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2 hours ago, Vic Patterson said:

Used to do this but not the star shaped leaf, often put coffee in for more colour, writing name with a candle, my dad used to decorate eggs and we would win competitions with them! we ALWAYS had a egg japping contest before eating, pointy end then the blunt end! When dad was lad they used to go farm to farm to be given eggs, duck, goose, hens etc

Wasn't Shankhouse up just past Three horse shoes pub? top of the Laverock hall road, past the first roundabout. 

The wax candle is another method of decorating I remember. Can you remeber what sort of leaves you used, Vic?

Egg japping brings back some memories too. I never liked it because I always managed to get hit on the fingers. So much for my japping technique!

All information on Shankhouse welcome. I'm not sure I know where the Laverock Hall Road is either. The Three Horse Shoes I'm familiar with. I used to play darts at a pub (I use the word loosely) just past there - The Folly. Albion Inn was its real name I think. Would that be anywhere near Shankhouse?

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1 hour ago, Les Reid said:

 Regarding the shankhouse comments etc!

Shankhouse main roundabout and part of its surrounding area was in the past mainly considered as Shankhouse, but gets very confusing as Shankhouse social Club was situated in High Pit if it's still open, and every other person you speak to would offer different views.  (I would say most people today just call it cramlington) but Hartford Village is not part of it as I know, so that’s it to the best of my knowledge, as someone out there could be better informed than myself.

2 hours ago, Vic Patterson said:

 Wasn't Shankhouse up just past Three horse shoes pub? top of the Laverock hall road, past the first roundabout. 

 

The two things to look out for when searching for Shankhouse - 1) The Albion Pub and 2) Hastings Terrace.

The Albion pub, demolished years ago and houses built, was between Hastings Terrace, Shankhouse and the Cramlington Fire Station. Both Hastings Terrace and the Fire Station building (no longer used by the fire brigade ) still exist.

If you came out of The Hastings pub, turned right went past the Fire Station along the road about half a mile and turned right at the small row of houses = Bog Houses and pass them about quarter of a mile to the Horton Road. Cross the Horton Road and you are at The Three Horse Shores. 

The Albion Shankhouse.jpg

Shankhouse map.jpg

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8 hours ago, Canny lass said:

I'm not sure I know where the Laverock Hall Road is either.

The Laverock hall road is the A1061 the road coming out of Blyth from Newsham, up to the roundabout that right takes you Bedlington, Horton and Three horse shoes and left to Seaton Delaval, straight over towards Shankhouse and Cramlington.

I'm not sure what leaves would be used when dying the eggs, the yellow gorse flower was under the onion skin, tied with thread I'd guess the the leaves would have been also from the gorse bush!

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13 hours ago, Les Reid said:

 

 

 

 

They are not Easter eggs, it does not say Easter on the packaging, there for it cultural misappropriation.

 

 

Aye a think this Country is gaining crackers hinny, last year one of me barmy customers  warned me not to give its staff Christmas cards in case it caused offence and renamed Christmas as the winter festival .:lol: 

A tell the lad. to many of these leotard wearing hummus eating permanently  offended  wazzocks trying to delete and rewrite  history

Give em all a great big dollop of syrup of figs and send em to lavvy-less  Bedlington, that ell give em sumic ta windge  aboot ,

A good crack aroond the lugs would not gann amiss

 

   

 

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3 minutes ago, moe19 said:

Aye a think this Country is gaining crackers hinny, last year one of me barmy customers  warned me not to give its staff Christmas cards in case it caused offence and renamed Christmas as the winter festival .:lol: 

 

 

   

 

But, has anybody actually ever been offended by Christmas, or by Easter, or did your customer decide that somebody might be after reading the Daily Mail?

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And on this note...the local Co-op yesterday had several Easter Eggs for sale (with the name on the packaging) as did the garage, the newsagent, and Tesco. The local pub has a competition in which several of the prizes are Easter Eggs, also with the name on the packaging, and two from Cadburys. So they are there, and they are not offending anyone around here!

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16 minutes ago, mercuryg said:

But, has anybody actually ever been offended by Christmas, or by Easter, or did your customer decide that somebody might be after reading the Daily Mail?

I divint think they would read the mail hinny, its one of them   big posh companies ran by champagne socialists wa names like Tarquin and Felicity and who keep saying things like Yar and Dalink . Iv got ta use the back door and teck me shoes off when a gan  

 

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20 minutes ago, mercuryg said:

And on this note...the local Co-op yesterday had several Easter Eggs for sale (with the name on the packaging) as did the garage, the newsagent, and Tesco. The local pub has a competition in which several of the prizes are Easter Eggs, also with the name on the packaging, and two from Cadburys. So they are there, and they are not offending anyone around here!

Whey hinny a just been ta Morrisons for a small broon loaf and a had a good gander at the eggs and could not see any that said Easter egg,  not that it mecks any odds ta me cos i winnitt be buying any, a bar of Caramack will dee for woor lass, but thanks for nipping oot and checking all them eggs like hinny

   

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5 hours ago, moe19 said:

Whey hinny a just been ta Morrisons for a small broon loaf and a had a good gander at the eggs and could not see any that said Easter egg,  not that it mecks any odds ta me cos i winnitt be buying any, a bar of Caramack will dee for woor lass, but thanks for nipping oot and checking all them eggs like hinny

   

Just happened to be in the shop for my regulation three bottles of speckled hen and a paper.

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21 hours ago, Eggy1948 said:

The two things to look out for when searching for Shankhouse - 1) The Albion Pub and 2) Hastings Terrace.

The Albion pub, demolished years ago and houses built, was between Hastings Terrace, Shankhouse and the Cramlington Fire Station. Both Hastings Terrace and the Fire Station building (no longer used by the fire brigade ) still exist.

If you came out of The Hastings pub, turned right went past the Fire Station along the road about half a mile and turned right at the small row of houses = Bog Houses and pass them about quarter of a mile to the Horton Road. Cross the Horton Road and you are at The Three Horse Shores. 

Thanks Eggy! I owe you one! I've got my bearings now, when I see it in relation to Nelson Village. I remember the Albion well. Jim & Betty used to keep a goat in the back garden. He liked a small loaf of Hovis brown bread every day and he answered to 'Billy' would you believe.

13 hours ago, Vic Patterson said:

Sorry about this extra quote 'box'. My mistake but I can't undo it

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13 hours ago, Vic Patterson said:

I'm not sure what leaves would be used when dying the eggs, the yellow gorse flower was under the onion skin, tied with thread I'd guess the the leaves would have been also from the gorse bush!

Thanks for the info on Laveroch Hall Road, Vic.

That must have been a devil of a job tying gorse flowers onto the egg. We used to boil the eggs in a pan full of the flowers .- same method as with onion skins.

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On 2018-02-25 at 18:32, Les Reid said:

it’s our national tradition to call them Easter Eggs

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a chocolate-loving,  ‘ethnic minority’ member of this forum. He enclosed the following link and wonders what all the fuss is about. 

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/pics/galleries/oldeastereggs/42/

Have a look at it because  having read it, I have to ask the same question.  Does Britain have a ‘tradition’ of having ‘Easter egg written on Easter eggs’ or is it another case of the mountain and the molehill?

100 vintage Easter eggs from the 1970s, 80s and 90s are shown. Of these only 6 have the words ‘Easter egg’ on the packaging: Weekend in 1970, Caramac in 1970 and 1972, Tooty Frooties in 1970 and  72, and Quality Street in 1976. The remainder state simply Milk Chocolate egg (63 )‘Chocolate egg’ (6), Plain Chocolate egg (2), filled egg (3), Candy egg (1), Milk Chocolate Cream egg (4) Giant egg (1), Medium egg (2), Small egg (1), mug egg (1 ), and 10 don’t bother to state that it’s an egg at all, placing all their faith in the buyer’s ability to recognize one when they see one.

 

The ‘tradition’, if there ever was one,  seems to have died out long ago.

 

The only other references to ‘Easter’ on the packaging were 9 in number and these came from: Dairy Box, who wished us a Happy Easter in 1970, 1984 and 1987 when they were joined by Rowntree’s Fruit Gums and Rowntrees  Fruit  Pastilles. Quality Street sent us Easter Greetings in 1970 and again in 1987. Smarties mentioned the Easter bunny way back in 1976 and KitKat encouraged us to take an Easter break in 1987.

 

Six ‘Easter’ eggs and 9 ‘Easter’  greetings among 100 eggs, over a period of 30 years, doesn’t sound like much of a ‘tradition’ now does it?

 

 Does the wording 'Easter egg' actually have to be on the individual egg packaging? I must admit that I wasn't looking at the packaging in the UK. I didn't need to. 'Easter eggs' in foot high letters was on every display but even if it hadn't been I'd have recognized them as just 'Easter' eggs. It requires only simple powers of deduction - it's almost Easter and they are egg-shaped.

Keep calling them Easter eggs by all means, that's what they are, but if the maker wants to call them 'Milk Chocolate Eggs' (in full accordance with the Trades Description Act of 1968) then he's perfectly entitled to do so.

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That implies, Canny Lass, that contrary to popular internet memes, the use of 'Easter' on such products is more common now than it ever has been, because they're everywhere I look! 

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1 hour ago, mercuryg said:

they're everywhere I look! 

Me and wor lass just had a couple boiled for wa brekky and very nice thay wor, mind thee thay dee give me a bit problem  wi wind 

 

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14 hours ago, Canny lass said:

 I remember the Albion well. Jim & Betty used to keep a goat in the back garden. He liked a small loaf of Hovis brown bread every day and he answered to 'Billy' would you believe.

And divinnt forget Jo Jo the Alsation dog. 

I remember Jimmys  painted portrait hinginn in the bar, untill him and Betty had a fall oot and she would hawk it doon .

Can thee remember Jim would say,  she was  my child bride.  :lol:

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5 minutes ago, moe19 said:

Me and wor lass just had a couple boiled for wa brekky and very nice thay wor, mind thee thay dee give me a bit problem  wi wind 

 

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You don't want to be boiling choccy eggs Moe, they melt!

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1 hour ago, mercuryg said:

That implies, Canny Lass, that contrary to popular internet memes, the use of 'Easter' on such products is more common now than it ever has been, because they're everywhere I look! 

Fair amount on offer on Internet as well. The point being made by my friend is that , in the unlikely event that the word 'Easter'  has been removed to favour the sale of eggs to ethnic minorities, no 'tradition' has been destroyed. He's eaten chocolate Easter eggs for at least 40 years. His children and grandchildren eat them now but not because they are celebrating Easter. They just like chocolate. It's a bit like me with mince pies. I bake and eat them all year round, but not because I'm a religious Christmas fanatic. I just like mince pies.

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5 minutes ago, moe19 said:

And divinnt forget Jo Jo the Alsation dog. 

I remember Jimmys  painted portrait hinginn in the bar, untill him and Betty had a fall oot and she would hawk it doon .

Can thee remember Jim would say,  she was  my child bride.  :lol:

Oh happy days! Child bride and JoJo I certainly can remember! I've been having second thoughts about Billy the goat though. Maybe he was called Benny. Can you throw any light on the matter?

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Shankhouse..

I recall the Folly had some nice wrought iron legged bar tables with round wooden tops, at least one of which had a chess/chequer board marked on the top with a drawer underneath for the pieces. Opposite the Folly was the post office/corner shop/bakery run by a woman called (I think) Mary and the baker was her brother who had been in the navy as a cook.

I also think that Shankhouse was one of the founding member teams of the FA and that they were entitled to cup final tickets!

There also used to be an overhead coal transporter on wires like the one on the Get Carter film (Cambois) which ran along the road from Shankhouse up towards Cramlington HIgh Pit (the two pits between High Pit and the Bay Horse pub were called the Betsy and the Anne (where the football field is now)

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3 hours ago, Canny lass said:

Oh happy days! Child bride and JoJo I certainly can remember! I've been having second thoughts about Billy the goat though. Maybe he was called Benny. Can you throw any light on the matter?

One of the regulars at The Albion (The Folly) was Eddie Hindhaugh and he often comments on the Sixtownships Facebook group and I remembered he had posted some photos of inside the pub. So I asked him if he could remember the name of the goat and you were right to be thinking Billy or Benny:) - Eddie replied with :- Billy and Benny . There was 2 Goats. And 2 German Shepherds. Joe Joe was one . The other lived outside. As a guard Dog. + there was always a load of crap hanging from the ceiling.

This is a compilation of the photos from the Albion that Eddie has posted and I have added the names of who he said they were :- 

The Albion comp with names.jpg

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3 hours ago, Canny lass said:

Oh happy days! Child bride and JoJo I certainly can remember! I've been having second thoughts about Billy the goat though. Maybe he was called Benny. Can you throw any light on the matter?

Benny he was and he lived in the greenhouse scoffing one of Alfie the bakers (Shankhoose Patisserie)    brown loafs a a treat.

I bet thee also remembers owld bloke Chockie when the Folly tried serving food for a short time Betty told old Chockie to come in and get his Sunday dinner (for nowt ) he came in with an old newspaper and when the dinner arrived he hoyed it all in the paper wrapped it up and toddled  of yem to eat it, Betty face was a picture.

Cats walking on the tables when folk were having a meal, faulty toowers  didint have a look in, but it were a right good friendly boozer.

       

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