Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Remember All Victims of War

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Remember All Victims of War

Article excerpt

WITH all the celebrations and remembrances organised to mark the 70th ending of World War II and the atom bomb on Japan, how many people were overlooked after the conflict? As a young child in 1955 in a working, self-sustainable pit village in the North East, life to me seemed very good as I had never known anything different or been through any war.

Like any community there were characters with their own reasons to be as they were. One such was Cider Tom.

Us children were told to ignore him if our paths crossed as in a village they often did, no excuses why but only that he was a silly man. But what would a child of four really comprehend? We saw Cider Tom trying to walk home, dropping his tinnies of cider often and spending ages trying to pick them up. We children looked in puzzled bemusement at his actions. …

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