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Jarrow March day 7 - Granary Wharf Leeds

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juneshone

Hi Phyllis, I have COPD and now the ball is in my court I have to keep myself as well as I can. Doctors can only help me to maintain the status quo as there is no cure for the damage done to my lungs. Yes I did smoke but I also ran a pub for 15 years so got everybody elses smoke too.

cilycoed

Am I being nosy June...? I have oxygen when in hospital for a bad chest.Perhaps we share a bad chest too! The day will come when I will have to have it at home, the hosp talk about it, but I say not untill I cannot manage with the meds I have to take.

I am looking forward to the day the Lord returns and then no more pain and no more nerve damage for me, no more crummy chests and wheezing. My hair will shine and my body much smaller and perfect, than it is now. Now isn't that a good thought and something to look forward to!

juneshone

PS it's 57 years since I left Newcastle and I know what you mean, my heart is in Cumbria and I love it but my soul is in the Northeast, soon as I hear that Geordie twang I get homesick

juneshone

Hi Phyllis, I'll be there in spirit unfortunately I am on oxygen 24 hours a day and my only trip out is to lunch once a week. With all of those descendents my guess it will be quite some day. My Dad lost his health in the war, came home and Mom left us, I was ten my brother was 12, but hey he got a medal! He did eventually get married again to a lovely lady and they had a daughter 20 years younger than me

cilycoed

My dad would hug you! He refused to ask for his medals, he said "I went through Belgium, Dunkirk and North Africa and I have to ask?" he was not happy with the way enlisted and serving men were treated. It's one reason he wanted to get out of Wales/England. He was from Stalybridge, Cheshire. I still feel as tghough I have been robbed June, of my family, heritage etc. I've been home once in 2000 and loved it, didn't want to come back here.

NZ is fine and I do enjoy living here, it's just not 'home'. It doesn't take much for me to feel homesick, yes after all these years, 57 of them. Ah well cna't change things now. Six chn later and 21 and a bit grandchn kind of makes one stay put. Thanks for sharing this with me June, don't suppose you'd like to come over for my 70th next month:-)))))

juneshone

Hi Phyllis, I was born in 1936 four months before the March. the year we had a lot of Kings. My earliest memory is the day I was evacuated in 1941, it's pretty vivid. I was sent from Newcastle to Cockermouth Cumbria, where I lived for three years of the war. Took me until 1961 to get back to Cumbria where I have lived ever since and I love it here. My Dad got a medal through the post, I guess most of them did, his went straight in the fire

cilycoed

I think you and I must be around the same age June. I'm a '42 baby, born in Scotland while my dad was getting ready to go to North Africa and doing training for the desert at Lockerbie.

My memory around the late forties and fifties is sketchy really. I recall with much pleasure the street party we had for the Queen's Coronation. Bunting everywhere, lots of jelly- what fun! Is it any wonder we talk abiout the 'Good Old Days'. Take care and stay safe and well.

juneshone

nice and peaceful, canal scenes usually are although Leeds is a big city. 7:30 and the march goes on

cakes1947

Great puzzle! I like this scene. Thanks June for your continuing story. :)))))
(time, 5:42)

juneshone

Hi Phyllis, I guess if the poor don't look after each other then nobody else will. All a bit wartime spirit and I can still remember that. the street parties mostly of course when peace came. Neighbours all rallied round when troubles came in those days, now we are lucky if we know their names

cilycoed

It must have cheered them no-end as they walked, to see the support of the people, the 'rank and file' people. It's a strange thing, those who have little give from the basket of their own need. It's a badge of honour one wears with humility!

juneshone

13th October, 100 miles. the townsfolk of Leeds took a collection and gave each man £1 for his train fare back home. they were given a five course meal