Posted by: doreengarside | March 26, 2010

Margaret Hastie

Margaret died 17th March 2010, aged 77.  She was born 31st May 1932.

She was married to Alex and they had a son, Kenneth and a daughter, Carol.

She was my husband, Ray’s sister. Their older sister, Vera is 84. Their younger brother, John  is 69. Their older brother, Charlie, died many years ago.

She was very much loved by the family, especially Alex who was a valued member of the community being captain of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade for many years for which he received an OBE.

Margaret and Alex married young and had their golden wedding anniversary a few years ago in the grounds of their daughter’s house in Warkworth which was a lovely event.

Margaret and Alex were saddened when their granddaughter, Rachel, died of meningitis aged 14 and this remained a cloud over them as with Rachel’s parents: their daughter Carol and her husband, Mike. Their son, Graham also had lost a valued sister.

There were happy times too, especially when Alex accompanied the Queen at a visit to the Brigade house. The family were very proud of this and how Alex rose to the occasion seemingly effortlessly.

Alex is now without his soul mate. He felt robbed of the chance to nurse her at home when she died in hospital just before she was due to be allowed home. True love clearly. He has his son and daughter, grandsons and great grandchildren and his older sister to sustain him but the gap left by Margaret will remain.

Posted by: doreengarside | March 20, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

This was a great film – very imaginative and funny with good performances from lots of well known actors. Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter were super. The 3D afffect very well used.

Posted by: doreengarside | March 12, 2010

James – Dancing on Wheels winner

My cousin, Frank and his wife, Pam are so proud of their son, James who has won the BBC competition Dancing on Wheels.

James lost his legs aged 19 due to a train accident at the railway station on a New Year’s Eve.

He has changed the many sporting activities he used to participate in then to a new set of activities. He has travelled the world on his own and has been an inspiration for overcoming seemingly unsummountable difficulties.

He has had ups and downs of course and has found many people who have been positive for him and have supported him in his many adventures.

He likes to keep fit and healthy and music is important to him.

He looked so pleased to win the dancing on wheels this week and so did his parents who were also seen on TV.

Posted by: doreengarside | March 12, 2010

An Education

Really enjoyed this film.
Was carried along in the way the parents were and then reality hit and the standards we try to live by came into their own.
It was good to see Oxford seen as a good education and not as a social climbing tool.

Posted by: doreengarside | March 11, 2010



I’m trying out my blog.

Going to see the film ‘An Education’ this afternoon – will let you know what I thought about it later.

Posted by: doreengarside | March 4, 2010

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