18 thoughts on “Head Wrightson c1975.

  1. I am looking for Mr Hugh Lefly my colleague at Head Wrightson at Old Street. London was a draughtsman during 1972/73. Hugh and his family were dear friends. Last time we met was in 1979 in London. I thank you very much in advance for your help.

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  2. I Worked as a Plumber at Head Wrightsons from 1961 to 1967. I am trying to find Ian Banks, he worked in the Machine Shop in the Thornaby works at the same time. Does anybody know where he is, or how I could contact him?
    If you do could you please leave a reply here

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  3. Brian (Ike) Howat in this photo has sadly passed away, he was a great character in the Machine Shop joining us from Ashmores in the late sixties as a fitter, he then got a rate-fixers job in the office & when I.T.M. took over he was the Machine Shop foreman, as well as cricket he was also a keen footballer & when he retired he became a refereeing official in the Northern League. R.I.P. mate and our thoughts are with Jean and the family.

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    • Hi Len

      thank you so much for your kind words about Brian. It means a lot to Jean and Brian’s sisters Ishbel and Jenny. Brian was always the same, always smiling and enjoying life.

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  4. Three of the lads in this photo Gordon Randall, Ian Jobling & Mike Round later worked at Harkers Engineering, as did a lot of Head Wrightson’s men after the closure of the Teasdale Works.

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  5. This photo was taken in front of the cricket pavillion at Teesdale Park, at the back of the pavillion was the tennis courts where the works tennis competition were played. One of the top players was Peter Flanaghan from Norton. Head Wrightsons had numerous competitions for the employees including football, cricket, bowls, tennis, darts & golf. The golf tournament used to be monopolised by the office staff till George Outhwaite, in the photo, came back from America for a while and won it.

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  6. Graham Morgan was not in the Rag Tag team this year Brian & he always played football for the Machine Shop first team. We had a young chap in the Machine Shop 1st team who opened the batting for Norton Cricket Club 1st team but he never done well in the inter-departmental.

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  7. Your father John & uncle Alan were gentlemen, its a wonder Alan was not in this photo he usually played for the team, he must have been on the wrong shift. They were both ex-Bailey Street schoolboys who could turn their hand to any sport.

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  8. Thanks, strange connection my son attends that school now. To shed some light on above conversation….George”s sister was Ann mockler! She married my uncle, they went to Canada before settling in America. Alan Mockler sadly passed away in 2001. Sadly my father John Blackburn passed away in June.

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  9. The guy that married George Outhwaites sister was called Mockler. I think they went to the states ,is he the one you referred to that played for the trinity team?

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  10. Harry Armstrong in the photo is in the Guinness Book Of Records,while playing for Billingham Synthonia in the Northern League,he never let a goal in at home(Belasis Lane)for a whole season.The Wolviston Cricket Club ground is named after him Harry Armstrong Park.Phillipa your uncle Alan Mockler played for Holy Trinity Youth Team,Fairfield with your dad & A.P.V.Paramount in the Teesborough Sunday League.

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  11. Hi George Im John Blackburns daughter and i think we met two years ago when you came back to the UK. I wondered if you knew what football team my uncle played for (Alan Mockler) Hope you and your family are well.

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  12. Met with George Watson, which I do from time to time, who had a copy of the previous M/C shop team to be featured. Remember it all well. Great days, great friends. Sadly Benny Cross died recently. Intrigued to know who Ian H is as mentioned on the previous web page.

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  13. I endorse your comments about Harry Armstrong entirely,we brought him out of retirement to play in goal for the Machine Shop football team in 1968,the last time we won the Inter-Departmental Competition.The team above is back row L to R Gordon Randall,George Outhwaite,Graham Morgan,Mike Round,Ian Jobling,Brian Howat,Robbie Bradley,front row,George Watson,Derek Brocklesby,Derek Carr,Harry Armstrong,Albert Roxbrough.

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    • I have sad news for those who worked with Dave Pitt at Head Wrightson machine shop and Harkers Engineering, unfortunately Dave sadly passed away last week after a long illness. His funeral service will be held at Bede chapel, Middlesbrough crematorium, 1:00pm Monday 23 April 2018.
      RIP Dave, one of the nicest guys you wiould ever meet.
      Brian Parker

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