‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Junior Rugby at Roundhay, Naked Baths, House Matches and Straight-Arm Tackles.

Roundhay School was nothing if not created as a Grammar School clone of the traditional public school. The buildings were imposing and its traditions were overbearing. The masters were still … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Junior Rugby at Roundhay, Naked Baths, House Matches and Straight-Arm Tackles.

‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans!

Fireworks were an annual occasion when I was a child in Harehills, and as I have mentioned before, there was the thrill of going to buy a box of Standard … Continue reading ‘Cup Of Tea Tales’- Remember, Remember the Fifth of November – Bonfire Night Shenanigans!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

Our band was becoming more accomplished and we had settled on the name ‘Atlantis’. Somehow we were building a reputation and I am not sure whether it was for our … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Chapel Allerton Methodist Hall, Band Concert and Riot.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.

Many of my teenage activities were both inspired by, and facilitated by my older brother, Andrew. I have no memory of how he got into rock climbing, but somehow he … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Rock Climbing, The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moors and My Older Brother.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park Lake Adventures – Boating, Piracy and a near Drowning.

As a young lad I spent a lot of time in Roundhay Park and I have many good memories of the wonderful place. In particular, the lakes were an opportunity … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Roundhay Park Lake Adventures – Boating, Piracy and a near Drowning.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coventry Capers – Why you should never take teenagers on outings. St. Edmund’s Youth Club.

As I have mentioned before, I attended St Edmund’s Youth Club for a number of years. Roundhay School also had a strong link to St Edmunds and I remember attending … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Coventry Capers – Why you should never take teenagers on outings. St. Edmund’s Youth Club.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Five-a-Side Soccer, The Judean, Spalding and Trauma!

Pete and other friends were quite keen on soccer, in fact Peter still plays and he is a few years older than me. I had played rugby at school and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Five-a-Side Soccer, The Judean, Spalding and Trauma!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Texas Grill, Coffee Bars, Pinball, the Jukebox and the Last Bus Home.

One of the first signs of growing up as a teenager was going into Leeds City with your friends and the place where you wanted to hang out would be … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Texas Grill, Coffee Bars, Pinball, the Jukebox and the Last Bus Home.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Clock, the Cellar, Rocket Fuel and the Paint That Never Dried.

Now, whilst my social life had taken over from any real attempt to learn anything at Roundhay School, there was more to it than just youth clubs. The regular meeting … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Oakwood Clock, the Cellar, Rocket Fuel and the Paint That Never Dried.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Beauty and Ugliness of the Youth Club Circuit, A River Wharfe Walk and a Day Trip to Blackpool – Leeds 1960s

I was thinking back to my time attending youth clubs at the end of the 1960s and I was torn between some wonderful memories and some that were not as … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Beauty and Ugliness of the Youth Club Circuit, A River Wharfe Walk and a Day Trip to Blackpool – Leeds 1960s

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – 24 Mile Midnight Hikes and First Real Concert at Lidgett Methodist Youth Club.

The youth club scene was really excellent from my experience and I think we probably enjoyed it at its best. There was always something going on and I have nothing … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – 24 Mile Midnight Hikes and First Real Concert at Lidgett Methodist Youth Club.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Youth club circuit, a ‘The Who’ moment and adventures on Ilkley Moor.

Youth clubs became the centre of my social scene and they were places to go during the week. Weekends tended to be the pictures or hanging around friends’ houses and … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Youth club circuit, a ‘The Who’ moment and adventures on Ilkley Moor.