‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ink Drinking, Ouija Boards, Knock Out Tricks and Gravity Defying. – What Strange Creatures We Were and What Peculiar Things Teenagers Got Up To in the 1960s and 70s!

I don’t know if my friends and I were particularly unusual or not, and I suspect you will let me know, but being a teenager for me was an opportunity … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ink Drinking, Ouija Boards, Knock Out Tricks and Gravity Defying. – What Strange Creatures We Were and What Peculiar Things Teenagers Got Up To in the 1960s and 70s!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Harehills CP School Trips, York, Fountains Abbey and, Oh Yes It Was the Pantomime, OH NO It Wasn’t!

I don’t think that schoolchildren in the 1950s and 60s went on the number of school visits that they do nowadays and when we did go they were quite memorable … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Harehills CP School Trips, York, Fountains Abbey and, Oh Yes It Was the Pantomime, OH NO It Wasn’t!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Tuckshop Trouble, Tastes and Teasers of the Tastebuds and the Onset of Courting.

Looking back the idea of a Tuckshop seems almost Dickensian, but Roundhay School really was clinging on to its traditions and harking back to days of Public Schools. At Harehills … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Tuckshop Trouble, Tastes and Teasers of the Tastebuds and the Onset of Courting.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Memories – The Perils and Pitfalls of Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary.

I awoke this morning at about 5am and I began to think about what I should write for my upcoming Cup of Tea Tale and, whilst doing so, I began … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Memories – The Perils and Pitfalls of Swimming Lessons at Harehills County Primary.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

Cars were relatively few at the end of the 50s and early sixties, but I can still remember several incidents that have stuck with me all these years. Some of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Adventures, The Three-Wheeled Morris Minor, The Squirrel on the Bus, The Mini with No Brakes and The Girl in the Shorts.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.

When I was little in the late 1950s and 60s eating out was a very rare treat. The usual locations were fish and chips shops when on holiday at Bridlington, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Eating Out – Bryan’s, Nash’s, Harry Ramsden’s, The Acorn, the Flying Pizza and Indian Restaurants.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Batley Variety Club, Freddie Starr. Oh, what a Night!

My tale this week is a one-off. It was a night that I didn’t expect a great deal from, but was one I will never forget. Whilst in the sixth … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Batley Variety Club, Freddie Starr. Oh, what a Night!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Shopping – Grocers, Greengrocers, Bakeries, Butchers and Other Speciality Shops. Shopping in Leeds, the Leeds Market and the Advent of the Supermarket and Shopping Centre.

As a child in the late 1950s shopping was a task that my mother did on an almost daily basis. At this time we, and probably most families, didn’t have … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Shopping – Grocers, Greengrocers, Bakeries, Butchers and Other Speciality Shops. Shopping in Leeds, the Leeds Market and the Advent of the Supermarket and Shopping Centre.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Scooters, Tricycles, Bikes and Bogeys, Getting Mobile and Staying There.

I guess that one of life’s greatest pleasures was the ability to get around your world without having to be reliant on your parents. This hasn’t changed as we got … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Scooters, Tricycles, Bikes and Bogeys, Getting Mobile and Staying There.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Secret Coves, Caves, Smugglers, Boat Trips and Lighthouses. Childhood on the Yorkshire Coast.

Somewhere in the mist of time there was a boy with a love of holidays and adventures based on the world that Enid Blyton created. I know that her work … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Secret Coves, Caves, Smugglers, Boat Trips and Lighthouses. Childhood on the Yorkshire Coast.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Stainbeck Preparatory School, Harehills County Primary School, Dip Pens, Inkwells, Pea Shooters, Learning to Write. Happy Times!

I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy my time at Harehills CP School. Apart from the caretaker sending me to see Mr Wilson for chasing around the cloakroom, they were … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Stainbeck Preparatory School, Harehills County Primary School, Dip Pens, Inkwells, Pea Shooters, Learning to Write. Happy Times!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Piano Smashing, 78s, Singles, Vinyl LPs, Reel to Reel and the Cassette Tape – The Music Era.

For most young people it will strike them as hard to imagine, but in the 1960s and 70s music was a major part of a teenager’s life, in a way … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Piano Smashing, 78s, Singles, Vinyl LPs, Reel to Reel and the Cassette Tape – The Music Era.