Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Hard Life with Only Your Own Efforts for Support

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Hard Life with Only Your Own Efforts for Support

Article excerpt

ALICE Harding, who lives in Walkerville in Newcastle is approaching her 100th birthday in August.

She was born on Wallsend High Street where her mother had a basic shop and her father was a shipyard foreman who worked on the liner Mauretania.

Alice, said: "The lady next door made pies that my mother sold in the shop.

These shops barely made a living.

"There was a lot of unemployment in Wallsend in the 1920s. I can still vividly recall the sight of old soldiers from the Great War, singing in the street for money for a night's lodging.

"TB was common and whole families could be wiped out.

"I left school at 14 and served my time as an apprentice dressmaker. I got work making wedding dresses in Jesmond."

Later Alice and her husband ran The Alma pub on Stephenson Street in Willington Quay.

"We also ran another pub called The Railway. This still operates but it is now called the Bogey Train.

"The Railway Inn was known as The Vatican because my husband was very strict. …

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