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I came here to Cheetham Hill on 1st June 1952, as a nanny, from Austria. I was twenty two years old at the time. Wedding receptions were often held at Cheetham Town Hall in those days and you could do your own catering , which was common. People bought their own food. Not many people had transport then, so they had to travel to markets to buy it. Margaret

By MIGRATION FROM THE UKRAINE on 2017-07-06 13:57:21

My mother came from The Ukraine as little girl about 1908-1910, during what we call the first wave of Ukranian migration. My father's father came from Czechoslovakia. My parents were married at St Casimirs, on Rochdale Rd or Oldham Rd, which was a church shared by Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish people. I married a Ukrainian man after the war, he worked in Failsworth. My fathers family were tailors, they lived near the Odeon, on Cheetham Hill Rd. There were six large three storey houses with cellars, the address of my families tailors was no 235 Cheetham Hill Rd. The business was run from the house, they all sewed in the house. They were private tailors, who also also made clerical clothes for the priests, dress coats. They also made tail suits for the dancers which were highly specialist items. My uncle was a dance teacher at Finnigans Dance School, his name was Joseph Zawalinsky. Irene Karpluch (previously Kowalski)

By ITALIAN MIGRATION on 2017-07-06 13:43:58

I came to England on September 9th 1954. The next year I was May Queen at the Italian Whit Walks and we set off from St Michaels Church in Ancoats. Angelina

By MIGARTION FROM THE UKRAINE on 2017-07-06 13:26:27

I came to England in 1946 with my mother when I was seven. I didn't have to register right away because I was a child. I later paid five shillings for my registration card, which I got on 15th July 1955, when I was sixteen. I originally came to Longtown, Cumbria (a displaced persons camp). We came to England via Italy. My mother had been sent to work in Austria, labouring on a farm (under the German occupation of the Ukraine), many women were sent away during this period and I went with my mother, to Spital , Austria. The German army came to our house in The Ukraine and if you had three kids, two had to leave to work for the Germans. I went into Kindergarten as I was only twelve months old. The work was extremely hard for my mother on the farm, as there was no pay and the food was very poor. We lived in separate quarters. I stayed with my mother in Austria and after the war until we were sent by the allied army to England. I stayed in Longtown (Cumbria) for ten years (1946-1956) and then went to Ashton (Greater Manchester). All my family were moved to different parts of The Ukraine during the war. I met my husband in Longtown, he had also come from The Ukraine. I'm now seventy eight years old. Anna Rewko


When I arrived we used to have police registration books, we had to report if we moved house, school or jobs within 24 hours. The police used to check on us because we came as refugees or displaced persons. Anna Rewko

By MIGRATION FROM THE UKRAINE on 2017-06-01 13:14:50

When I came to live in Ashton from The Ukraine we went to Cheetham Town Hall for dances and to St Chad's to go to mass. When I came here I was seven. I lived in Scotland (on the borders), then in 1956 I came to Ashton. Iv'e been coming to The Ukraine Centre in Cheetham Hill since 1956. My children and my grand kids all speak Ukrainian. My son is secretary of the Ukrainian Association in Ashton and now he is the Chair of The Ukrainian Association of Great Britain. Anna Rewko


I came to Manchester when I was 25, to Cheetham Hill. It was a big change from Italy. I worked as a domestic for a Jewish family for 4 years. The Italians used to use Cheetham Town Hall for dancing and special occasions, like weddings. There was a dance hall upstairs. Angelina Ostafijczuk

By MIGRATION TO CHEETHAM HILL on 2017-03-23 18:01:39

My grandmother came from Poland at the turn of the last century. She lived on Elizabeth Street, Cheetham and before that on Julia Street in the Strangeways area. They had a milk shop there and the milk was measured out. When I was ten she used to say "get me a soda syphon from Boots Chemist on Waterloo Rd," she would also say "Our Jackie, get me a pound of marie broken biscuits". My grandparents on my mum's side were from Lithuania. My father was a joiner and cabinet maker in Cheetham Hill, he worked with his brother. Jackie Harrison


I remember Bata Shoes in Cheetham Hill, it was a Czech Company. I originally came to Manchester from Czechoslovakia in 1939 as a child. I first came to London, then to Manchester. I lived in Manchester from 1956 and I remember Cheetham Hill Road and shops like Woolworths, Bata Shoes etc Paula Rabinowitz

By From Katerineberg to Scotland on 2016-08-20 12:51:07

My grand parents came from Katerineberg, Russia. They paid for a passage by boat to New York, but were dropped in Glasgow and told it was New York, around 1910. My Mother was born in Scotland in 1913. My grandfathers name was Mazerowsky and he thought it was foreign sounding so he anglicised it to Moorov. He was a general merchandiser. Steve Bloom

By Z. Chernicks Shop, Exchange Street on 2016-08-20 12:28:04

My Great Grandfather, Zelig Chernick, was a milkman. He came from Belarus (Kobrin). He lived on Long Millgate, Great Ducie Street, near Empire Street, Cheetham. They had a shop on Exchange Street and they sold cheese, milk, bread and pickles etc. It was called Z. Chernicks. They'd leave a jug outside the house and he drove round with a ladel and urn and measured out the milk for people. My Great Grandmother sold cakes in the shop. Denise Stallman

By Migration Memories to Cheetham Hill on 2016-08-09 09:14:39

My parents came as part of the European Volunteer Scheme (EVW), from Ukraine at the end of the war. They were brought to near Cambridge, to a displaced people's camp. Then they settled near Cheetham Hill. My father worked at the Paint factory, near Red Bank and at Ward and Goldstones for years. I remember Bata shoes on Cheetham Hill Road, as we used to buy our shoes from there and Levy's. Alex Mitchell with Zenia Mitchell(Serednycka)