Newtown Junior School Country Dance Team c1957/58

Pupils of Newton Junior School, Stockton who competed in a country dancing class at the 19th annual Darlington Competitive Musical Festival. In a much earlier post there was a mention of the Country Dance Team at Newtown Junior School. I was reserve in this team so didn’t take part when they won the shield in a competition in Darlington.

Photograph and details courtesy of Patricia Rendall.

Memorial Stone dedicated to First World War hero on 100th Anniversary

A service of dedication was held on Wednesday 16 August to honour the heroic actions of Sergeant Edward Cooper in the First World War.

A memorial stone was unveiled at the Cenotaph next to Stockton Parish Church to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sgt Cooper’s bravery at the battle of Langemark, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V.

North Street, Stockton c2017

When I saw the recent post of North Street c1980’s I recognised the buildings straight away as I often use the Wellington Street car park which strangely enough has North Street to it’s north! So, some thirty years later on the 1 July 2017 I went along and found that one of the featured buildings is now a gents hair stylist, barbers as was, whilst the rest of the row is easily recognisable although some of the window positions have altered and their frames are now made from upvc rather than wood. It’s nice to see that the original street nameplate is still in position and made from stone unlike the later enamel or cast metal ones or even the pressed steel or plastic ones of today . Interesting too is the width of the houses, I’m assuming that North Street and Bishopton Lane were built back-to back with the only access through a front door?

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

LMS Tank No. 42477 at Jacksons Bakery c1964

An ex LMS tank no. 42477 with passenger train headed for Darlington. The photograph was taken on the 18th July, 1964 at Jacksons Bakery which used to be in Yarm Road between Stockton and Eaglescliffe. I believe there is a garden centre there now. The railway used to have four tracks, two for Stockton and two for Thornaby. Now there are just two tracks with the Stockton and Thornaby lines diverging near to where the photograph was taken with the A66 dual carriageway crossing the lines nearby.

Photograph and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

Eaglescliffe Moorhouse Estate Railway Bridge, 13 June 2017

This railway bridge stands over the access road to the Moorhouse Estate off Yarm Road in Eaglescliffe and I think I’m right in saying that this line was established by the S&DR when they moved the original single line track slightly to the west and out of the grounds of Preston Hall ?
The Richardson family were originally timber merchants but established an iron foundry at Castle Eden near Hartlepool and later purchased the Hartlepool Iron Works to build ships engines and boilers. In 1900 Richardsons formed a partnership with two other local companies to become Richardson Westgarth, a huge employer in West Hartlepool and a name synonymous with heavy and marine engineering and later in the nuclear industry before their demise.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Teachers at Roseberry School, Billingham c1970s

Teachers at Roseberry School, Billiingham during the mid 1970s.

Back Row: Jenny Golightly (her husband James was the first headmaster at Billingham Campus Stephenson Hall), Ian Archer, Bill Jewit (Headmaster), Paddy O’Neill, Miles Sharret, Barbara ?.

Front Row: Jean Bell, Rita Turnbull, Christine Vayro, ??, Pamela Botcherby, Eileen Regan (nee Alderson), Enid Stalley.

Photograph and details courtesy of Pamela Botcherby and Bruce Coleman.

Billingham C of E School, 1952

This is one of a number of images loaned to me by Pamela Botcherby, her father was headmaster at the Church school on Billingham Green from 1947 until about 1960.

Back Row: Arthur McAleery, Peter Shiel, David Appleyard, Derick Coyle, Lorraine Angel, David Worrell.

Middle Row: John Gibbons, Donald Lee, Michael Garside, John Harrison, David Allison, Ian McLaine, Eric Langford, Roy Sigsworth, Michael Lampton.

Front Row: David Robinson, Olive Buckley, Wendy Oughton, -?- Craggs, Ann Fishburn, Hilary Fletcher, Betty Stafford, Pamela Botcherby, Pauline Ayles, Margery Wood, Peter Moon. The teacher is Miss Win Gibson.

As you can see there is only one name not known, it may be that somebody may know this young lady…

Courtesy of Bruce Coleman.