Posted: 19/08/2012 at 11:48
Pam, that could have been either Great Ayton or Stokesley shows, the latter being the big one. Hound coursing has always been a local sport and as a a lad we would be rounded up given long ropes with lures on them and told to start running. We would get a start on the Whippets although they would be on the lure before we reached the end of the field, a clip on the ear and being told to run faster was the reward, well maybe a Woodbine shoved in your hand, I never smoked and smoking Woodbine's would never make you run faster.
Climbing Roseberry Topping and then lunch in Newton under Roseberry was also a local pastime, I had a Beagle and she got so excited running up and down between us as we climbed she collapsed, I wrapped her round my neck like a muffler and carried her all the way back down, at the bottom she stood then ran around as normal, I am sure she was having me on for a carry.
A truly lovely area to live in with all the assets, long coasts, Moors and Dales with wooded areas. At ICI we would have to drag Southern Engineers up here kicking and screaming, no bright lights they said, wrong on all points and they had to be dragged back South not wanting to leave, many came back.
Still sunny and warm, wonder if the forecaster has looked out of his window yet.