Goole on the Web
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Claims to Fame

Famous People

People from Goole regard the town with a perverse kind of pride, nobody really wants to live there, but they still have affection for the place. The following sons and daughters of the town have gone out into the wider world and made the place proud:

Famous Facts

Also, Goole itself has cropped up in several famous places:

Mr / Mrs / Ms Goole

Some people have 'Goole' in their surname. Should you be on this list too?

Inspector Goole Marco Goole Capt Tim Goole Warden Drumgoole

Visitor Comments

Posted by Robert Ward at 20/05/2005 13:38
What about Patrick Dromgoole?
Posted by Carol Telfer at 22/05/2005 08:16
What about Roy Clarke for your famous people page?
He deserves recognition for writing Last Of The Summer Wine, Open All Hours, & Keeping Up Appearances etc.!
Posted by Robert Ward at 22/05/2005 15:02
Two top railway writers have surnames only one letter different from Goole: C.T. Goode ('The Wakefield Pontefract and Goole Railway') and Ken Hoole ('Railways in Yorkshire 2 - the East Riding').
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 22/05/2005 20:42
I think we'll have to restrict the Mr / Mrs / Ms category to containing the whole word 'goole' (eg. there are over 200 'Pooles' in the electoral register)
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 22/05/2005 20:45
A link for Roy Clarke is now added. Some of his charaters were supposedly inspired by people sitting at a Goole park bench. (See under Boothferry in the Villages section)
Posted by Alex Forsyth at 05/07/2005 00:49
I used to sail to Goole from Selby and loved the Macintosh and the Lowther - oh and Dock Tavern. Few pints then new pilot then on to sea. Wonderful town.
Posted by Andrew Goole at 22/07/2005 02:46
Captain Tim Goole is actually from Rochester, New York.
Posted by Stephen Walker at 16/12/2005 00:45
What about John Kaye, the most famous of all from Goole. He won the FA cup medal with West Bromwich Albion in 1968 and managed Hull City for a number of seasons. There's still relatives of his in Goole. (i.e me-mum's side)

Don't forget Kerry Godliman, who starred in Spoons, who has relatives from Goole (i.e me-Dad's side)
Posted by pedro at 17/04/2006 20:08
Dont forget Tony Melody the actor. Melodys pub corner of bridge st and albert st got its name from his parents
Posted by Darren at 06/09/2006 14:19
Can't beleive that the time Goole was mentioned on Coronation Street isn't on, when Curlys girlfriend left him to come and take over a supermarket in Goole.
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 06/09/2006 20:18
Ah but it is! Search for GOTW News
Posted by Emma at 09/09/2006 22:24
U forgot about Jamie Noon the Newcastle Falcons Centre who was born in goole and i think he now plays for england.
Posted by jon at 08/10/2006 20:52
dont forget the time goole docks was on the telly when selwyn froggett was practicing his welly throwing.
Posted by charlotte at 12/10/2006 14:52
its not fair for the newspaper to say goole is the most boring town in goole?? it aint!! get the F.A.Q's right!!
Posted by Elaine Jones at 09/11/2006 22:48
There's Dromgoole haulage contractors in Broughton, near Chester.
Posted by Barbara Hudson at 18/12/2006 22:48
what about Johnny Morris: I remember him coming, and Jimmy Saville gave out the trophies in West Park once
Posted by Barbara Hudson at 18/12/2006 22:50
I also remember Michael Bentine asking (at Weston super Mare or somewhere else equally sissy down south) "is anyone here from Goole?"
Posted by Peter Scott at 14/04/2007 22:34
What about Bob Suter the goalkeeper who played for Goole Town and then signed for Halifax Town. On 20 April 1929 at the age of 48 years and 9 months, he became the oldest Englishman to play in a football league match. The record still stands.
Posted by Andy King at 19/04/2007 22:14
Not forgetting the Irish international Tony Galvin who played for Goole Town in the 1970s before signing for Spurs!
Posted by Emma Judson at 02/07/2007 19:26
We must mention Ms Straken from the really wild show? Daughter of doctor straken of hook?
Posted by Stuart (Webmaster) at 03/07/2007 00:32
Surely an urban legend?
Posted by jim at 10/07/2007 23:22
I remember the late Les Dawson comedian stating his mother in law was born in a tree at goole before moving to the Arcade.
Posted by jack tar at 10/07/2007 23:29
I remember with fondness sailing out of goole in the 1950s and meeting all the dock fairies.No other port in England had dock fairies like Goole.Sadly Im told they are now extinct and replaced by tattoed slappers
Posted by Robert Ward at 12/07/2007 21:09
Posted by pedro at 15/07/2007 20:19
Not forgetting the Beatles before they became famous crashing their car at Burtons corner on Rawcliffe Rd.George Harrison appeared at Goole Magistrates court pleaded Guilty to careless driving and was duly fined.At the time they were returning to Liverpool after appearing in Hull.Pre M62 days.
Posted by Robert Ward at 18/07/2007 16:26
"Burton's corner"? We always called it Paragon Corner after the Paragon Garage there.
Posted by jim at 24/07/2007 22:51
mmm lets call Jack Fultons Holts Garage from the 40s.Help the aged Kitwoods cafe.Super drug Silver library not forgetting ATS Tyres in Carlisle St Wardle Garage
Posted by pete at 20/08/2007 17:43
Sunday Sport Aug 19th Elvis found living in an old folks home in goole.His second wife Dot confirms its true,Says they met in Goole workingmans club.Photo of him in paper hes a dead ringer
take a look
Posted by pete at 30/08/2007 20:59
Not forgetting richard turpin a traveller and a horse thief who lived for a time in Eastrington.He was hung at York for theft and rustling of cattle etc.Hence the notorious Dick Turpin evolved,
Posted by Paul Coumis at 21/09/2007 16:21
How can anyone forget our most famous Son born Weston-s-Mare 25-02-73 only Full Football International born in our Town and County(Somerset)played in all divisions for Bristol Rovers,Crystal Palace,Sheffield United,Manchester City,Burnley,Nottingham Forest,and now in his twilight years Tranmere Rovers,and played 15 times for Wales, of course its Gareth Taylor who went to WINDWHISTLE School and BROADOAK School.
Posted by Gail at 24/09/2007 12:14
And much more recently, Graham Fellows (aka John Shuttleworth) has a whole character from Goole in his stage show. The character is Dave Tordoff, a self-made businessman from Goole.
To quote Dave "if you need a new concrete floor, or if you want to subcontract for me, or you've any ideas on how I can get into after-dinner speaking, don't hesitate to get in touch".

Dave's 2006 Edinburgh Festival show was called " Neighbours From Hull".
Posted by Pete smith at 24/10/2007 16:37
i rememember Jimmy Saville coming to Goole in 1965 and he crowned the goole gala queen in the west park..the carnival is over bye the seekers was ten no1 in the hit parade..but even better what about when england all stars played man united at the goole plesure grounds in the seventies..who remembers that.
Posted by Pete Smith at 24/10/2007 16:39
yes i can spell lol... its my sticky keyboard
Posted by Anthony Richardson at 01/11/2007 22:32
Yeah i remember that the England all stars match. Wow thats a blast from the past. What a great day out that was. Can anyone remember some of the players names? Was one of them Charley Drake. How about the time when a couple of the guys from Emmerdale farm came to Goole to open a shop at what was Barry's fishing tackle shop on Pasture road.
Posted by paul holmes at 14/11/2007 20:23
does anyone remember tommy marshall 2nd cook and baker with shaw savill he was on the m.v. cretic in1968.
Posted by Jamie at 22/11/2007 15:38
Goole made a brief apperance in last weeks episode of Top Gear, when James May drove an Alfa Romeo from Hessle foreshore to Barton south bank without using the Humber bridge.
Posted by Alan Anderson at 29/12/2007 19:42
Reference Paul Homes 14.11.'07 and Tommy Marshall.My brother -in-law Thomas Herbert Marshall worked for Shaw Savill as a steward/cook,he would be about 19yrs. old in 1968.Is this the same lad ,if so I can tell you more.He was 'Deep Sea' for many years.
Posted by keith walton at 30/12/2007 17:09
If you look at the front of Manchester Victoria railway station, among the famous international destinations, historicaly depicted in stained glass is, yes realy, "Goole"
Posted by Roger Sewell at 21/03/2008 20:19
Can my wife Chris and I be considered for the Claim to Fame section?
In July / August 2005 we became the only people, so far, to walk round the 600 mile boundary of Yorkshire. We live in Goole.
Posted by Dave Eggs at 05/07/2008 16:55
Hey, i`ve got a claim to fame too. I live in Barmby, and i visited Goole just the other day, for the very first time in my life, and i`ve lived in Barmby for nearly 60 years!!

What a great place Goole is, i loved it. Especially the indoor flea market, great stuff.
Posted by Gary MASTERMAN at 06/07/2008 09:19
Just discovered this site and I'm proud to say I lived in Goole and remember so many of the reminiscences quoted thus far. Like when George Harrison went to Court, Jimmy Saville in 1965 (I got a signed photo of him), John Kaye, when he played for West Brom (I lived 3 doors from his niece, Diane, in Fourth Ave); all the Les Dawson and Two Ronnies' jokes and the time when Bill Grundy and "People and Places" came to Goole docks. Did I dream it or did a chimpanzee open Goole's first supermarket at the site of the old Cinema next to the Market?
More recently, I can report a model of a nineteenth century wooden vessel displayed for a number of years on the wall of the English style pub in Jupiter's casino on Australia's Gold Coast (near Brisbane). The vessel had the word "Goole" clearly inscribed on the hull with the year it was launched. It was, as I say, displayed for many years for the enjoyment of the hundreds of thousands of people who visited the casino every year. I was there myself only a month ago and, alas, the pub has now been refurbished and the vessel has gone. If anybody in Australia knows where it is please let me know, I'd like to buy it.
Posted by Gail at 23/07/2008 16:41
Goole's born and bred famous folkie, Chris Sherburn, played at the Proms in the Albert Hall on Sunday July 20th, 2008. The concert was televised live that evening on BBC Four and he was on stage for the first half hour with Bella Hardy.

It's currently on BBC iPlayer and will be for the next couple of weeks, I think.
Posted by x x x H a n n a H x x x at 30/09/2009 19:11
Peter Andre came through Goole on a train the other day. Aparantly loads of people were getting their photos took with him. =)
Posted by once a Goolie at 12/11/2009 15:06
I remember John Kaye lived with his mam in a street just off Percy Street. John played for Scunny and then joined West Brom for forty odd grand a fortune in them days. He won the Football league cup in 1966 and was runner up in 1967 and 1970, plus won an FA cup medal with WBA in 1968. Then went on to manage Hull City in 1974 to 1977. A true Goole legend and no mistake.
Posted by C.A at 15/01/2010 19:59
What about when the football showbiz XI came to play at the pleasure grounds Tommy Steele, Mike and Bernie Winters? Jess Conrad and others whose names escape me and so does the year possibly late 50s. Tommy Steele shook hands with my little sis also the group "the in crowd" with hit record played at the baths hall i was there and spoke to their manager for some time. Anyone else remember showbiz XI and "the in crowd" in Goole?
Posted by Willie Denton at 10/05/2010 18:20
I saw Dale Winton coming out of Peacocks the other day. He was clutching a pair of large mens briefs, and was being chased by a very burly security guard........... allegedly!!
Posted by Bill at 14/05/2010 23:47
C.A, yes I remember that Showbiz football match. We looked through one of the open windows to the changing rooms and asked a semi clad Mike (or Bernie) Winters if we could have his autograph. To which he replied 'do you mind'. Which I suppose was quite restrained in the circumstances. I also remember when a regional TV news programme did a feature on Goole docks and one of the glamorous celebrities there was a singer called Sheila Southern. I got her signed photo. About ten years ago I saw her in a Jazz club in Knightsbridge, She was still singing but knocking back a lot of whisky. Bill
Posted by cynthia (firth) mcconnell at 27/06/2010 00:51
Well, lets see if any of you lads remember me, (or lasses) can't believe there is a "Goole on the web. I have lived in America (currently in Oregon) since 1966, lived in Italy for 4 years before that. I lived not too far from John Kaye on Percy Street, my Mum and Dad, owned a little grocery shop, they had a large shop before that on Bridge street, and a wet fish shop next door to that. They eventually closed those shops because a lot of their trade was from the big ships that used to come into the river (or dock?) near us, but then it was closed off, don't know why.
They then converted our house to a shop. right across from another shop on the corner, cannot remember the ladies name that owned it ( do any of you readers know? ) maybe it was Harrington or something. (darn it I should have kept my diary going. On the other corner lived Wyn, husband Noel, who had a daughter, Judy or Judith that I used to take to town in her pram on a Saturday. I used to hang out with Joyce Thompson, and Elizabeth Leatham. I was dating? a Graham who lived in Brough, where I was working at then, Blackburn Aircraft He was so cute and shy, are you out there Graham??
"Dot Appleyard lived next door to our shop, had a daughter Christine, Dot and I did correspond a bit with Christmas cards etc.,
I am currently single, my son Stuart lives in Korea with his cute little wife, they both teach English, they will be here for for 5 weeks this July, Yey! My daughter Emilly has two of the cutest and nicest little girls (no bragging here) 3yrs and 7mths.
Well, hope some one out there remembers me.....Cynthia
Posted by Robert Ward at 23/10/2010 21:22
I'm told there's a new film out, The Owls of Goole.
Posted by Jan townend ( Barker) at 12/11/2010 22:33
I certainly remember the show biz football team playing at the Victoria pleasure grounds. I was in heaven for weeks after because Jess Conrad smiled at me! I was in the girl guides and we got in free to sell programmes. It was fab. I remember the bus pulling away with the stars in. That's when Jess looked out of the window and smiled at me.
Posted by Jan townend at 13/11/2010 23:22
I remember seeing Wilfred Pickles and his wife Mable coming out of fish and chip shop in montage street. He had been recording his radio show at the baths hall. Early sixties .
Posted by Roy Mapplebeck at 31/08/2011 22:48
I remember Harry Corbett and Sooty coming to Goole Baths. He stayed at the Station Hotel.It was near Bonfire night and a friend and I asked him for a penny for the guy.
Posted by Bill at 17/11/2011 19:16
There are a couple of references to Goole in a novel by Ann Cleeves called 'Telling Tales (incidentally a good detective story). One of the characters is a pilot on the Humber guiding boats to and from Goole. There is a brief paragraph at the end of Chapter 9 describing the character of Goole. And a para in Chaper 10 about the difficulty of bringing a ship out of Goole.
Posted by gary grant at 17/12/2011 22:59
I remember. Vera duckworth opening t.c bar in old __gtools about 1984
Posted by Zigger at 01/01/2012 23:31
Posted by Damien Theaker at 23/01/2012 18:35
for those of you who dont know, my very good friend has played football for hereford united in league 2 since the summer of 2011 and played for hull city from the age of 10 and made an fa.cup appearance against chelsea on tv and skinned joe cole! he also made a few appearances in the premiership and his mentor at the club was nicky barmby (now manager) and i know he was very good friends with dean windass in the season that they got promoted to the premiership. its Nicky Featherstone 23 yrs old used to live down malvern rd then salisbury ave, i went all the way through school with him at kingsway primary and vermuyden secondary :)
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Posted by Barrie P Spink at 10/10/2012 23:03
I went to School in Goole with a girl called Jane Martinson, her father farmed on Goole fields and he had a brother that also farmed in the same area. There must be some relations left. I left School in 1955
Barrie P Spink
Posted by Paul Moyes at 31/01/2014 14:38
What about the Dale sisters? they had two top forty singles in the sixties and appeared on Thank your Lucky Stars with Adam Faith and Johny Leighton.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 02/02/2014 11:20
I've just noticed the posts about George Harrison's probably unwanted connections with Goole.
The Beatles had played the Majestic Ballroom in Hull, and were motoring back to Liverpool. In those days, some 15 years before the M62 was completed, the road journey between Liverpool and Hull was just under 130 miles, including a stretch along the A614 through the outskirts of Goole. After passing through Greenawn Corner traffic lights George, who was driving the van, missed the sharp right near Burton's and went straight on down a track that conveniently provided an escape route for such a mishap. From what I recall, the lads were pushing the van out of a hedge when a local bobby on his pushbike appeared on the scene.
George subsequently appeared in person at Goole Magistrates Court and was done for careless driving or some such motoring offence. There was of course, quite a crowd outside.
Posted by Hossy Pfeffer at 23/03/2014 22:11
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 18/09/2014 19:40
How many of Us old ones can remember Wilfred and Mabel Pickles visiting Burtons Factory,can you remember his saying Give em the Money Mabel it was one pound if got the question right think it was in the fifties he had a lovey broad accent good memories.

Anon Old Codger 70 Plus.
Posted by Bill at 20/09/2014 14:45
'What's on the table Mable?"
Posted by Keith at 21/09/2014 07:17
Mable went on to become Ena Sharples in Coronation Street.
Posted by Anon Old Codger 70 Plus at 23/11/2014 10:34
We went to York to see Marty Wild supporting was Eden Kane
John Leyton and the Wildcats,also Cat Nancy Ann Lee what a fabulous singer Nancy is who is from Goole, in my book Nancy is famouse and lives in Goole if you get a chance to see Nancy singing don't miss it.
Regards Anon Old Codger 70 Plus.
Posted by Keith at 23/11/2014 14:00
What was Marty like ?
Posted by Keith Wilson at 14/12/2014 15:07
Thought Ena was played by Violet Carson
Posted by Keith at 14/12/2014 21:48
Thats right , Mable was Violet Carson.
Posted by Robert Ward at 01/01/2015 11:28
BBC Genome Project (Radio Times data): Light Programme, 26 January 1965 19.31 - WILFRED PICKLES visits the Town and Port of Goole, Yorkshire At the Baths Hall with MABEL at 'The Table' and HARRY HUDSON at the piano.
Posted by Tony Clyne at 03/01/2015 14:18
Sorry to contradict Keith but I believe Mabel was Pickles wife and Violet Carson played the piano before or after Harry Hudson
Posted by Paul at 03/01/2015 21:52
Violet Carson was the pianest for 6 years for the Wilfred Pickles.
Posted by Keith at 05/01/2015 20:04
Sorry for that blunder Tony, you are correct Mable was Wilfred's wife and gave out the money . Violet Carson played the piano from 1946- to - 1947 on his show , she later became more famous and played Ena Sharples in Corrie for many years.
Posted by Paul at 06/01/2015 15:10
Posted by Keith at 06/01/2015 20:02
Stand corrected again Paul, I got my Jack Jordon and Violet Sharples mixed up. Must be an age thing !
Posted by Paul at 06/01/2015 20:17
Or Ena Carson even.Ha ha.
Posted by Keith at 06/01/2015 22:12
Well spotted ! !
Posted by Rod Lumley at 21/06/2015 18:39
Regarding the Beatles crash, it was into the wall by Burton's factory and it was my dad, Fred Lumley, who called the police.
He was security officer at the Burton's factory.
He told us the story that when he had called the police he went out to the vehicle and was asked to help push the van out. When he refused he was asked 'do you know who we are? We are the Beatles! To which he replied, 'I don't care if you are the black clocks, your waiting here till the police come'!
Not a great pop lover my dad.
Posted by Corby Bunting at 22/06/2015 08:37
Great story Rod. The incident must have happened after my departure. first time I have heard of it.
To all.
I have just heard the news of the death of a friend. Les Ellin. Les, a key figure in the Goole Wheelers had many other interests.One of which should gain a mention on this page.
He located an impresario who arranged the big bands to Goole Bath Dances. The first of which I believe was sister Rosetta Tharpe who stood in with Trad bands. also Modern Jazz bands Ronnie Scott and Johnny Dankworth amongst many others.
I recall these bands were such an attraction that the dancing would cease and everyone would stand in appreciation.
Well done Len and God Bless
Posted by Graham Alcock at 29/08/2015 09:50
My Father John Alcock came from Goole and was in 2 SAS during the war. he blew up a German troop train in 1944 and was one of only eleven SAS to win the Croix de Guerre medal at Silver Star level. In this mission he shot seven German Volks grenadiers who were intent on capturing his patrol. In retaliation the enemy shot two girls who had sheltered his patrol in their cottage.
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 24/09/2015 15:01
Well, there I was on Friday 11 Sept. sitting reading the Metro on Glasgow's Central Station when I came across the news (p.33) that Goole's Tesco branch is now stocking vinyl again! Whoa! According to Kerrang editor James McMahon's article, vinyl has a new (re)lease of life, now selling at a 19-year high, whilst CD sales slump. A picture shows a local emerging from the store with a 'Welcome to your TESCO in Goole' sign showing above his heid.
Goole must be leading the way in this vinyl revival! Another claim to fame.
Posted by Paul at 16/11/2015 15:10
Watch the film "the Dambusters" when they are finding their way to the target. The canal they are following is filmed from Rawcliffe Bridge, you can clearly see the railway bridge going over the canal and the River Don, then Fisons wharfe with the cranes, the Dutch River bridge, on the right is the ship yard and as they pull up left towards Hook Ocean Lock and the dock buildings are clearly visable.
Posted by reg prescott at 05/01/2016 10:41
I think there was a refernce to Goole in Moty Python. Something about the "Goole and District River Widening Club"
Posted by Kieran Moore at 05/01/2016 11:24
Adi Vines, bassist with Creation Records band Swervedriver, was born in Goole

Let's stick him on the list
Posted by CHRISTINE DEVINE (NEE DURHAM) at 28/04/2016 22:18
Not really fame, only about 130 years ago, 4 of my distant cousins were drowned by their boat capsizing in the River Aire/ouse, after having a pint in the Old Percy Arms, and not heeding warnings by other customers, regarding the oagre at that particular time of the year (10th August 1884). Their boat capsized and nobody on the embankment were able to swim, and the police couldn't reach them, so sadly their lives were lost, it was a Sunday Evening, The names of the 4 men, all Durhams,
Thomas Durham aged 20, William Durham age 32, Fredimund Durham 18, and their cousin Alfred William Durham age 21, Alfred was local to the area and was a Fisherman.
Posted by monkeyhumanoid at 17/05/2016 20:08
Ian Smith, world famous comedian
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 07/06/2018 14:51
Goole's only world-class composer/musician Gavin Bryars is appearing in concert locally at The Junction on Friday, 15 June at 8.00 pm.
Should be a treat, so if you can make it, book as soon as you can!
Posted by History Man at 23/10/2019 10:35
As mentioned above by Paul Moyes in 2014, what about the Dale Sisters? They're on Wikipedia and there's a recording of My Sunday Baby on YouTube. Didn't one marry Mike Coldwell, teacher at GGS?
Posted by Gooliie-Gone at 25/10/2019 11:04
I seem to remember that the Dale Sisters were nieces of local butcher Tommy Dunderdale who had a shop on Bridge Street in the 50s and 60s. Tommy played the Hawaiian steel guitar for a time in a local C&W trio called the Three Canyons.
I'm fairly certain also that the Dales had previously hit the UK singles charts the previous year (probably 1960) with the old Buddy Holly song Heartbeat.
Posted by History Man at 28/10/2019 12:06
Heartbeat is on YouTube under their other name The England Sisters, and it's brilliant.
Posted by Bill Stewart at 29/10/2019 15:17
Yup, they are brilliant. Goole's own Beverly Sisters!
Posted by Goolie-Gone at 30/10/2019 09:05
Pittery-pat - yes, Heartbeat by the England Sisters. Nice record from 1960 then. Their uncle Tommy D must have been Goole's one and only Hawaiian guitar player - anyone know otherwise?
Around that time, the late 50s and early 60s, there was a jazz combo that played at the Station Hotel. The drummer was called Frank Barnes.. Anyone know about Frank or the others in the band?
Posted by Tony Clyne at 31/10/2019 09:44
Hi aii the Dale sisters Beetty Julie and Hazel Dunderdale their father had butchers shop in Carlisle St name was changed to England Sisters when Paul England tookk over management believe they toured with the Beatles
Posted by Tony Clyne at 31/10/2019 09:53
Staion Hotel combo Harry Middlebrook played with them think he played clarionette he was a salesman at Jacksons Furniture Stores also think they had Hawaiin or steel guitar
Posted by Keith at 01/11/2019 13:52
Always thought Harry Middlebrook played piano Tony .
Posted by Tony Clyne at 06/11/2019 13:50
I did say think Keith
Posted by Keith at 06/11/2019 15:58
Hi Tony, the reason I think this is , I remembers walking into Jacksons Furniture shop and Harry was sat playing a piano like a good un. Think he was practicing for the night time combo.
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 27/05/2020 14:45
I am rereading AG Macdonell's satirical interwar novel England, Their England, the tale of a young Aberdonian, Donald Cameron, a would-be writer tasked by his London publisher to find material for a book about the English and their foibles from the point of view of an outsider.
On his way to Danzig (don't ask) he finds himself in 'the gloomy city of Kingston-upon-Hull', his only shred of consolation being that he was not in the town of Goole which, 'as seen from the train, looks bloodier than Hull.'
Wha? Though I can't recall Goole in the 1920s, I do remember the 1950s, if hazily, and the town probably hadn't changed that much by then. Did Mr Macdonell ever visit Goole to warrant such a slur? Did he not know about the Clock Tower, lording it over the town centre toilets, and all the other attractions to be found in the town?
Oh dearie me, some people!
Posted by Bill at 27/05/2020 20:18
Hi Peter, I did enjoy that posting. Prompted me to google Archibald what's is name. His photo on Wikipedia shows him as a very dour Scotsman. My mum told me that the nightlife in Goole in the 50' and 60's was pretty damn good. Probably too much for Mr MacDonnell to cope with if he'd ever got off the train!
Posted by Peter Kirkpatrick at 28/05/2020 10:31
Hi Bill,
Yes, I can remember that Goole was pretty good for entertainment in the 50s and 60s. In my teens I was in a local rock 'n' roll band, and we used to play the, er, hot spots - such as the Tavern, the Sydney, and the Station Hotel. Some of it is covered in the Entertainments listings.
Ol' AG looked like a bit of a grump, though a real wit as a writer. His account of the cricket match (not at Westfield, I suppose) is a hoot. I remember in the mid-80s catching part of the old B/W film being shown on BBC TV which had me in stitches.
Another even more tenuous link with Goole would be by another old grump, and my favourite poet, the great Philip Larkin. Though not mentioned as such in The Whitsun Weddings, Goole would have been one of the first stops on the way, with newly-married couples boarding the train on their way to their London honeymoons. Yep, a bit tenuous!
I'm sorry to see that there are so few postings these days on this platform, presumably because other alternatives are more convenient. Old decrepits like me must be falling off the log!
Posted by Bill Stewart at 25/04/2021 20:39
Was just listening to some Flanders and Swan ( the joy of Alexa), a song called The Slow Train, within which is the line 'from Selby to Goole'.

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