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Dennis Maccoy (1959-64)
The changes in the river over the last few decades are even bigger than noted in Bruce’s comments (19 June). When I left the school to start my apprenticeship at Readhead’s in 1964 there were 31 operating dry docks on the river, no fewer than eleven of which were in South Shields! There were also six shipbuilding yards on the river.
Sat 4-Jul-2020 13:42 - South Shields
Alan Whittaker(53-59) | alan~DOT~diwhittaker~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Why not start the ball rolling with the Sutton Estate members? I'm sure that some of their stories would spark off quite a bit of interest and debate
Mon 29-Jun-2020 09:13 - Langford Budville, Somerset
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com

Your input usually provokes a response from your compadres, so let's see what happens.

You're correct about the weakening of the grip on the perch. As sprightly 81 year-old it is very evident that tempus is fugiting!!

I think your wish for additional contributors from our age group is perhaps a little hopeful.

Fri 26-Jun-2020 20:05
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Well Bruce, further to your comments on those contributors still clinging to their perches, my own grip is feeling a little wobbly these days. (I nudged past eighty five last week.) Although still a youngster, compared to the ninety something year old lion on Prince Edward Island, I'm still proud to stand alongside other members of the 1951 fifth form. Alex(February)will always be in the vanguard, while young Eric(October) brings up the rear. As we've often repeated, we would really like to hear from more of our year.
Thu 25-Jun-2020 20:13 - Victoria BC.
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com

That's a great relief!

There may not be many active correspondents but I'm sure that we (happy) few can now relax knowing that the firm hand is in charge of the tiller.

While I'm wittering on I was recently reflecting on the words of a Jimmy Nail song about the River Tyne - "A big river" - and how it was then. South Shields alone had two dry docks, a shipbuilder, 2 ship repair facilities and Tyne Dock itself. If you add in all of the other shipping-related activities on both sides of the river the words of the song make absolute sense.

When I took my granddaughters on a day trip to SS a few years ago it was difficult to describe how the river was back in those days when all they could see was the current environment. I wonder if the school teaches students nowadays about the heritage of their own town?

Mind you they, and I were mightily impressed with the work that has gone into the development of the Roman Fort site.
Fri 19-Jun-2020 19:05 - ruskington lincolnshie
Mike Todd
Thanks for the concern, Bruce - much appreciated. I did actually reply to your email earlier this month, but maybe it didn't make its way through the ether.

I get copies of messages emailed to me, but there seem to be far too few hours in the day. The result is that the site has been badly neglected over the past few years.

One of these days I'll learn to say "no" to taking on projects.

I hope we're all well, and surviving through these difficult times.

I hope everyone is well, and
Thu 18-Jun-2020 21:36
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I think that Robin Leslie's comments are accurate.

Having looked at the "newer" members of the SSGTSFB on the contact register I see that the last significant is in the early 1990's.

However, the main reason for posting this message is that following earlier correspondence and a direct message to Mike via "Contact Me" several weeks ago without a reply (very unusual) - the last input from Mike to any of our inputs was just over 18 months ago.

The site continues to work well (I changed my Contact Register password successfully yesterday) but in these uncertain times it would be nice to know that all is well with the person who put us all in contact.
Thu 18-Jun-2020 21:19 - ruskington lincolnshie
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Mike, I think the problem of communication, ie. of continuous communications here among OBs could be resolved by contacting all members, or those who are frequent correspondents,by
email and advising of the latest news. I would be prepared to consider contributing Mike and once again many thanks for this invaluable site.
Tue 9-Jun-2020 15:45 - Cobham Surrey
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Yes it does seem sad that the Guestbook is
filling up with only the older OBs. I think this happens to those of us when we reach the age of 70 years, or even 60 years today. During the 1940s and 1950s older people were regarded with a mixture of awe and respect but the 1960s narcissistic revolution brought with it the fall of authority and the subsequent decline in spiritual values.
Anyway I hope we will carry on the wonderful work that has been done to build this website. I don't think there is another website for OBs like this one where it is possible to have such close connections. Which reminds me I meant to ask whether anybody knows what happened to Ronnie Kemp(1951-1957)he was in Amateur Dramatics in South Shields, and Ian Murray the cricketer whose father taught at the school during those years. Well keep well and here's to all those septuagenarians and octogenerians who were at the High School for Boys.
Tue 9-Jun-2020 15:38 - Cobham Surrey
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
None but the oldies!

I find it regrettable That over the years none of the younger generations of our school alumni have joined in our correspondence. I can understand the really younger generation with their emphasis on technology but there is a huge gap of people who, apparently are not interested.

It is the same with a couple of other groups to which I contribute, but these are of a much more limited age range.

Maybe we just have to accept that as the regular contributors (eventually) fall off their respective perches there will be no more correspondence.

Mon 11-May-2020 20:58 - ruskington lincolnshie

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