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Pigeon Club Presentation, 1951

Pigeon club members photographed at a District presentation evening held in the Wharton Arms at Skelton in 1951. Can you recognise anybody present, please tell us?

Image and details courtesy of Mr. Ray Conn and the Pem Holliday Collection (photograph – Copyright L.W. & C.D. Richardson & Son, Redcar).

Vimy Rangers

Okay the title is as much as the Archive knew about this photograph, who were they and where were they from? We awaited answers; pretty sure someone out there would be able to tell more about them. This is a very interesting photograph from the First World War. We need to identify the cap badges and the local lads. In 1917 the Allies launched an attack on the German lines at Arras in April. Nearly all offensives in the First War began in the Spring. More lives were lost on average per day at Arras than on the Somme in July 1916. The high ground to the north of Arras was called and still is as far as I know the VIMY ridge. It was high ground and had been held by the Germans probably since they retired after the Battle of the Marne in 1914. It was taken by the Canadians at great loss of life in 1917 and some small advance made. In fact the whole thing was a mock attack, invented by General Haig in the safe Chateau behind the lines. He had the track where he rode his horse sanded for safety. It was intended to keep the Germans diverted while General Neville attacked the Chemins des Dames, the high ground between Reims and Soissons. This was a failure and resulted in so many French dead that the French Army mutinied. Haig went on to what had been his main objective in July/August an advance at Ypres, which resulted in the horrors of Passchendaele”. Whilst Julie Riddiough added: ” There’s a Vimy barracks at Catterick Garrison if that helps at all?”.

Peter Appleton has assisted with: “All I can extract, with certainty, from this image is that both officers are Captains. The 3 pips and 2 stripes on the cuff of the right-hand individual, and the 3 pips on the shoulders of the left-hand individual tell us that. The individual at the left has collar badges that are different in design to his cap badge which, unfortunately, is partly obscured by his cap strap. This wearing of two, different, badges indicates that he has a specialism, as depicted on his collar badge, but is attached to a different unit, as depicted by his cap badge. The individual at the right has collar badges that could be smaller versions of his cap badge. This cap badge is of the fairly common design: a laurel wreath, surmounted by a crown, with a central element, and without a scroll across the bottom. There are many such designs used by regiments during WW1. I cannot be sure, but one such design, which matches closely with what can be made out when enlarging the image, would be The Rifle Brigade”.

Image courtesy of Joan Jemson and thanks to Bill Danby, Julie Riddiough and Peter Appleton for the updates.

Footballers Or Prisoners?

Well yes I do know they are not prisoners but it made you look to see didn’t it?  Possibly a works team or Loftus Albion? Now you are here can you name anyone or tell where or when this photograph was taken?

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Brotton Cycling Club 1910

Just about every town and village had their own cycling club in the early 1900s; this is Brotton’s. An all male bastion, but can anybody assist with names or even a location?
Image courtesy of Julie Riddiough.

Brotton Sword Dancers

These are the Brotton Sword Dancers; the Archive hopes someone will be able to name them?  We’ve lightened the image to try and show the ”uniform” better and particularly love the double watch chain of the squeeze-box player!

Back row (L to R): ??, George William Riddiough, ??, ??.

Front row (L to R): ??, ??, ??.

Image and name courtesy of Julie Riddiough.

Loftus Sword Dancers – 1985

Taken at Chester on Rogation Sunday in 1985, Loftus Sword Dancers pose in the sunshine. The team at that time were:
Back row: Les Greening, John Hill, Colin Galilee, Chris Watts, John Waite (musician), Kevin Hullah.

Front row: Colin Chisholm, David Gratton (old woman), Harry Cuthbert.

Image courtesy of John Hill.

Football Team – Dave Willey, Early 1900′s

Who was Dave Willey and is he on the photograph, if so which one is he?  I would be very grateful if anyone could tell the names of an of the men pictured here, or where the photograph  was taken. Derick Pearson commented: “I named it Dave Wiley and team. Dave Wiley was an aged gentleman, he lived in Bells Huts with Sarah his wife who was born there and died there. She was the last resident in those Huts living at Number one. Sarah showed me and some other youngsters this and other photographs; this photograph I obtained many years later was I felt sure a copy of the one I had seen at her home. Hence the name, I put it on display in the 1983 Exhibition but no one confirmed or denied it. Dave is the one in the centre behind the ball if this is one Sarah showed us.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, also contained in a compilation by Derick Pearson in 1983, thanks to Derick Pearson for the update.

John Hill – Loftus Sword Dancer

Taken from a beautiful presentation photograph triptych of 1984, this shows the donor of this collection of images; John Hill.

Image courtesy of John Hill.

Loftus Sword Dancers (1984)

The centre image from the triptych, this shows the team line-up as at the 4th April 1984.
Back row: Kevin Hullah, Sid Robson, John Hill, K M Gratton, Harry Cuthbert, Colin Locker.
Front row: Colin Chisholm, Colin Galilee, Les Greening.
Sadly missing on this occasion is John Waite, the musician.
Image courtesy of John Hill.

Loftus Sword Dancers – Cover Page

A brief potted history of the revival and present ( as of 1984) line-up of the Loftus Sword Dance Team.
It’s a real pity that this sort of culture has been allowed to die again – as the Americans would say ”It’s a National Treasure”.
Image courtesy of John Hill.