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The main purpose of this Guestbook is to allow Seaham Harbour folk around the world to keep in touch, to find each other, to explore their roots and to share cherished recollections.  Seaham Harbour Online will not knowingly carry on its web pages  any material which we consider to be politically or socially offensive or of a xenophobic, fascist or paediaphiliac nature.  Personal attacks which may be considered to be potentially libellous are not allowed. If you have a criticism it should be supported by facts and  is only valid if you identify yourself and your real email address. This is no different from what local or national newspapers would expect.
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Sorry to announce that during the 10-12 days we will be carrying out regular site maintainance. During this period the Guestbook will not be updated - though the 2006 Guestbook is being prepared. However, keep sending in your comments and they will be added as soon as we are back to normal.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 16:08:25 (PST)
Just a BIG HELLO to all the other GUSTARD'S out there. We are pretty much spread all over the world so any comments, stories or "Owt ya want" all are welcome. Regards, Lee
Peterlee, - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:58:28 (PST)
many a day was spent on the beach with my nan and grandad, Jack and Norrie Fraser. my mam is noreen and her sis jackie. Nana and grandad lived in malcolm street for years then moved to longnewton st, dawdon. when grandad couldn't manage the stairs they moved to the miners cotts by the pit.It would be great to hear from any relatives or old friends of nanas, so i can pass them on. Unfortunatly grandad died some 14 years ago.many thankstracey murray
tracey murray <>
newbury, berks - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:57:42 (PST)
Seaham, Durham - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:56:14 (PST)
i remember the clay pit it was down from st cuthberts school past the knack pits timber yard.There was a big wall there i think they used to play ball games against it, about 30 yards to the right of the wall was the knack club and a army drill hall can anybody remember the big canon that was at the cenotaph i think it was took to help the war efford cheers
no name
- Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:54:59 (PST)
jim and marion, the lodging house was at 70 malvern cres, and was still in use in the 1970s, there was also a lodging house at the top of portland ave once upon a time.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:54:14 (PST)
could frank lovett please supply email address as i believe a friend of mine is related to him .
k. newton <>
seaham, durham - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:53:31 (PST)
To "A friend" your posting is very familiar. I had received that poem in an e-mail just before Christmas and I mailed it out to many of my friends. I wonder if you were one of them. Most of my e-mail list were "Americans." Do I know you? Do you know me? I hope you are well.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:51:27 (PST)
Further to the bombing described recently in the Guest Book, the following is an extract from the1963 Seaham Official Handbook.World War II was different from its pre¬decessor. An enemy raid was a very isolated sensation in World War I, with an occasional Zeppelin passing over, or as when, in July 1916, a German submarine surfaced just outside the Harbour of Seaham and fired 30 shells into the town causing slight damage and one fatal casualty-a woman visitor.Matters were much worse in World War II, and Seaham had its share of air raids. Indeed, in the matter of damage and casualties Seaham was the hardest hit county district in Durham. There were destroyed by enemy action, 1 church, 157 dwelling houses and 1 public-house. Damage to property in Seaham amounted to £204,000. The major "incidents" were as follows:AIR RAID CASUALTIES Date Killed Injured 12th August, 1940 . . 1 (in Seaton) 15th August, 1940 . . 9 44 16th February, 1941 . . 4 9 9th May, 1941 . . 1 ¬ 21st October, 1941 . . 2 12 12th November, 1941 . . 4 19th September, 1942 . . 1 3 12th December, 1942 . . 1 1 16th May, 1943 . . . . 33 151 ¬TOTALS 52 224With the high rate of incomers to the area it would be a great project for Seaham Town Council to create and sell a new Official Handbook. Think of the history, the amenities, the community spirit and of course, income from advertising to defray the cost!
Stan Cooper <>
Sale, Cheshire - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:50:44 (PST)
Sadie M I lived in 20 oxford street next door to the hendersons and little mary Jones ( nee maxted).My friends then were Derek Carr and the defty's Brian and Moss.I can remember most of the people that lived there and near there in Malvern.We were always over the claypit looking for newts and digging up the rubbish that had been tipped there thinking we might find some thing of value,but there never was.Some of the kids used to go in the water even though it was filthy and there had been loads of dead animals in it. Yet every body was healthy.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:49:00 (PST)
hello seaham ,i have never lived in seaham myself but i have visited a few times mainly to the library as i am researching my family tree on my mums side (i may have a pub lunch next time im through tho )i am hoping to find family in seaham with the surname judson as my great great great grandfather george judson went up to seaham from northallerton sometime in the late 1830's he came to seaham with his brother brooks judson .also whilst cheking the seaham census records i noticed george judson was listed as a nephew to james and isabella foggin in 1841 census for seaham was james his uncle? or was isabella his auntie ? any help will be greatfully appreciated
kevin haram <>
south shields, - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:47:53 (PST)
I grew up in Seaham and my name then was Ann Thompson. I left England when I was 24 years old. However, I have been coming back regularly to visit my mother who lived in Deneside. However, my Mom rececently died on November 18, 2005, 86 years old, following a gall bladder operation. I was visiting her at the time. Now I am concerned I may never see my home town and surrounding countryside again. How do I get my local calendars, news and any latest books of Seaham, from over here (in the US)? It is devasting to think I have no home or Mom to come back to.
Ann Erickson <>
The Woodlands, Texas USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:46:03 (PST)
Remember the claypit? I fell in it as a four-year-old and still have the scars to prove it.A girl from Malvern carried me home,[Joan?] covered in blood, and deposited me at the door. I still have a sizeable scar across my forehead.We shouldn't have been there of course.
Colin Hall
Wellington, New Zealand - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:43:56 (PST)
Jim Mather, I too remember Deneside Rangers. My Dad Sid Beer ran the team and all my brothers Norman, Danny and George played at one tine or another. We lived in 1 Oxford Street. Those were the days. I can also remember the Clay Pit but it was out of bounds for a lot of kids whose parents wouldn't let them go.
Sadie M
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:19:55 (PST)
Marian lisgo the lodge house was in Malvern in the 50-60,s.I remember Topaz and Saturn well.I cant remember the Rotary club though.Iremember all the Jazz bands on the dump and can even remember Deneside Rangers playing there i dont know who played for them but i am sure some one will.My Dad was a referee.We had some great times on the dump,playing football and sledging down the bank on our shovels or boxes.Every thing has changed so much can any body remember the claypit.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:16:07 (PST)
I dreamed I had an interview with God.“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.“If you have the time” I said.God smiled. “My time is eternity.”“What questions do you have in mind for me?”“What surprises you most about humankind?”God answered...“That they get bored with childhood,they rush to grow up, and thenlong to be children again.”“That they lose their health to make money...and then lose their money to restore their health.”“That by thinking anxiously about the future,they forget the present,such that they live in neitherthe present nor the future.”"That they live as if they will never die,and die as though they had never lived.”God’s hand took mineand we were silent for a while.And then I asked...“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessonsyou want your children to learn?”“To learn they cannot make anyonelove them. All they can dois let themselves be loved.”“To learn that it is not goodto compare themselves to others.”“To learn to forgiveby practicing forgiveness.”“To learn that it only takes a few secondsto open profound wounds in those they love,and it can take many years to heal them.”“To learn that a rich personis not one who has the most,but is one who needs the least.”“To learn that there are peoplewho love them dearly,but simply have not yet learnedhow to express or show their feelings.”“To learn that two people canlook at the same thingand see it differently.”“To learn that it is not enough that theyforgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”"Thank you for your time," I said humbly."Is there anything elseyou would like your children to know?"God smiled and said,“Just know that I am here... always.”
A Friend
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:14:58 (PST)
Seahamlad, I'm alive and kicking just about. Thankyou for your concern.
Brian Greenfingers <>
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:13:09 (PST)
To "APROPERSEAHAMLAD" You seem to be another of the one or twoliners that occasionally use these pages, all we seem to get from you is negative abusive ravings, what a sad life you must lead! You're probably a legend in your own mind. The only answer to people like you is sadly to "put you on ignore" and hopefully you will fade away. have a good day
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:12:21 (PST)
I am still looking for anyone who might have known my Father Lambton Wilkinson, son of Edward and Margaret(Moreland) Wilkinson and my Mother Annie Mary Dixon, daughter of Thomas Greenwell Dixon and Annie Mary (Temple) Dixon. The Wilkinson family lived in Herbert Terrace, Derwent Crescent and Kingston Avenue, Deneside. TheDixon family lived in Pelton Fell, Chester-le- Street, and at 6 Polemarch Street. Lambton Wilkinson had a very fine counter tenor voice and he left the mines as a young man to take up a place in the choir of Winchester Cathedral. He later was a member of the choirs of Durham Cathedral and then of St.Paul's cathedral in London. Before he retired and came to Canada he was a Lecturer and the Publicity Officer for the NCB at Hobart House in London. I am hoping that someone in dear Seaham might just remember either my Father or Mother and could give some information, rememberance or anecdote which I could include in a family album I am preparing. I! hope to be in Seaham this September where I will wander the familiar streets in Seaham where I was evacuated to during the second world war. My email address is
Joan Dmytryshyn
Summertown, BC Canada - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:11:35 (PST)
To the good folk from Seaham may you have a prosperous New Year. I was interested to read John Spencer's contribution re Michael Leonard and the Sea Scouts his mum ( my auntie) was awarded the MBE for her services to the Sea Scouts in Seaham
Hilary Sowerby
Guensey C.I., - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:20:48 (PST)
I would like to pray with and for my friends: Our Father, I thank you for all the beauty of 2005. I thank you for all the smiles and laughter, the love expressed, the memories made and the wholesome relationships enhanced. I thank you for the precious moments of love exchanged between family members and friends. I thank you that you gave us the Golden Rule for relating to others and for every occasion where doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us protected family life and friendships.Father, I thank you that no trouble, trial or tribulation caused us to lose our lives or our hope. This year has been a severe year in many ways. Thank you for walking with us and for the times you carried us. Now, I pray that we embrace the victory of being survivors celebrating the victory of being victors, avoiding being caught in the loop of surveying the problems again and again. "Trust" We lift it up to you as our love offering. We trust you with an unwavering trust, and we thank you that you are so totally worthy of trust. We trust you, Father, when life makes sense to us, and we trust you when we can't see the justice in the situation. Your trustworthiness is in your holiness (It's impossible for you to do anything wrong to us.) and in your incomprehensible love (You wouldn't wrong us, if you could.) for us. You created us. You know us. You love us. And you only want the best for us. How secure we are in you. I pray for those who have attended funerals and memorial ! services during 2005. I thank you that saying "lost loved ones" isn't accurate. They aren't lost. Your caregiving is not confined by the limits of how we mark time. Your realm is eternal. The faithful celebrated Christmas this year with the Christ of Christmas, in the splendor of paradise. The beauty of such healing is beyond our imaginations. The streets of gold gleamed, the gates of pearl reflected the colors of Christmastime, the Christ is poised in triumph. We are grateful that we had the health to walk away from those eulogies. We continue to live our portions of years that you grant us. I pray we will cherish our portions and not waste them on futile activities or self-destructive behaviors. I pray that we will invest them in endeavors that build honorable legacies. Our Father, I pray for the New Year. We embrace 2006. In your name, we are staking claim for a good year. Within it, we will honor you, we will bless others, and we will succeed in the challenges with whic! h you trust us. I pray for our senior citizens. I pray they ea! ch will go and do and enjoy life to its fullest. I pray that those on walkers or on oxygen or maintained by medication will keep on keeping on. I love to see them out and about. I pray that we will search our hearts and issue resolutions that will right ourselves before you and humankind. We want to step beyond 2005 with cleansed hearts and righteous intentions. Amen.... from Jacqueline....
Jacqueline <>
- Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:19:16 (PST)
To John Spencer, Topaz St, thats the one I could'nt remember thanks for that. I can't remember the Lodging House though what year are you talking about? Hi to Joan Farn Watkinson happy new year to you and your family. I rember the Rotary Club Santa coming around when my kids were young they loved it and I'm sure lots of other kids would love it too, why don't you just go around the streets where you did not get abuse? and leave out the areas where you know you are certain to get abuse and are well known for gangs congregating? I'm sure I can't remember any abuse hurled in Eastlea est? or Melrose Cres for that? I remember teams of people following with buckets for the collections could'nt they have warned the gangs to back off? It just seems a shame cos kids really loved that. Marian nee Wilson
Marian Lisgo
Seaham, Durham UK - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:17:24 (PST)
Seaton colliery inn was bombed on October 25th. 1941.The landlords wife and friend were killed.twelve others were injured.Jim.P/lee
Jim Shaw
Peterlee, Co Durham England - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:15:57 (PST)
To Ed and sadieI'am sure that I echo the thoughts of all the G.B. readers when I wish you and your family a great 2006 full of happiness.
Tony from Spain
Espana - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:14:57 (PST)
Jacqueline...SHUT UP. "Keep God at the centre of your life", get a grip woman and stop your stupid postings. Seahamlad..a proper debate...with you? I couldn't lower my sights that low
Durham, - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:14:06 (PST)
Thank you Ed & Sadie and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO.HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL SEAHAM FOLKS,especially the Dalton Heights group......and many others we had the pleasure of being with last year. Also to you Jaqueline, here in the USA. May 2006 bring all of us Peace and our troops home safely from the wars.
Pennsylvania, - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:13:12 (PST)
to Bill Graham you could try the Durham mining museum website it may or may not help but it is very informative best of luck
seaham, - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:12:15 (PST)
Hi..John Armes...this is Jacqueline. I did give to your parents Brian Greenfingers telephone number right around November. I had left them a message on their BTE answering machine. I had hoped they would have given it to you. I explained on the message that you had asked for his number. I am not sure if I have it now... but you can e-mail him and ask him for it. Hope you had a very happy New Year! God Bless.. your friend, Jacqueline
- Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:11:23 (PST)
The "Phoenix" pub occupies the same site as the "Seaton Colliery Inn" which was bombed during WW2. In my last visit to Seaham, I had a very pleasant lunch there with Sadie and Ed Mason. Sadie's elder brother and I were mates at school, and they lived just up the road from us.Frank [Lovett}: as I mentioned, I didn't spend much time in Seaham between 1957 and 1962 due to RAF Service, then, in 1962, I transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force and did a further twenty years! I married in New Zealand in 1970,[still am, 35 years later!] and our three children were of course all born in NZ.I will be visiting Seaham again, briefly, in May this year, after St Petersburg, Prague, and Paris!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:10:37 (PST)
We would like to wish all guestbookers a very happy healthy and prosperous new year. Keep contributing. Sadie and Ed.
Sadie and Ed Mason
Seaham, - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:18:32 (PST)
Hi, I used to own a Whippet quite a few years ago it was only about 10 or 12 ins high.We a looking for a small dog, we went to see a whippet pup in Cumbria & it was the size of a Greyhound the Lady in question said you want a racing whippet they are much smaller.So is possible for you to put us in contact for one.
Mr R Johnston,
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:16:32 (PST)
Happy New Year to everyone. May the New Year of 2006 bring us all peace and to live our lives more holy and self-giving to those in need. 2005 brought much disaster.... too much! Let us all try to have a more prayerful life and keep God at the center of our lives. (For those of us who are Catholic, let us keep praying to our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede for us to Jesus, her son... so we can live our lives more like Mary and submit ourselves to God's Will.) God Bless you all... and have a very Happy and Blest New Year 2006.... from Jacqueline.
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:14:33 (PST)
Hello,My grandfather came from Seaham Harbour. His name was James Samuel (Nobby) Clark. He was born about 1913 and died in the late 1970,s. His Mum was Sarah Miller, later Lauder. His Dad died in WWI. He had a sister Kitty. I am trying to do my family tree and unfortunately never knew them. Can anyone help.
trudy clark <>
weeting, norfolk - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:13:46 (PST)
Can anyone give me Brian Greenfingers phone number please? I will be in the chatroom at 10-30pm on Friday, thank you.
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:12:12 (PST)
To Ron Masters.I can remember when there dance's on at Dawdon welfare,And when all the pubs had jukebox's.I lived in the Harbour in the sixty's.I used to go to rock house youth club and i also went to the cozy and empire a lot.Ican remember Saturday mornings at the theater royal.I also had some great times in seaham and dont disbute it been good then its just ashame how it has changed.John Spence say's he lived in the posh end of Malvern well we lived in Neptune street no 8.I also lived in oxford street befor and after that,The club John is on about is the Labour club i can remember when Harold Wilson was there,Ican also remember all the jazz bands that used to play on the dump.I also have not seen many names that i can remember from the past.I did have friends in Topaz called Davison.
James Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:11:38 (PST)
To A PROPER SEAHAMLAD (whatever that may mean) I sentence you to say 50 Hail Marys (whether you ate a mince pie or not!)and to wear a Horsehair vest for a Month and even worse my son, I order you to attend the next four Sunderland home games at the Stadium of Light, that will knock the smile offa your face. if however YOU want to make a meaningful contribution by suggesting a topic for debate? I will respond. and a happy new year to you.
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:10:14 (PST)
I seem to remember my dad saying he was coming home from work at the pit when the high inn was hit, i believed this was the phoenix, it was a long time ago so i may be wrong
ted <>
Brockenhurst, hants - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:09:30 (PST)
Hi, to the people of Seaham. Is there any old mates out there? I left Seaham in 1978. Lived in Westlea, Warkworth Cres. went to SMS school. Worked at the Knack + Vane Tempest,frequented New Seaham Conservative Club. Lets hear from you!
bill richardson <>
pullenshope, mpumalanga south africa - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:07:40 (PST)
Hi- I'm not sure who this email will come through to, so I'll explain myself anyway, but if you have any racing/coursing contacts, I would be really grateful if you could send me a link to them or pass my query on?I own a Whippet, and although he doesn't race, I have a bit of a problem with his back feet/knuckles, and no-one I talk to has much experience of Whippets or the speed these dogs go! He seems to get very red sore back knuckles in late autumn winter- you can hear his feet whipping throughthe grass when he's running. I've been washing them carefully in warm water when he comes in and putting a little cream on to make sure they dont crack or anything, but I'm wondering if any other Whippet owner experiences this?
no name
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:06:00 (PST)
My adult life was formed from my education, experiences and joys spent in Seaham from 1950 to 1970.
George Barrow <>
Derbyshire, England - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:07:53 (PST)
I am looking for any relatives and have found internet searching rather hard. My father is William Peter Clark (b. 1940) and my grand-father was Clement Clark (b. 1915 - d. 1940) son of Frederick Thomas Clark and Elizabeth Mounser brother to Frederic Thomas (b.1916); Florence Mary (b 1921) and Elsie (b 1924). Anyone having knowledge or search tips, please feel free to contact.
Stephen Clark <>
Okotoks, Alberta Canada - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:06:17 (PST)
can anyone help me looking into dawdon nacods, ie who was the last branch sec of this union when the pit closed dowm in 1991. thx for all your help,bil
bill graham
benidorm, spain - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:04:44 (PST)
Your website is brillint.I remember some of the people and places mentioned in it, especially Colin Hall who I believe now lives in New Zealand. Like Colin I left Seaham to join the RAF and served for 26 years but went back to Seaham quite a lot the last time being in 1990. I was born in Oxford St but lived most of the time on Princess Rd & The Avenue at Deneside. I can,t imagine the town as it is now but hope to visit sometime soon. Meantime Merry Christmas & aHappy 2006 to all'
Frank Lovett
Orba, Alicante Spain - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:03:49 (PST)
does anybody know the name of the pub where the phoenix is as i still remember it burning after it had been bombed it must have been around 41 or 42 i was at st cuthberts school at the time. cheers
harry hunter
redcar, yorkshire england - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:02:25 (PST)
Val Burrows: well said, and very true. It was lovely to see this site used for the purpose for which it was intended. Jacqueline & Seahamlad for Gawds Sake, get a grip. were sick and tired of your terminally dull religious zealotry, please just email eachother with your prayers and psalms and your pathetic whining and leave the guestbook to those who don't want to wear horsehair vests and recant 50 Hail Mary's for eating an extra mince pie. Sadie and Eddie...PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE TWO
Durham, - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:01:17 (PST)
To Marion Lisgo, memories from Deneside school and Malvern crescent those were the days.The street you could not remeber is Topaz as my sister Margaret lived there back in the early seventies.when the miners strike was on the whole street stood together to provide the Broth in big old boilers instead of boiling the washing.I lived down the (posh end the middle) of Malvern @ no 81 next door to the house known as the lodging house.One of the lodgers opened the bookies next to the Legion in a little brick hut about 10 foot square.Days to remember eh pet
John Spencer
Portsmouth, Hampshire England - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 14:00:15 (PST)
To Jimmy Mather its not that long ago i was back in Seaham 2003 to visit my sister Margaret & Brother in law Alan and my nieces.I did notice that the Harbour has changed for the worse and could do with a good revamp, especially Church Street.The owners of the properties in church street should be made to to clean them up and bring them into the 21st century.All it takes is a lick of paint and a bit of hard graft.
John Spencer
Portsmouth, Hampshire England - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:58:53 (PST)
to jim mather re. the harbour &.deneside is dead.a lot of us that read the g/b do so for times ,places and names from the past,memories of a lively place and agood place to live.memories for me are after 55yrs away are still the sat, night dance at the nack miners hall,the beach,and sun, night at the gaff or princess.the dance was to billy wilkinsons big band all 3 of point, we made the place alive with a lot less than is available now. perhaps some people have forgotten how to ,but reading the g/b alot of people still love the place. a merry xmas &peaceful 2006 many thanks to the editors your work is apreciated even tho, i havent spotted any names from the past yet. ron masters
ron masters
stevenage, hertfordshire uk - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:57:28 (PST)
For me, "Merry Christmas" identifies me as a Christian. I'm not ashamed of that and I have no desire to hide the fact. I want to say it and so I shall.
A Friend
- Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:55:57 (PST)
Hi: just wanted to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2006.all the best!
Joan Farn Watkinson
mission, bc Canada - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:55:23 (PST)
Jacqueline...Like always you exagerate..... this is still a free country so long as you do NOT give in to the few who are trying to turn it upside down. MERRY CHRISTMAS....say it....MERRY CHRISTMAS......We put up our CHRISTMAS tree last Sunday. We mailed out our CHRISTMAS cards this week. Wherever we go we are greeted by people wishing us MERRY CHRISTMAS.SANTA is everywhere with his HO HO HO wishing one and all a MERRY CHRISTMAS.CHRISTMAS carols are played on our radios all day long.. This Country is what you want to make it. Please don't give our English families and friends the impression that we are becoming a suppressed people.YET.Tell everyone you meet MERRY CHRISTMAS...MERRY CHRISTMAS..MERRY CHRISTMAS. Merry Christmas to all our family and friends in England and God Bless you all.
Pennsylvania, USA - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:54:10 (PST)
SEAHAM, - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:52:57 (PST)
Thank you Seahamlad.. I was a little annoyed at you a few weeks ago... I think you know why??? Anyway, I wish you and your family (extended family also - offer your parents my Christmas Blessings to them.) a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas. May this year, we all understand the true meaning of why we are celebrating this very sacred Christian holiday. If it were not for Mary saying "Yes" to God's Will, we would never have had Jesus. She had a choice to reject the Will of God, or to accept his Will. She accepted... May well all learn to find out what is the Will of God for our own lives, and try to the best of our ability to follow God's word, will and his ways.
- Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:52:07 (PST)
To respond to 'Good Times Past's' question. I also remember the Rotary Club bringing Santa round to see the little ones in the run up to Christmas. It was always a highlight of the festive season to see Santa and the look of joy on the kids' faces. The reason the Rotary stopped doing it? - Simple. In the last few years that they did it - mid-late 1990's (I believe) - they were subjected to verbal abuse and having stones and bricks hurled at them by groups of yobs who thought it was hilarious. The areas it happened in primarily were Malvern Crescent & Parkside.Much enjoyment was given by these guys who made an effort to bring Santa around the houses - as well as raising money for local charities. It is, sadly, a sign of our times that mindless thugs ruined this for everyone.
Former resident
Newcastle, - Thursday, December 29, 2005 at 13:51:17 (PST)
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New York, NT USA - Monday, December 26, 2005 at 18:09:27 (PST)
Val Burrows, I think there is room on this Guestbook for everyones views etc, I particularly enjoy reading Jacquelines letters and strangely enough yours too! I wish you and all Seaham Folk both at home and away a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2006, Jacqueline, there is an answer to all those misguided politically correct People who want to knock Christmas and all it stands for, just wish them also "a merry Christmas" Not a merry winter, or a merry anything else, just a simple "merry Christmas" one day they may get the message, but I won't hold my breath
- Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 09:35:51 (PST)
A very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year to all guest bookers, and especially to Ed and Sadie.
Sherwood Forester
Newark, Notts - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 09:35:04 (PST)
Ah! Sweet nostalgia! I was born in Malvern Crescent, No.143 to be precise, just up from Queensberry Road, and while there were some residents of the Crescent who were 'known' to the police, I don't recall that being a problem to anyone else as no one stole from each other. There was even one resident who became a policeman himself!I can't recall his name now, but he made Inspector! I lived at 143 until I went into the RAF in 1957, and I was away overseas until 1960, and when I came home in 1960, albeit briefly as I was still in the RAF, my elder brother Harry had been given his own house at 28 Ryton, so that then became 'home' although I was rarely there.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 02:01:34 (PST)
To "Good Times Past." Christmas for some reason is slowly dying out... people are forgetting the real and true reason we have Christmas in the first place. Here in USA there is a "War on Christmas." The stores can no longer have signs that say, "Merry Christmas" the workers at the stores, or other work places can no longer wish people "Merry Christmas." The new political correct way of saying Christmas Tree is now "Holiday Tree." Children at the schools know they are not allowed to wish other children or teachers "Merry Christmas." My friends 6 years old son wished the principle "Merry Christmas" and she explained to him that he is not allowed to wish "Merry Christmas." His mother, a strong, Christian... had a few words to say to the principle. They are now changing the words to "Silent Night" so the words no longer reflect "Jesus." Children today are not taught that Christmas is a Christian holiday and it is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who is our Lord ! and Savior. Jesus may not have been born on December 25th, but he was born, nevertheless and to Christians, Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas. Christmas today has become far too commercialized. It is also up to the mature adult of parents, to be teaching children/teenagers the real meaning of Christmas and start to teach children Christmas carols, and not just "Santa Clause" and "Frosty the snowman." (It does not even snow in teh southern part of Texas, or even in many other Christian based countries.)It is the fault of parents who are forgetting to teach their children the real meaning of Christ-mas. (Christ=Jesus - Mas for the Mass of the Eucharist.) Christmas Tree is the Evergreen tree - it lives all year around - just as Jesus lives. The Holly and berries are for the blood and sorrows Jesus endured."Oh come, Oh come Emmanual" is a Advent carol, as we are singing about the coming of Jesus." We are awaiting for him. How come many people do not know this informat! ion about this song. The Egg in Easter-Egg, is the symbol of N! ew life, not the Easter bunny! No such thing as the Easter bunny! All of these traditions and meanings in our Christian faith are fading away... and we need to keep them and defend our faith. Merry Christmas to everyone! Peace and Blessings.
USA - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 02:00:24 (PST)
Mike Mann, It is hard now to appreciate the social and political eminence of people such as Lord and Lady Londonderry, owners of coal mines, vast tracts of land and, among other properties, a Park Lane mansion with 44 servants. They entertained royalty – Londonderry was called "Charley" by the King – and were on first-name terms with leading political figures. It is harder still to appreciate how they saw themselves: their rights were birthrights, their pre-eminence pre-ordained. They were the cream of a society which it was not only their pleasure but their duty to lead and serve. To Lady Londonderry, society hostess and high Tory, it was perfectly natural that she should have Ramsay MacDonald, the first Labour prime minister, at her fingertips. (The gossip of the time suggested it was rather more than that, although Kershaw thinks their flirtation didn't amount to an affair.) In 1931 Londonderry was made secretary of state for air by MacDonald's National Government – an appointment which, according to Lloyd George, can be attributed to his wife's influence. Londonderry's political tastes were pro-German and anti-French, which brought him into early conflict with British policy, but his overwhelming motive was to avoid repeating the First World War. In this he was at one not only with his colleagues but with most of his countrymen. Yet he recognised that, if we were to have an air force (there was pressure for the RAF to be scrapped), it ought to be modern, and he pressed for expansion. Like nearly everyone – apart from Churchill and Sir Horace Rumbold, British ambassador to Berlin – he underestimated Hitler and thought the Germans could be persuaded to disarm, especially if we strengthened our air force. When, in 1935, the true scale of German rearmament was at last accepted and the political tide turned overnight, Londonderry was pilloried, then sacked. He spent the rest of his life trying to justify a career that had been characterised by political misjudgments, moderate competence, an overestimation of his own abilities and a degree of bad luck. But his activities during the next few years made everything worse. Convinced that the Foreign Office (now waking up to Hitler) was wrong in its estimation of the German threat, and that critics such as Churchill were more likely to bring about the war everyone feared, he courted the Nazi leadership, visiting Hitler, going shooting with Goering and entertaining von Ribbentrop. He applauded Nazi anti-communism and was unworried by its anti-Semitism, but he was no Nazi. Rather, as Kershaw says, he was "idealistic enough to presume that politics… were determined by goodwill, moral objectives, the gentleman's code of honour, the preservation of legal order". Above all he wanted to avert another war. He was not alone: Attlee, convinced that Hitler's dictatorship was "gradually falling down", was still opposing rearmament in 1939. Privately, both the Londonderrys and the Nazis made similar miscalculations – on the one hand that German aggression could be ameliorated by friendship, on the other that social position was sufficient to influence British national policy. It wasn't like that any more – if it ever had been. During the war Londonderry proved a staunch patriot, albeit dominated by his desire for vindication. "I was the only person who was right during the 1930s," he claimed. Of his cousin Churchill he wrote: "I wanted to achieve by what I thought was statesmanship what he wanted to achieve by war." Denying that he was an appeaser, he couldn't see that what he had tried to do was, in fact, to appease; but that is perhaps the nature of appeasement. This is an erudite, wise and instructive account of what might, with hindsight, seem one of history's sideshows. Yet it was for years the conventional political wisdom, the most favoured illusion, and Kershaw helps us to understand it better.
Adam Heals
NOTE FROM MODERATOR: Adam please make your entries shorter. - Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at 00:53:22 (PST)
i would like to read more about the late 40s and the early 50s
harry hunter
redcar, - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:41:14 (PST)
I am tracing my family tree and I am trying to find information about my grandfather John Cummings born in Sunderland in 1863 but moved to Seaham in the 1890's je worked at the Bottle house. I grew up in Seaham moving to Sunderland when I married.
Sheila Cummings <>
Sunderland, T and W - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:40:33 (PST)
To John Spencer i dont know how long it is since you have been to Seaham but its a like a ghost town now.The harbour itself is dead and deneside is just as bad.Half of Malvern has been pulled down and there is a nursing home where part of Portland and Oxford street used to be.Half the pubs and clubs are empty and dont open during the week.
Jim Mather <>
Sunderland, Tyne and Wera - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:39:21 (PST)
I would like to hear from any relatives of my Dad Albert (Bob) Chandler - born in Seaham Harbour 15 December 1922.
Lynne Chandler <>
london, - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:38:00 (PST)
I was talking to friends today about Christmas & remembering what Christmas meant whilst we were growing up. We got talking about how the rotary club used to send Santa and his sleigh around the streets os Seaham and how excited we were when santa was on our doorstep playing Christmas carols at night & how excited we were that he would come with our presents in a few nights time, now that we've grown up we agreed that it is a shame that he does not do his round's of Seaham streets now, he only makes his appearance during the day in Church Street, which is not the same as him appearing at night outside our homes. Also what we miss is the Salvation Army brass band coming round the streets with their stirring Christmas carol music, which got everybody in the mood for christmas. Does anyone know why these traditions are no more in Seaham? I know that when I was little we looked forward to the nights when they came around, it is such a shame that the children of toda! y miss the excitement of the past. Does anyone else miss those nights? Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas.
good times past
seaham, - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:36:54 (PST)
- Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:35:25 (PST)
In reply to Michael and Stanley Street Independent Methodist Church, I've printed your email and sent it to a former college friend who has links with the Church. Hopefully he'll be able to help you. All the best for Christmas
Seaham, Durham - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:34:16 (PST)
Searching for any information on the Wilkinson/Dixon families. My Father was Lambton Wilkinson,son of Edward and Margaret Wilkinson of Seaham. My Mother was Annie Mary,daughter of Thomas and Annie Mary Dixon of Seaham.
Joan Dmytryshyn
Summerland, British Columbia Canada - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:32:42 (PST)
I used to live at the top end of Malvern Cres 182, just where the houses met Saturn and (can't remember the other one) Oxford St and Neptune were pulled down as was the Labour Club. I too had a good childhood playing in those streets in the 60's and 70's we used to live oposite the McGlennon's. the bus used to come along our street that used to do a round trip to the harbour and back, looking back we used to do some awful things when we were young to that bus especially when it snowed! we used have a lovely big garden and make camps outside all through the school summer hols. I went to Deneside infants and juniors and then to the SIS school. we moved to Melrose Cres when I was 11 just as I started SIS and mostly all of the friends I made over there all went to St Bedes. I moved to Milton Close about 9 years ago which used to be the bottom end of Malvern years ago and even now sometimes when I get a taxi I say the bottom of Malvern as they always know where that ! is! does anyone remember the field we used to call the dump our jazz band used to rehearse there (god long time ago)
Marion Lisgo
Seaham, Durham - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:31:14 (PST)
Haven't visited your book for a few weeks as I was fed up with Seahamlad and Jacqueline's rantings but today I was very happily surprised when I visited it, No Jacquie or Seahamlad and lots of remeniscing and people looking to get in touch with each other - just as it should be.
Val Burrows
Norwich, - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:28:37 (PST)
Re Michael Davison's interest in Stanley Street Methodist Church please mail me off list and I will try and help.
Raymond Thompson <>
Seaham, - Monday, December 19, 2005 at 14:27:22 (PST)
Keep it going Sadie...
tony from spain
espana - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:48:20 (PST)
I am researching the development of Deneside prior to the start of the Second World War. I am particularly interested at this stage in the early planning process, the construction sequence and how the street naming was determined. I appreciate that it was seventy or so years ago, but I am hoping that someone can still help.
E. Douglass
- Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:41:10 (PST)
Hello All, I am try to contact the Stanley Street Independent Methodist Church in Seaham to obtain a copy of a Baptism Certificate. Does anyone know the telephone number of the church, or Mr Savage, that used to run the place many years ago. Thanks for your help in advance. Mike
Michael Davison
Rio de Janeiro, Brazel - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:40:15 (PST)
Sadie, hope you are on the mend. Merry Christmas to Ed and yourself and all other Seaham / ex Seaham folk.
Lyon, - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:37:46 (PST)
Hi to Jimmy Mather yes thats me, our Margaret married Alan MCadoo she lives in Eastlea crescent now. The church was used as the police station in church street right next to Jenny Greeners the snooker hall.the times we had there. Some of my old mates from those days are Derek Rowntree Jonka McGinn John Williams,(carbines brother)John joined the navy like me ,i havent seen him for donkeys years nor Derek. There was also Jimmy Armstrong, Ray Foster(Hoggy) and many more maybe they are on the internet and will reply to some of the nostalgia e-mails. There were also lots of mates from the Sea Cadets days Michael Leonard. Ian Kennedy etc.
John Spencer
Portsmouth, Hampshire England - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:36:55 (PST)
ALEX i can assure you that 13 ryton cres is still standing, i was brought up in ryton cres and my parents lived there for many a blue moon. what a happy street that used to be. i was one of the kids that used to play in your grans garden with the high privets lol what a time we had and your gran never stopped us. i think she loved the sound of kids playing. we used to go messages for her and others in the street and kindly got rewarded with home baked biscuits and the likes, memories mmmm so sweet. i moved out long long ago but my happiest memories are still in ryton cres and will be with me for a long time to come.
no name
seaham, - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:35:00 (PST)
Has anyone any info. on Lord Londonderry and his actions against the miners. Also his friendship with Mosley and the Blackshirts. Thank You. Mike Mann
Mike Mann
Killyleagh, Co Down - Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at 14:33:13 (PST)
Spot on Vanessa. I've had a spell in hospital but hopefully things are on the mend. Sadie
Sadie M
- Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:15:06 (PST)
Right, even I know that the delays of the postings on the guestbook is not normal, so I can only presume that something is up. Hope that the compilers of this site & their families are all in good health. If there is a problem, hope that it is not serious & that all will be well very soon. See I can be nice, even if I am barking up the wrong tree!
Seaham, - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:13:22 (PST)
Thanks to Eddie and Sadie, as a result of the guestbook, I have traced various memeber of my family previously unknown to me. Nice to see that the guestbook is being used for what it was originally intended as oppose to the regular drivel sent by various individuals who need no naming, they know who they are !! Once again, thank you.
broken brains <>
Seaham, - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:12:23 (PST)
Hi I haved lived at seaham most of my life, my family still live there. I am now living in Hetton, I went ti S.M.S. school and remember miss college. I left in 1965. I married Norman Lafferty in 1969 but he died 16 years ago. I remember all the old shops, Murleys cake shop, Doggarts, etc, anyone who would like to chat please e mail me.
shirley lafferty <>
seaham, durham - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:11:06 (PST)
i was born in seaham on 05,01,1965 in a house at 13 ryton crescent.i was wondering if anyone knows if this house is still there at the top of the avenue.i moved to barwell when i was 5 and when i was 16 came back to look after my gran MEG HALLIDAY if anyone knows her.i got a job at the VGstore in parkside,and was wondering if this is still there also,fond memories although i still visit now and again.thanks ALEX
Alex Hall
barwell, leicestershire england - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:09:38 (PST)
Hi, I am trying to find my friends of my mother. Their Son name is Richard Turner his mother name is May Turner her last address was 64 COTTON STREET SHORNCLIFFE BRISBANE QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA Post Code 4017 AND THAT WAS IN 1975. I HAVE LOOK EVERY WERE TO TRY AND CONTACT HER SON Richard and family. If their is out their would you please contact me by email or post. my address is ABBOTSFIELD 12 CAW PARK WATERSIDE LONDONDERRY NORTHERN IRELAND BT 47 6LZ. BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.. THANKS ONCE AGAIN. THE TOP OF THE MORNING TO YOU, Jackie,
Jackie Graham <>
County Londonerry - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:07:48 (PST)
John Laws, aren't We Seaham Folk lucky you're living in France!
Adam Heals
- Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:06:17 (PST)
cheers for the gary rowell info it wil help pass my exams from ant station road c/ham
ant thirkell
seaham, durham england - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:05:41 (PST)
Yes I remember the church where Boots now is, it was Seaham Harbour Methodist Church. They used the exterior of the church for certain scenes when filming 'Life for Ruth' on location in Seaham. The stars where Michael Craig, Janet Munro, Leslie Sands and Patrick McGoohan.
John Hughes
Middlesbrough, - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:04:30 (PST)
I enjoyed the website i used to live at 59 Mount Stewart st Dawdon, joined the RAF in 1974 visited in 2000 could not believe how Seaham has changed.
- Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:03:35 (PST)
First in reply to Peter i can remember the church and it was used in the film For The Lfe of Ruth.Ibelieve it was the court house in the film. I remember a John Spencer that lived not far from us in Malvern cres his sister married one of the macado's is that you.
jim mather <>
sunderland, england - Sunday, December 04, 2005 at 07:02:56 (PST)
Oh dear, the spam has arrived, or is it knockwurst?, and is the spammer nothing more than a sauerkraut?
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 13:10:39 (PST)
can anyone remember the church in church street were boots the chemist is now
- Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 13:08:30 (PST)
I liked the comments from Jimmy Mather on Malvern Crescent as i lived there myself. I left to join the Navy in the Sixties but i still have fond memories of my mates and the things we got up to.
John Spencer <>
Portsmouth, Hampshire England - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 13:03:44 (PST)
love your website.
Tony Hicks <>
Leigh on Sea, Essex UK - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 13:02:23 (PST)
Ed - haven't visited the site for some time - quite honestly was fed up with non-Seaham rantings of a certain few who appear to have hijacked the site for their personal issues - you know who they are - Jaqueline, Seahamlad etc etc. Sadly they're stll there but at least it's now easier to read without the intrusive wallpaper! One day maybe we can look forward to just Seaham issues?
John Laws
TOURBES, Langedoc-Rousillion France - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 12:59:38 (PST)
Mick Smith is that the same jerry smith that lived nextdoor to me in tyne st.ron meir
Ron Meir <>
Seaham, Co. Durham - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 12:58:23 (PST)
I think you are testing me Danny boy. There is more than enough mindless drivel clogging up these pages without me adding to it. If you really do want my opinion on the ‘riots’ down here you can phone or email me.
Lyons, - Saturday, November 26, 2005 at 12:57:19 (PST)
Sorry Seahamlad just saw your message to me dated 18th October. Would dearly like to get an interesting debate going but unfortunately the address book is mainly taken up with yous and Jacquelines ramblings. You have regular entries but haven't had anything of interest to say yourself so it's the kettle calling the pot black.
Val Burrows
Norwich, UK - Monday, November 14, 2005 at 02:29:11 (PST)
Brian, sorry to hear you're a bit under the weather, get well soon Mate, youre heart has always been in the right place, take care
- Monday, November 14, 2005 at 02:28:09 (PST)
Isaac, whats happening down in Lyon. Rioting on the streets? wots it all about.
Murton, - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:30:45 (PST)
where are all the old streets gone. Oxford street,Neptune street and half of Malvern (quality street}.They were one of the best places to live in the 60s.Malvern even had its own coalboard.The area had a bad name but for the wrong reasons.Where are all the old malvernites.
Jim Mather <>
Sunderland, - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:29:52 (PST)
Vanessa-Stop posting silly comments.
Tony from Spain
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:28:44 (PST)
Well Re-bucked Sadie, you sound like 'a game-girl'and Ed is no-doubt proud of you. I have to pay someone to cut my grass and rake the leaves at present, I have not the energy. Life is like that sometimes. 'Hallo Seahamlad'
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:28:05 (PST)
Well-said Sadie. Please don't let a few ungrateful words (from a minority of your readers) deter you from the sterling work that you do. I may not contibute on a regular basis but I do enjoy reading the positive entries in your guest book. If others are interested, they could start up an alternative site; they would then find out just how hard it is to keep a site like this running. Regards, and Best Wishes, TOM M
Tom Moreland
London, - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:27:22 (PST)
Seaham is a lovley place! XxXxX
Newcastle, - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:26:25 (PST)
"Seahamlad" I have left you a message on your parents answering machine, (BTE) with Brian's phone number. Hope you get in touch with him.
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:25:36 (PST)
"Seahamlad" Brian e-mailed me his phone number, not posting it on this G/B WE need to Communicate somehow or another. Here is the note: Dear Jaqueline, Thank-you for your e-mail dated 9th.November. Many years ago, writing to one another was the vouge always. In modern times it is the telephone. My phone number is.... Not that I'm really in the mood to chat. I feel drained of energy all the time. So, there iit is my friend, In Christian love, Brian.
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:25:03 (PST)
Whoops!!! In an earlier post I referred to Sadie as "Sue", so put it down to a senior moment!That running this guest book is entirely voluntary is fully appreciated, but not the lack of continuity that results! When it is a week or so between drinks at the fountain so to speak, any impetus in a post is lost. I'm sure a more frequent update would result in more usage.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:23:58 (PST)
Ernie and I left Seaham in 1974 to come to Canada but we still consider Seaham as home.Anybody remembering us please e mail We still miss the old places. Ernie and Judy Carver(Nee Berry)
Judy C
lliston(North of Toronto), Ontario Canada - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:23:04 (PST)
Hi, "Seahamlad" (John) Sorry my message to you was a bit abrupt; I just wish you would not be "silly" over our friendship. We are both grown adults, and who cares what other people in Seaham think. My life is here in USA, but you and I can still be friends, as we have known each other for almost 27 years. We have a lot of history, and what is wrong with the two of us being "open" about our friendship? Who knows if I ever came home to visit, maybe the two of us could go to dinner, without being secret about our friendship. Gosh! we are not teenagers now you know, indeed, quite far from it! So who would we get in trouble from? Newsflash... No one! Because no one could careless about our friendship, except those who are still "gossipy" and want to cause issues, otherwise, the regular person, could careless, as long as there is peace. On that note, have a peaceful week and Thank God for all your blessings. God's love, peace be with you, from your friend... Jacqueline
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:21:49 (PST)
I explained that this entry was flawed and tried to help but it was ignored - This is a message for Colin Hall. Can you let me have your new e-mail address, please? I've news of an old Modern School friend . Victor
Victor H Brown
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:20:42 (PST)
OF COURSE!!!... I see it now... Jacqueline doesn't exist!!! She is the combined figment of the imaginations of Eddie & Sadie Mason. How else would someone publish nonsense like that? E&S write some lines, interjected with pitiful grammar, diabolic spelling and blame it on the Americans so we naturally write in to complain. Is this true E&S? Anyway, I thought Pandamania" was a fear of panda's, so could the word you're looking for be pandemic?
All of Seaham
Seaham, - Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:18:23 (PST)
"All of Seaham" You're wasting your time pal. That girl has an ego the size of Mars! She's been spouting off on here for years. Just ignore her rantings and concentrate on the meaningful posts.
Sherwood Forrest
- Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 14:17:07 (PST)
To Vanessa, Thankyou for your entry to the guestbook. I would like to point out that the "people who run this Guestbook" do so voluntarily in their own time and for no monetary gain. Alas sometimes I do have other things which take priority and occasionally I feel the need to have a break and a holiday like other mortals. There is no one who holds "Shares". As far as I am aware I have not refused an entry from you (are you sure you sent it.) Sadie M
Sadie M
Seaham, - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:32:42 (PST)
what is happening with this guestbook, it used to post comments nearly every day, now it can take over a week to get comments posted! are the people who run this guestbook not fully committed to the site now? surely it would be beneficial,look more professional & would encourage people to use the guestbook if their comments were posted everyday. I tried to get something posted a couple of weeks ago, but it did not get posted,dispite my comments not being offensive in any way. Yet people who use this guestbook to talk about anything BUT Seaham get their points posted nearly everytime. Have they got shares in the guestbook or something? Such a shame this guestbook is going downhill. (I wonder if this gets posted, or am I just wasting my time?)
Seaham, - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:24:30 (PST)
Jacqueline, sorry to hear all is not well with Brian, would love to talk to him! is there any way you can get his phone number to me? say 10-30pm (ish) on the Chatline?
- Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:21:52 (PST)
Jacqueline... for heavens sake lady... STOP writing every account of your dreary sanctimonious life on the guestbook. All you achieve is to get everyone's back up about everything you write. Why don't you set up a blog page on AOL or Google and publish away to your hearts content. Jacqueline please stop.
All of Seaham
- Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:21:09 (PST)
I will be running for a cure for Breast Cancer throught the Susan G Komen foundation. The run takes place in Austin (Texas)this coming Sunday.(Nov 6th) Of course when I am running, I will be thinking of my old school friend and her family, as well as my dear friends here in USA who are battling it at this time - and for anyone else here on the Seaham Guest Book who knows of anyone who either has Breast Cancer or died of it. There are 5 of us who are running together, so it should also be a fun running morning. Hope all is well with everyone there in Seaham. Do take care of yourselves as I read the "Bird Flu" pandamania is flowing through the UK too, as it is here in USA. Stay warm everyone and there is something to the "British cup of tea!" I still like my cups of tea each morning, though, I drink herbal organic green tea and other herbal teas.
- Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:19:57 (PST)
To Andy Scott ... Here,Here!
Another Exile
London, - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:18:35 (PST)
Hi. Please contact me about our freind Joe.
NY, Belguim - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:17:36 (PST)
Surprising as it may seem, I happen to concur with many of the genuine comments made here about what the site represents and what it is used for, and the two do not necessarily coincide! The last time I was in Seaham I had lunch with Ed Mason and Sue, and Ed kindly gave me the Cook's Tour of some of the projects which have now come to fruition,so progress has been made, but I still came away with the impression that the town was struggling to retain an identity following the removal and the closure of the industry which, like it or not, made the place what it was. So I agree with Val Burrows that Church Street has sadly degenerated! It could have become a boutique shopping area away from the mainstream 'super-malls' and the hundreds of 'mall-walkers' wandering around with that glazed look they develop, but it hasn't and as such an opportunity has gone.To be perfectly honest, and despite the very positive advances of roading and the sea-front, I find Seaham to be a ! bit depressing and creative of the need to partake of strong drink after a visit. I will nevertheless visit again in May 2006, [after first spending a few days in Prague Andy!], but it will be a brief visit.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Tuesday, November 08, 2005 at 08:16:22 (PST)
After many months of viewing from a distance, time has come to say, what on earth are people useing this site for? Constant back biteing and talking total dribble seems the norm... Come on, people past and present, post some news worth the time and effort people like me use to log on... If i wanted drama i would watch TV!!! Its been 18 years since i left Seaham and judging by the total dribble posted on here, i didnt leave it a day to late... The Czech Republic is a world away from Seaham, a little contact with home is always apreciated but it would be nice occasionaly to here some good news and see an updated News section, now and again! Come on people, pull yourselves together and sort it out....
Andy <>
Prague, Bohemia Czech epublic - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:49:16 (PST)
does anyone know a family with the name Swainston, descendants of coal mining family - with daughters named: Eva, Bella, Euphemia, Mary - to name a few, who were born around late 18th C early 19th C in Seaham? thanks
nicole melnik <>
sydney, nsw australia - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:47:26 (PST)
I was wondering if any body out there rememberes Jenny Malcolm and her husband or her daughter rene malcolm. They lived near some shops half way up the banl. They were very involved in the Independent Methodist chapel. Rene is still alive aged 95 and it would be good to put her in touch with folks
alison weir <>
- Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:45:41 (PST)
Please post this ASAP. Important Message For "Seahamlad" from Brian Greenfingers. Seahamlad, I just received a personal e-mail from "BrianGreenfingers" (Monday morning, at 4.30am Central USA time) He wants me to tell you something, but I am not going to announce it here on the G/B. I am not sure he wants that right now; but does need prayers from everyone. Please could you e-mail him or myself and I will forward you the e-mail he sent to me. - or for Brian Greenfingers. Thanks, Seahamlad - Apparently, you and he must be friends via this G/B as he specifically asked for me to contact you.
Jacqueline <>
- Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:44:44 (PST)
Sorry Seahamlass but we are all entitled to our opinions and Seaham is a mess to those who have left it. We are as concerned about the town of our birth as anybody who still lives there is and we hate to see the mess the local council have let it get into. We would like to see it as a thriving bustling town as it once was but the council need to get stuck in there and spend some money on it. The seafront is a treat to see and its just a shame the Church Street shopping centre doesn't match it, when it does I'm sure more people will visit like they used to.
Val Burrows
Norwich, - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:43:32 (PST)
Another blow to Seaham's Industry - Beau Brummel is to downsize its workforce by two thirds. This one time great Seaham Institution and nect to the collieries the one time largest employer in Seaham is to vacate the manufaccturing unit in Dene House Road and transfer to Tempest Road the sit of the former "Drill Hall". This one time massive school uniform manufacturer which employed several hundred local skill trades personel including sewing machinists and tailors cutters will become a shadow of its former self. I just thought it was worthy of a mention on the SEAHAM page.
Val Roberts <>
Seaham, Durham England - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:42:27 (PST)
Victor H Brown Thought I'd contact you as we also live in Louth ,started life in Seaham but couldn't get through on your e-mail address Tom Mortimer
Tom Mortimer <>
Louth , Lincolnshire UK - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:41:00 (PST)
Margaret Halliday. There are quite a few Cassidys living in Seaham. Best bet is to go to the local phone book, and start ringing them up. Slaggie
- Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:39:37 (PST)
Victor Brown, if that post is really from you [the e-mail address certainly isn't!]then enter another with your correct address and I'll respond. I lost yours with a hard-drive problem.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 09:39:00 (PST)
In an addition to my previous entry on support for Breast Cancer, keep in mind that October 24th is "Pink Ribbon" day, so show your support for the cure of breast cancer by wearing a pink ribbon. Thanks. Jacqueline
- Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:05:51 (PDT)
My last entry did not get posted and it was important as I was trying to communicate with a few from school. Anyway, here is a request, upon the past recent weeks I have had one old school friend pass away of breast cancer, I had spoken to her and her mom several times, over the past few months and she was a "pillar of strength" to all women who are battling it at this time. I have two friends in Chicago who are battling the breast cancer and just yesterday, I learned my dear friend (whom I did several retreats with) in New York has cancer and today, I spoke with her she is in stage 4 of the cancer and just asks for prayers. Here is my request, this Breast Cancer is just taking lives of young moms (in their 30 and 40's) left and right. It does not seem fair. I am pro-active in advocating the cures for breat cancer and I am now asking for everyone to take a day and offer their whole day for prayers of all the women battling breast cancer and for all those who have d! ied of the cancer. For one whole day we all can offer up own own complaints and sufferings for each of the women who have cancer or who have died of cancer. Addtionally, all of us women over the age of 35years old, must be educated and know the signs and have regular check ups. Furthermore, we can help ourselves by eating wholesome foods, less red meat, more vegetables and keep ourselves physically active by regular exercise. it may not prevent cancer, but it can sure help. This month, here in the states is "Breast Cancer" awarness month, let us all remember those who passed away and who have survived. God Bless...
- Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:05:14 (PDT)
Evening all. I'm doing a bit of info hunting on my old man's family. he was Gerry Smith - ex Tempest - died two years ago. Interested in any ideas for sourcing material. Any thoughts on where Australia Street was and where I could find a map? Thanks in advance
Mick Smith <>
France - Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:03:17 (PDT)
hey i really do think that seaham is abeautiful town and a believe that when the queen visited she made the town even more beautiful i love seaham so can everyone shut up about their beef with seaham! its wikid!!!!!!!!!!!!!
seahamlass 05_malarkey
- Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 15:01:37 (PDT)
One of Seahams true ladies died at the weekend, Nalda Remmer, who's first husband, Jack Wallace perished in the Easington Pit Disaster after only a few weeks of marriage. Jack had emphysemia in his early twentiies and it was this that caused his death as he went back and back again to rescue his mates. His death was not in vain as the enquiry concluded that no matter how young men were, they should be tested before being allowed to be part of the mines rescue service. Nalda was named after a ship that my grandfather saw in the docks on his way to register the birth and thought "it was a good idea" My grandndmother nearly killed him until she was told it was a very revered Spanish name. (Tony from Spain will confirm). Nal, as we called her, eventually married Ken Jolly, who was my dad's best mate and part owned the Jolly Buses in Sunderland, they were devoted to each other. Nal never ever forgot her roots and weekly drove past 72 The Avenue where she was raised and soundly beaten! RIP Aunty Nal x
David Hunter
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:27:18 (PDT)
This is a message for Colin Hall. Can you let me have your new e-mail address, please? I've news of an old Modern School friend . Victor
Victor H Brown <>
Louth, Lincolnshire - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:25:28 (PDT)
Hi everyone, My maiden name was CASSIDY and i have been tracing my family tree, I have got to Thomas Cassidy who married Margaret McHugh in Ireland in 1854, they then moved to Seaham Harbour where all of thier children were born, they were John, Mary, Catherine, James, William, Margaret, Francis and Eliza. In the 1871 cencus they lived at 9 Back South Railway St. Is there any family with the surname of Cassidy that still lives in the area that may be related?
Margaret Halliday <>
Melksham, Wiltshire UK - Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:23:30 (PDT)
I don't think it would be possible to meet anyone who is such a contradiction as Jacqueline: naiveté, insensitivity, and immaturity in about equal parts I would say. Despite all the negative comments about her inane and inconsequently ramblings on this thread, it's like water of a duck's back. She reminds me of a Basset Hound we once owned; quite affectionate and forever tripping over itself, but a mind like concrete: all mixed up and permanently set
Colin Hall
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:21:36 (PDT)
Be of good cheer all ye magnums of opinion. You will have a lot to think about soon like the word 'Pandemic' for example. Seahamlad, you always make good sense, what do you think?
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:20:47 (PDT)
Does anyone know June Richardson who i believe came from Seaham? June was a member of the Royal Signals and served in Singapore around 1967. Last weekend a number of the girls who served together in Singapore met for an annual reunion. Next year will be the tenth annual reunion and it would be lovely if June could be there. Does anyone know June or her whereabouts?
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:20:04 (PDT)
Val Burrows, have looked over the last nine Months of the Guestbook and can't find any entries from you that are the least bit stimulating or even interesting! all you seem to do is snear and make unsuitable sarcastic remarks! have you no opinions on anything? So come on Val lets be having some intellectual input from you, after all "a soft answer turns away wrath"
- Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at 14:18:56 (PDT)
Sorry I meant to type Sam not dam, not much in it though
Val Burrows
- Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 14:39:46 (PDT)
dam just bored with people like you, Jacquie and Seahamlad messing our guestbook up it needs some intellectual input not your silly drivellings
Val Burrows
Norwich, - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 14:39:11 (PDT)
Ernest Leithes (looking for relations) there are three Leithes in the lcal phone book living in Sunderland, try giving them a ring, they could help you find what you're looking for.
Seaham Lad
Seaham, UK - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 14:37:50 (PDT)
I have had quite good definition results from Google Earth. At about 9,000 feet the docks and piers are well defined and the town is also well laid out. Click on the 'roads' button and most of the roads are there; Tempest Road, Ropery Walk, Princess Road, The Avenue, etc. Once hooked on the Google Earth site you might spend hours visiting places all around the world. It's almost as interesting as the Seaham Harbour Guest Book.
Les <>
Billingham, UK - Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at 14:32:46 (PDT)
hi my father used to ship in to seaham in the sixties hes try to trace a girl called ann drinkwater who lived in rutland street heard she has moved to spain though any help would be good regards lee
sonny bassey <>
Methyl, Fife Scotland - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:09:29 (PDT)
For all fellow Guestbookers, Google Earth has almost reached hallowed ground. Whilst not actually covering Seaham town centre, the high res maps end just south along the coast at Hawthorn Hive and beyond. Its a joy!
Sherwood Forester
Newark, Notts uk - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:06:05 (PDT)
I see that the "Pain from Spain" is back to his usual sarcastic "one-liners" I'd better add a line to to show that its easy to pen two lines together.... or more!
Seaham Lad
- Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:05:13 (PDT)
Jakie i resent you and sado seaham lad using a guest book for your own personel use, go some where else and bore the life out of some other poor sods,you and sad lad spoil this otherwise good site.
Bournemouth, England - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:04:37 (PDT)
"stop being immature", Surely you jest? Your juvenile rants on these pages give immature people a bad name.
Colin Hall
Oz - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:03:43 (PDT)
any body know of a familly called leithes lived in malvern crescent my dads name was les born 1922 died 1990 had two brothers and two sisters his parents were Ernest & williamena i havent got much to go on as i was only young when they died,any help would be appreciated.
ernest leithes <>
Newcastle on Tyne, UK - Monday, October 10, 2005 at 03:01:54 (PDT)
Jacqueline-Remember when you had a face 'as red as a ripe tomato'and you made a "pact" with a dear friend of yours,well what happened?
Tony from Spain
- Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 14:22:37 (PDT)
spent my childhood in seaham will always be home
Eddie Halliday <>
LIncoln, UK - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 14:21:54 (PDT)
I resent people making comments about "seahamlad" and myself. we have known each other for almost 27 years, we are friends. People, stop being immature about your remarks to "Seahamlad and myself." Let it go!
- Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 14:20:23 (PDT)
I left Seaham in 1975 when I joined the WRAF. Most people would have known my parents, Vera & Thomas Hogg. Dad worked at the Nack nearly all his life, apart from when he was in the RAF during the war. We lived at Fern Crescent, Parkside until Mam & Dad moved to Magdalene Court around 84. It would be nice to hear from anyone who remebers me or my sister Mary and brother Jim. I've travelled all over the place and lived overseas for a while, Jim lives in New Zealand and Mary lives in Lincolnshire. Look forward to hearing from you. I think this site is brilliant it's nice to be able to see all the changes that have taken place
Julia Howard <>
Holmewood, Chesterfield Derbyshire - Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 14:19:31 (PDT)
Val Burrows, you must be bored to death down there in Norwich to write such rubbish! methinks its you who needs to get a life.
Adam Heads
- Wednesday, October 05, 2005 at 14:16:50 (PDT)
Val Burrows, you must be bored to death down there in Norwich to write such rubbish! methinks its you who needs to get a life.
Adam Heads
- Sunday, October 02, 2005 at 15:29:39 (PDT)
Well I weathered through some horendous traffic from Houston yesterday evening to San Antonio. Then from there to Austin. I was in traffic from 10 hours! It was unbelievable! Now I am evaucated, I just wonder about this hurricane Rita how bad it will be when it hits landfall this Friday evening/Sturday morning. There is something going on with all these back-to-back serious weather stuff
- Friday, September 30, 2005 at 14:17:13 (PDT)
cazzy <>
ilford, essex - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 14:14:50 (PDT)
Well said Seaham Lover. I think Seaham Lad and Jacquie should marry then they would't have to abuse this website with their rubbish. They both need to get a life.
Val Burrows
Norwich, Norfolk UK - Friday, September 30, 2005 at 14:12:55 (PDT)
I wonder if anyone can help me with my family tree research? Isaac Pawson and Sarah Turner were married 25 June 1860 in Brayton, Yorkshire. They soon moved to Durham, where their first child Henry was born in Easington on 1 April 1861. Isaac's occupation was "drainer". They had 5 more children including: William (for whom I could not find documentation), George born at Sherburn House on 6 Sep 1866, John born 22 April at Gilesgate, Sarah born 4 Apr 1872 in Hetton-le-Hole (This is my grandmother), and Mary Elizabeth born 29 Aug 1875 in Hetton-le-Hole. All children were "born within hearing of the Durham cathedral bells". 29 Aug 1875 is also the date of my great-grandmother's death. She is buried at East Rainton cemetery. I found the churchyard to be in great disrepair when I visited. I wonder if the renewed interest in heritage has reached to preserving memorials in churchyards. Shortly after his wife's death, Isaac left England for Australia, with all but the youngest child, whom he left in the care of friends. He returned some time later to get the youngest child, but the foster parents would not release her. They did keep in touch and we corresponded with Mary Elizabeth's daughter until her own passing in 1990. When Isaac again left England ( I think it was 1885), they settled in Mecanoma (now a ghost town) in Ontario Canada, where my grandmother was the school teacher. At any rate, I see from the heritage links that my great grandfather went there before the high and low pits were joined. I wonder if there are rolls of union members and if drainers would be included.
Carolyn Ingram Wahlster <>
USA - Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 08:33:32 (PDT)
wot a great Site! I spent many a brilliant summer as a child in Seaham harbour visiting my Uncleand Aunt Tommy and Gladys Gale . They orgionally live in Parkside and then moved to Marlborough where my Uncle Still lives . He worked in Dogarts for many years in the mens department and I used to love going in to see him where I got to play with the money shoot! I cant remember the lady who owned thje green grocers shoop but we were faninated how you used to be able to buy your butter straight from the slab! I remember some of the friends i made and would love to contact them ,Stepnen Dixon Dawson, Andrea, John, Paula whos dad ran the Conservity Club and her brother Billy Keith and Gary Whelan. Its been awhile from i was over but hope to go and visit my uncle this year so It would be great if i could catch up, with some of the people mentioned
: Hilary Niblock <>
Lisburn, Co Antrim Northern Ireland - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 00:25:54 (PDT)
Jacqueline and Seahamlad (what an original name)... for gawds sake give us a break. Must we all put up with your "God is watching us" and "angels are with us" nonsense every single posting. What's wrong with you two, don't you have lives? do you have a husband or wife (I suspect not)I've never read such wishy washy mind numbingly boring prose in my life. I wonder if Saint Jacqueline or Saint Seahamlad have ever done anything reckless like not eating fish on Friday? I just wonder.
Seaham Born and Bred
Durham, - Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 00:23:39 (PDT)
"SeahamLad" I see you joined Friendsreunited on January 11th 2003, class of 1983) - So how come there are not any notes on what you are doing? Do you ever check your incoming e-mail from friendsreunited?
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 00:22:35 (PDT)
why don't you ever learn? Look back through the guestbook of years gone by, at how many times you have apologised for your comments. If you are an example of Christianity then there is little hope for any of us! You are arrogant, self opinionated and quite frankly, a blight on this website. Some time ago you stated you were gone for good. Many of us wish you had kept your word. Go and get a life girl!
Seaham Lover
- Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 00:21:38 (PDT)
I have a perfectly, LOVING, and PEACFUL Idea.... Why don't those who are bashing America - please STOP! I am sure the British Government are not all perfect either. For those who are Americans on this Guest Book, your loyalty lies to America - and whether you agree with the President or not, it is not for you to be slandering his name on a British Guest Book for the whole world to see. For every loyal citizen of any country, one ought to be in support of their President - whether you agree with his policies or not.
USA - Sunday, September 18, 2005 at 04:53:58 (PDT)
Hi, can anyone help. I am looking for photos of the Foresters Arms and The Zetland Hotel, both of which stood in North Railway Street. My mother her sisters and brother were all born in the Zetland and I was born in the Foresters in 1950. Does anyone have a picture they could copy and email me. Thank you. John Hughes
John Hughes <>
Middlesbrough, England - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:22:23 (PDT)
"Susan" Dr. Vix and I worked out our "mis-understanding" via a few days of e-mail. Perhaps, you and I could do the same, instead of having "hard" feelings as a result of either differences of opinions, or a mis-understanding, through incorrect communication and choice of words. Victoria helped me see that my choice of words were not the best, and we were able to clear up a mis-understanding, that may have resulted in another "catty" episode on this Guest Book. We all may want to take a lesson from my mistake in some poor choice of words, while I was trying to express my opinions.
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:21:04 (PDT)
Josephine Deighton again, sorry but my email address was wrong.This is the correct one!!
josephine deighton ( oliver) <>
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:20:14 (PDT)
Hallooo!! Josephine Deighton here,can anyone remember me?? Attended Camden Square 1961- 1965. Lived in dawdon all of my school life. Would love to hear from long lost friends!!!
josephine deighton ( oliver) <>
Melbourne, Australia - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:19:20 (PDT)
Hi, I'm tracing my family tree. My grandmother Margaret McCartney (1902)and James McCartney were born in Seaham. They had two children - my mother is Catherine McCartney and her sister, my auntie is Margaret McCartney. If anyone recognises any of the names, you can contact me via email at
Natalie Sullivan
Newcastle Upon Tyne UK - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:17:12 (PDT)
i am sick of people slagging off seaham, it is a beautiful town andpeoplehave no rught in which totalk about it. I was born nd bred here i intend to die here. i have never left seaham nd never will p.s "seahamlad" and "jaqueline" seem to be intimate
Eliza snippet
Seaham, - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:14:10 (PDT)
: I have been assisting at the Astrodome and the Reliant center Friday, all Saturday and all Sunday and some of Monday. It has been an incredible experience! I was working with the Red Cross and CPS and wherever else I was needed. I was distributing food, blankets and clothing, as well as caring for the lost children, and the infants, changing diapers, feeding them and holding them. I sat with families listened to their stories, gave them hugs and showed love and compassion to these people who have been seriously affected by the hurricane, most, if not all, of the New Orleans people were those of the lowest social-economical level. A large number who I had spoke with were from the projects and had nothing to begin with. I had tears in my eyes most of the time I was there. What a catastrophe this has caused and it is a shame that the poorest of the poor were affected the most.
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:13:16 (PDT)
To "Your friend" Thank you so much for that beautiful message to me. I wish I knew who you were, I have an idea, but, I am not quite sure. I know I have been a positive impact and encouragement to a number of people as of recently, so you could be any one of those who come to mind. Though in return, I have a multitude of friends who are my "Angels." Thank you "Friend" whoever you may be and wherever you are in the world. My prayers are with you. :-)
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:12:14 (PDT)
I don't know ehere anyone gets the idea that Seaham is progressing and developing, I was up there just last week and it is as dirty as ever. The sea front is nice mind you and so is the harbour.
Val Burrows
Norwich, Norfolk - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:11:18 (PDT)
To the Lady Susan I would say your original letter was meant to give offence and you were very firmly put in your place by the lady concerned, why don't you retype your posting in a less abusive way?
Adam Heals
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:10:17 (PDT)
Well I've been proved wrong! seems the "pain from Spain" can write more than one sentence! he's managed two, who knows what the future holds?
Seahamlad (from Seaham?)
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:09:12 (PDT)
: I am not racial, I am being realistic. We are in a very serious War - and it is indeed, the extreme muslims providing suicide bombers to kill people of Britain, USA and other western countries, or those who want to live peacefully. Obviously, Victoria, you have a short memory and are in denial that each time America has something bad happen, and even in England, the Muslims are praising Allah for it. Your loyalty, Victoria, ought to be to defend your country and to defend your Christian faith. Or, was your Confirmation, on April 11th 1983 at Durham Cathedral,(With St. John's group and 200 other kids) a waste of time? Where is your defense to the Christian faith? Remember the extreme Muslims said, this is a "Holy War" they attacked us first - Septemeber 11th 2001 and then, they attacked England, July 7th 2005 - they were actually living as British Citizens and all along, hating you all, and planning not one, but two horrific attacks. Lets, see now, if it were Chrisi! tians doing that, would you come to the defense of Christians?
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:08:32 (PDT)
I have just had a quick look at your website which I feel is spoilt by a few people who write a load of drivel. My grandmother, Sarah Ann Gibson was born in Seaham Harbourin 1874. She was adopted by Mathew and Isabella Jackson and on 1881 census was living at 3 Candlish Street.Unfortunately I have been unable to trace her parents. Maybe one day I will be able to visit Seaham to try and solve this mystery.
dorset england - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:07:20 (PDT)
Not sure what has happened to the guest book for the past month, but anyway, I am here in Houston, and let me tell you, I have already had the opportunity to help a family from the New Orleans hurricane and their story was incredible and heart-wrenching! I will be at the Dome all Saturday, Sunday and Monday helping. It is just unreal! Sad beyond belief, but in a way, not too surprising. Yes, people, whether you are religious or not, or believe in God or not, I think it is time to come to a realization that we are indeed living some kind of "end times" not just due to the disaster of this hurricane, but all weather related issues over the past several years that seem to be more catastrophic that the last. Also, with the decay in moral society, the lack of faith, the greed, teh world's poverty, the wars, and in particular this war in Iraq, and more frequent talks of nuclear war. Something is going on and I do not believe it is all due to just coincidence and just mot! her nature. We need to pray very hard for peace in our world. Just 4 years ago, almost to the date, (September 11th 2001) our country was hit with the horrific terror attacks - again, just three months before Christmas. last year the Tsunami hit the day after Christmas, and now this year, again, three months before Christmas, America is hit with another serious crisis. Not sure it is all coincidences.
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:06:16 (PDT)
Seaham may not be the centre of the Universe but it still the place that many of us still call home, even after living abroad for many years. I can honestly say I'm pretty excited to be coming home next week for my fortnights holiday. My husband hasn't been over for 8 years and I'm sure he'll find lots of changes both for the good and the bad. I was really impressed with the tourist information that is available for our area. County Durham and Tyneside both posted brochures and maps to me in the USA and I got them in 4 days! I had forgotten what beautiful countryside we have surrounding us and apart from a few days in Doncaster to see my oldest friend in the world there will be tons for us to see and do. We even splashed out on a new digital camera and tripod so we can capture the area to show our friends here in the desert. I have my fingers crossed for warmish weather but either way we'll still have a great time.
Lesley Roberts
Phoenix, Arizona USA - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:05:01 (PDT)
Julia, Tony, dr. vix, Colin. Sorry about turning the board into a quagmire. I know that I shouldn’t take the bait. However, in my defense it’s hard to stop myself from replying to Jacqueline. It is such a pity that a person who can read and write stops educating themselves once the school doors close. The expression ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ has unfortunately been proved true. I honestly thought that when I said she should “crack a history book” that she might do just that. Fool me. I just hope that she doesn’t talk about the hurricane in the Southern States. Let me get ahead of her just in case. George Bush didn’t heed the warnings in 2001.” years ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed to study how New Orleans could be protected from a catastrophic hurricane, but the Bush administration ordered that the research not be undertaken. In early 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a report stating that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S., including a terrorist attack on New York City. But by 2003 the federal funding for the flood control project essentially dried up as it was drained into the Iraq war. In 2004, the Bush administration cut funding requested by the New Orleans district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for holding back the waters of Lake Pontchartrain by more than 80 percent” She may not mention the above. Nothing to do with God, Religion, or Christianity. Praying didn’t help. Only money and power talks. The poor were unable to evacuate.
- Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:03:30 (PDT)
Just like to say Hello to the Copeland Family that used to live in Corcyra Street.Jean and Margaret would be in their 60s now and Peter and Donald, who were friends with my brother Ian, will be in their 50s.My parents were Eric and Bessie Pike.My regards to you all from Ann nee Pike
Ann (Pike) Hanson
banora Point NSW, New South Wales - Monday, September 12, 2005 at 15:02:04 (PDT)
I used to live in Horden, Co. Durham until 1947 when I moved south to Leicestershire at the age of 22. I attended Henry Smith's school in Hartlepool and had 4 sisters, Wendy, Connie, Mavis and Margery. I lived in Ash Crescent, Horden. I would love to hear from anyone who may remember me (I am 80 this October (2005)) or anyone who could give me any contacts if information about Henry Smith's school. Thanks.
EARL SHILTON, LEICESTERSHIRE UK - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:11:33 (PDT)
She's still here! No wonder so few rational people post on this thread when faced with having to read such claptrap.
Colin Hall
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:09:51 (PDT)
Hello Ed I loved looking at the site and am trying to contact who ever took the "George Elmy Lifeboat Way Coastline" pics back in July 2003! My interest is because my Nanna Mabel Steptoe (nee Chapman) died in Dawden Seaham in Dec 1978. I'm unable to visit Seaham so I'd like pics of her grave and where she lived - could you help? Her last days were at #12 Londonderry Street, Dawden. And I'm not sure at which church she'd been burried!
R Steptoe <>
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:09:04 (PDT)
I am impressed with the virtual tour, it is nice to see my old home town is being so progressive. I am lloking forward to visiting in November when I finish my current tour of duty in the Falkland Islands (RAF). It will be great to see my family again as it has been almost a year since I was last home. I look forward to visiting this site again to see how it progresses.
Harry Cole <>
Helston, Cornwall - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:07:14 (PDT)
Just had a quick look at your website, as my grandfather on my father's side was born in Seaham Harbour. I think he died in the early 1950s. Keep up the good work! Gill
Manchester, UK - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:05:54 (PDT)
Jacqueline, have you read your own messages - you reckon Muslims want to kill Jews and Christians. How dare you speak on behalf of other people. Susan, I fear your comments are wasted on someone with such racist views
dr vix
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:05:06 (PDT)
For Dave Copeland. Hetton Band have a copy of Ballerina.
Seaham, Co Durham - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:03:20 (PDT)
To Jacqueline and all who believe, May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."
Your Friend
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:02:09 (PDT)
Bring back hanging thats what I say.
Arty Black
Seaham, - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:01:16 (PDT)
I guess that it is all over your head Jacqueline.England isn't my country.Anyone who dares to say "you are in agreement with the terrorists"in my book is a nasty horrible person. I think that most people in the world would agree that what you have said to me is unforgivable.If you are a Christian may we all be saved from Christianity.You give the religion a very bad name.Ignorance is no excuse for your comment to me.
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 16:00:25 (PDT)
Well, Terrorisum has cast a giant shaddow across the face of this small planet we all occupy. One of the London suicide bombers was married with one child. Now, the wife is a widdow and the child has only one parent. I can see tattoed on their backsides "Victem Here" from now on. I'm reading a text from Exodus on Sunday, it's about appointing Juges for the people to settle disputes. The Prophet Jethro is keen to do this on God's behalf. Well Juges are a-plenty in the modern world, there seems to be also, a plauge of crazed bombers. Now we outnumber the bombers by millions to one. so they just can't win.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:59:40 (PDT)
We are in Seaham Harbour right now and have been for several days.We are amazed at the changes and the way Seaham seems to be growing again. The people we have met have all been very sociable and lovely as always. It's too bad the weather is not kinder here but we have not let it stop us from getting out and about. We have enjoyed our English fish and chips but alas not here in Seaham Harbour, the restaurant we enjoyed them in when we visited in 2000 has closed down. We have also enjoyed our pork pies. It is great to see all the improvements and hopefully next time we come Church Street will have had it's face lift too. Happy days to all of you.
Pennsylvania - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:58:40 (PDT)
: Seaham, centre of the universe! Get a life. It was a scruffy nothing when I left 50 years ago. And 100 times worse when I first and last revisited in May. Litter filled, dog messed Church Street, rubbish everywhere, boarded up buildings, drab, cheap shops, not a decent restaurant, cafe or pub, moaning minnies on every corner. Only the cake shops,the beach and a petrol pump are worth visiting. Some of you Guest Book contributors are wearing steamed up, rose tinted glasses and living in cloud cuckooland.
Seaham Escapee
Surrey, - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:57:21 (PDT)
I have just found this brilliant Seaham Harbour site but only had time to skim through the initial first two pages & the last one of 2005. Born 1938 I began Seaham Harbour Convent School about 1943. Run by the nuns (Sister Mary Teresa was a bitch (if she is in Heaven I do not want to go there)but Sister Lucy was an Angel)& @ age 10 (the usual age was eleven) I sat my 11+. Passed the first half but failed the much easier second half !!!! Years later I discovered because my large family lived in a council house in a deprived area,i.e. Westlea Seaham Harbour the council would have to provide for my uniform & all related costs of my education so I was automatically downgraded from attending St Anthony's Grammar School. So Sad. Initially we lived with my Nana Dingwall in Frances St before moving to Ash Cresent in Parkside. Jenny Jones are you still there? My dearest friend in school was Valerie McCullough (probably misspelt) who tragically died around the age of 12. She had a younger sister Geraldine & a young brother. Joan Smith, Pamela Clark,Doreen Carr, Anne Punshon (who sadly died a few years ago)to name a few I remember. I'd love to hear from anyone who may remember me or mine. Arlene
Arlene Hassall (nee Murphy)
Remuera, Auckland New Zealand - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:56:09 (PDT)
I was born in Seaham in 1936 - birth name Corrigan. My parents Elsie and Owen were married at St. John's in 1935. Anyone who remembers Elsie may like to know that she has just died aged 93 in Peterborough (she lived near my brother Nigel.) My dad Owen who worked on the dredger (the Grappler) at the docks for many years before they both came out to New Zealand in 1972 died in New Zealand in 1980. The Corrigan family has been in Seaham for almost 200 years as far as we know - if anyone has any early history of the family I would be glad to hear it. Seaham is looking great now. Congraulations all involved. But is there still a lot of unemployment in the area?
Norma McCallum <>
Waikanae, Kapiti Coast New Zealand - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:53:01 (PDT)
Sorry for the delays folks. We had a problem with spam again but evrything seems to be functioning normally now.
Ed Mason
Seaham, UK - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:28:27 (PDT)
Stick with your format Susan,you are like a breath of fresh air on the guest book,do not be influenced by 'the lad' who purports to be from Seaham,he is missing 'Markies' contributions.
Tony from Spain
Espania - Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at 15:24:34 (PDT)
Dear "Susan" It sounds like you believe in "Tit-for-tat" so to speak. You say, "We reap what we sow." If that is the case, you may want to examine your words before you speak, because what you are basically saying in a round about way, is that you are in agreement with the terrorists. As the saying goes in England, "They are only getting their own back." I am almost sure you do not agree with that kind of "eye-for-an eye." You are showing no compassion whatsoever for what has happened in your own country by terrorists. Those men were British Citizens and those men planned horrific attacks on your country and your fellowmen - all in the name of "Allah" They are on a mission and their mission is not to be all "hearts and flowers" sweet to everyone, loving and forgiving for past mis-doings. Their mission is to kill all Christians and Jews and all people who live in a peaceful, free democratic society. Please, do not tell me to "take a crack at the history books" Histo! ry does not justify what these terrorists have planned as their mission and especially does not justify what these terrorists have done to their own country and fellowmen - please do not forget they were British Citizens. Think about "Whose side you are on?"
- Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 01:56:06 (PDT)
I am trying to obtain a copy of the tune BALLERINA which was always played by Dawdon Colliery Band. I would like to use this music prior to football matches being staged at Seaham Town Park.
Seaham, - Saturday, August 06, 2005 at 01:55:03 (PDT)
For David laidler understand u are looking for books on seaham harbour. I have one at home called seaham harbour the first 100 years 1828-1928 and its by tom mcnee and david angus. Hubby and i were having a drink in the harbour view some years back and they were on sale there. By now you have probably found what you are looking for. Best wishes Maureen and Frankie Rafferty Think this guestbook is great dont you.
maureen rafferty
farnborough, hampshire england - Friday, July 29, 2005 at 16:22:53 (PDT)
Well said Brian Greenfingers! there is no place like home and no place as good as Seaham in the Universe! Seaham Folk are friendly and always ready to do the right thing, OK we don't always see eye to eye, but we can discuss our differences and agree to disagree on occasion. To Susan I would say what is your point? there are two ways of "putting things over" that is the nice civilised friendly way or the abrasive negative unconstructive way, I leave it to Guestbook readers to decide which one you used! but to "coin a phrase" have a nice day.
- Friday, July 29, 2005 at 16:20:54 (PDT)
I've just been reading-up on Radio Seaham due in 2006. I's about time too! Seaham, being center of the Universe should have had a Radio Station long ago.
Brian Grenfingers
- Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:57:26 (PDT)
My mother, Lorna, nee Remmer formerly of 72 The Avenue is nearing the end of her days and suddenly remembered a former teacher, Miss Foster who taught her at Seaham Girls Grammar School in the 30's and who taught me briefly, at what was then, Northlea School in 1964. (Wild flower collections for boys???) If anyone could share any memories that I could pass on to the old girl I'd be eternally grateful. Thanks
Sherwood Forrester
- Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:56:53 (PDT)
Jacqueline Why don't you crack a history book? Ever heard of the War of the Crusades? Started by Pope Urban 11. It was the first Holy War. Savage battles carried out in the name of Christianity. Do you realize that the British were the first to use gas on the people of Iraq? Do you know that the Americans were using gas on the people of Iraq as late as 2003? Do you know anything at all about the religion of Islam? Have you heard of Lebanon? Did you know that Timothy McVeigh was a Christian, the Unabomber a Christian, also Eric Rudolph, all home grown American Christian bombers. 'We reap what we sow' the only thing that has changed in the world is the type of weapons we use on our selves. Suicide bombers aren't new; Harri Karri is alive and well, just taking another form. Religion is blight on all of us if we don’t understand its history. Many of us don’t understand it and many of us refuse to study it. Faith and religion is not the same thing.
- Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:56:04 (PDT)
Seahamlad, thankyou so much for your kind remarks. I can't praise you enough for your good sense and judgement.Now let me see, what have I been doing latley? Four days befor the London Bombings, myself and some friends went to the London Ritz for tea. What an experiance! The gilt and ormolu inside was exquisit.They served eight different kinds of tea and the food was great. Me and my friends had a wonderful time. Afterwards, we borded an open-top bus for the sightseeing tour. The point (if there is one) Seaham folk can hold their head up high at the Ritz or anywhere else in the world. You Seahamlad are a "Champion" of Seaham, even the Ritz would loose it's glitz in Seaham.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:54:55 (PDT)
She is back......Jaqueline is back...starting another religious war right here on this Guestbook.. Cool it Jacqueline.......Let's keep this Guestbook light and friendly, a place to come to get away from todays worry's and woes. Quote "Forget your troubles and let's be happy"
Pennsylvania USA - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:53:54 (PDT)
Hello Ed and Sady , congratulations on returning the guestbook to the format you no doubt envisaged ,keep up the good work , it's well over a year since I last had a look and was pleasantly surprised , Regards Oz Brian
Oz Brian
Australia - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 14:53:06 (PDT)
Hello Ed and Sady , congratulations on returning the guestbook to the format you no doubt envisaged ,keep up the good work , it's well over a year since I last had a look and was pleasantly surprised , Regards Oz Brian
Oz Brian
Australia - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:19:09 (PDT)
To Sara Edwards Re Linda Clark, have info but cannot get through on your e.mail address !!
Cath Mather <>
Seaham, Durham England - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:18:07 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, What you say about the critics(Whingers and Moaners) is quite true, I know that Jacqueline and many others can rise above such Ws and Ms. I would also add Brian that you also preach a lot of sense on these pages! may your "pen" never dry up Friend
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:16:54 (PDT)
To Colin Hall. Sorry,put it down to old age & senility.I was at Ryhope Grammar also but it was Geordie Monarch's name I remembered. If you're in contact with Billie, Jan McAllister asks to be remembered.Thanks, JohnDale McAllister.
JohnDale McAllister
Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:16:08 (PDT)
Who is Adam Heals?
Tony from Spain
Espana - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:14:56 (PDT)
"Susan" All 4 of the suicide bombers who bombed London last week were Muslims, who were born in Britain. Why is it when anyone, not just myself, mentions anything to do with Muslims being "intolerable" to Christians, that the response is, "Christians are being intolerable." How about the Muslims being "intolerable" of Christianity. I also, read, in the London Telegraph that the British now favor tracking the activities of the Muslim communities. Please, do not forget that September 11th 2001 it was the fanatical Muslims who attacked New York and yes, I am aware there were other nationalities and other religions that were attacked, but, always keep in mind that it was "they" who said, "This is a "Holy War." They waged war upon us. We may ask ourselves, who is "US" well, we are anyone who lives in a free democratic society and who are mainly Christians and Jews. My opinions are not about being intolerable to Muslims, my opinions are "being realistic" about this war -! refered to by Muslims as "Holy War." We were attacked first, and now, London has been attacked by the very Muslims who were born in Britain and hold a British Passport and all the rights to British Citizens. You may want to ask yourself, "Are the Christians being "suicide bombers" and bombing their Arab countries - all in the name of "God?" Did the Christians wage a "Holy War?" Are the Christians who live in the Middle East causing upset in their countries and demanding Churches be built? No, Christians are not. We go to their countries and we make do with what is there to provide us with our faith. You may want to just be careful of deciding who is being "intolerable" of what faith and realize our world has changed drastically and we are definately at war - with extreme intolerable Muslim communities.
Jacqueline <>
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:14:14 (PDT)
Hello all, I've been researching my Seaham roots for some time now and am hoping that the following names might be known to some of you and you'll get in touch : Ellemore (my gt grandparents and backwards), Watts, Owens, Bowen, and Redshaw.I understand that Thomas Ellemore piloted the first ship into the harbour in the 1830's. My parents, Brian Bowen & Barbara Owens were both Seaham born & bred and married at St Johns in 1963.Would love to hear from anyone with a connection. Lorraine.
Lorraine <>
Sunderland, - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:12:58 (PDT)
I played soccer with Geordie Monarch at Ryhope Grammar School in the early fifties. He was a great player.
Tony O'Connor <>
Ottawa, Ontario Canada - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:11:34 (PDT)
Freda Colledge 'Miss Colledge' as everyone called her, was headmistress up until July 1979 at the Secondary School, now Parklands Nursing Home. I left in July 1979 and still have her ever famous green ink on my school report for that year. September 1979 saw no further intake of 11 year olds and the school amalgamated with Seaham Comprehensive.
Seaham, - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:10:01 (PDT)
"Jacqueline, please do not stop contributing to the Seaham G.B. We would be the poorer for it if you did. Critics are ten-a-penney and should rightly be ignored. You have, in the past, brought creativeness and colour to this on-line publication. You have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the past. So, do not worry about critics, they all disapear back into the woodwork sooner or later". Brian Greenfingers Sorry Brian, but I'm going to take issue with some of the outrageous generalisations and accusations you have made in the above post! "We would all be the poorer". Really? I won't, because I think the enormous potential of this site to be used for the purpose for which it was intended were undermined on a daily basis by quasi-religious claptrap and wittering. "Critics are ten-a penny [sic] and should be ignored". Really? Even critics are allowed a viewpoint, and from where I'm sitting they weren't ten-a -penny at all, but many and numerous. I would hate to think just how numerous because those that have either declined to post or walked away are an unknown quantity.Mis-quoting Hamlet as you have is a fair indication that 'slings and arrows' had, in fact, nothing to do with misfortune, but everything to do with flooding the site with drivel!I can assure you, that this is one critic who most certainly will not disappear back into any woodwork, and I suspect there are many othe! rs who, while they respect your right to say what you have, entirely disagree with your message. Yours aye.
Colin Hall
- Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:08:49 (PDT)
I left Seaham Secondary Modern in 1955, and I can ssure you that we made many attempts at integration [or was it fratenisation?] long before it became official!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:07:07 (PDT)
CONGRATULATIONS On your NEW GRANDAUGHTER. Spend as much time as you possibly can with her NOW...they grow up too fast and then they don't have too much time to spare for the oldies''''''
Pennsylvanie USA - Sunday, July 17, 2005 at 15:06:15 (PDT)
To Seahamite, Freda College was headmistree at Seaham Secondary Modern School. I think it was the middle fifties to the eary sixties. If memory serves me well she left when the boys and girls school imalgamated.
Sadie M
- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 16:09:23 (PDT)
getting better. at last site being used as intended .local names ,local interests instead of apersonal notice board for two people. will now visit more often .ps like the new background ron masters stevenage
ron masters
stevenage, herts england - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 16:03:51 (PDT)
Sorry Sadie! I don't mean to be critical! Enjoy the granddaughter, we have four! I don't think Geordie Monarch was at Deneside because he was with me at High Colliery,and went from there to the Grammar school at Ryhope, and in fact appears in that photo on the home page of this site. I also recall Billy Hepplewhite, who was good! I've been in touch with him recently, he now lives in Murton a beats golf balls to bits in his spare time.
Colin Hall
- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 16:02:42 (PDT)
Jacqueline Well you just attacked those who aren't Christian or have Western Culture. The people who were murdered were of many religions and from many nations. It is your type of thinking that is the root cause of the evil happening in the world. Thugs who don’t respect the rights of others murdered them. I haven't read anywhere that the bombers asked the Christians to step up to the plate. Nor that certain nationalities were singled out. Your, us against them philosophy is insidious.
- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 16:01:45 (PDT)
Hi everyone, have just came across this site found it really interesting.I am from Seaham and my parents still live their my surname before I was married was Redden, and I have noticed that someone posts on here with the same surname, steve redden do u come from seaham originally??, my grandfather was fred newby can anyone remember him, he was well known in seaham and was a miner, and had a allotment , my parents are Keith and Beverley Redden
Beverley Jobey <>
Sunderland, England - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 16:00:37 (PDT)
Message is for Beverly, daughter of Walter and Sylvia Murray and grand daughtwer of Jack and Edith Bell. Beverly, I caught your message asking about Jack Bell. I was your mothers cousin and the lasttime I saw you was when David, my son who was in the Navy, spent the day with you before he went down to the Falkands. I lost touch when you went to Australia but I did hear from Aunt Doris that your Mum had died. Sadly Aunt Doris passed away last year, she was the last of your Grandmas family. My Mum and Dad passed away in 1991 and 1992. David who married before he went to the Falklands was divorced 2 or 3 years later. Both myself and David would love to hear from you. Love Bill Hodges
Bill Hodges <>
Woolsery Nr Bideford, North Devon UK - Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 15:58:38 (PDT)
Jacqueline, please do not stop contributing to the Seaham G.B. We would be the poorer for it if you did. Critics are ten-a-penney and should rightly be ignored. You have, in the past, brought creativeness and colour to this on-line publication. You have suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the past. So, do not worry about critics, they all disapear back into the woodwork sooner or later.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at 15:56:59 (PDT)
To Colin Hall, poiny taken. Beenrather busy with our new grandaughter. Will try harder???????
Sadie M
Seaham, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:18:28 (PDT)
Colin Hall mentions Geordie Monarch. I'm sure he was in my year at Deneside Juniors(1948-52)Another good footballer was Billy Hepplewhite who became a teacher at Deneside. JohnDale(Mac)McAllister.
JohnDale McAllister
Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire Scotland - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:16:38 (PDT)
Tom Mortimer born in Seaham 1932 belonged to 5th Seaham Scout group. Married Rita Arnold Cub leader at 5th Seaham. Moved away in 1961. We are now living in Louth in Lincolnshir& would like to get in touch with anyone who knew us.Rita worked at ediswans in Sunderland Tom at Dawdon Colliery.
Rita Mortimer
Louth, Lincs UK - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:15:06 (PDT)
July 7th 2005 - 3 1/2 years after the horrific terror attacks in New York, I wondered how long it would be before London would be attacked. I thought London may have been spared, given the high population of Arabs, in particular, Muslims in the UK, especially in London. I heard about it first thing this morning at 5.30am (Central time USA) and then at 9.00am daily Mass the Priest asked for prayers and some form of reason from God as to why all of these horrific terror acts are taking place. I am just not sure what to think??? But I can say, that we, Christians are not attacking their Arab countries or their religions - this is definately attack on Christians as well as on the Western culture. Perhaps this war really is about getting rid of what "they" call the "Infidels." They really do thing we are the "evil" ones. How very sad that we cannot all live together in peace.
- Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:13:02 (PDT)
Hi, I used to live at Seaham until I got married in 1979. I am thinking of organizing a reunion for Cuthies Youth Club that my late dad used to run, Tommy Mills. I've lost touch with quite a lot of people so don't know if there would be any interest in the reunion. The names I can remember are: Denise and Joyce Charlton, Gail Savage, The Brunning sisters, Marie Kennedy,Liz Dormand, John Holt, Michael Hudson, Bass and Geordie Newton, The Guy lads who used to play football. There is loads more who went but I'm going back at least 35 years
Marie A Ridley <>
Blackhall, Hartlepool - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:12:05 (PDT)
I am seeking an old Seaham Girl's Grammar School friend for a possible reunion. Can anyone let me have information about where I might be able to contact her? She is/was Dorothy Reay and she lived at 25 The Avenue, Deneside,in the late 40s, early 50s and will now be aged about 72. After leaving school she worked, I believe, as a laboratory trechnician at Boldon. One of her nearby friends in the Avenue was Dorothy Rowntree.
Ex Seaham Girl
Warwick, Warwickshire - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:10:30 (PDT)
Sorry Sadie; but does anyone else find the delay in posting to be a distraction? As I write, on the 6th July, the last previous entry is 26th June, which sort of detracts from any continuity. Yes Seahamlad, you were beaten by a better team, twice; and will be a third time come this Saturday [9th July].The reasons are many and varied, but not rocket science: Ireland and Scotland have never beaten NZ in a test, and England were beaten twice by NZ last year. I think it is about 50 years since Wales beat NZ, but nevertheless as four nations of approximately 60 million plus combining to beat one of just over 4 million, you'd think they would have made a better fist of it than they did.There are others reason why the Lions lost [other than being not very good!]but the two main ones are Clive-"this is the best prepared Lions team ever to tour"-Woodward, and Alistair Campbell who, having been unable to find the weapons of mass destruction he lied about for Tony Bliar, trie! d to start a misinformation campaign about the All Blacks to deflect news away from Woodward and the Lion's uselessness on and off the field!That guy could start a war in a phonebox.Next time the Coach should bring someone better informed about rugby, and less abrasive; Mike Tyson for example!
Colin Hall
Wellington, New Zealand - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:09:13 (PDT)
Are there any Laidler family members out there? Looking for descendants of Elizabeth (b1869),Isabella (b1870), Robert (b1877). I'm the grandson of their brother James Henry and would love to know more about other branches of the Laidler family. I've been able to find out more about the Australian branch than I have those who remained in the UK! Links much appreciated. Many thanks. David Laidler E-mail
David Laidler
Exeter, Devon UK - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:07:50 (PDT)
Hello fellow seahamers.....i would just like to ask if any one knows my old flame Grace Taylor....she used to live on queens Av. just over the road from the esso garage...if anyone knows her and would like to get in touch please email me. xx
Tony <>
seaham, durham england - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:05:19 (PDT)
thank you Ed for 'redecorating'the guestbook wallpaper.To quote a line from a famous song "I once was blind but now can see" and can anyone out there tell me when the British Legion moved their premises from the wooden huts on top of the burn opposite the old drill hall, to their then new club in North Railway Street (now an Italian restaurant)?
tom kennedy <>
seaham, durham england - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:04:00 (PDT)
That A Friend is a poet and he do'nt Know it! The miners safty lamps advertsing the Banner Fund always brings back certain memories, dark memories of the flame turning blue as I passed an area of the mine not used a lot. The blinding dust storm after the shot firers have done their job. Rumbling tubs along the narrow gauge line on their way out. The whistling cage and the clang of bells during accent and decent. It all seems now a lifetime away (thank the Lord) I can breathe in my garden. Hi Seahamlad, you'r keeping your end up I hope?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:02:36 (PDT)
Does anyone remember a Miss Freda College? I found an old newspaper under the floor boards and it mentions her as being theHeadmistress of Station road secondary school.
Seaham, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:01:37 (PDT)
AT LAST!!! the guestbook looks much better and is far easier to read...AND... I never thought I'd see the day when it is being used for the purpose for which it was intended. Seahamlad, I don't wear blinkers, nor am I a pessimist, I made an observation of what I saw in Seaham. As far as standing for office, I would be delighted, would you vote for me?
Durham, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 17:00:53 (PDT)
What a pleasant Guestbook, Who is Tony from Spain? and
Adam Heals
- Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 16:59:50 (PDT)
WHY-A friend with so much passionate rich advice about unexplored fascinating friends living so richly,you feel the need to hide under a pyseudonym. What are you afraid of? Come on so us all what you are made of.
Tony from Spain
- Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 16:59:13 (PDT)
Ed. and Sadie-Thoughtful contribution to Tom kennedy..Well done.
Tony from Spain
Espana - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 16:58:29 (PDT)
Thank you very much Sadie & Ed Mason!!!!!! It is so cheerful coming onto this site now with the lovely bright sunny background. I noticed even Seahamlad is much more into sharing his opinions with all guests now. I believe something has happened to make him more relaxed and light hearted about the happenings in our world.Maybe he realises that criticism and worrying about every body elses faults just gets us nowhere at all.It may seem like a small gesture but brightening up this guest book makes me feel good. How about all you other visitors?????? It's great.
Pennsylvania, - Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 01:24:56 (PDT)
To another "Jacqueline" Thank you for your "asking about me" To be honest people, I made a "pact" with a dear friend of mine, that I would not use this Guest-Book again. My friend read a lot of my remarks on this G/B and the responses back and though, my friend was not too concerned, I, on the other hand, was extremely embarrassed to say the least. I had a face as red as a ripe tomato. My friend sees that I "do not back down" and give as much as the "come backs" are tough to me. But, as I explained, sometimes, I have provoked some ripping responses. How I have, at times, portrayed myself on this G/B is not how I am in real life. I am very insightful, compassionate, kind, gentle, friendly, understanding of circumstances and diversities of others lives. Some of my comments on this G/B has made me look like a total idiot and I just can no longer allow myself to be perceived that way. So, I choose to not use this Guest Book. It is embarrassing to me and perhaps to anot! her "half." But be assured people I am well, very healthy, still enjoy running, swimming and staying fit and love eating good healthy food. (and some not-so-healthy.) I have an abundance of delightful, treasured friends, I am fulfilled at my work and really embracing my 36th year of my life. My summer is very beautiful in extremely hot weather - and I am just great!(Praise God and thanks to Our dear Blessed Mother, Mary.) Thank you. Take care everyone and God's love and Blessings be with each and all of you. "Seahamlad" take care - and stay well. (Oh, I happen to like Condeliza Rice and think she is incredibly smart and knows what she is doing.)
- Saturday, July 09, 2005 at 01:23:51 (PDT)
Well it happened, we were soundly beaten at Rugby by a magnificent All Blacks side, not that we played that badly, we were just "eclipsed" by a much better side on the day, now the Lions have to get their act sorted before the next test in 7 days. one small consolation is that it was the All Blacks that beat us, their passion for the "Mans game" is only equalled by the Welsh
- Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:23:54 (PDT)
To Jacqueline and all who read these pages! Everyday is filled with opportunities for richness. To see those opportunities, all you need to do is look around with an open heart and an open mind. There are places you pass quickly by everyday without even noticing. Take the time to stop and explore some of them, and you'll find them filled with wondrous treasures. There are people in your life whom you see all the time but you've barely even met. Take the time to get to know them, and you'll find yourself with some fascinating friends. There are things that interest you that you've never fully explored. Take the time, make the effort to discover and fulfill your passions, and life will take on a new level of meaning. Living richly has very little to do with how much money you have. Living richly has everything to do with how deeply and sincerely you appreciate the precious blessing that is your life. Rather than letting the little things get you down, allow the real and meaningful things to lift you up. Make the choice, in each moment, in every situation, to live with richness, because you can.
A Friend
- Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:23:05 (PDT)
Born in Seaham 1926, there would be few of my contemporaries still circulating...and getting fewer! Distaff parent was a Nicholson of Bath Terrace. Uncle Tom Nicholson was harbour master. I first signed the Guest Book some years ago now - I'm dipping in again for luck. Penny dip! Any recollectors still around?
Brian ROWELL <>
Brisbane, Quensland Australia - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:18:48 (PDT)
I went to school with Jimmy Tasker and played football with him because I lived just up the road at 143 Malvern. He was far better at it than I was, but then so was everyone I played with. I was like a sack of spuds with feet really.Geordie Monarch was a better player I thought, but didn't show any interest off the Deneside Park.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:17:20 (PDT)
Absolutely brilliant-the guest book performing as it was originally intended,all we have to achieve now is to dampen or drown the silly mutterings from that lad who claims he is from Seaham. Well done Sadie and Ed.
Tony from Spain
Espana - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:16:29 (PDT)
It was nice to see an entry again from Colin Hall, no joking it was, whats your forecast Colin for the coming Tests against the British and Irish Lions? Is it still a different ballgame down under? so to "put my money where my mouth is" I think that the Lions are not yet strong enough to win the series, but it should be close, (I hope,) and I'd be delighted if I'm proved wrong!
- Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:15:43 (PDT)
Jacqueline, haven't heard from you on the Guestbbook for a while, hope its not because you're unwell? I'm sure a lot of Seaham Folk are missing your contributions! wanted to ask you what you think of your new Secretary of State?
- Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:14:56 (PDT)
Well, Lucinda Lampton visited Seaham and extolled it's virtues quite admirabley. Lucinda works for BBC television and she was doing a prog. about monuments in different parts of Durham County. She visited the Docs and I could not see a Collier moored anywhere. Lucinda admitted her antcester was Lampton a rich pit owner. The last time I saw Lucinda on the box she was doing a prog. about Victorian public toilets.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:14:16 (PDT)
Seahamlad. I am assuming you know a lot of interesting things about Seaham. Interesting to people who lived there at one time and love to re-visit even if only on this Guest Book. Instead of being so aggresive about everything why don't you try to convey some of the good things which are happening and some of your thoughts about the possible improvements which would enhance the town and encourage tourism. Why don't you even go to council and submit some of your visions for the future of your beloved Town?? Seems to me that you are just the kind of resident who could make the difference.After all...The Council members and you and everyone else are only people. Working together makes a world of difference.
Pensylvania USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:13:29 (PDT)
Andrew Coulson. Hello, I am always interested in any family history. I am not familiar with the association of the name Coulson with the Candlish family. Would you please tell me more about your relationship with this family.Thank you. Will watch this guestbook for your reply.
Pennsylvania, USA - Sunday, June 26, 2005 at 16:12:18 (PDT)
In reply to the query by Robin Tasker, of Norwich ... the Taskers lived at 15 Neptune Street,Deneside, overlooking a square green, side by Malvern Crescnet and Portland Avenue. Next door, number 16 was occupied by the Whealan family, Mr and Mrs, their two daughters, Lynn and Cary and two sons, Billy and Jimmy. That family later moved to Daphne Crescent (84?), Parkside. Billy went off to attempt to be an actor; Jimmy, a good footballer, signed for Sunderland AFC as a half back but unfortunately didn't make the First Team grade. Then Sunderland's defence was Mapson, Stelling, Jones, Watson, Hall, Wright. Up front were Bingham, Burbanks, Ford and Shackleton.
Ex Neptune
Surrey - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:41:54 (PDT)
DROPPING ANCHOR IN THAT SHELTERED PORT. Reg Muteham (Leading Stoker), of East Sussex, who served in the Minesweeper, H.M.S. Seaham from 1944 to 1948, died on 31 May, 2005 after a long illness. Reg remembered with great affection the friendliness of the people of Seaham and particularly the friendship and kindness of the town's children during his service in H.M.S. Seaham.
Les <>
Durham England - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:40:41 (PDT)
I was born in "North Battery". The house near to Featherbed Rock. It was declared unsafe in 1942 and the family moved to Manchester. It didn't disappear until the late fifties when the cliffs eroded. If anyone has a picture of the Battery I would love a copy. The only one we have is a view from north of Joiner's Cafe that was situated on the beach and that isn't very clear. I'm glad the guestbook is flourishing once again now it is widening from those who seemed to dominate it for so long. Cheers everyone!
Stan Cooper <>
Sale, Cheshire UK - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:39:29 (PDT)
Well said Harry [June10th],my thoughts exactly.I virtually gave this site away as a poor representation of what it could be because it was plagued by the precocious utterings of Ms Markie. It seems, from the number of like postings, that there are quite a few people who thought along similar lines.I hope it lasts!
Colin Hall
Wellington, New Zealand - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:38:04 (PDT)
Harry, why don't you take off those blinkers and try looking at life as it really is, that is as it is to normal Folk, you are a whinger and a Pessimist of the most extreme type, if you don't like the way the Council are doing things, why don't you do something about it instead of constant moaning? as I deplore negative criticism, I suggest you start by putting your name forward as a Candidate at the next Council elections! and this advice is directed at all the other negative Moaners and Whingers on this page, So come on Lads and lasses give it a try.
- Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:37:09 (PDT)
Rev Hammer, agree with all of your letter except the last word! surely that should read Queen?
- Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:36:21 (PDT)
Ray, Julie Re my Candlish family relatives. I have a complete family tree and a number of articles if you are interested - however not many in email format. Are you interested?
Andrew Coulson <>
sunderland, uk - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 15:35:31 (PDT)
: In the early 40s my brother inlisted in the RAF. he was in england in training when the japanese struck Pearl Harbor then he went into the usaaf and flewB17s out of molesworth. I am looking for any one who might recognize these names.S.H.Slocombe,T.Lindley,J.Holtze,Rej Austin,Paul S.Tippet,A.Kiehlbauch,J.A.Heathcote,Jo Thomas,W.White,J.Grayshan,K.Mcdonald,A.E.Waters,G.W.Honey,these men were all in pilot training somewhere in England with my brother. thanks ro.
R Oakes <>
Pittsburg, Kansas USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:30:07 (PDT)
Seaham lad I like your point about our M.Ps. Just look at Peter Mandelson, the more he does wrong the better job he gets! If he kills someone and when lap dog Tony pardons him he will more than likly make him king.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:28:19 (PDT)
Hi,Could anyone tell me how 'Bessies Hole' acquired it's name.A friend of mine is taking a group of school kids on a trip there so she would like to know its history. Thanks, Jan
Jan Laverick <>
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear England - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:27:38 (PDT)
left seaham 1954 still miss it and the folk. found the site 3 months ago,poor,missused by a couple of people for personal tripe messages ,seems to have stopped ,i hope.and is now used as ithink intended .news,views,+contacts with old and lost freinds ,nice to come back to ron/m.
ron masters <>
Stevenage, Herts - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:26:01 (PDT)
Flytippers? If we report them, then the number of folk with criminal records in Seaham will rise by at least 50%
Seaham Lover
Durham, - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:24:09 (PDT)
Hi everyone, I was born in Seaham in 1956,i think it was neptune street!I am trying to find the whereabouts of my father Tom Tasker he married Margeret West.Anyone who can help please,please e-mail me.
Robin Tasker <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:23:28 (PDT)
A lighter , brighter background would be a nice change on the Guestbook. Have a bright , sunny summer Seaham Harbour.
Pennsylvania, USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:22:10 (PDT)
I visited the guest book several years ago. I'm still trying to find out about ships that sunk around 1850's. James Stuart I believe was captain. Hope to hear from someone. Jean
Jean Stuart Tranum <:>
Sacramento, California USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:21:16 (PDT)
You are so right Julie,but make the best of it we will not be Markie free for very long. Adios Amigos
Tony from Spain
Espana - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:19:56 (PDT)
If I read correctly, Ms Markie's last post was on 13th May. Has this coincided with the guest book finally being used for what it was intended, as correctly pointed out by Julie from Pennsylvania. If so look forward to reading it more often.
ex Seaham, - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:19:14 (PDT)
After a couple of months away from the guestbook (because of the crass content submitted by two people) I see that other contributors are now of the opinion that this guestbook should not be used as a vehicle for religious dogma and pious rubbish. I also see that one of them has accepted everyone's annoyance and apologised, the other however, thinks he is Mr. Seaham and continues to subject everyone who reads the guestbook to a diary of a sad life. The piece submitted by Mr.Candlish was great...well written, spelled correctly, and interesting. thats one piece in about 3 years. I look forward to 2008 when the next one appears on the guestbook. I read that the approach to the Graham Way is beautiful...are you blind? Easington District Council, and Seaham Town Council are taking Seaham to Hell in a handbasket. It is dirty, unkempt, and full of ASBO's, yes the sea front is superb! shame about the rest
- Friday, June 10, 2005 at 16:17:58 (PDT)
Seahamfolk, keep an eye out for "Flytippers" who just dump their rubbish and junk anywhere! two days ago they dumped a lot of old tyres on Graham Way, the Council were right on the ball and picked them up within hours, but the cost will be picked up by the ratepayers, be vigilant! if you see them, report them
- Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:57:41 (PDT)
It's nice!!!!! It's like a breath of fresh air coming onto this site now.Visitors are starting to use it for the real purpose for which it was created. Thank you Seahamlad for your reply. I know about all the pubs and clubs in Seaham, there were even more of them when I lived there. They should start serving great dinners like they do down south and maybe that will attract more visitors to the area. The best place to get fish and chips is still Seaham Harbour, we know, we have tried many other places and they are just not the same.I wish we could get pork pies like we used to buy in the Harbour too and peas pudding.We will be looking for them when we visit again.Cheers.....
Pennsylvania USA - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:56:54 (PDT)
Curiosity made me search for distant relatives of Candlish's today. My name is Theresa Marie Candlish, from Alberta Canada. Born to Murray Robert Candlish, son of Robert and Zerah Candlish, of Scottish decent. My parents and grandparents were born in Canada, and my great grandparents came from Scotland. I am 23 years old. Just saying hello to any distant relatives. As "Candlish" is not such a common name, I figure anyone with the last name is somehow distantly a relative of mine. Not many Candlish's in Canada.
Theresa Candlish <>
Edmonton, Alberta Canada - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:55:40 (PDT)
It never crossed my mind that we could ever learn anything from the French, but I was wrong, the decision by the French Prime Minister to resign because he was wrong about the recent referendum result, which he had strongly recommended to the voters! He resigned on a principle, can you imagine any of our self-opinionated Ministers doing the same? no way. when they makes similar mistakes it takes a crowbar to get them to do the honourable thing and go.
- Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:53:58 (PDT)
Am I the only person who finds the text difficult to read due to the wallpaper on this section of the site or is it because I'm a short sighted old pensioner ?
tom kenndey
Seaham, durham england - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:52:58 (PDT)
Hi there, I am trying to contact any family of a Linda Clark who lived at 1 Stavordale Street in the early 1970s as I believe we may be related. She had a number of stepsisters and brothers I believe and was working at a local hospital. Would be great to here how she and the family are. Many thanks.
Sara Edwards <>
London, England - Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 15:51:50 (PDT)
Julie from Pennsylvania, USA theres always something new in Seaham and always something happening here! depends what you're interested in, lots of things to see and lots of nice little Pubs and Clubs etc, would even buy you and yours a drink, that is if you're not t/t?
- Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:26:06 (PDT)
Greg O'ffay, what a perdantic protestation you offer us! Seaham aspires to better things than politics, the flame was lit some years ago. Burning for justice, glowing with kindness, shining with hope in this ever-turning world.
Brian Grenfingers
- Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:25:19 (PDT)
When its pouring down in November, its blowing a gale and you team are getting beat 2-0 in the first half. Thats when they need you. Not when they are champions in the final match of the season. Thats the piont I was making Red & white Makem
Percy Soup
Seaham, - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:24:18 (PDT)
Correction to reply to Ray Candlish. The title of the first book should read SEAHAM HARBOUR.
Pennsylvania, - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:23:37 (PDT)
Ray Candlish, I guess we are somewhat distant relatives. My father's aunt Mary married John Candlish when he owned the Bottleworks in Seaham.There is a statue of John Candlish M.P. in Mowbray Park in Sunderland.I have a picture of that statue. I lived next door to the bottleworks in Seaham. Two books you should read are.SEHAM HARBOUR. The first 100 years. 1828-1928. Written by David Angus of Seaham with some great pictures, including the Bottleworks, by Tom M'cNee.....THE CHANGING FACE OF SEAHAM 1928-1992 produced by the same gentlemen, also with pictures. The information about the Bottleworks and the Candlish family, Robert especially, is very interesting in both books. I hope you are still able to get these books. Mr Angus is a well known butcher in Seaham, maybe you could contact him. Good Luck and good reading. I would be very interested in some of your family history.
Julie <Oakbrookes>
Pennsylvania, USA - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:22:52 (PDT)
Hi very interested in this site, My grandmother was born in Seaham Harbour in 1908. She was Ada Davison her father was Tommy. My mother use to go and stay in Seaham in the forties.
Elaine Poucher <>
Harrogate, North Yorkshire England - Monday, May 30, 2005 at 15:21:28 (PDT)
: Was Judith Bent, have a brother Peter, (still living in Durham) went to Camden Square School. Left in 1960/61 Married in 1970, moved around the world as my husband was in the RAF. Living in Glos now, husband still traveling with Foriegn Office. Have two daughters, 33 and 30, one married, one almost. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. Remember Steven Shilling, Keith Gustard, Margaret Williams. Visit Seaham as often as possible as my parents are in a nursing home there.
Judith Hill <>
Kempsford, Gloucestershire UK - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:38:57 (PDT)
Percy Soup, Who's Peter Reed?
Red and White Makim
- Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:36:18 (PDT)
To Brian Greenfingers, I am that taxman and like the content of the letter so much, I intend to take it with me to the office for further usage !! Soon, I hope it shall replace some of the more formal communications and show the public that we too are actually human !! Re SAFC comment on the B & W, I knew I would get a bite, ain,t life predictable !!!
Steve Redden ( Real name ) <>
Wingate, Durham England - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:35:38 (PDT)
Percy Soup, You;re out of order Lad making stupid remarks like that, Sunderland supporters are the salt of the earth, its just that the Directors of the Club don't seem to have the same ambitions as their long-suffering Supporters, lets hope Directors, Chairman and Players show the same commitment next Season as the Fans
Red and White Makim
- Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:34:11 (PDT)
As an ex resident of Seaham, I must say that that the wordsmiths that contribute to this site are worthy of an award of some kind or other. What does disappoint me is that people with a natural talent to be articulte do not enter into local politics and try to endevour to change what seems to be a perception of local core values have dropped to a drug enduced society. Come on people of seaham....stand up counted....voice your opinions on local issues
Greg O'ffay
- Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:33:20 (PDT)
A big up 2 me fellow homies of cham . Am an offical teacher now ere in Germany n its buzzin 2 da max ova ere. The wether is proppa topper n the food is swkd . In my free dinner a was jst browsing the net wen a found this website. It was a buzzin 2 da max surprise coz a avnt bin 2 seaham(wer a grew up) 4 ova 20 years . Its great tht this website has bin made n i wud luv it 2 help me out. N eres the thing a used 2 ave this proppa topper frend caled Jessie Kelly hu lived in Dalton Le Dale a think the house was caled Dalton Villa. If any ppl no wer she is now wot cards life ave delt erh i wud luv 2 no xxxx email me xxxx
Ruby <>
Remmagen, Germany - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:31:32 (PDT)
Did anyone else know that when you talk to someone on MSN the thing keeps a log of your conversations??Apparently quite easily findable in your documents files!! I didnt know this,until today,when I had it pointed out to me.My "friend" should get in touch for a chat!!You know who you are,and the person who pointed this stuff out to me has a bloody good clue too!!
- Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:30:12 (PDT)
Our P.M is George Bush's lap dog. What ever George says Tony does. Even the French were man enough to tell Bush to get stuffed when he wanted to pick a fight with Iraq. I feel ashamed to be British with that crawling idiot in power.
Seaham, - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:29:26 (PDT)
To my son and daughter,With these hands I touched your face. And gave to you, your first embrace. I counted your fingers, and counted your toes, Had to be sure you had all of those. With these hands, you began your life Protected and cuddled by my side. With these hands, I cared for you, Fed you, washed and dressed you too. Led you on your merry way - Watched you when you went to play. As you grew oh so quickly…. These hands were there working busily. They soothed your brow when you were ill, And mended the scratches so they would heal. These hands were there to wipe your tears, To hold you tight and soothe your fears. Always there to fall back on, These hands were there to keep you strong. As you went from tot to teen You always had one sure thing- No matter what you got into These hands were there to help you through. Now you’re an adult with kids of your own- And so your hands must keep them strong. Show love and caring with each gentle touch… And remember these hands that loved you so much!!
Your Friend
- Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:24:11 (PDT)
Delighted to read of the development that have, and are taking place in Seaham Harbour. My great grandfather, Robert Candlish, took over the running of the Londonderry Bottle Works and its associated ships which sailed from Seaham to the warehouses in London to the continent to collect black sand to take back to Seaham, from his brother John Candlish M.P. in 1868 and later renamed it R. Candlish & Son. His sons Joseph John, Richard (my grandfather) and John took over its management after his death in 1887. The bottleworks employed 600 people and was the the largest bottle manufacturers in Europe if not the world!They enjoyed the very best of industrial relations over many years and did much to improve the community by building a school and a wokers library.My father,also a Robert Candlish of Maureen Terrace, left Seaham Harbour in 1914 to join the Army, being promoted from private to captain in six months, so heavy were the loses. On returning from the war his uncl! es had died and the bottlemaking technology had moved on. The bottleworks closed in the early nineteen twenties. I remember how upset my father was on learning of the loss of the lifeboat and all hands, many from families that he had known as `a boy.I note that there are still street names with with family associations such as Candlish Terrace. I would pleased hear from anyone who has stories and photographs they would be prepared to share. Likewise I have a great deal of family and Seaham Habour history,including bottles made in the town.
Ray Candlish <rhcandlish>
London, Uk - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:22:28 (PDT)
I was really surprised to find this site whilst browsing on the internet. I was researching north eastern recipes and would be grateful if any of you could let me have any you might have. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me
blenheim, marlborough NEW ZEALAND - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:19:47 (PDT)
Im looking for members of the Cuthbert family in the Seaham area. I'm presently researching my own branch of the family. My great Grandfather James Cuthbert took the family to Grangetwon, Sunderland in around 1934 and left behind a lot of cousins etc. I'd be very interested to hear from any of the Cuthberts and especially any family history details.
Steve Cuthbert <>
Folkstone, Kent UK - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:18:01 (PDT)
Apologies for the delay in getting the Guestbook messages up recently. We've been away for a break!
Ed Mason <Seaham Harbour Online>
Seaham, Co. Durham Uk - Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 15:05:09 (PDT)
: I was really surprised to find this site whilst browsing on the internet. I was researching north eastern recipes and would be grateful if any of you could let me have any you might have. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers me
blenheim, marlborough NEW ZEALAND - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:55:46 (PDT)
Im looking for members of the Cuthbert family in the Seaham area. I'm presently researching my own branch of the family. My great Grandfather James Cuthbert took the family to Grangetwon, Sunderland in around 1934 and left behind a lot of cousins etc. I'd be very interested to hear from any of the Cuthberts and especially any family history details.
Steve Cuthbert <>
Folkestone, Kent - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:53:58 (PDT)
I see the Sunderland hypocrites where out in full today. Now that SAFC are on the way up they all come out the wood work claming to be loyal fans and yet they have never been to a match since the days of Peter Reid. Well they should all crawl back!
Percy Soup
Seaham, - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:52:42 (PDT)
Well the ruling labour Party got a right mangling from the electorate, pity they hadn't been kicked out altogether, although the alternatives didnt look too good either. Eighty seven British Servicemen and Women have died in that pointless war and its aftermath, whilst our P.M. and his Cabinet followed Bush aand Co's lead. It was all about OIL not freedom for the Iraqis
- Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:51:54 (PDT)
Jackie, you like Tony Blair! You have no taste,
Dalton Dick
- Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:51:05 (PDT)
Born in Parkside,Seaham in January 1942, left Seaham in June 1963 to live abroad then eventually settled in Norwich, Norfolk in 1974, been trying for ages to find people I lost touch with but nobody seems to either know me or have computers to get online. Lets try once more time - my name was Valerie Foulds and I lived at Parkside and went to Camden Square School, particularly would like to get in touch with Pat Worthington but anybody who knows me please get in touch I miss you all.
Val Burrows <>
Norwich, Norfolk - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:50:28 (PDT)
Just wanted to say hello to everyone who knows me or remembers me and let any of you know how to get in touch. (Its TODGE to most people). Seaham is a great place and I miss the place and its residence dearly, cheers.
Tony Davison
Shetland, Lerwick Scotland - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:49:15 (PDT)
It will be interesting to see if the contributors of this G/B who are residents of Seaham, make any comments on the recent Elections. As I said in a previous posting, I am basically Republican, but where Tony Blair is concerned, in British Politics, I admire him and support his victory in the British elections.
- Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:48:04 (PDT)
So glad Tony Blair is British Prime Minister again! Americans were counting on him, even though he is "Democrat" he is rather conservative and sticks to his word and does not "waffle." The majority of Americans admire Tony Blair as they did with Margaret Thatcher. Both strong character, integrity and stay full course.
- Friday, May 13, 2005 at 15:47:28 (PDT)
Hello Amanda I also used to live in Neasham Road. I cam remember you and your family. Hope you are keeping well Lisa
Lisa Edwards <>
- Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:20:27 (PDT)
I would like to contact Edwin and Joan Slater. I was at Ryhope Grammar School between 1948 and 1951. Edwin went to Hull to join Customs and Excise in 1950 and I left to join the Ministry of Supply in 1951 in London. We lost touch after 1959 when I moved with my wife to South Wales. We went around in a group conssisting of Edwina dn John, Raymond and Muriel Wood and myself and My wife Muriel. If anyone knows of Edwin's whereabouts I would be grateful if you would contact me
Bill Hodges <>
Woolsery Nr Bideford, North Devon England - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:19:34 (PDT)
Christian Aid Week is from 15th.-21st.May. I bet Seaham will be in the thick of it!
Brian Grenfingers
- Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:17:52 (PDT)
I've got my eye on all of you. I am a Tax Inspector, a jolly chap thats me. I deal with your assessments and drink a lot of tea. You'll always find me laghing, you'll never see me cry. I find out what your earning and then I bleed you dry. Can anyone belive this letter I got from Inland Revenue?
Brian Grenfingers
- Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:17:14 (PDT)
ron miers have got those army cadet photos you wanted you have my phone number john
john anderson
seaham, Co Durham - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:16:32 (PDT)
Can anyone put me in touch with families of John and Margaret Alderson who used to live in Malvern Crescent and Bethune Avenue. They had a son John and two daughters; Margaret and Ann. My contact e-mail is
Barbara Bentley
Sanlúcar La Mayor, Sevilla 41800 Espana - Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:15:22 (PDT)
There seems to be quite a lot of "Dear Deirdrie" types on this guestbook, all giving me what they believe is good advice? The only advice given that I consider revelant is by Brian, words of wisdom indeed, but then I expected nothing less from him. I have mentioned this before, but we have a lot to be proud of in Seaham, much mention again for the benefit of all expats the beautiful Grahams Way approach road, a sight to behold and very impressive, the Gorse in full bloom, and often wonder why that Icecream Van is parked halfway up? surely he can't sell much icecream there?
- Thursday, May 05, 2005 at 15:13:46 (PDT)
Whatever happened to those people who were shouting about Seaham Harbour Online not promoting local groups and organisations? We set up a separate area for them and they are not supporting it with exciting articles and Gig dates. Come on folks or we will have to remove this area which is being wasted at present. Have a look at the NEWS page ( and you will see what we mean.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Durham UK - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 15:27:09 (PDT)
Seahamlad, one thing is sure and that is anyone who do'es not vote in a U.K. general election, forfeits the right to complain about the party that gets elected into office. So my friend, vote for the sake of democracy. Democracy is not perfect and never will be, but, It's better than some alternatives like Facisum, Communisum etc. Most of the past Dictators are (I assume) frying in hell. Now democrats are simply called dirty rotten scoundrels but some are more lovable than others. So the choice is yours my boy, a choice not to be missed-get to it!
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 15:25:43 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" What on earth is up with your e-mail? Do see all those comments on the Guest-Book about you and I privately communicating on this Guest-Book? People do not like it and I do not blame them. You are at fault on this one... And I bet I know why? But I am not saying... You can communicate with me through friendsreunited... I am on there and I can check messages - you are on there too (class of 1983 - I am class of 1985) Anyway, have a nice day, and on May 5th, be sure to vote for the right candidate for Prime Minister. I kind of like Tony Blair and hope he is Prime Minister again.
- Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 15:24:38 (PDT)
For David Laidler Try contacting Seaham Library, St John's Square, Seaham, Co Durham 0191 5812034. They may still have in print two books on Seaham superbly written by Tom McNee and David Angus. There is great history as well as photos and I'm sure Tom was part of the McNee dairy. Library staff will be able to give you more details. Good luck
Seaham, - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 15:23:40 (PDT)
Seahamlad. For starters will you please get an e-mail address or give Jaqueline a phone number to contact you. She is obviously interested in you and if this is the only way she can be in touch it is sad.Then would you please tell me about anything new in Seaham Harbour which has happened, anything new which has been added,anything at all of interest which made news since our last visit in 2000. We will be visiting again in July this year and don't want to miss anything. We were very impressed with the improvements made along the seafront when we came in 2000. We were especially excited about the plans for the old Vane Tempest Site but despite watching this site, very often, have not seen anything at all about the progress made.This is the kind of thing we would like to read on here please.I think you were probably about knee high to a grasshopper when I lived in Seaham, it was many years ago.
Pennsylvania, USA - Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 15:22:49 (PDT)
Can anyone suggest where to stay first week of September near to sunny Seaham by the Sea please - gonna come home and get married and need room for friends and family from southern regions. Email me:
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:33:18 (PDT)
exseahamer, julie, IC Hall, i am with you all the way, i for one vote. keep the relig. talk etc off the pages.
ex seaham res
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:32:00 (PDT)
I have recently took a trip to Seaham and must say that the seafront is looking much nicer these days,especially now the link road to Peterlee is were the old dock factories were. East Shore Village,Marquess Point Sand the new Hazel Dean developments are making the sea front and the town look much nicer. No wonder house prices are booming.
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:31:18 (PDT)
Hello, I'm David Laidler, born in Newcastle and now living in Devon. My grandfather was James Henry Laidler, born in Seaham in 1880, brother of Robert (1877), Margery (1874-86), Isabella (1870) and Elizabeth (1869). There father was Robert Laidler(1831) born in Percy Main, who with his brothers James and William went to Australia in 1856, the others remained over there but Robert returned, married Isabella Gibbs, formerly Little, and settled in Murton and Seaham. The only one of my grandfather's siblings which I knew was Robert who lived with his wife Lizzie at the bottom of Aldolphus Street where they had a grocers shop. After his death, Aunt Lizzie as I knew, her continued to run the shop. I know that he had at least two children, daughters - one married a local lad with the surname MURPHY and went on to have a number of children, the other married Charles MCNEE of Princess Dairy and I remember meeting them both on a number of occasions when I was younger. I'm tring to find our about Seaham Harbour roots and any help and information would be much apprciated. Many thanks.
David Laidler
Exeter, Devon - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:30:19 (PDT)
Praise the Lord! I managed to get a couple of lines in about the new Pope before Miss J.M Markie, she must have been feeling a bit off colour (not COLOR) that day. No Doubt she will not be out done and will reaffirm herself with a 20 page blockbuster on the life and teachings of Benedict XVI so far.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:28:38 (PDT)
Another example today of "Feudal Britain" A previous Prime Minister is made Knight of the Garter! They should have given the honour to Eggwina Currie for "services rendered"
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:27:46 (PDT)
Dear "IC Hall" and others, for those of you who are tired of reading "Seahamlad's" and my comments, I offer to you my apologies. For whatever reason, Seahamlad does not have an "e-mail" address. He is on "friendsreunited" but a while ago he said he does not go on... So, I am not sure how else to communicate with him. He sends me messages on this Guest-Book and I respond to them. Now, I will not put all the blame on to him, as I have also sent to him messages on this Guest-Book, so the two of us are at fault. You have my word, that I will try to taper down my messages to him, and to just focus on using this guest-book, for it's purpose. However, sometimes, you have to admit, and say, it can be used for some neat debates. Please, know that my "chitter-chatter" is never meant to offend anyone - and my apologies if my "rants" kind of "go on and on" abit about stuff. Anyway, y'all have a great day. God Bless... your guest-book friend....
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:27:13 (PDT)
"Rev Hammer" I am so glad you like the new Pope. May he be protected under the mantle of our Blessed Mother, Mary and guided my Jesus Christ, to do his work in the right way - May he be a shepherd of Christ and lead the Catholic Church to continue to be faithful to the teachings of our Lord.
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:26:04 (PDT)
Every word written on this guest book is a communication to the educated,the not so bright, the lonley, the lovelorn, the happy, the naggy and anyone human. So whats new? births, weddings, friendships, deaths, a familiar pattern as days pass. Yet each babe unique and death a doorway. So it's you people, glowing in the flame of life who have the power to instill warmth of heart into this saddened world of pain and fear.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:24:58 (PDT)
Captain of NUFC worried about recent PR disasters turns to player well known for fighting and being thick. Captain says to the player, we must show the crowd you are not thick, player agrees Captain says I know lets do sums, what is 10 plus 10 Player thinks long and hard, scratches head answers 81 Captain says no good, turns to the crowd and says I shall give you another chance Captain says what is 4 plus 4 ? Player scratches head again, thinks long and hard with head in hands and says I know, its 12 Captain says no again and turns to the crowd and says I,ll give you one more chance Captain says what is 2 plus 2 ? Player again puts head in hands, scratches head and eventually answers 4 Captain says good and turns to the crowd and asks is he right ? They say nah give him one more chance !!!! APOLOGIES TO ALL NUFC FANS
Steve Redden (real name)
Wingate, - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:23:57 (PDT)
Julie from Pennsylvania, why don't you start us off with something interesting, or are you just all talk? anything that you may think would be of interest to Guestbook readers, are you into Politics, or the Humanities? or Sport? Fashion? Family History? or are you just not into anything except negative criticism? I wait with bated breath for some positive response!
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:22:15 (PDT)
Seahamlad, spiritual poverty springs to mind when you mentioned people like Harry The Spider etc. in your last posting. Now Rev Hammer, he's a piece of work! My garden is looking fantastic, flowers are blooming all over the place. It's great to be alive especially in April.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:21:30 (PDT)
As an infrequent visitor, I can see why people make adverse comments about those who use the guest book to publicly demonstrate their ability to assemble words ­ it’s literary voyeurism and I wish that the two main proponents would stop. I have no interest in their religious, social, political or philosophical views. So please Seahamlad and Ms Markie massage your egos privately by email and spare us the drivel.
North Yorkshire - Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:20:51 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, have you had any devine inspiration or guidance of any kind, advising you how to vote on the 5th May? if so kindly share it with us, I am a sort of "floating voter" but could be persuaded by a suitable bribe such as a Season Ticket to St James Park, suggest the losing Parties are all made to attend the Stadium of Light as a sort of penance.
- Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 15:20:00 (PDT)
Ryhope comprehensive early seventies ,seaham boys school soccer , sunderland boys rugby anyone around. Lifestyle great in Africa :still miss the people of the north east.
David Walton <>
Pretoria, South Africa - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:10:19 (PDT)
I hope I get this in before Miss Markie. I love the pope! Long live the pope and may his teachings bring us closer to Christ. Please God let me get this one in before Markie! Please, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:09:02 (PDT)
I have an even better idea for a debate. Should those lifelong friends Jacqueline and Seahamlad be allowed to continue prompting responses from each other on this guestbook? Should we go further, should we all invite our old school mates and friends to converse with us on this guestbook? We all have internet access so should we just email each other or should we use the guestbook to give everyone an insight into our colourful lives.
I C Hall
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:08:22 (PDT)
What if . . . . . God decided to stop leading us tomorrow because we didn't follow Him today? What if . . . . . God couldn't take the time to bless us today because we couldn't take the time to thank Him yesterday? What if . . . . . We never saw another flower bloom because we grumbled when God sent the rain? What if . . . . . God didn't walk with us today because we failed to recognize it as His day? What if . . . . . God took away the Bible tomorrow because we would not read it today? What if . . . . . God took away His message because we failed to listen to the messenger? What if . . . . . God didn't send His only begotten Son because He wanted us to be prepared to pay the price for sin? What if . . . . . The door of the church was closed because we did not open the door of our heart? What if . . . . . God stopped loving and caring for us because we failed to love and care for others? What if . . . . . God would not hear us today because we would not listen to Him?
onlooker and believer
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:07:22 (PDT)
Never mind Larry King (whoever that is?) How many of us here in the U.K. are going to vote in the general election on May 5th? There are 30 parties feeding candidates for those inclined to mull it all over. There are unending debates, from whos to blame for the Iraq war to Hospital infections rife on the wards, education, public transport and then there is that question of trust in our polititions. My friend Spotty Muldoon, (He's unbelivably spotty) said he is not standing for the Raving Loony Party again.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:05:50 (PDT)
I am trying to contact Elaine Whitelock ( Maiden Name ) lived at Northlea. I believe she may be the practice nurse at the Marlborough doctors surgery. Anyone with info can E.Mail me at Anyone else who remembers me can also contact. Thanks
Steve Redden
wingate, Durham - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:04:54 (PDT)
Let's leave the theological discussions for religious chat rooms and notice boards please. Am looking forward to my fortnights holidays in sunny Seaham in September. I was home a year ago and impressed by all of the work that had been done. My husband will barely recognise the place as it's been 7 years for him, although I'm sure he'll see a few familiar pub names. I've been doing some tourist searches online and I'd forgotten how much beautiful scenery and history there is in the area. In school we used to complain about the lame school trips to Durham cathedral and Hadrians wall and now I love to see them again every year or so when I get back. Funny how distance and old age affects you!
Lesley Roberts
Phoenix, Arizona USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:03:50 (PDT)
Jacqueline, You must have enjoyed that debate on TV (Larry King show), Of course I believe firmly that there's life after the death of our earthly body! my faith tells me that it is so, most of the great scientists past and present also are believers, when you think of all the great philosophers and sages who were true believers, it makes the mind boggle and of course theres also Brian Greenfingers who on occasions seems to have devine inspiration in his writings! What I would like to see however is more life before death from the likes of "exseahamer" "Harry the Spider" "openminded" of those of a similar ilk
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:02:04 (PDT)
Ok folks have a go at people who use this guestbook fpr their own purposes but remember if you are not using it youself what else would fill the pages?
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 15:01:15 (PDT)
Miss J Markie now you are in your 40's is it not time you got married and have some bairns. I am sure the US of A is full of nice young men who would gladly tie the knot with a middle aged lady like yourself.
Rev Hammer
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:59:27 (PDT)
I,m looking for my1/12 brother and sister, our mother was the same name was Erenstine Stevenson maided name was Jonas, i was taken from when i was a small child, she re-married and had two children, 1 son, 1 daughter names are Danny Lee Stephenson, & Sharon lee Stephenson in 1962 our mother was killed in a storm in trukee Nevada, I have for years been looking for the my brother which should be around 58 and sister around 56 if any one reads this and can help me please e-mail me at the address listed my age is 62 this year, there is also another brother 63 looking with me his name is Larry Earle and my name is
Wanda Miller
Meza, Arizona USA - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:58:49 (PDT)
Markie "our guestbook" - surely this is not the place for a debate- it is for people stumbling across old friends etc - if that it the case how about the rest of us have a vote to ban you and seaham lad from using it !! (all english spellings) !!
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:57:03 (PDT)
It is such a pity that the space on your site is wasted by mostly Nothing ...There is nothing new on here for years. Please put something interesting on for the people who lived in Seaham who still enjoy hearing what's going on,but live far away now.I often come on here to see what is happening in the town, but NOTHING.I sometimes consider writing in the Guestbook but WHY?? It is like reading The Diary of Jacqueline, whoever she thinks she is. She sounds to me like some lovelorn,lonely,young woman who has lost her way somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. I wish Seaham Lad would send her a lifeboat or something and bring her back home.I truly believe that you have lost many guests who just got bored to death. It could be a great site, but.......
Pennsylvania, - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:55:41 (PDT)
ex Seaham Lad
- Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:54:11 (PDT)
i am 13 years old and im trying to find out about my great grandma who died in 1950, was married to Frederick Stokes, had a child called Olive Dorethy Barber. If anyone knows how i can find this out please tell me at,
birmingham, united kingdom - Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 14:53:11 (PDT)
Here is a really neat debate: I was just watching CNN - Live with Larry King and the topic for the evening was: "Life after death." He had four guests, one was a Rabbi, a Catholic Priest, a Protestant Minister, and a Athiest. They all debated back and forth about what the Bible says, in both the Old and New Testement and debated "why bad things happen" (such as 9/11 2001 in New York) and what heaven may be like. I found the whole program (programme in British Spelling.) fascinating and though I have my own solid views of life after death, I thought it would be a good debate for our Guest-Book. Any ideas anyone?
- Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:15:27 (PDT)
Mr Greenfingers.. Not nasty, Just echoing what most people on this forum seem to think. I would never belittle Seaham like Ms Markie does, acting so self important. Think that probably makes her " nasty " in your words.
- Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:14:31 (PDT)
ex seahamres - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:12:37 (PDT) . . HERE HERE to your comments! Markie and Seaham Lad - do your "thing" in private via email.
Harry the Spider
Seaham, - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:13:45 (PDT)
Seahamlad, thankyou for defending me against the Sherwood chap. I find his imature comments do not warrent replys
Brian Grenfingers
- Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:12:58 (PDT)
Sherwood Forester, The old saying is "The Kettle calling the frying pan black" this goes back to the days when both were used on open coal fires! The one you're thinking of is probably "out of the frying pan into the fire"
- Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:12:17 (PDT)
In response to Jacqueline's 10th April comment of weirdo 'Michael Jackson' - not all 'weirdos' are child abusers, just as not all Catholic priests are abusers, but I've read of many more allegations against priests than I have of Michael Jackson - don't be so quick to judge.
Seaham, - Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 16:11:33 (PDT)
I have to agree with an earlier comment. no body comes on the site anymore looking for people or commenting on what the site is really about. its all Markie writing essays,about religion or other views. you always say how busy your life is. if it is so busy how can you possibly write so much of the same thing all the time? so many people over the years have asked you to stop and you keep threatening to do so, but so far its the same old same old. as a recent comment from someone said why dont you and seaham lad just email each other personally and leave the rest of us in peace. its so boring reading your stuff. oh and i know i cant spell.
ex seahamres
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:12:37 (PDT)
"To ExSeaham" Well, okay, I suppose I deserved that comment. First, I am not rushing into anything! Second, I am not scared and third, to your question, no, I am still single... Fourth, I am a lady and I am not "rushing" anything... I would not be single at 36 years old if I was rushing stuff. Every womam wants to be married at somepoint in her life - especially those of us who have not been married before. So, I thought it would be nice to ask God for that little prayer - I mean, really, I believe that God plays a part in my life, so I guess it is what "God's Will" is for my life. I am fine being single as well as I would be fine being married. I am not scared!... As for "Seahamlad" everyone in Seaham who is in the same era as "Seahamlad" and myself, all know I have a place for him in my heart. I would love to see him again, but he and I are well aware of our "history." He and I are well aware that our folks are not as open to "Letting the water all beneath the b! ridge" as he and I are. Therefore, he and I will remain in friendship and we are content about that and happy.
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:11:40 (PDT)
Jacqueline, what a nasty little Exseahamer. You are just what the Doctor orderd Canny Lass and do'nt let anyone tell you different. Heres what should be said to you by your future intended: Give me your hand and it will ease your pain. Give me your hand and we'll dance with glee. Together we shall know that life again that pulses in the heart of you and me. Tis love that makes the world go round they say, that turns the hours of darkness into day. Give me your hand, we'll help it on it's way.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:10:13 (PDT)
Steady on Seahamlad! Its a screen name, nothing else and while we're on the subject of correction, don't you mean frying pan and fire? Where did kettles ever enter into it?
Sherwood Forrested
Newark, Notts - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:09:15 (PDT)
My Grandmother Rosina (Brown )Natton had relatives that lived on Princess Rd at the top of Corcyra St.Their name was Spoors, I believe Charlotte Spoors was a school teacher.They were related to the Hornsby family that had the Blacksmith shop in Easington Village.I was wondering if any of the Spoors family still lived in Seaham. Regards from Ken Hansen
kenneth Hansen <>
Banora Point, New South Wales Australia - Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 08:07:50 (PDT)
Nostradamus predicted the French Revalution, the rise and fall of Hitler and that other thing I mentioned in 1999. At least 400 years before the two main events happened. Nosradamus was asked to dine with a Nobleman with vast estates, the Nobleman was fasinated by Nostradamus and was keen to test him. The two men went walking through the estate when they came across two pigs foraging. One pig was black and the other pink. The Nobleman asked Nostradamus what would be the fate of the two pigs. The black pig will be eaten by a wolf Nostradamus told the Nobleman and so the Nobleman instructed his chef to slaughter the black pig and prepear it for dinner that evening. Just before dinner was to take place. An anguished chef came to the Nobleman and told him that he had just turned his back for a moment when the pet wolf that roams the grounds stole the pig off the kitchen table. Dum-diddily-dum-dum-dum-dum!
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:28:59 (PDT)
To "Homo Erectus" I guess you are someone who knows I have a "passion" for African culture literature. I thought for hours thinking, who would ever use this kind of a "code name" That is why I said, "what kind of a code name is that?" I knew what it was, but only someone who knows very well my passion for the African culture and literature would use such a "code name." Does the book "We are all the same" By Jim Wooten mean anything to you? Anyway, for y'all wondering what is "Homo Erectus" I will tell you: it is the early ancestories of human species who lived from about 1.8 million to 250,000 years ago. Homo erectus remains have been found in Africa, as well as China, southeast Asia and Europe.
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:27:34 (PDT)
To "Homo erectus" Or whatever you call yourself - what kind of a code name is that? Anyway, I am "over it" I was just commenting how I disagreed with Teri having the feeding tube taken away from her and being made to starve to death. Yes, I know babies are killed each day in abortion as well as neglect and abuse of children and adults happen each day. Oh Gosh! One just has to take one look at that weirdo "Michael Jackson" to realize what happens in reality. You did not have to answer me in way that sounded as if you were annoyed with my comment - seems we agree with the right and respect to Human Life.
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:25:33 (PDT)
Markie. Have you met this someone that you will marry by the end of the year yet? If not then You are leaving it late and " a lady " wouldn't rush into something so sacred, as you seem to be doing. As for your comments on not moving back to Seaham, I think you sound like you are up your own backside. I think people will realise why you are still on your own with comments like that. I've lost count of the times you have bragged about your own life and belittled Seaham with your comments. If you feel that way, why the hell don't you find a USA chat site to spout your inane mutterings on. Take Seahamlad up on his offer, it's probably the best/only one you will get.
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:24:41 (PDT)
"Sherwood Forrester" Before taking Brian to task about his spelling, you should check your own, Dictionary spelling is Forester, "kettle and frying pan" come to mind!
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:23:41 (PDT)
Jacqueline, for once I agree. Pope John Paul II was a good man, although his views on contraception were a little right wing. I am not RC but I appreciate what he tried to achieve and he is to be commended for that
Sherwood Forrester
Newark, Notts - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:23:08 (PDT)
I used to enjoy reading the guestbook until Jacqueline and Seahamlad decided it should be a vehicle for their religious messages, why don't the both of you just email eachother with psalms and "thoughts of the day" and regale in eachothers' "I'm more holy than you" nonsense...y'know you two are such a bore I'm surprised anyone reads this anymore. One more gripe... does anyone on here have a spell checker on their computer. Ah well... till the next time I need to complain about religion.
Ex Reader
Durham, - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:22:16 (PDT)
Keep pondering Seahamlad! For instance: As good as you are and as bad as I am, I'm as good as you are as bad as I am.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:21:15 (PDT)
hi forks i am from manchester but have family up there it would be nice to see some update photos on your web page see you all soon
ann cox
Manchester, uk - Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 16:20:32 (PDT)
As I have been watching the news for most of this weekend, on the coverage of our greatest Pope ever - Pope John Paul II - I have came to realize how magnificent of a man he really was - and how many of millions of people's lives he really did touch. My memories go back to January 26th and 27th of 1999 when I made a Pilgrimage to see the Pope in Saint Louis, Missouri. How those two days of mine were the most beautiful days of my life - thus far, in a way, that can only be described to people who have also experienced the excitement and emotions of having the privilege of seeing the Holy Father. There were about 90,000 people there at St. Louis and about 30,000 or more of them were our Youth - our young people of today. I remember I watched their excitiment and enthusiasm of their faith. For myself, I have a really nice photo of a super view of the Pope in his "Pope Mobile" He went right by me and I was able to get a great view of him. I remember the streets were fi! lled with people shouting out "Vi Papa" and we were waving our flags in such happiness. It was like I had met Jesus himself :-) His message to us was a message all about Love and forgivess and about going back to our faith. I will never forget my visit to see Pope John Paul II as long as I live. It was the best ever pilgrimage I have ever been on. I give thanks to God. I was not as fortunate about ever meeting "Mother Teresa" but I did get to meet My Pope - just 5 years after re-affirming myself back into my Roman Catholic faith. But our Pope spoke of uniting ALL Christians, no matter what denomination we are - He spoke of trying to re-unite ALL religions. How beautiful that would be, if that ever came to pass. People, we ALL have to PRAY very hard and sincere, from the depths of our hearts - for world peace and world unity and world forgiveness and love. We have lost several great people of the faith these past 7 years: Mother Teresa, Sister Lucia and now, Pope John Paul I! I. God only knows what is to come to pass in our world. We need anothe r Pope who is sincere about his faith and love for God and love for his Catholic faith, as well as love for ALL people of ALL religions.
- Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:32:40 (PDT)
Jacqueline!!Get over it!!The taking of human life happens every day by one of the most despicable means in existence,the abortion! Not knowing what the potential of that individual may be,yet snuffing it out,should be considered gross in the extreme.Relieving the suffering of a soul in pain pales by comparison to the act of those who commit murder for the sake of convenience.
Homo erectus
- Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:30:03 (PDT)
Brian Gre(e)nfingers, have you any more balmy prescriptions? sorry I mean predictions, They do take a fair bit of "pondering out" Old Chap.
- Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:28:49 (PDT)
I think that Christians and all other denominations will be saddened by the death of the Pope, not so much a passing away, as a call to meet his God. His views on the sanctuary of all human life, in particular the rights of the unborn Child and his views on same sex relations were the same as my own. A truly great Man and a hard act to follow RIP
- Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:28:19 (PDT)
Micks Mentor, You still around? I See that Juninho has been released from his contract with Celtic and he's just the type of Player that You Makims could use, when(if) you return to the top flight, come to think of it, probably my beloved magpies could do with someone of his calibre, don't think he'd be much good, however in a "punchup" with youknowwho!
- Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:27:34 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, Check your history books and your dictionary pal before spouting off about the Sistene Chapel.
Sherwood Forrester
Newark, Notts - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 16:26:44 (PDT)
Jacqueline, Nostrodamus predicted great destruction on the earth by 1999 and Mars would reign for the 'Good Cause' whatever that may mean? We will know when the end is nigh when we see the new Jerusalem decending on us, we must keep growing, nerer to the sky.
Brian Grenfingers
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:53:03 (PDT)
The Pope is still alive as I tap the keyboard. The pope reminds me of Rome and in particular the Cistine Chapel. Lenado Di Vinci painted the last supper in the Chapel and there it sits in all of it's splendour. It took Lenado seven years to compleat and at the time it was commisiond, he insisted on using live people as his modles for Jesus and the twelve diciples. He wanted to start with Jesus, and scouted Rome untill he found a sutable young man who's looks and pesona oozed the essence of purity Lenado was looking for as the face of Jesus. When he had completed the image he required of Jesus the young man left and Lenado carried on with other models and that lasted six and a half years. Then it came to the very last deciple Judas Iscariot. For Judas, he searched the Rome prison populations untill, ensconced in a dark dungeon he found a man convicted of robbery and murder. The prison gaurds draged the prisoner out and made hime sit for lenado. The prisoner wa! s sutable because Lenado had seen in the man's face compleat and utter evil. when Lenado had finnished with the prisoner he told the gaurds to take him away. As the gaurds obeyed, the prisoner screamed at Lenado. "Do'nt you recognise me?" Lenado replied, "I've never seen you before in my life." The prisoner grinned sardonically, "I was your first model for Jesus, seven years ago." So if you get to the Cistine Chapl and see the last supper, there are two faces of the same man seated at the table.
Brian Grenfingers
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:52:02 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" If you are who I have been thinking you are all this time, you have got to be kidding me?! About putting my name down for one of the apartments along the sea front. If I was well in my 40's and both set of our parents had passed on - I may say "yes" a home to visit now and then and to visit a life long friend. However, that has not happened and I do not forsee that happening. Also, you have got to be kidding about me residing back in Seaham. Come on!If you saw me (Recent Photo, on Friendsreunited.)and heard my accent, no way, on God's green earth would I ever "fit" back into Seaham again. I mean, where would I go to the Gym? Or go to the book store at 8.30pm at night, or go for a herbal tea on a Sunday afternoon, or go to shop.. or go to the museams... What would I do in Seaham? Where is there a "Organic Health Food" store in Seaham. In Seaham, who runs around in shorts and sneakers in the summer at age 36 years old? No one I know of in Seaham. Seaham i! s NOT America! The culture is totally different - the food is different, the way people speak is different, the Catholic church in Seaham has nothing for my age group in terms of ministry work and Rosary groups. I do not go out to the pubs, I prefer to go to lunch and evening dinners and to plays. "Yi, Yi, Yi!" I cannot even imagine living in Seaham again. Please God no! I pray I do not - just given my life experience of when I was there. I know things have changed, people have either died, or matured, but still, I have been shaped by the American influence for the past 18 years, No way, "SeahamLad" I could live in Seaham on a long term basis. I mean, I would love to see you, you know that, but hey, given our history, our friendship would be like "Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles" People would give us heck! Could you imagine? Just try and you will quickly demolish the idea of me living in one of the apartments on the sea front, next door to you. Mind, you, we would ! be great little neighbors in our later years of 50's or 60's. The chan ces of you and I having a life comitted friendship was ruined years ago (by adults.) and I am not sure "they" would ever be ready for a "Seahamlad and Jacqueline" to ever have a friendship as we have developed on this guest-book. I appreciate our friendship that we have now. I treasure it and value it and enjoy it - but, we both know, this is as far as it can ever go. Besides, I am praying so hard, for God to have it in his plans, that I meet someone soon and at the end of this year I know I am going to be married. I am praying so hard for that to happen. I will, however, invite you to my Wedding - so pray along with me and I will pray for you too. : -) Thank you so much for your kind thoughts - much appreciated. Well, I am off for now, must get back to the news, to see the update of our dear Pope. When he dies, that is it! Our world is in for a rude-a-wakening!
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:50:21 (PDT)
I am saddened at how Terri Schiavo's life was just taken from her for no reason at all. She was starved to death and that is murder of a human being. She was not being kept alive by life support, she was on a feeding tube and her brain was functioning at a limited point. But that aside, it was a Human Life! It was taken in the most cruel and unjust way. I am very much an American, but at this time, I am annoyed, that we, Americans speak up for Human Rights, yet, we cruely take someone's life. As I have said before, we violate Human Rights each and every day.(I see it, with the immigrants who are over worked and under paid - their human dignity is stripped from them - It is terrible.) It is not up to us to take a life, that is for God to decided, when and where. On another note, our Pope is on his way out and up to Heaven within a short time. Let me tell you, people, I have said this over and over again, we are in such a state of spiritual poverty, we are indeed liv! ing the third secred of Fatima - the Last Days. If you read world news, you will see that all it is, is talk of Nuclear War - now with Iran. "Seahamlad" I seem to remember the summer of 2003 you had said, we need to be concerned with the threat from Iran, well, you are not too far off from being right. What did I tell you all, Mother Angelica had said, "By the end of 2004 we will not recongize western civiliazation as we know it today." I think she means we are in such a state of spiritual poverty, that we have allowed our world to get in such a chaos! Anything goes these days, and no one ever knows "What is sin" - because it is an "Anything goes" western society. How sad!
- Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:47:27 (PDT)
Hiya I am trying to trace a girl called Gemma Levitt she will be 23 -24 now, originally from Seaham - she may be working in a Warren James jewellers in Sunderland. if anyone knows her can you pass on my email address
Louise Robertson
Edinburg, Scotland - Sunday, April 03, 2005 at 15:46:05 (PDT)
Jacqueline, was down on the Seaham beach and pier today, it was a pleasure to see the Fishermen (and ladies) back on the pier casting their lines, the weather was beautiful, when you live in a place like Seaham, its easy to "wax lyrical" about the Town, also noticed that the old Police Station which is being turned into luxury flats is looking good, could even put my name down for one facing the sea, should I put your name down for one?
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:45:46 (PST)
Happy Easter to all of the Guest Book people. May God's love, peace and blessings be with y'all! Have a Beautiful day -
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:44:53 (PST)
: "Seahamlad" thank you so much for your little note to me. Sorry you feel the way you do about the British National Anthem. I tend to agree with you, I believe we had this conversation a while back, about what ought to be the British National Anthem. Anyway, glad you enjoyed watching your Rugby - I did not think you were much of a TV watcher. I do remember you use to like to watch the "footy" (football/soccer.) I seem to remember years ago, when I was in school, that I disturbed you one Saturday evening with a phone call and you were in the middle of watching football or something important that you liked to watch. I have a great memory for details - don't I? Though, I seem to remember I bugged you on rather a few things.... Anyway... lets move on to another thing to talk about... shall we? I hope you have a very Happy and Blest Easter this year with your family. God's peace, love and blessings be with you - always.
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:44:22 (PST)
"Brian Greenfingers" Thank you for your note and response to my response to "Seahamlad." I have adjusted very well to American life, but I do not ever forget where I came from and it is because of that humility that I have, why I am able to have much love and compassion for our poor and for those who have little hope and who are discouraged in life. I hope you are well and having a great Easter. God Bless!
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:43:22 (PST)
Brian, if President Bush signed up to 500 death warrants when he was the Texas Governor, that means that there are 500 less Murderers and rapists etc roaming Texas
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:42:17 (PST)
Seaham shopper, my favourite shop is probably the off licence/butchers shop at the very bottom of the street, the lady assistants are kind courteous and nowts a bother to them.
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:41:46 (PST)
regarding fish shop at the top of stavordale street in the late 40s it was called the hut and it was run by a mr bob mariner for 3d old money you got a bag of chips or fritters you could hardly carry lovely grub where have the years gone
harry hunter
redcar, yorkshire - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:41:05 (PST)
"Jim Robinson" Atlanta... Wow! I see y'all are having horrendous rains storms. see, I told you what Sister Lucia had said, (also Mother Angelica of EWTN had Predicted.) Sister Lucia, was one of the 4 children, whom Our Blessed Mother, Mary appeared to in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. She had three secrets from our Blessed Mother, the first I think was WW1 and the conversion of Russia. The second was the shooting of the Pope back in 1981 and the third secret of Fatima is the big one! Apparently Our Blessed Mother has warned us all to go back to our faith and to her son, Jesus and to begin living a moral life again. Otherwise, we are all going to see terrible weather patterns: Storms, earthquakes, back to back, strange weather that is unseasonable. We are already seeing in our youth how their innocence are being taken from them, we see the hatred they have (Look at the most recent school shooting last week in Minnesota by a ten years old child - he was so angry and hurt ! and felt unloved that he killed 10 students, his grandparents and then himself.) Look at all the TV shows, they are all sarkastic and all about sex... not even love making, but sex... See, nothing is sacred anymore... I am telling y'all people, we had all better get ourselves right with God and with our families and friends and "this one and that one" whom we may have miffed along our journey of life. Sister Lucia has just died a moth ago and when this Pope dies, I bet you chaos is going to happen. Oh we are already seeing it and signs of the times... North Korea and Iran are still talking "nukes" We have not heard the last of rumors of a Nuclear War, just because right now it is all quiet on the front, does not mean it is going away... It means it could be brewing up a whopper storm...
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:39:53 (PST)
Havent been to the guest book for a while. I just wanted to say I was in England for a visit in March and went to Seaham to visit friends i havent seen in lots of years, Joy (williams) Rochester, Sue Duffell, Muriel Ayre and Tom Pattison. It was great to see them again. We went to the Kestrel, which used to be the last pub visited on our pub crawls on the weekends. What a difference!! Would never have recognised the place - candles on the tables!! Walked up Church street -(Colin got some great flowers at your granddaughters shop - Karens) glad to hear Seaham is growing again. i think some of the shops should be left alone, some of them were there when i lived in Seaham (from birth - 1979) Muriel was great and showed me all around Seaham. I lived at 8 Bethune ave till i was 10 and couldnt believe the difference in the street, all the walls gone and out houses gone and fences put up instead. Brought back a lot of good memories seeing Seaham again. Looked strange with Dawdon pit gone and all the houses and roads there instead, i would have gotten lost for sure without Muriels great map ability! hoping to hear from anyone who remembers me. regards
Joan (Farn) Watkinson <>
BC, Canada - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:37:51 (PST)
berkley, mass usa - Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:35:08 (PST)
My garden is starting to look fresh and spring-like and just on Easter too. Tadpoles are swimming in the garden pond, bees are a-buzzing and asorted birds are feeding their young in the hedgerows. What a 'resurection' after Easter Day and all in my garden.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:34:02 (PST)
potted beef!you away on your usual yawn producing trip down to york are u marra?
- Friday, April 01, 2005 at 14:33:14 (PST)
Hi all I am an Aussie who is trying to trace his roots into Scotland and just happened to come across this site. My ancestor James Stott was born in Lanarkshire and was a blacksmith. He migrated to Australia and became a prolific inventor. We believe he was the original inventor of the stump jump plough, double furrow plough etc. If anyone wishes to send me any info re Stotts who may be related or any other info re Stotts I would be eternally grateful Thanks Bruce
Bruce C Stott <>
Onkaparinga Hills, Sth Australia - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:08:31 (PST)
I have been told that someone has been looking for me (Tom Mortimer),Arnold Clayton, Ivan Gibson & Snowden Whitelock on this site . If they are still in contact would they please e-mail me at Tom
Tom Mortimer
Louth, Lincs England - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:07:00 (PST)
I am researching my family tree and would like to find if there are any relatives of Frederick Charles Land Died 1920 and worked as a Ships Pilot or his brother Robert who died 1901 at Easington still living in the Seaham or Easington Area any information would be gratefully received Thanks John Land
John Land <>
Wimborne, Dorset England - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:05:41 (PST)
Perhaps Church Street could be brightened up a bit by painting the steel shutters on the shops in different pastel shades. The ones at the bottom could start off with the deeper shades, gradually lightening towards to the top. The whole job could be done quite cheaply if the council could be approached to meet the cost of the paint and I am sure that some of the unemployed people would be delighted to volunteer and enable them to do something useful for the community.
York, - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:04:21 (PST)
After the tsunami, back to talking about the illigallity of the Iraq war. In the U.K. anyway arguements are rumbling on and on. It's difficult to grasp any of it, the security services said this, the P.M. said that! I wish the reality of it all could be as clear as the tsunami infomation. Like 31,000 died in Sri Lanka, 17,000 injured, 5,500 missing right after the waves struck. So how can enyone expect Polititions to come on out with the truth? It is said that President Bush signed up to 500 death warrents when he was the Texas Goveror, now , is that media exageration I ask myself?
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:03:20 (PST)
Found your site by accident. Lived in Seaham from birth till middle 30's. Thanks for the memories Realname: Jim Todd
Jim Todd <>
Lamaca, Cyprus - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:02:23 (PST)
: I like the way the website was so organized and it had all the info I needed for a school project. Realname: luca
Qwkiland, - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 14:01:06 (PST)
Jacqueline, deep down you miss the hungery years, the once-a-pon-a-time, days when you did'nt have a dime. Well, you certainly have moved on and for the better in my estimation. Your epistle to the Seahamites makes it clear. You seem to be so utterly content, and with regard to the American 'Persuit of Happiness' concept, you seem to have cracked it. The world is full of unhappy people as you look around you, waring, starving peoples, then there is the drug culture in rich, politically staple countries. Now we know the one man who can save us from dispair and create within us the happiness and love that is eluding so many--Jesus ofcourse. By the way, if ever you go to the Holy-Land,Isreal. Leave your religion at home in the U.S. There is so much religious divisiveness in Isreal, it's quite unreal.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:59:55 (PST)
Hi there, I'm trying to find someone who knew a lad called Kevin who was friends with my Uncle - Barry Shenton. Barry was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1981 and the only other information we have about Kevin is that he wore an earring and kept his hair cropped very short. It's possible that Kevin died under similar circumstances, maybe with a connection to Station Road in Seaham. Any information would be very much appreciated...
Vikki Hebden <>
Ryhope, Sunderland England - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:58:43 (PST)
Canny Lass, I'm still trying to wade through your epistle to "Seahamites" I hope I survive!
Brian Grenfingers
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:57:09 (PST)
Seahamlad, thank you for your sentiments. My computer has been down for a week, just after my last posting, thank goodness I have a wiz-kid computer friend who fixed it. A lot of people use the computer for shopping these days wheather it's clothes, jewlery or groceries. Just imagine, the only people you see then is delivery men or woman. It's a funny old world and no mistake.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:56:37 (PST)
Thank god the government is to look again at its decision to downgrade the status of cannabis!Anything that makes it harder on the dopeheads that wander our town to get their hands on this poison is good in my book!Anyone still convinced that this evil weed does no harm should really listen to the voices in their heads!!
Concerned citizen
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:55:33 (PST)
Jacqueline, I am not a Person who watches a lot of TV, much prefer reading a good book, murder mysteries, Westerns and so on, but this afternoon I was glued to the set for the finale of the 6 Nations Rugby Cup, the Welsh ended up worthy winners, whats more they fully deserved to win the "Grand Slam" for the first time in 27 years! Seems that its a different ball game in the Valley's. What really upset me was the playing of the National Anthems before the games, first the French and the Italians, both magnificent and stirring tunes with meaning! then the Welsh and the Irish anthems, also stirring etc, then we came to the Scottish and English, The Scottish, also of a stirring mood, but what they played as the English Anthem was what upset me and many others, they played "God save the Queen" for crying out loud that is the British National Anthem and totally unsuitable for the occasion. It is also, in my opinion totally unsuitable on any occasion as our National A! nthem, it makes no mention whatsoever of our great Country but instead glorifies a Person, who is unelected and we have no choice at all in the election of our Head of State, a very unsatisfactory situation.
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:54:33 (PST)
I see the powers that be want to pull down Hawthorn Square to build a new private estate. It should not have come as a suprise to the people who live there. I mean come on,its a prime development site and right near the sea front. The land must be worth a fortune! Pull these strong four bedroom council houses down and cram some two bedroom shoe boxes on the land and bobs you uncle.... Another multi millionire is born! The fact that people live there and want to stay there has got nothing to do with it. MONEY & GREED is the name of the game and if you live in Hawthorn you can kiss goodbye to your home baby!
Seaham, - Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:53:06 (PST)
After my previous letter on Church Street, I'd like to ask Guestbook readers which is theit favorite shop in Church Street?
Seaham Shopper
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:51:59 (PST)
Well spoken Peter Bennett, you and others like you put all the doomsters to shame, they only look at the facade and not what lies within, Seaham is a wonderful place and those that knock it in a negative unconstructive way, should get on their stagecoach and depart to that utopian land they all crave for.
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:51:10 (PST)
To "Wendy Lynch" this is "Jacqueline" I wanted to tell you, seen that you are from Dunfermilne.. I was born in Dunfermline, back in 1969. I think I was born in Saint Margaret's Hospital. The area I was born near was a little working class area called "High Valley Field." I visited the place back in 1989 and actually saw the house where my parents use to live. It was rather emotional to say the least. How is Dunfermilne now?
- Friday, March 25, 2005 at 13:50:12 (PST)
I do most of my shopping in Church Street and just love it, all those little self contained shops, each with a personal touch, all of them have wonderful helpful assistants who go out of their way to help. So what do all the moaners want to put in its place? probably large impersonal supershops who are only there to extract as much cash from us as they can with a minimum of courtesy and service, no by all means brighten the place up a bit, but to turn it into another Sunderland Bridges or an even worse Peterlee shopping area, no thank you please leave things as they are, subject to a cleanup.
Seaham Shopper
- Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:26:53 (PST)
"Seahamlad" if you are who you have been perceiving yourself to be to me (EG: Church choir issues (cute.)then you know me so well indeed, well at least you know of my childhood/teen years. (Not sure you know me as an adult.) Anyway, then you may probably be smart enough to figure out that my faith has been with me since I was a young girl. My sincere prayer life was definately a gift given to me, as it has carried me through the life issues I have had to experience, especially when I was a youngster. When we were kids, we think we know everything about a person, when really we know absolutely nothing - only the information we have at hand and what we can see at face value, but no-one ever knows the "whole big picture." It is not until we become adults do we start putting 2+2 together and coming up with 4 and having a deeper, more compassionate and understandings of certain people and the issues they experienced as youngsters. (I suspect we could have been great fr! iends growing up, but some adults got in the way, due to judging a situation they knew nothing about.) However, it is intersting how life has turned around and now, here we are, 20 years later, forming a great friendship of which I value and will always treasure - Thank You. :-)
- Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:25:48 (PST)
"SeahamLad" and "Brian" I was not even going to try to approach "Mr. Dave keep it real" That was a posting for me to stay clear of... Boy! Could you imagine, if I went off on my tangent with him.. It may have caused another "guest-Book" riot chaos! So, instead, I rad his posting and just decided to leave him alone.
- Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:24:17 (PST)
Some months ago I left a positive comment on the guest book about what my family felt were good changes to the Seaham area. My comments brought a hostile response. I just logged in for another read of the guestbook to still find mainly negative comments about the town. If Seaham folk hate the place so much the why on earth do you still live there?
Peter Bennett
- Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:23:30 (PST)
I just came across this website today and have found it really interesting looking at all the comments.I'm originally from Murton but have ancestors from Seaham.Does anyone know of any Brymers or Farns?Please contact me
Wendy Lynch <>
Dunfirmerline, Fife Scotland - Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:22:47 (PST)
Dear "Seahamlad" first, I would like to thank you from my heart for the sincere and kind compliment you paid to me. I know at times I can come on strong with my views, opinions and political, social and religious issues - but I mean no harm or offense directed to any one person on this guest-book, or otherwise. I just enjoy a good debate. The compliment was much appreciated and will be valued - again, with gracious acceptance, thank you. Well, to answer your question... yes, most school classrooms do display the American flag, and most elementry schools do begin the day with the Pledge of Allegiance. (Especially schools that are called "DODDS" (Department of Defense Dependant Schools.) Those are the schools which the children of Military personal attend over-seas. (I experienced the DODDS school systems in Germany, when I was working for the American Colonels as their nanny to their children. I use to volunteer at the middle school as a "Teacher's Aid." Those parti! cular schools are even more patriotic than some of the schools here in USA. (Even at the movies theater on the Military base, The American National Anthem is played and we all stand up with respect.) Unfortunately, Religion is not taught in regular public schools.(British terms, "state schools") As there is too much of a religious diversity and the American government separate "church from state." I personally feel, that all schools should teach Religion as we were taught at our schools, in particular, Northlea, as it teaches the children understandings of all religions, and respect. Ignorancy of Religion is also a key factor to the religious hatred we have in our society. However, the Christian schools and of course the Catholic schools do focus on religion, but only Christianity. I have to say, the American culture is also diverse. My experiences has mostly been within the "elite zip-codes" of the American society. Though, all of my voluteer work, is with those who live b! elow the poverty line. Just like in the British culture where there is a economical class system, there really is also here in the USA. (At least that is my perspective - and everyone has their own perspective on thing and how we view things can also very differently.) But, again my perspective, is that America does have a "class system." America also does still continue to deal with racial issues, though, society is in denial of this fact, but I see it. The culture, is less formal and more casual, which can be a "shocker" for British people who were raised in a typical well brought up British home. In particular, I shall speak of table manners for most of the American society of children. Europeans here in USA all comment on the lack of table manners American children display. America is also known for interesting enough, "acceptance" as long as person from another country who is living here, is loyal to America and her fellowmen, then American people are very accepting, warm and kind. The culture is more "open" to people speaking opinions an! d not being offended, such as my memories of growing up in a small town in Seaham. All in all, there are British people who do not like living here, and there are those of us who do. I am one who adjusted very well to the American culture way back in 1987 when I was first exposed to the American society in Germany when I worked for the Colonels as the Nanny. My first year of experience here in USA was when I attened American college in Pennyslvania in 1991. It was a tremendous positive experience and I mingled very well and "fit-in" very well within the American culture. I find it suits who I am. I think I would find it very difficult to "fit-in" the British culture after all these years. I have been corresponding "here and there" recently with a guy I went to school with, and he is blown away with how much I have changed, not only by being an adult, but, by the influence of the American culture. I guess, too, if I am honest, when I first moved away from Seaham, I was "sear! ching my own identity" and I found myself within the American society and I made a conscience effort to "fit-in" and become "Americanized." Over the years it is now natural to me and I am an American. Again, as I have stressed, one's life experiences shape who we are, and who we become. If my life experiences had been different when I was growing up in Seaham, I may never have moved away or made a conscious effort to become "Americanized." Of course, parts of me will always be British, my mannerisim, social protocol and a few other things about me, but I have to say, for the most part, I am an American. I hope "Seahamlad" I have answered some of your curiosity. Have a nice day! ;-)
- Thursday, March 17, 2005 at 16:21:14 (PST)
One must always keep in mind that one's life experiences shape who they are and whom they become. The same with one's memories of their old "home town." As I have become older and wiser and spend far more years away from Seaham than I ever expected to - reflecting is always a good thing. My memories of Seaham are shaped by my experiences of living in the town and I feel bad, but, my memories of Seaham are not that super. However, if I try to look at the town from an "outsider" looking in, I can be more positive about Seaham. It really is not that bad.... I have seen far worse in the small "hick" towns of the USA and in some of the big cities of the USA. Seaham is no different from any other small town in the UK or even here in the USA or anywhere in the western culture. I guess it is easier for us, who grew up in the town back in the 70's and mid 80's to either pull Seaham apart or to praise Seaham. If I let down my guard and admit some humility, I can say, there a! re times I do miss the old town and some of the people. I wish we could go back in time, with the wisdom we have at this present time, then I am sure my life experiences in Seaham, at school and in the church choir etc... would be so much more different and positive than my experiences were back then. I guess, all in all, Seaham is not that bad - it does indeed have so much character and history to the town. (PS: not all my experiences in Seaham was that bad.... I could laugh at some of the things I got up to with friends at school etc... And I do remember we had a great park called "The Dene" and great other places too. I think too, "what you do not have, you do not miss." But once you have been exposed to the most elite zip codes anywhere, then it is easy to be caught up with all the "fan-fare" of things and forget about the simple things in life that can equally bring all the joys of a contented life. I think Seaham brings that... it is small, simple but can bring to peo! ple all the joys of a happy and contented life. My life here is filled with much "fan-fare" the country club type lunches, the evening dinners, the plays in New York, the shopping for clothes and the gym - what fan-fare! And really, at times it is a headache and pressure.
- Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:32:55 (PST)
To "Jim Robinson" (Atlanta) I saw on the news last Friday of the court house shooting. I was thinking of y'all. You all were in my prayers this past weekend as I did the "Women's Journey" retreat. The other retreat I was "team member" was for the "women's Cornerstone."
- Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:30:21 (PST)
Can any Dawdon folk remember, as i can, when the garage at the top of Stavordale St west was a fish & chip shop?
Bow <>
blackburn by bathgate, west lothian scotland - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:29:32 (PST)
My mother, Annie Taylor Hoy, was born 09/11/22 in Seaham & the family moved to USA in the next year. My grandparents were Mary Taylor & Charles Hoy. As a young girl, I had a penpal named Susan Cumbers, a distant relative. I'd love to hear from any relatives!
Mary Whitehead <>
Granite City, Illinois - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:28:13 (PST)
Just started on my family tree and found that my grandad Thomas Wilkinson born 1883 and my nanna Janet Lincoln born 1884 lived next door to each other at 32 and 33 Cornish street in Seaham and were married at Christ Church New Seaham in 1904. I have found a picture of the church on your website but wondered if Cornish st. still exsists and if there are any pictures of it , or if anyone knows of my relatives family. Any info would be welcome. Thank you
BRADFORD, WEST YORKSHIRE - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:26:22 (PST)
Does anyone know June Richardson? June was from Seaham and served in the WRAC during the 1960's. One of June's postings was Singapore. If anyone knows June or perhaps any of her family i would be pleased to hear from you. Thanks.
Jenny <>
Northallerton, - Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:24:47 (PST)
Jacqueline, you are a real asset to this Guestbook, I think a lot of People tune in to read what you have to say, your Christian principles are to be much admired, I would love to hear more about where you live, the people and the customs, is it true that every classroom in the USA has the National Flag on display? Do the schools still have religious instruction?
- Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:23:19 (PST)
Brian, You're right about Mr dave keep it real, he's to be pitied, the reason I didn't answer him direct is that I would have to descend into the gutter to do so, if he were to rephrase his arguments in a more civilized manner, I would respond, his apparent bad grammer and spelling are a sham as he is not as illiterate as he pretends, his handle is only one of the many he has used in the past, however like you I will say a prayer for him! One thing I can say about you Brian is that you are a person of the highest integrity, I do not always see eye to eye with you, but undoubtably your heart is in the right place.
- Monday, March 14, 2005 at 15:22:35 (PST)
i have lived in seaham since 1964, does anybody else think that church street needs to be demolised and totally rebuild because most of the shops have gone right downhill. for example reeds the butchers, and valenties. but i still think that seaham is an up and coming area, what with all the new shops coming at the bottom of church street, can't wait, at least we won't have to trail through to the town to go shopping. also i have just bought a new house where they are building the new 'parkside' i think a lot of people will benefit from all the new people moving especially the local businesses that are at the moment maybe struggling. also loving the new and improved seaham hall even if it is expensive. anyway love the area i live in and hope it can keep improving and become more recognised in the property ladder and everything that we have in our own little community
mary granvill <>
Seaham, Co.Durham UK - Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 10:59:38 (PST)
Anyone out there who left Camden Square School in 1956, it will be your 50th Anniversary soon. Who remembers GEORGE WHITE (my dad)born in James Street in 1941. Mother Vera White, Grandfather Alfred White and Annie Watts. Please get in touch. Now I have found the site I cannot leave it.
Dawn Bray nee White <>
Immingham, North Lincolnshire England - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 17:01:53 (PST)
Greetings Seaham, my name is Bob Brown, a Ryhope lad by birth. Though my connections with the Seaham area were from the 1940-1966. I had relatives who lived near the Nack, called Carrick and spent a lot of time with them. Later I worked at the Vane Tempest during the 50s and 60s working marra's with Ivor Rees, Jim Dobie and Jet Morgan. I've been living in the land of Oz for 31 years now but one still likes to take time to remember the past and my youth. Thanks for the time and the images to remember.
Bob Brown <>
Ipswich, Queensland Australia - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 17:00:20 (PST)
You know, ther are some absolutely beautiful and magnificent places here in USA. I was just looking through some photographs of my 15 years here in USA and all the states I have either lived in and visited. I came across a card, that was given to me as a "Thank you" note, and it is a picture of true "art" of "Midnight in the garden of good and evil" The Telefair Museum of Art is actually in the south, in Savanna, Georgia. Anyway, this card has much meaning to me and many "memories." Kind of makes me think of the message given to me from "Tour Friend."
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:58:50 (PST)
looking for relatives of john and margaret oliver nee smith horden 1920s my grandparents. also norman oliver. doreen nee oliver, judds relatives of abe judd horden 1920s onwards who adopted my grandfather john.
claire britton <>
kirkby in ashfield nottm, - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:58:00 (PST)
Hi I've just came across this site whilst tracing the family roots. My Gran was Candace Kerr-Morgan nee Botwright she lived in Blackhall but was born and bred in 1893 and raised in Seaham. Some names related are Burnham, Ryan ,Holmes any help would be appreciated. Finally could I say hello to all those on strike 1984-85, I was heavily involved in the Cleveland MSG I remember Alan Fenwick father of England footballer Terry.
Geoff Kerr-Morgan <geoffrey.kerr-morgan@hotmail.c>
Middlesbrough, Cleveland England - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:56:54 (PST)
Just came back from my tap classes - wow! It is such a great class. I wish my schedule would allow me to take Salsa dancing... but for now, tap is super! We are learning dances from Broadway and will put on a little "show" in May. It is such super exercise!
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:54:58 (PST)
Have you seen Crow Wood? It's a tip and blends in very well with the rest of Seaham! Why anybody would want to pay £200000 to live here I do not know. Rubbish everywhere what a dump. And to top it all our train station is now being used to bring in class A drugs from Sunderland and Hartlepool! If you want the best price coke make sure you get there before the School kids do. They drive a hard bargin!
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:54:13 (PST)
Mr. Dave Keep It Real, Your more to be pitied than blamed. I and other christians always prey for non-christians like you.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:53:18 (PST)
"Tour Friend" Thank you so much for that wonderful message just for me. Either it is from an Irish friend, or you know that I have Scottish blood in me, and a wee bit of Irish in me too. Are you celebrating Saint Patrick's Day? Well, if you live in UK I guess you may not be, but if you live in the USA you probably will be. Saint Patrick's Parties are on my Birthday weekend, as my Birthday is the 19th and that is a Saturday - so I will be having a good bit "jig" here and there. In addition to celebrating Saint Joseph's Day with the Candy... (Chocolate! Yippee!!!)
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:52:42 (PST)
"Seahamlad" Okay, okay, you have a wee bit of a point... I remember my grandmother, (God rest her soul) she liked a good bit gossip "here-and-there" in Church Street, or over the garden wall. Also, okay, okay, I guess at times, what we all do on this guest-book is sometimes "gossip." But, I gues I am now very sensitive and aware of it, as I have seen how "gossip" can totally be harmful and cause a lot of issues. Anyway, I hope you are well.
- Wednesday, March 09, 2005 at 16:51:48 (PST)
The Sunderland echo mentions 'thug girls' while the New York Post says men are 'lying pigs' Now the Los Angelous Times talkes of flowers in the British Channel Island of Jersy. Good for them since I love growing flowers. Looking around the world, it's still a couldron of seamingly crime and decadence but, I'm not one to judge. Judgement will come on the last day and what a day that will be for all of us. 'When I'm confused Lord, show me the way...'
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:34:12 (PST)
Well,well Nora Beven, she once attended our church. She is a 105 years old today. Just think, by the time she was seven the Titanic sank on it's maiden voyage. By the time she was nine the war to end all wars began. Then in 1939, a housewife with kids, Hitler started bomming her home town. Will any of us have such memories I wonder? Being Sunday I had gammon ham with mashed potatos and mushy peas. She (who must be obayed) said the gammon had been tenderised, I said "what"? and she said "tenderised." I said, "you have tender eyes too my pet."
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:33:18 (PST)
Why does it now take a whole week each time before the guest book is updated. I remember the days you could the new postings each day or at least the day after.
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:32:16 (PST)
Is it true asda is building another big depot in Sunderland?Does anyone know where it is,and how you apply for jobs?
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:31:43 (PST)
Anyone know anything about Norman Flack. Lived at Parkside.Worked as a reporter on Sunderland Echo, I think. Then went to Fleet Street. I was with him in the RAF, Singapore, in 1951-53 (National Service)and would like to meet up with him again.
Alf Gibbons
Nottingham, - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:31:08 (PST)
seaham lad you sure do suck. an abomination before god indeed. Theres a trick you know, its simple. Just dont believe in god and you dont need to live by his rules. i garantee once we die we die (no hevean or hell) anyways so just enjoy life. telling the difference between right and wrong aint so hard, who needs the bible. The bible makes grave errors anyways in my opinion. Science is the way forward. on a more personal note i wopuld just like to say your life stinks. walking along seaham beach on a cold day just to report it back hear (a day too late anyways). you must be a moron. for all you ageing liberal hippy douches who are about to nail me for not beliveing in god, i would just like to point out i have nothing against people beliveing in him. I just think your wrong and are wasting some of your life. By the bibles own terms anyways if you do live your life away from the cage of the bible and you do 'sin'. Its ok, cos when you get to the gates of saint peters all you need to is say' well holy jesus, i was so wrong and im so sorry'. they have to let you in. so dont sweat it folks. peace out and keep it real. say no to drugs and ignore ageing liberal hippy douches.
Mr Dave Keep it Real
Seaham, - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:30:13 (PST)
William Shakespear walked into the Times Inn and asked for a Pint of Lager, I'm not serving you said the barman, Oh and why's that asked Will? Its because you're Bard! saith the Barman.
The Joker
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:28:17 (PST)
Jacqueline, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields and, Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand
Tour Friend
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:27:21 (PST)
Jacqueline, you have a valid point about gossiping, but I would repeat that not all gossip is bad, a lot of elderly folk, for instance, enjoy a good gossip over the garden or yard wall, and thats as far as a lot of them get! and really thats what we do a lot of on this Guestbook, Oh and I don't suppose you've heard about ---
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:26:30 (PST)
Tony from Spain--Correction- Charles has a "Lackey" probably not unlike Brian G. who arranges his toothpaste
A Friend
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:25:38 (PST)
Oh, "Seahamlad" What are you doing still living in Seaham? Do you know, if you were Catholic,... I would be praying to our Blessed Mother for her to play "match-maker" with you and I. You are going to make someone a outstanding, dedicated, loyal and loving husband - she will be blest to have you. Or maybe she is already. What a great person you have turned out to be and good for you for speaking up on morals. Way to go! Yipee!!!
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:25:02 (PST)
"Brian Greengingers." Thnk you for thinking of me as a "Canny Lass" I still remember what that means. I think it means, just a nice person. Thanks! Well, I really enjoy reading all your postings - they are great! I hope you have a nice day today. God Bless.. your little guest-book friend... Jacqueline
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:24:13 (PST)
Seahamlad I doubt anything short of a bulldozer and rebuilding could improve Church Street. Jacqueline is a bit over the top with her suggestions but on the right track, getting rid of the dog *** that is constantly there would help too.
Val Burrows
Norwich, Norfolk - Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:23:32 (PST)
Well, people, it is aproximately 10.00pm Saturday evening of February 26th 2005. I have just arrived back home from a 26 hour retreat at church, of which I was one of the team members this year and had the special honor and privilege of being a Witness Speaker to my faith. I spoke on parts of my life where God has played a tremendous role in my life. There were 6 of us who were witnesses to our faith. Out of the six, we were all exceptionally inspiring to all of the 100 people (women) attending. It was just a terrific experience this yeare to be able to see how these women grew in their faith within 26 hours of being together and sharing lives. We all learned many things and I will share just a few of them. "Being a woman is one of the hardest jobs ever." If God had a Wallet, your photograph would be in it. "If God had a fridge, your art work would be posted on it." "Women possess many, many, beautiful gifts." "We are good enough!!!" People found their faith again! and/or were going to begin their journey on their faith. It was a beautiful retreat and I am so glad that God chose me to be a Witness Speaker of my faith. Thank you, for this guest book for allowing me the opportunity to share this with you all. God Bless! Your friend, Jacqueline.
- Sunday, March 06, 2005 at 15:22:27 (PST)
: Brian Greenfingers, it is not a tradition to have a Wife and a Mistress, it is an abomination before God and Man, Marriage is a holy institution and should not be taken lightly, whether you're King or just a Man/Woman. As for being a "Prince" perish the thought, I'm becoming more Republican by the day, as are many more. Keep on doffing your hat.
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 09:00:37 (PST)
: Had a long walk along our beautiful shingle beach today, there was a cold North-Easterly wind blowing in from the sea, which was biting! the sea anglers trying their luck from the pier, at the same time trying to dodge the breakers, thought of all those Seaham "exiles" living in warmer climes and others living in the South of the Country, the cold biting wind made me feel glad to be alive and in Seaham.
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:59:59 (PST)
Hello folks of Seaham. Love the changes being made in my absence.Seaham was always my home until coming coming to Canada in 1953. Lived most of the time here in Ontario.Occupation for the most part as a Correctional Officer, now long retired after 25 yrs at this. I now live on Vancouver Island B.C. with my wife who is also from Seaham, Dorothy Redpath from Grants Cres. and have been married for the last 58 yrs. l lived at Denside attended Viceroy St. School then to Ropery Walk and to the SIS. Lived all of the 30s in Adolphus St next door to the Bradyll Arms then on to Parkside at the start of the war. Worked at Dawdon both above and below then into the army. Anybody remember me from this information? I can relate very well with Jim Gilbert, I may have rubbed shoulders with him at the Gaff in my young days. Thank you all. More at a later date.
joe rogerson <>
nanaimo, british columbia canada - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:59:15 (PST)
Hello Seaham, Its been a while! I am looking for some peolpe my brother Neil Anderson went to school with in the 70's and 80's. My brother went to Parkside school, Dawdon, Camden square and sis. It is his 40th birthday coming up in March and he is coming there from Canada to visit family. I am looking for Michael Williams, Peter Appleby, Philip Tinkler, Paul Gray, Paul Lennon, Darren Heppell, Graham Dickenson, Paul Gill (gilly),Glen Redden, anyone who might know the where abouts of these lads please let me know or tell them to email me back. thankyou Gillian.
Hope, BC Canada - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:57:03 (PST)
I read in The Northern Echo this week that there will be a ONE DAY exhibition 2 - 8 !!! at Seaham Town Council Offices on Monday 28th February where the options for the development of St. Johns Square will be on show and residents opinions will be sought. The article also stated that opinions on which buidings should remain (please tell me that someone is joking) would be welcomed from interested parties. Well, as I wont be able to attend can I offer my opinion.... bulldoze the blooming lot. The bus station is a blot on the landscape, it has never ever been anything else, the library... would you really want to work there? is far too small for the population that it is expected to serve and is a no go area after sunset, the magistrates court is not used, and continues to blight the area and the purpose built but never occupied council offices are a throwback to the 1960s, too much glass, leaking roof, dropping to bits. If we dont take into account the new job ! centre which is being built this leaves only the clinic. Now, I may not be a mathematical wizard but surely you cannot tell me that it wouldnt make sense to seize the opportunity to flatten everything other than the job centre and start from scratch. Otherwise millions of pounds will be wasted bodging-up this disgusting eyesore. Lesley Roberts is correct when she states that stores locate to areas for commercial reasons, but lets be honest, if you were a major high street name looking to invest in Seaham Harbour, would the state of St Johns square really persuade you to set up here? I hardly think so. Lets hope this is a proper consultation where peoples ideas and suggestions are taken on board instead of another round of spin.
Seaham, - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:55:32 (PST)
"SeahamLad" "the from a dear friend" posting was from me. And, yes, in my formative years I suppose I did do my fair amount of "gossip" But, I am telling you, over years and experiences one gains "wisdom" and gossip is just not right, and nothing good comes of it. Hey, you should know that, as goosip a while back was targeted at you and I and all it did was cause harm and really can destroy friendships. The gossip in church street is the fact that merely the people who gossip in church street, have nothing better to do with their lives. They are not into "politics" or Human Rights work, or anything that is intellectually stimulating - so gossip fills their ears with "ohoo's and Eeee's" and lets talk more about friends and people... I am telling you, "SeahamLad" I am am wary of a person's integrity who likes to gossip. Just be careful and learn some wisdom - I am not all "didsy blonde and naive" you know! Well, have a nice day!
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:53:55 (PST)
Jack que in line are you claire voy ant how de ye knaw wots ganna happen to that lad who claims he is from Seaham. By the way Brian G. Charles has a person who squeezes his toothpaste on his brush every morning,how sad is that.
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:52:45 (PST)
Jacqueline here is a 'Scripture Twister'Mary brought a pound of costly perfume, anointed Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair...Judas protested "Could not this perfume have been sold and the money given to the poor?" Impulsive, full of love, how did she feel hearing her precious gift condemed as waste? Had she made a terrible mistake, embarressed Him by pouring it all out? Should she be ashamed? Judas might be right. When Jesus said "She did this for me, for my burial.Everywhere her gift will be remembered. You can help the poor any day." He gave her more than thanks, He made her feel proud. And thats how I think of you canny lass.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:51:29 (PST)
Well Republican, who would you like to be President of Britain? A Bush type? A Blair type? A Putin type? Or maybe you have ambitions in that direction? I can see Royalty as head of state for at least the next hundred years-thank goodness!
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:50:17 (PST)
Searching for Mitchell (Mitch) was a fitter ll E at 107 MU RAF Kasfareet 1945-47, also on Berlin Airlift 1948-49 - lived at Seaham Harbour in County Durham. Friends Whitehead, Warden, Tarry wish to contact him. Any information please by e-mail or telephone 01642 519218.
Len Tarry <audrey.james@ntlworld. com>
Eston, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:49:35 (PST)
"Lesley Roberts" I shop at Talbots! And I am not 50, in fact, I am going to be 36 in about 3 1/2 weeks time. I mean, I do not shop there all the time, as I am an "Ann Taylor" girl... but, hey, I have some very classic clothes from Talbots. (their kilt like skirts and wrap over skirts and a few of their "right-at-the-knee" tailored dresses are very classy and chic.)There is nothing wrong with Talbots. Well, anyway, okay you made some valid points, but what on earth is church street suppose to do? How can money be put back into the town if there are no shops in the town worthy shopping at.
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:48:06 (PST)
great site . thanks,will add to favourites.
allan neill
hastings, east sussex - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:47:08 (PST)
Jacqueline, I wish you had just a little concept of what I was talking about when replying to any subject I mention. You would though profit from the the Lords own words, 'Judge Not And You Will Not Be Judged' canny lass
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:46:09 (PST)
Hallo Folks, Just found your website, and would love to hear from anyone who remembers me. I went to the SiS untill 1972, when i left to join the army, and have lived in Germany now for 25 years, but still get back "home" now and again. Hope to hear from you all soon.
Dave Procter <>
Düsseldorf, Germany - Sunday, February 27, 2005 at 08:08:56 (PST)
"Brian Greenfingers" I can assure you that if "Seahamlad" is the Seahamlad" I have ben thinking he is all this time - then I will tell you, he does not have a "mistress." He is a Christian gentleman of 38 years old (39 this year, I think.) and he was raised with the highest moral and ethical standards and I pretty much doubt he has strayed too far from those standards. I would be highly surprised if he has a mistress. Besides, I am not sure if he is married. if he is, he is with only his wife, if he is not married, then he is very cute, but does not 'waffle' around with lots of women who are floosy. Seahamlad will eventually marry a good Christian woman, and may even become a Vicar himself one day... just read his postings, he has it together with his faith.
- Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 15:21:48 (PST)
If anyone else would like to post comments using my screen name, thats ok, but at least learn how to spell it correctly. Glad to see the same old drivel.
sherwood forester
newark, Notts - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 15:20:41 (PST)
During the last century and a half, the world has experienced fundamental changes, both political and social. Britain, too, has changed, with democracy and universal suffrage largely replacing an aristocratic and hereditary system. More recently, some powers have been devolved to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and London. Yet, despite the progress made, Britain persists in retaining an upper chamber of its legislature composed of hereditary and unelected members, and, that most undemocratic and feudal relic of all, a hereditary monarchy. In so doing, we have retained, to all intents and purposes, the same constitutional system as that of our Victorian forebears. We find ourselves in the anomalous position of being 'citizens' of Europe, yet still only 'subjects' in our own country. In a society that seeks to be based increasingly on equality and inclusiveness, only one family has access to the office of Head of State. We still retain a political culture centred around "Her Majesty's Government" - not ours, but hers, a powerful symbol of the ethos of our whole system. The concept of royal "ownership" pervades this culture and reinforces the idea that the system is not our own. At present the royal family costs the country a great deal of money. Consider, however, that even if such services as they claim to provide were free, the monarchy should still be abolished. We should have the right to elect and hold to account all who hold public office and such people must remember that they are there to serve us, and not vice versa. It is time to claim the right to our own country and to choose our Head of State.
- Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 15:19:38 (PST)
Jacqueline, if you had ever been home in the past 10 years you would realise that all of the trendy shops are in the Bridges in Sunderland. It is a matter of economics for those big chains and they wouldn't survive in Seaham , they need to be centrally located to serve all of the surrounding small towns. Also I think you are imagining an American mall as what is trndy at home is not the white middle class clean cut US shops you mentioned. Talbots is for 50 year old ladies who lunch and belong to country clubs. Yes Church St needs help but it doesn't need to be cloned.
lesley roberts <>
phoenix, arizona usa - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 15:17:21 (PST)
I lived Clarence Seaham Harbour from 1947 till 1959 when I joined the RAF. Viceroy St. School, Deneside Juniors,& Ryhope Grammar.Haven't been back for 3 or 4 years. Was very upset the last time at what has happened to Church St.I remember it as a good shopping centre, Doggart's, Murley's,Nicholson's,Foggin's, 3 chemists, dry cleaners, wool shop,opticians,Ronnie Bond's when it was just TVs, two cinimas. I could go on all day. Happy days. We didn't have much money but we had fun!
JohnDale McAllister (Mac) <>
Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire Scotland - Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 15:15:21 (PST)
: Left Seaham in 1972 to join the Army as a boy soldier.Went to SIS station Rd. Mam, sister Gail,and brother Stephen still live in Seaham. I am currently working in Africa as a Security Consultant for the British High Commission. Have lived in Ipswich Suffolk since 1996.Still get to see family when back in England. Just to say hi to anyone who might know me or any of my family. Maybe someone from Seaham working in West Africa?
George Wilkinson <>
Lagos, Nigeria West Africa - Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:51:15 (PST)
The birds and bees are out, merily fluttering and buzzing around my garden. My large camilia bush has been in full bloom since the middle of december. Also the frogs have spawned in my garden pond. I still shiver outside at the moment-but it's great!
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:49:42 (PST)
Camilla Parker-Bowles, did you know that her Grandmother was Mrs. Kepple and Mrs. Kepple was mistress to Edward Prince Of Wales in Edwardian times. So, Charles was keeping up the tradition of having a mistress and a wife when Diana was alive. It is said that Prince Charles has a hundred servants at his beck and call, although they are split up between Highgrove and Clarece House which the Queen Mother left him. I can't help admiring (not liking) the bloke. Seahamlad, you are a 'Prince Of Seaham' what do you think?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:48:55 (PST)
Jacqueline have you taken leave of you mind! I saw you guestbook comment on Camilla Parker Bowles and Charles and could not believe my eyes! Charles could not have married Camilla because she was already married to Mr Parker Bowles. Charles married Diana because he needed a son to continue the royal line. Diana was young and good looking and it was thought she would have gone the same way as many royal wives and turned a blind eye to Charley's bit on the side. But she drew attention to it and made a fuss. Thus Charles now having Two Princes to continue the royal line binned Diana and Mr Parker Bowels devoriced his wife thus freeing the two of them to do what they wanted. I hope this puts you in the picture.
Rev Hammer
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:48:01 (PST)
The Pacific Sailtraining Association. based in western CANADA. Is researching the history of a sailing vessel named 'Mary Dare' which worked on this Pacific coast 1842 to 1854. Upon return to london was sold by the Hudson's Bay Company to John Pratt and Co. Coal merchants of Wivenhoe/Colchester. Thus she sailed up and down the east coast of England from 1854 to 1857 The last port she departed from was Seaham. on December 16th 1857. From the Lloyd's causualty list: "The MARY DARE of Wivenhoe, [Captain] Taylor, from Seaham to London with coals, was in contact off Huntcliffe Fort yesterday morning with the ADONIS, [Captain] Goodwin, from London to Hartlepool, had her foremast carried away and shortly after went down; crew saved by ADONIS, which came in here the same day with the bowsprit, jib boom carried away and other damage." I would like to receive email from any maritime historians living in Seaham who might be able to tell us more. such as are there any surviving harbour/port records for this period, 1854 to 1857. does Seaham have a Museum or archives? Is there a photographic collection of ships in the harbour for this period? are there any wreck divers in your area? Please reply to
Brian Plato <>
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada - Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:46:59 (PST)
I believe in the Sun, Even when it's not shining. I believe in Love, Even when I feel it not. I believe in God, Even when he is silent.
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:44:57 (PST)
"Seahamlad" a few years a go I gave lots of suggestions for a "new and inproved" Church Street. People in Seaham shop at Sunderland because there are very little, or, next to none, worthy stores to shop at in Church street. If there were trendy stores, people would shop in Seaham and then money would be put back into the economy of Seaham. The following are just suggestion for the Seaham Council to do something... First, trendy clothes stores: Ann Taylor, Bananna Republic, JC Crew, Talbots, Express, Bennetons, The Limited, Ambercromifitch, Eddie Bower, Victoria Secrets, Bath and Body works, etc.. Then some trendy department stores... Then, a few nice coffee and herbal Tea shops, also, some trendy modern jazz cafe's, as well as a few upscale ethnic eateries, and a nice breakfast place; as well as a few pizza places. More importantly, Seaham need a good Nutritional store that sells only organic and health foods. Also, need a nice stationary shop, as well as a few goo! d shoe stores... Of course, we need the pharmacy (or rather the British name is Chemist) as well as a photo place. Furthermore, Seaham needs a great book store, such as a "Barnes 'n' Nobles" Where you can get every book imagine! and also has a little tea and coffee place. Other shops can still be of course the supermarket, and a few stores that sell neat little "bits 'n'pieces" for less than half you would normally pay at the regular department stores. Seaham also needs a good "Youth" program for teens who are "searching" and feel a little bored with their lives. So that is my suggestion for now... Hope it all helps!
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:44:18 (PST)
From a Religious perspective, I am not sure i could trust Prince Charles to be King and to be the Head of the Church of England. Where are his morals... Living together, and committing adultery - not sure at all if he has a personal relationship with the Lord, or if he even looks at things from God's perspective.
- Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 16:42:52 (PST)
I am looking for any relatives of Walter and Margaret Simms who are listed in the 1901 census as living in Murton. Their daughter Charlotte Ann was my Grandfather, John James Alderson, first wife. The other children in the family were: Mark, Margaret, Dora, Debora (and another Margaret). If you have any information regarding the above please contact me by e-mail on Many thanks
Barbara Bentley
Sanlúcar La Mayor, Sevilla Espana - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:20:45 (PST)
Jacqueline, Thank you I am fine and no I have not given up anything for Lent, which started on Wednesday(Ash) I think that moderation all the year round is the key to a happy life, and how about you?
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:19:14 (PST)
Tony from Spain, have been watching this space as you suggest waiting for some meaningful contribution from you, other than the skittish comments you usually make, does your typing hand get tired quickly?
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:18:43 (PST)
Val Burrows, you have an entirely different view of Seaham than I have, You and a previous Writer who bemoaned the demise of "Woolies" and the Cinema seem to believe that Seaham starts and ends with Church Street! That is not my conception of Seaham at all. Church Street is only a small part of Seaham, OK so it could do with a facelift, but to me, my vision of Seaham is first and foremost the People who live there, by and large good honest God-fearing folk, and then the magnificent harbor and seashore, lately much improved by the efforts of the Council and People. Seaham is still the place it always was, proud and beautiful in its own unique way. ps just how would you improve Church Street? Your constructive advice would be appreciated and you never know, it could be acted on!
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:18:07 (PST)
To, "From a dear friend...." I say that not all gossip is malicious as you seem to imply, and I would ask you "have you never done so yourself?" there are gossip columns in the newspapers avidly read by millions, there is casual or idle gossip practiced daily in Church Street Seaham and that is equally harmless. gossip is an everyday fact of life and one of the most practiced and human activities! Oh and to finish off "Have you heard about the --------"
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:17:08 (PST)
I remember A Chris Mileham, I think they had a Fish shop in Church Street in the early years of the 50s. There was also a fur shop called Minski's, one night it was raided, the culprids were cought though and dealt with. The funny thing was that later Hollywood made a movie called 'The Night They Raided Minski's', I doubt they ment the Church Street one though. Incidently, old Liz Mileham who lived at the Lawns in Denside was my Mother's Aunty liz.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:16:17 (PST)
Why do we need double white lines on our roads, when a single white line would do? If broken lines were placed at the side of the single white line it would mean that you could cross over into the other lane, as of now. A singe solid white line would mean that neither side could cross into the opposite lane. We don’t need double white lines at all - think of the paint, money and time that would be saved and the environmental benefits that would accrue.
Potted Beef
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:15:27 (PST)
My father William McLauchlan had an Uncle Jimmy (McLauchlan) who with his wife (do not know her name but it might have been Anne or Annie) went to Australia either in the late 1800s or early 1900s. He came back to Edinburgh once or twice once to bury his wife and the second time to visit family in the late 50s or early 60s. I remember him coming to see my dad and he told us that he had a farm or ranch outside Freemantle and I think had three sons. I do not know there names. My brothers and sisters were told that the sons would each take a bit of the farm each when Uncle Jimmy passed away but this may be wrong. I would like to trace this part of the family very much. They may have moved to Perth but this is unknown to me. If there is a McLauchlan in Freemantle or Perth and has relations in Edinburgh and whose grandad was Jimmy McLauchlan please contact me I would love to hear from you. What I do remember about great uncle Jimmy was that he had a beige hat, c! owboy style, and beige jacket and trousers on. He did mention that he would like to take one of his young great nieces back with him - that is all I remember except that I would have liked to go. I think I was about 16 or 17 at the time.
Kathleen Ward
Edinburgh, Lothian Scotland - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:14:26 (PST)
: It is with great sadness that I announce the death of one of Seaham's daughter's, Joyce O'Mara ( nee Miller ). Joyce was 79 years old and passed away in her daughter's house in Seagrave, Ontario last September 17th. She spoke very fondly of Seaham and always wrote to her best friend, Hilda Northway, whom some of you may know. Hilda became a teacher, I believe. Joyce was the daughter of Annie Harrison and William Miller, an overman at Vane Tempest Colliery. As a boy of 10, I lived for a year with my grandparents on Stanley Street and attended Byron Terrace School in 1960-1961. I understand that a former classmate of mine, Peter-Willy became a famous cricketer, although I have not seen or spoken to him since. To all reading this, I want you to know that I have wonderful boyhood memories of Seaham and I know that Mum would have wanted me to write to you all. God bless from Canada. Jonathan O'Mara
Jonathon O'Mara <>
Whitby, Ontario Canada - Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:12:36 (PST)
You know I am so glad that Prince Charles is getting remarried again to his life long love - Camilla Parker Bowles. He should have been allowed to marry her in the first place. Diana was beautiful, naive and young.... It is tragic how her life ended so suddenly and young.. However, think if the Queen would have allowed her son to marry who he wanted to in the first place, perhaps none of the issues with Diana would never have surfaced. See, it goes to show that parents, especially, some mothers, need to stay out of their children's lives when it comes to their children who are full grown adults, picking out who they choose to be friends with and who they choose to marry. I know of quite a few people's lives have been meesed up because of interfering mothers. Hey what do you think about this "Seahamlad?" What are your thoughts? I think you probably beleive the same as myself, that is, not really believing in Divorce, or "living together" - but, hey, what was Charles! suppose to do?
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:10:15 (PST)
"Tony fron Spain" How delighful you can be.... If some of my "American" spelling bugs you so much, then just ignore it. Besides, I do not see you giving me the correct spelling for errors I may have made... so who is to say you are good at spelling. Well, I hope you have a nice day!
- Monday, February 14, 2005 at 16:09:07 (PST)
I have lost touch with the lads that made my teens such a laugh... Tom, Heps and Billy. Daft mopeds the allotments, and heps horse and cart. My kids don't know the half! I now live in Lincolnshire - a great walk down memory lane. Anyone from the class of 79 Northlea Comp?
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:02:22 (PST)
"Deb" just curious, why on earth would you only want someone to e-mail you with "Gossip?" All gossip is, is someone saying that someone said something else about someone else, or about his/her own self.. that most of the time when it is told to more than several people, the words of the original person that may have said the "something" has completely been taken out of context and ends up being perceived "maliciously" and is un-true. Also, gossip can be very hurtful, harmful and can be destructful. I do not like people to e-mail me with gossip, I prefer people to e-mail me with good news of their families or children, or worthy news of current events. It was the "gossip" a few years back that caused this guest-book to get out of hand, and it ended up being hurtful to many people and destroying friendships, additionally to destroying the reputation of this guest-book and of the people who use it. "Gossip" is not a word that people should ever use in their vocabulary! . I am always "wary" of people who "want to know all the gossip" Those people make me question their integrity and character and I wonder how genuine those people are. Nothing good can ever come out of "only wanting to hear gossip." I am sure what you meant, was, you just wanted to be updated on all that is good....
: From a dear friend....
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:01:44 (PST)
'NEWS FLASH' Jackie maybe coming back to Seaham for spelling lessons. Tony B.B.C. News Espana Watch this space
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:00:25 (PST)
You left us so suddenly, You never said "Good-bye", You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. A million times we've needed you, A million times we've cried, If love alone could have kept you here, You never would have died. In life we loved you dearly, In death we love you still, In our hearts you hold a special place, No one on earth can ever fill. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone, A part of us went with you, When God called you home.
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 16:59:42 (PST)
: My Father's Face As I sit on the grass by the garden gate Surrounded by birds and flowers, I go back in my mind to another time Where I whiled away the hours. I didn't know when I was a child That time would go so fast; That I would sit by this garden gate And gaze into the past. I close my eyes and think of home And another time and place. I see the house, I see the trees, And I see my father's face. I see his hands so gnarled and worn; His face so brown and wise. But most of all when I look back I see his smiling eyes. Many miles I followed him, My legs so short and slack. When I would tire and fall behind, He'd ride me on his back. Time passes on and as I grow old I can sometimes clearly hear My father's voice so soft and sweet Still calming all my fears.
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 16:58:51 (PST)
my son and myself would like to know some race dates so we may attend and see if our dogs are any good, we are from the leeds area all enquiries in this part of the country have drawn a blank, i hope you can help. yours john,
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 16:57:41 (PST)
Well done Ellen! Some things make you quite glad you still live in the UK
sherrwood forrister
- Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 16:57:11 (PST)
To "Seahamlad" you have not made a posting since January 29th. I hope all is well with you and your family, and that you all had a beautiful Christmas and New Year. As you can read my posting to "Deborah" I am doing fine and well and just keeping busy with work and just "stuff." I am looking forward to seeing some awrmer weather here in New York area, but I guess that will not happen until closer to April and May. Until, then we have cold weather and wintery days. Not too much excitment going on right now, life is rather calm... which is fine with me. So, I suspect you will be at Church on Ash Wednesday - Do you still "give up" something for lent or "do for others" for Lent? Well, anyway, hope you are well. Warm Wishes... your friend, Jacqueline.
- Monday, February 07, 2005 at 16:16:19 (PST)
Dear "Issac" Thank you for giving me the facts. I really ought to offer an apology for not studying the facts - the "True Facts" before I went on a "Jacqueline Rant" of "Human Rights." As much as I am an aware and on top of Political agendas you would think I would have been educated enough to have known that it has been indeed the UK offering millions of financial aid. I am sickened now at these other countries doing absolutely nothing! I will be keeping my eyes and ears opened to teh G8 summit this year and I just hope the USA will be more open to offering more aid to literally a War zone country. (At least parts of it.) To be honest with you all, I feel so helpless at the situation with the women in the Congo. At least in south Asia where the Tsumami hit, the peopel are being helped left and right, but in Sudan and the Congo nothing is being done. You know, with my years of experience of Humanitarian work, and my sincere desire of wanting to reach-out, as well ! as my deep rooted faith, I ought to just "reach-out" there myself with a reputable organization. I guess I am also a little upset with my own government. We speak of Freedom and Democracy and Human Rights, yet we turn a blind eye, to the millions in Africa that have either been killed or, are being brutally raped. I am so glad we were able to put some form of Democracy in Iraq. So, why can't we do the same in Africa? What does Iraq have that we went to War, killed thousands, found no WMD, yet we stuck to the course and put Democracy into their country by allowing "free right" to vote for whom they choose. But are the women treated as equal? Who knows, time will tell. So why can't we do the same for Africa? Was this war about Oil, or about true freedom and democracy? I was in support of the war, as I am all for getting rid of evil dictators. Saddam Hussain killed millions of his own people. However, the same is happening in Africa too. Nope! we are not doing anything! But, t! here is talk of going to war with Iran, and North Korea are threating again with full blown out attacks. I would say we are in a sorry state of affairs - Would you?
- Monday, February 07, 2005 at 16:14:45 (PST)
Hi, Debbie.. Well, there is no gossip to tell you of - But there are true facts to tell you of. Remember gossip is nothing but filtered and watered down information that usually is incorrect and can cause much harm if it is not presented in the correct manner - but true facts, are exactly that, - True and Honest. Anyway, I am well and in New York, have been for the past year and a half. I care for children and do a lot of humanitarian work with various organization - the Homeless, the Women's crisis center and I am on the homeless ministry comittee at my church. I am also, this year, one of the team members for this years Women's Retreat 25th and 26th February. I am one of the speakers and will speak to about 100 people on my "Walk with my faith" My theme is "Prayer." A week before the retreat I will be going on vacation to Florida to see some warm sunshine as we have nothing but freezing cold and snow here. This Lent season, I will be giving up Chocolate and all m! eat - so we will see how well I do. At Easter I am either going on vacation to Texas or back to Florida again. For the summer I am not sure if I may come home for a week - yes, to Seaham, or go to Texas and see some "real sun!" I am still a regular at the health club - running and swimming and I have recently signed up to start classes on the 28th February for adult tap dancing - A great way to stay in shape! My summer last year was fun with plenty of travel here and there and to the mountains of Colorado. Christmas was splendid! Spent Italiana style with lots of food - pasta and fish and various meats - but no turkey or mash potatoes though - of which I did miss. So.. that is about it. I do have a Birthday coming up - the day before "Palm Sunday" I am dating here and there and maybe it may get a little more than "just friends" - Don't want to "jinx" anything, so I will keep it quiet. Though, I would never trade my single years for anything - getting married beyond 36 year! s old, is just fine - I have lived a great life these past 18 years. I have had my career, traveled, been independant, and truly been blest. I thank God for everything he gives to me. So Debbie, that about wraps it all up. How about you? How are you doing these days? I hope you are well, if you ever want to send me an e-mail, you can through the "friendsreunited." I hope to hear from you soon. God Bless and Take Care.... Your friend, Jacqueline.
- Monday, February 07, 2005 at 16:13:07 (PST)
As a person proud to be born and bred in Seaham I was delighted to be able to visit the web site and to see how Seaham is today and relive so many memories. Thank you.
Neil Patterson <>
Bedlington, Northumberland England - Monday, February 07, 2005 at 16:10:45 (PST)
hello evryone in seaham. not been online for some years now but still intrested in whats going on. hello jackie!! remember me what u up to now?send me an email with all the gossip!debs mac.i would love anyone who knows me to email on all the gossip!have fun everyone,debs
deb turnbull <>
seaham, durham - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 12:12:43 (PST)
Jacqueline, I admire your sentiments on Africa, I am sure you are truly genuine but I wonder if you can ever get a true picture of Africa from the American media. America does tend be very inward looking. Try reading the Independent Catholic News, it has some good reading and you may actually learn something from a non American view point. It’s a sad fact that most western countries have chosen to ignore or even back brutal dictatorships in Africa. But as a far as aid to Africa goes I think you will find that the British people have given generously to Africa for decades and the UK government has been pestering the G8 countries to commit long term aid to Africa for a number of years. There was a big push for aid in 2002 from Tony Blair and Clare Short but the plan failed then because of non-commitment from some of the richest countries including America and Japan. Last time the UK hosted the G8 was in Birmingham in 1998 when some 70,000 people formed a human chain ! around the centre of the city campaigning for the cancellation of unpayable Global debt. This public pressure forced poverty onto the G8 agenda and brought significant debt relief for poor countries. This year the UK is again leading the charge and is pushing the G8 to commit long term aid yet again. I hear Tony Blair is hoping he can change recent history by persuading Bush to get America behind the plan. I hope he succeeds but I won’t hold my breath. Only yesterday, the most respected man in African politics, Nelson Mandela was at a huge rally in London speaking on the subject of Global poverty under the slogan Make Poverty History. This has had huge publicity around Europe but I hear from friends in America that there was little or no news coverage on US TV. Did any of our Ex Pats see coverage?
Lyon, - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 12:11:20 (PST)
: hi there, its gr8 that seaham has this web site, i just wish that it was more like some of the forum based community sites, that has "topic threads" wher you can start your own topic and get rrplies for debate, or just reply to other thread starters just a thought best wishes John
John Green
Seaham, Co Durham England - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 12:10:08 (PST)
Hello to Sadie Mason, Thank you for passing on my message onto Chris Mileham.I would love to hear from him after all these years.Regards from Ken Hansen
Ken Hansen <>
Banora Point, NSW - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 12:08:41 (PST)
Our family of 5 adults is looking forward to visiting Durham this May of 2005 and retracing my family ties (Cecil Burrell)there. We wish you every success! Regards, Valorie Parker
Valorie Parker <>
Smyma, Tennessee - Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 12:06:26 (PST)
Hi guys, I work permenant night duty as a support worker and regularly have a brows on the web to kill off the wee small hours of the morning that can take at times forever to come to an end...i found your web site by complete accident and had a good brows through it, I've seen some good local community web sites but none that could match yous,..informative,friendly and open to suggestion's the later being whats most seldome seen on a community driven web site keep up the good work and all the best for your communities future. Night-Shift Nicola :o)
Edinburgh, Mid Lothian Scotland - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 15:34:28 (PST)
I wonder now that we have put "Democracy" into Iraq, Which, incidentially, that was not our main purpose - for the Iraqi people to have "free vote" Our main purpose was to find WMD. Unfortunately, they were never found. Though, it was our goal to rid of a serious brutal dictator. However, I wonder now, if we are going to give our attention on the Human Rights of the Congo (Africa) where millions of women, children and yes, even babies, are being brutally murdered and raped and torchured each and every day. This has been going on for years now, and still, we are turning a blind eye to "Human Rights" and to Women's Rights. The Women in Iraq feel as if they are now having their "rights" given to them, by being allowed to vote. But the women in Sudan and in the Congo are being stripped of their human dignity - and we, the USA, the UK and the rest of Europe and the world, and the United Nations are turning a blind eye - I am asking myself "Why?" Also, why is the Africa! n government turning their back on what is happening in their own country? This is sickening! I guess it shows, each and every government picks and chooses who they are going to help. While we were helping in Bosnia in 1999 sending our troops, war broke out in Sudan and millions of Christians were being murdered - Still we are doing nothing! Those of you, who like to pick at the American government and American Politics, lets not just pick at the Americans, lets pick at each and every government for not doing a thing in Africa where people are starving and human rights are being violated.
- Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 15:33:00 (PST)
hi i am a student who lives in seaham and i am looking for information about facilities for people with learning and physical disabilities. If it is possible could you please send me some information about these services. thank you.
katie-jayne dixon
- Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 15:31:26 (PST)
Searching for James and Agnes Sills =Thompson , Mont Bretton, Barnsley.
barb harbert
Pana, Ilinois USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 15:30:34 (PST)
Hi there i have live in seaham now for 28 years and seen many chages i love the place and the people around us john
john thirtle
seaham, durham - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 15:29:11 (PST)
To Ken Hanson. I know Chris Mileham well and I will pass your message on to him
Sadie Mason
Seaham, - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:56:14 (PST)
Dear edd have got a old football photo but it wont let me send it to ure email adress.
Brian Parker <>
Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:54:50 (PST)
Looking for any info on the Alderson/Richardson family. Grandad was John James Alderson and Grandma was Jane Ann Richardson. Lived in Back North Railway Street, Church Street, Grants Crescent and the Quarrymans Cottage, Hawthorn. My name is Barbara Bentley nee Ball, attended Ropery Walk School, St. John`s CofE School and Camden Square. My Mum was Sarah (Sally) Ball.
Barbara Bentley <>
Sanlúcar La Mayor, Servilla Espana - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:53:32 (PST)
Two contrasting stories this Month, first a Football Pundit and Commentator made a stupid crass remark linking the "Toon Army" with the disaster in the far east and was sacked, despite an immediate apology, rough justice of a sort and a bit "over the top" perhaps, earlier a Royal went out dressed in a hated Nazi dress, he refused to publicly apologise and is still 3rd in line to the Throne and hasn't been sacked.
- Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:51:47 (PST)
just wanted to say hi from canada and happy new year to all!
michelle biggen
brampton, onyario canada - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:51:04 (PST)
Looking for any information on my Grandad John James Alderson`s family. I know that he lived in Grants Crescent at one time, the Quarrymans Cottage, Hawthorn and at 9 Church Street. He was married twice, his first wife I have no knowledge of but they had three daughters. His second wife was Jane Ann nee Richardson and they had two daughters and one son although Jane Ann had previously been married and widowed with one son Thomas Carver. Can anyone help me to fill in the missing gaps? My Mum was Sarah Ball.
Barbara Bentley <:>
Seville, España - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:50:12 (PST)
Just browsing through your website and came across Doug of Seahams comments about Church Street being a slum and I agree with his comments entirely. I was born in Seaham but have lived in Norfolk for over 30 years and recently visited Seaham, the Arcade is an absolute mess as is the rest of Church Street, one or two shops are trying to get it right but they stick out among the rubbish. I remember when Seaham was a bustling community, just look at it now. Last year I e-mailed the Council and they wrote back saying that everybody goes to Sunderland now to shop, it hasn't occurred to them that the reason everybody goes to Sunderland to shop is because Seaham shopping centre is crap. It's time they got their act together and sorted the problem out and return Seaham to the lovely town it once was.
Val <>
Norwich, Norfolk England - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:48:06 (PST)
I was just wondering if there is anyone on here who is between 19-20 and went to seaham school left year 2001. Just wondering what happened to everyone??
Seaham Girl
Seaham, - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:46:34 (PST)
I am looking for a Henry J. Yems living in Romford England Can you please get a telphone number or e-mail for me Thanks. He married a Geeves
Mary Geeves <>
Edmonton, Alberta Canada - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:45:48 (PST)
I have often been told and on dark days belive, not much happens now because we are trapped between depression, at slow progress and complacency because disunity no longer matters. Well, discard your nettles of despair, do not ask what Seaham can do for you, but what can you do for Seaham?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:44:41 (PST)
Very informative. I would like to see more photos of the new developments on the old pit sites
Bruce Keachie <keachiefamily>
Ontario, Canada - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:43:57 (PST)
Just connected to the net and, after 24 years away, this had to be the first place I visited. It still looks like good old Seaham to me or have you just made me homesick? Either way keep up the good work, I think the site is terrific.
Margaret Wilson <>
Lithgow, NSW Australia - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:42:57 (PST)
During 1958/9 I worked in Cosmos in Sunderland with some great lasses from Parkside.I attended the wedding of one of the girls who married a lad called Billy Black.My name then was Ann Pike and I would love to hear from any of the girls.As a young girl I went to a Sunday school camp at Marske and made friends with a boy called David Stephenson who used to live on the Avenue at Deneside. I would like to say Hello to everyone
Ann Hanson <annmackem>
Banora Point, NSW Australia - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:41:25 (PST)
I would like to pass on my regards to Chris Mileham.I sailed on the Sheaf Field with Chris during the late 1950s.My wife and I have lived in Australia since 1975.If anyone knows Chris, will you please tell him that Ken Hansen would love to hear from him.
Ken Hanson <annmackem>
banora point , New S0uth Wales Australia - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 15:40:07 (PST)
Please note that you will not be able to add to the guestbook for a week or so due to annual maintainance. Please keep sending in your submissions. They will be added as soon as possible.
Ed Mason
Seaham, UK - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 16:40:02 (PST)
Rev Hammer, do us all a favor and stay on Tony's boat for 10 years
Phil Boyce
- Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 16:37:25 (PST)
Well done ED I'm sure we all appreciate the hard work that you have put into the site, keep up the good work. Happy New Year.
Alan Dobson <>
Penzance, Cornwall UK - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 11:01:54 (PST)
8 Years… It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes since I was putting random names on a search engine, and came up with this site. I was privileged to be the eighth person to sign in on the guest book. Our New Years ‘Friends and Family’ gathering was held at Great Yarmouth this year; there were about 125 of us in attendance. The weather may have been cold but the company could not have been warmer. Hear's wishing you and yours all the best for 2005. Best Wishes, TOM
Tom Moreland
London - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 11:00:35 (PST)
People die every day! From the still born child to the old lady getting her brains bashed in by a junkie after her money. Its all sad and it happens all around us. It is no good dwelling on it. Just as that tidal wave killed hundreds of thousands somthing else will come along that is just as bad.
Seaham, - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:59:39 (PST)
Tony from Spain can I stay on your big posh boat for a week or 3? I am sick of all these storms that are lashing Seaham at the moment.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:58:56 (PST)
I am looking for family in the area to help me complete my family tree research. My great grandfather was Jacob Clark who in 1901 lived in 45 Australia street New Seaham- married to Mary Clark (nee McGann/Murray). I am also looking for my great grandmothers family the McGann family who lived in California street New Seaham, this family also used the name Murray in records and at some point came over from Ireland.Both were mining families and any help is more than welcome!
Alive Grosvenor <>
South Ockendon, Essex uk - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:58:19 (PST)
Ed and Sadie Happy new year to you and your family Hope you have a good one. Regards Anthony...
Anthony from Spain
San Pedro, Malaga Espana - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 10:56:19 (PST)
Seems to me that no one is ever happy with our environment or the Towns or Villages we live in. However we all have our memories be they good as in the Rev's or bad. If they are good then we should never forget them, nor can we rid ourselves of the bad ones. To my mind it all pales into insignificance when we see the latest disaster that has unfolded across the world this last week; we should consider how fortunate we all are to have a town, be in a house, and have the company of friends and relatives. But having said all that, the memory of other peoples suffering and loss soon fades into the background. We will soon be back to the old moans and groans. Seaham will change, that is inevitable and nothing we can do will have much effect on that for sure. Lets be thankful for what we have got at this sad time, and spare a thought for those poor souls; plus give a few coppers to help their plight. No matter how small a donation it will all help, and help to ! ease our consciences; sad as that may be.
Alan Dobson <>
Penzance, Cornwall - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 10:05:39 (PST)
just trying to get in touch with any of the good old lion crowd. good lads!!
doug davis <>
- Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 10:03:43 (PST)
great site left dawdon in the 1970s so really good to see the changes
howard huntley <>
edwardstown, south australia - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 10:03:01 (PST)
Just found your site while researching my family history was happy to see photos of the area my father was born & raised.His name was(he died in 1988)William Heckles born in Seaham Harbourin 1907 & lived at 10 or 11 Station Street. Worked for Newcastle Evening Chronicle befor coming to Australia in 1928.His sister Doris came over as well some years later His brother Sydney stayed in England but died some time ago now.I always knew he had an uncle Matthew & an aunt Martha both I believe never married but only just found out he also had uncles named John & George & an aunt Mary E Heckles if anyone knows anything about them I would be pleased to here from them.
Gary Heckles <:>
Belmont, New South Wales Australia - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 10:01:10 (PST)
Well folks the Guestbook is now in it's eighth year of existence. Have a great 2005.
Ed Mason <>
Seaham, Co Durham UK - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:59:26 (PST)
Its nice that people go away from Seaham singing its praises, but lets remember that you are seeing life from a visitors point of view. Please dont condem the many residents who can remember Seaham as a vibrant community with the many retailers and facilities that no longer exist. Its great to see the upgrade of the sea front and the refurbishment of the old police station which, im afraid would never have happened in public ownership. However lets be really honest about the shopping facilities and bus station - THEY ARE A TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT. Please dont spend millions on a feasability study, just start at the top of Church Street and lets have a slum clearance, beacause in all honesty thats what many of the shops are. You can only repair and patch up for so long. We need decent, safe shopping and transport facilities in Seaham urgently, have you seen how many houses at east shore village are still standing empty an un-sold? Facilities in Seaham have been i! gnored since the early 70s so please dont harp on about it all being the fault of the pit closures. If you want people to live and spend money in the place you have to make it worth while coming here, after all, it could be the jewel in County Durhams crown, but it certainly isnt at the moment.
doug <>
seaham, - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:58:27 (PST)
Peter you say that given time Church Street will improve. With the greatest respect if it has not improved in the last 20 odd years I fear it never will. If you know what I mean.
Rev Hammer
Seaham, - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:56:54 (PST)
To all the people that have paid two hundred thousand pounds or more for an apartment at Marquess point, I would ask for my money back if I was you I was down there yesterday and there has been a land slip and it is falling into the sea! Oh Dear!
Rev Hammer
seaham, - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:56:17 (PST)
just came across your site very interesting left dawdon in 1972 and it was great to see some old and new developments in the town will return best wishs to all for the new year
howard huntley <>
adelaide, south australia - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:55:32 (PST)
Did I read that 400,000,000 quid is being spent on Seaham's inferstructure or am I dreaming?
Brian Grenfingers
- Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:54:21 (PST)
Hi everyone. I was born in Seaham(1952). Educated at Deneside infants/juniors & SMS. Was a fireman with Tyne & Wear 1970 - 1980 (Delta & November). Migrated to Australia July 1980. Anyone remembers me & wishes contact, please email. Malcolm - kenso
Malcolm Kennedy <>
Langwarrin, Victoria Australia - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 09:52:57 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:28:53 (PST)
Does anyone have any information regarding Sarah Farn nee Catterrmole. Born 1873.Died 1917.
J. Cattermole <>
Sunderland, Tyne anf Wear UK - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:28:21 (PST)
To "Rev Hammer" It is a little difficult to figure out if Seaham has or is actually improving, or not. I am off work today, and have been browsing over the world news, humanities as well as browsing over my old town I grew up in. I have looked at the school website, the town, the old photos etc... as well as gone back in my mind at all teh memories I have of growing up in Seaham. The education system has all changed, as well as a few of the subjects - they appear to me more advance than they were in the 70's and 80's - However, they must keep up dated with the changes of our times. They also appear to be more encouraging - I think, the school system may not be as "strict" and regimental as when I was in the school 20 something years ago. The new "modules" for the town, are super! mind you... but for now, it does appear that Seaham has still not really improved. Any foreigner or tourist browsing "Seaham" on the website, would indeed think it is such a super, quaint ! town, with a top class Spa - Seaham Hall. However, as both you and I grew up in the town, we know it only from our experience. Though, I do understand your point you are making.... and perhaps it is confusing to fathom why people think it is a great town, when you and I remember the movie theater, the pit-pond, and many of the really neat shops that were there in Church Street. It is all to do with the changing of the times, and the economy.
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:26:58 (PST)
Obviously the Rev Hammer didn’t like our comments on the improvements my family saw when we visited Seaham. I can’t believe our positive comments could bring such a blind and negative response. So dear Rev, 20 years ago Seaham had a Woolies a cinema, night clubs etc. I have news for you, so did many other small towns. Like it or not, most small towns have seen change. We now live in a world of out of town shopping malls, multi screen cinemas and city night clubs. Our comments were about Seaham’s appearance in general. Perhaps your shopping precinct could be better and maybe it will improve in time. Come on Rev, stop sniffing the bus station wee and take in a lung full of fresh Seaham air.
Peter Bennett
Sandbach, - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:25:25 (PST)
Like to wish all the folk of Seaham a very Happy New Year, especially my cousins, Phil Dobson at Deneside and Douglas Dobson at Fulwell. Miss the old place a great deal and hope to get back soon for a visit especially to Dawdon my birthplace.
Alan Dobson <>
Penzance, Cornwall - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:24:12 (PST)
hi.i would just like to say a big thank you to the three bands who played at the golden lion on monday night. all three sounded really fantastic with there different types of music, the sound and lights was brill, never seen folk enjoy as much.Even multi millionare George Reynolds enjoyed it
- Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 15:22:38 (PST)