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Barry, a for­mer Monkwear­mouth Gram­mar school stu­dent, took an ap­pren­tice­ship with NCB at Wash­ing­ton F col­liery and was trans­ferred to Wear­mouth Col­liery. “When I got mar­ried I got a job with Con­sol­i­dated Gold Fields in 1971 and we em­i­grated to Aus­tralia as 10 pound poms,” he added.

He and his wife Sheila cel­e­brate 50 years mar­riage this year. They have one son, one daugh­ter and four grand­chi­dren.

Barry also told us of a Wear­side con­nec­tion dur­ing his tour along the great ocean road through Vic­to­ria in Aus­tralia. He came across the Wear-built ship Lady Nel­son. “We stayed at War­nam­bool for three nights. We vis­ited the Flagstaff Hill Mar­itime vil­lage and we were sur­prised to come across a model of one of many ships that were built on the Wear.

“This ship mis­took the Gap in atro­cious weather as be­ing the en­trance through the

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