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  2. Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Ikea 2. Nothing compares 2 U 3. Blackthorn 4. All Saints Day 5. Brazil 6. Baron Frankenstein 7. K 8. Poult 9. Ice Skating 10. Nunatak 11. Bona fide 12. Larry Grayson
  3. Update to the info for No's 9 20, & 22 from Bill Sharp.
  4. He used to be called Kitty Brewster by us but his actual name was Roy. He did have a loud/rough voice. I think he talked a lot. He was a mate of Morris Pattie at one time. Possibly because he lived in the same area/street.
  5. Sounds like the folding stuff and coins are the last thing our local taverns will take..........contactless seems to be the preferred option.....
  6. @Jammy - names updated. No 4 I have left as B ainbridge as it was John Bainbridge who posted the photo, using the name he uses on the Facebook group Bygone Bedlington :- John Bainbridge Added by John Krzyzanowski on 9 March 2015 Works at Northumberland College
  7. @Jammy - from when the photo was first posted by George Railton, with the nickname Hocky for No 13, I have racked my brain/memory to drag back the name of the small lad, with the rough/loud voice from around the Oval area (1960's). I would say it's definitely Kitty Brewster.
  8. A long shot at no. 13 Roy Brewster
  9. No. 30 is Keith Knowles No. 29 is Jim Douglas from Melrose Ave at that age. No. 28 is Alan Redpath, I believe. No's 18 and 19 cannot be those people. They are in a younger year. No. 18 could be Ailsa Grenfell's older sister? No. 4 John Bainbridge may be spelt John Bambridge? No. 1 ?? Hart? No.7 ?? Smart(Smarty)? No. 22 looks like a Fuller? I stand to be corrected on the ??? marks.
  10. So true Eggy but thats just the tip of the iceberg ! BTW we sometimes skip July.
  11. Tuesday - one line joke night - Canada's turn - Vic's probably know these :- What do urine samples and Canadian beer have in common? ....................................................................... The taste! What are the 2 seasons in Canada? ........................................................... Winter and July! What do Canadians sing when they get excited .............................................................. Who let the sled dogs out! What is the difference between a Canadian and a canoe? ......................................................................................A canoe tips. How does a Canadian hold up their hair? ...................................................... With moose. How do you know Adam was a Canadian? .............................................................................. Who else could stand beside a naked woman and be tempted by a fruit?
  12. @Malcolm Robinson will be the only one with any news/update😷
  13. Photo from Carole Robinson (Facebook group Bedlington remembered) - her uncle, Jim Fish, No 9.
  14. Often referred to as the 'Council School'. Entry in https://communities.northumberland.gov.uk/005616.htm has the date c1916
  15. Three years and one month on since I started this thread and what has progressed in the intervening period? Of course COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the works everywhere but it would be nice if the InvestingInBedlington.co.uk site was updated at least quarterly but yet again months upon months of silence. In February we were a couple of weeks away from a "final" planning decision. Whats more now the "Contact Us" page doesn't work and the email address bounces. Any ideas whether a) the redevelopment is still going ahead or if Aldi have thought twice and pulled the plug and b) assuming it is still going ahead... when are we going to see the first brick laid? Slightly annoying driving through Amble and seeing their shiny new Morrisons complete with Petrol Station that took around 12 months to approve, build and open while we are sat 5 years on from Arch acquiring the land in Bedlington with absolutely nothing to show for it.
  16. @Hursty - is your dad in this photo? I've highlighted part of the text above where your dad gets a mention.
  17. It's strange how small things stick in your mind from 60 years ago.I remember your dad used to have the butchers van and delivered around the estates in the late 50's and early 60's. We lived 5, Coquetdale Place (near the Oval shops) and I hated salt on anything so it always seemed a treat when Ernie Gurney turned up and my mam would get me a bag of plain crisps (probably Smiths) with the little blue bag of salt in. 🙂
  18. My dad was Ernie Gurney the butcher next door to The Gardner’s Arms. My Mum and Dad were in business in Bedlington from 1954. My dad went to work as Manager in the meat department in Laws Stores in 1978 until he died suddenly in October 1979. My Mum ran the shop but also had a very successful outside Catering business. She continued to live in the family house until her death in June 1995. I have two brothers and a sister and we were all brought up there. I remember Ned Metcalf and his wife ‘ Ginny’ as he called her very well. They had no children and they were very fond of me. He was a strict old man but he would let me talk to him and his wife but above all, I was always with his dogs. I remember going to The One O’ Clock show with him and meeting Jackie Collins.....well I was told it was her. When something like Pathe News that used to be on at the cinemas came to make a film about the dogs, Ned said he’d only do it if They Baird’ came. I was filmed with the dogs and walked them up and down the path beside the War Memorial. I remember the film crew gave me lots of money for being a good girl and my elder brother Allan who was there watching and myself bought ice cream for the family at Bacci’s on the way home. I was also in The Blyth News when one of the dogs had a particularly good litter of pups.
  19. Margaret Williamson - Facebook group Bygone Bedlington, clearing out her loft came across her school velour hat from the early 1960's. The girls had a choice of hat or beret.
  20. It was founded in 1926 as Bedlington Secondary School for the areas of Bedlingtonshire, Ashington and Newbiggin, being built next to Bedlington railway station. Subsequently it became Bedlington Grammar School, before turning comprehensive in 1974. It gained Maths and Computing College status in 2009. Ex pupils you should know :- Sir Bobby Charlton CBE & Sir John Hall, who built the MetroCentre
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  22. 1. Which furniture chain was founded in 1950 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad? Answer – IKEA 2. Which Sinead O’Connor single topped the charts in 1990? Answer = Nothing compares 2 U 3. Sloes are the fruit of which shrub? Answer = Blackthorn or if you ask wor Simon, who goes out and gathers them, - Prunus spinosa 4. By what name is November 1st known? Answer – All saints day - also known as All Hallows' Day, Hallowmas, the Feast of All Saints, or Solemnity of All Saints. 5. Which was the first country to win football’s World Cup four times? Answer - Uraguay 6. Which screen role connects Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Sting and Kenneth Branagh? Answer = Frankenstein 7. Which is the only letter worth five points in a game of Scrabble? Answer = K In Words With Friends both the K & V are worth 5 points. 8. What is a young turkey called? Answer = poult From the late 16th century, thousands of geese and turkeys were walked the hundred miles from Norfolk to Leadenhall market in London each year. The journey would take three months and the birds wore special leather boots to protect their feet. Geese wouldn’t allow themselves to be shod (hence the contemporary phrase “to shoe a goose” for something difficult), so their feet were dipped in tar and covered with sand. 9. Brian Orser was a world champion in which sport? Answer = Ice Skating Brian Ernest Orser, OC (born 18 December 1961) is a Canadian former competitive and professional figure skater. He is the 1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medallist, 1987 World champion and eight-time (1981–88) Canadian national champion. 10. What name is given to an isolated mountain peak protruding through an ice sheet? Answer = Nunatak Nunatak, isolated mountain peak that once projected through a continental ice sheet or an Alpine-type ice cap. Because they usually occur near the margin of an ice sheet, nunataks were thought to be glacial refuges for vegetation and centres for subsequent reoccupation of the land. 11. Which well known Latin phrase means ‘in good faith’? Answer = Bona fides 12. Whose catchphrase was “Shut that door!”? Answer = Larry Grayson Or as my wife would tell you – me. My kids know what happens when you leave the door open from the South facing warm sitting room into the colder hall way where the thermostat is fitted ie. the warm air rushes into the hall, rises and ups the thermostat level = central heating switches off. I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Al Capone’s business card gave his profession as ‘secondhand furniture dealer’. Answer = I didn’t
  23. 1. Which furniture chain was founded in 1950 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad? Ikea 2. Which Sinead O’Connor single topped the charts in 1990? 3. Sloes are the fruit of which shrub? 4. By what name is November 1st known? All Saints Day 5. Which was the first country to win football’s World Cup four times? Uruguay 6. Which screen role connects Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Sting and Kenneth Branagh? 7. Which is the only letter worth five points in a game of Scrabble? 8. What is a young turkey called? Poult 9. Brian Orser was a world champion in which sport? Figure skating 10. What name is given to an isolated mountain peak protruding through an ice sheet? Nunatuk 11. Which well known Latin phrase means ‘in good faith’? 12. Whose catchphrase was “Shut that door!”?
  24. I'll have to find something else to keep me out of mischief on a Thursday and Friday afternoon/night then. Gardening and feeding the wildlife is morning work. Last quiz, now that Britain is going to the pub on a Friday again: 1. Which furniture chain was founded in 1950 in Sweden by Ingvar Kamprad? 2. Which Sinead O’Connor single topped the charts in 1990? 3. Sloes are the fruit of which shrub? 4. By what name is November 1st known? 5. Which was the first country to win football’s World Cup four times? 6. Which screen role connects Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Sting and Kenneth Branagh? 7. Which is the only letter worth five points in a game of Scrabble? 8. What is a young turkey called? 9. Brian Orser was a world champion in which sport? 10. What name is given to an isolated mountain peak protruding through an ice sheet? 11. Which well known Latin phrase means ‘in good faith’? 12. Whose catchphrase was “Shut that door!”? I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Al Capone’s business card gave his profession as ‘secondhand furniture dealer’.
  25. That's what I thought, but just wanted to make sure. Oh to take some coinage into any drinking establishment must be magic ☺️.
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