Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:02
Tetley, my mate went in the Navy when I joined the Army he would introduce me in places we met up as his Pal in the army who had spent more time at sea than he had. Went out to the Middle East on the Empress of Scotland with some of the first married families to go abroad. I had been a bad lad and was tried on board, the punishment standing guard on the women's quarters to keep the men out. No chance, the hard part was keeping the women out of the men's quarters. We Docked in Gibraltar Malta and Port Said, I saw women kissing their boat boys goodby and then their husbands hello?? As an 18 year old it made me wonder about the sanctity of marriage.
Muddle up, Done that, was with the BBC as a researcher into WW2 stories for seven years until they closed down. They came up from London with a film crew and we spent six hours on camera and talking which went on air for a week as a loop.The local "Remember when Paper" got hold of me to tell some of the stories in print and they were all published. Tees Radio wanted me to tell some experiences which went out every morning for a week then the local Library caught me and I have articles printed most weeks. It keeps the old brain working putting some of the stories right as when at a forum for people to come in and tell their stories a woman was talking about the Bombs on the Old Mill. Now I was out on the road when that lot came down running for the shelter, they landed around six hundred yards down Mill Lane where we lived and you never forget things like that. She remembered it well and was getting it all wrong until I asked how old she was. I knew the dates of the bombing and when she told me her age she would have been under one year old. We let her finish then scrubbed her story, did she wonder why it was never printed? I have lots of articles on the area and those times so they e-mail asking for verification although we do have a very good library assistants who will research things for you. Sitting here playing on my electronic marvels is my relaxation these days Muddle and there is always the piano behind me for when I get bored. Any one for "In the Mood" the grand children love it.