Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Fortnight in Redcar before the War Came; THE Memories Came Flooding Back to Mrs D Rowe, of Billingham, When She Read Our Last Issue

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Fortnight in Redcar before the War Came; THE Memories Came Flooding Back to Mrs D Rowe, of Billingham, When She Read Our Last Issue

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This is the question posed by D G McCulloch, of Darlington. If you can help please write to Remember When, Gazette Building, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3AZ or email rememberwhen@eveninggazette.co.uk

She writes: As a child and as a teenager we used to go for a fortnight's holiday to Redcar. Seeing George Potter's photograph reminded me of the Pierrots on the sands.

I believe he was in the Optimists Of 1938. I still remember their opening song.

The Optimists of 1938 salute you with a programme up-to-date, Lots of music, lots of jest and many items of the best, And many funny stories we relate, Come along and settle down for fun, You're in time, the show has just begun, Come along and don't be late, pay your coppers at the gate, To see the Optimists of '38, With laughter and jollity just a frivolity, We introduce our performance to you, With every endeavour we try to be clever, And give a programme of something that's new, And here's to the birth of a package of mirth, Our ability makes it a special ally, But before we begin your attention to win, We introduce you to the artists of joy chorus again.

What happy times they were. On the morning as we left our apartments we went to the beach. I had a donkey ride, then on to the ventriloquist whose show began at 10am, then the Punch and Judy Show (a little further along the beach) started at 10.30am. The Pierrots started at 11am. Sometimes before going back to the digs for lunch, we went along to Sunshine Corner.

After lunch we either went to the boating lake end, Lock Park or the Stray end to the paddling pool. On the way back we used to call in Zetland Park for a game of crazy golf. It was a wonderful time.

Post-war we went back and by then the Seafarers show was on the beach, later to be followed by the Wavelets: This was their song: Hello Redcar, with a smile and song we greet you, Wavelets is the name of your show, We're all good pals so let's have a go, Hello Redcar, with a smile and a song, we're hear to cheer you for a while, (I forget some of the words here) Lots of good decisions here and young hearts full of passion, We're feeling fit because our holidays are off the ration, Hello Redcar to you. …

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