Hildie and her daughter Kel - my favourite souvenir photograph of Hildie's birthday
Last week - on January 8, to be exact - we gathered in Dipton to celebrate Hildie’s birthday. Sensibly, I didn’t make a note of the names of everyone who attended and I couldn’t remember all of them afterwards. So I had to ask the Birthday Girl herself to send me a list….
* Mary Tweddle (Hildie’s sister)
* Kelly Flood (Hildie’s daughter, who travelled up from Manchester)
And Hildie’s friends...
* Liz Page
* Ann Magee
* Trish Fagan
* Margaret Perryman and
* Doris Reay
I’m delighted to say that there were three visiting truckshunters, too.
* Dave Shannon
* Vivienne Mitchinson
and, of course, yours truly.
This impressive turnout meant that the house was full and happy. I was full and happy, too, because the food was almost all home-made and quite extraordinarily delicious.
There were Christmas crackers with paper hats, virtually pointless favours and really, really awful jokes.
One of my most fondly-remembered highlights, though, is the lengths to which Hildie’s sister Mary went to get the perfect photograph - which is what she’s doing here….
* * *MEMORIES…
At the party, Vivienne showed me what must be a highly unusual personal memento. It’s an old postcard of Bede Burn Road in Jarrow; the sort of postcard that local historians bankrupt themselves to obtain these days.
It features houses, cars, a bus and four young lasses on the pavement. The one in the middle at the front is Vivienne herself.
* * *And Dave mentioned a poem I once read out, at his request, on the Nightshift. It’s called Snowflakes and was written by the heroically-named Mary Mapes Dodge. And here it is…
Whenever a snowflake leaves the sky,
It turns and turns to say ‘Good-bye!
Good-bye, dear clouds, so cool and gray!’
Then lightly travels on its way.
And when a snowflake finds a tree,
‘Good-day!’ it says, ‘Good-day to thee!
Thou art so bare and lonely, dear,
I’ll rest and call my comrades here.’
But when a snowflake, brave and meek,
Lights on a rosy maiden’s cheek
It starts. ‘How warm and soft the day!
‘T is summer!’—and it melts away.
Isn’t it nice?
* * *AGM XLVI
Our next AGM will take place at 1100 on Thursday 26 February in Newcastle.
I’m looking forward to it already because a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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