Blowin’ A Hooley

Hells teeth it was literally ‘blowin’ a hooley’ on Sunday for the unveiling of a blue plaque for Tom Hadaway, on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Tom was a bit of a late starter as a professional writer having been encouraged by CP Taylor, who apparently heard one of Tom’s stories on the radio, and put a note through his door telling him to start writing plays. Stroke of luck there then!

Tom first made an impact on the national scene with a television play, “God Bless Thee Jackie Maddison” (1974), and went on to write memorable episodes of “When The Boat Comes In” (1976), along with Sid Chaplin and Alex Glasgow.

Despite the bitter cold (and snow) – lots of people turned up to hear the speeches by Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE, Michael Chaplin, Val McLane and Tim Healy.

Tim Healy did the honours and revealed the plaque seconds before the curtains practically blew off of their own accord!

Just time for a few photos before the snow really started and then back to the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on the Tyne Idols bus to warm up!

At the Old Low Light Heritage Centre we were treated to a superb performance of “The Filleting Machine”, by a theatre group – aptly named ‘Blowin’ A Hooley’

They received some fabulous and well deserved feedback from Tim Healy and Charlie Hardwick – as you can see they looked suitably blown away!

What better way to end a fantastic day than having a bit of a mingle, followed by fish, chips and fizz before heading off to the Low Lights Tavern !

p.s. Dave Young did a cracking job organising it all – Well done Dave!

Tom Hadaway Blue Plaque 18.3.2018

Dave Young – Trustee of The Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields

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