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First Aid Competition

First Aid Competition

We are completely stumped! We need help with names, when and where?

Bob Doe tells us: ”Jon Shelley with glasses kneeling at back. Used to be a security man at  BSC Skinningrove.”

Image courtesy of Dave McGill and thanks to Bob for the update.

Claphow Lane 1940’s

Claphow bridges in the 1940s, I would not advise walking along the road in this manner today. It is now known that the two ladies are: ”Two sisters (left to right); Joan and Emily Greensitt whose family owned a guest house on Marine Parade, Saltburn. The image was taken of them taking a leisurely stroll through the Claphow bridges about 1940”
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks and additional information courtesy of Lingdale Communigate site.

Cheques

Cheques

A presentation of cheques, but we have no information as to event, location or what the cheques are for?. We can identify at the far right Arthur Hawkins (Invoice Manager) and Eddie Yeoman receiving a cheque; far left Ron Mildon. Ron Milner (Security) centre with cheque? Can any one help with further information.
Photo courtesy Dave McGill and thanks to Bob Doe, Brian Young, and Colin Verrill for the updates.

Zig Zag Railway Bridge

Zig Zag Railway Bridge

Removing the rails from the bridge down to Skinningrove on the Zig Zag Railway, just below the hairpin bend on Carlin How bank. Work undertaken by Darlington District Engineers Department, prior to the bridges demolition, about 1958.

Photo courtesy of Ken Loughran.

Another presentation

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We can recognise second from left Albert Atkinson,

Can anybody help?

Image courtesy of Dave McGill

First Aid

First Aid

I know first left is Bill Hyde, but who are the other men and who is receiving the first aid?

Photo loaned by Dave McGill

St. John’s Ambulance

St. John's Ambulance

Looks as though there is an examination in progress, those of us not so young will recognise the Doctor there. The late  Dr. Etches, a well known, well liked doctor in Loftus. Barbara McBurney tells us: ”The boys attending to the patient are Dave Partlett and Gerry Pearson facing, Norman Myers kneeling with his back to camera.”
Photo loaned by Dave McGill and thanks to Barbara for the update.

Going Home

Miners at Lingdale, leaving the mine one carries a safety lamp, others are discarded on the ground along with helmet battery lamps. Was this the Last Shift?. Miners: Bernard ’Bish’ Swinburne, Eric Hatfield?, Joseph Hood, ??.

Ian Swinburn has told the Archive: ”Far left on the picture is my dad Bernard (Bish) Swinburne and it might be Eric Hatfield to his left; not sure about the others”.

Stuart Williamson informs: “I was born in Brotton and spent many happy summers at my grandparents, both there and in Lingdale, where my father was born. His grandmother was a midwife before they became official, and she also laid out the dead.By chance when looking through your archive I came across a photograph of my grandfather, Joseph Hood, leaving the pit”. Stuart also offered his poem: 

A Northern Poem – Stuart Williamson ©
“Clattering boots on grey stone flags
The pit head, a mile away
The Miners wind their weary path
To the stone face
600 foot down
In Yorkshire clay

A coat that’s seen a dozen winters
Sisal tied beneath the knee
A waistcoat worn with pride at weddings
Thick knit socks
Strong fags
Sweet tea

Ironstone, Belemnite, Nautilus rich
Tons of rock propped at the face
The ironstone freed up night and day
Wolf safety lamp
A yellow bird
Just in case

Terraced streets all left behind to wake
Pos tubs, mangles, thumped and ground
Pies and pasties, bread to make
Children washed and dressed 
And fed
And combed

Women left to tend the home
Mending holes and fixing rents
Tatting rugs with prod and poke
Or into service for their sins
Ironing cassock
A sacrament

A ‘job down’t pit’ was all there was
You might go to school of course,
If you did really well
Good at sums and you could spell
If money was found to buy your books
And your boots
And your grey flan-nel”

Identification of the other miners or corrections welcome.

Photo courtesy George Pearson, thanks to Ian Swinburne and Stuart Williamson for the updates.

South Skelton Mine

South Skelton Mine

South Skelton Mine, around the time of closure in 1954. Mining commenced
in the 1860’s, at a depth of about 200 feet.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.

South Skelton

South Skelton

South Skelton Mine, just before the war, The Picking Belt Shed at the left of the photo looks fairly new it was installed around 1935. The Picking Belt
came from the redundant Belmont Mine.
Photo courtesy George Pearson.