kirrage(back),Susan Duxbury,
Front kneeling Margret Perry, Susan Palmer.
The group of lads in uniform had been to SKopje in Yogoslavia to help the 1963 earthquake disaster.

Martin Riley: 16th Aug 2006 - 04:06 GMT

Hi gus came across your page while having nothing to do on the grave yard shift great pics and comments. hope your doing well :-).

anon ( 28th Aug 2006 - 21:17 GMT

Bloody hell Gus you've brought back a few memories there.

Graham Smith

martin Loughridge: 30th Aug 2006 - 15:59 GMT

Hi I have moved to barnoldswick from manchester and just would like to say it,s how much a like living in this town .

Andrew Metcalf: 2nd Sep 2006 - 11:18 GMT

Well this seems to be a family comment, Jean is my Aunty and Vince Browne is my Step Father. My Mum is Pat Storey and I must say it is great to see these photos. Iam living in South Africa and those photos have made me very home sick. For all the barlicker's who read this and know me send me an e-mail would love to hear from you all, Gus what can I say but THANK YOU for all the memories i left Barlick 20 years ago and now reading this with tears in my eyes again THANK YOU..........

Andrew Metcalf: 2nd Sep 2006 - 12:22 GMT

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Above picture is me and my kids after a day out on the bikes in South Africa

Vince Browne: 11th Sep 2006 - 15:54 GMT

never mind the tears,couldn't wait to get away.Vince
By the way Gus why no picture of British Legion??
Don't you like us???

Paul Standrill: 18th Sep 2006 - 13:35 GMT

I was asked by John Stanley (Stan the man)if i could put this photo on the Barnoldswick site with the hope that someone out there could shed some light on it.
It as come from his late father-in-laws estate, Mr. James McKechnie, Kerris and Heather's father.
We gather that it's Townhead, but the little chap with the ice cream is an unknown and so is the van. Any comments would be very much appreciated.
All the best, Paul.image 15733

zagg: 6th Oct 2006 - 03:35 GMT

From 'what is citynoise?': "What shouldn't I post?

Personal arguments, gang shout-outs, spam/advertising, images harvested directly from Google Image Search, posed family photos, completely abstract images, or anything in ALL-CAPS. These will be mercilessly deleted! Also, if you have a comment on an existing article, please place it in the comments for that article. Starting a new thread to comment on an existing one is discouraged, and unless it stands on its own, it will be deleted. "

Why MORE posed family photos? weren't your photos deleted for that already once?

Jamie: I really think they just don't get it zagg.

john martin: 25th Oct 2006 - 00:11 GMT

In a nostalgic moment for roots I discovered your great web site. My family came to Barlick in 1939 with the Rover company. I went to Gisburn Road school till 1950. I wrote a biography of my mother and our life in Barlick from 39-60 and it went into the local public library. Wondered if it was still there? Love to hear from anyone I went to school with. I live in Vancouver, Canada. My e-mail: Major9th@energensia. com

anon ( 30th Oct 2006 - 23:22 GMT

I notice the van is Steve's ice creams.Remember him well.

wendy messenger: 1st Dec 2006 - 13:41 GMT

intersting website barnoldwick is a lovley place ai been to visit it many times

marie walker (nee wellock): 4th Jan 2007 - 12:19 GMT

i just visited my wonderful uncles and aunts in barnoldswick and absolutely loved my time with all of them. i was born in salterforth in 1958 and emigrated to australia with my mum and dad(roy and emily wellock) i love australia, but i feel half of me belongs in england. hi to any of my family who may happen to read this and i love you all.

Andrew Metcalf: 15th Mar 2007 - 09:13 GMT

I would like to use your site to wish my Auntie Jean a very happy birthday.

Lots of Love '

Andrew and Family (south africa)

Andrew Metcalf: 15th Mar 2007 - 09:44 GMT

Sandra, when can i take the brakes off please say now...........

Sandra: 15th Mar 2007 - 10:23 GMT

Easy does it for me!You are putting me under too much pressure and I then back off.I understand where you are at and I am picking up your pain right now.
I am there myself frequently, but one has to deal with it by chatting and sharing ones feelings.Solving things on an intimate level is not the solution.
You are hurting at the moment- I am here for you on other levels for now...

Sheena (nee Abrahams): 29th Jul 2007 - 17:25 GMT

Great site! I was born in Barlick (live in York now)and have fond memories of my home town. Sure I saw a pic of my cousin Kath (Banks)! Ages since I've seen her.Hi to cousin Marie (Wellock) too.

Sheena (nee Abrahams): 30th Jul 2007 - 14:51 GMT

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Me and friend, Cath I think. Bairstow Street Barlick.

John Spencer: 17th Aug 2007 - 21:48 GMT

Gus,enjoyed the site and pictures very much. My mother grew up in Barlick and immigrated to America with her parents in 1924. I last visted there in 1969 and stayed with a friend of mothers' in the "Monk House". Will be visiting again from Florida, USA, in six weeks to explore. Mother: Nellie Maden Spencer; Grandfather: Richard Maden; G-Granfathes: John maden and James Bridge.Any family still around?

charlie: hi are u a tudour

Hank: 3rd Dec 2007 - 09:08 GMT

What a neat looking little wick you have. I chanced apon your site researching Barnoldswick after reading mention of it in Development of Aircraft Engines by Robert Schlaifer. I, too, am in Florida. I would like to put Barnoldswick on a trip agenda, after I get to the Museum of Science and Industry in Kensington. Thanks for the pics.

Pat Kenny: 14th Dec 2007 - 15:49 GMT

I grew up in Barlick. Lived at 24 Avon Drive until 1974 when the family emigrated to Canada. Most of my early memories involve ordinary things like going to Redmans for bacon on a Saturday morning with Mum or going to the pictures and anticipating the choc ice waiting for me at half time (saw my first Elvis pic there...) Playing at Vic Park and picnics at Ghyll (spelling?? yikes!)church hold extra special memories. I think that it's true....Barlick is in the blood. If anyone knows any of my relatives please post a note or two, love to hear any news. Here's the anticpated yet dreary (to those of you who don't recognise any of the names) list: Paul Kenny and family (Uncle) Michael Kenny (Uncle), Julie Hargreaves (friend from Skipton Girls High School) Jill P ??? (flaming red hair, great sense of humour). Well, I won't go...Oppps, too late!
Thanks for the opportunity

julie: 28th Apr 2008 - 17:17 GMT

hi just looked at your site,realy good,although i am not a barlicker i am an earbier (oops)i have lived here most of my life.Was hoping someone might have some photos of the magestic(bop club days)I remember seeing gene vincent there and Billy Fury and many more,great days.Can anyone remember THE FIVE NEWTONES it was a barlick group what was going about sometime in the 60s,if anyone has any photos i would love to see them.-)

sandra clegg/ arnold / shaw: 29th Apr 2008 - 00:13 GMT

hi sheena you will not remember me i lived next door to your mum and dad on park road barnoldswick we had to go to nottingham for the week and first thing i did when we got back was to run into your house to see if you had been born loved going in your house your mum and dad were so nice your maxchell might remember me i once borrowed her train pass for skipton to bunk off school and go out with a boy did i get a good hideing for that hope you are ok love sandra x

Sheena (nee Abrahams): 12th May 2008 - 16:16 GMT

Hi Sandra,I'm very well thanks. Next time I see my sis I will ask her if she remembers you. She lives in Colne now. Mum still in Barlick, Dad died Sheena.

Geoff Peacock: 1st Oct 2008 - 10:03 GMT

Hi to Gus,
The names for the above Saracens photo are (L to R):
Cliff Stocker, Barry Sagar, Geoff Peacock and Ken Ranson. Terry Hollingsworth had been with the group earlier, but left before this pic was taken - outside the back of the Ivory Hall (another blast from the past!).

david swift: 13th Nov 2008 - 02:40 GMT

hi gus
What an excellent web site! ive just seen my mum on the 1964 gala day photo (Susan Duxbury)a relation to the duxburys on another picture on this site.
My grandad had a shoe shop on rainhall rd.(Reginald Swift)
My father(David Swift)who,s sadly passed away in 1990, used to work as a charge hand at rolls for a long no of years.
My mother has an album at home with Cliff Stocker, Im sure my father knew him.
My father was in a MOD band, I thought it was him on the right at first! in the saracens picture.
I also went to school in barlick 1983 - 1984
fond memories
David Swift.

helen: 24th Nov 2008 - 23:23 GMT

nipped on here to find out about your town and all i seen i liked this seems to be a lovely place filled with lovely people thanks made my mind up for me!!!!

Babs: 7th Jun 2009 - 15:02 GMT

Hi Gus,
You can't get away from your lovely Barbara eh?.I love Barnoldswick but I'm not a native.Anyone out there who comes here gets the bug and either wants to come and live here or re-visits often.If you want to meet a new partner.........well several of us have by going to the fab Cellar Bar alias Penny and Alan's secret dating agency LOL.So "come on down" and enjoy modern life with a blast from the past.
lots of love Gus,

Ivan Sandler: 13th Dec 2009 - 04:09 GMT

Looked up this web site with my mother. Her mother Ellen O'Neill lived in Barlick pre 1919 (when she married and moved to Rochdale). Anyone with existing connections (i.e. Robin Higgins) please e-mail me on as I'm putting together my family tree. My family now live in Western Australia.

anon ( 6th Feb 2010 - 18:20 GMT

Gus, thanks for the Barlick memories. We lived there in the early 1950s on Queen Street. Do you know the Rogan family? they were our neighbors. My family now reside in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Thanks, Zeke Dutkiewicz

Jill Faulkner (nee Whiting): 14th Mar 2010 - 19:43 GMT

Hi Pat Kenny in Canada
Someone told me about your posting and wondered if the Red Head was me - yes it is. We went to Gisburn Road School and then onto the High School. I can remember you emigrating to Canada. I'm still in Barlick but Julie moved away many years ago. I understand that she is living in Edinburgh. Glad to hear that you are well and still enjoying fond memories of Barlick. Take care

Nigel Hampson: 27th Mar 2010 - 06:57 GMT

Hi Everyone,
I am researching the Majestic Ballroom and Cinema and was wondering if anyone has any pictures of this building that they would be kind enough to let me have a look at - ideally taken inside, but outside shots are welcome too - and the older the better !
I can be contacted on 07967 635143
Or email at
Hope someone can help and thank everyone.

dave power: 22nd Jun 2010 - 18:46 GMT

memories flooding back,i lived in earby & went to school at 'barlick' modern from 1965-69,getting kicked out of the majestic for messing about,and having a few pints in the 'comic' playing darts in various establishments (i played for the central in earby) plus pool (i played for the punch bowl earby) & the disco's at rolls royce sc.its now 30+ years since i have lived there,i know live in ireland,if anybody remembers me please feel free to drop me a line at

Alberto C. Juárez R. 24th August 2010: 24th Aug 2010 - 09:36 GMT

I happened to be lucky enough as to live in Barlick in 1957. Revisited in 1962 and 1964 and in 1979: this time with my wife and children. The last time I was there was a sad one in 1985?
My friends there were Edith and Harold Watson, and Doris and George Watson. They owned a car business Watsons Bros. Computers have never been my trade, but now, since I retired I find Internet exciting. Anyway I was very excited when I came across your web page that brought back to me so many sweet memories. I´ll browse my archives and find some photos and details. It will a pleasure to them over. As soon as I learn how to do it. Please acknowledge receipt as soon as possible. Warmest regards to all the Barlickers who coached me to dance in the
Majestic and for Barlicks hospitality in general.

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Cool Site! This is a really interesting place -thanks for the information, I'll check for more updates soon!

GAK: 16th Jan 2012 - 04:21 GMT

the lad with the ice cream photo
this is taken looking towards the little shop which was under the "spirits" place shown. This is what we used to call it. At the top of esp lane.

GAK: 16th Jan 2012 - 04:25 GMT

does anyone know the date of the new road school opening? I would be pleased to know.

GAK: 21st Jan 2012 - 05:26 GMT

Query for Alberto C. Juarez R.
Did the George Watson you mentioned in your post, ever own a small de Havilland Puss Moth aeroplane, pre war?

Liz (Betty) C. : 26th Jan 2012 - 15:45 GMT: 27th Jan 2012 - 15:46 GMT

Hi Gus,Enjoyed a trip down memory lane.Recognised Geoff Peacock in the Saracens group
think he married my best friend from The Sec. Modern days. Haven't managed to track her down. She was Ann Livesey from Bolland Street. Sad the Majestic is no more - great groups seen there in the early 6o's.

David Boyd: 4th Feb 2012 - 17:31 GMT

I'm hoping to be in your beautiful, wee town in early June of 2012 for the Commonwealth and European Barlick Bellman Competition. Word is travelling and I was just in touch with a Town Crier in Anacortes, Washington State, on America's Pacific coast - he may be there also. I am the Town Crier for the Township of Rideau Lakes in Ontario, Canada.

Gus Brennan: 6th Oct 2012 - 22:33 GMT

Hello Gak, the new road school. ( West Craven High ) WAS OPENED IN 1942

Lesley: 6th Oct 2012 - 23:14 GMT

Anyone remember Ivan sharpies. Would luv pics. He grew up in barlick. Lived in Colne a while then barlick again. Liked the pubs. Add afew brothers n sisters.

Lesley: 2nd Nov 2012 - 23:05 GMT

That last note should have said SHARPLES. He was from Barlick. Like I said, liked a drink. He,d choke when he lit his pipe, and liked to wear a hat. No good pics of him, so wondered if anyone had any. He died a few years ago.

Mark Thomson: 13th Jan 2013 - 18:12 GMT

Hi there fantastic website, came across it by accident, i am originally from Barlic and love the place nice to see some great pics of the town keep up the good work.

moira fitzgerald nee banks: 22nd Feb 2013 - 11:56 GMT

gus just found your site brill nice to see old faces from the past.also my cousin sheena.
my grandma told me about the flash flood in the thirtys

moira fitzgerald nee banks: 22nd Feb 2013 - 12:16 GMT

Your sister inlaw shiela and I used to have happy memories going to the majestic.

moxi26: 15th Mar 2013 - 15:24 GMT

I am applying for a job in Barnoldswick, coming from Birmingham. Will I like it? I want peace and quiet and a friendly village with lots of countryside and a safe place for my daughter to grow up in. It looks great - is it worth the move?

Sheena P.: 15th Mar 2013 - 23:08 GMT

Its a lovely place to live. Quiet and very friendly. I grew up there. The schools are good and the countryside is wonderful. I love going back to visit, I miss it loads. A great place to live. And lots of great places nearby to visit too!

moxi26: 21st Mar 2013 - 10:39 GMT

Thanks Sheena, it's a big step but it sounds wonderful! I'm going to go for it, wish me luck!

Sheena P.: Good Luck!!

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