Re: Sunday's Header of a Leslie's Launch in 1976
Posted by Tom barker on May 30, 2021, 20:36:25, in reply to "Re: Sunday's Header of a Leslie's Launch in 1976"
Like you Les l to left Clegwell in 1955 it was Easter time l filled in for a few weeks being a butcher boy for Billy Taylor in Ellison st then started my apprentice ship in Palmers in the joiners shop,I would guess about may be a dozen or so of my class mates did like wise at different trades, there was lots of apprenticeships in those days apart from Palmers there was Leslie's Reyrolles,Whites collieries,like Norman pointed out plenty.Hebburn created a lot of employment,the 1950s and 60s when we had full employment and money in our pockets times were good.I came out of my apprenticeship in 1961 and with that under my belt l emigrated to Australia and soon got a job in Sydney wood turning.l don't think l am wrong when l say during those years many followed suite working around the globe and done well and never looked back.Little old Hebburn had provided that ticket for all of us expats to live our dream with out that early exsperience we might not have done what we did and not have that life changer. Fast forward l just wonder what school kids at the age when leaving school simulier to Les and myself what future beholds them l know it's education education,take Hebburn as it is now what is there for them the town is full of houses one could be a brickie I suppose,at least you would have a full time job.Its so very sad when 50 years ago the town was booming in every aspect,what we got now from yesterday year they have pulled down all the old buildings and some new, what we have left is a housing estate,3 or 4 churches a new hub with most of the shops boarded up.to sum up the people are the same they might reflect on the good old days that is,not a bad thing,when we realise what we are going through at present,local folk,Hebburn folk in my eyes are the salt of the earth. Cheers|