I have spoken about the early cars that the family had: the Austin, the Ford Prefect and these were followed by an Anglia, Cortina, Mini and various Escorts. When my … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Cars, Learning to Drive and Other Adventures (Part 1)
My memories of childhood are all good ones, with the odd bit of trouble thrown in, but my teenage years were a much more extreme time in my life. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Teenage Years, a Time of Passion, Extremes and Hair!
After spending all my adult life in teaching I find it hard to fathom some of the things that we did to some of the teachers at Roundhay School. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- Oh Dear! Did I really do that at Roundhay? The bad and not so bad behaviour of teenage boys and the winds of change.
There were a number of occasions when I got in trouble at school, but luckily for me they were either not very serious or I just wasn’t found out. I … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – “He’s just a very naughty boy!” Trouble at Harehills C. P. School and Roundhay School, and the Astoria Nightmare.
I think I was allowed to work on the Christmas Post from about sixteen, but the jobs were casual and the number of days you worked depended on how busy … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Holiday jobs – Christmas Postie at Harehills and Sorting at the Queen’s Hall, Leeds.
Anyone young reading this will think we lived in the Stone Age, but it is only three quarters of a lifetime away that entertainment at home could be delivered in … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Listen with Mother then Watch with Mother and other television delights in the 1950s and 60s.
I am sure that one of the most vivid memories which readers who lived in Yorkshire during the 1950s and 1960s will have of childhood is going on day trips … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’- A Trip to the Seaside – The East Coast
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.
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!
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.
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
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.