Hadaway was born on Howdon Road, North Shields on 18 March 1923. After leaving school, he worked on the North Shields Fish Quay where the characters of fellow workers made a strong impression on him. Their characteristics and experiences would later be recalled in his writing.
Encouraged by the writer C. P. Taylor, who lived in nearby Newcastle and had heard his natural flair for storytelling on the radio, Hadaway began writing plays based on his experiences and observations of the region. Taylor would become a friend and mentor, advising him to write about the places and characters he knew.
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