William Newton Staff c1972/73

t14904Back Row (l-r): Vicar, Peter Curland (science), Mr. Llewellyn (science).

Middle Row (l-r): Pat Upton (Maths), Joyce Hazelton (Home Economics), Margery Thompson (English & Drama), ?? (Commerce), Margaret Hodgson (Art & Needlework), Anne Pickard (French), Mr Hall.

Front Row (l-r): Marian Heald (Art), Dorothy Coates (PE), Miss Nicolson (Head), Liz Bennett (Geography), Mrs Hall.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maureen Lonsdale nee Boardman.

Stockton Corporation Bus in Middlesbrough

This Stockton Corporation Bus is pictured in the Wilson Street side of Exchange Place, this was the bus station for Middlesbrough Corporation buses, I was born and raised in Billingham and never knew that there was a Stockton bus that ran from Billingham to Middlesbrough, I know the “O” bus ran from Stockton to Middlesbrough, it is possible that this service ran from Billingham Stores and didn’t serve the estates north of the railway, our service was run by United and ran from Hartlepool to Eston Square.

Exchange Place, Exchange Buildings and part of Marton Road disappeared when the A66 flyover road was built.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

Country Dancing Team at Redbrook Primary School c1963

This photograph was taken at Redbrook Primary School c1963 and shows the country dancing team who won their class at a competition in Darlington.

Back row: Stephen ?, Maureen ?, Brian Winter, Susan Oliphant, Malcolm ?.
Middle row: Ann ?, ??, Alice McConnell, ??, Christine Lavrick, Alan Briggs, Denise Ward, David Lofthouse.
Front row: Hazel ?, Alan Ward, Linda ?, ??, me (Susan Rawe), Kenneth Jones, Dorothy ?, Anthony ? Barbara ?, David Ward, Barbara Swales. (Denise, Alan and David Ward were triplets). Apologies in advance if any names are wrong.

Photograph and details courtesy of Sue Murray

Reed Ward, Stockton & Thornaby Hospital c1949

Peter Weston’s birthday party in Reed Ward, Stockton & Thornaby Hospital c1949.

L-R: Sister Morton, Nurses Colclough, Burrell, Haig and Reed. This photograph certainly shows a different level of staffing from that we experience now; interestingly my mum (Ida Wilson nee Colclough – State Registered Nurse at Stockton & Thornaby Hospital) had a cutting from the Hartlepool Mail of Peter’s wedding, many years later so happily he recovered.

Photograph and details courtesy of Christine Wilson

Class 5b, Richard Hind Senior School c1964

Can anyone help fill in the missing names. I have guessed a few but would love to fill in the gaps. I remember that punishment was rife for any minor offence and each teacher had his own method. The PE teacher would make the last three getting changed bend over and get a plimsoll across the bum, the English teacher would do the same for his spelling tests and if you misbehaved in woodwork class you would get a large squirt of water on the front of your trousers, all good fun.
Back row: Norman Stephenson, ? Baron, Simpson ?, ??, ??, Jeff Gillson, Archer ?
Next row: Graham Shutt, ??, ??, Strachan ?, Brian Lambert, John Covell, ??, ??
Next row: ??, ??, Dave Farrington, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Glen Charlton, ??, Ian Pirie, ??
Bottom row: Archer, Malcom Amos, ??, ??, Pop Carlin, ??, ??, Perry ?, ??

Photograph and details courtesy of Ian Pirie.

The Globe Theatre ‘Behind the scenes tour’, 29 June 2018

The Globe Theatre has been holding behind the scenes tours throughout the year and I was fortunate to ‘tread the boards’, well – very nearly anyway, during a visit in June which was lead by Sophie the designated SBC Learning Heritage Officer. After something of a stuttering start the renovation of this former 1930’s art-deco theatre is now back on track with builders Willmott Dixon taking ‘centre stage’ and driving the project through to a planned Spring 2019 opening of what is hoped will be a 3,000 seater nationally renowned live entertainment venue were the likes of The Beatles, Cliff Richard and Mike and Bernie Winters, Mike and Bernie Winters ?, all performed as well as local amateur dramatic groups and touring dance and ballet companies .

The tours begin next door in the former offices of the Cordell Group were you are kitted out in boots, hi-viz jacket and a hard hat and the now obligatory ‘elf and safety briefing before being taken into the theatre for what is a fascinating look behind the scenes with the building stripped bare to reveal it’s solid construction which remains solid to this day some 80 years later and which accounts for it’s longevity and survival when lesser building would have crumbled and been demolished. The huge stage area is very impressive and the boxes and balconies to either side still survive with some of the original paint and décor still to be seen and come the re-opening the colours and hues will be faithfully replicated wherever possible. The Globe has it’s own Facebook page were you can follow the progress of the restoration project and post your own memories and recollections of your visits to the Globe be it as a theatre, cinema or bingo hall.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Class Photograph, Billingham South School c1962

A class photograph taken at Billingham South School c1962, the teacher is Mrs/Miss Morgan.
As I remember.. front row 2nd left to middle is Lilian Kennedy, 5th left is Anne Walker and to the right of the teacher is Dorcas Charlton.
Centre row… 10th left is Glen Walker (I believe he emigrated to Canada) and back row…
8th from the left is Keith Jacks (his parents ran the Three Horseshoes at Cowpen Bewley) and 9th is Alan Melville, I wish I could remember the rest but 56 years is a long time.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kenneth Robinson.

Heritage Open Day at Thornaby Town Hall, 2018

Having attended the recent heritage open day at Thornaby Town Hall, I though I would share some photos showing progress on the restoration.

After comparing with the Gazette images from 2017 you can see that excellent progress is being made, especially to repair the plasterwork ceiling of the main council chamber, great workmanship takes time. The shape of the plot and the central spiral staircase results in a very quirky layout inside. Thanks go to all the volunteers involved in the open day.

Photographs and details courtesy of Jonathan May.

Woolworths Staff

I believe this photograph was taken in the early 1950s as my mother Eileen Southall, 14th from either left or right of the photo looks to be in her 20s. She was born in 1928 and has lived in Norton for most of her life.

I don’t know any other names, maybe others can help put names to faces.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jan Hemblade.

Newport Bridge at Night

Occasionally the new set of lights on the Newport Bridge are put on for a short display. Stainton’s, over at Billingham Reach, who installed this well engineered set of computer controlled LED lights, will, work commitments permitting, provide the manpower to do the full show. However, permission comes from the Highways and Transport Department in Stockton who are responsible for the Newport Bridge and any the impact that the lighting might have on traffic. Accordingly demos tend to be in the late evening.

Members of the Newcomen Society for the Study of Industrial History, who were up on Teesside for the first time, were lucky enough to get a chance to see what it was like, and viewed it in the middle of a late evening thunderstorm. Everyone got soaked. But the display was not a washout, with the thunder and lighting adding to the excitement. These pictures don’t do justice to what was seen.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Billingham Synthonia Football Club

Billingham Synthonia Football Club played on the Central Avenue ground for 60 years until the end of the 2016/17 season, they then moved to play at the Norton ground. As you can see the Central Avenue ground has suffered badly in the last year. A sad sight for Northern League football fans like myself.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Class Photograph, Redbrook Primary School c1963

This photograph was taken at Redbrook Primary School c1963.  It is the class photo of the last year.  Mr Brown the Headmaster is on the left and Mr Gardner the class teach on the right.  Apologies in advance if I have any names wrong.

Back row: David Lofthouse, Peter Rigg, Alan Ward, ??, Stephen ?, ? Plews, Brian Winter, Geoffrey ?, ??, ??, Malcolm ?, ??, Anthony?

Middle row: ??, David Ward, Linda Ord, Susan Oliphant, Barbara ?, ??, Maureen ?, Heather ?, Anne ?, Alice McConnell, Gail Honeyman, Alan Briggs, Eric Seviers.

Front Row: ??, me (Susan Rawe), Hazel ?, Carol Thornton, Linda ?, Denise Ward, Barbara Swales, Christine Lavrick, Dorothy ?, Ann Ward, ??, ??, ??.

Photograph and details courtesy of Sue Murray.