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Dalmeny Place at the junction with Kirkstall Road, Scooter Boy

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Dalmeny Place at the junction with Kirkstall Road, Scooter Boy
Description:
1969. Image shows a young 'Scooter Boy' as he sits on his customised machine in Dalmeny Place, near the junction with Kirkstall Road. The white painted brick building on the right is Lens Scooter Shop at number 255 Kirkstall Road. Italian motor scooters, like Lambrettas and Vespas, became part of a youth subculture that originated in the industrial north of England in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The scooter is a 'cutdown' where parts of the bodywork have been cut away to expose the mechanics. The owner has also added chrome plated accessories and extra mirrors. Typically, the boy is wearing an army surplus type parka and a thin scarf. Evidence of demolition is in the background with an area of wasteland where Dalmeny Street and Roseberry Terrace once stood, Roseberry Street is still standing, top left. These streets were red brick back-to-back terraced homes. Running across the background is the Cardigan Clothing Factory. There is a soft drink delivery wagon parked behind the boy.

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Name:
Joe

Comment:
The factory shown on this photo is ,I believe part of Prices Tailors (Later to become John Collier) Earlier on it was known as the Fifty Shilling Tailors

Date:
30-Sep-2012

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Brenda Scott nee Johnson

Comment:
Joe, you're right, the factory was, when I was a child, Prices. The large sliding door you can see was at the end of Roseberry Place, where I lived. One side of the street has been demolished. Somewhere in the 'Burley' section of Leodis there is a photo of me in this street, and Prices can be seen clearly in the background.

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06-Oct-2012

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Tony Thompson

Comment:
The scooter is a Lambretta and it is not 'cut down' it simply has its side panels removed. A simple turn of a handle acheives this. He has probably sent them for chroming. or had them stolen.

Date:
13-Oct-2012

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Alan

Comment:
It's actually an Series 3 LI150 and if the number plate is correct a 66 or late 65 build which is heading towards the end of the porduction run. Lambretta started bring out the SX and SX200 around that time. It certainly had a repaint, even though it's a black and white photo the stock LI didn't come out in a dark colour.

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19-Apr-2013

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