An interesting photograph has just come into my possession. It show one of our regular contributors meeting Her Majesty the Queen at Cologne in 1992, during the opening of the joint venture Project for European Wind Tunnel between Great Britain, France, Holland and Germany. The Project was in connection with the development of the Airbus. Gran as we all know him is the gentleman far right shaking the Queens hand. Gran was the Project Site Manager. This was one of many Major Projects that Gran was associated with Managing as many as 5000 men one particular Project.Not bad for an ex Head Wrightson Apprentice Templatemaker at Stockton Forge Works. Gran was educated at the old Stockton Secondary Grammar School in Nelson Terrace.
Gran played football for South Bank, Whitby Town, Billingham Synthonia, The RAF while on National Service in Singapore where he won the player of the year award. Recognised as the old type bustling centre forward Anon my remember him in the local leagues before he moved up in the standard of play he finally achieved.
Photograph and details courtesy of Ben Brown.
A photograph of the Royal Car at the junction of Finkle Street as it proceeds down Stockton High Street towards Thornaby in 1956.
Clergymen and various other people wait to meet the Queen Mother as she arrives at the new YMCA building on Bath Lane, Stockton in 1968.
Photograph by Jack Marriott.
HM the Queen at Stockton Racecourse on the 4th June 1956 as Colonel in Chief of the Loyal (North Lancashire) Regiment, Queen Elizabeth II reviewed the 1st Battalion, The Loyals on Stockton Racecourse. I was attached to the Loyals at the time and that day performed the duty of an usher to the invited guests. Note the cameraman on the roof of the car.
Photographs and details courtesy of James Bridge.
Princess Henry of Battenberg visited Stockton on 28 October 1905 to open the Queen Victoria High School. She is seen here passing the Victoria Buildings on Stockton High Street.
She was Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria, born in 1857 she will have been about 48 at the time of this picture.
Photograph and details courtesy of Derek Buttle.
People arrived in droves to get a glimpse of the Royal car as it proceeded along the High Street. The Royal Standard can be seen flying from the Town Hall, Stockton c1956.
Crowds re-form on Stockton High Street as the Royal Car leaves on a tour of Stockton-on-Tees, 1956.
Special guests stand during a ceremony for the Queens Royal Visit, Stockton c1956.
The Reverend Harry Whyte, President of the Free Church Council, (representing the Free Churches) talking with The Duke of Edinburgh in 1956.
A photograph of The Queen, accompanied by His Worship the Mayor as they inspect the standards of the British Legion and Ex-Servicemens Associations c1956.
People watch from the street, building balconies and even from the top of the Town Hall as the Queen unveils a commemorative plaque on the north side of the Town Hall, Stockton c1956.
The Queen inspecting the Guard Of Honour of the 1st Battalion of The Durham Light Infantry
The Prince of Wales came to visit Teesside on 2nd July 1930. His visit included a trip down the River Tees and a visit to the huge chemical factories of the Synthetic, Ammonia and Nitrates Co. Ltd. in Billingham. His Royal Highness is pictured in the photographs with Sir Hugh Bell and several civic dignitaries.
A group of enthusiastic well wishers wave their Union Jack flags while others look out from building windows to catch a glimpse of the Royal couple who visited the Stockton area c1956.
This one of those posts that was lost when we moved to the new site.
The opening of Ropner Park, Stockton on Wednesday 4th October 1893 by the Duke and Duchess of York. Does anyone recognise the building behind the Royal Party?
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