Revisiting York – 29 years later

City Of York emblem - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019

At the weekend I took a little trip to York, the first place I lived after I left home in 1990.
29 years is a long time not to see a place and it was weird how little I remembered – The way the road curves to the right by Cliffords Tower as you are walking into town, the junction just outside Walmgate near where I lived for a short while, the building where, a friend I haven’t thought of in nearly 3 decades, Rachel’s boyfriend used to live, but sparse few other faded polaroid memories……

Cliffords Tower, York - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019
Cliffords Tower, York
The junction outside Walmgate, looking towards Lawrence Road - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019
The junction outside Walmgate, looking towards Lawrence Road, York


It will always be the place I first fell in love with and had my heart well and truly broken by a girl (now like me, middle aged) who I still on occasion talk to.
I didn’t make it out to the University campus or the old Terry’s chocolate factory on Bishopthorpe Road that may have sparked more recollections (Cuddle Queen, Minusbat, Patrick, Steerpike, Kev the alcoholic and our band Dead Flowers, Monty and Psychemedia, The Butter Mountain Boys, first hearing Nevermind…….) .
The ghosts of my early adult years had mocked me enough with their absence.

One last Kiss goodbye - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019

Memory is a strange beast, so much lost forever in the ether, more still transfigured by the retelling until I’m not sure if I actually remember it or just remember the way I’ve told the story and have no way to discriminate between the two.

Wandering those streets left me feeling melancholy, mourning over joys and sorrows I can no longer recall, but whose absence felt like loss.

Thankful for where my life has traveled since then and to Chi, who I could share at least some of the feelings it evoked with this time.

Luckily, much like 29 years ago, there are pubs every 200 meters, so I was able to wash it all away.

York Minster - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019
York Minster
©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019
Mikkelgate Bar, York - ©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019
Mikkelgate Bar, York
©Adrian Storey/Uchujin 2019

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