John belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
John grew up in tynemouth and has been a volunteer in the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade since the 1960s. He is an honorary Secretary, member of the Instant Response Team and committee member.
John was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 18 January 2006. The interview took place at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and lasted 16 minutes and 23 seconds.
Plodging with his Dad
"When I went to Priory School, my dad used to work nightshift"
When I went to Priory School, my dad used to work nightshift and he would get us up in the morning when he came off nightshift, he’d take us down on the beach, for a paddle or whatever at half past seven in the morning, myself and my brother. And then we would get dressed and would be taken to school, you know, after having a paddle in the... And the sun always used to shine then, you know, in 1951 and '52. It doesn’t shine like it used to then, or it doesn’t seem to. It probably does, but it did seem to be warmer. We used to get blue feet because it was so cold. Just up to here where you’d been plodging. Ah well, never mind.
John has 9 memories in the memorynet:
- Routine meetings at Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Changes at the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade
- Attending call outs
- Sound of the breeches buoy rocket
- The sound of the Stanley Bell
- What does the sea mean to you?
- Plodging with his Dad
- The Brigade preparing to fire a breeches buoy rocket
- The Stanley Bell