Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fond Memories

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fond Memories

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"Much more of a fuss was made of being a teenager in the 50s, but I was very much under my parents' thumb," recalls Maxine Warren, now 63.

She lived in Heddon on the Wall then and now lives in Castleton Close, Jesmond.

"Even though my parents were quite strict I was allowed a lot of freedom. There were only a few of us youngsters in the small pit village.

"We would go off in the morning with a sandwich, build a `camp', then go black-berrying and not come home till tea-time. We would stay out all day and my mother never worried about me.

"We never came into any sort of danger. There wasn't anything like the traffic and you didn't expect to meet anything other than a tractor or two on the roads. We just had a lovely time ( the three of us careering about on our bikes.

"But I remember it seeming a long time before I was allowed to go to Throckley, just three and a half miles away. There were more shops there."

She was allowed into Newcastle alone, on the bus, from the age of 14

"I remember the first time. I went into meet some girlfriends and we went for a three-course lunch at Fenwick's French Tea Room."

They would also take coffee at Fenwick's Terrace Tea Room where they would listen to the band.

"You could make requests. They would play you happy birthday or something from the top 20."

She also recalls what she believes was Newcastle's first coffee bar with espressos and cappuccinos, the Marimba Coffee Bar, in High Bridge Street.

Later there was Paletto coffee shop opposite Fenwick.

"Great gangs of young people would meet there. My parents would worry about what we would get up to. But we never got up to anything really."

Later she was allowed into town on a night to the pictures or to a jazz club.

"But I never saw the end of a film because my parents insisted I come home on the 10 o'clock bus. I didn't seem to mind but I'm still catching up on those endings today."

Without the bus Maxine's teenage exploration would have been severely curtailed.

"Youngsters today cannot believe how reliant we were on the bus."

Other nights out took her to Gosforth Assembly Rooms on a Saturday night ( now the Basilica restaurant. …

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