A GROUP of friends who enjoyed a good kickabout in Scarborough 50 years ago are still just as close today.
Ray Younger, Derek Sedman, Derrick “Hoppy” Hopkins and Alan Tyson met half a century ago as youngsters on the Sandybed estate.
They went to different schools, but all bonded over games of football and cricket in Falsgrave Park.
The lads, who are now all in their mid 60s, played football for Falsgrave and also loved going to watch Scarborough and York matches together.
They also went on holidays together in their youth, including an eventful trip on the Norfolk Broads in 1968 when the boat sprung a leak.
Another highlight was a fortnight in Lloret de Mar in Spain in 1969, which cost just £24!
The group recalled how Hoppy had tried his hand at bullfighting, much to their amusement, and how Alan had met his wife Madeleine while they were over there.
They also remember the excitement of camping out overnight to get tickets to see The Beatles at the Futurist.
Ray, 65, of Seaview Crescent, said: “We got pushed out of the queue because everyone was pushing so hard down Bland’s Cliff, but we still got our tickets!”
All remaining local to Scarborough, except Derek who came back after a 10-year stint in Scunthorpe with his civil service job, the friends have kept their strong bond over the years.
Regular get-togethers include an annual trip to Beverley Races and a football quiz, which has taken place at Derek’s house every January or February for the past 18 years.
Ray said: “It’s quite unusual to see a group of friends who have been together for 50 years. I think our sense of humour has kept us together, and we’ve never had any fall-outs.
“We have similar interests and enjoy doing similar things together.”