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George and Dorothy Preston – 1951.

George Preston and Dorothy Light pictured in Coronation Park, Loftus 15th September 1952; after their wedding in the Congregational Church, Loftus. John Preston told the Archive: “George was born in Greatham, Hartlepool in 1907 and served for over 27 years in the Metropolitan Police (London) spanning the Second World War. After retiring from the Police, he eventually worked at the Blackett Hutton Foundry, Guisborough. Dorothy was born in Goathland in 1915, her father being killed in action in April 1918. During the Second World War Dorothy was a Leading Aircraft Woman with 402 Squadron Bomber Command. Dorothy’s mother married Fred Gallilee in 1944 and they lived in Coronation Road before moving to 41 West Road. Dorothy died in 1977 and George in 1984.”

Image and information courtesy of John Preston.

Fred Gallilee – 102 – And Still Active!

A cutting from the Whitby Gazette from 1988 regarding Fred Gallilee (the name will be familiar to many in Loftus). Fred was always active, particularly with his painting and decorating activities. His step-grandson John Preston tells the Archive: “He was an absolute master when it came to painting and hanging huge lengths of wall paper on walls and ceilings. As a youngster during holidays I would love to help him strip wall paper or be his ‘safety man’ footing the ladder. He had no qualms about painting third floor windows from ladders just lashed together with bits of rope. He was in the habit of signing and dating a wall before hanging paper and his autograph will be all around Loftus.” Do you have memories of finding such, when re-decorating your house in Loftus?

Image (from the Whitby Gazette) and memories courtesy of John Preston.

Loftus Junior School Football Team – 1969/70.

The Loftus Junior School Football team of 1969/70 is pictured with their ‘Manager’ Mr Stonehouse (a Teacher at the school).

Back row: Steven Harding, Ricky Halton, Barry Simpson, David Parkinson, John Rigg, John Preston, Mark Wilson, Peter Hart.

Front row: Robin Smith, Malcolm Wilson, Kevin Gates, Michael Newton, Garry Hicks.

Image and names courtesy of John Preston.

Loftus Junior School 1969/70.

1969/70 was the last (their fourth) year at Loftus Junior School for these pupils in Mrs Leyborne’s class.

Back row: Ian Atkinson, Stephen Boyes, Andrew Bright, John Preston, Kevin Gates, Barry Simpson, John Rigg, Les Barnes, Brian Allanson, Colin Locker, Colin Jemson, Steven Harding.

Middle row: Michael Newton, Avril Mortimer, Ruthe Fowle, Marie Swales, Teresa Snow, ??, Mavis Laity, Trevor Legg.

Front row: ? Garbutt, Susan Stonehouse, Janet Codling, Marie Allinson, Janice Cox, ??, Mrs. Leyborne (Teacher), Marie Stringer, Susan Jackson, Yvonne Preston, Andrea Marsay, Jill Britain.

Image and names to date courtesy of John Preston, thanks to Ricky Halton for the update on names.

Rosecroft School Cricket Team – 1973

In 1973, Rosecroft School’s Cricket team are proudly photographed.

Back row: Mike Newton, Mark Wilson, Eric Sayer, Steve Gale, Peter Jones, Colin Chisholm, Colin Jefferson.

Front row: Kevin Gates, Trevor Legg, Peter Hart, Collin Locker, John Prteston, Calvin Champion, Ricky Halton.

Image and names courtesy of John Preston, thanks to Ricky Halton for the update.

Rosecroft School Prefects 1975

Pictured in 1975 are the Prefects of Rosecroft School, Loftus; with Mr Jordan (Headmaster).

Back row: Kevin Gates, Steve Gale, Ian Sykes.

Middle row: ??, Ruth Fowle, Allison Hall, John Preston, Ricky Halton, Ian Atkinson, Colin Chisholm, Judith Nicholson, Judith Smithies, Margaret Collins.

Front row: Susan Stonehouse, Colin Locker, Susan Jackson, Mark Wilson, Mr. Lewis Jordan (Headmaster), Elizabeth Thornton, Peter Jones, Elaine Stanforth, Peter Hart.

Image and names to date courtesy of John Preston, thanks to Gillian Halton for the update.

Baxter Sisters 1908

Pictured are the Baxter girls, in Carlin How and the picture is believed to date from about 1908. The Archive is reliably informed that their names are (standing): Mabel, May, Emmy. Seated Gertrude (Dot), Evelyn (Eva). Any further assistance in identifying the family would be welcomed.

Image and details courtesy of Dr Sandra Sellick, Canada.

Silver Star Dance Band

Do you remember dancing the night away to the Silver Star Dance band? Ann Robinson advises: ” They lived in Skelton and played at local dance halls all over East Cleveland and were resident band at The Royal Hotel in Whitby. They were all one family (The Robinson’s); Syd (father) played accordion, Ida (mother) played piano, Joan (daughter) played drums, Ken (son) played trumpet and Lew (son) played saxophone and clarinet. “

Image and information courtesy of Ann Robinson (Lew’s wife).

Thatched Cottage, Brotton

A further thatched cottage, believed to be close to the Ship Inn (on the rear part of Brotton High Street) and behind the present day Spar convenience store. It is believed that the thatched cottage is no more; having been replaced by a two storey Victorian brick building. The image when it came to the Archive did not have the details as listed on the image (‘SEE BACK’), so any additional information about the building or dating would be very welcome. Julie Riddiough has advised the Archive: ” The building to the right on the picture was The Shoemakers Arms”. Bill Danby (whilst conducting other researches) has advised the Archive of an entry for Skelton and Brotton District Council that on 6th July 1934 – demolition of 129 High Street, Brotton; Thatched Cottage.

Image courtesy of The David Linton Collection and thanks to Julie Riddiough for that update, also to Bill Danby for the actual demolition date of the building.

Old Green Tree Hotel, Brotton

A view of the Old Green Tree Hotel, Brotton; with plenty of bystanders to fill the picture for the photographer. Dating was not a problem, Nivard Ovington came to the rescue and his assistance is given further in this post. Note that the building as well as having a thatched roof only has a window in the gable end, no upper storey as the building has had since pre 1913 (based on a postcard view elsewhere on the Archive). Also the shop front to the left of this view, is now a series of houses before The Penfold and the more modern Spar convenience store. Nivard Ovington has assisted with: “The alterations were between 1901 and 1906. ‘Daily Gazette’ for Middlesbrough March 13th 1900: “Today at Guisborough Police Court Mr W RICHARDSON, solicitor, applied on behalf of Mr T WEBSTER, for sanction to alterations to the Green Tree Inn Brotton. Thus was a thatched house, 200 years old, and had been in the occupation of the present tenants family for over a century. Application granted”. ‘Daily Gazette’ for Middlesbrough March 6th 1906: “There is a report of an application by the landlord of the Green Tree Inn Brotton, requesting a seven day licence as there was at present only a six day licence, it is mentioned that it had recently been rebuilt. Application was refused. It was mentioned that when George WEBSTER took the Green Tree over in 1878 it was a seven day licence but he gave up the seventh day as he was a farmer as well, since then it was a 6 day whereas all other public houses were open seven days”. In 1907 the licence for the Green Tree was transferred to Robert Henry HEAD. ‘Whitby Gazette’ February 7th 1908: “Robert Henry HEAD of the Green Tree Brotton applied for a seven day licence. Its mentioned that the Green Tree had been rebuilt ‘five or six years ago’. The seven day licence was granted”. I descend from the WEBSTERs mentioned above, the earliest I have them there is 1823. 1823 ‘Baines Directory of Brotton’: Webster Richard , victualler : Green Tree.
But they were clearly there longer than that, Richard WEBSTER born 1767 at Brotton was my g.g.g.g.grandfather. In the photograph the man standing in the left doorway is probably Thomas WEBSTER”.

Image courtsey of The David Linton Collection and many thanks to Nivard Ovington for his assistance in dating and names of possible people in the image.