When we were young we made some great friends/mates in Hull and had many activities that we fantastic. A lot of the games played back in the 60s, 70s and 80s have now gone and are no longer around in current schools.
Here are some outdoor games that were popular in Hull in the 1960s 1970s and 1980s:
This is a game that is played with friends by having one player be the “bulldog,” while the other players try to run across the playing field without getting caught. If a player is caught, they become a bulldog as well. The last player left who has not been caught is the winner.
Tag, with Friends:
This is a classic game that is played by having one player be “it,” while the other players try to avoid being tagged. If a player is tagged, they become “it” and the game continues.
What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?:
This is a game that is played with friends having one player being the “wolf,” while the other players line up a few yards away. The wolf calls out “What’s the time, Mr. Wolf?” and the players must respond with a time (e.g., “It’s one o’clock!”). The wolf can then take a certain number of steps towards the players, depending on the time they called out. The players must run back to their starting line before the wolf can tag them.
This is a game that is played with a chestnut (a type of nut) and a piece of string.
Players take turns trying to hit their opponent’s chestnut with their own, with the goal of breaking their friend/opponent’s chestnut.
Rounders, with Friends:
This is a game that is similar to baseball and is played with a bat and a ball. Players take turns hitting the ball and running around the bases, with the goal of scoring as many “rounders” (points) as possible.