Diaries of William Young: 1964
Author(s): William Young
Copyright holder(s): Mary J Price
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Quiet New Year Mum ill with us.
Ma worse. Weather mild.
Ma Hep dies 2. a.m. R.I.P.
Working around house
To 10. Mass.
Funeral Crem. Large crowd. May she Rest in peace
On to Birkenhead after funeral. Boys meet me at station.
Start on section in Cammel Lairds.
Frank thinks of everything
Not much doing.
To Liverpool V. Chelsea. Great game.
To [illegible] church in N. Brighton
More to do.
Stay in watching T.V. & studying
See some houses Rock Ferry & New Ferry
Seems will have to pay more to get what we want
See 2 good houses
Dalton Rd. (17.50) **
Grosvenor Dr. (24.50) **
To Barrow. Nice run. Get into work afternoon. Nice place.
Send M.O. to Cath & [?]washing[/?].
Digs fine if a little crowded.
Getting lined up for run home.
Everything goes to plan. Leave Barrow 4.30. Catch north train Lancaster 6. pm on board. Meet Cath Kdy 11.3.
Nice to be home again. Break up furniture. A.M. Siesta P.M. Phems afterwards
Scouts evening O.K.
Moving new furniture
Breaking up old.
A FINE DAY
To 12. Mass.
Breaking furniture A.M. To Joe's P.M. He has got a T.V.! Poor soul he hadn't adjusted it properly. Did so & he is grateful.
Back to Birkenhead
have nice journey including sleep. Report. P.M.
Plenty of work
Work A.M. Busy.
Cheque arrives (Deo Gratias!)
Send M.O. to Cath £50.
To Sandon Rd.
Not bad but near sea.
To 11.am. Mass.
To Chester p.m. Good run.
See house (Thirlmere Drive) get viewing permit
View house above but it is taken - pity it was a good house & in good order.
in house evening.
Prepare for home leave & get off at 3.30. pm good run I am home at 11.p.m.
Break stick AM. Clean Box Room PM. Siesta P.M. *
Scouts evening. - Alan & Derick complete Queens Scout.
More wood breaking A.M.
To Joe's pm with Cath & Dog.
Caroline makes rock cakes, they are good!
To 10. Mass. Walk Dog after.
PM to Jim & Jo's
Travel back with Yank for company
Train late by 50 mins.
Plenty of work
Pancakes for tea.
Up to Church evening. Very posh. Usual inarticulate congregration.
Plenty to do. Study in between. Worried about cash (or lack of it!)
STILL no cash. Now I am in a pickle!
Get £7 from Cath.
See fine house with central heating at Bedford Rd. Hope we have a chance of it. To Confession evening.
To Commun. 9. Mass. Get wet house hunting afternoon. Call again at Bedford Road.
Cath 'phones she is definitely coming weekend. Send off Birthday Card & flowers.
Apply for Cath's warrant. Working on Exam questions. Can concentrate better this time
Get warrant & post same.
Cath down. We start the search.
Still searching. Found house Devonshire Park
Fix house Devonshire Park 18 Hawthorne Rd. Apply for loan to Northwich.
To lawyers. approve sale.
Working around house
To 10 Mass & Comm. To Joes.
Back to Birk.
Go to Church but no Mass. Apparently this is not a H. of obligation here!
To Grand National at Aintree
a good day although I backed losers all the way.
A great sight but a long wait.
With Frank & his wife house-hunting. See a bit more of the Wirral.
Do a bit more studying. Still no word of Loan.
Norman arrives wife & daughters. We go out to help unload but they don't turn up. Tuesday turn up early.
Up home. Travel in guards van. Crowded. Home at 8 from 12.35.
To 3 Service. Good. Weather - cold. I cut my finger nail goes in.
We have a spending spree. Good to have money for a change.
Go to hospital & get 2 jags anti-tet & penicilin.
To 10 Mass & Comm. At Jim & Phems afternoon. Caroline & Mary stop out with Eliz late.
[NOTE: entry scored out]
Get electric switched on. Water & heating OK. Toilet OK.
Get key & go to Hawthorne Rd. A bit depressing but I know we will make a difference here.
At house sketching it as not bad in fact a good house
Get OK from Building society
Frank sick 'flu
expect cheque from Guild tomorrow.
Cheque not being released until date of entry for purchasers be given!
Get electricity on. I am in a pickle
Try to get Lawyer to get vendors to let me in
Pay over another £100
Lawyer shy about asking other Lawyer. Agent tries & says he thinks it will be OK. Electric on water on
Get sweep to do chimneys
Start on window cords with Fred B.
I spend 24/- on utensils
To 8 Mass & Comm. With Fred Rod & Phil to house
We fix more windows Phil & Rod start to clean up
I clean up & find it hard work.
On my own - Fred & Rod at Barrow.
Again at house
Get front Bedroom finished
Get coal (a lot)
Plugs haywire need new ring main. Clean up scullery - part.
Receive Deeds for signature for Kdy.
Ring lawyer. Advises hold deeds until Monday when he can give me date of entry.
To house with Phil - more scrubbing. Rod & wife & Fred call.
To Confess at St Josephs.
A good day
9 & Comm (a SSP & P)
Phil & self & Fred
Ring lawyer - still stalling - sure tomorrow.
Ring lawer - no answer from Vendor - Ring Cath.
She is most dissapointed.
Decide to store furniture & move family here to Mrs. B. Ring Cath she agrees - Pack up. Lift 29 Down 30th.
A fairly easy day to Jim & Joes for tea.
Set to work afternoon - packing things.
Packing. See Joe. Sorry to leave him.
Furniture removed. We say goodbye to 22 Balsusney Rd. May our new home be as happy as this one.
Leave 8. am. Jim Phem Jessie Catherine & Elizabeth at station. Good train down. Arr N.B. 3pm.
We settle in at Mrs. B's for a time. See Headmistress at girls. They start Mond.
Cath & girls to Liverpool for school dresses. I watch Cup-Final with Fred & Meri.
Frank & wife with Cath & I on Friday for a spot.
To 10 Mass. Fred takes us to Chester in car. We walk around. Everyone delighted especially Meri.
Receive Cheque. £10 70 from W.D&B.
Go to Bank & open account.
Not much doing at work. Home for lunch now.
Again home for lunch. Girls settling fine at school.
Make £600 cheque out to G. F. Lees & Sons. Pay Solicitor.
Receive keys for house. Hurrah! We celebrate evening.
We visit Market for paint & proceed to scrape & fill holes in plaster & wood. Return tired but happy evening.
To 10 & 11 at St P P.
Pitch & Putt afternoon with Rod & Phil. Furniture arr. Tuesday!
Furniture arrives & chaos reigns for a time. The chaps are good & we are pretty well sorted out by late at night.
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18 MONDAY / 19 TUESDAY
Very busy in house
Finish dining room
We get a Record Player. Dansette V-G
Phil & family arr. between 4 & 4.30 pm. with cat. Arr. OK. Cat & dog do not fight!
Send for Concert Hall Record Club membership
Repair door & flooring at front
We have Fred & family over. Good time had by all!
See Cub Pack in Mersey Park - Give me [?]2 Bdge Xmas[/?]
Mary's Birthday. She gets shoes & buys a record.
We go to see start of sailing race to I. O.M
Arrive in time to see the last of them leave!
Get wood etc morning.
Afternoon shopping. I am checked in Grange Rd. & we are nearly run down in Borough Rd.
Car drew up to let us cross Zebra. Other car nipped around him & nearly run us down.
We sleep in. To 11 Mass. To Fred's in afternoon. Nice run around then tea & fun at Fred's.
We finish Guest Room.
Jean from Falkirk arr. for holiday. Nice to see her & its a great thrill for her.
We have a quiet day
To Park Gate evening.
Exam during day Work evening.
Arms sore with sawing
Cath Jean girls to Chester.
Get shelves ready.
Catherine coming on 10th
Great. All family together again.
Catherine & Elizabeth arrive. The 4 of them with Cath go to Liverpool to see the Beatles. Thrilled to bits.
Jean leaves having enjoyed her holiday.
To Bidston hall. We see Anglesey and Snowdon.
Jim & Phem arrive.
13 D, 14, D, 15, D. Go up Bebington 97. (Kings Lane
To Park gate.
Centre - LIVERPOOL
Seems easy enough
10-1 m 1st Tech Paper
2.30 - 5.30 2nd Tech Paper
Get on not bad.
To Liverpool Cathedral & Speke Airport.
We 'lose' Caroline in Cathedral tower. What a fright. But she is found afterwards.
Quiet Day. Jim argues about Local Geography!
To Bidston, West Kirby & Hoylake. Good walk over Sands.
To Chester, by train. A grand day. Cathedral, walls & River. Great time.
To Southport. On Big Dipper & in Pool. Cath, Phem, Jim & Catherine on bus tour of town.
To Port Sunlight evening - very nice.
Jim Phem & Elizabeth off back to Kdy. I go to Walker Art Gallery. Fine.
We do shopping. Nice to be clear of visitors for a few days.
To Maid of the Mountains.
EMPIRE - V.G.
A lazy day. But I do a six-mile walk with Meri in the evening - smashing.
Jessie arrives 9 pm. She has had very cramped journey. But is soon at home with us.
We are very busy at work. Phil is sick. Dai Fred & Dave on leave.
To Bromborough to see Phil. He is better. They have a nice house.
Working all day. First O.T. on the job.
To Communion. Nice walk after with Meri. To Moreton Shore with family & Jessie. Fine time.
Birthday. Get Cards. Shirt from kids. Fags - Jessie and a hat (at least a sketch of one!) from Cath.
Not so busy at work, thank goodness.
Looking out camp gear. Staying from Fri night to Monday Morning.
Packing for Camp.
To St. Asalph to 3rd Birkenhead camp. Good welcome. Cold overnight.
I run c/f evening.
To St. Asalph R.C. Church
Duncan bumps car on return. Boys pass cooks & do a fowl backwoods style.
Cub gets hurt. Duncan takes him to hospital so we are held up. Car breaks down going home but we make it! Eric, Eleanor, Joan & Duncan OK.
Cath & Jessie to Manchester
We go to Thurstaston Hill. Kids & Dog. Then walk to Caldy.
Nice in sands.
Meet Mrs McInch at Exchange. She is very brisk for her age.
To Bidston Hill with Jessie & Mrs McInch. Good walk.
To 9 Mass with Cath (Communion). Afternoon take the ladies to Williamson Art Gallery.
To Liverpool. Both Cathedrals & University. I am half-dead with the slow pace. To see Tranmere (V. Notts C.) evening with kids.
About house all day. Make compost heap. Ladies & family walk to Roman Rd. Storeton etc. Jessie sticks on style!
To Liverpool with Mary to book Jessie's seat. Fine time in Lewis's.
To Tranmere V. Crewe. Good game. Fog descends like smoke.
Jessie off. She meets Lizzie & Bill - good.
Mrs Mc leaves at 4
We spend afternoon on ferry to Seacombe.
All clear till tomorrow!
Jim & Jo' arrive p.m. They are very pleased with everything.
Go out for walk evening.
Cath Jim & Jo over to Liverpool.
Jim & Jo leave a.m.
Working most of day.
Nice walk to Oxton.
Chesterfield - Working. Block fireplace in side bedroom.
As above evening.
Scottish Country Dancing. Town Liberal Club. Claughton Rd. Left at Methodist Rd.
As above evening.
Night off till cement hardens.
To Tranmere V Hartlepool 5-1 - easy.
Dave over for spanner
Spend rest of day making one & go up evening with it.
Also pick rest of pears.
To 10 Mass & Comm. Walk true park to Irby, Pensby & Thingwall.
Town Liberal Club C/D.
Very good - nice crowd & plenty of fun.
Park Hotel [illegible] 7.30.
Win 6 - 0
Cover pipes in S.B. with hrdbrd. No time for more.
Mass Comm 11. To Irby with Cath & dog. Walk over Thursston Hill to Caldy. Have afternoon tea in Garden Cafè. Very nice!
Arrange eye test. I chase Alsatian away from Hallway. Dog in danger of being badly mauled.
Eye test - OK. I am to get reading glasses.
Weather fine for a month now.
See slater re. roof - OK. To Sc. Dncng - another great night. Tom drives us home.
New hours of work begin.
Working today. Busy scrambling over unit.
Mass & Communion.
To near Heswall via footpath from Storeton. Great autumn weather. Find Hazel nuts.
Very busy at work. Lag pipes - side bedroom. Must bash on regardless!
Finish woodwork window, skirting, etc. Side bed. - Deo-Gratias!
Country dancing good but am not in mood.
Liverpool Philharmonic Concert
Very good - Catherine & I enjoy it.
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Not ready for fireplace yet. Cut hedge.
Get glass in front door - nice.
C.D. [?]dance[/?]. Nice time.
Get B&D drill. Now for some work!
Working. Phil & I fix up flex.
Decide on Parkray for Morning Room.
Work on S.B. in B&D. Sanding unit.
V. Doncaster. 3 - 0
A dull game. Caroline, Mary & Pal (Leslie enjoy themselves
See Plumber re. fire arr. of Thursday. Visit.d Mr. Stevens 4th Bebington re - Scouting.
Country style C.D. very good. But pestered by Spastic girl.
Days leave. Work all day on window frames.
Finish off windows & paint, also front door.
To 10 Mass & Comm. Walk to Woodchurch via Oxton & Noctorum
V.G. with dog.
Rodney & family visit.
Plumber discusses heating. Advises boiler in kitchen & 3 radiators - plus hot water - app. cost 110-120.
Begin to learn German spare time. Work slow to move.
C.D. Girls enjoy themselves.
To Dave's evening. A nice night. Dave & Pat have a nice house.
Torquay 1 - Tranmere 3
Best game of season at Prenton.
Mary & Caroline at dance at St. Werburgh's.
Dave & Pat over. Julie not well & they leave early.
See Plumber a.m. & sign forms for Loan etc. Cost £142.
Julie has measles!
Working till 9.15 tonight.
RW in D.D.
Memo - caja la boca!
Caroline sick with headache.
To 11. Mass.
Nice walk pm.
Sort heater in Bathroom.
Looks like chickenpox for Caroline.
It is Chickenpox!
Dr. in & confirms same.
She has about 3 weeks in before she is clear.
Caroline in a bad state. I know - remembering 1936!
Trying to keep everybody happy. Cath not too good.
Receive ok for Loan on heating. See plumber. He will not be able to start for at least a fortnight!
Mary in bed - off colour.
Tranmere V Lincoln. FA Cup. 1st Round.
Goal-less draw not exciting. Fell Pear tree in back garden.
Caroline better. Cath bad with back & bronchitis.
To 11. Mass. Family all in bed. a.m. Prune other pear tree.
Cath bad this morning. Send for Dr. She says Cath has had 'flu & bronchitis. Bed then & take day off.
Rain today. Busy at work.
Cath still in bed.
21st Birthday Re-union 1st Fife. Kdy.
Can't go. No cash & busy at work.
Good job too wtih so much trouble in house.
Cath ricks her back getting up to see to dinner. She is practically immobilised. Doc says bed (hard) & gives her tablets.
Work in house a.m.
p.m. walk to ARNO PARK.
Comm. 10. Seem to be cooking breakfast for hours!
Cath a bit better.
Cath surprises everyone by getting up in the evening. She is still shaky. Mary is'nt so well.
Mary still in bed. Cath up & Doc calls p.m. very pleased with her, but gives strict orders re no lifts, no stooping etc.
St. Andrews. Dinner, Dance, Coop. Brknhd.
We go. Dinner good - Turkey etc.
Cath has a quiet time but enjoys herself.
I.C.P.S. Dinner Heswell.
A great night.
Cath is fine & everyone most friendly.
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Tired out today!
Bath & early to bed.
Rain & sleet showers
don't get much done.
To 11. English parts in Mass today. Fell ash & trim trees in front. Also remove old tree at gate - by hand!
We toast Scotland in wine! B. Hagart & Bill - Judge the Come Dancing.
Cath not fit for C.D.
To Liverpool Phil. V.G. Trip up stairs at Central!
Rain all day. Mild.
1st time hear Mass in English. To Freds p.m.
A Good evening. To Clipper - a nice pub!
Plumbers begin to install new hot water & central heating system.
Do Vestibule wall evening. What a job filling in holes with plaster!
Caroline's birthday. Party with Fred's family & Leslie. Great time and everyone enjoys it.
Very busy work.
Work in house progresses.
To Scottish afterwards. Good fun.
Work in house held up.
NEWPORT C. 2 Tranmere 4
Good game spoiled by fog.
Plumbers still on job. Some progress.
All pipes fitted. Boiler fittings causing trouble.
Boiler righted. Outlook very "dicey" for Christmas.
Plumbers finish checking pipes but can only give us hot water over Christmas.
A Good Day. Mass at 10. Lovely dinner (turkey) plenty to eat & drink. I get a nice watch & beer mug.
ROCHDALE. Snow blots out match but they finish it in a blizzard 4-1 for Tranmere. Girls all there. Mum catching up with the washing.
To 11. Then to Rods p.m. He isn't too well. Shovel snow before night-fall.
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