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Posted by John K on February 8, 2019, 11:50 am
Reading Barry Crams post 'What a Pleasant Surprise' brought back a very happy memory. In 1957 at the age of 17, I and a pal, Joe Fleming, were keen Youth Hostellers and we hitch-hiked all the way to Paris as part of our annual two week holiday from work. It took us 3 days to get there and pitched our tent in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. This was a large park which had caravan and camping facilities. On the second morning, we were walking to the shower block whistling the 'Blaydon Races'. On the way back to our tent we passed some caravans and to our amazement a bloke was standing at the door of his caravan whistling the 'Blaydon Races'. We stopped and got talking to him. It turned out he was from the west end of Newcastle and not only that but he lived next door to my works foreman. Yes it is a small world. Who'd of thought that would happen all those miles from home.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk www.gatesheadeast.co.uk, www.donmouth.co.uk and www.hebburn.org