Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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One of my favourite games when I was a little girl in the 1930s was skipping. I liked skipping on my own or two together as shown in the evening paper. But the way I liked to skip best was when a long rope was stretched across the street with one of my friends at each end turning and the rest of us could run into the rope, skip and run out. If anyone of us caught the rope with our feet and stopped the turning, (we used to say we had clicked the rope), we had to exchange places with our friends who were turning. So it meant everyone had a turn skipping and turning. This could only happen is someone had a long rope and that usually happened if one of our mothers washing lines had snapped. These were my two favourite games.

We would stand in a line. One at a time run into the turning rope, skip and say "Once you get in you can't get out unless you shout Whoopee". …

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