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Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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About Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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    Seghill but born in Bedlington
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    Singing and dancing in the rain

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  1. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Ovalteeny shares his music taste

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - in thye mining topic I answered your question about any of us , ie me, Jas or Ovalteeny, been musical by saying - no. What I should add is that I am not aware of the other two playing any musical instruments but Ovalteeny does have a love of various types of music and currently shares his tastes. Every Tuesday - Lionheart radio (Alnwick) Messin Show - Messing with the Kid - 15:00 to 17:00 Check out the 'Schedule' & 'Presenters' on this link :- https://www.lionheartradio.com/
  2. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Coal Mining

    Don't know about Djevvy - I will try and find out. Neither Jas, Ovalteeny or me worked at the pit. I remember I applied to be an electrician at the 'A' pit a few weeks before I left the Grammar school, July 1965 but what told there were no apprenticeships going at the time so I would have to wait 6 months or more. Didn't tell me parents as I would have had me ears clipped but I always enjoyed watching me dad (who eventually became an electrician at Blyth Power Station after years of labouring) strip down and repair any electrical appliance belonging to us, or the neighbours. My mam, eldest of nine, Beatty Road (friends of the Graham's that lived near you in Hollymount Square) never wanted my dad to go down the pit when he cam out of the army after WW2. My mam had to help me granny look after the miners in the family and she knew all about the dangers. My uncle Luke Henderson was at the Dr Pit until an accident prevented him from ever working again. Some kids had found some detonators from the Dr Pit and were playing with them. Luke took them off the kids but one went off and me mam always said that the scars on his chest looked like a map of Great Britain. So granda Martin Henderson, uncles Martin, Lule.,Bob and George all worked at the pit. The second youngest son, Brian, joined the navy. Jas worked for LEP transport in Newcastle and transferred down to the London Office. After a short spell at Blyth Ship yard, whilst I was waiting for an apprenticeship at the 'A' pit joined, and it was announced that it was going to close I joined the Civil Service, much to the delight of me mam. I transferred from DHSS Longbenton to a DHSS Local Office in East Ham, London. I can't remember what Ovalteeny was doing before he let Bedlington. None of us had any musical talent, just a sense of adventure.
  3. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Coal Mining

    @HIGH PIT WILMA Gan on as much as ya like marra Unfortunately, like many others we knew, Norman died of throat cancer about 20 years ago. Why I have the photo of Norman and Jas, along with a few others of Bedlington lads from the 1960's, is that that three of us had a 50 year reunion last Friday and Jas brought some old photos that he just collected from his cousin that still lives i Bedlington Station - Jas has lived abroad, a village near Malaga for 20 years. Jas came over to England, for 3 days, as he had a meeting with a company in Edinburgh. Stayed at his cousins on arrival - Edinburgh all day the next day and then came over to see me in Seghill on the Friday. As he didn't have transport Ovalteeny picked him up and they came across to my house. So what we had in our house was three lads that left Bedlington - Jas Dec 1968, Me & Ovalteeny January 1969 that headed for the London high life - sex, drugs, flower power etc. Fortunately there were already other Bedlington folk in the capital so there were a few that understood what we were saying. After many adventures - even sat around Eros (The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain surmounted by a winged statue of Anteros, located at the southeastern side of Piccadilly Circus) spreading peace to the world! We weren't really hippies but in the summer it was a good place, and a good crowd, to hang out with. After about a year we had all moved on through different employment and last Friday was the first time in almost 50 years that the three of us had been back together. The three of us sat around my Rise & Recline chair, both reminiscing and looking forward. So that brief (but for me gannin on quite a bit) ramble above leads me to another photo Jas produced of another 'mate of ours that you may remember from the 'A' pit - Davey Bower - a lad of short stature, bowed legs but was admired by what he swung around in the pit baths. Jas & Davey (on the left) c1967
  4. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Salvation Army Christmas Carol Sing Along

  5. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Coal Mining

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - a c1969 photo of two of my old mates - on the right Michael (Jas) Jospeh and on the left Norman Hills who worked at the 'A' pit and probably started there in 1965. Norman lived in South Row and this photo is from the back lane and there appears to be two winding wheels. Where there two shafts at the Aad pit?
  6. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Gateway Features

    2018 - 7th December - He looks like he’s just got in from his Xmas night out!!
  7. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Bookies Runners

    Late 1960's - Saturday afternoon and most of the lads would be in the bookies on Palace Road. Raymie Tyrie used to buy a Daily Mirror and would often follow 'Spot_Form ' as he once managed 5 (or 6) winners in a row winning about 6 weeks wages (BUDC) in one afternoon. But that only ever happened the once in the years they were betting. Me - I went home whilst they gambled and watched the Telly Goons - don't even bet on the Grand National.
  8. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Brown family

    The photos are easy Brad - the old ones of South Row are posted on the Bedlington Facebook groups - Bygone Bedlington & Bedlington remembered. Both are closed groups so non members are unable to view the postings etc. Can't help you with any info on the Brown family. I'm not into genealogy. There is a free web site, called FreeBMD that many use to track down relatives. Web address is https://www.freebmd.org.uk/ This is a very straight forward site that doesn't direct you to any other historical records, just the Biths , Marriages & Deaths records. The Registrars office for Bedlington in the 19th and early 20th century was Morpeth, Northumberland. A simple search on the Free BMD site :- returns the basic info :- and from that info you can request a copy of the relevant certificate from the registrars office - used to be just under £10 sterling per copy.
  9. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    1950 - Mrs Moye's class

    Names updated :-
  10. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Isle Of Man trip 1954.jpg

    HPW names No 13 as Lillian Moore
  11. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Whitley Memorial

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - this would be your era. Photo from @James
  12. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Brown family

    @Bradford - I can't remember ever having seen a photo of what we called the 'Top Half' of South Row. I have a vague recollection of the row but can't remember if it was demolished in the late 50's or early 60's. The Top Half was opposite Pioneer Terrace and ended at the Pit Managers house that is now the Holmside Residential Care Home. The 'Bottom Half' of South Row, where some of my mates grew up in in the 60's was No 1 to No 27. The following image is a Then (1970) & Now (2018) of the Bottom Half. I am speculating (as I can't remember) that the front of the South Row houses was refaced. This image shows the back lane of Nos 1 to 27 and it has been confirmed as South Row as we have identified the other buildings in the photo. You can see the backs of the houses are built with stone and not matching the 1970 image showing bricks.
  13. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Isle Of Man trip 1954.jpg

    @HIGH PIT WILMA - this would be your year group. Do recognise any of them ? James has supplied a clearer image and Anne Sanderson off the Facebook Bedlington remembered group reckons it was 1955 . I have asked her if she is No 31 (the only Anne named on the photo) but she hasn't replied yet :-
  14. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Brown family

    @Bradford - I know this doesn't help with locating members of the Brown family but this is an aerial shot, 1924, of the 'A' pit with one half of South Row in the shot and a 1924 map extract showing the two terraces of South Row :-
  15. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Brown family

    @Symptoms - posted this in relation to a previous question about the 'A' pit :- The banner was commissioned in 1949 by the Bedlington 'A' Colliery Combined Levy Fund Committee; the pit was also known as Sleekburn 'A' and originally the 'Auld Pit' when the first shaft was sunk in back in1838. So, it's the same pit ... perhaps, some of the old boys just continued to call it Sleekburn Pit after Nationalisation.