I was born in 1943, brought-up by parents born and bred in Hebburn and Jarrow.
My Dad was a labourer all his life raising six of us, me being the youngest. I never thought about us being poor as we got 3 meals a day were "well clothed" - at least at the same standard as our neighbours and friends. I do not think any of my friends/schoolmates thought of ourselves as poor, we just got on with the life we knew and enjoyed every minute.
At the age of 16 I was employed by the NCB and at the age of 17 started my working life at Wardley Colliery with my first taste of life below ground and the conditions of Pit life. As Norman Dunn will confirm we just took all this in our stride and accepted the conditions with which we were faced. I cannot recollect any of my Pit colleagues ever complaining that they were hard done-by.
Those who talk about poverty on TV and other media these days are usually well-off Charity workers who do not know the real meaning of poverty or hardship. They promote the illusion of poverty here in the UK to boost their Charitable Income and keep themselves in their well paid jobs.
For me poverty is what those unfortunate people in Third World countries have to contend with every day of their lives, shortage of water, food, decent sanitation etc; etc;
Pleased I have gthat off my chest!!
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