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‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Music in the 1950s and 60s. Pirate Radio, Singles, Transistor Radios. A Personal View.

My earliest memories of music were from the radio, Listen with Mother, nursery rhymes and at school. The songs were simple, had clear melodies and words that were easy to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Music in the 1950s and 60s. Pirate Radio, Singles, Transistor Radios. A Personal View.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Crows Nest Camp -Holidays on the East Coast. Smith’s Crisps with Blue Salt Bags, Mystery Tours, Rock, Fish and Chips and Electrocution.

Apart from the day trips to the coast we did start to stay for longer periods, but I don’t ever remember staying at a guest house or hotel in our … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Crows Nest Camp -Holidays on the East Coast. Smith’s Crisps with Blue Salt Bags, Mystery Tours, Rock, Fish and Chips and Electrocution.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Listen with Mother then Watch with Mother and other television delights in the 1950s and 60s.

Anyone young reading this will think we lived in the Stone Age, but it is only three quarters of a lifetime away that entertainment at home could be delivered in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Listen with Mother then Watch with Mother and other television delights in the 1950s and 60s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Real Yorkshire Pudding and Card Games with my Grandma in 6 Regent Terrace, Chapel Allerton. Leeds in the 1950s, and a bit more Family History.

Some of my earliest memories are of going to my grandma’s house in Regent Terrace in Chapel Allerton. My brother and I seemed to go there regularly. My mother worked … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Real Yorkshire Pudding and Card Games with my Grandma in 6 Regent Terrace, Chapel Allerton. Leeds in the 1950s, and a bit more Family History.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- A Trip to the Seaside – The East Coast

I am sure that one of the most vivid memories which readers who lived in Yorkshire during the 1950s and 1960s will have of childhood is going on day trips … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- A Trip to the Seaside – The East Coast

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen!

One of the major changes from the childhood I experienced and that my grandchildren have is that of playgrounds. Modern playgrounds are colourful, well built, architecturally designed and above all … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Playground Adventures in the 1950s and 60s – An Accident Waiting to Happen!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Crack of Leather on Willow, Zulu attack, Pole Vaulting and we are all in for the High Jump.

I don’t know if it is just my memory or whether it is a fact that we seemed to have some lovely summers whilst I was growing up in the … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Crack of Leather on Willow, Zulu attack, Pole Vaulting and we are all in for the High Jump.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Unkempt Years! The Rising of the Band, Atlantis, and the first St Edmund’s Hall Gig.

You would have thought that after our experiences as a group, at Chapel Allerton’s Methodist Hall, we would have realised that maybe we weren’t going to make it, but we … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Unkempt Years! The Rising of the Band, Atlantis, and the first St Edmund’s Hall Gig.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Sport, Sport, Sport! The ghosts that haunt the PE department of Roundhay School. “Call That Running, Boy?”

I was speaking with my younger brother last evening and he was telling me that he had visited Roundhay School just before they rebuilt it. He went into the paved … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Sport, Sport, Sport! The ghosts that haunt the PE department of Roundhay School. “Call That Running, Boy?”

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Illicit Fags, Booze, the Finger Incident and a School Trip to Cromer.

Now Roundhay School did have a number of organised events for the boys and I know that the Girls’ School had many as well. Some were less educational than others … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Illicit Fags, Booze, the Finger Incident and a School Trip to Cromer.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

Apart from the delights mentioned previously, there were many others on offer if you had the odd penny, halfpenny, threepence or sixpence to spend at the local shop. The jars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Sweet Shop. Other tasty delights for young tastebuds, the perils of gum and the knack of the whistle.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and other delights we have lost over the years.

One of my earliest memories of my father is his returning home after work and producing what he called ‘magic’. That is he would pull out some sweets or bars … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Sweets, Victory V Lozenges, Sweet Cigarettes and other delights we have lost over the years.

Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.

One of the new challenges of high school at Roundhay School was Chemistry. The thought of laboratories for a boy just leaving primary school was one of wonder and excitement. … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales’- Smells, Explosions, Mayhem, Madness and Teacher Baiting in the Chemistry Lab.