Posted by George on August 16, 2020, 11:14 am
I have received a record of children who were students at Jarrow Central School between the years 1949 - 1953. It was brilliantly written by Lance Liddle, a lover of words and music. This is evident in the style of the presentation. Poetry and prose, the rhythm of which insert dozens of names and facts into the mind of the reader. A wonderful history of boys and girls brought together from Jarrow, Hebburn and Felling to began a new education in 1949. Those who are still alive are now in well into their 80s. Some of us still get together at reunions. See how many names you recognise. |
The author is Jarrow born musician and Jazz enthusiast Lance Liddle. Lance, who now lives in Hebburn, has won many media awards for his wonderful blog-site "Bebop is Spoken Here"
IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR
Lots of lads were called Colin
There was Buckley, Carter and Bell
The girls were Noreens and Doreens
Named Gutteridge Turner or Snell
Our class had more than Two Ronnies
I reckon there were at least four
Niven, Neesam, Arnot and Amos
Can you think if there were any more?
Do you remember Bob Ducker?
(Does it really have to rhyme?)
Lavinia was a good Luke(r)
And so was Elsie Thyne.
Davy Porter, Ramshaws's daughter
Joan Yeoman, Frank Bowman
Betty Robson, Frank Dobson
Peggy Green, Anderson Jean.
Butcher, Baker, Johnny Taylor
Sheila Bell, Joan Andrewartha
all held very dear.
Jean West - has stood the test
and so has Sheila Knox.
They rank with the very best
As does Is'bel Goldilocks.
Mac Reid, Shippen and Waddle
Chambers, Gladys Dunwoody
Jessie, Florrie and Tweddle
Jim Forster and his buddy.
I didn't mention Jean Stephenson
'Cos I couldn't find a rhyme
I would have wrote Joan Cuthbertson
But just didn't have the time.
Goodbye to Lambert and Turner,
Webber, Cussie and Roger(s)
They've all gone to the big burner
With dear Frank, the Artful Dodger
Sorry if I've missed out you
It wasn't meant to be intentional
I just picked out a chosen few
As the rest were quite unmentionable.
Oh dear, I've committed a crime
There's somebody I've forgot
Although he was only there a short time
Can't leave out George D Watt.
Lance Liddle 2004