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Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Lighten up there Alan old boy. Espousing Dickensian wisdom is not going to change the world. There are no fair shares in this life. Never have been, nor will be.But keep up the good work.Keep smiling and enjoy yourself. Oh and bye the way "Sandancer" is starting to sound a bit racist these days. Cheers, Neale.
Sat 29-Jan-2022 15:58 - Victoria BC.
alan wightman
Refer to the works of Charles Dickens and `Singing for your Supper´ i.e. to do something for someone else in order to receive something in return, especially food. Dickens identified the reality of poverty as not the fault of the people who endured it, but the fault of the establishment´.

A `Flagship Study´ now reveals that the North-East is the hardest-hit poverty region in the UK. Defined as cannot afford 2 or more of essentials e.g. food, heating and clothing.

Volunteers at our Food Banks distribute kind donations to address the situation.

Surely disbelief on the part of Dickens at this apparently `incurable ´scenario at this day and age.

Sandancer in `Geordieland´.

Fri 28-Jan-2022 10:54 - south Shields
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Robin Leslie has a very good memory!

Yes I was a chorister at St Peter's church which led to an interesting event when I went to our school in 1950.In those days the school had a (really quite good) choir that led the choral efforts at morning assembly, among other things. Each year Mr Jackaman (head of Music) had a recruiting drive among the new boys to bolster the ranks in his choir as the older boys left because of breaking voices. Based on my experience at St Peter's I put myself forward for inclusion. Now, although I had several years experience as a chorister I have to confess that my vocal talents were limited and Mr Jackaman was very dubious about taking me on. However, he gave me the benefit of the doubt and I joined the choir as the pictures in the school photographs for 1950/52 verify.

Robin, I have no knowledge of what happened to Mr Rpbertson but I do recall the choirmaster at St Peters. The other person who sticks in my mind was Mr Fairs who lived in a very big house in North Avenue and held memorable Christmas parties for the choir.
Thu 27-Jan-2022 14:53 - ruskington lincolnshie
Robin Leslie | robin~DOT~leslie~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hello all who continue to be in touch with this excellent Alumni website, and a special thanks to Mike for a great effort on all our behalf. A word for Bruce(Graham). Bruce I think you said a while back, that you had sung in St. Peters Church Harton choir between 1948-1954 and you remembered a Mr. Davidson (never knew his Christian name)the choirmaster with tuning fork at the ready. Just to recap do you know what happened to Rev. Henry Robertson. Others who were in the choir at that time were Wentworth Driver, Geoffrey Hilcoat, Ronnie Kemp. I found out about Ronnie Kemp, he played a big part in South Shields Amateur Dramatic Society then moved to saltburn where he died 15 years ago. I have no idea what happened to anybody else(perhaps you know).Im trying to recover information about loose ends in Shields.
Tue 25-Jan-2022 15:11 - Cobham Surrey
Colin Harrison | 01mackem~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello, I just wanted to ask if anyone remembers me from 1965-73? I was in 1o, 2o, 3Sa, 4Sa, 5Sa and 6I. I was made House Captain by Fred, and had the honour of being addressed by him by my Christian name in front of the whole House. I later became an English teacher through his inspiration.
Wed 19-Jan-2022 16:05 - Knaresborough
Bryan Cooper | brayncc~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Does anyone have any information as to the whereabouts of Kenneth Cooke (1954-1959). He live in Witton Avenue, just as it joined Centenary Avenue. A friend of mine, Bill Scott, has recently been given some scout memorabilia that will be of great interest to him.
Sat 15-Jan-2022 12:41 - Whitchurch
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Good to see Alex back in the Guestbook contributors fold ("We few" springs to mind!)

I seem to recall one of the few remembering the "Grahams" of the year ahead of them, particularly in respect of rugby. It was a curiosity - perhaps Unique ( a word not to be used lightly as it is an absolute adjective)
that there were three boys in the "A" form from 1945 sharing the same surname, two of them (my brother CD and GG) from the Sutton Estate,. It must have been very confusing for the teachers but I think the lads got by with appropriate nicknames base on initials.

I can't understand why the "old" school building isn't listed.
Thu 13-Jan-2022 19:00 - ruskington lincolnshie
Alex Patterson 5UA 1946-1951 | ad1935ap~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello Mike,
I forgot to mention that the reason our Boxing Day get-together was cancelled, was because my son-in-law host had contracted COVID. However here we are 10 days later and he is back to normal except for a lingering congestion; his latest test today shows him clear of infection
Regards,
Alex.
Thu 6-Jan-2022 01:54 - North York, Ontario, Canada
Alex Patterson, 5UA, 1946-1951 | ad1935ap~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hello Mike,
I was sorry to read about your recent heart episode and hope that everything goes well with treatment and medication. I had my first heart attack over 50 years ago when I was 36 then two more 2 years ago. I didn't know I was having any problems...only a very bad cough. After the third attack I was taken to the emergency ward, still no discomfort and had a pacemaker installed next morning. no problems subsequently. I hope you'll be as lucky and you'll be at the 100th anniversary of the school...see you there. We spent Christmas Day with one of our daughters here in Toronto with two of our grandchildren and were due to spend Boxing Day with the whole family (15 of us) but COVID restrictions prevented that, limiting gatherings to 10 fully vaccinated people. Our middle daughter called to tell us the party was off...her husband had tested positive!! So we had to make do with a nosh up of French Toast and some Turkey that our Christmas Day son-in-law cut up for us.
Our Granddaughter and our two great-grandchildren joined us here last Tuesday so we managed to see the whole family in dribs and drabs over the holidays. I don't know about anyone else, but I find the days fly by...I thought being retired would be lazy days galore, but I'm busy from morning until bedtime and reading in bed is a thing of the past. Speaking of which, it's bedtime as I write...so 'Good Night' everyone and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year filled with good cheer.
Aaaaarrrabest,
Alex
Sun 2-Jan-2022 06:20 - North York, Ontario, Canada
Neale Backhouse | nealebackh~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Merry Christmas Mike and to all members of the Guestbook fraternity. I was about to say from the Colonies, but the mood here in BC is all about promoting the removal of all vestiges of Colonisation and emphasising efforts at reconciliation with indigenous groups. That said, the latest proposal to overhaul sections of the Provincial Museum, here in Victoria, which highlight the history of early, mostly British, settlers has met with a storm of opposition. Long cherished exhibits are being dismantled in efforts to "soften" the historical record. A sign of the times I suppose.
Fri 24-Dec-2021 19:54 - Victoria BC

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