Belfast Grand Central Hotel

#1
Found this in old copy of soldier magazine. We were more like Pickfords emptying that hotel. seen a couple of my old friends on there.
 
#3
My they did work hard in GCH

So much bomb damaged goods, so little time!!

did anyone see that Commer van at Nitts corner on sunday, with the green fire extinguisher?? :oops:
 
#4
Blimey, that takes me back! I was there in 76 when the Postman Pat's van went off and it was wierd looking down through the 4" gap in the floor to the floor below.

Still remember the embarrassment of a woman, who'd been to the sex shop in Berry St and decided to go through one of the segment gates to do more shopping and had her recent puchase flourished in front of a large queue by one of the civilian searchers.
 

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#5
That would have been right onto Smithfield Market then?
 
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GDav said:
That would have been right onto Smithfield Market then?
Memory fuzzy about names, but I think so. Daytimes stags were enlived by one of the shops (I think it was the blue one) loudly playing rebel songs from a loud speaker. Sangar was armoured with panels from either Pig or Saracen, complete with .223 holes. Didin't exactly fill you with confidence!
 
#7
What did in those days. At least you got a clearer field of vision after the Markets burned down LOL.
 
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fatjock said:
Found this in old copy of soldier magazine. We were more like Pickfords emptying that hotel. seen a couple of my old friends on there.
Donny U*e in the middle on the photo of the accommodation. 'Radar' from the MT in the front rank on the last photo side view...first short arrse from the right side).

Jeez there were some ugly b*stards in that Regiment.

Any idea what happend to old 'Rattles'? The last I heard of him he was hiding in an MFO box in the HQ Sqn accommodation.
 
#10
Aye well it was an old place which desperately needed total renovation even before the army took it over. Interesting that the council cleared the site after MOD gave it up. No attempt to save the facade or anything. Unlike Gosford which was and is listed and is at last getting a new lease of life.

Is Castledillon derelict now?

While we're on the subject, the future of Bessbrook Mill has to be in grave doubt as well because I'd say that the days of troops being there are severely numbered. (much to the relief of the inhabitants of Camlough LOL).
 
#13
I can remember it back then ok although I was still at school. We used to spend some Sundays doing the walks in the forest park and of course the civvy car park was just round the back of the castle at that time.
 
#14
Bloody hell!
That brings it all back, I had one of the rooms on the top floor shared with two others, one of whom was a right minger.
The wog shop in the former cloakroom was the place to be in the morning if you could get there, I recall dancing to Wizard with a couple of WRAC's in 1973, all this at 10.00 am!
We turned the ladies toilets at the back of the hotel into two dark rooms.
If your name is Eileen and you were an RMP there in 1973 then Henry sends his regards!!!!!!!
 
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Henry_Tombs said:
Bloody hell!
That brings it all back, I had one of the rooms on the top floor shared with two others, one of whom was a right minger.
The wog shop in the former cloakroom was the place to be in the morning if you could get there, I recall dancing to Wizard with a couple of WRAC's in 1973, all this at 10.00 am!
We turned the ladies toilets at the back of the hotel into two dark rooms.
If your name is Eileen and you were an RMP there in 1973 then Henry sends his regards!!!!!!!
You had WRACs! We had to rely on the locals. We left about OCt/Nov 73, so you must have taken over from us Henry.
 
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Henry_Tombs said:
Bloody hell!
That brings it all back, I had one of the rooms on the top floor shared with two others, one of whom was a right minger.
The wog shop in the former cloakroom was the place to be in the morning if you could get there, I recall dancing to Wizard with a couple of WRAC's in 1973, all this at 10.00 am!
We turned the ladies toilets at the back of the hotel into two dark rooms.
If your name is Eileen and you were an RMP there in 1973 then Henry sends his regards!!!!!!!
No doubt the odd wee trek into the Wagon Wheel as well ;) Safe as houses with the main copshop just across the road.
 
#17
dundrillin said:
Henry_Tombs said:
Bloody hell!
That brings it all back, I had one of the rooms on the top floor shared with two others, one of whom was a right minger.
The wog shop in the former cloakroom was the place to be in the morning if you could get there, I recall dancing to Wizard with a couple of WRAC's in 1973, all this at 10.00 am!
We turned the ladies toilets at the back of the hotel into two dark rooms.
If your name is Eileen and you were an RMP there in 1973 then Henry sends his regards!!!!!!!
You had WRACs! We had to rely on the locals. We left about OCt/Nov 73, so you must have taken over from us Henry.
We left in July 73 so they must have gone just after us, I am desperatly trying to remember who took over from us........26 Fld Regt RA possibly?
They (WRAC's) lived on the first floor and were used to search the women on the segment gates, my battery had the Markets to look after. Does any one remember the Seamans mission in the lower markets?
 
#18
That'll be the Stella Maris? If so, it's still there - complete with nearby church of the same name.
 
#19
Henry_Tombs said:
dundrillin said:
Henry_Tombs said:
Bloody hell!
That brings it all back, I had one of the rooms on the top floor shared with two others, one of whom was a right minger.
The wog shop in the former cloakroom was the place to be in the morning if you could get there, I recall dancing to Wizard with a couple of WRAC's in 1973, all this at 10.00 am!
We turned the ladies toilets at the back of the hotel into two dark rooms.
If your name is Eileen and you were an RMP there in 1973 then Henry sends his regards!!!!!!!
You had WRACs! We had to rely on the locals. We left about OCt/Nov 73, so you must have taken over from us Henry.
We left in July 73 so they must have gone just after us, I am desperatly trying to remember who took over from us........26 Fld Regt RA possibly?
They (WRAC's) lived on the first floor and were used to search the women on the segment gates, my battery had the Markets to look after. Does any one remember the Seamans mission in the lower markets?
Henry- thought you were talking about Gosford in 73, not the GCH. We were Gosford around Oct 72-Oct 73 and GCH Nov 75-Feb76.
 
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Biscuits_AB said:
fatjock said:
Found this in old copy of soldier magazine. We were more like Pickfords emptying that hotel. seen a couple of my old friends on there.
Donny U*e in the middle on the photo of the accommodation. 'Radar' from the MT in the front rank on the last photo side view...first short arrse from the right side).

Jeez there were some ugly b*stards in that Regiment.

Any idea what happend to old 'Rattles'? The last I heard of him he was hiding in an MFO box in the HQ Sqn accommodation.
Ahh Rattles... Gutties and Spurs.. those were the days, I think he may now be in the great MFO Box in the sky....
 

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