SAWDUST JACK is a bit of a mystery, he is mentioned in all the tomes as a gambling man but little else, one has to assume he did great feats that have been forgotten due to the passage of time, or it is possible that he was one of these folks who are simply famous for being famous, much as many of the people who frequent our telly screens are now.
COFFEE JOHNNY was another who's fame still echo's down the years.
He was apparently a bare knuckle boxer of great stature who known for the great power of his punches, and in the days when chaps tended to be of short stature and exceeding weedy, he was built like a Victorian Arnold Schwarzenegger by all accounts.
TOMMY ON THE BRIDGE. was a blind medicant, who practiced his medication in the centre of the Old Tyne Bridge, as begging was as illegal then as it is now, he positioned himself on the centre boundary stone betwixt Newcastle and Gateshead, if the Peelers from Gateshead approached old Tommy in order to feel his collar, this scallywag would hop across the stone to the Newcastle side of the bridge, thus avoiding the long arm of the law, and of course should the Newcastle constabulary try to nab him he would skip the six inches into Gateshead territory.
Tommy was further famed for his great skill at swearing and delivering terrible oaths to anyone who tried to take advantage of his lack of sight in order to pass him a foreign coin,
One assumes that as great a hatred existed betwixt the Northumberland and Durham constabulary as still exists to this day, and that was the reason they didn't run a combined op and haul the nefarious beggar off to the bridewell.
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