I had no involvement with Doris Donkin other than that her image has survived in my long term memory. Why? I will go a step further and say that she may have been involved in an horrific accident in the mid 1940s. The story is true but may have been some other girl.
Anyway, you will remember that clippy mats were very much an activity in those days and a cheap alternative to proper mats and carpets. The clippings were made up of all sorts of materials and piles of them were needed to make a mat. Well this little girl started playing with such a pile by throwing them up into her face. Unfortunately, there was a pair of scissors in the pile and she was permanently blinded in one eye. As I have said, I am not sure if it was Doris but fairly sure I heard the story when attending School Street Methodist Chapel. I don’t suppose there is anyone who visits this forum now that could confirm that story of if it was Doris who was injured.
On a brighter note, I came into contact with a young woman on Facebook in the recent past who had connections with the Lavery family that lived in Boldon Colliery. That was my uncle Albert and auntie May who had a daughter, also called May….all now sadly passed on. However, the Facebook woman (Jaqi Wright) was able to send me a photo of the daughter. Better still, she sent a photo of my grandfather (William Lavery) a man who I had never see before in photo or in flesh. How good is that…as Barry Cram used to say?