Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'The Names Come Flooding Back' the Old School Website

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'The Names Come Flooding Back' the Old School Website

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A LETTER from Pat Nicholas in issue 74 really surprised Elaine Smart (nee Sawdon), of Middlesbrough.

She writes: A lot of years ago I was told that she and her husband, who was a well-liked teacher, were involved in a fatal car crash in Germany. I'm pleased they're both OK.

I remember Pat as a child, jumping on an old air raid shelter in Mary Stinton's garden. I believe she caught her knee, taking a chunk out. Do you have a scar from that, Pat?

I also remember he birthday - February 24, 1940, where I was July.

Are you still around Mary Stinton, of Pallister Avenue?

The names come flooding back when someone opens the memory gate: Pat Barnaby, she used to be a beautiful singer who used to do panto, she still looks the same, only a bit older as the rest of us; Cathy Dales hasn't altered much, either. Do you remember the spiders, Cath?

Then there was Mary Murphy who lived, and still does, in Marshall Avenue. Her mum made the most gorgeous toffee dabs.

Mr and Mrs Nelson, of 15 Kedward, let me watch their telly on a Saturday night for two whole hours - nobody else had one.

Then there was Margaret Cope at No 17.

We went to school together and later pedalled to work together until one winter I had a lucky escape when I came off my bike, due to black ice, and straight under a tanker, ending up with my thigh inches from a wheel. All traffic stopped and when I got up the driver shouted at me for riding a bike in such weather.

When I got home from work and told by parents about it my dad took my bike off me.

The Cobbles lived at No 16. Marion, who was a few years older than me, took me to the fair one night when I was about 10. One ride really swung until almost going over; I screamed so much that they had to stop it, so you can understand why she wouldn't take me to the fair again.

There were the Baines, Smiths and the Winwards, of which Evelyn was the midwife on duty when one of my sons was born and what a beautiful person she was. …

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