‘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’ – 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’ – 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’ – Gone Fishing, Hook, Line and Sinker!

I had better start off by saying that I have never had any success as an angler, and probably that is a term I shouldn’t use when describing myself. My … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Gone Fishing, Hook, Line and Sinker!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Day Trips and the Opening up of the Yorkshire Countryside.

It seems strange nowadays, but when I was born in the 1950s, most families did not own cars. Transport was public and it meant utilising trains, trams, buses and coaches … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Day Trips and the Opening up of the Yorkshire Countryside.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Tension, Christmas Parties and Summer holidays. The everyday trials of life in suburban Leeds 1950s-60s!

I was speaking with my younger brother yesterday and we were comparing notes from our childhood memories. He confirms that the Anglia was the first car after the Ford Prefect … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Tension, Christmas Parties and Summer holidays. The everyday trials of life in suburban Leeds 1950s-60s!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Seaside Part 2 – Scarborough

It seemed that for most of my early life my parents took us to the seaside on either day trips or to stay in cottages they would hire. The main … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Seaside Part 2 – Scarborough

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Trips to the Seaside Part 1. More tales of life in Leeds in the late 1950s – 1960s

When we finally did arrive at Scarborough, Bridlington or Filey, the ritual was the same. We would find somewhere to park the car and then walk towards the beach. Depending on the weather, we would buy maybe a plastic rain mac, bucket and spade, plastic sandals and maybe some paper flags for the sandcastles. We would then head down to the beach, whether it was raining or not.