As I said, a rich and varied life! This week I’ve been back working on my North Lodge Park residency in Darlington; literally talking to trees, or at least trying to get them talking to me. I’m also trying to collect memories of North Lodge Park, from residents of the area, and that’s how I ended up at the Assembly of God Luncheon Club last Thursday! (Beautifully cooked chicken, proper cabbage and fabulous mash, followed by real rice pudding with a dollop of raspberry jam)
What a great crowd and such a warm welcome. I got step-by-step instructions of how to play mount-a-kitty, as well as stories of the railings being taken down in aid of the war effort. They brought the park alive with the sounds of the Salvation Army Band. As to the antics they got up to in the air raid shelter (now buried under a mound of crocuses), well I think I’ll need a return visit to get that whole story! But the poems that come from their musings could prove interesting, and could well be included in the anthology of North Lodge Park, which I’ll be pulling together later this year.
Don’t forget, if there are any Thornaby-ites reading this blog, (actually you don’t have to be from Thornaby to enjoy it), my latest collection, ‘The Works’ is all about life below the railway – about the pubs, chip-shops, characters and crises of hard men, feisty women and the adolescent agonies of children in Trafalgar Street, and is available from Biscuit Publishing (see my website)
Back to thoughts of the sea next week, in preparation for work in Barnard Grove Primary School in Hartlepool as part of the Sea Britain Project.
But right now, it’s Easter Egg time! Yeah!