U3A members are treated to a trip down memory lane

Morpeth and District U3A

Life in the North East in the 1930s, 40s and 50s was the topic led by Andrew Clark at the most recent Morpeth and District U34A meeting, a topic which generated many contributions and much hilarity.

This subject is close to Andrew’s heart, despite his young years, and he has not only researched the subject in depth, but also brought along many objects which provoked memories and anecdotes.

Audience participation was ensured right from the start when he asked people to call out their Co-op numbers — the noise was deafening.

His talk covered a wide range of topics from washday damp memories and the Friday night bath, via how we entertained ourselves, through to holidays (local) and hobbies.

The changing role of women focussed on just how much time was taken up by housework in contrast to today, Monday being entirely taken up by washing and then Tuesday ironing, leaving the rest of the work, such as polishing the step, to be fitted in on other days.

It was the games, especially skipping, which ended in a whole series of choruses of chants still remembered.

Andrew Clark has produced a book on the topic, which is available from TG Allan.

The next U3A general meeting in on Tuesday, March 29, at Morpeth Rugby Club, at 2pm, when the topic will be Collingwood’s Northumbria, to be given by Tony Barrow.

For further information on Morpeth U3A contact Bob Richardson on 01670 505899.