Newtown Junior Football Team, 1974/75 Season

t14462A photograph showing the Newtown Junior Football Team from the 1974-1975 season. Back Row (L to R): Gordon Patton, Nigel Tooke, Paul Harburn, Martin Dorrell, Colin Ford, Graham Coyne, and Mr Manning.

Front Row (L to R): Kenneth Finlayson, Gary Hammond, Graham Kirk, Paul Hurne, Graham Etherington, Mark Bellerby and Andrew Wanless.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mike Bellerby.

St Mary’s Boys Primary School Football Team with the Geraghty Cup c1936

t14454A photograph of St Mary’s Boys Primary School Football Team with the Geraghty Cup which they won in 1936. The trophy is the Geraghty Cup, a competition open to Catholic primary schools within the district. My uncle Harold Noble is holding the trophy. The teacher in the middle is Harry Tompkinson, he later became the Headmaster (I think his grandson is the actor Stephen Tompkinson).

Photograph and details courtesy of Harold Stephenson.

Tees Barrage Open Day, 22 August 2015

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Construction of the Tees Barrage began in 1991 and was completed in 1995, being officially opened by the Duke Of Edinburgh on the 17 July 1995. In 2001 ownership of the barrage and the White Water Course was passed to British Waterways who later became the Canal and River Trust who continue to operate, manage and maintain the barrage to this day. It was the trust who organised this years open day, only the second since it was completed and following on from their successful first event last year.

I spent a pleasant hour or so walking across the river bed of the Tees on Saturday, or as close as you can possibly get without actually getting your feet wet! Temporary dams have been placed either side of one of the gate wells and the water pumped out to allow the inspection of the gate seals, walls, floor and pivot points. As well as staff and volunteers being on hand inside the gate well to answer questions they also undertook tours of the control room to explain just how the barrage worked, both mechanically and also in terms of controlling the flow of the River Tees.

There was a very good turn out for the event and I understand that the Canal and River Trust intend to make this an annual open day so if you missed it this year then make 2016 the year you walk across the bed of the River Tees!

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Hughie McGlade of Portrack, Stockton c1979

t14152The man in the white jumper is Hughie McGlade. He was one of those quiet unassuming people who you would never really notice. But he was a trusted foreman for many of the civil engineering projects associated with construction of the chemical plants on the Tees Estuary. He was my Uncle, who lived next door to us in Kingsport Close, Portrack, growing up in Watson Street.

I never got the story from his own lips… Hughie was taken prisoner during WWII, but escaped to Yugoslavia where he joined forces with the resistance fighters. At some point he took a watch from a dead SS man. If Hughie had been caught he would have been shot on the spot, at best. Is the watch still in existence, and can anyone add more detail to this story? The phtograph was taken in the Conservative Club in 1979.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.


In view of the recent interest in Hughie McGlade and his exceptional wartime exploits, here is another photograph courtesy of Fred Starr.

Hughie McGlade at a Portrack do c1978

t14463Hughie at this time would have been a senior foreman out on one of the Seal Sands sites, building chemical plant. I guess a polo neck would have been his standard wear.

This was the only time I heard him mentioning himself. I can’t remember his exact words when he said that there had been redundancies in his outfit. But, he said, the people who got the push were the middle managers and pen pushers in the Portakabin who kept out of the rain. The company needed people like him to see that things got built. This meant working outside, chivvying welders, erectors and crane drivers, etc, no matter what the weather.

Details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Coronation Street Party – Grange Road, Thornaby

t14455 t14456My dad and mum, Alf and Doris Huggins, my brother and sister, Bob and Jennifer and me (Judy) are on the far left. The children taking part in the Egg and Spoon race are Cynthia Brown, Thomas Brown, Ken Brown, David Yuill, Kathryn Fawcett and Brian Gladders. The other adults I can name are, Mrs Fawcett, Mrs Grace, Mrs Middlemass and Mr Yuill

The names I can recall in the second photograph are (l-r): Leslie McQuade, Patricia Jones?, Maisie Philips, Susan Brown?, Margaret Yuill, and my sister Jennifer Huggins.

Photograph and details courtesy of Judy Heslop.

Nelson Terrace and the Regent Hotel

NT121 NT122The first photograph shows number 23 Nelson Terrace originally built as the offices of the Board of Guardians in 1879 and the building site of Marks and Spencer.

The second photograph is a view of the Regent Hotel which we believe was known locally as the ‘Little Regent’..

Both photographs were taken in August 1975 by Norman Toulson. Courtesy of Neal Toulson.

Visit to France May 1948, Richard Hind Girls School

t14461This photograph was taken May 17 1948 at Versailles, France.

Back row, right to left: May Bentall, Marion Allison, Irene Moss, Vera Wain, Mrs Wozniak, ??, ??, Miss Wise, Dawn Taylor, June Carroll, Margaret Parr, Dorothy Thompson, Margery Dickinson, ??, ??, Pat Clark.

Front row, right to left; Miss Cannon, Joan Smith, Jeanne Wray, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ?? ,??.

Photograph and details courtesy of Margaret Hodgson.

Victoria Inn, New Street, Thornaby

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I took this photograph of the long demolished Victoria Inn in New Street, Thornaby in 1974.

Recently an uncle gave me an envelope of RAOB cards relating to my Grandfather Harry Fulton and I’ve only just realised the venue was the same hotel. RAOB is of course The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes a kind of working man’s Masonic order and well respected in Thornaby and Stockton.

Originally held at Preston Hall Museum – the exhibition entitled ‘Victory’s Children’ including new material (created by Derek) will be available to view at Thornaby Town Hall from Saturday 12 September 2015.

Photographs and details courtesy of Derek Smith.

Portrack People at the New Conservative Club c1978

t14449 t14450Most of the people in these photographs will have been regulars to the Conservative Club on Maritime Road. The chap in the top photograph, pictured in the centre with the buttonhole is Kevin McGlade and his sister Anne is next to him. He is sat next to a lad who used to live in one of the older houses in St Annes Terrace, until they were knocked down, the house was opposite Mr Sims grocery shop.

The New Cons is now gone, which in its turn replaced its predecessor in Barrett Street, opposite the Methodist Chapel. The Conservative Club was absolutely non-political. This being a definite policy dating from the 1930s, when a Conservative candidate, visiting the one in Barrett Street, bought a round of drinks, presumably thinking he was with supporters. This was pretty unlikely in Portrack, and word got out that he was trying to bribe voters.

Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Form 1A, Grangefield Grammar School for Girls c1953

t14433A photograph from my mothers’ time at Grangefield Grammar School in 1953. Her name at that time was Anne Watson her married name is Anne Bellerby.

Back Row (L-R): Jean Stainsby, Carol Bonsall, Jean Yates.

2nd Back Row (L-R): Pat Sheldon, Eileen Wright, Jennifer Hambry, Geraldine Peacock, Dorothy Rawlings, Margaret Dalkin, Margaret Bulman, Valerie Walls, Dorothy Shaw.

3rd Back Row (L-R): Anne Watson, Kathleen Thompson, Ann Dickinson, Miriam Reay, Christine Diddams, Valerie Garthwaite, Jean Brown, Brenda Green, Sandra Spooner, Margaret Hendry.

Front Row (L-R): Valerie Sanders, Judith Betteridge, Margaret Simpson, Cherry Coates, Diane Thompson, Miss Wright, Ruth Grainger, Alice Parry, Hazel Honeyman, Ann Hufford, Janet Charlton.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mike Bellerby.

ICI Long Service Awards c1987

t14445 t14446 t14448My Dad, John ‘Taffy’ Evans (second from the right in the top photograph) is acknowledged for 30 years service along with 3 other drivers in the Transport Department for ICI. I believe the photographs were taken in the Transport Division canteen on Haverton Hill Road c1987.

Photograph and details courtesy of Carolyn Evans.

Power Gas Ltd Brochure from 1966

t14443Power Gas of Bowesfield Lane were in the forefront of constructing the new types of gas works that used naphtha (a sort of low grade petrol) rather than coal. They had already built the first steam reforming plant for the Gas Industry at Proven, in Glasgow, in 1963.

This brochure shows a greatly improved naphtha based plant at Seabank, near Bristol. It was a world first, incorporating a “Gas Recycle Hydrogenator”, as well as an ICI type steam reformer. The plant reduced the cost of gas making by another 10-20% compared to the simple steam reforming process, which itself was about 30% cheaper than making gas from coal.

The brochure states that Power Gas were taken over by Davy United, not Head Wrightson as I had thought.

Images and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Mr Downes and Class, Grangefield Grammar School

t14434Back row (l-r): Chris Hunt, Miranda Peters, Val Fick, Chris Watt, Liz Congdon.
Third from front (l-r): Marg Race, Pam Little, Jean Hart, Maggie Holliday, Lesley Holmes, M Savoury, Sue Maddison, Pam Lyon, Irene Metcalfe (me!)
Second from front (l-r): Marjorie Becket, Jacky ?, Maureen Ross, Sue ? Henderson, Maureen Glencross, Sue Clark, Glenys Neal, Jean Mowbray, Michelle Kemp, Barbara Hogg, Toni Wilkinson.
Front row (l-r): Maggie Davis, Julie Hugill, Marjorie Towler, Chris Spence, Janet Roberts, Katy Watson, Chris Herdman, Chris Rushton, Chris Jones, Pat Armstrong.
I think these names are all correct. The teacher is Mr Downes.

Photograph and details courtesy of Irene Rylander.

Bee-Line Holiday Invoice to Bangor c1967

t14442I’m sure there are many people in the Stockton and Billingham area who went on holiday with Bee-Line in years gone by. This invoice going back to 1967 was for myself, my parents, my grandparents and my uncle – our destination was Bangor in Northern Ireland.

So what did we get for the huge sum of £22 and one shilling each ?.

We left Billingham Green at 9.20pm on the Friday evening and drove through the night to Stranraer to catch the ferry to Larne. There was no direct route in those days and we went via Newcastle, Carlisle and a seemingly endless night time drive through Southern Scotland.

Our ferry was delayed as a lady, thankfully not from our coach party, slipped off the gangplank and had to be fished out of the harbour. On arrival in Northern Ireland I was quite taken aback to see that all the policemen in the Province seemed to be armed and this was two years before the troubles started.

When we arrived at our hotel, The Savoy in Bangor, we were one of seven coach trips there. Every day we had a full trip out going to places like the Glens of Antrim, Giants Causeway, the Mountains of Mourne and even a quick trip by boat into the Irish Republic. Luckily no customs officers were to be seen as this wasn’t strictly above board. If any of the ladies had purchased a watch south of the border, much cheaper than at home apparently, they were advised to conceal them about their person.

The hotel provided us with breakfast and evening meals and we had lunch at pre arranged stops. All included in the price. If that wasn’t enough the hotel laid on entertainment every night as well just to make sure we had our monies worth. As an added attraction there was a singing competition between the 7 coaches which was held on our final night of the holiday. My mum Doreen conducted our bus to the tune of John Browns Body and we gave it our best shot. And it has to be said, modestly, that we won.

A fantastic value holiday and we saw some lovely places. There was some real fun people on our coach and Timmy from South Bank still sticks in my mind.

Image and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Robert Atkinson School, Thornaby c1953

t14440Pupils from Robert Atkinson School, Thornaby c1953.

The children I can identify are: Silvia Umpleby, Stuart Fountain, John Magson, Ronny Ainsley, Frank Peacock, David Simmons, David Simpson, David Jarrison, Brian Bolus, Ronald Muir, Margaret Doughty, ? Tunnicliffe. Can anyone name the others?

Photograph and details courtesy of John Magson.

An impression of Portrack Packhorse Bridge

t14439 t14439aThis very rough sketch, from memory, gives an idea of what could have been a significant memorial to the history of Stockton. I hope it will encourage others who remember this bridge to add more details. It was demolished in the 1960’s.

The bridge was a simple brick or stone arch over Lustrum Beck. Judging from old maps, it was built very close to what was then the mouth of beck, where it entered the northern loop of the old River Tees. It carried Portrack Lane, which wasn’t much more than a track, across the beck. One of its main purposes would have been to get men and horses close to the river loop to enable them to haul ships up to Stockton. So it must have played a vital part in ensuring Stockton’s development as a port.

After the loops on the old River Tees were closed off in the early 1800’s, it was necessary to make a new channel for Lustrum Beck, down to the River Tees, where it now flows through a sluice on the river embankment.

The Packhorse Bridge would have fallen into complete disuse when Portrack Lane was extended towards Haverton Hill. A new road bridge, of rectangular form was then built, and I have tried to show this in the background. Around the early sixties, the channel below the road bridge was straightened, bypassing the Packhorse Bridge. The Packhorse Bridge was then completely demolished. I don’t suppose there are any photographs of it in existence?

Image and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

A Famous Cricket Quartet

t5928The following is an extract from Rambles in Cleveland, by Michael Heaviside…

‘Prince Stockdale, veritably a prince of athletes, Jonathan Joy, a sturdy yeoman, was a grand all-round cricketer. T.W. Hornby was a fine left-hand batsman. Dr W. Richardson, the Doctor, was the moving spirit in the Stockton Cricket Club for a quarter of a century. Seeing that I am in the vicinity of the old Cricket Ground, I will take a short flight to that once charmed region, where, as a boy, I spent many happy days. The charge was 6d and sixpences were not as plentiful as blackberries, however, failing to get inside the next best thing was to gain vantage ground in Huntons brickfield, on the West side. On the North East corner of the field, many of the workmen from Browns Foundry sat on a high wall, with their legs dangling on the opposite corner of the field, Blairs men rushed up for half-an-hour during the dinner hour.’

Photograph reproduced from one in the possession of Mrs Stockdale, the widow of Prince Stockdale, one of the players.