Tim Mather has contacted Bramcote Today. He used to live at 25 Chapel Street until his family moved to Bristol in 1979.
Do you by any chance have a photo of Mr & Mrs Eatch who owned the shop next door? There was a Bramcote history web site that had their photo on it but I cannot now find it. There was also another shop in Chapel Street run the Shaw family. ….. I think their daughter may still live there? Mr Eatch was also the caretaker at the local “rec”, King George’s Park. All the local lads would descend on the park at weekends to play football and we spent all day there.
Not sure if you heard the story about the sunken church in Bramcote? When I was a lad the local PC was taking a look in the Church grounds when he saw a ghost. The PC ended up going completely mad and had to take early retirement!! That place always gave me the creeps after that. Never went into the place.
Hamilton Brown was the local vicar and used to visit my gran who lived with us once a week.
I used to also see Brian Clough at the newsagents which was owned by his brother Nigel when I went in to get my fags for the day – see the photo. If Brian Clough was behind the counter, he would never take my money. He always said, “If you want to kill yourself lad that’s up to you but I`ll not be taking your money!” And then as I was leaving the shop he’ll shout out “you`ll never play for England if you smoke lad !!” He was a real character.