Stockton Wheelers, 1976

Following on from last weekend’s Stockton Cycling event, here is a photograph of a group of the ‘younger’ Stockton Wheelers cyclists, stood on the steps of the Doric column next to the Town Hall, just before setting off on a Sunday club run. It was Stockton Wheelers Diamond Jubilee year of 1976 and I think this was a special Sunday run to celebrate the occasion. One of the riders in the photograph is Paul Curran who went on to win two commonwealth gold medals some years later.

Photograph and details courtesy of John Callender.

Harry Greener’s Class 1968/69, Billingham Church of England School

I recently found this photo along with some of my father’s documents, which shows the class of that year, for which my father was my teacher as well! (I’ve read some of the earlier comments about him – he seems to have been quite popular!)

I can only identify a few names…

BACK ROW
1
2
3
4
5
6 Derek Fitzhugh?
7 Barbara Bryson?
8
9
10
11 Stephen Poad?
12
13 Stephen Wathey?
14 Harry Greener (my Dad)

MIDDLE ROW
1 Tony Langford
2
3
4
5 Katherine McMullen
6 Richard Greener (me)
7
8 Mark Smith
9

FRONT ROW
Sorry – no idea

Photograph and details courtesy of Dick Greener.

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

First year class J1 from 1964 – 65 with teacher Miss Allen.

Second year class J2 from 1965 – 66 with teacher Mrs Marsh.

Third year class J3 from 1966 – 67 with teacher Mr Kaley.

Fourth year class J4 from 1967 – 68. Can anyone remember the teachers name? First year in Upsall Grove, Fairfield location after move from Yarm Lane.

Photographs and details courtesy of Nick Wright.

Thomas Starr 1890-1957: A Hard Life for an Intelligent Man

This pictures shows my grandad, Thomas Barrow Starr, and my grandma, Florence Starr, when they got married in 1919. My grandmother’s previous husband had disappeared in the First World War.

My grandad himself survived the war, quite by accident. In 1914, every man jack wanted to be in the war “that would be over by Christmas”. To join up meant going down Middlesbrough. On hearing that grandad had walked from Portrack to Middlesbrough to get recruited, the recruiting sergeant asked “don’t your feet hurt”. On being told “just a bit” my grandad was marked down as “flat feet”, unsuitable for soldering, as the recruiting station was overwhelmed. This kept him safe, even when, later on, conscription came in.

My grandad had wanted to get into technical education in Stockton, and although he passed the entrance exams his family could not afford the fees. Accordingly, the rest of his life was spent labouring. For a time, he worked on a cogging steel mill at the Malleable, which must have been the reason he became quite deaf.

I only knew him in his last ten years, when his lungs were so bad, he was permanently on the sick. The last job he had was with lime kilns at the Malleable works, which must have been deadly. His working days finished when one day he arrived home at 17 St Anne’s Terrace, Portrack, only to hang over the garden gate, absolutely exhausted. Each day of the rest of his life, he would walk to the end of the street and stand in the alcove of the Portrack Pub, with his cap and long overcoat, out of the wind. What a waste.

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Annie Fawcett at the Brown Jug, Norton Road

The Brown Jug on Norton Road where my Aunt, Annie Fawcett began work as a barmaid for Joe Cartwright.

A photograph of Annie standing behind the bar where she worked for 35 years before retirement, “Miss Annie Fawcett reckons she has stretched out her left arm over a million times to pull pints for customers”. The other photograph is both Annie and Joe Cartwright, plus my other Aunt, Violet Wren and her husband Billy, who also worked there. Over the years, my Mother worked in the off-licence shop and my sister often did baby sitting (I’m not sure who had the pub at that time).

Photographs and details courtesy of Anne Jones.

Westbury Street School, Thornaby c1945

Front Row (left to Right): Maurice Gray, ??, Joe Notman, Billy Taite.
Second Row (left to Right): ??, Derick Worn, Jimmy Instone, Barry Chesser, ??,
??, Maurice Thornton, John Boyle, Randolph Macartney.
Third Row (left to Right): Eric Fordy, Keith Barker, ??, Alan Shaw, John Bell, Graham Henderson, ??, Allan Sanderson.
Back Row (left to Right): ??, ??, ?? ??, ??, Geoff Dunwell, ??, ??, Jim Black, ??, Billy Booth.

Photograph and details courtesy of Jim Black.

Can Anyone Help?

Can anyone help in identifying these old photos, possibly at Port Clarence Elementary School. My mother and her siblings were born and reared in Stockton between 1908 and 1950. The photos appear to be of school children and to have been taken in the same place (trellis in the background), perhaps even on the same day? Is it possible to identify the school? Was this the school uniform of the time? Is it possible to date the photographs?

I am only guessing that it might be Port Clarence Elementary School as the family lived at Crosby Terrace, Port Clarence. The first photograph shows my aunt, Kathleen Conlon (born 1910) seated middle row, far right and the second shows my aunt Margaret Ann (Peggy) Conlon (born 1915) standing back row far right.

Photographs and details courtesy of Kathleen Holmes.