Class Photograph, Stephenson Hall c1966

Stephenson Hall Class Photograph Stephenson taken in December 1966. I have listed names to faces though not all, and struggled with those that I did…

Back row (l-r); David Shields, Peter Robinson, ??, Terry Gardiner, Walter Dinsdale, ??, Stuart Dickenson, Ian Docherty
2nd Row (l-r); Paul Dodds, Neil Cushin, Brian Duell, Kevin Simpson, Alan Holaway, Dave Hutchinson, ??, ??
3rd Row (l-r); Judith ?, Linda Bean, ??, Valerie Smith, Sylvia ?, Averill ?                      Front Row (l-r); Pat Butler, Margret Gillespie, Lynn Moon, Tommy Coleman, Barbara Thomas, Sandra Todd, Marie Nicholson

Photograph and details courtesy of Neil Cushin.

Unknown Stage Production c1950s

This photograph shows my mother, Enid Pallant (nee Moss) – fourth from right – in a stage production, probably with Stockton Stage Society, of which I know she was a frequent performer in plays and musicals.

I suspect it dates from the 1950s. I have no more information, I’m afraid, but would be interested to see if anyone can shed some light on it.

Photograph and details courtesy of Mark Pallant.

Unknown Woman

This photograph (of a woman in my family, I think) was taken in Stockton by Thirlwell & Co, unfortunately I have no date. I’d really like to know who this woman is… It would be interesting to hear from anyone with the surname Duke or Gazey.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kiaya Donnelly.

Workers, Currys Warehouse

This photograph was taken around 1948 at Curry’s warehouse in Castlegate. They stored and distributed foodstuff and other consumables around the area; they were later taken over by SPD who opened a new depot on the Quayside.  My mum is on the left with the red collar inside her overalls, and her name was Beatrice Adams.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jack Adams.

British Road Services Staff

Here’s a photograph of the British Road Services staff taken in the late 1940s or early 1950s. My sister, Brenda, is fourth from the left and this was her first job after leaving Richard Hind School.
I believe the office was somewhere near Parliament Street or St John’s Crossing.

Photograph and details courtesy of Neil Stockdale.

Head Wrightson, Teesdale Trip to Blackpool

This is a photograph of guys from Head’s heavy and light machine shops on their annual trip to Blackpool probably around 1968/69.
The trips were organised by Peter McGann, who is probably taking the photo, unfortunately I can only name the younger ones but I am sure Len Nicholson with his fantastic memory will be able to fill in the missing names.
Seated on the floor left to right is Stevie Whitmarsh, Dave Pitt, Gordon Grant, behind them (l to r) me (Brian Parker) and Tommy Proctor I don’t know the third guy who I think was a mate of Tommy’s and didn’t work at Heads.
The trips were a good mixture of ages with constant laughter, banter, ribbing and practical jokes and I felt privileged to be part of them.

Photograph and details courtesy of Brian Parker.

Furness Football Team c1932

This photograph shows the Furness Football Team in 1932 with Dicky Baker holding the ball. I believe Dicky was killed during his twenties driving his motorbike out of the bottom of Chapel Lane. He was a friend of my father, Sid Turner. My mother often spoke of him and kept this photo all her life.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jeff Turner.

Busy Bustling Billingham, Mid 1960s

This is the Billingham I remember from my teenage years, it was a great place to grow up in, the council was very forward looking and live music in the Town Centre was one of many things they did to enliven the town.

The five piece band, the drummer is hidden in the middle, could be The Johnny Taylor Five, they were often to be seen performing in the Town Centre. I don’t know if the crowd were there to see the band or were already there and taking advantage of the live entertainment.

One of the things that sticks in my mind about Billingham Town Centre was the fact that you would always meet somebody you knew or somebody you didn’t know who would speak to you, always friendly, Billingham people.

Brown Brothers & Taylor was one of the first shops to open in the Town Centre, this was in the mid 1950s, Finlays was a favourite place for youngsters as they had a record department where the young ladies behind the counter would play records of your choice, as in Leslie Browns in Stockton there were a couple of listening booths where we would get crammed in and listen to records by the likes of Guy Mitchell, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith and many others, the staff were very good as they knew full well that we had no money with which to buy records and most of us didn’t even have a gramaphone, this is what we called them before record player became the usual name, on which to play them.

At this time Billingham had fish ponds and aviaries in the Town Centre, not acceptable nowadays but an interesting feature at the time. A very lively place.

Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.