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alan wightman | aconlan111~AT~gmail~DOT~com

No storm damage at the school but flooding in the town.

Army arrives in the North-East to help residents still without power after storm Arwen. Major incidents declared in County Durham.

Hope all is well for Mike.

'Sandancer' in 'Geordieland'.
Fri 3-Dec-2021 11:17 - south shields
Alan Whittaker(53-59)
Hi Bruce,
My new computer should be operational by the weekend--What a faff!!

I seem to remember two regular dances at the Sutton Hall: one for kids in the afternoon,admission 3d, and an evening dance for older residents.
Do you remember the Sutton Hall swimming club? There was an arrangement with Derby St Baths where we had a 1hr session each week. The swimming instructer at the Baths was Les Mordue who you may remember from the Sutton.
Fri 3-Dec-2021 10:11 - Langford Budville, Somerset
alan wightman | aconlan111~AT~gmail~DOT~com

Mike has been enduring power-cuts during the last week in Northumberland.

"A week"? "Norway!".

'Norway' is how a 'Geordie' expresses disbelief. (On numerous occasions!)

'Sandancer' in 'Geordieland'.
Wed 1-Dec-2021 11:31 - South Shields
Neale Backhouse
The same applies to our link Bruce. I sent you an email but it didn't go through.
Tue 30-Nov-2021 19:21
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
For Alan Whittaker

Alan I tried to send you a separate message by email but it was rejected so I think your suspicions about your old computer (or your email supplier) are correct.
Tue 30-Nov-2021 15:21 - ruskington lincolnshie
alan wightman | aconlan111~AT~gmail~DOT~com

Studies included William Shakespeare ...
'If music be the love of life play on'.

Memories of Mr. Jackaman who 'kindled'
our appreciation of music. Although his was something of a 'Cinderella Dept.' he
made it play in the life of the school.
He gained his Diploma in the School of Music of the Royal College of Music.

Sandancer - 'Geordieland'.
Mon 29-Nov-2021 11:09 - South Shields
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Remember your Dad on the piano accordion vividly, Alan.

And the beauty of those old fashioned dances was that you actually got to meet the girls.

Afterwards you could always wander down Prince Edward road to the chippy next to Minchellas - if you had any money!!

Can't remember if we had to pay to get in to the dance?
Sun 28-Nov-2021 15:51 - ruskington lincolnshie
Alan Whittaker(53-59)
Hi Neale, I can't work out why but my emails to you are still being rejected.I am getting a new computer this week so I'll try again then.
Ref Bruce's comments on the Sutton Hall dances, I remember them well! the Hall had a "sprung floor" which was highly prized. My dad used to play the piano and the piano accordian at some of these dances. We did do a lot of "old fashioned" dances then, I remember the Veleta in particular.My favourite was "The Bradford Barn Dance" where the girls formed a large inner circle and the boys formed an outer circle and we did a few steps with each girl before moving sideways to do the same steps with the next girl. A simple dance which gave the opportunity to meet and chat-up lots of girls!

Those were the days!
Sun 28-Nov-2021 12:02 - Langford Budville, Somerset
alan wightman | aconlan111~AT~gmail~DOT~com
'We Few'.

'The Adventurous Four' with due respect to Enid Blyton. 'Andy' was a successful fisherman. I recall fishing for crabs from the Pier with the head of a fish hanging from a length of string.. Not much of a challenge as easy to catch.
Sardines slightly more difficult prey despite them swimming in 'schools'.

"Is there anybody else"? with due apologies to Achilles.

'Sandancer / Geordie.
Fri 26-Nov-2021 10:48 - south shields
Neale Backhouse
Hi Alan
I tried to access the site register but couldn't get through.
Anyway my email address is; and hasn't given trouble in the past
Fri 26-Nov-2021 02:00 - Victoria BC

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