28 thoughts on “Richard Hind School 1958

  1. Indeed the chap 5th from the left on the back row is Norman Dougan with whom I served my draughting apprenticeship at Ashmore, Benson, Pease and Co Ltd in the mid 60s. Norman moved to the west coast of Canada, many years ago, and I haven’t had any communication with him in a very long time.

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  2. Maud Thompson, nee Birch, was my mothers eldest sister. They were from a large family, and I do have a family tree on your grandmothers side. If you wish to know about it the picturestockton team can put you in touch with me. Your father was, of course, one of my cousins.

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  3. Alan Thompson is my uncle and taught me at Richard Hind in the 6th form 71/72. My father was Alf Thompson, Alan’s older brother. My grandfather was also Alf Thompson the chemist whose shop was in Ragworth. Hazel, Alan’s wife still lives in Fairfield. Mark and Clive, his sons live locally I believe, but Kay his daughter lives away. My other aunts and uncles are Don and Valarie Raper who live in Winston Nr Barnard Castle and Ron Thompson who lives in Caerleon, Gwent. My understanding is that Alan’s nickname ‘Bubbles’ comes from the old Pear’s soap advert showing a young boy with golden curls surrounded by bubbles, just how he looked at that age. I would love to hear from any distant relatives who can help with our family tree. I have now retired myself and live in Boroughbridge.

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  4. No it isn’t though I know you are thinking of Jackie Birch whose family lived in Eton Rd, Oxbridge. His father ran Oxbridge juniors in the Stockton & dist league in 50’s. My Grandfather operated and lived in Buchanan St, he was a French Polisher, who did a lot of work for and with Arrowsmith furniture whose shop was not far from the Queens on Bishopton Lane, they later became furniture removers. I guess you have some knowledge of that. Spoke to Benny a few hours ago, he has already booked next years trip to Stockton.

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  5. Granville Cooper is my late father Vernon’s younger brother, which would make Mr Thompson a distant cousin of mine. However, I have not met this part of my family as my father emigrated to Australia at the end of WWII and I am fascinated by all the tales and stories of Stockton during this period of time. Thankyou for sharing your experiences for the whole world to see.

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    • Maud Birch was my paternal grandmother – her father was a French Polisher. She married Alfred Walker Thompson (my grandfather) who had his chemist shop at Ragworth. Apothecary’s jars from my grandfather’s shop are now in The Apothecary at Preston Hall Museum street. Allan Thompson was my father – the finest man I ever knew. Sadly my wonderful Mum, Hazel, passed away on 4th February this year (2021). I was lucky to have such lovely parents.

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  6. Interesting to see comments from Ken and Susan, Alan was one of my cousins and I have often wondered if his youngest sister, Valerie is still living in Gainford/Winston area, she married Don Raper. Ken you will know me better as Gran Cooper. I moved South in sixties.

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  7. Welcome to the site Susan, I’m sure you will enjoy all the tittle tattle about Richard Hind and the Parkfield area where you used to live and go to school. If you look carefully you will find a lot of letters from schoolmates and people you just might remember from your junior school days. So enjoy, Uncle Ken.

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  8. What a suprise – Allan (Bubbles) Thompson was my former father-in-law, I married his son Mark (who went to Stockton Grammer). I went to Richard Hind 1969-1974 when he was Deputy Head – so had known my father-in-law longer than my husband. He taught (or tried to) teach me French. You are right – he died a few years ago at a re-union for his old university – Durham.

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  9. The Dickens brothers were all full backs. Barry, as you know, played for Whitby Town & Stockton, Davie played for Head Wrightsons & Bobby for South Bank & the Fiesta. Mario D”Ambrosia was a great character to have in your team, you didn”t know what he would do next, a happy go lucky lad off the field but a hard lad on it. The team the Leeming brothers played for at Bluehall was Norton FC & Alan & Ronnie also played for Stockton Buffs.

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  10. I remember Eric Bunn(Goalkeeper) and John Barnes (C/forward). I played darts for Sparks with these two lads. Also re. Alan Leeming – on leaving school he started as a apprentice butcher for my uncle. He always seemed as though he was in a dreamland and slow to react but on the football field something different. You could not believe the difference. His brother who was killed in Korea was Charlie. Not counting the junior teams I can only think of the Leemings playing for Bluehall and Eamont Road. At Bluehall in those times other players were Eddie Moodie and Dickie Doyle. I believe there was a Barnes also played.

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  11. I can confirm that you were correct about Alf Thompson, Anon. If not so long ago you mentioned footballing brothers, I played in same team as Alan Leeming, Oxbridge Minors, despite him living in Norton. I played briefly for Sparks with two of the Clarkes. Played for Heads with Peter Ambrose and Whitby with Barry Dickens. Mario Ambrose died accidently in Saudi and one of Alan Leemings brothers died in Korean war. Bob Irwin, I was born in Esk Rd, Norton but we moved to Oxbridge where I started school. Shortly afterwards we moved again to Grays Rd and that is why I was the only one from Grange Estate who went to Oxbridge and not Newtown.

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  12. Thanks for post re: Mr Alf Thompson the chemist. I think you must be thinking of someone else as I have never posted on the local football scene.

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  13. Don Raper was on the Norton C.C.T.football selection committee along with Barrie Lee,Wilf Lawson,Billy Russell,Sid Burlison & Dennis Suttill in the sixties.

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  14. Anon,I believe you are correct but not 100% sure. If you knew him he was probably a widower then as his wife, Maude, died in 1961. Coincidently, one of my other Aunts, Millie, had the Chemists shop at Tilery in 40s, 50s and 60s.It was the high pavement section more or less backing onto Hills. Her married name was also Thompson but Billy, her husband, was not related to Alf. Curious to know if Anon is the same one with knowledge of local football and, if so, I probably know you.

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  15. There is a blast from the past Granville. Don Raper, Norton lad. Remember him 55 years ago in Norton. Last saw him in the Bridgewater Arms in Winston some 20 years ago. Not changed, recognised him straightaway.

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  16. Was this the same Alfred Thompson the pharmacist who later had a chemist”s shop at Ragworth shops in the 1950s and 60s? The shop is at the end of the block and is now a butcher /bakers.

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  17. Alan Thompson was one of my cousins. He was brought up in 4 Stanhope Rd, Grange Estate along with 3 sisters and 2 brothers. One sister, Valerie, may still survive him. She married Don Raper and last I knew lived in Gainford. Alf Thompson, their Dad, was manager of Timothy White and Taylors Chemists in the High Street in the 1940″s/50″s.

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  18. Mr Thompson was a very nice chap, but was too soft with people like me who needed to have their noses kept reasonably near the grindstone. Part of the trouble was that he took over, in the third year(in 1956), from a very hard French teacher(Mr Cargill?)who had done the second year. The result was that after being second top in the class under Cargill, I never learned another word of French in the subsequent three years under Mr Thompson. I was subsequently very lucky in being able to attend Battersea College of Technology, where I did my degree, and which did not insist on entrants being able to speak a foreign language (unlike most university type institutions of that period).

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  19. What a lovey surprise… my class and my first year at the big school !!!.I remember some of the faces and indeed Mr Thompson who did go to Stockton Grammar. His replacement was lady teacher – who I believe was the one and only at the time. Neither sadly managed to get me over my strong Stockton accent and I failed my French “O ” level when the time came. I am on the front row and second from right from Mr Thompson.After fifty years in Stockon I moved south to Pickering,N Yorks.

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  20. Sadly, Alan “Bubbles” Thompson died a couple of years ago, but we did manage to get him to a small reunion of SGS lads at The Fairfield pub, not long before that. He was my form master and taught french at the Grammar school.His passion was cricket and he was often to be found at Stockton Cricket Club on Grangefield Road.

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  21. Mr. Thompson moved to Stockton Grammar School not long afterwards, where he taught English and French. At SGS we knew him as “Bubbles” I spotted him in the market once and approached him, but couldn”t bring myself to call him “Bubbles” so I called him “Sir” – as always. 😀

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