29 thoughts on “Teesside Army Stores in Stockton. c1985

  1. PETER YOU ARE RIGHT THERE WAS AN ARMY & NAVY STORE, IT WAS FURTHER DOWN THE TOWN (CAN’T REMEMBER WHERE EXACTLY). I WORKED THERE IN 1965/66. THEY OPENED A ‘MOD SHOP’ AT THE BACK. IT WAS GREAT THERE, ALL THE LADS CAME IN TO GET MEASURED FOR JEANS, BUT MOST OF THEM JUST LISTENED TO THE MUSIC AND DID THEIR HAIR IN THE MIRRORS. I ALWAYS REMEMBER ‘MICHELLE’ PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND. I HAD MY PHOTO TAKEN WITH BILLY J KRAMER, I’VE STILL GOT IT SOMEWHERE. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM ANYBODY FROM BACK THEN.

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  2. The pools surplus stores ie:norton road were owned by the Smith family who had 3 farms on Blakeston Lane. Old man Smith was a hard man to deal with – when he said no he meant no ,but his two sons were great. My friends sister is married to Tony smith ,his other brother was called Laurence, I know one of the family now owns Leeks DIY shop on Mill Lane in Billingham.

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    • As a boy, I was very friendly with Smithie, Mr Smith, of Norton Road Army Surplus Stores and his faithful assistant? who with him operated the pet stall erected outside the Shambles main entrance adjacent to what was then ‘the new market place toilets’ built circa 1954.

      Mr Smith was what was called with great admiration by others the well-earned accolade of being an hard-grafter, both he and his assistant of many years standing were always up early in the morning on market days setting out their large stall for the day. After the market closed around 4.30 pm. the assistant mentioned joined the Stockton Council workers gang helping to remove all the stalls and cleaning the market place High Street area. This is something we tend to overlook which was how litter strewn with boxes and market waste the market was when it closed Wednesdays and Saturdays, and how much work was involved in setting the market out the night before for traders use by erecting the 80, or so stalls. Does Stockton market still exist? and ask for incidental information on Mr Smiths & family, and query when did the market close and why? Bob Wilson, Leeds.

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      • I wonder if this was the same smiths/smitheys who had the army/navy surplus yard off Blakeston lane where you could go to buy a V12 paxman diesel engine for a mine sweeper or, a box full of biro springs! He had absolutely everything and anything you would ever need and sold things worldwide all without the internet!

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  3. I am sure there used to be another army surplus stores at the other end of the high street in the late 70″s or early 80″s , I think it was where the pizza shop is now next to the old odeon which is now a nightclub.

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  4. There was only 1 Teesside Army Store and that was in Ramsgate. King Street was located just off Norton Road near Maxwell”s Corner, you may be thinking of another Army Surplus Store located on the corner of Norton Road/Garbutt Street opposite Bone Street. This later became a Chemist.

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  5. I remember the army and navy store on King Street in ramsgate and I”m only 24, I think it shut down around 14/15 years ago, I remember it being along King Street but I could be wrong, I just remember it being on the way into town but not quite IN the town.

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  6. looking for 3 enamel white tea cans what we used in the mines or constuction ,a cup on the top and a wire handle any one know where there is some let me know asap

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  7. How things have changed !! Regarding Scouting equipment purchased from this store , just inside the door to the left was a glass-topped counter containing trays and cards of Scout Sheath knifes, (which no self respected Scout ,was without on his belt ) The only time removed was during “British-Bulldogs” , when they were put in the Patrol box . , In many years of Scouting I never heard of any problem, we were taught to respect all our equipment be it Primus, Fire or Scout-Pole ,

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  8. I can remember my husband”s mum bought him a green army jumper for his birthday, he put the jumper on to go to the pub, it was really hot and he was sweating, so off came the jumper and his white tee shirt was green, so were his arms and neck, every one called him the green giant.  I took the jumper back and they changed it and that one was ok, I liked going in to browse around.

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  9. Hi again Mary, I don”t think some of the girls would appreciate their faces all over a public website. If you get in touch with  the Picture Stockton Team I have given them the go ahead to give you my e.mail address and I will send you it that way, plus all the names. Bye for now.

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  10. Having collected a lot of regimental badges during the war years, I attached them, about 15 altogether, onto a belt which I wore every working day of my 5 year apprenticeship, 1945/50. The Army and Navy Stores was the place where I also got my motor-cycling kit, this being, anti-gas goggles at 6p a pair, beret, and army greatcoat, good serviceable cheap gear, there was no real motor-cycle clothing around at that time 1946, if there was it would have been very expensive.

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  11. Another “fad” which was associated with this shop was the purchase of ex-army fabric belts, with its brass clasp fastener and clipping on Army-Badges which could also be bought in the A & N The badges, hundreds of them mixed in cardboard, on the counter could be bought from 6p (2p) D,L.I , Green-Howards etc to 2/6 (12p) for the large Scottish regiemental badges At a recent Militaria Fair (2006) the cheapest was £2, while Scottish ranged from £8- to £12-00 Anybody remember this trend ?

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  12. Hi Moira, small world eh?? I had such a school girl crush on Isabel, with her beautiful long blonde hair. cut like Kathy of “O”ill give it foive fame” Could you try to put the photo on the web site? I might recall more names then. Can remember the head girl”s face but not her name. On the male side do you remember Jimmy Chisolm, my friend Sue had a crush on him, but he was 5th year and one of the “Gods”

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  13. Too right Stan , Colman Mustard tins were very popular for making a “Mash” though the A & N sold small enamel containers for this purpose, held side by side by a metal clip Another “Bait-bag” use was nails and bolts for your D.I Y or “Govy-Job” , or purchases from the I.C.I garden shop just outside West-gate, in Roscoe Road

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  14. They had real style in those days Bob, but there were two items in my Dad”s bait bag as he pedalled into Nylon for his shift that you couldn”t get at the Army stores – two small Colman”s mustard tins for his tea and sugar.

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  15. Hi Mary I most certainly do remember Isabel Nelson, we were in the same class, never mind year, for the whole five years. I still have a copy of the class photo taken when we all started in 1960. I should have remembered some of the girls would have stayed on. Can you remember any of the other prefects?

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  16. I.C.I had an unofficial “dress-code” in the late 50s. I believe it continued even after the Company issued clothing. A plant or maintenance labourer wore ex Army or R.A F battlle-dress covered by a sleeve-less leather Jerkin and a beret The maintenance tradesman wore a boiler-suit and flat-cap. Indoor plant operator and craftsmen (plumbers, joiners machine tool operators etc) wore bib and brace overalls , with flat cap Chargehands a brown “Banana” Coat and clean flat cap while a foreman, (to apprentices “God”), wore brown banana coat, collar and tie and trilby. Lab staff always wore white coats , no head cover. The Ex army gas-mask cases were almost 100% “Bait-Bag and enamel tea cans, hot water from canteen or even steam traps Cyclist found it ideal for puncture-repair outfits and cycle -lamps. All of the above were available at The Army & Navy

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  17. Moira, did you know a girl called Isabel Nelson? She was a prefect when I started school, and I thought she was wonderful. Martin. We also bought Levy stapress from the army and navy store, and I think my hubby got his leather flight jacket – worn when riding motor bike- from there.

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  18. I worked just around the corner in Prince Regent Street during the 1950″s and can remember the Army a navy Stores in Ramsgate. I bought my first pair of “drain pipe jeans” there, 7″ bottoms I think.The ex-army haversack was a very versatile piece of kit, at school it was usually stuffed with books and sports kit, once the flap had been decorated. Later at night school during the pre-tech year it could just be stretched to take a drawing board with your t-square sticking out through the corner of the flap. In the late 1940″s there were still plenty of battle-dress tops, berries and great coats, as well as bait bags being put to good use as the shifts changed at ICI.

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  19. Hi Mary. No we never fastened the straps together, at least not our crowd, just slung it over one shoulder. I don”t think I know anyone who was there when you were, none of my friends had younger sisters who went. Nice to hear from you though.

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  20. I do remember the Teesside Army Stores. I used to buy the Khaki coloured Haversack and painted the flap and put my favorite pop group name on, It was Marc Bolan & T.REX at the time and ended with least ten coats of gloss paint. Also got a baitbag for work. Unthinkable now. You could get the White Cotton Tents with Wooden Poles and used to weight a ton when it rained. I think I also got Wrangler Demim Jackets and Jeans. What they charge now.

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  21. I remember the Army and Navy Stores in Ramsgate in the late forties. We formed a football team Hawthorne Rd FC, made up of kids ten to thirteen and we bought ex women”s army shirts as our club shirts from the Ramsgate Army and Navy store in 1947. They were an airtex type shirt without collars and coloured brown.The shop had all sorts of ex services equipment and we had a great time fossicking around the shop. Primrose Hill Boys club also bought a large Army Tent from the Ramsgate Army and Navy Stores in which we used to go camping to Knaresborough near Harrogate.

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  22. Moira, I was also at Richard Hind but from 1965 – 1970, and also remember the haversack. We used to paint the flap with white gloss paint to change the name of boyfriends or whatever. Did you also fasten the two straps together and have the bag nigh on banging against your ankles??!!

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  23. In the early 60s the only Army & Navy Stores I can recall was in Thornaby near the 5 Lamps. That was an aladdin”s cave of clothing and equipment. I think that the one in Ramsgate came much later, and was much more “respectable”.

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  24. Yes Bob there was a Army Stores in Ramsgate. When I was at Richard Hind, 1960-65 haversacks were the in thing for carrying our books in. We wrote the names of the current pop groups on them, then when we tried to bleach them off, they fell to bits and we had to go to the Stores to get another one.

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  25. Teesside Army Store I may be wrong but wasn”t there an “Army & Navy” Store in Ramsgate. It was very popular with hikers and Scouts as they sold all sizes of tents and camping equipment. ( “Maxwells” for Uniforms and Scouting equipment ) Our troop, 1st Norton, bought two “Bukta” ridge tents from that shop, after a collection and show of Scout-Craft on “The Show-Field” behind Red-House School , now part of Ring-Road and Crooksbarn Estate

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