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The Saltburn Cafe 6

This final image finally has some staff(?) in view, that is the assumption; with a person behind the cafe counter. Although the two ladies in the door way can also be seen in the first interior view; standing in the double doors looking out over the front steps from the corner of Spa Bank and the lower promenade. Do you know whom they are?

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 5

This fourth interior view (which if in the correct sequence should go between images 2 and 3), has a noticeboard which includes a poster for “The Little Theatre – Cabaret” with the opening night on July 9th. Year unknown, as yet; perhaps one of our watchers can assist? As with other pictures in this sequence, very few customers can be seen.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 4

This third interior view, obviously pans further round the cafe, showing the staircase to the upper floor. The use of windsor style of chairs give an idea of the quantity of customers the cafe could cater for at any one time. I have memories of the cafe in the 1950s, when with my mother of tea and other refreshments could be purchased from the cafe and taken to the beach. The crockery was a more basic white crockery; but complete with tea pot and was always returned to the cafe after use. No throw-away paper or plastic in those days; and obviously breakages must have had to be paid for! Does any of our watchers rmember these times.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 3

This view, number three in the series, is almost a reverse of the previous image; looking toward the side entance from Spa Bank. Obviously the wooden slatted chairs would be more easily stored when only the inside seating could be utilised in the event of inclement weather. Researches have revealed that by the 1939 Census Betty had married Alan Swift and moved to live in Middlesex. Reg Wilson was told by his mother: “Alan Ward was a notable cricketer”. The Archive is still researching this detail, Alan Swift in the 1939 Censu is recorded as an Assistant Solicitor;but would welcome any additional inforamtion our viewers can add.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 2

The second postcard view of The Saltburn Cafe, is the first of a series of five interior views of the cafe; looking out towards the pier (complete with the then familiar shelter on the end. Reg Wilson advised “My mother could remember that the manageress at that time was a Betty Osborne.” By the time of the 1939 Census (taken at the outbreak of WWII) the occupants of the cafe (which included accommodation in the upper storey) was a Miriam Osborne (55 year old widowed mother of Betty) and others. The glass topped tables and ratan chairs are very typical of that period, as well as the patterned crockery on the tables; giving an idea of the high status the cafe may had at that time.

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

The Saltburn Cafe 1

Today it is known as ‘Vista Mar’, but in the 1930s it was known as The Saltburn Cafe, featured in this series of postcard views; starting with an exterior view from Spa Bank towards Huntcliffe. Reg Wilson tells the Archive: “My mother worked at the cafe in the 1930s and had many happy memories of her time there.”

Image and information courtesy of Reg Wilson, additional information courtesy of Ancestry, Find My Past and Callum Brown.

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.