11 thoughts on “Billingham Town Centre. c1960

  1. Can’t remember the name of the barbers exactly but “Lauries” rings a bell. I’m 50 now, my dad used to take us late 60’s early 70’s. If anyone still goes in there can they ask about the 8th Army memoribilia on the wall? did old James or a relative serve there?

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  2. Mr and Mrs tapping moved from the town centre shop to the Norton shop. Me and my sister know the daughters, still in Billingham, and their mam. Peter Stott became a taxi driver; I asked him once why give up his shop (cos I missed his pies, and still do), he said he was getting a bit fed up of it and also the rates were always too high, which was a common complaint with shop keepers in Billingham centre. I wish there were more close up pictures of all the shops, just to remember the names of ones I’ve forgotten.

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  3. The manager of the shop was Peter Stott, he lived in Wolviston, I think he had a brother Nigel. Sadly Peter died at quite a young age, in the nineties I think?

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  4. I remember a Mr and Mrs Tapping being the Managers of the off licence which used to be Snowdons on Norton Road near to Victoria Avenue. They sent a condolance card to us when my father in law died in 1985. In Snowdons days the off licence belonged to Vaux’s.

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  5. Remember Burtons very well – all the young men of the day would shop at Burtons in the town centre, always got my suits made to measure there. Stotts the butchers – knew the son but for the life of me cannot remember his name. I wonder who that young man is in the photo? I think this is later than 1960 probably 62/3. I worked on this building for Tarmac Building as a bricklayer from start to finish, and I only finished my apprenticship in 1960, so that building was not yet in use in 1960.

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  6. I’ve always known the barbers as James, been going there all my life and am into my early 40`s now, his daughter runs it now. Saw james the other week, still looking well.

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  7. The off licence on the end we always called Reltons, I think that the name above the door was Gerrard Relton. Mr and Mrs Tapping had it and lived in the flat above which is now the dentists.

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  8. I remember Lauries the barbers, my dad used to always take us there. Always remember memorabilia and names of exotic places on the walls that now I realize were the names of battles in North Africa like El Alemain and Tobruk. I guess old Laurie (does anyone actually know his proper name?)served in the 8th army under Monty?

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  9. This picture brings back a lot of memories.
    I can remember “Lauries” barbers just to the left top of the stairs, it’s called “James” now & is still busy. There was a travel agents further along, On the lower level at the far end, Blaneys off license (now a fish shop) & next door Peter Stotts butchers, sold the best pasties I ever tasted, wish I had the recipe!

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