There’s nothing like keeping your word when you are a journalist, and it seems that’s exactly what Daily Telegraph sports writer Henry Winter is doing, after Mike Ashley surprised him last week, by offering Alan Pardew an eight year deal.
Henry Winter – to swim the River Tyne
Henry didn’t think that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley would stay loyal to Alan Pardew, and said that if he was wrong he would swim the River Tyne, so we suppose he was quite sure about what he was saying at the time.
But unfortunately he was wrong as Mike handed Alan Pardew an eight year deal last Thursday, and Henry is starting to get some swimming practice in we assume.
This is what Winter has tweeted from his Twitter account:
“I honour my bets. I promised to swim the Tyne if Ashley showed long-term loyalty to Pardew. He has, fair play, so time for dip in Tyne.”
“Thanks for tips on best spot for Tyne dip for SBR Foundation. I know it’s a dangerous tidal river. I’m getting expert advice. It will happen”.
That reminds me of a time back in the late 1950s when I swam across the River Tyne and back, around about St. Antony’s estate where we lived, and it was a short trip down to the banks of the River, which were ;filled with rubber products dumped there by a nearby Angus Rubber Works.
And we had to cross a live electric rail line to get to the river, and my mother used to go crazy, bless her heart, if we went down to the river.
But I remember it quite well and the river in those days was filthy – before the big clean up started and fish finally returned to the river, and when I say filthy I mean filthy with all kinds of c**p literally in the water.
I hope you’re not reading this over breakfast this morning, and I have to hope my kids don’t read this.
We do some daft things when we’re young – or at least I did – and we wish Henry the best of luck.
And on the bright side – the River Tyne is a lot cleaner these days – or so we are told – perhaps Henry can tell us about it once he’s swum over, we assume he’ll swim back too.
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