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Neale | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Hi Mike
Even allowing for the fact that the eye-doc tells me I have early stage macular degeneration in the right eye, which makes a flag pole, viewed at a distance,look like a dog's hind leg,a repeated viewing, through my good eye, of Eric's "yuo" still couldn't make it into a "you."
Now it may well be that I am missing out on a current fashionable malaprop, similar perhaps to the deep south "y'all", or am unaware of an insider joke amongst former Cleadon Juniors. Maybe it was their proximity to the former(?) Open Air School that made them all a little silly.
I can only add that thank goodness the English archers, before Crecy, realised that the only way to make a long bow was from a good old English "you" tree.
Fri 22-Apr-2011 02:42 - Victoria BC, Canada
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
If the press release below is of interest to yuo or anyone yuo know could yuo please get in touch with me:

Sixty-five years after leaving Cleadon Park County Primary School in South Shields a small group of former pupils is holding a reunion. Miss Mary Clark, who later became head of the school, was their teacher for their final two years before they went on to secondary education. She is still remembered as a very fine teacher who expected high standards of work and behaviour.
This was at the end of the Second World War when classes of 48 were commonplace and Miss Clark’s class was no exception. Eleven of her former pupils have expressed an interest in the reunion and together they have come up with a list of about 40 names of their classmates.
The reunion is to include a visit to the school, now Ridgeway Primary, at 11 o’clock on the morning of Wednesday 25 May and the present Head, Mrs Eleanor Whitehead has expressed herself delighted at the prospect of the reunion. Afterwards there will be a lunch at the Customs House at the Mill Dam in South Shields. An invitation to attend the reunion is extended to all of Miss Clark’s pupils in her class that left the school in 1946 and all those who are interested should get in touch with Eric Moyse on 0118 951 1387 or 07860 727 372 or email

Wed 20-Apr-2011 10:06 - Reading, Berkshire
Brian Lawrenson (1954-61) | b~DOT~lawrenson~AT~lineone~DOT~net
Picking up two recent discussion threads:
My father was born in Fort St in 1910 and later lived in Baring St. He was a pupil at the High School under Bill Lucas and later returned as a member of staff. He was always most insistent that in his day the residents of The Law took pride in referring to themselves as Skyett Enders. Using this pronounciation with the y sound (rather like its use in hyem, now yem, for home) marked them out as the genuine item. I think he said that the term skate end or skite end was also used by butchers for the end cut of a carcass. So the skyett end was where the town came to an end at the mouth of the Tyne. (You can probably imagine a more abusive link!)
When he was a pupil, the School was run on the lines of a small public school, and so if blazers and badges had been worn at all, they would have been restricted to Sporting events. Most of the boys came from affluent households and so would wear tweed suits during the early years of the century. A tweed jacket was still an option when I went into Form 3A a year before Lucas retired. My father felt that the insistance on a school uniform which started when Bill Egner became head was a most infra dig imposition!
I still have my prefect's cap and tie, by the way, plus most of my uniform as a Rover Scout with the 26th South Shields (High School) Scouts. Happy days...
Fri 15-Apr-2011 21:29 - Fife
Alan Whittaker (53-59)
Aargh!! Bruce, are we the only two not to have read "School Trivia"? And there was me thinking I'd spotted something unique!!
Mon 11-Apr-2011 10:06 - Somerset
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
As they used to say in geordieland "why ye b*****r man"! Well spotted Alan.

Not only are there two versions of the tie stripes but two versions in each of several year photographs at the same time.

The British convention is for diagonal stripes to be down from the left to right whereas the American convention is the exact opposite. The authorised pattern must presumably have been issued to the supplying companies so how could two versions have existed?
Sun 10-Apr-2011 16:43 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   Have a look at this page for a partial explanation.
Alan Whittaker (53-59)
The school photos show that by 1960 there were very few pupils who did not wear the full uniform ie no more sports jackets with the school badge attached. Has anyone else noticed that the school tie has the diagonal stripe in two different slants, does anyone have an explanation?
Thu 7-Apr-2011 19:46 - Somerset
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Alex Patterson’s reference to “Rubber Man” reminds me that on our part of the Cleadon Estate we were supposed to be beset by a mythical attacker called “Rubberboots.” With children’s delight in scaring ourselves we told each other of this man (I assume he was male) who strode around the area in wellingtons, assailing the young people of the area. The nature of the attacks was fortunately never discussed but the myth was so strong that an older lad called Alan Smith organised us into mock vigilante groups. He would put on his father’s gum boots and come striding down Lilac Avenue, we would hide in the gateways, someone would shout “Rubberboots” and we would do a mass rugby tackle on him. It was great fun during the dark nights and Alan later became a police constable who gained a reputation for rescuing people from ponds and the sea so that the practice that he had gained seems to have stood him in good stead. I never heard by the way of an actual Rubberboots or of anyone being attacked by such a monster.
Tue 5-Apr-2011 10:01 - Reading Berkshire
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Thanks for the comment, Mike. That makes sense.

I must admit that my remark was made in complete ignorance of the chant as I never heard it during my years at our school.
Sat 2-Apr-2011 15:36 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire
Bruce Graham | bsgraham~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Surely "boater" doesn't make sense?

Firstly, because there is no record that I have seen of the School ever wearing boaters and, secondly, because the next line in the derogatory rhyme is "couldn't (can't?) swim without a floater" which refers to a fish - bloater.

Rubber Man - that's a new one to me. Never heard of him on the Sutton Estate at that time.

Keep smiling.
Fri 1-Apr-2011 19:10 - Ruskington, Lincolnshire

From Mike T:   My research from some time ago suggests that "boater" doesn't refer to the hat but rather someone who "boats", and the next line about "rusy motor" refers to the motor of a motorboat.

Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946-51 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
All this talk of uniforms urged me to look at the school photographs for the period I was at school. In the Junior school panoramagraph of 1947/48, I see that scarcely anyone is wearing a blazer. In the 1950/51 Seniors photo, the uniform seems to be light coloured sports jackets and open necked shirts...and in the 1950/51 VUA class photo there is not one blazer, but there are more than 20 ties ( not necessarily school ties) It seems it was circa 1955/56 when the uniform regime kicked in according to the photos.
I was always a "High School bloater (with an 'L')" when being jeered at by my non-High School contemporaries or adversaries. Someone wrote recently about the school board man; does anyone recall the mythical 'Rubber man' who supposedly terrorised children on the way to and from school?
Maybe this was just in the Barnes Road/ Laygate area.
Regards from a pleasant (3 C) sunny Montreal
Alex Patterson
Wed 30-Mar-2011 15:48 - Montreal, Canada

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