Vane Arms Dinner Menu c1964

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dinner menu for the Vane Arms for 15th April 1964. All in all not a bad spread for under 80p in today’s money. I was given this menu by my aunt Nora Hough who worked at the Vane Arms for many years.

The real attraction for myself is that a very famous person was dining at the Vane Arms that night and he was good enough to sign the reverse side of the menu which reads ‘To Martin with best wishes Len Hutton’. Len Hutton is out the very top drawer of English cricketers and his 364 scored for England against Australia in 1938 remains the top test match score by an English player. Len Hutton became Sir Leonard in 1956 after he retired from the game.

Images and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Season’s Greetings

Well, there’s another year gone…. For those of you who don’t know, Steve retired in July 2016 and Picture Stockton wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for his vision – the site was born out of a throw away suggestion over a cup of coffee nearly 14 years ago and it is still going strong after all these years!

Picture Stockton is indebted to those who donate photographs, those who add their stories and comments and also the site visitors who just enjoy the site for what it is. This is what makes Picture Stockton a success. I hope that you have had as much pleasure from visiting the site as I have from running it.

I’d like to sincerely thank you all for your kind words and good wishes and to wish all of our friends old and new a very happy Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

I will be taking a few days off now but please keep your comments and picture contributions coming (for picture contributions please email: pictures@stockton.gov.uk).

Best Wishes, Laura.

Picture Stockton will be back on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Unknown Object

t15254I bought this sign from a fellow dealer and wondered if anyone knows were it would have hung. Would it have been on one of the Head Wrightson buildings or something they manufactured?

Photograph and details courtesy of Terry Westwood.

Rainbow over Holme House, 1972

t15199The main reason for taking the picture was the rainbow, which must have been produced by a shower over the Rocks (Portrack Shamrocks Football Club) Field in Portrack. But it does show construction on the old Holme House farm site. Was this a temporary school at the time, or was the building of the prison under way?

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Painting of Stockton High Street

t15100This is one of  Local Artist Tony Hutchinson’s works, depicting myself with my wife Marie sitting on a bench in Stockton High Street, with an unusual view of  the Parish Church in the background. Tony has created a wonderful painting capturing the Stockton High Street we all know and love.

Image and details courtesy of Ben Brown.