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My Childhood Memories.
by Florence Black

Childhood memories of Florence Black - Born March 28th 1914 Died 19th May 2007 aged 93years.

My grandfather George Alexander Black born 1861 was a local builder in Boldon and Cleadon. I remember in my dinner hour at East Boldon school having to run and deliver bait to my father Thomas Black, who was helping to build Sun View Terrace Cleadon. At that time there were just fields to cross from East Boldon to Cleadon as West Drive and East Boldon Road  estates did not exist. We were then living in St.Mary's Terrace East Boldon built by grandfather. The school was the only one in the village and children went there from 5 to 14 years of age.

When I was 14 years old and in the senior class all the girls had to walk to Cleadon school, next to the pond, for cookery lessons. I still have the basket used for carrying ingredients.

My grandfather also built the co-op store in East Boldon, which is now split into various smaller shops. His two daughters, who were my aunts Eliza and Jenny Black, never married and ran the little shop on the corner, now a computer business, as a bakery and grocers. Hence the name of the bus stop outside, Black's corner. They used to bake and sell bread, pies, cakes etc. and ran the shop until they retired. Eliza died in Wayside House, formerly a home for retired teachers and now known as Ascot Court, aged 97 years.

In 1932 Herbert Longstaff bought the shop at 9 Station Terrace from Mr. James McGillivray, who worked in the local council offices and later became clerk to the council. The offices were demolished to make way for the Grange retirement flats opposite St. George's Church in Front Street. I married Herbert when in 1937 he was left a widower with a two years old son, Kenneth, who worked in the shop from 1950 until he retired from running the business in 1998.

When Kenneth retired I moved into a bungalow in Natley Avenue. These were built by a man called Nathaniel Haley, hence the name of the street.








SILVER PLAQUE
COMMEMORATING THE RETIREMENT OF
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.

Plaque inscription reads -
PRESENTED TO
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.
BY THE WORKMEN
AND FRIENDS OF
BOLDON COLLIERY

As a Mark of their Respect
30th Dec 1882

Remember Milk Tokens
from the Co-op.


East Boldon Boy Scouts

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