Mr Thorne, Northumberland County Councillor for the Shilbottle ward, had visited as a child to deliver milk and scrump
As the son of a dairy farmer in Northumberland, Trevor Thorne visited Embleton Hall as a child to deliver milk and scrump
AS a boy Trevor Thorne regularly scaled the walls of Embleton Hall to scrump
an apple or two from its orchard.
We lived next-door-but-one to the Parkgate Hotel, which had an orchard at the front where I learned to climb trees and scrump
with the boys.
Meanwhile, their brothers disappeared straight after breakfast, spent all day playing Tarzan or 'Forin Leejun' in the woods with breaks to scrump
apples or try to capture stray horses, returning at dusk.
I don't really need to be near many shops or anything - being in the trade, I've got a pretty well-stocked kitchen and there will always be orchards along the way to scrump
a bucket of plums, and later apples, blackberries.
Alas, kids don't scrump
apples nowadays: the rush of spiriting away manky fruit doesn't hold a candle to hot-wiring a vehicle.
WHEN I was a child, I went with my brother and his friend into a neighbour's garden to scrump
You always used to scrump
the best fruit - and for city folk, that meant pinching it while the owner wasn't looking.
A fresh-faced boy in school uniform scrumps
from the bowl, in a serendipitous reincarnation of the Luttrell Psalter thief.
He ends with "But 'Cheer up,' my Scrumps
, this will all end soon, and we shall be together again and carry on the old life once more.
Ah, a bag of scrumps
from our local fish and chip shop
Do you remember buying a pennyworth (old pennies that is) of scrumps
(scraps of batter from fried fish) from the local fish and chip shop Buying hot crusty cobs for a penny from the local bakery one penny bottles of dandelion & burdock and sarsaparilla from the pop shop around the corner the man on a bike with a large box on the back who would open up the box to display a grinding wheel, offering to sharpen knives for one penny and scissors for two pence playing mob, kick the tin, whip and top and rat tat ginger in the street?