19 thoughts on “121 Stockton High Street

  1. This photo shows #121 & #122 High St. both demolished to make way for McDonalds,so must be 1987/8. A list that I’ve seen suggests that immediately before being demolished: #121 was Duncan (Tailor 1962-87), #122 Ray Alan (Menswear 1976-87). This building is now the office of a solicitors.

    This post: https://picturestocktonarchive.com/2013/06/19/the-wimpole-c1983/
    Shows that the Royal Exchange/Exchanges/George building was split between being a Wimpy bar & the Wimpole pub in 1983. You can see a photo showing this odd arrangement here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodslibrary/4403957279
    There could still have been a Wimpy at #121/122, but not seen any photos etc. that show it…yet 🙂

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  2. I was sat in the Wimpey circa December 1980 and thought it was situated near to the United bus stands at the top end of the High Street, close to the Odeon end.

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  3. I could be wrong, but I cannot recall Wimpy being in that spot. As far as I remember it was further to the left of this photo, close to what used to be the Essoldo cinema, a couple of buildings past what was Stewarts..

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    • I agree Steve.
      I remember being in Wimpey just prior to Christmas 1980 and I thought it was outside or close to the United bus stands down from the Odeon.

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  4. The photo is actually from 1987 – not 1991. The burger restaurant Wimpy occupied that building in the mid 1980s before McDonalds was installed there in 1987. I know this because I went to a birthday party when it was Wimpy in 1986. I also visited the McDonalds many times between 1988 – 1995. Sadly, it closed down in 2010.

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  5. It`s unfortunate if Stockton High Street is losing another business. Especially as today they made the national news for being one of the towns with the most empty shop units in the country. I hope the people employed there find new jobs as soon as possible. But I won`t be sad to see the end of this American fast food chain – it would be nice to see another food outlet take there place, hopefully one that serves fresh food. Browsing through this site you can see a great range of local businesses that once occupied the town. Isn`t it possible for those who hold the purse strings to help generate local enterprises that will give back some regional character to the High Street?Finally good luck once again to the McDonald staff.

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  6. Ray Allen was the best men’s shop in stockton for 70s fashion, I remember the large shirt collar, kipper ties, tank tops. I bought my late husband a black leather jacket, which I still have in my wardrobe. That is one item I cannot part with ..

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  7. I worked at Ray Alan from 1978-1985 (correct spelling, no double L) Company owned by Ray and Alan Harris from Leeds. Duncans was next door. I also worked in Middlesbrough, Leeds, York, Bishop Auckland and Darlington for this company, mind you I”m sorry to say I stuck it for so long as they were not the best people to work for. Had some good times and made a lot of friends over the years.

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    • Hi Adrian my name is Geoff Dickinson, I worked at Ray Alan 1978-1982 in Stockton, South Shields, Sunderland, York and Darlington. I remember your name and think you bought a new escort car while you worked in Stockton?

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      • Hi Geoff / Adrian, my name is Mark Burke, I worked at Ray Alan & Discount Menswear in Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough & Stockton in the early 80’s, Geoff, didn’t your sister Denise also work in Stockton?

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          • Hi Geoff, I worked with you in Middlesbrough & Frank in Stockton, managed Bishop Auckland & Discount Menswear Darlington, and yes, Denise was the cashier in Stockton, whatever happenend to Mick Pickup?

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  8. I do now remember Ray Allan and Duncan”s. I once got a three-piece suit from Ray Allan in 1975 costing £20. Being a best man for my friend”s wedding, I had to get one. The small tobacconist and newsagent kiosk is still there, although the frontage has changed a little bit. On image t197 is Haywood”s with the New Waverley Cafe above, to the left is Neville Reed.

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