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The first Pantomime

The first Pantomime’s performed at Wallsend Boys’ Club. The first pantomime produced and performed at the club was “Robin Hood” in December 1939. As with the subsequent shows, Sandy Laws was the writer, producer, and director, and also played a leading role, invariably the Dame. About 30 of the members took part in that first show, and of course, all the female roles were played by boys! A tradition going back to Shakespeare’s time! Approximately thirty boys were in the cast. It would appear that the pantomimes became an almost annual event each December or January, with records remaining of...
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Early 1950’s football

Football was of course becoming even more popular in the North East by the 1950s. Wallsend Boys’ Club had junior teams organised at that time into two age groups, 14-16 and 16-18. Norman Livingstone has clear memories of his time in the older squad in the 1951-1952 season. He recalls that in 1950 Dave Henderson (Right Half), Robert Rowe (Goalkeeper) and he (Left Back) were apprentices at the North Eastern Marine and playing for Wallsend St. Peters 14 to 16 age group. Being a church club they brought in a rule that you had to go to church on a...
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