Stagecoach Stockton Depot Open Day, 8 April 2018

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the formation of Teesside Municipal Transport, and the ‘creation’ of Teesside, Stagecoach North East held an open day at it’s Bridge Road Depot and invited the public along for a free day of family fun to help celebrate the occasion. There were guided tours of the depot, rides through the bus wash – in a bus obviously! and a display of classic and modern buses including a 1961 trolley bus which will be held in store locally before going to a new home at the Beamish Museum.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

License to Fish for Trout c1913

An old fishing licence License made out to a Mr. J. H. Bowron of Yarm Lane, Stockton and dated 28th June 1913. The licence is signed by the Distributor Wanless Bros. (J. S. Wanless).The licence includes an interesting list of Authorised Distributors of Trout Licenses. This list includes P.C. Storrow, Police Office, at Piercebridge, Mr. J. Garget in Darlington and Wanless Bros., Bridge Road in Stockton-on-Tees.

Image and details courtesy of David Dobbyn


Thornaby RAF Centenary Tree Planting Service, 1 April 2018

The Stockton & Thornaby Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association marked the RAF Centenary celebrations on the 1st April with the planting and dedication of a Royal Oak Tree and commemorative plaque alongside the Airmans Statue in Thornaby. The Mayor and Mayoress of Thornaby Cllrs Steve and Sylvia Walmsley and the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockton Cllr Maurice Perry and Mrs Laraine Perry were all in attendance as were representatives of local veterans organisations who also paraded their Standards and also members of the public. The Mayors were invited to plant the oak tree by Denis Grub, secretary of the RAFA branch, who also invited the guest of honour Group Captain Andy Cooksley, Officer Commanding Number 90 Signals Unit at RAF Leeming to unveil the plaque which was blessed by Father Harry Hopkins the recently retired vicar of St Paul’s Church in Thornaby and himself a former Royal Navy submariner.

It was good to see that Royal Air Force blue was very much on parade thanks to the cadets of Number 266 (Stockton) Squadron Air Training Corps who were led by Warrant Officer Shaun Stevenson and Flight Sergeant Steve Ringwood with Cadet Sergeant Cameron Murphy laying a wreath. Well done one and all!

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Michaelson Road Bridge built by Head Wrightson

The Michaelson Road Bridge in Barrow-in-Furness was built in two stages to replace the old Lift and Roll bridge by Head Wrightson c1960s. Due to submarines being built in the same area, the bridge was constructed in a vertical position and once complete it was maneuvered into its horizontal position.

Photograph and details courtesy of Tony Campbell.

Thornaby District Burns Pipe Band

From what I know most are from the McGarrity family who lived in Thornaby. The boy 3rd from the left (in uniform next to the drum) is my Grandfather Peter. I believe the man in the centre with the big drum is his father and 3rd from the end is his uncle, Jimmy. I don’t know where it was taken but it must have been around 1918 as he was born in 1908 and looks about 10. If anyone can identify any of the others in the picture it would be much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Peter Moore