A brilliant morning spent in Gateshead in the company of Hughie Gallacher Jr.
The son of the legendary Hughie Gallacher. 85 Years Old. Lovely Man.
He was well impressed with my Cigarette Card Collection of his father. And all the other things I had collected. Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
Thankfully he has kept all his father’s memorabilia too.
The legend will always live on.
Two Derby born men.
Two Sons who lost their fathers to suicide.
United in grief.Refusing to let their memories be forgotten.
I gave him a signed copy of my book ‘Pear Tree Rampart’.
The first poem within dedicated to his father called ‘Hughie’.
He also signed some pictures for me of his dad and him together.
I will now turn my attention to erecting tributes up and down the nation for his father.
It starts in Derby.
All but confirmed Hughie Gallacher was not related to Sir Matt Busby.
Both born in Bellshill.
Although Busby might have been related to Hughie’s first wife.
Reclaimed for my people #Derby
Diploma originally presented to Charles Hudson in 1922.
Few months after the death of his Legendary Racing Pigeon – The King of Rome.
Very Rare Genuine Photograph of KOR.
Belongs in a Museum.
If you are not aware of the story behind this legend.
Listen to my friend Dave Sudbury’s song – The King of Rome.
The greatest folk song ever written in my opinion.
Saw it on Monday in a Charity Shop. Walked away. Changed my mind went back later in the day. Shop closed.
Went back on Tuesday twice. Shop closed.
Went back on Wednesday. Shop open.
Bought it. I’m taking you Home old boy. Let’s find out who you are?
What type of motor cycle you are riding? #PearTreeSoldier
I carefully took it out of the frame.
The photo/print seems to be glued onto the board. No getting behind it.The only writing that was in the frame is the numbers.
65 / 48702
What does that mean? Is it a record? Serial Number? Army number? I’ve not given up on it yet. It will find a home
Update 1:”Hiya I have been looking at your post the numbers 48702 are a identity number /service number if you can get to
Nottingham there is a military museum in the castle if you took it there they might be able to help you identify the unit and who the person in the picture might be?”
Update 2: I’m planning to re-home it at my old Pear Tree Community Junior School in Pear Tree, Derby. The children will see it every day
I’ve decided to donate my #PearTreeSoldier Photo to my old School.
Pear Tree Community Junior School will add it to their History of Derby Staircase
Its nice to know that this picture will be looked upon by many again.
To teach the children of Pear Tree about the history of our old Town.
Our people’s contribution.
I am HONOURED to announce that I’ve been nominated for the #Derbyshire Beacon of Hope Award
Thank you for nominating me
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
I released my new Poetry Collection today.
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Portland Maverick by Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa
Jimmy Methven’s old house on Rosamond’s Ride has been found
To view more examples of my work check me out on Instagram
“Derby Museums are delighted to share with you ‘The Derby Ram’
– a collaborative animated poem based on lantern slides found in our collection, in celebration of BBC Arts#MuseumPassion– and to get you excited for the Derby Ram Trail.
The story features the Derby Ram, which according to legend was ten yards high with enormous horns and a huge flowing fleece, and tells how people came from all over to see it. We are excited that people will once again flock to Derby to enjoy the free family art trail from 27 May to 22 August 2021.
We hope you enjoy the boastful nature of the piece and we would like to thank all of the wonderful collaborators who took time out of lockdown to film themselves delivering this piece and Mediabox Productions for editing and animating this piece.
Sign up to receive trail updates at www.derbyramtrail.org“
The Search for Dan Allsop of Nottingham Forest F.C and Derby ‘County’ Baseball Club.
Football & Baseball Legend.
Every year 10th September is marked as the world suicide prevention day to raise awareness about the significance of mental health and well-being. The need to talk about depression and its adverse effects especially within the Asian community is more pronounced than ever this year in the wake of the coronavirus induced lockdown and loss.
Myself and Raman representing the Punjabi Rams.
Do Asians need to do more to understand depression in their families?
I’ve recently started collecting Cigarette Cards.
Check out what came in the post today !
A trip through ‘The Hollow’ in Littleover, Derby.
So it seems this Brick of mine may not have been made in Derby but Normanton, Yorkshire. Although I collected it from the Normanton, Pear Tree neighbourhood of Derby. Not far from the old Normanton Barracks that was demolished in the early 1980s.
This Brick itself was collected from opposite the old Brick Yard in Sinfin and then taken home to Pear Tree. Yesterday it was found and dug up from a garden path with many other bricks like it.
Was it originally part of the Barracks? It may still have been? But to be honest even it wasn’t. It still says Normanton on it. And it was found in Normanton, Derby.
I’m happy with that.
I’m a Normanton Man 🙂
I returned to Eastcroft Avenue to knock on some doors again today. In the process I met this lovely man, Philip Semple who took me on a tour of the area to visit his elderly relation.
We are now going to work together to try and find Hughie’s old house.
He also filled me in on eX Rams players who lived nearby.
Charlie George lived at New Mount Close. Peter Shilton used to live at Blagreaves Hall, the old home of the legendary Colonel Vassal Charles Steer-Webster #DDay
A little breakthrough…. as I was reading the occupation of the father you will have noticed me stumble on a word.
Having conversed with Peter Seddon it seems that word was the name of the house.
Searching for Jimmy Methven on Rosamonds Ride, Littleover, Derby.
Searching for Jimmy Methven at St Chads Road, Derby.
In relation to Zofija Kaczan, she was actually attacked further up the road and tragically died in hospital a few days later.
Ernest Walter Hives, 1st Baron Hives
(21 April 1886 – 24 April 1965), was the one-time head of the Rolls-Royce Aero Engine division and chairman of Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Hives was born in Reading, Berkshire. During the Second World War he was closely involved with the design of the Merlin engine as well as numerous later Rolls-Royce jet engines. He began his working life in a local garage. However, in 1903 he got a job working at C.S. Rolls‘ car company, after fixing Rolls’ car.
Searching for Edgar Field on Fairfield Road, Derby.
“In May 2008, a photograph of the 1876 England team was discovered in the archives of the Derby City Council Local Studies Library by Peter Seddon. Field had sent the photograph to the Derbyshire Football Express, and the picture was used in an article published on the 50th anniversary of the match. This is believed to be the earliest known picture of an England football team”
A visit to St Peter’s Church to see Freda Bedi’s father’s name on the War Memorial as well as to locate the grave of Vida Winifred Steer-Webster.
Charles is located/buried at Markeaton Crematorium.
A visit to Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby to locate the grave of Steve Bloomer.
Steve Bloomer’s Grave
Guided Tour of Location
Another lovely gift from America.
Thank You to Jason at Heavy J Studios.
A Letter from America 😲
What a lovely gift ☺️
When Raman was in Derby Hospital 🇬🇧 for an appendix operation. Tony Shrek 🇺🇸 asked if I had a favourite Baseball player 👉🏽 Jim Rice (Boston Red Sox) ⛑
Tony sent Raman 2 @Topps @MLB Baseball Cards from his personal collection ❤️⚾
A Jim Rice Card and a Steven Matz Card (Artwork by Blake Jamieson).
This is Hughie Gallacher.
This is Tony Hancock.