Blacketts Head Toy Buyer

This is a photograph of my Auntie Joan Carr (as she was then), she is on the far right in the dark suit. She was Head Toy Buyer at Blacketts store in Stockton. The photograph was probably taken late 1940’s to early 1950’s. Joan was born in 1925, married Maurice Mines in 1950 and they emigrated to Canada in 1952 where she died in 2013

It would be really nice if anyone recognises couple in the middle and the three children with them.

Photograph and details courtesy of Brian Swales.

Cycling Club c1950s

This photograph taken circa early 1950’s shows my father, Geoff Parkin (3rd from left, back row). I believe the photograph might have been taken during a Cycling Club outing. Does anyone recognise any of the people in the photograph?

Photograph and details courtesy of Simon Parkin.

The Leek Family, 1944

This photograph was taken in 1944 to be sent to my Father who was serving in the RAF. We were living in Cornwall Crescent in Billingham at the time. Standing at the back is my eldest sister Margaret (Margo), front left is my brother David, next is my mother Emma then me (Freda), with my elder sister Pat on the right. My father Sid was in the RAF in the 1920s and re-enlisted at the start of the Second World War, he was in his mid 40s when demobbed in 1945. My Brother David was well known in Billingham, he ran “Leeks” DIY shop in Mill Lane for many years. Does anyone remember the shop? I live in Australia now and David lives in Stockton.

Photograph and details courtesy of Freda McCorkell (Leek).

Hardwick Juniors Football Team 1965 – 66, Stockton Schools under 11 League Winners

The team was unbeaten all season, won the league including a play-off against Mandale Juniors who we beat in a replay. Graham Rutherford, Stephen Sharp, David Mellvin (Captain), ??, Bobby Bista, Russell Crawford, Graham Highfield, Geoff Stockburn, David Brown, Alan Jones, Jeff Green, Michael Beale (Goal Keeper) and George Hardwick, ex Middlesbrough, England and Great Britain footballer. I hope this photograph interests a few people!

Photograph and details courtesy of Alan Jones.

Clevo Flour Mill

The Clevo Flour Mill stood on the South side of Victoria Bridge and took four days and 265 pounds of gelignite to bring down, with each attempt increasing the tilt until it finally fell on 17 June 1970. I took this photograph on 14 June 1970.

Photograph and details courtesy of Andy Wood.