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Loftus Parish Church Choir

St Leonard’s boys choir believed to date from 1934, assembled at the church door.
Back row: A Pearson, J Temple, R Knight, P Johnson, V Trattles, F Fowle, R Westhorp, C Moss, Rev J A Davies.
Middle row: N Nellist, D Fowle, G Fowle, C Tate, A Kirby, G W Lightfoot, P Knight.
Front row: D Hawkins, K Westhorp, C Gibson, J Kirby.
Image and names courtesy of Helen Cook (nee Fowle).

Choir outing to Knaresborough

Described as ’Loftus Parish Church, Men’s Outing (Choir) to Knaresborough’ the gentlemen are identified by our kind donor Helen Cook.
Back row: ?? (coach driver), C Frankland, D Turnbull, C Trevillion, W Jordan, W Willis, J Trevillion, T Bradbury, W Fowle.
Middle row: T Jackson, L Cummins, ? Blakey, G Jackson, ??.
Front: W Dobson, F Fowle.
Can anybody assist with a date or missing names?
Image and names to date courtesy of Helen Cook (nee Fowle).

Stars and Stripes in Loftus

Stars and Stripes in Loftus

We asked of this image: ”Do you know the occasion, why the band was in Loftus and why were they parading with the flag of America?” Julie Riddiough tells us: ”I’m wondering if this is the Blues and Royals Juvenile Jazz Band that then became Loftus Green Jackets, I was a member when I was about 9/10 years old.”

Image courtesy of Michelle Robinson and thanks to Julie for a possible solution.

Skinningrove And Eskdale Choir

Skinningrove And Eskdale Choir

Back row left to right.P.Boocock. J Stonehouse, R. Day. K. Summersgill, R. McBurnie, W.H.Fellows, G.E. Willis
Middle row. Left to Right. N Rowe, F Templeman, M Grout, B Palfrafam, L. Bonnard, J. Bennison, V. Day.
Front row left to right. J. Smith, H. Brown,(hon. secretary)R. Conn, (accompanist). Mavis Hall,(conductor). J. Sargeant, (chairman). F. Smith, T. S. Garbutt.
Photo dated 1976, Winners of The Dorman Stewart Rose Bowl Middlesbrough Music Festival, The W.A. and E. Barker, Cup. Eskdale Tournament of song (1988/89). The Normanby Cup. Eskdale Tournament of song (1992/93). The Bingant Cup for highest marks in Eskdale Tournament of song (1993).
photo courtesy Frank Templeman.

Strike Up The Band

Strike Up The Band

Loftus County Modern School Band taken in 1963-64 and believed to be linked to the 5oth Jubilee of the Working Men’s Club in Carlin How outside which it was taken or possibly a Carlin How Gala, do you recognise anyone? Alan Walker tells us: ”Keith Ferguson (trombone), Keith Steyart (tenor horn), Peter Smith (baritone), Neville Rogerson (euphonium), Richard Shippey. Possibly Allan Walker (tenor horn), Barry Winspear (trombone), Kenneth Wilkinson (tenor horn), Mick Morrison (cornet), Eric Trembath (flugel horn), Richard Webster (bass).”

Photograph courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Barbara McBurney, Alan Walker and Neville Rogerson for the updates.

What Was The Occasion?

What Was The Occasion?

We know it is Skinninggrove Band walking by Angling Green,  the image has come to the Archive twice; Colin Hart providing a copy (on the reverse bearing the information ”Arlington Studio – W.E. Grier”); dating from the early 1960s it is believed.

Ray Brown tells us:”I cannot help with the date or reason for the parade, but I can help with a few names, leading the band is Arthur Stone (looking at him I would say the picture may have been taken in the mid 50 to early 60s); front row (far right) Henry Rawlins, front row (far left) Jimmy Bushby?, third row (far right) Colin Limon and back row (far left) Malcolm Voden. All those named helped both Loftus County Modern band and later; when formed the Loftus Town Band.”
Image courtesy Colin Hart and Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Ray Brown for the update.

First Prize

First Prize

Skinningrove Brass Band at Pickerin in August 1910 winning the first prize. Do you know any of the men?

We are told by Keith Lowther: ” The bloke at the front with the trombone is my grandfather, Arthur Ernest Lowther from Whitby. 1880 to 1963.”
Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to Keith for the update.

‘The Jolly Boys’

'The Jolly Boys'

A very formal photograph taken by the Services Studio in Middlesbrough. ”The Jolly Boys” are now known to have been an amateur singing group, mainly Methodist and not military as we first thought. The only other clue in the image is the footwear – lace-up boots instead of shoes, so probably pre-1918. Back row: ??, ??, ??, ??.
Front row: Mr Heseldine, ??, Fred Nicholson, Joe Agar.

Tony Nicholson advised us: “‘The Jolly Boys’ were an amateur singing group (not military but mainly Methodist).
I know two men here:- Mr Heseldine, front row left; Fred Nicholson, front row, third from left.”
Image courtesy of Loftus Library, thanks to Tony Nicholson for the updated information.

Skinningrove and Eskdale Male Voice Choir

Skinningrove and Eskdale Male Voice Choir

A formal photograph of Mavis Hall and the choir with a collection of trophies, now known to include W.A. and E. Barker Cup; The Normanby Cup, The Bingant Cup (trophies from the Eskdale Tournament of Song) and The Dorman Stewart Rose Bowl from Middlesbrough Music Festival.

Back row: (from left)  1. Norman Row 2. 3. 4.Paul Boocock 5.Tony Mellor 6. ?? 7. Ray Conn 8. Charlie Rice.

Middle row: 1. Arthur Howard 2.Frank Templeman 3. Johnny (Pineapple) Smith 5.Maurice Grout 6. 7. Frank Bennison 8. Lol Bonnard

Front row: 1. ??, 2. ??, 3. ??, 4.Mavis Hall 5.   6. George (Spuggy) Willis.

Who are the other members of the choir?

(Image courtesy of Elizabeth Mellor, thanks for names from Elizabeth Mellor, Eric, David Archer, Derick Pearson, Roger Barwick, Callie & Tom Webster, Colin Hart, Alan Pearson and Lynn Willis. Also Frank Templeman with details of the trophies.)

Skinningrove and Eskdale Choir

Skinningrove and Eskdale Choir

The Skinningrove and Eskdale Male Voice Choir on stage. 

From the left: 1. Alan (Whitty)Smith 2.Tony Mellor 3.Frank Templeman 4. Tecca Haward 5.        16.Mavis Hall 19 Lol Bonnard 22. Frank Bennison 23. Mary Cox (also played piano at some events)

Does anyone know where and when the photo was taken, or the names of other choir members?

Thanks to Derick Pearson for information on Mrs Cox and Gary Smith for names update.

(Image courtesy of Elizabeth Mellor)

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