I worked on a good few adventure playgrounds from 1970-6- taking overall care of all but the first- The Bourne Estate beside the infamous Hatton Gardens. Next was Ampton Street, by King’s Cross- an old-established set-up on an old bomb site. We had a pre-school playgroup, 6 or more 6 aside football teams, a ‘Pills Weekend Recovery Service” helped out with adult literacy but were ruled over by a group of older lads – in their 20s & mostly unemployed- some did a little thieving… In the end I couldn’t cope- and lost the plot, Big Time, for a while…..
After a break I returned to Newcastle and started a 35 year-long relationship with Sue Cartlidge- then, started volunteering at Spectro Arts Workshop in Whitley Bay but got back into temporary play schemes- in Cruddas Park then Elswick Park. At summer’s end I took up as a detached youth worker in the infamous Noble Street flats- that’s another story! Finally I took on a 5 acre ex-iron ore quarry in “Little Ireland”- Cleator Moor in West Cumberland for my last 2 years…. Sue would work with me, intermittently- and sheltered me….