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Riversdale College

I attended Riversdale from 1965 to 1968 we spent 3 months each years there on a course which started out as a Liverpool Pilot apprentice course, but Liverpool dropped out and that just left us Tyne Pilot apprentices, when our numbers dropped we attended OND courses with Blue Flue and ED apprentices.
Had some good lunches in the Aigburth Arms. We stayed at the Merchant Navy officers club in Catherine Street till it closed and we moved to the new place in James Street near the pier head, I remember a pub called the Crocodile where all the Staurday night party's were arranged.
 

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I was a Brocks eng app in the mid 60's went to Riversdale for phase 3. Couple of months ago returning from Liverpool airport I thought I'd check out the old place. Sorry guys it's all gone George Wimpey has flattened the lot and built hundreds of appartments. The main gate is still there and the pond along with most of the trees and fields. The "Eggy" went years ago and was replaced by a new pub the name of witch escapes me. Just for the record if any reader remembers Birkenhead Tech well that was demolished earlier this year but the theatre building though derelict still remains for some obscure reason.......john g
 

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I was an engineering apprentice at Birkenhead Tech in 1966 and 1967, and went to Riversdale in 1969/1970. I had heard a rumour that both were now demolished but thanks for confirming it. Must admit it certainly makes you feel a bit older when you hear things like that.

Does anyone remember the bar in Liverpool that cadets from both colleges used to attend. It was a free house and was one of the few places you could get McEwans Tartan on tap. I think it was called Casey's Bar but I'm not sure of that.

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Oh yes that was "Caseys Bar" in Casey St opposite central station run by a dear old lady known as "Ma Casey". Casey St. is now a cul de sac with an entrance to a shopping precinct. I honestly don't know if the bar still exists. I will always remember it as a source of "Watneys Red Barrel" of Monty Python fame, such muck you would never consider it today! but you could always get a steak upstairs to suppliment your diet.Next time in Liverpool I'll make a point of checking it out.....john g
 

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Casey's was reputed to have the largest range of beers on tap of any pub in England - don't know if that's true, but you wouldn't want to try them all in one night.

I attended Riversdale in 1979 for a few months - devastated to hear of the demise of the Aigbuth Arms.

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I was an Ocean Deck Cadet from 1975 to 1979, and was unusual in that my family home was quarter of a mile from Riversdale. As were the rules I lived at Aulis during the college phases. I havent been near to the area since the family home was sold some ten years ago but I understand that Aulis and Riversdale have both become housing. The Aigburth Arms was a little before my time (Though I do remember it) when it was demolished to allow for the main road to be widened, it was eventually replaced by a plastic pub called the "Kingsman" As a traditionalist I found it to be a rather weak imitation of a pub-didn't stop me drinking there though! Another name from this era that some may know was the "Cabin Club" at the top end of Bold Street, spent many a happy hour there-then came the difficulty of gaining access to my cabin at Aulis-usually through a ground floor window of a collegue. Happy days!!!
 

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I M Marsh Aigburth Hotel and Riversdale

I went to Riversdale 1963 /1965 Engineering apprentice with Brocks . Our class was half Brocks the rest Blue Flu . The Aiggy / I M Marsh and Riversdale were somthing of an institution !!! I still have a piece of the Aiggy ( piece of the wooden trim which somehow came away in my hand at the last bash we had there before all going our seperate ways )
The pub referred to in Casey street was Caseys Fish Bar and was popular with us Scots as we could get McEwans export on draught. We started a rugby club during my stay at Riversdale and were quite sucessfull. Played Wilslow / Normal college Bangor and the BBC select team on a visit to Twickenham to see an international . Jimmy Edwards and Brian Blessed ( Z Cars ) played on the BBC team . Started as a rugby game which degeneated into soccer then collapsed as everyone left the field for the Pub .
Happy days .
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Apparantly, Riversdale College eventually became John Moore University. My niece went there and has her own memories of the Aigburth Arms, which I don't want to know about!

One of mine is of a typical Scouse comedian (there were normally about 200 of them there every night!). By day he was a lab technician who bred rats at Liverpool University, but on this particular night he showed up, en route to a fancy dress party, wearing a gorilla suit. After a few scoops, he remarked: "Christ, it's boiling in 'ere, now I know why you never see gorillas in pubs!"

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Sorry to hear about Riversdale College, was there with Shaw Savill as an Engineering Cadet, 1968 - 69, even sorrier to hear about the Aigburth Arms, had some great times there. I guess after over 30 years away a lot has changed. (C
 

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Sorry to hear about Riversdale College, was there with Shaw Savill as an Engineering Cadet, 1968 - 69, even sorrier to hear about the Aigburth Arms, had some great times there. I guess after over 30 years away a lot has changed. (C
THe Aigburth Arms was demolished in 1973 and another built virtually next door - one closed one opened. I got drunk there plenty of times.

 

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I still have a piece of the original " Aiggie " which came off in my hand the last night we were there ; all saying bye etc . and not realising that we would not meet again except for a very few exceptions . Would have been 1964 .
Derek
Ps Casey's Fish Bar ( as it was called then was a free house ) was a popular starting place on a Friday night for the Riversdale Gang as it had Mc Ewans Export on draught ( Very popular with those of us from North of the Border )
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Bill,

A bit belated I know, but I have only just joined the forum.

I was at Riversdale in 70 for the Induction Course, and 71 & 73 for the OND Nautical Studies. I knew Paddy St Lawrence and Dave Glendenning (ONC at the same time). Also Derek Gallagher, Bob Etherington and Kevin Fitzpatrick(my main buddies). Derek was with Bibby Line an all the others, like myself, with BP.

Johnny Rogers was the Nav Lecturer - a gentleman if ever there was one. The maths teacher was Derek (or Richard?) Hitchmough (if I have spelled it correctly) who, by the way wrote the Liverpool comedy series "Watching".
Monty Wilkes taught us electronics and somebody "Lawson" or "Lawton" took us for Met/Oceanography. He also used to take us sailing on Leigh Flash in the GP 14's or West Kirby in the Herons. We also raced the Hilbres from their moorings at Tranmere Oil Jetty and attended the Menai Straits Regatta in 71.

The 'Kinsman" pub was built across the Aiggy Road at the top of Beechwood Place in 73 and that became a popular watering hole, "Greasy Annies" chippy was right opposite for a lunch time or late night boost of pure calories!

One of my mates (who shall be nameless) was taking pot shots with my air rifle out of my 9th floor room in the tower block, at people coming through the footpath at the bottom end of the cricket ground on the last day of Phase III. Luckily he didn't hit anyone but we still got a good b***ocking for it from the Warden at the tower block.

Does anyone remember Mr Kent, the Polish night warden at the towers? What a lovely guy he was - always used to let me in when I got back late after spending the evening with a girl that I met in the Ingle Nook on Ullett Road.

I could go on................

Regards,

Paul.
 

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Was the tower block called Kinsman House? They finally had to screw the windows shut because a couple of cadets thought that it would be good fun to fill a pillow case with water and drop it on a mate as he was coming in. Bloody good job they missed, it left a four foot crater in the pavement!

Rgds.

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Yes, it was Kinsman House, Beechwood Place.

For a while, it was converted into private flats, but has since been demolished.

I can imagine a few kilos of water contained in one 'lump' would make quite a mess dropped from that height! (I think it was ten floors in total but stand to be corrected if anyone remembers otherwise.)
 

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I spent 3 years (1972-1975) at Riversdale doing the MRRT (Sparky) course. Spent the first year in digs off the Aigy road. The landlord's son-in-law was a docker and every time they had a new ship in he used to bring a 'shopping list' home and ask us if we wanted to buy anything. One of her grandsons was a bus driver and when he was on the Aigy Road route he used to turn off up her street and stop for a cuppa - leaving all the passengers wondering what the hell was going on.
 

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I was there '74-'79, Deck Cadet with Ellermans.
I thought that he had a strange accent. His time calls in the morning were an interesting experience.
I can remember going up in the lift when people started jumping up and down, about 12 of us, to see what would happen! We had drink taken at the time.
I once climbed up a drainpoipe into an open top-light in the "lounge". Shocked myself something terrible when I saw what I'd done in the cold, and sober, light of dawn.
Its strange to think that its all gone.
 

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I was at Riversdale from '76 until '80 during my Deck Cadet time with T. & J.Harrisons. Can remember well sitting at my desk on the 6th floor of Kinsman House when Pete Wright came in. He tipped the window until it was horizontal and then filled the frame with water and closed it. My room was directly over the main entrance! Somebody on the 7th floor did the same thing but it instead of closing the window they simply let go. The glass followed the water..........
 
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