Mayoral boards, Stockton Parish Church, 18 October 2017

There have been a few recent posts on Picture Stockton about the previous Mayors of Stockton and whilst I was in the Parish Church I was surprised to find these ‘honours boards’ just inside the main entrance. They are well worth a look but check the church opening times first as it is not always open and even then only by the side or rear entrance but certainly worth a visit.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Season’s Greetings

Well, there’s another year gone….

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:

Best Wishes, Laura.

Picture Stockton will be back on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Behind the hoarding!

As the restoration of The Globe Theatre begins another new phase and once again the hoardings are changed to announce a new joint venture, Big Plans, Bright Future – well we certainly hope so, reminders of its past have been placed on display in the Rediscover Stockton shop in the High Street.
A neat row of folding chairs stands in front of posters of former artists with many of the once familiar names, like the Globe, now long gone but wait there’s Cliff Richard so all is not lost! The various tickets, labels and show posters tell of its heyday and the Mecca bingo cards of its later life before eventual closure and years of decay. The items are well worth a look and easily found and also offer a nice break from the winter chill blowing down the High Street at this time of year!
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who make Picture Stockton what it is, those who contribute or just browse, those behind the scenes who make it happen and all like the Globe, facing the New Year with renewed anticipation of what lies ahead.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Roy Orbison at The Odeon, May 1964

This is how I spent my teenage years, my then girlfriend, now wife were regular attendees at both the Globe and Odeon theatres in the early 1960s, we saw an incredible range of pop acts as well as many that disappeared without trace;




This is the running order for the Freddie and the Dreamers / Roy Orbison

Ezz Reco and the Launchers with Boysie Grant and Beverley
Glen Mason
Chris Sandford and the Coronets
Tony Sheridan with the Bobby Patrick Big Six
Freddie and the Dreamers
The Federals
The Three Quarters
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
Roy Orbison

The show started at 6:15pm and was all over by 8:00pm, allowing for the intermission we saw nine acts in 90 minutes, it was pretty much two songs and you are off, I must admit we got quite a lot for our 10 bob. We all sat quietly, listened to the music and clapped politely at the appropriate moment, we hadn’t then suffered the screaming nonsense that came later, wonderful times, wonderful memories.

Images and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Furness Shipyard Athletic Club Medal

t13986I was intrigued with the quality and potential cost of this medal, in a Collingwood Jeweller presentation box, given to my grandfather John William Hill in 1922. Furness shipyards must have provided quite an extensive social facility. As this medal was for cricket I assume all of the team received one. Any information about this period, particularly the social facilities at Furness, would be very much appreciated.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maggie Pulle.

Voluntary Entertainment Service Badge

This badge belonged to my mother Freda Thornton. During World War II she was one of a troupe of entertainers who went around the local military sites entertaining those troops serving on the Home Front. She recalled the troupe visiting Kiaora, Wynyard, and various ack-ack batteries. The members of this and similar troupes were presented with these badges. The Voluntary Entertainment Service was a branch of the more widely known E.N.S.A. This badge was given in the North of England as it was issued by the “Northern Command”.
It measures 25 mm in diameter, and is made of white enamel on chromium plating.

Photograph and details courtesy of Cliff Thornton.

Stephenson Hall School Magazine 1961

These are two pages from a Billingham school magazine, I am sure there will be many people who remember the companies who advertised in these pages.
The magazine contains an editorial, a letters page, some photographs, articles written by pupils and a couple of quizzes, I think it is an excellent example of social history and well worth reading.

Download the complete magazine in PDF format

My thanks go to Mike Atherton who loaned me the magazine. Details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.