14 thoughts on “Silver Street 1973

  1. Nice to come across this site.
    I too like Chris Bailey have fond memories of our time in Brogue Man’s shop in Silver Street,Stockton and Fred Veazey and the orginal shop in Bottemley Street Middlesbrough,virtually next door to the Purple Onion/McCoys.
    Chris is so right about the Waverley as it was the era before the fast food and so much better.
    However we were extremely lucky to be part of those unique decades the 60s and 70s. The boutiques the nightclubs like the Fiesta and a new beginning for the average working person because they had excess money to spend on themselved.
    Chris when you read this I have been trying to contact you. Please ask for my email from Picture Stockton.


      • Sadly, Bari Chohan died suddenly on Dec 28th in Dubai, aged 69. He did have a share in a menswear shop in M’bro circa 1969 called ’36’. In the early 70’s, in another p/ship he opened yet another menswear shop within the former ‘Barry’s Corner’ building to the corner of Bridge Rd / Yarm lane during the early 70’s. This was called ‘Spirit’. That was his last retail venture.


  2. During the late 60’s Fred Veasey, from Middlesbrough, opened a ‘male boutique’ in Silver Street called ‘Brogue Mans-shop’. This was his second venture, his first being in Bottomley Street, Middlesbrough.
    My pal Bari Chohan and I were his 18 year old ‘Saturday-staff, receiving £1.50 each for the day, which usually involved selling a lot of the iconic ‘Ben Sherman’ shirts to the fashionable young men of Stockton.

    Fred was notoriously ‘tight’ with money, the rear areas of the tiny shop having no facilities whatsoever, not even an electric kettle! Tea-breaks were therefore facilitated each Saturday by one of us ‘staff’ walking across the busy High Street, thru’ the crowds of the bustling market, in order to access the back door of The Waverley Cafe. Here, we would purchase a huge pottery jug of tea and a paper bagful of freshly baked ‘fairy-cakes’ for 2/6d, carrying which, we would then negotiate our way back through the weekend town-centre throng, to Silver Street.

    The back door (or kitchen door) of The Waverley, was accessed via an alleyway off the High Street and I recall this Kitchen being staffed by a bunch of cheerful middle-aged ladies all in ‘pinnies’ who normally dispensed these ‘jugs of tea’, to the market-stall holders. The other thing I recall, was that the yard outside the Waverley’s back door, was inhabited by some of the fattest ‘alley cats’ (possibly feral) I have ever seen. These, I assume gathered there, in order to take advantage of the food ‘scraps’ freely available to them from the kitchen-staff.


    • Thanks Chris, for reminding me of this cafes name. My mother had a stall on Stockton Market for over 10 years selling second hand clothes, she stood adjoining the ‘market cross’, a friend called Mary Francis was next to her, along with the two jovial sisters known as the “Tripe Ladies’. What an exellent trade these two stallholders had for tripe. As a boy my job was to go to the Waverley Cafe maybe twice a day for jugs of tea. I was unaware they had another entrance and always assumed the one in the alley was the main one. I once asked one of the staff one of the staff what weight was the cat? a ginger moggie, and was told 22lbs! I used to pick it up regularly because it was so huge and, for this reason, unusual.

      Tripe is a type of edible offal from the stomachs of various farm animals. Beef tripe is usually made from only the first three chambers of a cow’s stomach: Tripe may also be produced from any animal with a stomach. In some cases other names have been applied to the ‘tripe’ of other animals. For example tripe from pigs may be referred to as paunch. Washed tripe is more typically known as dressed tripe. To dress the tripe the stomachs are cleaned and the fat trimmed off. It is then boiled and bleached giving it the white colour more commonly associated with tripe as seen on market stalls and in butchers shops. The task of dressing the tripe is usually carried out by a professional tripe dresser. Dressed tripe was a popular nutritious and cheap dish for the working classes from Victorian times up until the latter half of the twentieth century. While still popular in many parts of the world today, the number of tripe eaters, and consequently the number of tripe dressers, in the UK has rapidly declined. Tripe has come to be regarded as a mere pet food as the increased affluence of post war Britain has reduced the appeal of this once staple food. This resulted in a reported 300% increase in tripe sales in some areas. It remains a popular dish in many parts of continental Europe such as France and Italy.


    • I too had a Saturday job in the 60’s – in the old Woolworths near Wellington Street. The floor had wooden tiles, the counters were big and solid, but at least you had room to move behind them, while the rest of the shop floor and the High Street were always packed solid on a Saturday.
      I reckon this was 1966, when I was at Middlesbrough College of Art – the same time as you, Chris! Ask for my email address and we’ll have a bit catch-up.
      One of the highlights of the job was the staffroom upstairs. It was like a big, family kitchen and a friendly woman baked cakes and prepared savouries all day! Of course there was always food left after work so we were bundled off home with our goody bags – and no fat cats to beat us to it!


  3. How many people know that although Stockton was paved and had a Town House, a Toll Bar and Church on the High Street, Silver Street and Bishop Street were the main shopping streets in the 1760’s. The High Street being mainly residential houses for the wealthy. The development of the High Street for shopping came much later, hence the difference in styles before a lot of it was knocked down.
    This caused quite an uproar between those who wished it to stay as it was and those who wanted to change, update, modernise what ever you call it, I call it progress.
    Back in the late 1700’s early 1800’s there was just as much dismay over the changes from posh residential to shopping area which took place over a long period hence the style differences. The Market was always the main shopping place, the twice weekly set up being a huge draw, as shoppers habits changed and people moved out of town so the markets lost out.
    My lasting memories of Bishop Street was the Plaza and the lodgers you took home with you after a visit.
    All this can be read from the many books of Stockton some of them still on the shelves of the library, Stockton as a Town has been in constant change and is still changing, the past is gone it does not last very long in real time, I would like to see what my Grandchildren inherit.


  4. Carol Darbyshire lived in the Stag Hotel in the sixties, she was a popular girl in the Maison De Dance Hall. Does anybody remember her?


  5. BBBs was the initials of the Bradford and Bingley Building Society. My wife used to work there when it opened back in 1969.


  6. BBB I think was the Bradford and Bingley Building Society. I also remember the beer in the Stag, it was John Smiths I think, the head on the hand pulled beer was enormous and a great pint.


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