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Cake Decoration Entries

This is a photograph of a decorated cake competition in 1952.  Chairman and Mrs. Woodrow are in the picture, but do you recognise anyone else?

Image courtesy of Carole Kellogg

Sports Day 1950

We thought that these were pupils at Saltburn School in 1951, but now know that it was the Saltburn and Skelton District School Annual Sports Association meeting at Saltburn Cricket Ground in 1950. Pupils from Saltburn, North Skelton and Skelton schools participated. Chairman Councillor F. L. Woodrow is with the group who have been presented with the cups.  The headmaster of the school, Mr. Fred Webster, is standing on the right. Barbara McBurney suggested: “I think the girl front row, second from right might be Maureen Smith (nee Hall).” Maureen Smith (nee Hall) informed the Archive: “The girl next to Maureen Hall on the right is Anne Tubbs, boy on right is Alan Crane; boy next to the elbow is Paul Moore. The headmaster is Mr Webster.”

Alan Collins advises the Archive: “The girl on the left of Maureen Hall is S. Harrison from North Skelton; she came second to my sister, Rosina Collins, in the 8 year olds 60 yards event at this Saltburn and Skelton District School Annual Sports Association meeting at Saltburn Cricket Ground in 1950. My mum pasted press cutting with all the winners names, and three other newspaper photos, plus a lovely studio photograph taken in July 1952 (where Maureen Hall is holding the cup, and sitting between my sister Rosina Collins, with five other winners. The two sitting on the other side next to Maureen who were orphans from the Dr Bernardos home at the end of Victoria Road (where a new estate has been built above Rifts Wood). All these girls names are listed on the press cuttings: E. Hanson, J. Phipps, J. Combellac, A. Ward, P. Perry, R. Collins, R. Coates, M. Hall, S. Hunter, A. Tubbs. L. Swain, K. Sherwood. Councillor F. Woodrow presented the prizes. And yes; the boy on the right is Alan Crane. He lived in the same street as me when we moved from Victoria Road/Terrace “at the top end” to 28 Emerald Street in “the bottom end” of Saltburn. Alan Crane lived up a narrow stair case on the top flat opposite a now non-existing corner shop. My family life was falling apart due to my father beginning divorce proceeding in 1954 and he was awarded custody of me and wanted me to emigrate to Australia with him, but my mother was always one step ahead of him and had enrolled me at the Army Apprentice School in Harrogate. It was an awful place to put a budding artist and poet! I think one of the 5 winning girls in my 1952 studio photo of Maureen Hall and my sister and five other winners, was called Joan Birkinshaw. Although I remember everyone’s face, I’m not good at names but I remember that name for some reason. I was the sensitive troubled kid torn apart by a divorce (and witnessing its causal infidelities on a regular basis throughout my infancy and adolescence) who Fred Webster caned rather than ask me why I just stared out of the class window being useless at maths? While Miss Creasor, my kind RE teacher, used to invite me for tea and angel cake at her house in Upleatham Street, after my paper-round was finished, but could not get a word out of me, because she was too scared to ask a direct question, in case she got in hot water if my awful histrionic mother complained! I was, of course, a tortured soul covering it up by whistling and sleep-walking around throughout my childhood at Saltburn until 1959.”

Pupils kneeling: ??, Sheila Harrison (North Skelton), Maureen Hall (later Smith), Anne Tubbs.

Bill Knowles tells us: ”I think the small boy on the left of the picture with the dark hair and the toothy smile is called Allen Crane.”

Thanks to Carole Kellogg for the photograph and information, also Barbara McBurney, Bill Knowles and Maureen Smith (nee Hall) and Alan Collins  for updates.

At Coatham Grammar School

We now know that this is Sports Day presentation at Coatham Grammar School. The Mayor and Mayoress of Redcar with Chairman and Mrs. Woodrow are in the picture.  Do you recognise anyone else? Stan Grosvenor who attended the school 1950 to 1955 tells us: ”This picture is definitely a Coatham Grammar school picture.  The scoreboard shows Cochranes and Inghams both of which were Houses at the school.  Cochranes House colour was purple and Inghams was red.  I don’t recognise any of the faces.”

Peter Chester (who attended the school 1960 to 1967, author of ‘New Lamps for Old – History of Sir William Turners and Redcar & Cleveland College’) supports Stan’s update and advises: ”It is difficult to date but is almost certainly post-war, although the silver ware dates from the 1920s. Some of the major cups and shields are still on display at Redcar & Cleveland College, where the Sir William Turner Trust resides.”

Image and information courtesy of Carole Kellogg, also to Stan Grosvenor and Peter Chester for the

Badminton Presentation

The Mayor of Redcar, Mrs. Woodrow, the Mayoress of Redcar and Chairman Woodrow are seated behind the display of cups and trophies.  The presentation was at The Parochial Hall (Now the Re-Furnish Emporium), Diamond Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, the Archive commented: “But we don’t know the names of any of the players.” A distant viewer of the Archive has supplied the following: “A compilation of information from June Dale (Nee Watson) and Audrey Kirby: Top back: Redvers Blakey with glasses, (Saltburn).
Line one (from left to right): 1st Fred Sanderson (Skelton), 2nd Frank Coupe (Saltburn), 3rd Norman Baxter (Skelton), 4th Luke Clarke on the right-hand end
Above and behind: 1st Winney Caine (Skelton), 2nd June Stonehouse (Skelton)
Middle Section: 1st Gordon Semple (Redcar), 2nd Audrey Kirby (Skelton), 3rd Jean Heseltine (Skelton), Above and behind: Betty Gibbs (Saltburn) Peggy Smith, Skelton (behind and to right of Councillor Woodrow), 4th Joyce Casson (Skelton)
Middle Section Cont.: 5th Sheila Thompson (Redcar), 6th Margaret Robins-Jones (Saltburn), 7th Suzy Banister (Skelton), 8th (A lady from Boosbeck played with Norman Baxter, name unknown), Mayor of Redcar, Mrs. Woodrow, Mayoress of Redcar, Chairman Mr. Woodrow.
Finals of Badminton Tournament presentation, not at Redcar but The Parochial Hall (Now the Re-Furnish Emporium), Diamond Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Confirmed by Audrey Kirby)

Image and information courtesy of Carole Kellogg; thanks to June Dale (nee Watson) and Audrey Kirby for the excellent update and names.

Pensioner’s Trip

Chairman and Mrs. Woodrow are in the middle of the group, but who are the other people and where are they going?

Image courtesy of Carole Kellogg.

Red Cross

Carole Kellogg (nee Woodrow) has been in touch with us from Tucson, Arizona, after viewing our site and has sent us some photographs that were taken at events when her father, Fred L. Woodrow, was Chairman of the Saltburn & Marske Urban District Council in 1951.

This group appear to have been attending a formal occasion connected with the Red Cross.  Back row: Mr J. C. (Cyril) Pickering, ??, ??, Mr. F. Woodrow (wearing his chain of office), ??, ??.

Front row: Mrs. B. M. Spragg, ??, Mrs. N. Pickering, Mrs. Woodrow, ??, ??  Can anyone tell us more about this occasion?

Owen Rooks tells us: ”Mr J. C. (Cyril) Pickering was owner of Saltburn Motor Services and Mrs N. Pickering who I think held an official honorary position within the Saltburn branch of the Red Cross Society.” Frank Spragg confirms this identification with : “Sitting front row No 1 is Mrs B.M. Spragg (my mother).”

Image and information courtesy of Carole Kellog; also thanks to Owen Rooks and Frank Spragg for the names update.

Saltburn Who’s Who

Carole Kellogg whose father was Mr Fred Woodrow, says that she vaguely remembers being present when this photograph was taken at the Dr. Barnardo’s Home in Saltburn.

Standing at the back: ??, ??, Mayor of Redcar (Alderman Thomas Alexander Dougall), Mr. F. Woodrow, Mr J. C. Pickering, ?? Head of Saltburn School,  Rev. Berriman (Emmanuel Church Saltburn).

Front:  Mrs Dougall (Wife of Mayor of Redcar), Mrs. Woodrow, ??, Mrs N. Pickering.

Callum Duff tells us: ”This is the official photograph for the 1951 ‘Festival of Cleveland’ event held at The Dr Barnardo’s Home, ‘The Ridge’ at Saltburn. The home closed in 1969 and was demolished to make way for the cul-de-sac of Executive-style houses, also called The Ridge which now occupy the site.” Callum also advises: “I recently bought a colour cine film from the Barnardo’s archive which features the ‘Festival of Cleveland’ event and this photograph being taken. It forms part of a promotional film showing the work of the Barnardo’s charity in Saltburn and other homes in Yorkshire.”

Image courtesy of Carole Kellogg (nee Woodrow) photograph and information; thanks to Owen Rooks for the update on names and to Callum Duff for further information.

The Mayors

Mr. Fred Woodrow is in the middle of this group, and Carole Kellog thinks that the Mayor of Redcar is next to him, on the right.

Can anyone tell us when and where the photograph was taken and who the others are?

Image and information courtesy of Carole Kellogg.

1954 Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens from four Sunday Schools in East Cleveland took part in a ”festival of queens” at Redcar’s pier ballroom in August 1954 to help raise funds for National Children’s Homes.

Back row: Councillor R. Kistler, Mrs R. Kistler (Mayor and Mayoress of Redcar), Rev. Norman Birtwell, Councillor W. Atkinson.

Front row: Sheila Mead (Loftus), Judith Smelt (Skinningrove), Pamela Husband (Redcar), Susan Hind (Saltburn).

Image (from a newspaper cutting) courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre; thanks to Derick Pearson for the details and to A. N. Andre for the update.