Freedom Parade – The Yorkshire Regiment 2018

The Yorkshire Regiment Soldiers as they march down Church Road and Stockton High Street to celebrate their Freedom of the Borough. The Freedom of Stockton was first granted to The Yorkshire Regiment on 8 July 2009 and today the young men of the 2nd Battalion carry with them the pride and responsibility of representing their county and their local communities.

Building on 330 years of operational history, today’s Yorkshire Regiment remains the only county regiment in the British Army.

Workers, Currys Warehouse

This photograph was taken around 1948 at Curry’s warehouse in Castlegate. They stored and distributed foodstuff and other consumables around the area; they were later taken over by SPD who opened a new depot on the Quayside.  My mum is on the left with the red collar inside her overalls, and her name was Beatrice Adams.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jack Adams.

1967 ICI Apprentices

Tony Banks asked if anyone had a picture of 1967 ICI apprentices. Not sure if he is in this photograph, but this is one of the intake. I am third right at the back (app Turner), Ray Kemp centre back (app Tiffy), Mike Thompson third right middle (app Fitter), Rick Jeal second right front (app Electrician). Those I’ve named were made redundant when we came out of our time in 1971 apart from Ray who was a Tiffy. I managed to get back in ICI in 1975 where I worked till 2014 albeit under different name changes and sites, that is EVC at Runcorn then Ineos. I did 20 years in the Machine shop environment and 24 years or so on the Plants around Runcorn under many guises. It gave me a fantastic life with many many great opportunities. I wouldn’t have swapped it for the world. The lads I’ve mentioned, I’m still best of mates with, but often wonder what happened to the rest I was messenger boy with and apprentices.

Photograph and details courtesy of Dave Murray.

Stockton Castings

Stockton Castings, a jobbing foundry in Ross Road, Portrack came into existence in 1947, and last year to celebrate its 70th Anniversary put up some pictures in its reception area. These appear to show the official opening back then. The casting being handled is a plaque, which has been cast by “His Worship the Mayor… on July 6th 1947”

As a kid, in the fifties, I just about remember the set of industrial buildings coming into existence in Ross Road and along that stretch of Portrack Lane. Stockton Castings must have been one of the first to be built.

Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Unknown c1957

My grandmother Mary Ann Brown (circled) lived in Tilery Road. I’m not sure where this photograph was taken possibly a school judging by the gym apparatus in the background or what the function was. Can anyone help? Taken c1957.

Photograph and details courtesy of Valerie Walker:

Stephenson Hall Staff c1960s

Back Row (l-r): John Heron, Brian Storey, Alan O’Connor, Ian Jones, Tommy Lonsdale, -??-, Alan Coates. Front Row (l-r): Judith ?, Mary Binnie, Mary Bassett, Fred Chapman, Mr Summers, Jean Harrison, Katie Connolly, -??-, Barbara ? (School Secretary).

Brian Storey and I started school together in 1951 at Billingham North Infants, we went through school together for the next ten years leaving Billingham Stephenson Hall in 1961, Brian went on to train as a teacher and this photo shows him in his first teaching post, we started at Stephenson Hall in 1958 and of the original staff only three remain in this photo, they are Mary Bassett, Alan Coates and Fred Chapman, all superb teachers.

Photograph supplied by Brian Storey and the names by Pauline Orchel, nee Jackson, my thanks to them – Bruce Coleman.