A Snow Covered Yarm Road c1964

This picture was taken from the second floor window of 37 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees in the winter of 1964. It shows a section of Yarm Road covered with snow in front of the Church of the Nazarene. From August 1954 to July 1965, I stayed in the room behind the window of 37 Yarm Road which was hired as the company hostel for overseas employees of The Power-Gas Corporation Limited in Stockton. I worked as an engineer-trainee in Power-Gas under a sponsorship offered by the Education Department of Hong Kong government.

At the time when I took this picture, I felt quite excited as it was my first time to see snow in my life since I came from a place with no snow all year around. Power-Gas company was very generous to let me taking a part-time day-release advanced course at Constantine College of Technology for me to complete the academic requirements for admission to the corporate membership of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (I.Mech.E.). During the academic year at Constantine, I worked very hard studying all the relevant textbooks and notebooks in my hostel room after finishing my daily work in Power-Gas office. I passed all the internal examinations at Constantine college and the external I.Mech.E. examinations with flying colour by the end of June 1965.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kwok Wong.

15 thoughts on “A Snow Covered Yarm Road c1964

    • Hi Lee,

      Glad to know you here.

      I did return to England in March 1991 for a period of 4 weeks after I was promoted to senior engineer in the Electrical & Mechanical Department of Hong Kong government.

      It was a study visit to the Anglian Water Authority in Cambridge and Biwater Pumps & Penstocks factories in Birmingham and Manchester. The study visit at that time was considered beneficial to some water treatment projects being undertaken in Hong Kong.

      Best regards,

      Kwok

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  1. Kwok, thank you for this most interesting post. You mention being there from 1954 to 1965, yet only seeing snow for the first time in c1964. This seems a bit odd, the North East being particularly badly hit by snow in Feb 1955 (hence the very good BTF film ‘Snowdrift in Bleath Gill’) and again during the winter of 1962/3 which was the UK’s snowiest of the 20th century. Is this a misprint? Just interested and thank you again.

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    • Hi Martin, thanks for pointing out my typing error. In the third line in my description of the photo should read ” From August 1964 to July 1965, I stayed in the room….”.
      It is my overlook due to old age.
      Best regards,
      Kwok

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  2. Kwok, thank you for posting this snowy scene of Stockton.
    It looks like the view towards the junction of Yarm Road and Yarm Lane, known locally as Densham’s Corner.

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    • Hi Cliff, the house at 37 Yarm Road situates at the junction of Yarm Road and Park Road. It is next to the Church of the Nazarene.
      Best regards,
      Kwok

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  3. Hi Kwok! I also worked at Power Gas Corporation – a great company, and I also went to Constantine College. It seems you took your studies more seriously than I did, but I finished very well qualified, it just took me a very long time! I got married in 1952 and I emigrated to Australia as a Naval Architect in 1965 with a splendid wife and four children. Two more children were born in Sydney Australia. We just got fed up with the rain in England, but we have had some nice holidays back home! I send you my very best wishes for all the luck in the world!
    Cheers Dennis

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    • Hi Dennis, glad to know that we had been colleague in Power-Gas and schoolmate at Constantine before. I now live in Melbourne of Australia after retiring as a senior engineer in 1997 from Hong Kong government. I enjoy hobby woodwork and playing Chinese violin [pronounced as “Erhu” in Mandarin language] in leisure time.
      Best regards,
      Kwok

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      • Hi Kwok! Its quite odd that we both have backgrounds at Power-Gas and at Constantine, and in Engineering and now we are both Aussies! And we are both interested in woodwork! Perhaps there is some hidden genes that we have in common?
        Feel free to email me.

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  4. the photo is great but the story behind it is more interesting. It is a tiny portrait of how things were in the 1960s and how hard we needed to work to achieve. I hope you did well in your career.

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    • Thanks Sue! I had a splendid career. Thanks to a mass of qualifications, as a Naval Architect and Mechanical Engineer I spent the vast majority of a very long career as the boss. I worked full time until I was 81 and part time until I was 82! I was happily married for 62 years to a wonderful wife and mother of our six children! We emigrated from Billingham to Sydney in 1965 and enjoyed every minute!

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    • Hi Sue, after training in Power-Gas, I returned to Hong Kong in 1967. I started my working career first with Taikoo Shipyard as work study engineer for three years, then ten years with Binnie & Partners who were engineering consultants to the Waterworks Department of Hong Kong government in connection with the design and construction of Lok On Pai desalination plant in Hong Kong. During the ten years period with Binnie, I witnessed the works test of the steam turbine-generators of the desalting plant at manufacturer’s factory in Japan on behalf of Waterworks Department. Subsequently I worked with power companies in connection with building of new power generation plants in Hong Kong. Before my retirement in 1997, I was a senior engineer with the Electrical & Mechanical Department of Hong Kong government.

      I enjoyed and benefited very much from the training period I spent with Power-gas. I am now at the age of 80 and still remember everything in the Power-Gas office and hostel there.

      Best regards

      Kwok

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  5. Used to walk around that area on the way to Air Cadets (266) further south, also used The Yorkshire Bank, top right in this photo, after I got married & moved to Hartburn Grange in 1968, happy days.

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