What a lovely find, and there must be many more out there just like it, belonging to folk that don't yet know about this message board.
From the writing desk of Davy Cram:
"Paddy Kenny (a little younger than myself) used to visit his relations at the lower end of the road: the well-known boxing family, 'The Tokells'. I was great pals with Paddy, who lived over the Station Bridge at Hebburn New Town. We must have been about three years of age when we decided to wander off to the New Town. We went to the Hebburn Park and played around in there for some time.
The Park Keeper and his dog found us. He was a thousand years old - gentle and very kind. He took us into his palace, which stood there at the park gates. His two grown up Princess Daughters took us in hand. They must have been easily ten and twelve years of age. They placed us upon magic couches, soft and velvet to the touch, the likes of which we had never seen before. They smothered us in dolls and all sorts of toys suitable for Princesses: sweets and manna from Heaven. It was glorious; there was no thought of going home.
But all good things must come to an end. I was informed that my Da' was here with his friend. Sure enough, we were delivered to my Da' at the front door, and Paddy was handed over to his friend Bud Fisher. We were carried victoriously back home to Hebburn Quay, on the shoulders of those two great giants, with the memory of a wonderful day that would last forever."
Posted by Veronica Kenny on November 19, 2016, 10:35 pm.
Paddy Kenny was my dad and a finer man you could never meet.
Posted by Paddy Kenny on December 1, 2016, 8:45 pm, in reply to "Re: 'Past & Present'"
Here is short Film of the opening night in July 1955. My grandparents Paddy and Annie Kenny, are among the people entering the building at the the start of the clip. The film is the fifth one down on the Chronicle page.
Posted by Paddy Kenny on December 1, 2016, 11:49 pm
My grandparents: The gent in the middle with the hat and the lady to his right. Annie Kenny was a councilor, so I assume the others were too. the man at the front was probably the Chairman of the council.
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