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A brush with the past
Posted by Don Scott on November 7, 2019, 11:24 am
Yestererday we attended the funeral of my wife's Clegwell school friend, Florence Philips at St. John's and the Crem. We got there early and I went into the foyer to ask if I could park in the grounds. A woman was standing in the doorway and we looked at each other and passed by. When we came out of the service, it started dawning on me who she might be. I tapped her on the shoulder and asked if she was familiar with Arthur St. and and sure enough, she was. There was no doubt about it now...it was Margaret Salmon who I had last spoken to in the mid 1950s. I asked her was she going to be meeting with friends and family afterwards at the Mill Tavern but she wasn't sure. As it turned out she didn't get there and I couldn't find anyone who knew her, even though she was a cousin of Florence. So, I missed the chance to talk to her. I think she would have been fascinated to hear that we were still in touch with folks like Bill Lee and Elizabeth...better known in those days as Betty Goodall. In fact, they lived very close to each other in Arthur Street. What a shame that we didn't get to have a chat.
When we got to the Mill Tavern, there were lots of people but not a soul who we had ever met before. Afterwards we visited another friend of Margaret's, then drove all the way back to South Yorks in the dark and pouring rain...it never stopped. So, that was our very brief homecoming but we made a point of going by Hebburn Cemetery to see all the poppies on the railings.
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