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Fred Dunmore | duncat~AT~blueyonder~DOT~co~DOT~uk
With regard to the query by George Connett about the origin of the Dragon,not seeing any movement since the original entry, I contacted Janis Blower of the Shields Gazette and she has put an article on the subject on today's "Cookson Country" page.
In a nutshell she says that she is not sure that anyone knows the true reason for the name but she gives two possibilities. One is that it was the name of a large Earth moving machine used in the 19th Century for clearing away the ballast hills from the seafront. The other is that it was named after a lake which was situated not far from where the Sea Hotel is now. Although, why the lake was named the Dragon no one knows.....up to now, that is.
Tue 7-Dec-2010 19:18 - South Shields
Brian Walker | wopsrus~AT~libero~DOT~it
Hello George. Why not write or email Janice Blower at the Gazette? She's got a pretty good track record for unearthing such questions.
Mon 22-Nov-2010 18:14 - Valencia
George Connett
Just returned from another of my constitutionals, this time taking in Gods Country (Lawe Top) to see HMS Ark Royal arriving in the Tyne for the final time before decommissioning, it's hard to believe its 30years since her launch. She appeared almost like a ghost ship as she slowly came into view through the mist entering the piers, but quite magnificent ,as one would expect from being built on the Tyne.Continuing my constitutional, I walked from the Lawe through the North Marine Park on to the sea front passing Bents Park and the relatively new caravan park and next appeared the Dragon.Now I'm sure there must be somebody out there who knows why it is called the Dragon,and before anyone says its part of Bents Park,it isn't, because there are several council notices spread along proclaiming it as the Dragon.It has always been called the Dragon since my days at Ocean Road Primary inthe 50's ,where we used to go for football practice, but we always played our leage matches at Cleadon Rec.So , will someone please enlighten me as to why the Dragon?
Fri 19-Nov-2010 15:39 - King George Road
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
If I can skirt around skeet enders and heugers,Eric and pick up on George Connett's reference to his morning constitutional. I wonder how many of us are beset by the little green monster that insists we keep ourselves fit. Ever since Johnny Ward, Spuggy Wesencraft and later Basher Grey had us running, bending and stretching, climbing ropes and doing stride jumps over the box horse in the gym,I have had the little exercise demon whispering in my ear. He has been aided and abetted by various army PTI's and, I suppose,self imposed during days as a would be rugby player.
I often wonder whether the aforementioned gym teachers had something of an agenda going,to make us feel guilty if we missed our weekly,or dare I say, daily dozen. I suppose a psychiatrist might expound on various reasons for this phenomenon, I only know that I get all antsy if I go too long without working up a sweat. Not that exercise is the repository for all happiness. Laid back fat guys with enormous waist lines laugh a hell of a lot louder and longer than uptight skinny guys. So maybe they live a few years less, but at least they die happy and the little green exercise monster leaves them in peace. I'm almost tempted to add another skoop of ice cream to my apple pie. After all I could always do another ten press-ups before I jump into bed!
Thu 4-Nov-2010 04:57 - Victoria BC, Canada
Eric Moyse 1946 to 1953 | eric~DOT~moyse~AT~sky~DOT~com
Not sure about the spelling of skeet-ender (perhaps because, unlike my late brother Alan, I was not one, being born within 100 yeards of the Westoe rugby pitch). I think we have discussed the origins of the term in earlier epistolatory ventures and I am still a believer in the fishy explanation.
But how about this rather complicated parallel? Hartlepool people often speak of their "Heugh" or headland and "Heughers" who are supposed to be a bit different. Recently I was looking at a copy of Hodgson's "History of South Shields" and in it there was a map showing the Lawe as "South Shields Heugh" although I have never seen or heard such a reference before.
OK you fell asleep reading this.Well, I thought it was interesting!
Wed 3-Nov-2010 09:42 - Reading, Berkshire
Colin Hume 1974-80
I still live in South Shields (Stadium Estate Westoe) I noticed George refering to Skeit Ender not familiar with that saying?
Tue 2-Nov-2010 20:39 - South Shiedls
George Connett
With reference to Ed Forsters interpretation of "clarts" , I have another one for you. I always used to go for a plodge at the beach , but my wife always insists it should be paddle, but then again she came from the posh part of town and I was merely a "Skeit Ender".
Incidentally on my morning constitution I usually pass by the old school at least a couple of times a week , and for those of you that may not have seen it recently would be amazed at the area it now covers.Must admit it seems to have taken away some of the grandeur of the old place, but hey ho thats progress I guess.
Tue 2-Nov-2010 11:59 - King George Road
Ed forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
Memory was sparked again re the speech training we had at school when two of my gr.grand kids were about to run into the house with mud on their shoes & I blurted out " get your shoes off, they are all clarts " What are clarts? they said. What could I say but clarts are claggy mud.
So much for the speech training & I've been away from tyneside for almost 60yrs I'm still told that I sound as if I'd just got off the boat.
Sat 30-Oct-2010 16:45
Gordon Allison | gordona~AT~me~DOT~com
Typed the old school name into Google in a bored moment and was treated to this fantastic feast of nostalgia. Many fond memories of SSGTSFB. Great stuff.
Sun 10-Oct-2010 12:24 - Gloucester
Clouston Chalmers | clouston1~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Answers to Alex Patterson.
Yes I did.
No.
Yes I did, many a time.
Fri 8-Oct-2010 23:00 - Canada

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