Dad used to take the family car to work, and if mam needed substantial shopping on a week-day, she’d use public transport - a bus, while our oldest sister looked after us at home. Often, though, mam would just need a few ‘odds and ends’, so would send a few of us children for them. My brother and I, at the age of 9 and 10, thought nothing of walking from Hebburn Quay, down to Jarrow and struggling back with 2 bags of shopping in each hand, putting them down now and again to regain the feeling in our hands. I’m sure many of you will remember those times. What would we think today if we saw 2 children of that age now, weighed down with shopping?
When first married, my wife and I - both as fit as fiddles - would walk that same journey, there and back again, with many super-strong, shopping-ladened carrier bags in each hand, with such ease. Folk seemed to walk more, then.
Many common sights of those days have vanished, one being, seeing folk move house with a cart… different times indeed.
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