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United Bus at Redcar 1920s

Eamann O Ruairc tells us: “The man standing in front of it is my grandfather, Michael (Mick) Magee. He began working as a driver, but since he was a very skilled mechanic (he had served his time as a motor mechanic and had spent World War I as a driver in the Army Service Corps on the Western Front) he was soon put to work as a mechanic in the depot in Dormanstown. During his stay in Redcar; Mike became deeply involved in trade unionism and in socialist politics. At some point he became the chauffeur of a Fabian MP. Whether this was a full-time job or a part-time one I do not know. Mike may have worked for the Transport Workers Union and was also very active in the organisation of the 1926 general strike. In 1930 he emigrated to Detroit where he became a key figure in the trade unions in the Ford factories.”

Image and information courtesy of Eamann O Ruairc; Eamann is also seeking further information about United Bus Company in Redcar in the early 1920s.

The Giant Racer, Redcar

Sandringham and Buckingham Road in Redcar occupy the site of a Pleasure Park in Redcar; this amusement park which opened in 1924 included rides such as  ‘River Caves’, ‘The Whirlpool’, ‘The Scenic Motors’, ‘The Autocars’, as well as a skating rink, ‘Hilarity Hut’ and ‘Noahs Ark’. The main ‘event’ was the wooden roller coaster known as the ‘Giant Racer’ which is shown on this postcard by A. E. Graham of Redcar and dates from 1930s. The park closed in 1938 when the 15 year lease lapsed, the Racer was dismantled and moved to at Sheerness; but its life was short-lived owing to the outbreak of war.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka.

Ship Inn Marske

Ship Inn Marske

A postcard view of The Ship Inn Marske, this popular village amenity is a Grade II listed building and described in the Listed British Buildings as: “A very complete example of an Inter-War, Roadhouse type public house.” The building was dating from 1932, although this was a site on which have stood a succession of similarly named buildings. The mock Tudor timber framing originated from the battleships HMS Collingwood and HMS Southampton; the two battleships being scrapped between 1909 and 1912 by Hughes-Bolckow in the north east of England.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

 

 

 

West Terrace, Redcar

West Terrace, Redcar

This postcard view of West Terrace is radically different today; ‘The Royal Standard’ renamed as ‘The Standard’ and the road is for buses only. The clock tower dedicated to Edward VII still stands at the end of the High Street, it is a Grade II listed building and a valued part of Redcar heritage.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Roller Skating at Redcar

Roller Skating at Redcar

Yes it’s the skating rink at Redcar, pity it isn’t still there, but with ‘elf and safety’ now you would have to wear helmets, knee pads, elbow pads; too tired to skate by the time you had got ready. This postcard view from the late 1950s or early 1960s, shows plenty of use. Fred Brunskill tells us: ”The roller skating rink was on the site of the old outdoor swimming baths in the Coatham Enclosure and were built at a cost of £ 10,000 and opened in 1951 to commemorate the Festival of Britain.” Alan Franks tells us: “I remember it well, I used to go skating in the early to mid 1950s here as a lad. We used to skate as fast as we could round and round trying to impress the girls. It didn’t really work.”

Image courtesy of Iris Place and many thanks to Fred Brunskill, Alan Franks and Alan Collins for the updates.

Sea Wall and Beach, Marske

Sea Wall and Beach, Marske

Dating from the late 1950s or early 1960s this postcard view (by J. Johnson – a Marske photographer) is little changed today. It is a pleasant beach, with boats pulled up to the slipway. No candyfloss or ice cream stalls, nor bingo; just a lovely and unspoilt family beach.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Convalescent Home, Coatham

Convalescent Home, Coatham

We posted this image believing it to be of the Convalescent Home at Coatham; based on the ‘REDCAR’ heading to this ‘cropped’ postcard. Our other views of the Home are from the sand dunes and the area now occupied by the open space that was the Coatham Bowl. However, following Fred Brunskill’s comments we are now appealing for any suggestions as to where in Redcar (based on the notation on the card) this building was, so please help!

Dave Cusson has come to the rescue: “Surely this has to be Sir William Turner’s Grammar School on Coatham Road. If correct the photograph was taken before the addition of the cloisters; and likely enough before the School Hall was built.
Sad to think the Council decided to destroy the wonderful old building leaving only the Cloisters and the Hall, both of which are now being allowed to fall into disrepair.”

However; Craig White tells us: “I remember a house standing in splendid isolation on Coatham Marsh, not sure if it had been a hospital.
It was demolished around 1984. The demolition contractors on site where I was working at the time did the job and said they had found lots of old glass bottles in the house.”

Image courtesy of Iris Place and many thanks to Fred Brunskill for his assistance; also to Dave Cusson for coming to the rescue! But perhaps Craig offers a suggestion?

Greetings from Redcar

Greetings from Redcar

This multi-view postcard of Redcar shows why it was so popular in the 1950s and early 1960s; all that golden sand, sunshine and lots to see.
Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Chapel of Sir William Turner’s Homes, Kirkleatham

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This postcard view of the interior of the chapel which is part of the Kirkleatham Alms houses; better known as Sir William Turner’s Homes, does not show the magnificent stained glass windows to true effect. The windows need to be viewed in colour to be truly appreciated, a true gem of our local area.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

Redcar Sea Front

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Not as we see it now, traffic practically none existent, quite peaceful and quiet. This in the days when no central road marking, double yellow lines or even traffic lights. Just a promenade, a beach with swing boats and simple entertainment.

Image courtesy of Iris Place.

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