Social Club, Stockton High Street c1984

General view of Nos. 97-102 High Street, Stockton. No. 97 Victoria Inn (1834, rebuilt 1970s), No. 98, Decor 8 (1983), No. 99 Gowans, curtain shop, No. 101 Ladbrokes Social Club, No. 101 Maynards Ltd., sweet shop. over No. 101 Mr. Trims hairdressers. No. 102 Exchanges. This shop is in part of Exchange buildings (built 1873/4). This building was originally the Exchange Hall, in 1910 it was converted into a motion picture house, in 1912 it was renamed The Cinema, it was destroyed by fire in 1937 but re-opened in 1938, it closed as a picture house in 1964 and became the Essoldo Bingo and in 1981 Ladbrokes Social Club.

10 thoughts on “Social Club, Stockton High Street c1984

  1. Brian Swales – The man you new at Billingham Press was called Fred Hayes I worked at the press as a driver from 1968 to 1982 and knew Fred as we were corner lads living near each other from 1936. He was no relalation to the actor comedian. There is a photo of Fred and Monica macquoine who also worked at the press on one of the sites crossing the road outside the old Hippodrome but I have forgotten which site it is on. I can”t place you but you may have left before I started there, hope this helps .




  3. Bob Dicken, Thanks Bob for that nice touch of nostagia they were good days. The pictures were I believe better that TV today. Again when TV first started (in our case the Queens Coronation) it was far better than most of the tripe today. Keep smileing. Norman.


  4. Re – Will Hay. I lived in Durham Street for many years. We saw most of his films and bragged that he was born in our Street. (as kids do) Ivy Close the “silent movie star” was born a year later (1890) two doors away from Will Hay.


  5. I started my apprenticeship with Billingham Press in 1960 and there was a chap in the machine room called Hay (I can”t remember his christian name) I was told he was a relative of the Stockton film star. I wonder if this was correct.


  6. I don,t remember Will Hay although according to my Father he lived at 23,Durham Street after being born there in Dec 1888. His family moved to Lowestoft shortly after. Apart from his film career he was famous for becoming one of the first civil pilots in Britain.


  7. To Norman Kidd. Yes I used to enjoy his films and yes the entertainment was similar to George Formby. Stockton produced quite a few Radio and film stars. Will Hay was a British film, stage and radio comedian who starred in 19 films from 1934-1943, having a longer screen career than any British comedian of that time other than George Formby who had two years longer. His radio programmes had some of the biggest listening figures in BBC history. He was also amongst the top ten money making stars of the era. William Thomson Hay was born on December 6th 1888 at Stockton on Tees and died April 18th 1949 at Chelsea London. He followed in his fathers footsteps and was apprenticed as an engineer but the lure of the stage proved too strong and by 1909 Will was treading the music-hall boards. His great interest in astronomy came from when he was still at school, which was to carry on into his professional career, often carrying out his research work into the planets and comets after he had finished his nightly stage act.Will Hay was a big player in the music-halls, not only in this country but in South Africa, Australia and America. Will Hay”s stage career really took off when in the 1920″s he realised that his bumbling schoolmaster routines began to strike a happy note with his audiences, so wisely he began to specialise in it. Radio appearances followed and then films. It was in the 1920″s that he turned to radio, but not as Will Hay. He had used the assumed name of Charlie Kidd and regularly broadcasted from Savoy Hill, achieving quite a name for himself. The reason for the assumed name was that he did not want to risk his high reputation that he had built


  8. Does anyone remember “Will Hey” he was a Stockton born man. I recall his pictures were made by Gainsborough Pictures and were nealy always screend at the Cinema as it was known at that time. They were good old slapstick films similar to George Formby. What a treat with a bag of Mint Imperials.


  9. Further to earlier entry of t8092. Here is another shot of the High Street showing the cinema emerging as the Ladbrokes social club. In the t8092 picture it is the dark building. Interesting to note that the long building adjacent and to left of the Cinema has had a middle third only revamp, thus removing the lovely arched windows.


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