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No matter what you think of Oldham it has a great history,even though its future looks black.Oldhamers need a forum like this to stay intouch.keep the faith with a great town.
ernie - Tue 24 Jul 2012 7:39 am

Born in Hollinwood 1943 I was proud of my town. I was head girl at my school and represented the school at the town hall on occasions. "Beautiful Oldham" with the owl emblem .. we were encouraged to keep it clean and tidy. A proud cotton town where my ancestors slaved in the mills to earn their bread and butter. Everything changes but the Oldham I knew has long since gone. Happy Days.
MH s.w.France
M Hurworth - Wed 15 Jun 2011 8:37 pm

oldham was a great town many year ago, but now it's a shame what they have do to it, it's dead town centre shops are closing all the time and when you walk round the town center no one looks happy . there no work for the young ones, such a shame
pamela - Mon 30 May 2011 10:41 am

I was born in was once a good town.but there nothing there now nothing to do for kids familys nothing.its such a shame it could be a good town if there would think of the people in oldham and build and use all these building that are going to waste.there should be a cima places for bowling etc.its a ghost tome now its so now in omaha usa.i hope one day things will change for oldham.from mrs alison solan raker omaha usa.
ALISON SOLAN RAKER - Mon 21 Feb 2011 5:19 am

Am afraid to say Oldham has become even worse. The shops are either closing or rubbish. There is nothing for families to do here like go to a cinema or even bowling you have to go to Rochdale or even manchester. This town has way to many takeaways from yorkshire st, union st upto Huddersfield rd. So I've decided to leave this town and not look back
Andy H - Sun 13 Feb 2011 2:42 pm

We left oldham in 1969 and moved to hastings east sussex.I do recall some great memories of what then was last of the summer wine all over again .It seems its gone pear shaped up there. our last address was 77 crete street, if any one knows me can find me on face book
phillipogden - Tue 14 Dec 2010 5:34 pm

I was born in Lees near Oldham 60years ago, moved into Oldham whenb I was 5 but went to school at Higginshaw.I loved it.We were poor but happy everyone looked out for each other.I go back often to visit my brother,and hate what I see now.What has happened to the once famous'Tommyfield' market, and my beloved childhood streets have all gone.
Linda nee Chattein - Tue 09 Nov 2010 11:43 am

I am 59 years old. Educated at All Saints Infants which was part of the building on the Island at the Chadderton end of the byepass. It eventually closed and merged with St Andrews and Coldhurst to become St Hilders which had taken over from the old Robin Hill School. I then went to Couthill Grammer. I lived on the mini island at the enterance to the supermarket on Featherstall road. From our front door within a couple of hundred yards we had the Condor Iron Works, a chemist, a doctor, cobbler, grocers, newsagents, dry cleaners, off licence, a taylor, chip shops, Platt Brothers, a wood yard, funeral director and so it goes on - if you as a kid went in any shop someone would know you and if you stepped out of line your family would find out within a day. Everyone knew everyone, but today most of us do not even know the full name of our neighbours only 2 or 3 doors away, let alone stop for a natter.

We walk from our doors into our cars and off to the supermarket in fear of anyone. The introduction of supermarkets has killed our "village within a town" mentality. We are all strangers to each other hiding behind curtains if there is just a noise outside at night. Fathers abandoning their children without any sense of shame both in the leaving, and then the total abandonment of any financial support convincing themselves that their plight was out of "what's best for the kids" - bunkum. There are an increasing number of grandparents fetching up children full time, because neither parent can cope - bunkam

My only hope for the future is that many kids want what they did not have for their kids when they were growing up. A home full of love, weekends off to the park for a picnic, or evening meals together at a table. Just the simple things like parents putting the wellfare and happiness of the children before the need to be blind drunk or drugged up - sorry I am rambling in my memories of the paddling pool at Werneth Park and the Church Parades and when Christmas was a lovely time to remember, not a subject of debate of who it may offend.
Fred.H - Wed 20 Oct 2010 2:13 pm

Oldham will always be Lancashire! Just look at it.. a wonderful Lancashire creation. I hate all this Greater Manchester rubbish and I will be an Oldhamer and a Lancastrian until I die!
Anne Collier - Sun 20 Jun 2010 9:36 pm

I was brought up in Derker, it was a hard place but people looked out for each other - you can't blame Thatcher for the crappy councilswho failed to protect our heritage - look at the Town Hall! Our history is one of toil and industry - it's the in-comers of what ever colour or creed that have ruined it - they should f*** off!
ex-Derker Lad - Sat 05 Jun 2010 8:54 pm

I am only a young oldhamer born in 94, but i heard about oldham in it's hayday, and know enough about history to say one of the big problems was when margaret thatcher shut down our beloved mills and factorys which glued this town together, and when the goverment opened the flood gates for immigrants, this only split our town apart as they moved in and started their own communities.
Luke S - Tue 25 May 2010 8:15 pm

I love Oldham...for all it's's my home makes me cringe to read all the negativity recorded on this's never 'our''s always them...the trouble is we're all 'them' to someone...i've decided to share some of my photos anyway...they're not a comment on how run-down the town is though...they reflect my interest in every nook and matter how ugly it may appear to others...
Clwb ZGR - Sat 09 Jan 2010 10:49 pm

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