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Ednamay
31-12-2009, 10:49
In Portsmouth, it seemed everyone stayed up to welcome in the New Year, especially our neighbour Jock Adams! (Who brought out his bagpipes and 'serenaded' us). The next nearest Scot was a street away, so they marched towards each other, greeted, and marched back.

BUT the real celebration started when the first ship in the harbour 'saluted' the year with its siren - then all the others joined in !!!!! In those days there were often a good many ships in harbour, so they made a good clamour, but all the shore stations, ferries, fishing and transport vessels also joined in so it was impossible to hear anything at all. We all sang Auld Lang Syne, of course, then we joined up in a long line and danced in and out of the street lamps !

When all the to-do was over, we had ky with a spoonful .......... and off to bed to find the hot water bottle dad had put in earlier!

Nowadays I watch the Scots in Edinburgh on The Box - but I miss the ships !!

Edna

harry.gibbon
31-12-2009, 11:02
something like this then:D:D:D:D :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b-nOEQzcxc&feature=related

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQwmNc7sr1Y&feature=related

Lang mae yer lum reek lassie

Little h

steve roberts
31-12-2009, 11:10
Hi Edna and Lttle h.My flat is about 200 yards from the Dockyard on the Gosport side.With so few ships in port I dont think it will be as noisey as last year,but I will be ready with glass of whiskey in hand,by the way we have seveal jocks in this block.Hope none of them has "Agony Bags".HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ON THE FORUM. Regards Steve.:D:D:D

SCRG1970
31-12-2009, 17:47
Edna
Not only in Pompey was the New Year brought in with the ships sirens. We lived a couple of miles from Chatham Dockyard and well remember the noise from the ships in the dockyard and also along Rochester docks.

All gone now I am afraid and only missed by us ex-matelots and dockyard maties !

I will raise a tot to the New Year and all on the Forum.

Regards

gerry

oldsalt
31-12-2009, 19:07
At midnight 16 bells rung by the youngest crew member, then the sound of dozens of ships sirens, HAPPY NEW YEAR.:):):)

Ednamay
01-01-2010, 13:32
something like this then:D:D:D:D :-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b-nOEQzcxc&feature=related

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQwmNc7sr1Y&feature=related

Lang mae yer lum reek lassie

Little h

Yes!! Little h, but imagine them all going at the same time!!!:

As we youngsters danced around the streetlamps, our neighbour up the road came round with his piece of coal and slice of bread, to bring warmth and nourishment in the New Year!! (Then there was another neighbour with coal and mistletoe!!)

The only tradition I keep now is to join my son in opening the back door to let out the Old Year, and, when we are sure he's gone, and the cats not out, opening the front door to let the New Year in - when we saw our next-door neighbours, waving off their friends after their 'do', and three other neighbours like us, letting in the New Year - so we shouted greetings, but it was too cold to go out!! Fragile, us southerners!!

Edna

Ednamay
03-01-2010, 10:22
The thing I had forgotten was the 'fireworks' (which I say advisedly) because the ships in harbour sent up anything they could find, including distress flares and Verey lights - and we had one neighbour, backing us, (another Scot, need I say!) who bought his fireworks for Guy Fawkes but used them for Hogmanay!

Unfortunately, I don't have a lum to reek, (we have gas central heating!) but thanks for the sentiment!!

A guid N'Year to ane an' a' !!!!!!

Edna