8 thoughts on “Market Day c1970s

  1. It was Warship Week in Stockton in March 1942. It was a market day and I stood on a platform under the Town Hall Clock and read to the crowd that had gathered the total amounts that had been purchased in the National Savings War Bonds campaign. The Escort Destroyer HMS Hurworth was then adopted by Stockton. I was 14 years of age and chosen from the William Newton School to announce the totals. My name was Dorothy Garbutt then. A proud moment I will always remember.

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    • HMS Hurworth, HM King George 6th. War ship adopted by the citizens of Stockton on Tees 1942.

      HMS Hurworth was a WW2 Type II escort destroyer of the British Royal Navy. She spent most of her career in the Mediterranean. HMS Hurworth was ordered with 15 others of the same type as part of the War Emergency Programme. The ship was laid down by Vickers-Armstrongs on the River Tyne at Wallsend on 10 April 1940, Hurworth, Admiralty Job No. J4207, was launched on 16 April 1941, and commissioned on 5 November 1941. She eventually left the Tyne for Scapa Flow, calling at Rosyth where she was commissioned; and arrived at the ‘Flow’ on the 8th. HMS Hurworth’s first operation involved taking Crown Prince Olaf of Norway from Scapa Flow to Scrabster in northern mainland Scotland. She then escorted the troopship Rangitata to Gibraltar. They were joined by another destroyer, Brilliant on 18 December and arrived in Cape Town in time for Christmas. Having carried out more escort work between Freetown and Cape Town, Hurworth then sailed to Alexandria to provide convoy escort and invasion support.

      Hurworth was kept busy throughout the year escorting merchant ships to Tobruk and Malta against stiff enemy aerial opposition. In May 1943 Hurworth was involved in Operation Retribution, the prevention of enemy troops escaping from Tunisia and Algeria to Sicily and Italy. The plan seemed to have worked; Axis forces surrendered in North Africa on 13 May; with many prisoners taken. The convoy escort jobs continued; Hurworth left Alexandria on 21 October 1943 as part of the supply force in the Dodecanese islands. The following day, with the ships just off the neutral Turkish coast prior to the ‘dash’ to Leros port, the Greek destroyer Adrias struck a mine and was damaged. Hurworth, on going to investigate, suffered the same fate, this explosion split the ship in two. Both halves sank within 15 minutes. 113 men died, there were 85 survivors. HMs Hurworth lies in 102 metres (335 ft) of water at 36.59N 27.06E in Greek territorial waters; she is a British War Grave. An anecdote: A Donald Haskell was reported missing, presumed killed or drowned whilst serving on HMS Hurworth when it struck this mine, his widow was informed of his death. Later a telegram arrived from the Admiralty stating he had been discovered alive on a nearby Island awaiting rescue, when his son age 4 was told he said “Does that mean I cannot go to the orphans Xmas Party.”

      Bob Wilson / information derived from www-sources.

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      • Thank you Bob for the history about the HMS Hurworth. I didn’t realize that the ship hit a mine and was destroyed and so many souls lost. My brother Sydney Garbutt was on the Destroyer HMS Ashanti and we lived in fear everyday that harm would come to him and his ship mates. My heart goes out to all of those who payed the ultimate sacrifice.

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  2. A lovely shot. I lived in the flat on the top floor of the Midland Bank building, clearly shown in this picture, from 1947 to 1949. We then we moved to a new council house at Newham Grange. This was the first ‘house’ my parents had lived in since getting married in 1925. My father died of a heart attack in 1951. I left Stockton ten years later in 1961 but this photo brings back many memories of where I grew up.

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  3. A wonderful market in it’s day!! My mother used to go every Wednesday and Saturday. I loved it as a kid, sweets and a toffee apple!! Even got roast chestnuts from the high street in the winter months. Happy days.

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  4. Now that’s the market i remember!! Used to buy some sweet fishes from the sweet stall on the left, mother would get coconut mushrooms and toffee teacakes too…

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