As a boy I was taught how to provide food for the table.
Dad was a labourer and mam was a housewife. Dad would go to the allotments over half-a-mile from home and then go to work.
They had eight children and we were also taught right from wrong.
Weekends I went with dad either looking for mushrooms, one in the silk scarf, one in my belly, or catching rabbits and tickling trout.
Weekends were also house cleaning for mum and her daughters blackleading and donkey-stoning the step.
Sunday also meant I had to go to Sunday school and I tried to get a game of football in by hiding my boots against the front door.
Summer brought our trips to the seaside, memories never forgotten.
Mother would walk a good mile to the Co-op so she could get dividends.
My job was to go and meet her as the bags would be very heavy.
Mam would peel the potatoes and boil the peelings for the hens and cook us three meals a day.
Colin Drury’s write-up makes for interesting reading. It tells a story of those who have and those who have not, those who want to work those who do not want to work, those who choose to thieve and those who do not mind getting their hands dirty, those who want to stay in bed and those who get out of bed because they say you die in bed.
The person who said her other half stole boilers but would not break into my home and steal my belongings. This I do not believe for if you are a thief you will not change your spots.
There will be trips to the seaside for their kids but if it means going without a smoke, weed or tinny the kid will stay at home.
People will plead there is no work and in many cases they are right. Why doesn’t the government recognise Brightside is impoverished and requires Enterprise Zone status? Why are our MPs not fighting our corner?
Prof Walker has a real challenge on his hands for this area of the city.