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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.
Yes I did, many a time.
Fri 8-Oct-2010 23:00 - Canada
AlexPatterson, VUA 1946-1951, | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
Bryan asked a while ago about West Holborn. The following is an extract from an e-mail that Gary Wilkinson sent out regarding the first showing of his documentary, “Hills of Holborn”. He tells me that some of the interview that he had with me is shown. The following is the extract and speaks for itself.

Did you work in the shipyards or know someone who did?
Did you or your relatives live in Holborn?
Did you have a drink in The Rose & Crown, Holborn?

Why not see 'The Hills of Holborn' a new film by South Shields
Film Maker Gary Wilkinson
(Little Ireland, Jarrow Voices, On the Front Line, Once Upon a Time in the North)

The 30min film 'The Hills of Holborn' will be screened for the first time at
The Library Cinema, Central Library, South Shields on
Wednesday 20th October at 2pm & 7pm.

Tickets are free and available from The Information Desk,
Central Library, South Shields. Tel: 424 7863

'The Hills of Holborn' DVD will be on sale at the launch.
ards from a rainy but warm (20 C) Montreal,
Alex Patterson
Tue 21-Sep-2010 17:05 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
I remember the drums and triangles Michael but not any other instruments. Maybe that was it. Let's face it we couldn't have been very musical. Maybe a penny whistle was in there? I remember throwing bean bags around in the hall, as a precursor to PT I suppose, but to what purpose I forget. I can't close without mentioning that September marks the seventieth anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Hail to those brave young men who in 1940 fought to preserve our infant school innocence.
Tue 21-Sep-2010 03:54 - Victoria BC, Canada
Michael Lawrenson 1946 | lawrenson~AT~hollyburn~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Hi Mike –

Could I go back to pens for a moment? I’ve just sought out an old autograph book I kept years ago. I seem to remember that there was a craze for collecting autographs and I managed to cop over twenty signatures from staff at the High School. They’re all in ink excepting for Basher Grey who was obviously using one of those newfangled Biro pens – remember how the early models tended to produce blotchy writing?

Neale is really delving into Harton prehistory! I’m a bit vague about the abacus boards with their beads but I can remember the furniture in glorious Technicolor and the slates. My experience with slates wasn’t good. I can recall having difficulties in writing the letter ‘s’ as I kept doing it backwards and very elongated. Things got a little fraught (and that’s putting it mildly) and I was hauled off to see the head teacher, Miss Davis, along with my slate and a piece of chalk. But all ended well and after a few minutes’ individual tuition I emerged having mastered the necessary squiggles to produce the letter ‘s’. My other disappointment at Harton was on the occasion we were all let loose in the hall with musical instruments. I had wanted to play a drum but they went to the bigger boys and as I was slightly built I was really miffed when I was given a triangle.
Mon 20-Sep-2010 13:51 - Scotland
Alex Patterson, VUA, 1946 - 1951 | alexpatterson~AT~videotron~DOT~ca
I can't let Eric's comments to go unchallenged. It is a well known fact that Newcastle's first foreign player was Jacques de Milbourne. When he was taken to the training ground on his first day at the club he asked the manager, Stan Seymour, who the other players were. The manager replied, "Whey man, thems the Lads"
Jacques thought for a moment, "Aah! Oui!! the Lads...Aah! Oui!! the Lads"
Apocryphally Yours from a sunny and warm (20 C) Montreal
Alex Patterson
Mon 20-Sep-2010 13:27 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Neale Backhouse '46- '51. | neale70~AT~shaw~DOT~ca
Although I must admit to feeling mummified on occasion Alex, I don't recall the papyrus, even though Liz insists we have lived many lifetimes. In fact I only vaguely recall chalk and slate board. What I do recall however about Infant School (Harton, that is)are the abacuses (abaci?) with their multi coloured beads. In fact the whole classroom was multi coloured,table tops and chairs and marvelously co-educational. I say that because I remember kissing a little red haired girl against her will (which unfortunately was my lot for many years to come). In fact I remember her name but musn't mention it, because her horror at the time may take on an added dimension if by some odd chance she may hear of this admission.
Mon 20-Sep-2010 02:50 - Victoria BC, Canada
Ed. Forster | r2edforster~AT~live~DOT~ca
I think it was Pan Headley who gave the elocution lessons trying to get some of the Geordie - to no avail in my case - out of us.
The ha'way comment reminded me when watching Newcastle at St James, Jackie Milburn when only about 16 was tackled severely, a wag in the crowd shouted " hirrim wi ya han'bag jackie "
Sun 19-Sep-2010 12:39 - Sunny PEI

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