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Memories of Ryton

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Learning to Swim

Ferndene Park Swimming Pool c1960, Ryton
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I remember taking swimming lessons in the outdoor pool in Ryton Park. I used to go with my older sister during the summer holidays. The year would have been round about 1976/7. We lived in Ryton until 1979 - my dad was the minister of the URC at the time, Rev David Hudston. Happy memories - I learnt to swim during those holiday lessons.

The Station on The Willows

Ferndene Park Swimming Pool c1960, Ryton
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My grandfather and grandmother Dixon lived in the station house. My grandmother had a marquee on the Willows, from memories of conversations with my mother who lived there also for 4 or 5 years, on Sundays she would serve tea and cakes. I think there may have been a band. If anyone has any old pics I would love to see them.

Ryton Willows

Ferndene Park Swimming Pool c1960, Ryton
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My first visit to Ryton was when my mother took me and my sister to Ryton Willows during the war years. The train from Gateshead station stopped at the Willows and I recall next to the station was a  place for eating your own meals which had to be brought. I can't recall any facilities for tea or meals service. The only facility for kids was a shuggy boat on the willows right next to the river Tyne. I think we went there on a couple of occasions. I haven't been back on the willows since the war. I don't think there is a train station there now. I hope to go back there again someday maybe somebody who resides in Ryton can reply to my message and let me know how to get back which I think will have to be by bus.  Lsmy59@aol.com

School Days

Ferndene Park Swimming Pool c1960, Ryton
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I was born at Crookhill, just outside Ryton and went to Hookergate Grammar School in 1956. When the Ferndene pool was opened we were taken by bus from school to the pool where we were given swimming lessons. My memory is of having to jump from the HIGH diving board and being absolutely terrified as it was just so high. Looking at the photo now I can see that it must have been that I was just so small. Very interesting photo and I am very pleased to relive my memories.

Clara Vale

My family lived in Stanner House, a lovely old house in Clara Vale from 1958 until 1964 - my parents moved there shortly after they got married in 1951. I was born in 1958 and can remember the house as if it was yesterday. In the 1800's it had been a farmhouse with fields surrounding it and there were no other houses for miles around. At some point the farm house was split into two houses and we lived in the bigger of the two. When the pit came along in about 1900 houses/shops/school were built for the pitmen families. My memory is of the bigger shop opposite the Methodist Church and a tiny little one which once stood where the detached bungalow is (built about 20 years ago?) I cannot remember the name of the man who owned it but can remember going there, it seemed to sell everything that a villager could possible want. My mother kept hens, which were free to roam through the day but were... Read more

Clara Vale

My family lived in Stanner House, a lovely old house in Clara Vale from 1958 until 1964 - my parents moved there shortly after they got married in 1951. I was born in 1958 and can remember the house as if it was yesterday. In the 1800's it had been a farmhouse with fields surrounding it and there were no other houses for miles around. At some point the farm house was split into two houses and we lived in the bigger of the two. When the pit came along in about 1900 houses/shops/school were built for the pitmen families. My memory is of the bigger shop opposite the Methodist Church and a tiny little one which once stood where the detached bungalow is (built about 20 years ago?) I cannot remember the name of the man who owned it but can remember going there, it seemed to sell everything that a villager could possible want. My mother kept hens, which were free to roam through the day but were... Read more

Ferndenepark

My earliest memory of Ryton park was the swimming pool,which was a great favourite place of mine in the summer holidays. I and my pals would meet there for a good old swim for hours! They used to hold an annual gala there in which I participated a couple of times (gaining a medal for comming second one year!I would love to here from anyone who has any info pics of the gala .

Childhood:W.Websters Village Shop

I was born in 1951. My parents owned the W Websters store in Barmoor Lane. I believe the old premises is now known as Orchard Cottage. I remember the sandshoes for sale dangling from the rafters and the butter was weighed out. My older sister helped serve sometimes after school. Dad set up a train set for Christmas for village folk to look at through the front window. Being also a wine and spirit merchant he put tiny liqueur bottles on the carriages. I have such fond memories of the delight it brought to people's faces. I loved the Guy Fawkes night and preparing for the bonfire too. We emigrated to Australia in 1959 and I still live in Adelaide. Before leaving Ryton I went to Crawcrook school and my sister went to Hookergate Grammar. She returned to England and lives in Leeds. I have had 2 trips back, the second in 1987 with my husband and 2 sons. One day I hope to do it again.

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