The road layout has varied over the years as traffic (cars) increased. From 1966 to 1968 I worked in Milburn House at BTm. Dean St. parked the car at the east side of the Tyne bridge and walked across the Swing bridge.
Then changed jobs to work in Pilgrim St above a Bank so walked over the Tyne Bridge.
When you work in a location like the “Town” at lunch times you get to know the area.
When working in Pilgrim St. I was the youngest in the Office at 24 and not fully qualified, so I 2 or 3 days a week had to go and get the sandwiches for the rest of the office, about 10 or so out of the 20 in the office.
I would go to the Granger market etc. Buying the stuff for the lunches both ready made and often the ingredients.
All had to be. Back in the office 30 min before lunch. Why ?
So that the lads could have their lunch PDQ and get down into the basement to play table football.
This was a custom made bit of equipment to withstand the pounding to was given.
The players were 24 to 60. We were all as mad as hatters!.
It was always like the World Cup.
If you had more than 3 days layoff it would take you 2 days to get back into it. 2 weeks holiday? , at least a week to get back in.
The one thing that you benefited from playing is was your reaction time. This helped me in later years both in sports and work. Now after 50 years since moving to Harrogate my speed of reaction time has reduced over the last 10 years which I put down to not working and age.
Strange I can still picture part of some of the games that I played or watched after all these years.
There would be usually 12 to 16 players each day and we had a rota for playing but I forget how it worked.
All were so absorbed by it that we would got down and play after work for an hour before heading home.
An outsider looking in would think we were all NUT’S. grown men behaving like teenagers !
Memories, memories. Allan C.
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