Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill

A view of the War memorial on Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton. A row of terraced houses with advertisements on the gable end of a house in Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton. Street lights and telegraph poles in Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill, Stockton.

519 thoughts on “Port Clarence Road, Haverton Hill

  1. Does anyone know of the Allen family from Port Clarence ?
    My mother is Patricia, her sister included Celia, Sheila, Margaret, Mal, Mary plus 3 others.
    I am interested in tracing my roots!

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  2. Have loved reading all your comments have brought back such happy memories. Does anyone remember Delma and Margaret Donnelly? We lived at 19 Victoria Terrace between 1936 and 1952.

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    • My mothers’ family lived in Victoria Terrace in the 1930’s…this was the Kernan family living in 13 Victoria Terrace I think…
      I remember Eddy Donnelly and his brothers…
      Still see Eddy in Billingham although I live in Paris.

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      • This is a long shot, but did the Kernans go to Port Clarence from Workington? My relative was Mary Margaret nee Devlin married to John Kernan and they had two daughters Mariea and Gertrude. Sadly Mary died in Port Clarence 1924 she was my grandfathers sister.

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        • Hello Patricia,

          Yes, the Kernans did move from Workington (Harrington) to Port Clarence. Mary Margaret and John were my grandparents. They had five children, Kathleen, Gertrude, James (my father), Hilda and Jackie. Kathleen who may have been called Marie Kathleen died before I was born (1941) and so I never knew her.

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          • Hi Jim
            So sorry for the delay in responding, I only read your post last night, only four years late🤭.
            Do you have any photographs of the family?

            I take it you and Paul Kennedy must be cousins?

            Patricia Lawson

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        • Hi Patricia,
          Do you have any information on your grandfather? John Kernan was my grandfather and was married to Margaret Devlin.

          I am now living in Paris but have a UK number which Picture Stockton will pass on if you want to chat…

          I do know that the family lost 2 sons in the battle of the Somme in 1916. (Francis and Peter). They are buried in France and are mentioned on Thiepval monument in the Somme.

          Paul Kennedy

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          • Sorry Paul, I’ve just seen this post after all these years.
            Of course I have information on my grandfather and my brother has even more. It would be lovely to talk to you.

            Patricia Lawson

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        • Gertrude was my teacher at St Thomas’s in Port Clarence she taught there for thirty odd years and is buried in Low Grange cemetery. I believe Jimmy Kernan who lived down next to Morleys pub was a relative.

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    • Hi Nephew,
      Yes they were a lovely family, Ran the top house in the mid 50’s. If only bricks and mortar could talk what stories that pub could tell!
      If you look on Google earth map’s the pub is still there most of the perimeter walls are gone, the yard was very large containing stables,storage building and the men’s urinal which I had to hose out many mornings..

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  3. Hello does anyone know anything about the O’Brien family that lived on Bell Street in Port Clarence from around the 1920s until the 1950s? The only names I know are William O’Brien and his son Joseph Thomas O’Brien who was born in 1924.

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  4. My late Mum Joan Stringer, lived at Haverton with my Grandparents, Jane and John Stringer, and her 2 sisters Margaret and Dorothy, can anyone remember them?

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  5. I was born and lived in 20 Hawke Street 1960-1968, does any body remember the Wray family? My Dad George was a shipwright at the shipyard

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      • I went to Stephenson hall with Janet Wray I was born 40 Howord Crescent. I have three brothers Stuart, Graham and Stephen. My dad was Jimmy and my mam Audrey Johnson.

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      • Oh my, that’s a thing to remember… Clarks fish shop across from the school. Sometimes they let us put potatoes in the skinning machine, anyone remember that?

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        • Hi. Margaret Glenn married Ken Gretton and I remember Clarks fish shop also the paper shop on the corner I worked for Bob Durham when he had the office next to the school – I lived at 15 St Vincent Street and my grand parents lived at number 17 – my grand-dad use to play cricket on the Furness field next to the Bendy anyone remember us – I emigrated to Australia in 1962

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          • Hi Margaret
            My name is Syd Swan I used to live at 25 St Vincent Street. We moved to Australia in the early 1960’s. Do you know of Brian Hall, Keith Cameron, Kevin Langlands, Brian Davies most of them lived on St Vincent Street opposite me?

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      • So THAT’S who May Serah was!! I’m a Maddren/Teasdale girl, Ada Maddren (my great grandma) lived on Cowpen Bewley Road, her daughter Olive on Windsor Street, my grandma on Hood Crescent and my dad’s family on Hawke Street, No.16… and my cousins and aunts used to talk a lot about May Serah ….

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      • Hi Tony
        I remember when I was down the village with my friend Geoff Gore, we were throwing stones around and unfortunately one went through Mrs Sera’s front window. That evening a policeman came to our house in Drake Street and I was in big trouble

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      • We the Hall family lived next door to the Maddren family in the fifties. Dixon Maddren sold veggies from a horse and cart, I went to school with Alan Teasdale, married Maureen O’Connor from High Clarence we live in Perth western Australia.

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        • Hi, I am Margaret Glenn married Ken Gretton and I think he knew your family I live in Melbourne, sadly Ken has passed away.

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        • Hi my name is Barbara Goodall nee Oliver I lived at 20 Young Street and knew the Maddrens. I remember the Pritchards Jones Reg Crinson from Ruby Ter. Snowdens corner shop. I also live in Perth WA since 1981.

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    • My name is Mervyn Booth I lived at 3 Drake Street. I used to play with Richard Wray and his brother Edward we went to Haverton Hill school in the 50s and left school in 1960. Our teacher was Miss Bailey, headmaster Tommy Beresford. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me.

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    • Yes they lived on Marlborough road, I knew the Thorpe’s too ( if related ) Desi, Brian and Dennis, the latter was in my class at Haverton school.

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    • Hello
      I don’t remember the Hatton family at Haverton Hill but I do know Colin very well, did you know that he wrote a book about Haverton Hill? , it is a very good read,
      Colin lives in Marton, two of his sisters Betty and Barbara live in Billingham and his other sister Dorothea lives in York, Colin was an engineer with Power Gas and travelled all over the world with his job, he is now retired and gives talks to local groups and societies on The Great War, this is how I got to know him, I now create slide shows to go with his talks. I know Colin has a photograph of a class of the 1950’s at Haverton Hill school, I will try and get hold of it and send it to Picture Stockton.

      Both sides of my family lived in Haverton Hill, my mothers family came from Kent to get work and they lived in Ash Street and Beech Street or Road, I’m not too sure which, before settling in the Cowpen Estate, my fathers family lived in Cleveland Avenue and the eldest son Bill lived in Rosedale Road, my mothers family name was Leek and my fathers was Coleman, across the road from my fathers house lived Louise Madden, she is now my Step Mother In Law.

      I have been trying to get in touch with one of your contributors “Billy Corking” through Friends Reunited recently without any luck, if you see this Bill ask Picture Stockton for my email as I have a photograph you might like to see.

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      • I have Colin’s very interesting book and it’s got so many memories of Haverton Hill. I lent it to a colleague (from HH) who lives down here in Hertfordshire. He’s trying to get one. Anyone know where?
        Our family George and Amy Morris (parents) and me and my sister lived in St Vincents street.
        George Morris

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        • Hi – a friend has just told me that surprisingly lots of old documents and birth marriage and death details from Haverton and Port Clarence have gone to Hartlepool archive (at the library next to ‘the ramp’). They are very helpful so good luck.

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      • I’m finding it difficult to get on to the right Stockton Picture site, and your brother and I used knock about with the Cotswold crowd, I don’t hear anything
        Of Ronnie Scott (also from Graythorp) who moved to Hartlepool.

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  6. I used to knock about with potrisher her father was a vicar at St Johns Church, Haverton Hill on the Sunday I used to go. My name was Ingrid Allan,now Clark. Her father used to make me sandwiches to eat on the way home. I HOPE some one knows of her. We had good times together.

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  7. Does anyone remember William Thomas Gill or Mary Ann Gill from Haverton hill? We were told he owned houses in Haverton Hill and died from a motorbike accident. Mary Ann Gill moved to Cowpen and a daughter called Constance Gill and a son called Harry Gill.

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  8. Many of you who were born in Haverton may have been delivered by my great Auntie Mary Shaw (Nee Hall). She was a local midwife. Does any body remember the Halls? George and Helen with all their children. George worked in the shipyard.

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    • Mary was midwife when I was pregnant, I lived in Rodney Street. I remember the Hall family and their daughter, I think she was called Jean and owned a Guest Houae on Norton Road. Don’t know if she still does. I remember seeing her Dad there as I worked at the home next door.

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      • Hi Dad, didnt know you came on this site 🙂 Don’t forget Aunty Mary delivered our John at home in St Vincent street.

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      • Anyone remember me, George Morris (born 1938) 43 St Vincents St. HH . I have a sister Dorothy. I was the paper boy. Went to HH school boys school. Left about 1953. Joined Coldstream guards in 1955 now live in Hertfordshire.
        My mate was Bill Collier from Marlborough road. My sister lived no 3 ?Marlborough Road when she got married to Jack Page. He was an ICI tanker driver.
        Mam .. Amy Morris worked in the fish shop. Dad worked at ICI after 30 yrs in Army. Dad used to go in the ‘middle house’ pub!!
        I also sang in the Haverton church choir!!
        I’d be pleased to hear from anyone who knows me.

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        • I remember you George, I’m from Hartlepool, it was my granda and nana Collier who lived in Marlborough St., my grandad was the groundsman on the sports field opposite the house, spent most of my summer holidays in Haverton Hill all through 50’s and 60’s, Bill was my uncle who worked in the shipyard. He married Janet and had three daughters and a son, Debbie Dawn Janice and Brian, I’m Bob the son of his older sister Mary who married Jack Christal. Sadly Bill passed away six months ago, but was good to hear a name so familiar in my childhood, brought back memories, hope you and yours are well.

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          • Robert. Good to hear from you. I did know my mate Bill had died.. Was very sad about that. He was a great character and still miss him. We had many a good night out! Often had to walk over the Transporter late at night because the bridge was closed when we’d been to Middlesbro.. Were at Bill and Janet’s wedding… must be over 56 years ago now as ours was 55 yrs!
            Bill married Janet from the South and I married Maureen from London and still live down here but in Welwyn Garden City now.
            We know all their children and spent many good times with them when we visited from London. We still keep in touch with Janet and Dawn. They know where we live.
            Was it your mam who sang? I remember staying in Hartlepool with one of Bill’s family many a night when I couldn’t get back to Haverton caused by one thing or another!
            I had a motor bike a Norton Dominator and showing off one day went through the fencing around the sports field. The fence suffered more than I did.

            Good memories of Haverton and Bill and Janet… I remember Eileen too.
            When you see Bill’s family say Hello from me.

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          • Hope you’e keeping well Robert. Dawn told us she had recently married. Said Janet was in Australia visiting Brian.
            Your nanna was a great lady. Always remember her lovely white hair!
            You can get my email from Dawn or this site if you want to keep in touch.
            all the best George

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    • Im a Hall and all my family came from Haverton hill. My dad and his brother are Bill & Alan Hall son’s of Ernie & Nora Hall, Mary Shaw ( Hall ) was my Grandads ( Ernie Hall ) sister George was my grandad’s brother and they both worked in the shipyard. My nana & grandad lived on marlbrough road and we lived on the corner of St Vincent street.

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      • I was good fiend of a Bill Halland his son, Ian who later lived in Devon Crescent, Billingham, but have lost contact, I wonder if it is the same family. They eventually moved to the Swindon area I believe.

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    • My oldest son (John) was delivered by Mary Hall with doctor Abel who lived in Cowpen Village this took place in 22 Hawke Street.

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    • George was a shipwright ,had a son Brian. My dad,and brother John worked there.

      John,lives near Beverly,Yorkshire,I live in Ontario,Canada.

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  9. I’ve just found the will of a John Trotter in 1904 who either owned or lived in “Clarence Hotel”. Would anyone have any information about this hotel?

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    • Jackie I would love you to contact me, so we could meet up. Please ask Picture Picture Stockton for my email your sis Joan.xx

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      • I’ve just seen this today my god I’ve tried contacting you I’ll try and contact Picture Stockton or you can add me on FB

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    • Yes I knew Martha, she was a lovely lady, she took me in when I was about 16-17. My dad lived with her, Jackie are you my dads daughter? I lost touch with you a long time ago, I got to meet your children, a boy and a girl, and your husband, I forgot their names, I would love to see you again, please get in touch. Joan.xx

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  10. Does anyone remember Caygill family? We had the Fish and Chip Shop in Haverton Hill, we then moved on to Billingham where we had a Newsagents in Windleston Road. My name is Susan, I am the youngest of three daughters, there was also Ann and Freda. My Mam and Dad were called Margaret and Robert.

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    • Yes, I remember Caygill’s very well, and Ashton’s fish shop next door (I went to the Convent in Hatlepool with their girls, Liz was in my year) and the Co-op on the other side (even remember my mam’s ‘divi’ number! I used to go to your mam and dad’s shop, (with my old penny pocket money) and buy the smallest Cadbury’s chocolate bar you could get! I lived in Hardwick Road round the corner from Windlestone, from 1956 to 1972 but it seemed miles to walk…

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      • Don’t tell anyone your mams Divi number Anne! The bets are on that you use that for your pin number! It was drummed into us back then!

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      • I remember going into Caygills and Ashton’s chippy on Windlestone….and the Coop on the corner. I think my sister, Julie used to know one of the Caygills as I remember going round the back of the shop with her to play near the garages at the back. My name is Michael Gibson and I lived in Sutton Place.

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    • I remember the Caygills fish and chip shop but can’t remember how many fish and chip meals I had from there! I remember the name Susan but can not put a face to the name.

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      • Hi Bill, the best and I think only fish and chips in Havo. I was the youngest of the 3 girls, Ann, Freda and me Susan, I was the little GOOD LOOKING one, hee hee hee. Can you remember Marley’s sweet shop opposite or near the pictures? We used to go to the flickS on a saturday for the matinee, somehow ‘Zorro’ springs to mind.

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    • I remember your family well although only remember you as a baby. My name is Denise née Little and my parents had a shop called Elsie Liddell Ltd. in The Circle. We moved there in 1950 from York where my Dad had been a policeman. My sister Sheila was a friend of Ann and I used to play with your sister Freda. I remember your tiny ferocious dog too that took a chunk out of my ankle! I have several photos of us all playing together when we were kids and one including your Dad although I have absolutely no idea where we were at the time – maybe a picnic outing. I remember being quite fascinated by your Dad’s chipping machine! Loved his fish and chips and the free ‘scraps’ in return for a stack of newspapers – heaven in a paper cone, I don’t suppose the diet police would allow it now!

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      • I remember my sister Freda used to be your mate. How wonderful. Where do you live now Deniese? I also remember your Mams shop, also Doc Omalleys and Eva Lowerys cake shop too. Good memories. I the dog Monty was a villian he used to wait for the ship yard kicking out to chase one or two on there way home. Freda would love to contact you if you would care to. Please ask for my email address from Picture Stockton.

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        • HI, I have just stumbled on this site and am amazed! I’m Karen (nee) O’Malley. My father was Dr O’Malley. My sister and I have just been talking about the ‘Old Days’ and thought we might find something to jog our memories. It brought a smile to my face reading all about where we used to live. In my family there wer 3 girls. Tricia, (who sadly passed away last year,) Jenny who lives in London and me (the youngest). We lived in Haverton till 1958 then moved up to Billingham. I went to St Josephs in Hartlepool.

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          • Karen Blenkharn, I have fond memories of your dad (I was actually a wee bit scared of him when I was a little girl and my mam would take me to see him at the surgery on Belasis Ave, no idea why, he was a man of few words and wore glasses like me). I remember my mam refused to see Doctor Hunter, always waited for Dr. O’Malley. He delivered me and my siblings at home, one of which was a very difficult full breach baby. My mam had full faith in him and refused to go to the hospital for the birth. He was our family doctor until he retired? from the Marsh House surgery. I have such fond memories of life in Haverton Hill too, was born there in 1954 until our family was moved to Low Grange.

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            • HI Carol. I’ve only just looked at this site again and found your reply! Thank you! You are only 3 years younger than I am. I was born in 1951 in London but we came up to Haverton HIll where dad set up the surgery. Thank you so much for your kind comments about my dad.

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              • Hi Karen I remember you when you lived on Marsh House Avenue – didn’t you go to school in Hartlepool (Rosebank?) you always had gorgeous hair and lovely clothes.

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                • HI Hazel, sorry not to have replied before now. I’ve just recently had updated emails from this site. I did go to school in Hartlepool. St Josephs Convent. Where did you live in Billingham? and thank you for you kind comments. After school, I moved to Newcastle and became a teacher and still live there. How the time has flown by!

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                  • Hi Karen,

                    I lived in Richmond crescent. Barbara menhennet lived there too, not sure if you remember her. I’m still in touch with Barbara she lives in France.

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            • Your father Dr O’Malley practically stitched me together from all the cuts and scrapes I had. I lived in Marlbourgh Road c1950’s

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          • Dr O’Malley was my doctor he had surgery with Dr Abel in Haverton until they moved to Billingham estate. My name is Margaret Gretton née Glenn from St Vincent St. I live in Australia now.

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              • John Blenkey. Margaret Gretton / Glenn

                Dr Abel was my doctor too in Haverton He was very good .
                Margaret. I lived in st Vincent st. No 43.
                I’m George Morris .
                When did you live there ?
                I went to Haverton Hill school.
                Be interesting to hear from you.
                George Morris

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      • Hello , Denise, I went to school with your sister Sheila, at the convent in Hartlepool. I also stayed at your place in Haverton Hill with you all. I would love to be in touch with Sheila!? My name was Hilary Porter and I lived in Greatham near Hartlepool. I now live in Valencia, Spain.

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        • Hi Hilary, I remember you well how lovely to hear from you. For some reason I have only just received an email from this site to tell me that there had been updates to this thread hence the delay in responding.

          I’m sorry to tell you that Sheila died on 31 March 2001 from cancer which had only been diagnosed the previous summer and had unfortunately spread too far to be treated successfully. She was only 57 and has been very sorely missed by us all. She left behind a son Peter 19 and daughter Louise 27. Her husband Michael Barrett has since remarried and is living in Majorca. Peter is single and Associate Director of Infinite Global London and Louise is married with two sons 13 & 11 living in Hertford and is Head of Foreign Languages and RE at Heath Mount School.

          I envy your warmer climate; that seems a sensible move from the NE coast of England! Hope you and family are well.

          Denise

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    • Yes, I remember the Caygill’s fish and chip shop and Dr O’Malley’s nearby. I think I was in the same class as Freda at the primary school. We lived at the Queen’s Head Hotel from around 1953-1957. An unforgettable experience!

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    • I remember you very well and your family. We lived at 23 The Circle Haverton Hill. My dad was Dr O’Malley. We moved to Billingham in 1958. I think I was brought up on fish and chips as you were only a couple of doors away from us! I’m Karen, the youngest of three girls. There was also the the bakery next door to us and on the other side was a haberdashery and wool shop owned by the Liddles. I went to St Josephs Convent in Hartlepool.

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  11. I was born in Rodney street in the late 1950s. I am lucky enough to have travelled to many places. But Haverton Hill will always be a place in my heart. The people were the most friendly you will ever come across. We moved to no 1 Harrow Terrace and later to Cambridge Terrace before moving to Billingham. I had great times living in the clarences and grew up with John Tindle and Geoff Robinson to name but a few. My late mam and dad, George and Olga Williams you couldn’t ask for better parents. I am nearing my retirement now and will be heading of to pastures new, Barcelona were my team the arsenal will be getting a good lesson in football! But the people of Haverton Hill and the Clarences will remain in my heart till I die.

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    • Hi Rob, I am Ian Robinson born on Leven Street my dad was Geoff Robinson, my mam Dorothy lived I think next door to Dr O’Mmally. Brothers are Les, Alan, Leonard and Frank, sisters Marie and Jean. Does anyone remember the Robinsons? I used to visit Mrs Moody if I recall.

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  12. My grandad and gran lived in Hawke Street, Haverton Hill. The Charlton family. My mum Minnie moved south to Cobham in Surrey. I was born Hawke street in 1946 but went south with mum. Grandad was called Chuck in the shipyard as was his son David Charlton. I scanned the Pictures to see if I could see any members of my family.

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    • My Grandad ‘Tot’ Teasdale, lived in Hawke Street and my dad, Matty used to talk about ‘Chuck’ Charlton, he has to be your Grandad. I was born in 1955 in the flat above Clarke’s Butchers in Hope Street. Sadly my Dad passed away in November 2011 and ‘Tot’ in 1982.

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        • I remember you Robert as you were then. You were always tinkering with a motor bike in the back yard if I remember rightly. I lived at 25 Hawke Street with my mum and dad Tom and Ruby Barber and younger sister Eileen. I was Maureen Barber back then.

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      • Hiya Bob Gibson, sorry I don’t get on this site very often and have just seen your response. Yes, Madge Trattles, was my lovely Gran. She died when I was 1 in 1956, she used to work in the Havo chippy.

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      • David Wray – I remember Tot marying Nora !!! they had their ‘do’ in the pub in Stockton High Street, (the ‘Vaux’? maybe you were there!) I must have been about 8 or 10 and my aunty Brenda (nee Teasdale then Carroll), taking me over to the market to buy me a manicure set to keep me quiet. Saldy both Brenda and my Dad Matt have passed away in the last two years.

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      • Freddie,
        I used to live across the street to you in 17 Hawke St and later on worked in the shipyard planning office at the same time as you.

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      • Thanks Freddie sorry long time in replying never thought I’d get a reply. Do remember visiting my gran in about 1960 with my brother Roy Dodd who lived there for a couple of years?

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  13. Does anybody remember Alice Such the midwife? I am trying to find out what year she qualified. They lived in Cambridge Terrace, Uncle Jack such worked at the shipyard and my mum, the late Doris Tyler nee Such.

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  14. What an absolutely brilliant site. I lived in Billingham but had to travel through Haverton Hill by bus to get to work in Middlesbrough. I used to love coming home early on a Friday and see all the shipyard workers pile into the pubs – brilliant days. I was surprised to see Martin Durnion’s name mentioned, married to Mary Mulloy. Martin and I used to be in the Silvertones Jazz band – sorry if you’re reading this Martin and it’s embarrasssed you lol. I’ve lived in Guernsey since 1977 but was back in Billingham last year, went to take a look round Haverton and Port and was going to cross over on the Transporter but it was out of action due to repairs, very disappointing. Keep on posting things on this site it’s great.

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    • The Martin Durnion that was married to Mary Mulloy was my brother, he died in 1977 so maybe it was his son Martin Durnion who you were in the silvertones with?

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    • Hello Maureen
      My Grandad was Martin Durnion, he has sadly passed, my Nanna Mary is doing well. Love this site. I’m trying to paint a picture of my older family x

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  15. My gran Alice Baker was born in Haverton Hill in 1910, her parents were Roger Baker and Sarah Jane Elliot from Port Clarence. Do you know any family history on the Baker family from Haverton Hill also the Elliott family from Port Clarence? Sadly my great grandmother died in 1911 when my gran was just few months old baby. All I know that my great grandfather was remarried to Mary Whalen (Berry) in 1935, he died in 1961. My gran left Haverton Hill for Dundee, Scotland for the jute job. She was married to Edward Brannen in 1930. I would be happy to hear from the Baker or Elliott relatives who would know about this family history. Please write me back. I am over in Canada. Thank you, cherrio Margaret Brannen.

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    • My family were all bakers from Port Clarence but lived in Sycamore Terrace, my gran was Florrie and dad was Ken, one of three brothers, the oher two being Maurice and Les.

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      • I remember Jenny Cartwright very well, also her sisters Andrea,and Margaret. I was born in Laburnum Grove and my family the Burnham’s loved the port still have cousins living in the port and will not leave. I now live in North Shields, have done since I was 15 but still class it as going home to visit family.

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      • Hi Veronica, my mam is Andrene and Jenny and Mag are my aunts. Good to hear that somebody remembers them. Andrene is still a great mam!

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    • Hello John I lived a few doors from George and Mary on Rosedale Grove. My mam and dad, Ray and Joan Green, sister Linda, brother Ray and me John used to be the Wedgwoods Nancy, Denise, Colin, Sandra, Dave, Denise, Chris and Ian. We used to have a black Labrador tied to the washing line, your mam would never come in the back garden the dog used Togo for her. Have you got any old photos of Haverton?

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  16. Nice bit of history in this photo as on the right is Port Clarence signal box which was knocked down in 1964, I was the last person to work a shift there, as I walked out of the door they bulldozed it down, thanks for that memory.

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    • Nice to know your still around mate, sad to hear about Arnie last time I was in the TUC. Taffy now living in Singapore, all the best to you Gordon.

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      • Good to hear from you Taffy, I hope your doing well, I’m doing well. It was tragic about Arnie he was so young and a good mate. All the best to you Taffy.

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      • Hi Richie,
        Our paths crossed at Cairn in Gurgaon India in 2009 when you worked for Ryder Hunt. I have retired now and back living in Billingham.

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    • Phil Elliott, Yes I remember Harry Meek well, I moved into Windsor street after getting married to Marion Fielding, I had a job as a joiner in the shipyard and had an old van that required constant attention and I went to the scrapyard to took for parts, Happy days.

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      • Hi Phil, it’s Maureen from Scarborough, originally from Howard Crescent, Haverton Hill. I seem to have misplaced the information I had of yourself e.g. email address, phone number etc. I changed my email address a few months ago and have not been able to retrieve the information. I would very much appreciate it, if you could contact me via this site please? Thank you.

        I was wondering wether or not you had found out any information regarding my grandad Tommy Walker?I have not had chance to speak to you since my marriage, and have been too busy looking up my dad Johnnie May’s ancestors. I ended up at Haverton Hill 2 weeks ago, broke down on A19 and were fortunate enough to be offered help from Robert McAlpine highways Incident Unit, we ended up at their depot at Haverton hill Yard. They were a great bunch of blokes, they couldn’t have been more helpful, really Good Samaritans.

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      • Hi Maureen, are you the family from Howard Crescent that were formerly called the Raynors? If so I remember 2 sisters and a brother called John who I became pals with, I would love to get in touch, all the best Tony Noble.

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    • Yes, His wife made my wedding cake. I am Ron Crosthwaite, I lived in 1 Willow Terrace High Clarence, I’m now living in Sydney Australia with my wife. 4 kids and , 8 grandkids.

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      • I remember you Ron and your sister. Your names were used to name your dads boat Ronlyn. His name was Sonny I think. The Snooks was where we had our boats and there used to be house boats further up the beach, The Lees, Wellfords, Iversons . I can remember also another couple of older people who had a boat called TekNaf,. he was an electrician in the shipyard.
        I now live in Ontario with my wife, our daughter lives in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear.

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      • Hi Ron, its Gloria. I am trying to find anyone who knew my father, Gerry McCall, and I find you instead. Hahaha. Small world indeed 😉

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      • I went also went to school with Joyce and left on the same day. I remember Bobby Gibson as he was in those days just as I was Billy Hall.

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    • I seem to remember that my Dad knew him. He was called Robert Caygill of the chip shop in Leven street commonly known as the circle.

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    • Yes I remember there was Wilf and Harry Meek. I also think I know your husband is it David or John? I used to live in Osbourne Street.

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  17. I am wondering if anyone might have known of my father George William Statham (Jones) born in Haverton Hill 9th May 1931.

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    • Hi Tina, I used to knock around with Richard, Harold and Tucker, and had some great times with Jacky. ask her if she remembers Steve (skemmy) Maughan

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  18. My Mam Audrey and Dad Fred Burrell ran and lived at the middle house (Wellington Hotel) for 5 years in the boom time of the shipyards. Lunchtime in the pub was always busy and Dad would have me and Mam pull the ‘bankers’ (half pints ready to top up) ready for the rush of workers from the shipyards. My Dad also worked for Bee-line Coaches at the time. I started my schooling in Haverton Hill and later moved to Port Clarence when they pulled the school down. I then had to walk down to the cenotaph to catch the bus to take me to Furness Seniors. Not long after the shipyards closed down we moved to Billingham. Reading all the comments brings back a lot of memories of events and people in the area, I remember a lot of lovely people living in Port Clarence and grew up with many of them, good memories!

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  19. Mervyn Booth – Your Nan was my Great Nana – Eliza Povey (Fisher) – The family moved there some time before 1901. John and Eliza lived further down this road on Queen’s Terrace with 3 boys under 5. John worked as a steel smelter and later a Wheel Charger. Looking at the census records, most of the men in this area worked in the steel works at the turn of the last century.

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      • Hi Mervyn, I will answer for Roger ( I am his mother) I am married to Alan… who is the son of John and Dorreen. I remember all your family. Alan and I have been married coming up 50 years . We have son Roger and daughter Joanne. Roger is compiling quite an extensive “Povey family tree”. If any of the family are interested.

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        • Hi Julie. My name is Colin Madden. I worked with Billy Povey at Tata Steel Hartlepool. Formaly Chorus / British Steel. His nick name was Puffing Billy because he use to smoke a pipe. He was a lovely man who I got on well with. I use to live in the Top House. My brother worked in there. He was known as Scotch Andy. Andy lived in Kennedy Gardens. He sadly passed away on August 2014

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      • Billy Povey the former Middlesbrough footballer, went to Grangefield Grammar School and played for South Bank Juniors as a fifteen year old, is another one of the boys, brother of Alan.

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  20. Does anyone remember the Browns? Maureen, Charlie, Danny, their mother was Elizabeth (Maureen Brown) went to Haverton all girls school in the late 40’s early 50s, she married William (Billy) Farrow, they would go down the top house every Friday night. Mum’s father was Goerge Fagan, love to hear from anyone who remembers them.

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  21. My parents, Stan and Alwyn Martin nee Savage, lived at 29 Cowpen Bewley Road in the back of Cathy Durhams hairdressers, does anyone remember them? Also looking for info on Sylvia and Terry Osborne, he was a motor mechanic and lived in Denbigh Rd Billingham then Farndale Grove Haverton Hill in the late 1950s to early 1960s, would be grateful if anyone got in touch.

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    • Hi Colin, came accross a picture of us in a fooootball team (lifeboys?) as kids a little while back after my mum passed away. Great to see your name here.

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      • Geoff, I am researching my fathers family, I think he is related to your mother’s grandparents who used to live on Newby Terrace. My email is available through Picture Stockton, I would be really grateful if you can contact me. Thankyou.

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      • hello hazel, i remember you now, you where always in your uncles shop. I wanted to take you out, but didn’t have the courage to ask.

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  22. Can anyone remember in 1920s John and Ethel Laverick from 14 Clarence Street and Arthur and Henrietta Watson from Graythorp? They were my Grandparents who I never met and I am looking for information about them.

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  23. Gran, I would think Kenny is the older Brother of Jimmy & Norman Monaghan, they were both good footballers. Maybe some of the subscribers above who originated from Port remember the family.

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  24. Wonder if Anon or others know anything about Kenny Monaghan. He was one of our gang at the Sec.in Nelson Terrace, where we nicknamed him Rinty, after a well known Boxer of the day. Oddly enough, Ernie Lynn and I were just reminsceing about him last week. He played for Boro Juniors, Synthonia and Whitby up until about mid fifties, but lost track of him after that due to National Service etc.

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    • I’m Peter Monaghan, son of Norman. Kenny is my dads cousin. I was talking to Kenny last week he is living in Middlesbrough

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  25. James Joseph McCabe played a total of 42 games for Middlesbrough between 1937-48. another Port Lad that played for the Boro was Alex Smith who played a total of 135 games between 1961-72. A lot of good footballers came from Port Clarence to name a few were Donnelly, Monaghan, McGarth, Larkin & Tierney.

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  26. The house with the advertising boards was the Wharton family’s. Bob & Margaret, (?) Uncle Pat, Patricia, Angela and John (maybe some more I can’t remember). Bob Wharton made the best home brew in Port -reassuringly inexpensive!

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  27. I lived in the next house to the gable-end house with the advertisement posters. I have only fond memories of those days and I’ll remember Port Clarence as long as I’m able too. I wonder what the exact year was of that photograph, maybe I was I was in the house at the time because I was born in 1955. I remember the ceremonies at the cenotaph and my mum would become very emotional because her brother John (who’s name is on the cenotaph) was killed in WW2. I have read the comments from former Porters on this site, some names I’m familiar with other not so but it was lovely to share briefly with those who we shall never forget.

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  28. The war memorial was unveiled by sir Hugh and Lady Bell in 1922. It bears the names of 94 Great war dead and 46 who lost there lives in the Second world War. The Great war names include a number of brothers among these are Richard & Francis Keenan,and Stephen & Joseph Tulip. Haverton Hill and Port Clarence were both small communities, which reminds us how huge a sacrifice previous generations have made for our country. Hopefully as people pass this small memorial they may give a sideways glance and remember all those who have served,and are serving in the armed forces.

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    • I’m George Morris from 43 st vincents st HH . I went to school with Colin Tulip any relation to Tulips mentioned on war memorial?
      Colin was from Marlborough rd and also Neville Cowley . His Mum owned the sweetshop near Clarkes the butchers.
      I joined the Coldstream guards and now live in Hertfordshire.
      Be pleased to hear from anyone who knows me.

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  29. I also grew up in the port. My parents were Frankie and Mary Tierney. My sister and brother are Margaret and Jimmy, and Eddie is my cousin. I have great memories of St Thomas school moving up to St Micks. Turning 18 and going in the Royal and Jacks. I now live in Billingham but are still in touch with friends who still live there.

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  30. Spent so many days waiting near that memorial for the P & R coaches. One for St. Michael’s and one for Northfield, If St. Michael’s coach was full ya had to get on the Northfield bus. It used to terrify me. The coach drivers were ruthless, they would see you running toward the cenotaph and pull out and leave you behind. They showed no remorse. Anyone remenber Mr Rattigan, Mrs Baylis and Miss Troddon from St Thomas’School. Can anyone attach some information about them. I loved St.Thomas’s School (most of it). My Likes (not in order): Everyone! Little yard line up on a morning. The toffee sauce on the white blocks of ice cream. Cheese flan and chicken pie(not together).Singing ‘Far round the world’. Buying a biscuit from the teacher at breaktime. Eating chalk. Playing ‘The big ship sails through the illy ally oh’. Swimming – old billy baths. Buying stamps for the charity cards so you could name a child when it was full. Named hundreds! My Dislikes:(not in order) Going to the outside loo block in winter. Tapioca and semolina. Singing ‘Morning has broken’. Boys kicking a ball over wall from their yard. Having to cross yer legs for soooo long in Mr Bentley’s office to watch the ‘posh’ TV. The programme – ‘How we used to live’. Walking home. School Photos. HAVING TO LEAVE!

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  31. I lived at 25 Newby Terrace just about where the bus is in the photo. Kevin Greenley lived next door and the Hamiltons lived the other side. My mother was born in port in 1898, the daughter of Thomas Loughran. Two of his sons are remembered on the war memorial they both died in 1916 on the somme. As to Gerty Kernen, she was a very good teacher, tough and very strict. I am proud to have been brought up in the port and remember my time there fondly.

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    • Just found this site – Kevin Greenley was my dad, I am also Kevin Greenley! We moved to Cambridge Terrace and then up to Haverton Hill where my mam Kath (who now lives in Stockton) had the small shop near the Post office and my Dad was the barber – Kevin the barber no less!

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  32. We lived in the ‘Top House’ the Haverton Hill Hotel in the early 60’s, my Mother jean was the landlady while my Dad Syd worked in the ICI. I remember there were houses directly opposite the pub. One great memory is that of Friday dinner time for the guys at the shipyard – my Mother and the rest of the staff would line the bar with pints of beer, when the hooter went there would be a mad dash to get to the pub, each worker would pick up a pint and a pie, throw the right money in a box on the bar, they were never short changed, always the right money. One of the papers (I think maybe the Northern Echo’ did an article on the pubs dinner time sessions, I have some great B&W photo’s of the workers entering the pub and also shots of the bar lined with pints of beer.

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  33. I was born in 12 Young Street.Haverton Hill and later Hawke street and Osborne Street.My mam is Ellen Fearn nee Cavanagh..I later moved to High Clarence where I married Dave Turner.His mam is Milly Crook nee Dorgan. We loved Haverton and still live in Port. I have lived in Eton ,Oxford ,Rugby ,Cambridge and now Holly where I’ve been for 13 years. We both went to Haverton Infants and Juniors and later Campus. I have a lot of good memories of Haverton and there are still a lot of Havertonions in Port to this day. I can’t ever see me moving away unless I have to. I tried once and came back within 6 months. Our local is the Top house and I also remember Rita and Dave who ran it when I was young. I knocked about with their daughters Denise and Karen. Also Annie Rigg and the Kents from the Queens(bottom house)and The Burrells from The Wellington (middle house). My daughters have married into Port families.(The Fairweathers and The Mulloys. If you talk to people ,most of them have had a relative from Port sometime or other or still have…

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    • You lived at 10 Young Street and I have found on Ancestry UK that in the 1911 census my paternal grandmother Elsie Francis Parr lived with her family at 10 Young Street, Haverton Hill. Elsie and her parents (Harry and Mary Ann Parr) and siblings, Lily, and 3 brothers, David John, Charles and William arrived from Kent so that her father could help to build the Transporter Bridge. Elsie’s brothers worked at the salt mines at Port Clarence. I decided to take my Elsie (my grandmother) to have a look around Haverton Hill but when we got there it was too late as it had been demolished!

      Don’t suppose anyone can recall the Parr family?

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  34. I, along with my brothers John and Eddie, lived in Newby Terrace at the bus stop in the picture above, just a few doors down from Kevins barber shop. The shop was also a meeting place for a number of keen cyclists of which Kevin was one. I noticed the posting above from Kevin Greenly (jnr). Since attending the funeral of Kevin I have wondered what became of Kath, Kevins wife. If he can throw any light on this I would be very much obliged. Happy Days.

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  35. Like your comments Angela Orrick, nee Kernan. If Gert was your aunt, and John (Jackie) was your Dad, and Maria Kernan was also your aunt, you are a cousin of Maureen (Patricia) Tierney?
    Glad to see you are still posting Kath Oyston (Conlan).

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    • go on Facebook and add the site where are all the ‘Portys’ – lots of info and pics on there( I’m a Grant, I wonder if we are related – my dad’s side were from Haverton)

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  36. Reading the comments on this site makes me feel young again and brings back many happy memories. I was one of the pupils who owed much to Miss Kernan (Gert). As her niece Angela says ‘her bark was worse than her bite’ and boy could she bark. I have lived in Preston for many years, but again like Angela, I go back to Port whenever I get a chance and reminisce about how it used to be.

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  37. My Father Joseph Mckeown was born in 1922 at Port Clarence, he had 3 sisters, Veronica, Mary and Rosemary and 3 Brothers Patrick, James and John. His Father was from Tyrone and his mother was from Wicklow. Does any one remember The Mckeowns?

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