I wonder if your Robert knew and hung around with Tom Barker, as he also lived in that area and wrote the following:
“The gem I think charged 7 pence for matinees. I used to go to my Grannies in argyle st for empty beer bottles [stout] other than that we climbed in the GAS workers back yard and borrowed a couple empty bottles then we would go round the front and get our 3 pence [return] to get into the flicks [GEM].
“William Street was like the pit yard our world we played rounders next to the Cally, football, multi-kitty cricket in your back lane using bin lids as wickets; we always made sure that we did not hit the ball in the Cally backyard as LANCY had a big Alsatian - he did not lose many empty beer bottles poor GASWORKERS got hammered; it was our ticket for the flicks [GEM].”
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