Staff at Stephenson Hall, Billingham

t15374This photograph shows the staff at Stephenson Hall in 1967/68, I have a number of names but will be interested if anybody can fill in the gaps.
Front Row (l-r): Mary Bassett, Mary Binney, ??, Fred Chapman, William or Walter Summers, Jean Harrison, ??, Ann Nicholson.
Second Row (l-r): ??, ??, Tommy Lonsdale, ??, Tommy Colman, ??, ??.
The third row is a bit of a jumble but we start with the man in glasses and end with another man in glasses, there being 7 teachers in all, the back row has 4 teachers.
Third Row: Mr Beavis, John Heron, Alan Coates, Jim McCourt, ??, ??, Alan O’Connor
Back Row: ??, Alan Weallans, Ian Jones, ??.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

John Robert Hamilton with the Littlewoods Challenge Cup c1986

t15387Here is a photograph of my Dad, John Robert Hamilton next to the Littlewoods Challenge Cup at Littlewoods store in Stockton in 1986. Littlewoods took over the sponsorship of the Football League Cup in 1986 and, somehow, acquired the trophy in the picture as the new cup to be awarded to the winners.

The trophy had originally been used decades earlier as the trophy for the inter-departmental football competition at Furness Shipyard, Haverton Hill. Quite how Littlewoods got hold of it, I don’t know, but they asked for anyone who knew about it to get in touch via the Gazette – my Dad did, and was asked to go to the store for this photo, along with his winners plaque, that he is holding, from the time he won it at the shipyard. I believe that history does not have fond memories of the trophy however, with The Telegraph describing it in 2016 as “a handle-less monstrosity that defied the very definition of a cup.”

Photograph and details courtesy of John Hamilton.

Grangefield Grammar School Orchestra c1972

t15382A photograph of Grangefield Grammar School Orchestra at its regular rehearsal in the school hall, now demolished.  I think it was taken in about 1972.  I am playing trumpet at the back. Others I remember particularly are David Beall on cello, also a great singer, Richard Chesser on oboe, (now Head of Music at the British Library), William Bruce on cello (now an acclaimed professional cellist and teacher), Phil Davison on violin, Dean Agnew and Chris Huckle on French Horn.

I am now Director of Music myself in a secondary school, having been involved in music education all of my life, and I still marvel at what we were able to play in this orchestra, ranging from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no 3 to The Dambusters March, under the maverick tutelage of music teacher, Harry Horsman.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mark Pallant.

Lidl Supermarket, Yarm Road c2016/17

Photographs of the Lidl Supermarket being built on Yarm Road, Low Hartburn.  They show the construction at various stages through late 2016 to early 2017.  The supermarket is being built on the site of Nifco (formerly Elta Plastics).

Photographs and details courtesy of Queensgate Residents Group.

Stockton High Street c1950s

t15256This photograph of Stockton High Street in the early 1950s shows a number of pre-war cars and of course the ever present Stockton Corporation buses, I don’t know if the ‘O’ bus in the foreground belonged to Stockton Corporation or Middlesbrough Corporation as the lettering system was used by Middlesbrough and Stockton used numbers until the formation of Teesside Municipal Transport…

Even then Stockton had it’s floral displays as shown by the hanging baskets on the lamp post, plus there is a Union Jack flying on the top of one of the buildings to the left, something of a rarity nowadays.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.