Mr. Rutherford was my last teacher at the Colliery Board School. He presided over my 11+ exam...failed again. He lived near the Jarrow Grammar School.
Jimmy Thompson was a grandson of 'Cat' Thompson, the coal man who lived next door to us in Arthur Street. He was a grand old man and I was very fond of him even though he got my name wrong every time he spoke to me. He used to call me Ronnie but I didn't mind. I will always remember the photo of him hanging up in their backyard leanto scullery. He was wearing mounted infantry uniform, with slouch hat and sat on a horse. I often wonder if any of the family saved that picture.
The Henley lad was called Alan who lived in Eton Square and a good friend of mine. He played the part of a policeman in the 1952 Clegwell production of 'Pirates of Penzance'.
James 'titchy' Hargreaves also lived in Arthur Street and could spit further than any body in the colliery. He died some years ago (Elizabeth could tell more here). Jimmy had a sister called Muriel.
In the not too distant past, someone told me that Alan Carter was living in Morpeth and not very well these days.
I wasn't aware that Mr. Patrick was related to 'Nellie' who had the shop on Hilda Terrace but that might have been so.
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