Our Heritage: Nick and his Teddy Boy hair!

Winners of Ripley Boys' School senior cross country championships were from left to right, 1st Ronald Jones (City House), 2nd Albert Mills (Priory House) and 3rd Keith Nicholas (Loyne House).
Winners of Ripley Boys' School senior cross country championships were from left to right, 1st Ronald Jones (City House), 2nd Albert Mills (Priory House) and 3rd Keith Nicholas (Loyne House).
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Over the years I have accumulated hundreds of photographs relating mainly to football but also others that have not been included in the Nostalgia series in the Lancaster Guardian, so this is an opportunity to put a few together and hope that they stir the memories of our readers.

Keith Nicholas was a member of the successful Red Rose Boys Club team of the late 1950s under team manager Wilson Huck.

He also played for Marsh Legion and under Jimmy Brown at Dry Dock United.

“Nick” was famous though for having the best “Teddy Boy” haircut not only in Lancaster but most likely in the whole of Lancashire.

His hair style can clearly be seen on the picture above right with Keith on the far right.

In 1957 a group of young men gather on the Beaumont Estate in Lancaster and test their musical abilities.

This skiffle group was inspired by Anthony James “Lonnie” Donegan, who was known as the King of Skiffle with hits such as My Old Man’s a Dustman.

Keith is pictured on the left with a guitar.

The mention of a dustman provides a tenuous link to the next photograph of “Dustbin Rovers”, featured right, who were the Morecambe & Heysham Cleansing Department side that won the knockout at Christie Park in May 1949 by beating Vale of Lune 1-0.

There is a discrepancy with the names on the photograph and maybe a reader can provide an answer.

There are eight people on the back row but only seven names and Eric Quick is certainly fourth from the right.

Can anyone provide the missing name most likely of the chap in the trilby?

Returning to Keith Nicholas, he is pictured below on the Ripley School team of 1955-56 along with some other fine football players.