Happy New Year! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Those of you who have read this blog before will know that I from Wales and will realise that the second greeting is in Welsh.

Thank you to all readers. This humble blog has just topped 250 000 hits worldwide since I started it about five years ago. This covers everything from my signed up followers to the people who stumble on it by accident when searching for something on Google. But I’m happy that it’s being read and maybe even enjoyed by people all over the world.

When I was a child there was often a New Year’s Eve Party in the village school which doubled up as a village hall. The event started late afternoon/ early evening with tea and party games for the children. Then any children who had a song to sing or a poem to recite could stand up and perform to the audience of mums and dads. As young children were taken home the evening morphed into an adult’s party/ concert. There was a lot of singing by everyone and solo performances by some of the better singers in the village. One farmer had a beautiful tenor voice and always finished his singing slot with a wonderful rendition of Jerusalem. My favourite song was one called Oes Gafr Eto? which involves one singer leading each verse and the audience singing the chorus – which gets longer and faster and is huge fun!

We got our first television in 1962. TV viewing was so new and exciting then. We only had one channel for the first few years but that didn’t matter. The whole viewing thing was simply amazing! The years when there wasn’t a village party the whole family would watch the New Year’s Eve edition of a programme called The White Heather Club which was Scottish and was all singing and dancing. The compere was called Andy Stewart and regular guests on the programme were singers Moira Anderson and Kenneth McKellar, a duo called Robin Hall and Jimmy McGregor and a group of dancers dancing traditional Scottish reels and jigs. The men all wore kilts and the women long white dresses with tartan sashes. Looking it up today I see that the programme finished in 1968. To quote Wikipedia ‘It put forward a ‘tartanised’ view of Scotland that was becoming very dated by the late 1960s’. But for a few years, The White Heather Club was a big part of many people’s New Year’s Eve.

Singers Kenneth McKellar and Moira Anderson and the duo Robin Hall and Jimmie McGregor who all regularly sang on the programme The White Heather Club in the 1960s.

On New Year’s Day (which wasn’t made a UK Bank Holiday until 1974) we children loved starting the new diaries we’d been given as Christmas presents. Oh, the joy of all those empty pages, the brand new number on the front and the titbits of information and pictures which were always printed in children’s diaries. After filling in all your personal details at the front you entered all the family birthdays then turned to the back where there were blank pages for notes. Here we made two lists. One list was of the presents we’d received and who had given them so that we could write our all-important thank-you letters before starting back at school. The second list was our New Year Resolutions. I still have several of my old diaries. I’ve shown them on here before so no pictures this time. One of my resolutions lists had the amusing commitment to be nicer to my sister! I love her to bits now but as children we often bickered and annoyed each other.

As an older person now I don’t relish the passing of the years but I try to think positively and I’ve enjoyed looking back at New Year’s Eves from years ago.

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8 thoughts on “Happy New Year! Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

  1. I have definitely missed you and reading your blogs, Meryl! Your guess is as good as mine, I have been away for too long…life happened in between juggling work, family life, and personal development goals, and my writing suffered. I kind of post stuffs more on my social media pages. but I hope to do some writing this year and hopefully be serious/consistent with my posts😀 Wish me luck with that😁.
    I wish you a truly blessed year filled with love, peace, growth, and health.
    You do such a great work with your blog …hugs!

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    • Thank you so much for that lovely message! I was an avid reader of your blog when it was up and running and it’s great news that you’ve now written a book and are writing some more. I look forward to reading Undaunted. Happy New Year to you too!
      Meryl

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  2. When I was younger we used to dread New Year’s Eve. Our neighbours were Scottish and it was a major feature of their year. Come midnight you’d hear them outside then there’d be a knock on the door and they’d come round ‘first footing’ and we couldn’t go to bed until they’d done. Their son would come in with a lump of coal then Uncle Hector would follow, playing those awful bagpipes. (And I can personally say that bagpipes, no matter how well they might be played, in the confines of a kitchen they definitely qualify as being ‘awful’). It was a relief when I left home and could go to bed at a normal time.

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