A regular feature in Stockton Archives are pictures relating to Harkers Engineering which existed for such a long time in the town. The boss for many years was Freddie Harker. In his younger days Mr Harker played cricket for the Norton club. In the years before and after World War 2, he was a regular in the very powerful Norton team which played in the North Yorkshire and South Durham league.
In the early 1990s, many years after he had retired from the playing side, Mr Harker held several open days at his lovely house ‘Lyn Ridge’ which was situated in Nunthorpe village. He called them his Norton Golden Oldies days and he invited along the players and wives from his time at Norton. You could bring your swimming gear and swim in Freddies indoor pool. It really was a lovely house and grounds.
These two invites were sent to my parents, Tom and Doreen, who were more than happy to attend. You can see they are a work of art in themselves.
Images and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.