As a child, one of the highlights was a trip to the cinema. My earliest memories are of going to the cinema with my grandmother at The Dominion in Chapel … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Cinema – The Dominion, The Clock Cinema, The Shaftesbury and Others. 1950s and 1960s Leeds.
We moved to 19 Gipton Wood Crescent when I was younger than seven. I can’t remember which year, but it was probably 1959 or 1960. The road was still cobbled … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Adventures in Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds. Rag-and-Bone Men, Knife Grinders and Peg Selling Gypsies.
Childhood is an interesting period and often we think that we have no memories of those early years, but I think with the right prodding, the memories pour back from … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – Harehills County Primary School in the Early 1960s. Milk, School Dinners, Marbles, Gym and the School Song!
As I said, I loved my grandma and her house, but I didn’t mention my grandfather, Harry. Harry had been a tailor, but he had also owned his own sweet … Continue reading Cup of Tea Tales – My Grandma’s House in Chapel Allerton. Cutting the Lawn with Scissors, Breaking coal Lumps, and the Boxing Day Party.
Christmas in the late 1950s, early 60s was a very different beast to the overindulgence and massive consumerism that is the norm in 2021. Not long out of rationing, there … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Family Christmas in Lawrence Avenue and Gipton Wood Crescent, Leeds 1950s-60s.
The wind up to the end of term and the Christmas holidays was always something that I enjoyed and looked forward to. The teachers seemed in a good mood in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Balaclavas, Scarves, Gloves Drying on the Radiators. Winter and Christmas Parties at Harehills County Primary School in the 1960s.
I cannot say what age I was when I started to go to the dentist, but I remember my first one well. Mr Gosling had his surgery on Easterly Road … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – A Trip to the Dentist in Leeds and Papua New Guinea. Not for the Squeamish!
Our first house as a family was in Lawrence Avenue, on the edge of the Gipton estate. It was a small, semi-detached two-bedroom house. This was fine until my mother … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Testing My Mother’s Resilience! The Scrapes and Near Scrapes from Playing in the Garden, Street and the Local Area of Gipton.
We have just had Halloween, but when I was growing up in Leeds, it was never much of a thing. Bonfire Night was the major event and there was always … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’–Remember, Remember the 5th of November! Mischief Night and Bonfire Night in Leeds, 1950s-1960s.
My family moved from Lawrence Avenue to Gipton Wood Crescent when my brothers and I had reached an age where playing out was what you did. When not at school, … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Freedom! Playing in the Little Woods and Gipton Wood. Wild Childhood Antics that Today’s Children Would Envy.
It appears that our brains and memory work in mysterious ways. When I often wander into a room and wonder why I am there and what I was going to … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Country Dancing, Nursery Rhymes, Singing Lessons, Assemblies. The Music of Childhood That Stays With Us Forever!
I suppose that one thing that I particularly remember as a child was a sense of optimism. The world seemed such a positive place and science was going to lead … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Bright New Future, Slightly Tarnished? Taking Chances!