My wife and I, along with our children lived in a flat up the ramps in Wilson Court, and later, in a ground-floor flat in Wilson Court. Neat, quiet places, with lots of greenery, but, as you say, no bathroom windows - oddly enough, Morrison Court flats had bathroom windows.
We didn’t see any cockroaches in Wilson Court. The only discomfort (especially in the cold months) was when the communal heating broke down – which was often, and eventually led to their closure.
Stan, in about 1996, I was standing in a tube station, in London, looking up at the times on the board, when this man in his mid-70s, attracted my attention - he told me that his name was John, and asking if I needed any help.
As soon as I spoke, he said, 'I know that accent! where are you from?'
For ease, and to save time, I told him I was from Newcastle.
He looked surprised, and told me that he was from up North, but that I'd probably never heard of it... Hebburn, and had moved away in 1982. It was only then, that I realised that he had a Geordie accent. Ha! And here’s me thinking he was Scottish!
It was my turn to look surprised, and I told him that I was also from Hebburn, but hadn't mentioned it, as I thought it unlikely that he'd have heard of it.
I then asked him where he lived in Hebburn, and he told me that he lived in School Street flats. I couldn't believe this, as that's where I lived in 1982! I asked him which flats, and he told me Wilson Court. I asked, 'up or down?' He replied 'up'.
I told him that I also lived in those flats, on the top ramps, and then asked him which number he lived.
He wouldn't tell me. Then, he suddenly told me that he had to go, and he walked off.
I often wonder about that coincidence.
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