‘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’ – 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 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’ – Starting Roundhay School, or at least getting ready.

After receiving notification that I was to attend Roundhay School for my secondary education, there was a period where nothing really happened. Summer was approaching and, from memory, it was … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Starting Roundhay School, or at least getting ready.

‘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’ – The assassination of Robert Kennedy, Consulate cigarettes and Scout Camps.

The title to this week’s tale may appear a little confusing, but all will be revealed if you read on. I must have been part of St. Stephen’s Scouts for … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The assassination of Robert Kennedy, Consulate cigarettes and Scout Camps.

‘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’ – 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’ – The Ups and Downs of working for Wraggs, in Leeds.

So I picked up Dave from his house and we set off down the M1 to Birmingham. I was nervous and especially as this was my first time on a … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – The Ups and Downs of working for Wraggs, in Leeds.

‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Further ventures into the world of work. Leeds in the 1960s.

After a long slog of delivering Sunday newspapers, I was in need of a change and a way to earn more money. A friend at Roundhay School, Antony, knew of … Continue reading ‘Cup of Tea Tales’ – Further ventures into the world of work. Leeds in the 1960s.

‘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!