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“Play a little tune on your trumpet”

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Tommy the trumpeter, South Shields

Tommy the Trumpeter

As we get towards the end of the summer season here in South Shields, one of the final things for us to do, is to take the children to one of “Tommy’s Parties”. For almost twenty years Customs House Director, Ray Spencer in his guise as “Tommy the Trumpeter” has been entertaining children two afternoons per week in the Amphitheatre on Sea Road, South Shields. Songs and dances, fancy dress competitions, water soakings, clowns, magicians, talent contests, or the occasional covering in sticky “goo” are all likey to happen in an afternoon of good old fashioned slapstick stand up comedy.

Resplendent in his red uniform “Tommy” takes the stage, and puts his life and wits in his hands in front of hundreds of schoolchildren (and lots of adults too, to ensure we all have a great afternoon – regardless of the weather!

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 300mm. lens, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200



Written by curly

August 22, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. a real live character ;o]


    August 22, 2007 at 2:13 pm

  2. Is Tommy the Trumpeter not a convicted drink driver??
    I’m sure i heard he was responsible for closing down what was the only descent restaurant in South Shields so he could open his own personal watering hole in the customs house


    August 23, 2007 at 3:04 am

  3. Last sunday we (me, wife 5 year old and mother in law)had sunday lunch at the Green Room at the Customs House and very nice it was too. After lunch me, wife and 5 year old saw the Simpsons Movie ( m in l declined) at the Customs House at a reduced price because we had been for sunday lunch. The whole lot came to only £28.80. If this had been at the Gate at Newcastle £50 would just about ring true.

    At no time did we see Tommy or Ray in his ‘personal watering hole’ as Sandy so negatively blogged.

    You suffer from tall poppy syndrome Sandy get a life.

    neil maxwell

    August 24, 2007 at 12:49 am

  4. Love the so bright red color in this photo and the sharpness. Nice story that goes along with it too, I can’t imagine anything like that happening here in SA. Although maybe it does and I just don’t know about it.


    August 24, 2007 at 1:02 am

  5. Neil, I can assure you I certainly am not jealous or do I feel less superior than “Tommy the trumpeter” as you suggested with your “tall poppy” slur.

    I am however interested in where my hard earned taxes are spent. If like I suspect they were spent on throwing a local business out onto the street so that you can enjoy a cheap Sunday lunch? Then yes my outlook will be somewhat negative.

    I would be interested to hear Curly,s points of view as he is evidently very politically astute and up to speed on the goings on at the town hall.

    By the way how was the Simpsons?


    August 26, 2007 at 2:38 am

  6. Issues of a political nature are generally discussed over the counter in The Corner Shop, we tend to devote our time to the artistic merits of photography, bonhomie, and the promotion of town/city images in this forum.


    August 26, 2007 at 11:02 am

  7. Curly,

    I do appologise. Great pictures by the way.


    August 26, 2007 at 11:14 pm

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