Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Abide With Me
This was my mum's favourite hymn. It was and still is the Rugby League hymn. Me and my brother took her to the 1980 Hull derby cup final (Hull KR 10 - Hull FC 5) where the royal guest was Queen Mother. Goodness knows what she thought of the game. Same weekend as the Iranian embassy siege, brought to an end by the SAS. Mum left school at 14, shorthand typist, shop assistant (confectioner, photographer), secretary to catering dept. HRI. She died in 1995, aged 75.
Our current version was arranged by MD Alan Brierley. We sang it in Flanders, at the Menin Gate. I think his mum likes it too.
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I was a medic. Started in the universities, researching and taking exams. Moved to the NHS as physician and geriatrician. Finished as a private occupational health doctor with the W Yorks Fire Service. I have always tried to keep fit, through sports, running and gym membership. Writing and singing began in the 1990s, publishing followed. Now as an older person can I pass on some tips on how to live an active life in old age? Clic on home page to get links to singing, writing and publishing.