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  1. Heh heh!..dae ye forget things as weel Alan..aad age is hitting us hard doon heor in the backwoods! A think 1953 -ish luks aboot reet ..aa wudda been aboot 9 years aad then..as wud these kids. Cheers Alan,hope ye keeping not too bad. Aam wondering hoo me friend Jim Bower wasn't on these pics..mebbe he was away on Holiday or playing footbaal or summick. Thanks anyway Alan for the update,ya still daeing a grand job,aam full time lukking after Cath noo.
  2. Heh heh,the gable end is of my longstanding Marra's hoose at Doctor Terrace. He said he wadn't shift oot till he got the hoose he wanted at Millfield in Bedlington...and he GOT the hoose he wanted!!
  3. Hi Tom,a bit late in catching up,but didn't ya striker work on ya Carbide Lamp?.Puzzled aboot the bit aboot thi stick!! Cheers,Bill.
  4. Acetylene naked flame lamps,cos the pit was considered as "Gas-Free"..with regard to explosive Methane. Great conditions here,we at Choppington High Pit would have said this was "Stannin' like a Palace"!! High,dry,good roof conditions,even the coalface is a good height,aboot 2"- 9" a wud guess..mebbe even the Yard seam. Great pics. Willy Ward knew hoo ti get a gud shot in darkness!
  5. "Cavilling" was pronounced as " Cyevillin''
  6. 1949..??!!...I went to the Bedlington Village infants School in 1949..aged 5yrs..Paddy o Malley,and Terry Bradley..[deceased at a very young age R.I.P. Terry],became friends of mine in later years because of my close friend and Neighbour,Jimmy Bower..who went to school with all these pupils,a got ti knaa a lot of them through gaan wi Jimmy ti the school youth club on Sunday neets,when we were aboot 16/17 yrs aad.[we were aal the same age,Jim was only a couple of months older than me..] Strikes me that these are big 5/6 year old kids!! Normal rules forbade Protestant Schoolkids from attending the youth club,but because the Bower family were well known and respected in Bedlington,Father Mark allowed Jim Bower to bring his "Protestant"[!!] friend,[which was me!!],there were a lot of luvly lasses and lads went there,aal a canny crew who welcomed me,a stranger ,into their club. People I well remember were Paddy o' Malley,Terry Bradley,Catherine and Mary Tait,Frances Weightman,Terry.["Tot"] o'Neil,Anne Brewis,Terry..["Tot"],Docherty,Billy McGlenn,and a canny ,bonny wee Italian lass caaled Rhoda Black,she lived in the"Huts/Caravans" in the Grey's Farm field,next ti the 20 acres Showfield,around 1961/2. The day after a got ti know her to speak to her as a friend,her Parents sent her back to Italy to live with her Grandma..aged 16 yrs..pure cruelty taking her away from her schoolfriends and mates,after being brought up here from infanthood..she was absoloutely devastated,I remember her friends ,Catherine and Mary Tait,and Frances Weightman,all being in tears for days after she got the plane back to Italy. They wrote to her several times,and never received a reply,my guess was,old fashioned Italian Granny didn't want her to correspond with English..anywheh....!
  7. A bit late of catching up on this one Alan,me aad Heedmaster taught us kids better late than never..so here's a late thanks for aal thi work ye dae for others!! Cheers,Bill.
  8. Hi Folks!,Alan,when my Parents moved into Hollymount..[herinafter referred to by me as "Hollymoont"!] Square,around the 1947/8 period in time,only half of the square was built..oddly enough,they weren't built in numerical order! We lived in No 13,and out of the total of 66 houses,we knew every single family in the square. Even noo in me mind's eye,aam naming them,but can a hell remember the Graham family. In those first years of living there,a lot of people moved house ,for some reason or other..can't think why,cos those were the days of either gas or candle lighting,and the gas came from the Doctor pit Gasworks,and when Hollymoont was built,they were like luxury hotels![to those of us who had to stand up at the end of the street with Mother,while waiting her turn to fill her bucket of water at the communal water standpipe..!..in Storey's Buildings,at Choppington Station..!] We had full electric lighting,and cooker,kettle,wash-house with electric boiler,hot and cold running water,and three bedrooms!! But try as a may,a canna think of Geordie Graham,and if you say he lived there,my family would have knaan him. ...Aaahh!..the question is..WHEN did he live there?..cos when a started courting my Lass..[noo WOR Lass!],in 1962,a stayed down with her family a lot over wor five yr courtship,and when we got married in 1967,a knew mair folks doon at Grange Park,than a did at Hollymoont Square!. A used ti remark ti me Mutha,when a visited owa the years,aav just seen a strange Wife/Bloke gaan inti number 12.or whatever,and she wud say ,Aah,they just moved in last week..or wativvor... SO!,at thi end of that [usual!] rammelin' on,aam still nae fartha forward wi Geordie Graham!! Funnily enough,when a moved wi me aan family,ti West Terrace Stakeford,in 1970,me eventual next door nybor was Joe Graham n his Wife,Margorie. Joe was in the Buffs Club,a wonder if he was any relation ti Geordie? Sorry aam aal reet at yakkin,but not much help this time! Cheers ti aal ye canny folks! Bill.
  9. Heh heh! Alan,wud be a queer sight seeing unmentionables fleeing through the air,and landing on sumbody's windscreen gaan at sivinty mile an oor!! Hope ye are keeping areet,Cath not grand at aal..me like ye,lossing me legs and struggling ti keep vertical! Cheers Alan,it's Bait-time! Bill.
  10. 25-4-2022..Frankie,who abandoned his Windy Driller,when thatcher gave the word to switch off and pull out..switched off,and said "and ye can stop theor!" Frankie,a smashing Marra of mine,and me other Marra's,sadly passed away a few years ago,leaving this legacy. R.I.P. Frankie.
  11. Well,well well!..it's now 25-4-2022,and the Russian President,Alexander Putin..[or,as we say,Putrid!],is invading Ukraine,so all the Civil Allies have created Sanctions against Russia. The result is,he has cut the Oil,and Gas supplies to us all,creating a massive Energy crisis,with price hikes of 54% and a further massive hike expected in the Autumn of this year. The environmentalist do-gooders don't want Fossil fuels used at all! Go Electric..with Cars ,Lorries,Ships,and AEROPLANES....!! So,where is the electricity gonna come from? The silly buggaas dinna fully understand the ludicrous demands they are making!! Blyth Shipping Warf is STILL bringing in Shiploads of supposedly "CHEAP" coal from China!! We have over 100 million tons of clean Virgin coal seams under Bates and Ellington Collieries,under the North Sea,where these Pics were taken,and which was abandoned in 1986..for cheap oil and gas from RUSSIA!! The bubble has burst mate!
  12. ...and in 25-4-2022..I am now 78 yrs old and waiting and hoping that justice will be seen to be given to those of us still here,who lost their jobs and Communities due to thatcher-the-hatcheter and her evil cronies.
  13. 25-4-2022...I bet if this one was powered up ,it wud work like the day it was abandoned in 1986!
  14. 25-4-2022..update..Tom ..sitting in the machine,passed away a few years ago. R.I.P. Tom.
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