Photograph of Alex Hastie wearing Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade gansey

Alex Hastie

Alex belongs to: Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Alex joined the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade in 1950. He is now the Brigade's chairman. Alex worked as a fish merchant on North Shields Fish Quay and is chairman of the Fishermen's Mission.

Alex was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 15 February 2006. The interview took place at the interviewees's living room and lasted 29 minutes and 48 seconds.

Photograph of Alex Hastie wearing Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade gansey
Photograph of Alex Hastie wearing Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade gansey

The gansey

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"Oh the ganseys- well, we changed to the ganseys when my wife went down and copied the pattern and knit one"

Oh the ganseys- well, we changed to the ganseys when my wife went down and copied the pattern and knit one. There were several members in the brigade when I first joined that had ganseys, a lot of the old crowd, the old brigade members- mainly retired members, and when I got my own gansey knit by my wife- brilliant, yes. Good to work in, one of these where you can lift your arms up the jumper and drag up on top. And following that my own daughter knit a gansey using the same pattern for her husband, our son in law, and from there many brigade members have them. I think there’s probably about 30 of these ganseys around, by, knitted by their wives and grandmothers and anybody that they could get to do it, and they wear it with great pride. The time when you see most of them on show is at the annual concert that we have in December each year where everyone wears their ganseys and medals and they all stand around telling each other how good they are.

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