‘Dear Diary’ Project

Stockton Borough Council have launched a ‘Dear Diary’ project to document your experiences during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whether it’s a digital birthday singalong, a visit to grandparents through their window (like in this pic from Colin Taylor), clapping for key workers, or paying tribute to the loss of a loved one, the project is about capturing all kinds of experiences for future generations to look back on.

You can submit your own pictures, videos and audio stories to the Heritage Stockton website by  visiting www.stockton.gov.uk/deardiary and clicking the ‘Contribute’ button at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing your contributions. ❤️

Greta Road Birthday Party c1963

On the back wall is Peter Barton and Carol Garton. On the right of the picture is Sheila Fagan, Trevor Wynn, Ann Morgan, Paul Wynn ? Tony Morgan and Michael Maynall,
Linda Sturdy, Graham Wynn, Vera Muldowney, ? lived in the mucky duck where my mam worked as a cleaner, Susan Sturdy.
Note no pop!! Just cups of tea!!
The original is black and white but this recently tinted one seems quite accurate.

Photograph and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Two County Cricketers at Norton, 1949

This photograph was taken at Norton Cricket field in 1949. It shows my father Tom Birtle on the left with his good friend Jack Fox. Tom was an opening bowler and Jack (or Jackie as he was often called) was the wicket keeper. They combined to take many wickets for the Norton club over the years.

They both played Durham in minor counties cricket and in time they both played first class cricket Tom for Nottinghamshire and Jack for Warwickshire. Jack must have kept himself very fit as he was playing for Devon as late as 1968. He was a joiner and spent many years in Devon.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

Talk of the Town c1946

40 year old Jess Yates at the Odeon Stockton’s Compton Organ accompanies a dance troupe in 1946. Far right is Nancy Skelton (nee Brigham) who the photograph belongs to. Nancy is part of the Audrey Bailey Dance School who with others are doing Sunday rehearsals at the Cinema for a spot to promote the film “Talk of the Town”. Nancy later had a successful career as a singer and toured with the Kay sisters for a while, her father Eric Brigham ran the Alma Hotel and later the Bridge Hotel in Thornaby. Jess Yates was then touring Rank cinemas as a circuit organist before moving into television production during the 1950’s.

Photograph courtesy of Nancy Skelton, details courtesy of Derek Smith.

Richard Hind School Hike to the Lake District

Langdale Fells, chosen by us instead of The Great Yorkshire Show. My first visit to the Lakes which set my love of the place, health and safety non existent, I wore an old pair of dads steel capped work boots that didn’t fit too well and my waterproof was a yellow cycle cape, and when the rain came I was like a walking yellow funnel! The girls wore their hockey boots. Seated are Pete O’Connor, Norman Hill, Catherine Bell and Liz Hindmarsh. Standing are Barry Moss and Mr Humble the Art Teacher.

Photograph and details courtesy of Norman Hill.

Class Photograph, Billingham South School c1962

A class photograph taken at Billingham South School c1962, the teacher is Mrs/Miss Morgan.
As I remember.. front row 2nd left to middle is Lilian Kennedy, 5th left is Anne Walker and to the right of the teacher is Dorcas Charlton.
Centre row… 10th left is Glen Walker (I believe he emigrated to Canada) and back row…
8th from the left is Keith Jacks (his parents ran the Three Horseshoes at Cowpen Bewley) and 9th is Alan Melville, I wish I could remember the rest but 56 years is a long time.

Photograph and details courtesy of Kenneth Robinson.

William Newton Staff c1972/73

t14904Back Row (l-r): Vicar, Peter Curland (science), Mr. Llewellyn (science).

Middle Row (l-r): Pat Upton (Maths), Joyce Hazelton (Home Economics), Margery Thompson (English & Drama), ?? (Commerce), Margaret Hodgson (Art & Needlework), Anne Pickard (French), Mr Hall.

Front Row (l-r): Marian Heald (Art), Dorothy Coates (PE), Miss Nicolson (Head), Liz Bennett (Geography), Mrs Hall.

Photograph and details courtesy of Maureen Lonsdale nee Boardman.

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.