Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Times Down the Generations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Times Down the Generations

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PLAYING out can create fond memories that last a lifetime.

Just ask 85-year-old great grandad Ken Ellis.

His eyes still sparkle as he recalls hours spent playing with friends in Middlesbrough's Albert Park.

"I remember racing up Bell Hill - you had to reach the top before the others could catch you," says Ken, of Thornaby.

Every member of his four-generation family has their own stories to tell.

Ken's daughter Christine Ellis, 59, remembers having "a right old time" with sisters, June and Pauline, playing in the garden.

"We had an old bread bin that we would fill with mud and make all the kids line up and serve them mud like it was fish and chips," she says.

While Christine's daughter, Rebecca Green, 40, recalls going on imaginary road trips with her brother Sabedin, pretending to drive an old car in the garage.

Now it's her turn to watch her own son Rider, six, make up games with his cousins, Grace, six, and Ava, one.

Nana Christine, of Eston, says: "I didn't used to think that children played out as much as we did, but they do play out a lot. …

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