This photograph of Stockton High Street in the early 1950s shows a number of pre-war cars and of course the ever present Stockton Corporation buses, I don’t know if the ‘O’ bus in the foreground belonged to Stockton Corporation or Middlesbrough Corporation as the lettering system was used by Middlesbrough and Stockton used numbers until the formation of Teesside Municipal Transport…
Even then Stockton had it’s floral displays as shown by the hanging baskets on the lamp post, plus there is a Union Jack flying on the top of one of the buildings to the left, something of a rarity nowadays.
Photograph and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
This is a snapshot taken from a British Gaumont film from the early 20th century, film producers would visit a town and film local activities which they would then show at the local theatre/cinema, as you can see the furniture depository was in Knowles Street which of course is still there, the film was taken from a horse and cart being driven along the High Street and shows many young boys messing about as only young boys can and other horse drawn transport as well as people on the footpaths.
Courtesy of Bruce Coleman.
To see this nice piece of local history visit… http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-stockton-on-tees-1910/.
A number of organisations offering people the opportunity to find out about the past, present and future of the Armed Services was held on Stockton High Street today. There were a range of military and civilian support organisations; the World War Two re-enactment society with several military vehicles, regular Army Stands of Vehicles and information from The Yorkshire Regiment,1 Close Battalion REME and the Rifles. Museums from the Green Howards, Yorkshire Regiment and The Hough Battery Hartlepool, Local Regimental Association information stands, Army reserve stands from 243 Provo Coy, 201 Field Hospital, 282 MC Sqn, 50 Sigs Sqn and 124 Recovery Coy, The Drums Platoon of the Yorkshire Regiment, WW1/WW2 Singer Janie St John and Soprano Samantha Holden. Thursday 30 June 2016.
Work is due to remove the false wall from the front of The Globe Theatre so that an assessment can be carried out of the work needed to be done to restore it to it’s former glory. The ‘Bring The Stars Back To Stockton’ frontage is actually a large illustrated tarpaulin and I took the opportunity to take some photographs of it before it’s removal. What I had never noticed before were the inscribed steel expansion plates set into the pavement which list previous performers, the ones I could read were Buddy Holly and The Crickets in 1958 and Morecambe and Wise in 1952.
Photograph and details courtesy of David Thompson.