‘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’ – 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’ – 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’ – 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 TeaTales’ – The day of Judgment – Leaving Harehills and Starting Roundhay.

In 1966 there wasn’t much fanfare when you left school. There were no fancy balls or special ceremonies, just a clearing out of your desks, a few words from Mr … Continue reading ‘Cup of TeaTales’ – The day of Judgment – Leaving Harehills and Starting Roundhay.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the music play!

My first memory of listening to music was on our radio. This largish piece of furniture was wooden, had valves that lit up and dials that magically tuned in to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Let the music play!

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ladywood Cubs, (Oakwood), St Stephen’s Scouts, (King Lane)

It was my elder brother who was the trailblazer for me as I grew up. He was the first to try everything, being four years older than me and so … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Ladywood Cubs, (Oakwood), St Stephen’s Scouts, (King Lane)

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Woodhouse Feast and Roundhay Park Fair.

As a child I remember the excitement of going to the fair. When I was very young it was the small permanent funfair at Roundhay where there was a Helter-Skelter, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Woodhouse Feast and Roundhay Park Fair.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Pet stories of the 1950s-60s – Horace, Hector and Penny, a tortoise story.

I mentioned the rabbit we looked after when the owners were on holiday, in the last blog and that got me thinking about some of the pets that we kept … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Pet stories of the 1950s-60s – Horace, Hector and Penny, a tortoise story.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Bagatelle and other games of the 1950s and 60s.

I was trying to think about  some of games that we played when we were little in the late 1950s early 60s and one that came to mind that I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Bagatelle and other games of the 1950s and 60s.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. Leeds 1960s. Weeding, newspapers and the dreaded weed!

This morning I was trying to remember when the UK introduced the decimal currency and that got me thinking about my first jobs as a child. The currency changed on … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Learning to Work. Leeds 1960s. Weeding, newspapers and the dreaded weed!