George the Bookie
was interested in the photo of Lindsay Road and the junction of
what used to be George Street.
child in the 1950s and early-1960s, I lived in Hamilton Street and
I well remember the bookie's runner, George, who used to stand at
this corner taking bets. We used to watch for the local
policeman and warn George, who promptly disappeared !
off- course betting was allowed, after the 1960(?)
Gaming Act was passed and betting shops where opened, George
worked in the betting shop next to the Halfway House pub. I
believe he was the Manager.
remember standing on the railway bridge here, waiting for a steam
train to pass underneath and getting enveloped in smoke and steam.
North Fort Street
next building up from the barber's shop in North Fort Street was a
newish block built to replace a tenement destroyed by bombing
during the war.
John Cavanagh, County Durham, England:
December 3, 2010