Re: Lover's Lane

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Posted by murrisk on November 18, 2000 at 05:04:04:

In Reply to: Re: Lover's Lane posted by Butch on November 16, 2000 at 20:57:38:

You recalled the mannerism exactly !! That was
Seanie Bourke. The same lad who played with
the Royal Chords Showband in 1968. I think
Seanie's older brother was called Pop. Another
band member was James Deacy. I don't know the
cause of the cinema fire - maybe a cigarette
butt. The cinema which burned stood on the
same site as the cinema we frequented. While the
new cinema was being built, the pictures were
shown in a hall on Spencer Street. Seating, I
understand, was in the form of hard "furms".
The hall stood on the site of what years later
would become Smiths Garage. I do remember the
burning of the Brownsvilles flats although I
had totaly forgotten about it until you mentioned
it. "The burning of the Brownsville flats" - sounds
like it should have been a suburb of Atlanta
during the American civil war ! The "lane of amor"
still exists but sadly it is underutilized. The
large gates are no longer locked - indeed they
no longer exist - and the wicket (gate) is silent.
Yet I'm sure Lovers Lane lives on in the memories
of a very great many people who had the tactile
experience there, whether through osculation or a
swift kick in the "derry-air". Whatever happened
to Bro. Gussie. Of all the teachers I had he made
the greatest and longest lasting impression on me.
A humane and humerous person though I know of
some who would definitely disagree with me.

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