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Philip Brannan

Philip Brannan was born on 24 February 1955 in Willington Quay Maternity Hospital. He grew up at 3 Hunter Street in Wallsend until the age of eleven when his family moved to High Farm.

His father was an electric welder in the shipyards and dockyards along Tyneside area. Other members of his family also worked at Swan Hunter.

Philip remembers a good community spirit whilst growing up in Wallsend and has memories of watching ships being built at Swan Hunter. He also attended many of the ship launches.

Philip was interviewed by Alex Magin on 24 October 2006. The interview took place at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and lasted for 36 minutes.

Philip Brannan's Memories

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I always remember the Easter Good Friday procession which used to start from the top of Swan’s Bank, as we called it, the bank leading down to the shipyards.  That used to start on Friday morning roughly nine O’clock, something like that.  It would go under the Metro bridge and I think it went down Vine Street and down besides where the Baths were and up there and eventually it would end up at The Green.  They would stop it at various locations and people would join in the community singing.  The Boys Brigade used to be there with their drums and bugles blowing.  So I used to attend that regularly and I quite enjoyed that.  When you go to The Green where everybody congregated for the final service I think everybody came away with at least an orange, that was the fruit of the day for everyone – it would probably be a can of Coke now, but it was an orange.