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From : "peter harrison"
Email: peter_qmri@hotmail.com
Subject : St. Albans School, Ancoats
Date : Thu, 21 Aug 2003 20:42:38 +0100

It has been a real pleasure looking at your website. I went to St. Albans with some great Italian friends like Vince Schiavo, and Tony Scappaticci. I have many fond memories of them and Ancoats. Thank you for such a great website.


From : "William Rooney"
Email: wf.rooney@ntlworld.com
Subject : Aldo Bonnie from Glasgow
Date : Thu, 14 Aug 2003 21:49:42 +0100

Did you know Aldo Bonnie from Glasgow he had 5 icecream vans, 4 softies, 1 hard van. He was in the Parkhead in Glasgow. It was about 30 years ago. I have got a lot of old memories I would like to share.


From : "Carol L. Sweeney"
Email: csweeney@connecttime.net
Subject : D'Ambrosio, Molinaro, Picinisco, Casalbore
Date : Thu, 14 Aug 2003 20:42:58 +0100

I am trying to get information on my grandfather and grandmother. My grandfather, Luigi D'ambrosio was born in Picinisco December 15, 1877 - went to Liverpool and then immigrated to the USA on october 15, 1905. I never meet any of my grandparents. My grandmother Gerolemo Molinaro is from Casalbore, Italy. She was born September 20, 1896. I do not know how to retreive any information from Italy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Carol L. Sweeney


From : "Ray Lyons"
Email: raylyons11@aol.com
Subject : Brilliant Website !!
Date : Sun, 3 Aug 2003 13:58:10 EDT

Tony, I have just read the contents of your Website, it is very interesting and I found it difficult to "put down" and log off. Excellent, keep up the good work.

Ray Lyons


From: "joanna"
Email: Joanna21@blueyonder.co.uk
Subject : ice cream families
Date : Tue, 5 Aug 2003 16:08:18 +0100

Dear Tony, how I've enjoyed looking at the website. My great grandfather by the name of Alexander Rodi also made ice cream. He lived in Chatham Kent and came from the commune of Vallerotonda in Lazio region. I just had to tell you even though he did not live in Manchester. My granfather is in many photos showing the Chatham and Strood in Kent. I am going to the village in October to meet some of my long lost relatives, thanks again on a brilliant web site.



From : "Mark Incitti"
Email: mark@incitti.com
Subject : Abruzzese
Date : Tue, 5 Aug 2003 15:08:35 +0100

Hi! Great web site. I was wondering about this name: ambruzzese I have never seen it before and wondered if it was a mispelling of: abruzzese? I know Abruzzeses from High School in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada (1980s).


From : "Mark Bates"
Email: bates.mt@verizon.net
Subject : Little Italy
Date : Mon, 4 Aug 2003 21:05:22 +0100

Just found your excellent website by chance. Though not an Italian by descent I recall my parents, who grew up in Collyhurst, reminiscing about the liveliness of the area in the inter-war years. Now I find myself settled in the USA married to a wife born in Milan! I still remember being taken to see the Italians carry the Madonna when I was a kid. I visit Manchester once or twice a year and am pleased to see that the council finally has plans to restore the area. What a great addition to the new, revamped Manchester it would be, especially if some attempt could be made to recapture some of its Italian character with cafes, salumerie, and ristorante. Also, someone should campaign to have a statue or two placed prominently somewhere in the area, perhaps to commemorate one of those great Italians you name on you site, like Jerome Caminada or father Fracassi.


From : "Bailey1,SA"
Email: S.A.Bailey1@lse.ac.uk
Subject : Bailey Family
Date : Thu, 31 Jul 2003 13:49:05 +0100

Dear Tony,

I have just visited your brilliant site about the Italian history of Ancoats. I was moved to email you because I am trying to find out more about my grandparents.

I was born and brought up in Anita Street in Ancoats, my father's name is Bill Bailey and his parents used to live in the Lock House on the Rochdale canal, I think the street was New Union Street but I could be wrong. My grandparents were well known to the Italian community and were known locally as 'Nana and Dada Bailey'. I think that my nana used to look after some of the kids when their parents went to work. I remember when I was with my dad always being given free ice creams as a child from the place behind St Michael's Church. I grew up surrounded by an extended Italian family (though, not blood related) and remember an old gentleman called Harry Tiani making me my first doll's house.

I'm sorry if my details are sketchy but my dad is getting on a bit now and is not able to remember a lot. I am getting to the age where I really want to find out more about my grandparents as I sadly never got to meet them.

I would very much appreciate any information you have (if any) regarding these two 'lovely people'. May I congratulate you again on your fantastic web site and keep up the good work.

Warm regards
Sarah Bailey


From: "Jeanette Martell-Bowen"
Email: mb0214@usa.net
Subject : Valvona
Date : Mon, 21 Jul 2003 01:45:10

My paternal grandparents, Vincenzo and Luigia (nee Lanni) Valvona had a biscuit factory in Manchester until about 1914. I note that the Valvona Biscuit Company still existed as of 1968. I would appreciate any information about the current owners, if they are related to the original owners (descendants of siblings?)


From: "Mrs. Mary Patricia Collins"
Email: patricia.collins@lineone.net
Subject : Andreucci, Visocco
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 21:59:10

I can hardly contain my excitement at finding this wonderful site. My mother died young as did her mother so my past history has been lost to me. A need to find my Italian anscestry has been frustrated by a lack of oral history but hopefully my research which has led me to your site will fill in some of the blanks.

My great-grandfather was Gaetano Andreucci and he married Filomena Visocco in Sept 1884 in Manchester. I have sent for a copy of this certificate and await it's arrival. However if there is anyone who can help me further I would be so grateful. Some of the birth cert. of his children have him as a musician, some as an ice-cream vendor/hawker. I know that they moved to Newcastle upon tyne as I found them living in Stowell street in the 1891 census along with their children, Antonia, Venorial and Maria(my maternal grandmother).

Can anyone help me find out where they lived in Manchester and where they originated from. Regardless of what results from this enquiry - my appreciation for the information gained from this site.



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