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  1. buttons

    buttons Senior member

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    Baracuta did a tartan harrington at the time as well. I had a black tartan one with plain black lining but shreaded it when I came off me scooter.
     


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    This is an interesting photo! They're from Sunderland (we have a nice accent).... that hill they're sitting on is very familiar! Incidentally the school they went to is where my son goes and where Bob went.... small world....
     


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    SSB - just come across your address on another site - I didn't realise you were from quite so close to 'home'!
     
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    Little Queenie - why are people from Sunderland (or supporters of Sunderland F.C. at least) called Mackems? When I was at college (mid 70s) there were lots of people from that area there, but I never heard that term used.
     


  5. Little Queenie

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    There's a lot of controversy about that one, roytonboy: the phrase is meant to have originated in the shipyards as 'mackem and tackem': 'mak' being a Sunderland pronunciation of 'make' and 'tak' being the pronunciation of 'take' as in 'we make the ships and they take them'.

    When I was a little girl (in the '70's) the term 'Geordie' was often used to describe anyone from the North East and, although I understand that the term 'Mackem' is an old one it wasn't often used as a name for someone from Sunderland.

    I do know that we are very proud of our shipbuilding heritage and keen to disassociate ourselves from Newcastle: I'm sure everyone knows about that particular longstanding and historic rivalry, or after the derby on Saturday they should do!
     
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    Pretty sure the sleeve linings of my Baracuta are not tartan so it would look a bit odd.
    I have scanned the "Skinhead" chapter Buttons but I thought twice about posting stuff from a currently-available book... maybe it's living in America that's got me scared of lawsuits!
     


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    I'd have to have a look but I don't think any of my harringtons have got tartan sleeve liners.

    As for the scans - if you post them on here its not for any financial gain; its just for comment, so I can't see it being a problem. many other book extracts have been posted on here.
     


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    Was that your School too Buttons?
     


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    It was indeed mate. Thought I recognised that hill (and those socks). Best school in the town, apparently (unless you had money). Was loads of skinheads there when I started. By the time I was in the 5th year, there was just me. Hated it.
     


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    All 5 years, I was the only one. Had good mates outside of School though, luckily.
     


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    Here's me always thinking that Sunderlanders were called 'Jammies'.
     


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    Are you being funny? Referring to our lovely football strip?
     


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    Never ever saw Baracuta Harringtons worn inside out. The tartan lining stops at the line of the raglan sleeve so it wouldn't look too good inside out. Anyone doing that would have got laughed at in my day. Maybe the knock-off Harringtons had fully lined tartan but even then you would end up looking like the Bay City Rollers (or one of their fans).
     


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    I visited Boston in August 1977 with my girlfriend. I wore a tan Baracuta Harrington and was amazed when a 17 year old boy stopped me and said he recognised the jacket and called it a Baracuta. I only knew the jacket as a Harrington but I was well impressed with the guy (Tom Riggs) and we got talking. He introduced me to his neighbour because the man was a 3rd generation Finn and my girlfriend was Finnish. We got on like a 'house on fire' with this old guy and we remained in contact with him and his wife (Korki and Jeanette) for years. They showed us around Boston and made our holiday even though there was a 40 year old age gap. Beautiful people. All because of my Harrington (not worn inside out).
     
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    No tartan clad Bay City Rollers fans in '69-70.
    I know what you mean though - it'd look terrible with a raglan sleeve.

    The whole use of tartan was basically ruined by the Rollers as that's what everyone has associated it with since about '73-4.
    Same thing with the Charlie Chaplin moustache. Hitler made it his own and now its a symbol of evil!

    Interesting Boston tale.
     


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