License to Fish for Trout c1913

An old fishing licence License made out to a Mr. J. H. Bowron of Yarm Lane, Stockton and dated 28th June 1913. The licence is signed by the Distributor Wanless Bros. (J. S. Wanless).The licence includes an interesting list of Authorised Distributors of Trout Licenses. This list includes P.C. Storrow, Police Office, at Piercebridge, Mr. J. Garget in Darlington and Wanless Bros., Bridge Road in Stockton-on-Tees.

Image and details courtesy of David Dobbyn


Ceramic Light Switch

This photograph shows the reverse side of a ceramic light switch found during the rewiring of an old Yarm house. The patent is shown as being granted in 1842, which leads me to wonder when electricity came to the town?

Photograph and details courtesy of Anthony Bonner.

Mayoral boards, Stockton Parish Church, 18 October 2017

There have been a few recent posts on Picture Stockton about the previous Mayors of Stockton and whilst I was in the Parish Church I was surprised to find these ‘honours boards’ just inside the main entrance. They are well worth a look but check the church opening times first as it is not always open and even then only by the side or rear entrance but certainly worth a visit.

Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Behind the hoarding!

As the restoration of The Globe Theatre begins another new phase and once again the hoardings are changed to announce a new joint venture, Big Plans, Bright Future – well we certainly hope so, reminders of its past have been placed on display in the Rediscover Stockton shop in the High Street.
A neat row of folding chairs stands in front of posters of former artists with many of the once familiar names, like the Globe, now long gone but wait there’s Cliff Richard so all is not lost! The various tickets, labels and show posters tell of its heyday and the Mecca bingo cards of its later life before eventual closure and years of decay. The items are well worth a look and easily found and also offer a nice break from the winter chill blowing down the High Street at this time of year!
A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who make Picture Stockton what it is, those who contribute or just browse, those behind the scenes who make it happen and all like the Globe, facing the New Year with renewed anticipation of what lies ahead.

Photographs and details courtesy of David Thompson.

Roy Orbison at The Odeon, May 1964

This is how I spent my teenage years, my then girlfriend, now wife were regular attendees at both the Globe and Odeon theatres in the early 1960s, we saw an incredible range of pop acts as well as many that disappeared without trace;




This is the running order for the Freddie and the Dreamers / Roy Orbison

Ezz Reco and the Launchers with Boysie Grant and Beverley
Glen Mason
Chris Sandford and the Coronets
Tony Sheridan with the Bobby Patrick Big Six
Freddie and the Dreamers
The Federals
The Three Quarters
Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders
Roy Orbison

The show started at 6:15pm and was all over by 8:00pm, allowing for the intermission we saw nine acts in 90 minutes, it was pretty much two songs and you are off, I must admit we got quite a lot for our 10 bob. We all sat quietly, listened to the music and clapped politely at the appropriate moment, we hadn’t then suffered the screaming nonsense that came later, wonderful times, wonderful memories.

Images and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.