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New Year Resolution!

Posted in Hornsea, Hull City with tags , on December 20, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

I know I’ve said this before but I really must get back into posting more often so come the New Year I will endeavour to post something at least once a week, even if it isn’t particularly exciting!

At least I’ve got a few hillwalking trips planned…Glenridding in January and (another!) return to Knoydart in March folloowed by a first visit to Black Sail Youth Hostel. And I’ve promised Craig a first wild camp at some point!

As for the Tigers, things are looking pretty good despite the disruption following Nigel Pearson’s return to Leicester. But I’ve been a City fan for far too long to get too excited, it is only December after all!

And I’m trying to organise a school reunion to celebrate our 50th birthdays – mine was earlier this month and I had a fantastic time with family, old school friends and hillwalking pals.

So hopefully I’ll have enough stuff to talk about. Until then have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Still searching…

Posted in Family History, Holderness, Hornsea with tags , , , on March 13, 2011 by ayrshiretiger

Last weekend we headed down to the East Riding to visit family and had a very enjoyable time. We’d travelled down on Thursday evening which turned out be a good idea as it allowed us to have a bit of a lie in on Friday morning!

We headed through to Hull on Friday to visit my Dad and on the way back we made a detour via Spurn Head, somewhere I’d never actually been to despite living in Holderness until I was 19. We didn’t really have enough time to fully explore it as we had arranged to go for a bar meal that night with my brother Andrew, his wife Janet and my nephew Jamie and his partner Graeme. However we will return in the summer to have a good look around. It was also interesting to drive back to Hornsea past the industrial landscape around Easington Gas Terminal which is in complete contrast to the rest of rural East Riding as depicted in the recent adaptation of “South Riding” although not all was filmed in Holderness!

On Saturday we popped over to see my aunt Mary in Foston-on-the-Wolds to let her know how my Dad was and also to pick her brains on the family history front. It was a really useful chat as I discovered a few things about my grandparents that I didn’t know about. I knew my grandfather had not been brought up by his own parents but it was useful to find out that the people who did bring him up were called Mr and Mrs Williamson and that they also had at last one daughter.

I knew he was born in Leicester in 1905 and a search of GenesReunited led me to a 1911 Census record showing a Thomas Morley aged 5 living in a family of 7 children aged between 7 months and 15 years. Whether this is my grandfather I’m not yet sure as if it is it would suggest that something happened subsequently that led to him being put in a children’s home for some reason. Anyway I’ve contacted Barnardo’s Family History Service just on the off chance that they have a record of a Thomas Morley being looked after by them in the early twentieth century. I’ve also contacted Leicester Council to get a copy of his birth certificate which will hopefully confirm whether or not he is in fact the same Thomas Morley as the one in the Census record. Only down side if it is is the fact that his parents were from Leicester and London which rather screws up my Yorkshire bloodline!

I also discovered that my grandmother had two sisters one of whom was born in 1913 and died in 1930 aged just 17. Again not much information, just a photo a a gravestone possibly in York, so will need to do a bit of research on that.

So the search goes on…

Family History – some things you like, some you don’t!

Posted in Family History with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

Apologies for not posting for a while but sadly my Mum passed away last month after a short illness. Had a sad few days back in Hornsea but there were also some good memories as we looked through old photos including one of myself, my two brothers and sister in the seventies. Here we are holding it for comparison purposes!

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

Andrew, me, Julie & Nigel with 70s photo

I’ve also finally got round to researching my family tree and joined Genes Reunited. Within days I had received four contacts with an unbelievable amount of information. It would seem that most of my ancestors are of good East Riding stock although sadly most seem to be farm labourers and servants. Definitely more Baldrick than Blackadder!

Most perturbing was the discovery that my Great Great Great Grandfather on my mum’s dad’s side had a brother (my Great Great Great Uncle) who subsequently married and whose Great Grandaughter was the mother of my mum’s mum. I’ll leave you to work that out!

On a more positive note it would seem that I am distantly related (Fifth Cousin once removed) to John Hillaby, a relatively well known travel writer and explorer. He was also the first president of the Backpackers Club. Some history here. It would however seem from Paddy Dillon’s comments in this OutdoorsMagic thread that we both shared a gene for wandering off path! Anyway I’ve ordered a couple of his books which I’m looking forward to reading.

I’ve actually been able to trace my mum’s side of the family back to the early 18th Century – quite amazing considering all I had to go on was my Grandparent’s birth, marriage and death certificates. The only real problem I came up against was not having a record of my Gran’s father as there was nothing recorded on her birth certificate. Now I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere…maybe Lord Blackadder is involved after all…!

Hornsea Carnival 2010

Posted in Hornsea with tags , on July 20, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

We had a lovely weekend down in East Yorkshire for the annual Hornsea Carnival. Travelled down on Friday morning and after a couple of stops arrived mid afternoon at my brother Andy’s house. He was on holiday in Greece so we didn’t actually catch up with him and Janet but it was much appreciated letting us stay for the weekend – hope we didn’t leave too much of a mess!

A brief history of the Carnival can be found here. The Friday night Carnival events usually take place on the seafront but this year the whole weekend took place in Hornsea’s Hall Garth Park. So after popping in to see my mum we headed down to the park to go on the waltzers and watch the fireworks.

Saturday saw us meeting up with some of my old school friends, some of whom I’d not seen for many years, outside the Rose & Crown pub to watch the Carnival parade. As we walked down to the town centre a clown with a unicycle over his shoulder ran past us, obviously late for the start of the procession. At the same time a fire engine, also heading for the start stopped and offered him a lift! Absolutely priceless!

After a couple of pints and a good chat about camping trips from the seventies we headed to the park for more rides and live music. OK it’s not T in the Park or Glastonbury but it was still very enjoyable.

That evening Ian and Hilary invited us up to their place for a Barbeque. Again it was good to catch up with old friends and enjoy Ian’s excellent home made real ale. I’m not exaggerating when I say if I’d been served it in a pub I would not have complained, superb!

We headed back on Sunday having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Some photos taken by Elaina here

Steam trains, beer, penny sweets and good company…

Posted in Hornsea, North York Moors, Yorkshire with tags , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

We travelled south at the weekend to meet up with Ian and Hilary, old school friends, and their two children Jonathan and Emily. We camped at the campsite behind the White Swan at Newton upon Rawcliffe just north of Pickering. Cracking site and the food and beer at the pub was excellent especially the home made steak pie!

Despite the weather forecast not looking great for Saturday it turned out not too bad so we walked down to Levisham Station on the North York Moors Railway. Interestingly the engine was called “Lord of the Isles” so presumably had some connection with the Scottish Highlands.

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles

Travelled up to Goathland and wandered over to Beck Hole via Darnholme. Had a very nice couple of pints at the tiny Birch Hall Inn and the kids bought some penny sweets at the adjacent sweet shop!

Enjoying a pint and sweeties at Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole!

Enjoying a pint and sweeties at Birch Hall Inn, Beck Hole!

We then made our way back to Goathland to meet my brother Andy and sister-in law Janet for tea and cake before heading back on the train to Levisham.

Unfortunately we hadn’t booked a table at the pub, and being a bank holiday it was full so we finished up going the equally good New Inn at Cropton.

On Sunday another old school friend and his family were going to join us but unfortunately had to call off due to sickness so we had a leisurely morning having breakfast then headed down to Hornsea for my mum’s birthday.

On Monday we had a wander down to Hornsea Mere to feed the hundreds of ducks, swans and geese. Also spotted a couple of Black Swans.

Black Swan on Hornsea Mere

Black Swan on Hornsea Mere

Canada Geese and goslings

Canada Geese and goslings

All in all a cracking weekend and a nice change from climbing Munros. And anyway you really can’t beat God’s Own County!

Just like the good old days…

Posted in Snow, Uncategorized, Weather, Yorkshire with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2010 by ayrshiretiger

The recent wintry weather has brought back memories of those proper winters we used to get in the seventies. Of course 1947 and 1963 were really bad winters but even I am not old enough to remember them! The really memorable one for me was 1979 when I was on a Geography A Level field trip to Newtondale on the North York Moors with about a dozen sixth formers from Hornsea School along with our teachers Mr LeVine and Mr Elmes.

Now my recollection is a little hazy now thirty years on but it was mid February and we were staying at Raper’s Farm (Grid Ref SE 823938) which at that time was run as an outdoor centre. I was up there last year and it now looks like it has been converted back to a residential property.

Raper's Farm, Newtondale as it is now

Raper's Farm, Newtondale as it is now

Anyway, we were there for a week and did various things that A Level Geography students were meant to do. However towards the end of the week it started to snow as we were doing a shopping survey in Pickering. Fortunately we made it back to the field centre and then finished up being unable to get the minibus back out on the forestry roads that were the only access. So we just sat it out and finished up staying there for an extra three or four days during which time we had to get supplies brought out to us via the North York Moors Steam Railway (except it was a diesel they used!).

Picking up supplies

Picking up supplies

We also spent time wandering over to the Hole of Horcum which was a fair hike down into the bottom of Newtondale and back up the other side.

Doing fieldwork in the Hole of Horcum

Doing fieldwork in the Hole of Horcum

And before anyone comments on the photos being in black and white I was doing O Level Photography at the time and doing my own developing and printing!

We also improvised with large empty plastic coke (the fuel, not the drink!) bags to slide down the forestry tracks before we got a bollocking from a local farmer for making the road into a version of the Cresta Run! After that we used the slopes of Levisham Moor.

When I look back I do wonder what the procedure would be if the same thing happened today – for starters I suspect the trip would not be run in February in the first place but if it was we would probably have been confined to the field centre for fear of coming to any harm in the snow!

A weather chart leading up to that snow event and some more photos can be found at:

The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 1
The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 2
The Weather Outlook 1979 Part 3

I know I’m going to regret this but for your amusement I’m also publishing a photo of our sixth form group when we left school in 1980. Now that’s when I had hair! Happy days!

Hornsea School Upper 6th 1980

Hornsea School Upper 6th 1980

Yorkshire Day

Posted in Hornsea, Yorkshire with tags , , , on August 1, 2009 by ayrshiretiger

Today is Yorkshire Day, a day to celebrate all things Yorkshire.  It’s a pity the cricket team are struggling against the Red Rose County! Maybe we should go back to the good old days when you had to be born in the county to play cricket for Yorkshire!

I was born in Driffield and brought up in Hornsea on the East Yorkshire coast.   It’s not a bad wee place especially looking back after recent events and remembering the good times we had as kids in the carefree 60s and 70s.

Old Boating Lakes, Hornsea Seafront circa 1970

Old Boating Lakes, Hornsea Seafront circa 1970

Hornsea Mere

Hornsea Mere

The East Riding tends to get forgotten about a bit when people think of Yorkshire.  A pity as it really is a lovely part of the country.  OK so some folk might think Holderness is a bit flat and boring but it has it’s own beauty even if it is falling into the sea at an alarming rate!  And the Yorkshire Wolds has some very pleasant walks and hidden gems such as Wharram Percy Deserted Medieval Village.

Wharram Percy Medieval Village

Wharram Percy Medieval Village

Wharram Percy Church

Wharram Percy Church

Talking of history I enjoy programmes like Who Do You Think You Are? and have been thinking about doing a bit of research myself.  I was back home a couple of weeks ago and had a chat with my mum and found out a couple of things I didn’t know about her side of the family.  I really will need to make the effort and see if I can find out who my ancestors are…maybe a Blackadder or Baldrick character from Wharram Percy!