In these hard times freelance people like me are looking for new ways to make a bit of cash; having discarded the idea of being a George Clooney Barnsley Lookalike (in certain lights only), a naked Yorkshire butler (in certain lights only) and a ballet dancer (in certain tights only) I’ve hit upon the idea of a Young Ian McMillan minibus tour, visiting significant places from my childhood.
My wife and I were on holiday years ago in a little bed-and-breakfast place somewhere in Scotland; at the next table to ours in the breakfast room was a family with a boy who could be described as “precocious” or “forward” or, less charitably, as “a pain in the region of the neck”.
Many years ago we stayed as a family for a week in a guest house in Weston- super-Mare; we’d never been to that part of the world before and I suspect my dad chose it because he liked the name.
I did something the other morning that I’ve not done for years, and when I’d done it I laughed with the sheer joy of the thing I’d just done.
One of my first jobs was as a labourer at the factory or Mr W and Mr F. My tasks were simple: I had to put things on a conveyor belt to get spray-painted and then take them off again. I had to put the finished items into boxes and load them up on pallets. I had to get rid of the rubbish and put it into skips. Each day was full of simple tasks which suited me because I’m a simple man.
IAN McDougall, who has died aged 92, became a senior lecturer in the department of chemical engineering at Leeds University, having originally studied the subject part-time at Battersea Technical College.
VICTOR Ernest Dent, who has died at the age of 76, was a well-known shire horse breeder and character from Burniston, Scarborough.
FAMILY, friends and colleagues attended a memorial service for former Settle Creamery director, John Richard Hutton.
ANNE Turner, who turned her artistic talents into a second career to become a noted potter following her early retirement from teaching, has died at the age of 63.
IF actor and comedian Paul Shane hadn’t slipped on the soap as he showered after a shift at Rotherham’s Silverwood Colliery, he may never have risen to prominence as holiday camp comedian Ted Bovis in 80s sitcom Hi-de-Hi.
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