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Armistice

Armistice

Having survived the wWar, Lancelot Wilson is now married to Rhoda, and looking forward to Discharge from the Army. A happy conclusion to the series of postcards we have placed on the site.
Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Army Chefs

Army Chefs

Another postcard from the Great War, the writer states they are the cooks of the section. (Unkindly said to be responsible for more casualties than the enemy).

Postcard courtesy Howard Wilson.

Dear Brother

Dear Brother

A sister writes to her brother in France, another in our series of postcards from a soldier serving in France.
Postcard courtesy of Howard Wilson.

The Wool Fair at Loftus

The Wool Fair at Loftus

Another image of the Loftus Wool Fair in the same year of at least two others on the site series. Based upon some of the coats that onlookers are wearing the weather was not dis-similar these present June days!

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Loftus Wool Fair

Loftus Wool Fair

This image from a newspaper cutting is clearly dated 1910. It is obviously a different year from the images elsewhere on the site, based upon style of dress and arrangements of the stalls.

From a slightly later date we have a personal reminiscence of the Wool Fair from Mrs L .E.  Johnson of Loftus, she says: ”The fair was a diversion in the 1920’s which we all enjoyed. The Wool Fair was an annual event in June. The cattle and poultry, etc., were sold in the recreation field in Micklow Lane. We used to rush home from school at dinner time to see all the animals because it was all over when school finished at 4 o’clock.

On one side of the Market Place (no busses or cars then) there were produce stalls including a fish and chip van. It was fascinating to see the owner stoking up the firfe under the pans.

In the corner where the telephone now stands there were two swinging boats and a roundabout. On the opposite side of the market, Joh Dawson Robinson sold farm machinery (on the corner now occupied by the Post Office), George Dale sold crockery and Charley Turner, a popular character, had his stall outside the Golden Lion Hotel.”

 

High Street Carlin How in 1927

High Street Carlin How in 1927

Carlin How High Street – this image from a Phoenix Series postcard produced by Brittain & Wright of Stockton is postmarked 1927, although possibly from an earlier time. Notice the absence of traffic, also the bech seat? and roadworks outside the Co-operative Store.

Image and information courtesy of Caroline Callow.

Coronation Street – but not of televison fame!

Coronation Street but not on ITV

Coronation Street, Carlin How , postmarked 27th April 1927. Caroline who sent us the image tells us ” My mother wrote on the back that the fifth house on the right is No.61”, however Caroline is mystified as to the importance of that information.” Her family were Glovers of 22 Wood Street, Carlin How. Can anybody help with further details?
Image and information regarding dating courtesy of Caroline Callow.

Loftus County Modern School Band 1964

Loftus County Modern School Band 1964

Christopher Colbeck kindly sent us this image relating to Loftus County Modern School, of the band in 1964. Chris has named most of the members, perhaps you can supply the rest?

Back row (L to R): Leslie Jackson (Bass),Michael Preston (Flugel horn), Howard Jackson (Cornet), Keith Morrison (Cornet), Geoff Todd (Cornet), Richard Shippey (Cornet), David Dixon (Cortnet), Michael McMaster (Cornet), Gibson Brignall (Tenor Horn).

Front Row: John Hicks (Horn), David Smithies (Cornet), Jimmy? Smithies (Cornet), David Partlett (Cornet), Christopher Colbeck (Baritone), Mr Varney (Music Teacher), Alan Barker (Trombone), Mick Morrison (Trombone), George Smith (Trombone), Neville Rogerson (Bass), standing Trevor Mead (Bass), Peter Collinson Collinson (Euphonium). Chris says David and Jimmy Smithies were twins and hence the question marks!

Chris also tells us regardin Geoff Collinson: ”His Dad was the school care-taker and the family lived in the bungalow in the grounds of the school.” Ray Brown tells us: ”I didn’t know this picture existed as I had left school and the Band at this time, of course most of the lads are part of the Old School Band, so I recognise some of them.  I also believe the nickname for Mr. Varney was “Mantovani” – nowt so queer as kids!! – this picture pre dates the formation of  the Loftus Town Band that most of these scoundrels joined.” Barbara McBurney confirms Chris’s thoughts regarding Peter Collinson with: ” Peter is Geoff’s younger brother, their father Harry was indeed caretaker of Rosecroft School, living in the bungalow on the Rosecroft site.  Prior to this they lived on Rosedale Crescent close to where I lived on Queens Road.”

Image courtesy of Christopher Colbeck and many thanks for information, also Ray Brown and Barbara McBurney for additional names and comments.

Greetings From Redcar

Greetings From Redcar

A postcard From Redcar, with Edwardian pin-ups in the letters!

Postcard courtesy Pat Bennison.

Formal Photograph

Formal Photograph

We have no Information on These Gentlemen with Well Starched Collars. Can anyone Help!. Photo Courtesy of Pat Bennison