I know this family. I won't identify them and deprive them of their right to privacy but the young man in the bottom right hand corner became one of the most important friends I had in the years I lived in Delaval Road. His self confidence shows in the picture and it served him well during the years I knew him in the 60'S. Dare I say it but some of it must have rubbed off on me because we both made bids to free ourselves from the limited opportunities that were available to us in those days. What a picture. What memories.
I hope he's still doing well.
I knew this family but I won't deprive them of their right to privacy by mentioning their name. The young man in the bottom right corner became my most important friend during the 60's. The abundant self confidence that shows in this picture served him well during the many adventures we shared while we changed from boys into young men. Some of his ambition must have rubbed off on me because we both made efforts to escape the limited opportuniites that were available to us in that area in those times. As you can see Jimmy Forsyth was a friend of the family. I used to bump into him often but I confess as to never having seen him with a camera so it was with a sense of amazement that I came across this collection of pictures which shows the genius of a man who was quietly serving his community and who eventually earned deserved recognition for his efforts.
What pictures. What memories.
Ron will remember me as a kid with a camera in Deleval Gardens but I never took as many images as Jimmy! I too felt a sense of amazement in recognizing this lad in the bottom right hand corner - he wento to own a restaurant named after himself in Newcastle, then a pub. I did try to find him once bt was told he had a boat now and was sailing the bay of Biscay....
Like Ron, I am grateful for those friends and times and to Jimmy who w ithout us ev eknowing it, became the one eyed photograper who documentated our childhood. There are many more pictures available in the Wst Ends library near Atkinson Road I'm told.
I did meet Jimmy again mutch later at Newcastle central Station, when he was in his Eighties - and by hen he had a much better camera. I wondered if he would recognize me as a grown man since it had been twenty years since Id left Tyneside. "Wrighty" he said. "You shot my window out!" - referring to the timeI fired an airgun at a coat on a washing line and it went straight through and smashed his kitchen window, in fact the kitchen window of the family pictured here.where he was staying at the time...
It is so good to know Jimmy's place in Tyneside history is asssured - and that he has documented our memorable childhod days for posterity. If Ron wants to get in touch he can contact me at Leedsmet...and we can try and find the lad in the picture to compare mythologies.
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