Maw Petries Ice Cream Shop - a Memory of Langley Park.

When I left school in 1956 all of the people of my sort of age congregated in Ma Petrie's ice cream shop. It was great, there was a juke box, with Jerry Lee Lewis, Pat Boone ,Elvis, Fats Domino, Lonnie Donnigan, Nancy Whisky.. I could name all the people that were in there at that time but they may not want me to do that. I can honestly say that all the lads were real uns, and all the girls were beautiful. Where are you all now? I hope you are all well, and some of you read this. There was a street of wooden houses straight opposite Petrie's shop and Paddy and me and a few others (I dare not name them yet, but would love to) had a great fight one night, just like the ones the cowboys have on the TV , where no one gets hurt and everyone enjoyed it. There are half a dozen of the lads who must remember this, and perhaps some of the girls. I would love to put some names up but it might not be welcomed by some of the guys. There was a Monday night dance on at the Kings picture house for teenages from about 1956 to 1958, gangs from Witton, Esh Winning, Sacriston, and Kimblesworth, and most of all from our school, Langley Secondary Modern, Mr Millar was head teacher, Miss Sedgewick, Mr Brearly, Mr Martin, Miss Maggs, and Mr Forster made up the other teachers. I suppose I'm struggling for answers to my silly memories, cos this lot will,l ike me, be three score years and ten now.


A memory shared by David Leckenby on Jun 18th, 2011.
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Sun Oct 1st 2017, at 9:31 pm
David Leckenby commented:
sorry i took so long to answer. yea i remember miss maggs and brearly , he was our music teacher, quite liked him cos i was in the school choir. dave leck.
Sat Feb 7th 2015, at 9:12 am
derekfosterdel commented:
Remember the Kings picures house. I understand it burned down. 'Probably your gang' I ent to the same school. ...remember Mr 'Bill' Brierly. He used to come to school on a moped; quite sophisticated for the day. He wore bike clips even on the thing. Remember 'Maggie' Maggs and Billy Black. Mr Collingwood was head. Remember school dinners. Mr Collingwood would sit having his at the end of the hall. He used to put some form of 'smelly' curry powder on his food. I had no idea what it was at the time but it looked disgusting.
I worked in the grocery department in the co-op until I volunteered for the RAF rather than be called up. I worked with Harry Hogarth, DA haircut, and Derrick Hinton. The store manager was Mr Scott. Remember Mrs Scott used to make wedding cakes. I used to take an order of sorts to the Scott house at the top of the yard. I always got a treat from her and a cuppa! Nice memories.

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