A Lang Way To The Pawnshop by Thomas Callaghan
Introduction by Sid Chaplin
Published 2001, Paperback Edition
An autobiographical account of growing up in 1930’s Newcastle upon Tyne particularly Benwell Village. A child in a family of ten, two bedrooms and no wage earner. Life was not easy, but it was far from miserable.
The title is taken from a childhood ditty sang to the tune of “It’s a Long Way To Tipperary” – It’s a lang way to the pawnshop, It’s a lang way to gan, It’s a lang way to the pawnshop, Where all the mothers gan, Farewell coat and waistcoat, Farewell watch and chain, And if a divn’t keep an eye on me troosers, They’ll gan the same.
First published in the 1970’s it is considered a “Geordie Classic”.
Please Note: The book is printed in small print.