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Businessmen or Skelton Association for the Prosecution of Felons?

Businessmen or Skelton Association for the Prosecution of Felons?

We have received a request for assistance, from Peter Appleton, and he tells us: “This image of a group of local businessmen was taken with permission; from Bill Danby’s website ’History of Skelton-in-Cleveland’; it came to him from Shirley Wunifold (nee Skipper). As a result of my researches into the Skelton Association for the Prosecution of Felons, I believe the image depicts the attendees at one of its meetings during the 1950s. With the caption on Bill’s website, the following identifications have been established (left to right): Bob Garrett (Confectioner), ??, ??, Clarence Ruddock, Cyril Ridsdale (Builder), Roland Whitaker (Newsagent), Bob Young (Butcher), Tommy Evans (Jeweller), Tommy Kingston (Chemist), Arthur Ellingham (Plumber), ??. Can anybody add further confirmation or, more importantly, correction of these identifications, or fill in any of the gaps?” Peter is hoping to publish, in the next two or three months, a book about the activities of the Association from its founding in 1787 to its eventual demise in 1973. Peter would like to have the fullest set of identifications to go with the image when he uses it as an illustration. His book will be titled: My Granddad was a ”Felon”. Tommy Evans was his grandfather. Please respond via our comments tab as usual and all responses will be forwarded to Peter. Thank you. Image courtesy of Bill Danby ”History of Skelton-in-Cleveland” forwarded to the ECIA via Peter Appleton, who is requesting this assistance. Please be of assistance.

Harvesting the Peas.

Harvesting the Peas.

Our image shows a group of unknown relatives (of the Rooks family) harvesting peas at the John Street allotment. Owen points out ” A point of interest is that you can just see North Skelton school top right in the background if you look hard!” It must have been a cooler day for the harvest as our ladies are wearing coats.
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

On the Allotment

On Allotment

Grandma Rooks (grandmother of Owen Rooks) who died in in 1930; is pictured with a cousin called Marjorie Gott at the Rook’s allotment in John Street, New Skelton.
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tea at the Allotment

Tea at the Allotment

Mrs Bell enjoying a cup of tea at the allotment with her mother Mrs Oyston. Friends of the Rooks their allotment was beside the cemetery on Stanghow Lane, New Skelton.
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Friends in the Sunshine

Mrs Rooks and Mrs Richardson

Mrs Rooks and Mrs Richardson enjoying another lovely sunny day at the John Street allotments. The 1950s seemed to have been blessed with some lovely summers.
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

In the Sunshine

In the Sunshine

Mr and Mrs Richardson enjoying their John Street allotment in the 1950s. The end of John Street can be seen to the left of the image. Their allotment was beside that of the Rooks family and they were both good neighbours and friends. Why are our memories younger days of more sunny weather?
Image courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter in Charlotte Street allotments

Tony Carter in Charlotte Street allotments

This second picture of Tony in the allotment of Mr Rooks also shows the houses of Charlotte Street in the background. The photograph was probably taken about 1939, possibly shortly before the outbreak of war.
Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter at the Rooks allotment

Tony Carter at the Rooks allotment

The first of two images of Tony in the allotment worked by the father of Owen Rooks
Image and information courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter and friends

Tony Carter and friends

This image of Tony shows him in the mid to late 1930’s when he had befriended Owen Rooks’ cousin from London who stayed with Owen and his parents just before and during World War II. Tony (right), Owen’s cousin (left); the taller lad at the back may be another evacuee, possibly from Gateshead.
Image and narrative courtesy of Owen Rooks.

Tony Carter of New Skelton

Tony Carter of New Skelton

Anthony (Tony) Carter was born in 1933 and lived in Charlotte Street, New Skelton. He is portrayed here proudly riding his trike in Owen Rooks parents backyard in the late 1930s. Tony died aged 19 as a result of injuries he received in the Lingdale Mine explosion of 24 August 1953.
Image and narrative courtesy of Owen Rooks.
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