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‘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.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Opportunity Knocks at the Leeds Busmen’s’ Club with a ‘Fair Crack of the Whip, for the Guruts!’

Time seemed to pass really slowly in my early teens, but now it disappears in a flash. I think I am still waiting for that day when I will become … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Opportunity Knocks at the Leeds Busmen’s’ Club with a ‘Fair Crack of the Whip, for the Guruts!’

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Gledhow Lane Shootout, Band on the Make and other Youth Club Experiences.

After our initial foray into music there were only two things that I needed to do to realise my dream and that was to actually get a guitar and start … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Gledhow Lane Shootout, Band on the Make and other Youth Club Experiences.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – What foolish things! Lidget Park, St Edmunds and assorted Youth Clubs in the 1960s.

I suppose that the real awakening of adolescence was the realisation that you could find others attractive and that others could find you so. Up to this point in my … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – What foolish things! Lidget Park, St Edmunds and assorted Youth Clubs in the 1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Going out to youth clubs and the start of growing up. Birds and Bees in the 1960s.

It was when I was about thirteen that my interest in girls and adolescent activities appeared. It was probably that Roundhay Girls’ School was so near and yet so far … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Going out to youth clubs and the start of growing up. Birds and Bees in the 1960s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to read. A lifelong journey from Stainbeck Prep. via Harehills C. P. and Roundhay Schools.

I wonder if we always remember the moment we learn things for the first time? I know that I do. I loved stories as an infant and remember Listen With … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to read. A lifelong journey from Stainbeck Prep. via Harehills C. P. and Roundhay Schools.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Workshops and Playing Pirates in PE.

One great thrill of starting High School was the chance to do woodwork. This was something quite magical. We had to wear aprons to protect our uniforms and we were … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Workshops and Playing Pirates in PE.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Labs and all manner of magic!

Whilst lying awake last night I was thinking about High School and what was particularly different to Primary School, and a number of things swirled through my mind. The first … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Labs and all manner of magic!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Settling into Roundhay School.

One of the most striking things about starting Roundhay was how grown up the boys in the Sixth Form were. There weren’t boys, they were men. Many had dark stubble … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Settling into Roundhay School.