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With ref to earlier posting about Nora Hutchinson (nee Murphy) I have today received Nora's death certificate which confirmed an inquest and led me to look through Sunderland Echo for the details of the inquest. Unfortunately I didn't find what I was looking for (anddon't know where else to look) but I found a death notice. It appears Nora was returned to Seaham upon her death and buried in Princess Street Cemetary. I believe she must have had family still in Seaham who saw that she was returned and I will be taking a trip to Durham Records Office to check electoral roll for 2 Anne Street but if anyone should remember the Murphy family at that address I'd love to hear from you. NOTE: Angela's email address available from Ed or Sadie Mason - we are trying to avoid publishing email addresses which can sometimes lead to lots of junk.
Angela Hutchinson
Sunderland, UK - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 14:01:59 (PST)
R Masters.... I remember the Vardy's very well at #10. I lived all my life until I was married at #38 Dene Terrace my name then was Berry. I still could probably go through all the numbers and tell you who lived there nobody moved when they got a colliery house. I also knew most of the people in Sea View. You are right is is just about a half century ago. Best wishes from CanadaJudy
Judy C
Alliston, Ontario Canada - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:58:52 (PST)
Jaqueline, the fact you have used the word 'shot' four times in five sentences tells me you don't know what it means, and you can't ask your two cohorts because they can't even recall their own names. Actually, I don't take shots at you, and if I did they most certainly wouldn't be cheap. What I do take as offensive is your constant pious and patronising attitude to the good folk of Seaham, especially any not sharing your fervant belief that America is the theological centre of the world and you are its star; it isn't, and you're not!!What I can say, is that you failed Psychology 101, and your assessment of me couldn't be further from reality.It is, however, very nearly 2007, and as I am always simpatico and full of good cheer and bonhomie,especially on New Years Eve, I wish everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:56:43 (PST)
I've just seen a TV programe about a well known Actor who died on the stage of the Sunderland Empire in 1976. His name was Sid James. The last time I visited the Sunderland Empire was to see a Pantomime about fifty years ago. Talking of visits to the Holy Land, I would not recommend it at all. Bethlehem is like a prison fortress. The British Archbisop of Canterbury said his visit along with many other Church people was disturbing. If you do go, do not carry a bag and wear just a tee shirt so you can be frisked easily for weapons. "Oh little town of Bethlehem" What have people made you?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:55:32 (PST)
Colin Hall, That Groper fish wandering around with its mouth permantly open seems just like you mate, You're a "Walter Mitty" charactor all right, You couldn't win a battle of wits if you tried, like a Polititian you won't (or Can't) answer valid points,like why did you falsly promise to be off and never to darken these pages again? Seems you like to "dish it out" but you just can't take it.
Bighearted Thomas from Seaham
Seaham, - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:54:28 (PST)
To "your friend" I haev been wanting to go to the Holy Land for years, and always get side-tracked or other things come up and then time goes by. Though, is it safe to visit now, given all the issues we are having with the middle east, and terrorism? I am also thinking to visit Lourdes,France or Fatima, Portugal (where our Blessed Mother, made her appearances.)But I think 2007 I may need to visit Seaham and do the other traveling 2008. Either way, perhaps we could arrange for Dinner. I was looking through some photos the other week, and came across my favorite Cathedral in the north. Durham, where I was confirmed - that day, Monday, April 11th 1983 @ 7.00pm. was a very special day to me. I truly felt I was giving my whole heart and life to Jesus. I was actually the first one confirmed (out of 200 kids) by the Bishop of Jarrow. It truly was a beautiful evening - I will always remember that evening where I gave myself to our Lord. I wonder how many other kids of that! evening, remember the day, date, time and how significant it was in our lives.
USA - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:53:20 (PST)
to ed.thankyou ,much appreciated.will continue to read and enjoy the g/book,many things have changed in seaham since i left but help from friends,neigbours,&strangers seem to remain constant .. again many thanks . all the best & good health to you &yours for 2007!!!!!
Stevenage UK, - Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:52:11 (PST)
Thank you for reading my post Colin Hall, Tut Tut--It certainly gets you a-jibbering.Good-by till next Christmas one and all, I'm off back to Lap Land.
Christmas Fairy.
- Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:51:14 (PST)
I would like to pass my best wishes to all Guestbookers and particularly to the friend we heard from recently through Ed. hope 2007 goes as well as can be expected for you all.Thanks again Ed and a happy new year to both you and Sadie.( If you see Norman tell him hello ) cheers mate.
Jim & Chris Robinson
- Saturday, December 30, 2006 at 13:50:05 (PST)
To Ed & Sadie, just finished packing ready for the drive to St Bees for our Family & Friends annual reunion. Thank you for making it another enjoyable year of readings that are solely relevant to Seaham. I may not agree with all the comments placed, but just skip over those contributions I don’t like, and agree with the right to have them placed in your forum. I hope you have had a merry Christmas, and send best wishes for 2007. May you and you readers continue in good health, and continued prosperity.
Tom Moreland.
London, - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:29:20 (PST)
ncidently, if anyone has knowledge of a Nora Murphy whose father was Michael Murphy please do email me. Nora married Eric Hutchinson at St. John's church in Seaham in 1948 and moved to Sunderland. At the time of the marriage Nora lived at 2 Anne Street which I assume is now gone. She had one child, Thomas in 1951 and electoral records show she resided at 29 Nth Milburn Street with Eric until 1952 when it seems he 'disappeared'. A year and a half later Nora apparently committed suicide leaving her small son an orphan. Such a sad end if true and no-one left to verify or provide any other information. I would be interested to know more of Nora and her family who I believe were from Seaham, perhaps someone may remember? Nora would have been my Grandmother and I feel a great sadness that she died alone.
Angela Hutchinson
Sunderland, - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:28:31 (PST)
Found site a couple of weeks ago whilst investigating a family connection with the area. Read all of the 2006 entries with some amusement but it struck me how nice most folk are here. Also, how much knowledge and experience there is. The old way of passing down family history by stories is in danger of being lost to the internet and world of IT, it's lovely to actually see both mediums working hand in hand. It's incredibly difficult to locate lost family information as I have found out and I'm glad there is a way to record more info for the future. I just hope it doesn't get lost in cyberspace!
Angela Hutchinson
Sunderland, - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:27:44 (PST)
Happy new year to everyone in seaham. from Colin and Tony Shaw, as we will not be home to celebrate as we have to work back down in Africa. To Tina from nottingham, could you give me the name of your brother, who grew up with us in seaham. All the best to the guestbook readers for 2007.
colin shaw
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:26:50 (PST)
Hi, y'all, I am visiting with the Colonels and children. I was their nanny for 5 years from August '87 - August '92. Over the years I have kept in very close touch with the family. It is rather hard not too, given I am GodMother to the youngest. He was born during my employment. We are a very close family. I visit for all the graduations, Birthday milestones, etc... Each time we visit, we always enjoy going back to memories of my being Nanny, and all the fun times the children and I had, either traveling, camping, doing sports, attending the children's school activities etc... This time, however, we have gone back to the memories of my life in Seaham. (Positive fun times) I have shown the children, (now, 24, 20 and 17) all the links, photos and stories of Seaham on the wonderful, informative website. The children, are in awe! They really think I was raised in such an awesome town - and "Old!" The middle child, once said to me, "Nanny, remember when you were younger! , in the "olden" days?" Now that he has seen this website, he really still believes I was around in the "olden" days. I wish I had appreciated Seaham when I was younger, and all the history. However, I still believe in theory, and that is, "One's life experience in a town, shapes one's opinions of the town." Nevertheless, as I look at all the photos and readings, I can appreciate the town I was raised in. Thank you, Ed Mason for doing up this website. It has been really informative. God Bless!
USA - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:25:47 (PST)
Was talking to Dave the Landlord at The Phoenix and he was telling me that in February the pub is to be getting a £300,000 facelift. No more daft discos or late license crap. Just a nice bar and restaurant. They're also renaming the restaurant "Sherry's"
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:25:06 (PST)
Yes. To the person who asked me to make a contact.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co Durham Uk - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:24:16 (PST)
julie of ontario,you mention dene terr in murton.did you know the VARDY family at no 10.it was only HALF, a century ago by the way since we got our fish off a cart in the street,health & safety wont allow it now HAPPY DAYS R,M
Stevenage UK, - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:22:31 (PST)
"Big hearted Thomas" from Seaham. I do not know why "Colin Hall" from NZ chooses to take shots at me. I think he is like somewhere in his 60's and for whatever reason he has always taken "shots" at me. I do not even know the guy. But I have got use to his cheap shots at me and I usually ignore them. I think it is just how he is, and the people of Seaham or far away, need to realize "people are the way the are, because that is just the way they are - and you just have to accept people for who they are." "You cannot change things or people, if circumstances are not in your control." Anyway, "Big Hearted Thomas" thank you for defending me and also observing that "Colin Hall" from NZ does take shots at me for no reason.
USA - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:21:42 (PST)
this book is spoiled by that stupid sad act jakie and the prats who encourage her by talking to her ignore her and she might just go away hopfully
ed mac
brockenhurst, Hants UK - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:20:53 (PST)
One of those horse and cart characters was named Pybus! He lived in Ryton Crescent I think, and earned a living moving stuff like furniture around for people on the move. He was the equivalent of today's general carrier, except he did it with a horse and cart. He wasn't alone. There were fishmongers, fruit and vege, and the Co-op all using horses and carts.I recall a neighbour of ours, a Mrs Moses, who collected the residue from the horses and used it in her garden. She always had magnificent roses! There was also a guy who pushed a sort of wheelbarrow around which had a peddle-operated grindstone for sharpening scissors and kitchen knives, then there was the rag and bone men from Sunderland, giving away goldfish, but never cash, for whatever he was given. Also, and I'm not that old, but I can recall Gas lighters turning on street lights with a long pole, and it might well have been the same man who tapped ever so gently on peoples' windows to give shift workers an early call.
Colin Hall
NZ - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:19:51 (PST)
Jacqueline, I see that from time to time you consider returning to Seaham for a holiday, could I humbly suggest that you consider a visit to the birthplace of our Lord Jesus, that is the holy city of Bethlehem, I intend to visit this holy place myself soon, possibly in 2007, an experience I am told is second to none, Bethlehem may have been commercialised in recent times, but I believe (as the Bishop of York does) that every Christian should visit the noble city.
your friend
- Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:18:43 (PST)
Well, it's Xmas Day, and it fact it's almost over as I write this, and it has been as usual, full of fun and great food.Christmas Fairy and Bighearted Thomas; you are clearly so confident that you hide behind pseudonyms which means I win the battle of wits due to you both being unarmed as well as unnamed.Next time an original thought strikes either of you, I suggest you write it down. I'm not, in fact anti-Jaqueline, just the absurd notion she has that praying on her knees on a Sunday and preying on everybody else for the rest of the week is ok as long as she says so.I'm also extremely happy where I am, because I've been here very nearly 44 years, but I'm bound to say I can always raise a smile when I wind the likes of the two of you up so easily.It's like catching groper!{A very large fish that wanders around with it's mouth open].
Colin Hall
NZ - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:18:06 (PST)
We both wish all our friends and old school pals a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Carole and Mike Harrison
Coquitlam, British Columbia Canada - Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 16:17:07 (PST)
We would just like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and exciting New Year.
Ed and Sadie Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:28:46 (PST)
Hello Walter..... I was born and raised in Murton. I can remember three more.Ernie Oloman (fruit and veg I believe he was Fatty Brass's son in law)Skilbeck's who had the shop on the terrace and of course the store milk cart (co-op). For a while there was Bob Hudson's fish and chip cart used to come around Dene Terrace. I am sure there are more. Remember the rag man with the horse and cart who used to give your mother a dish for her old clothes or he would give us kids a goldfish!!!!!It seems like a century ago.
Judy C
Alliston(North of Toronto), Ontario Canada - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:26:39 (PST)
walter riley of murton,re names from the past. another was tattie bob anderson.his son carried on after his death in 51,pioli,s shop where every time you asked for woodbines you got ONLY PASHA.is it still there? and what was the name of the bookie with a pitch at the pit gates.wishing all guests a merry xmas and all the very best for 2007.thank you ed for helping to keep us ex,s together with our memories and opinions R.M
r masters
Stevenage, - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:25:28 (PST)
Merry Christmas from Sunny Florida... I wish everyone here on this Guest Book a Beautiful and Blest Christmas and New Year of 2007. I am vacationing in Florida and having a super time! Ed Mason, "Seahamlad" Brian Greenfingers, Helen, Popey, and everyone else.. even Colin Hall in NZ and Christmas Fairy, and ... Old Mother Hubbard... I wish you all a Beautiful Christmas and a Blest New Year.. 2007.
USA - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:24:36 (PST)
just been browsing your website and found it very interesting hereing all comments. does anyone remember me i went to camden square 1961-1967 maiden name was tennick would like to here from you merry xmas to all
dorothy mckay
boston, lincolnshire - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:23:46 (PST)
A very happy Christmas to all from the land of the tree. And to Colin Hall I enjoy your posts. You talk a lot of sense mate! Special greetings to you and yours in the Antipodes. Watch out for sunburn.
sherwood forester
Newark, Notts - Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 16:22:38 (PST)
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year.
- Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:39:34 (PST)
Could I take this oportunity of wishing all Seaham Folk wherever they are, a happy Christmas and prosperous, healthy 2007, to Jacqueline, Brian Greenfingers, Colin Hall, Tony from Espana good luck and God bless
- Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:38:46 (PST)
Alan Pybus, Its nice to get a positive letter from an expat, instead of the usual negative type of response, I'm afraid Alan that Church Street is doomed in its present form and that when the new shopping Centre opens it will slide further into history, its a shame really, but no one can stand in the ay of progress.
- Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:38:05 (PST)
The other day I was recalling our early days in Murton during the 40s and 50s with my brother. We tried to remember who the tradesmen were who called around the streets with horse and carts? The ones we could recall were ,Bob Wilson the milkman, I think he was from Dalton le Dale , Eddy Bell the fish man, he was a ruddy faced man with a terrible limp. Then there was Brassey, (I think we called him Fatty Brass) he sold the fruit & veg. The last one we could remember was Spry the parrafin oil man,his trade was in hardwear ,pots and pans ,and those cork and washers that were fitted to the leaky tin bath.( you certainly knew it if your bottom scraped past one ) There were others ,but just can't put a name to them . I'm sure there's some of our vintage members who can add a few more names.
Walter Riley
East Anglia, UK - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:37:20 (PST)
Colin Hall, You broke your promise, when you said a while ago that you "were off" and would never darken these pages again. There seems to be no point or substance in your letters apart from a sneering attitude directed at the fair Jacqueline, You must be one unhappy boy down in NZ!
Bighearted Thomas from Seaham
- Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:36:09 (PST)
A Merry Xmas to all contributors of the guestbook.
Richard Thorpe
Seaham - I came back, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:35:14 (PST)
wishing everyone on this book a very merry christmas. and a happy new year.and dont drink and drive you might spill it.
Yorks - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:33:46 (PST)
Well, Colin Hall is being his usual nasty self. I shall pick up my wand and say one thing to you Colin--VANISH.But I will wish everyone else a Merry Christmas.
Christmas Fairy.
- Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:33:08 (PST)
"Christmas Fairy" Thank you. I too, wish you well... and that is also from my heart. I hope life treats you well and kind - and God comes to your every prayer. Don't give up on God or your trust and faith in him. Have a Beautiful Christmas and a very Blest New Year - 2007.
USA - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:32:23 (PST)
"Christmas Fairy," I wish you well too. I wish you were someone I knew - knew very well. Life took me over here and I am so very content here in America. If you know Lesley Roberts, (which if you are who I think you are, you will know her very well - she was in your year at school) then you ask her about life in America and she will tell you. You become accustom to the way of living, and it is something we enjoy. It is not all perfect, but there is something about America, people either hate it or love it. I love it! Despite the issues this country has and despite my life has not gone all to according to how "I" had planned my life. "Eric the Red" Yes, God is in control. We have "free will of mind" which often times our free-will determines some of the paths our lives will take, but ultimately, God is in Control. "Ask and you shall receive, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened to you." Prayers help and God is always there for those who seek h! im. I wish everyone a Beautiful and Blest New Year - 2007.
USA - Saturday, December 23, 2006 at 16:31:38 (PST)
I see Jacquie is still stumbling around like a one-legged guy at a bum-kicking contest. Give the philosophy away girl, it's not your scene. Popey I'm not sure that your name is POPE-ie or Pop -eye as in Sailor, but I wasn't aiming at you but at our tame evangelist, Jaquie, now joined by a Mr Catching who seems to be looking forward to a re-run of some mythical event! However, Peace on Earth and all that stuff to each and every one of you. Stay warm, don't drink and drive, look out for the littlies, and have a very Happy Xmas.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 15:35:02 (PST)
This one is for Colin Shaw... Wonder if you can remember me..., my bro was a friend of all your family, you, your Tony, and the other bro, who I can never remember his name.... I seen you a few times out drinking round the harbour.. not sure if you can remember, but I hope this finds you well, and you get back to me... maybe even pass on e-mail addy's..
Nottingham, UK - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 15:33:06 (PST)
I was in Seaham for the first time in years last month. It looks cleaner and better that it did when I left in the sixties, but what happened to the bottom end of Malvern Crescent. The beach was great and there are houses where the Tempest used to be. Church Street could do with a tidy up though, stell shutters everywhere. It was nice to visit home.
Alan Pybus
Poole, UK - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 15:31:57 (PST)
Good day to all that read this page. Just sayin hello as I have family around Seaham :-) I have an aunt (Kim Blackmore) living in Murton and my grandmother passed away in Seaham back in October. Her name was Ella Totten....lived on Magdalene Court and was a very beautiful lady. Any one knowing these people or anything would be nice to here from you. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Nichole Pittman
Marystown, Newfoundland Canada - Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 15:30:19 (PST)
Jaqueline, I cannot tell you who I am, but I do wish you well and that is from the heart.
Christmas Fairy.
- Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 15:28:13 (PST)
Jacqueline you cannot expect God to do everything for you regarding your life! George Bernard Shaw said "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them!" That should be your motto ,if you want kids find the right guy and settle down.
Eric the Red
- Monday, December 18, 2006 at 15:30:14 (PST)
sharon, thanks for the memories of Deneside Junior, i had forgotton all the parties with the cup, plates etc with our name on. my mam was the same, i thought she would have given me the mismatched ones that she didnt care if they got broken, but she didnt want people to think we had those kinds of dishes!!!! i remember McNee and I loved Mrs Martin. i always remember you had to ask the teacher for toilet paper and then run up the yard to the toilets! guess we couldnt have toilet paper in the toilets in case we wasted it. I remember of course my buddy Muriel Ayre. Martin Abbot, steven ramshaw, peter ward just to name a few. thanks for the memories.oh and by the way, never heard anyone say Canada was ugly, guess you never visited eh.
Joan (Farn) Watkinson
bc Canada - Monday, December 18, 2006 at 15:29:27 (PST)
Christmas Fairy,.. I have no idea who you are??? I really did think it was someone else - obviously I was wrong. You sound a little "upset" if you are someone in Seaham, then please tell me who you are? If there was a reason for me to come back, who knows what the future holds. Have a Merry Christmas... Sorry if I upset you.. I really did think you were a woman.
USA - Monday, December 18, 2006 at 15:28:31 (PST)
Jackie, nice to see you again on the guestbook. As Christmas approaches it`s comforting to think that the baby Jesus will soon be coming back to earth to bless us all with his love. Like you I will be praying that the light of his word will shine upon us all as we go into 2007. As the latin bible tells us - "Fortis in quid esta peurperium." Wise but simple words that should help us all to understand the true message of his word. I hope the blessings of peace will be upon you. I`ll be lighting a candle for you.
P Catching
Barcelona, - Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 15:13:23 (PST)
well spotted colin. at least someone can spell.a nightedhood for you .
yorks, - Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 15:12:38 (PST)
Thank-you Jacqueline and Good-by. Did you really think Christmas Fairy was a woman??
Christmas Fairy.
- Sunday, December 17, 2006 at 15:11:58 (PST)
"Christmas Fairy" (perhaps, Elizabeth???) Anyway, not everyone who leaves comes back, due to roots. My roots are in Scotland, Ireland and I suppose in Seaham too... but I am not scooting off to either Scotland or Ireland. My dear friend's grandmother, left Irelend when she was 18 years old and now at 80 years old, she has yet to go back. My life is in God's hands. Obviously if I have no children, then I will have no one to look after me when I am in my "wisdom" years. (senior years) So, we will just see what the good Lord has planned for my life. If he think life would be good for me in Seaham, I am sure there would be a reason for me to go back. Do you think Lesley Roberts would go back to live in Seaham when she is well into her wisdom years? Or all of the people who have moved to other countries. We do not always go back to Seaham once we are well into our wisdom years. We are very content with our lives in the countries we have made our homes. You may love Seah! am, but others may like it a little less than you do, and others, may well be content with the lives they have.
- Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:16:25 (PST)
Righto, it's that time again, when the shopping malls stop selling Easter eggs and switch into the Xmas rush to spend, and we all get to feel a surfeit of well-being towards our fellow man, and woman. Down here in NZ it's the start of summer, and Xmas just happens to fall into that season, so we're warmer than you lot up there for starters, and when the sun's shining and the sky is blue, you automatically feel better.There is a native tree in NZ called the Pohutakawa which only flowers once a year with a show of brilliant scarlet blossoms. That happens around now and over Xmas, so it is commonly known as the NZ Xmas Tree. If it blossoms early in December, as it is now, then the theory is a brilliant summer!So to you Ed and Sadie, thank you for keeping this thing ticking over, and all the very best for Xmas and New Year. That also applies to each and every one of you occasional contributors, whover and wherever you are; I hope the world is kind to you in 2007, and t! hat you get some nuts in your Xmas stocking. Don't drink and drive, and be good!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:14:36 (PST)
Popey, it's not poor spelling or bad grammar which is the issue, except when someone claims betterment in the world they live in, then blows it by showing lack of attention to both! I was taught to spell at school, and extensive reading and writing honed over many years mean speling mistooks tend to leap out at me, but I accept that not everyone is like that! But if you're not perfect, don't broadcast to we lesser mortals that you are.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:14:05 (PST)
Eric[Leighton], Thank you, John Cleghorn and Gordon Laverick and I do indeed go back a long way, and they're both grand lads, always were. We're all in our 60s by the way, it's just that I was always so much better looking than either of them so I don't show it as much!Tom Moreland, thank you for those kind words. I decide the morning we left that I wouldn't fly 12, 000 miles for his funeral, having just returned to NZ from a similar trip,but I would love to have been a fly on the wall at the 'aftermatch' function, in the Nack no doubt.There would have been a few lies told over a beer or three.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:13:28 (PST)
The GB has become more humanised (Thankfully) latley.Colin H. lamenting his personal loss. Jacqueline searching for a lost friend Andrea and even Seahamlad's birthday has arisen. At mine and Colin Hall's. age 60 plus, we do tend to lose more than we ever gain.I still miss the late, lamented Marilin Monro who left us 40 years ago. "I wannabe loved by you by you nobody else will do. By you nobody else will do, by you Hoo Hoo, Boo Booby Do." Something like that!
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:12:40 (PST)
After reading this guest book for two years, I finally read a surname which is my name. I speak of John Gleghorn mentioned by Eric Leighton. My father was George Robson Gleghorn was killed at the Nack in 1934 when I was just four years old. My name is Surtees Gleghorn and I left Seaham aged 17 in 1947 to join the Royal Navy. I was a member of the Sea Cadets and often wonder where my old mate Jim Mustard is. I understand that two members Ernie Kennedy and Tom Ward both slightly older are now dead. At my age, there possibly aren't many of my old mates left.
Surtees Gleghorn
Taunton, Somerset - Friday, December 15, 2006 at 15:11:55 (PST)
i am looking for any one who went to northfeild (Northlea?)school around 1994-1995
vicki parsons
skem, Lancashire UK - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 15:20:39 (PST)
i also remeber the blast beach. spent many a happy day as a kid.it was a magical place as a youngen . it was full of debri like wood and old rubber belt material. and an abundance of cooper wire. also spent a lot of time fishing with my dad . lots of kids played on the blast i wonder if any body plays there now.
Yorks - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 15:18:34 (PST)
Colin Hall N Zealand- What nice, few lines written by Colin. I passed your comments around the Nack Club, and two school friends of yours,- John Gleghorn and Colin Laverick. both are in their 60s. Both send thier love and wish you a merry xmas
Eric Leighton
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 15:17:51 (PST)
To Colin Hall, my kindest thoughts are with you at this time; it’s a plight all us remote Seaham folk are in. My brother George (in France at the time) missed saying goodbye to our father. I may not a religious fanatic, but I do know (from personal experience) that loved one's, are just a single veil away from our mortal existence.Thinking of you at this sad time.
Tom Moreland
London, - Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 15:17:01 (PST)
N.F. Surry. Yes the Blast beach had it's own character. Black-looking, cold and the caves were facernating, always very wet inside. AS kids we built driftwood fires on the shoreline, halcyon days indeed. Do'snt time fly.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 16:14:56 (PST)
Anyway.. enough of the talk of Seaham verses America etc.. and which is the best country etc.. Does anyone know where Andrea Spurr is? I last spoke to her last year and it seems she has moved with no fwding address. I have her Christmas card for her. If anyone sees her, tell her Jacqueline says "Hi and Merry Christmas."
USA - Monday, December 11, 2006 at 16:14:13 (PST)
sharon osborne nee cross ,go to deneside infants & nursery unit.on your p/c you will see your old school and the improvments since your time.the parties were held in the 1940s as well. but we had to dance with the girls yuk, you were lucky to have T Mcnee as head,a man i think should have been honoured for his dedication to education.i worked w/ends for his father at princess dairy before my apprenticeship and knew him well R.M
Stevenage UK, - Monday, December 11, 2006 at 16:12:36 (PST)
if bad spelling can bring peace to the world and a brotherhood of man its fine by me
Yorks, - Monday, December 11, 2006 at 16:11:51 (PST)
A question to the Editor. Would it be possible to include a spelling and grammar checking facility for the use of subscribers? EDITOR: Know.
Edward Dowman
- Monday, December 11, 2006 at 16:11:06 (PST)
Seahamlad I think tomorrow is your Birthday - December 11th. So I am wishing you a very Happy Birthday. (That is, if it is your Birthday.
Your Friend.
- Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:36:46 (PST)
I have, at least had until the 31st July, an older brother, Harry, who lived in Warkworth Crescent. His wife Kath, my sister-in-law. now lives in that rest home just down from the Phoenix. She is there because, despite being relatively young, ill-health has taken her sight and she needed care he couldn't provide. He nevertheless spent all day , every day, by her side, as he had been for 50 years or so.We visited and stayed the night with him in May, after him telling me that day that he had terminal lung cancer, at age 76; not a good state to be in. We had to leave very early the next day, unfortunately, so there were no long goodbyes, just the knowledge that neither of us would see each other again. It wasn't easy, because, despite the fact I've been been away for more than 40 years, he's always been there as a link. In July I got one of those 0400 phone calls, and you just know that they're never good news at that time of the day, to tell me he'd died peacefully. One of the last things he said to me was that he didn't like taking the pain-killers precribed " because I don't want to wake up dead".Well, that's precisely what happened I suspect, he fell asleep and didn't wake up.It's been four months now, and while I'm philosophical, every now and then I find myself thinking about him, which is OK. I've never subscribed to that, 'he's not gone, but in the next room' nonsense, but for sure I hope he's happy wherever he is.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:35:23 (PST)
Dont do that Popey some of us don't want to talk about America
Seaham, - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:32:10 (PST)
Jacqueline, Christmas Fairy at your service. Do'nt worry my dear. If America allowes you to live untill you are old and grey. To use one of your awful "isums" you will come scooting back to Seaham because it is to do with Roots and where you will want to lay your head down for the last time.Now, those of you who accuse our Jacqueline of Inane Babbling can wash your mouth out with soap and water if thats possible in an equally awful country as Canada.
Christmas Fairy
- Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:31:25 (PST)
Jacqueline, I think you protest too much! Actually, I don't believe for a second that you're as confident of who you are as you claim to be.Really self-assured people don't do that. You're far too dependent on outside influences of religion and the need to be seen to have done better, according to you, than anyone else. You show no sense of purpose and direction, and to cover that fact you resort to screeds of quasi-religiuos bunkum. I personally see you as the female equivalent of Superman,"looking for truth, justice, and the 'merican way of life" and you need to convince everyone else by spreading your word.Meanwhile, life in the real world is passing you by girl.I think the Americam idiom would have you "wake up and smell the coffee". Your grammar by the way, American or English, is still apallin
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:30:18 (PST)
hi i do enjoy reading all the e mails people send in especially when it is about seaham which is what the web site is all about but some times some people get side tracked as it is coming up to xmas i wonder if anyone who went to deneside school can remember the xmas party s they had the one thing that sticks out in my mind about them was we all had to take our own cup saucer and plate along with your name on the bottom the only thing was my mam used to send me along with the best china and after the party we all used to gather around the xmas tree with all the teachers and sing xmas carols i wonder if any one else out there remembers this . the year was 1963to 1970 and the teachers i rem were mr mc nee mr waugh miss little
sharon osborne ne cross
Grays, Essex - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:27:00 (PST)
Just seen a TV progamme about Britain's coastline. For a few minutes it featured The Blast, at Dawdon, which now appears to have a warden. What a fascinating place it used to be when I lived in ASeaham many years ago. Black and sinister looking, lots of caves, steep cliffs and a "Nanny Goat's Path" leading down to it. Men from Sunderland and the surrounds road bikes to it to collect sea coal for their homes - or to sell. A couple of full sacks were held on the V-frame and they pushed back to whence they came sitting on a little wooden seats above the rear tyre with one swinging sandshoe foot providing the pushing power How they got those full sacks up and down that path and had the stamina and leg strength to haul them miles baffles me. Men were men in those days ... and they would rather slog for hours to "earn a crust" than be benefit scroungers. Remember?
Surrey, - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:24:31 (PST)
Oh Popey, Popey, Popey. What can I say marrow! Spelling, punctuation, capitalisation.......... Where was it you learned to write? Not Seaham surely!
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Barcelona, - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:22:18 (PST)
Jacqueline you may be interested to know that the good old british winter has stopped the teenagers from wreaking the East Shore play area. They have now moved to their winter residency of the old railway bridge beside what used to be the Carlton Arms.Like Trolls they hide from light, surprising an unsuspecting passer by with a “How yeah! Will ya gan in Booze Buster an get rus a bottle a cider? How,will ya How?” There they wait under the bridge all winter until spring and their demolition of play areas can start again. Wonderful.
K.M Woodward
Seaham, - Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 15:21:19 (PST)
im thro with book its full of boring bitchy nonesens
Yorks - Thursday, December 07, 2006 at 13:56:56 (PST)
"James B" Toronto. I read your message to me, and I agree with you, I did do a lot of boasting. It is am amazing thing, age.. you know. Age comes wisdom. One should never continue to remind one of one's mistakes, it is just not graceful. If one has recognized his/her mistakes, then.. just let the issue go. Obviously, I was on my "American Kick" a few years ago. I continue to enjoy my American life and appreciate my life. I am loyal to America, but obviously, a little bit of me may always remain somewhat "British" and somewhat of a Seaham gal. Thank you "James B' for kindly reminding me of my boastfulness and mistakes.
USA - Thursday, December 07, 2006 at 13:56:10 (PST)
Beardy, thanks for making us laugh in the midst of all that pro American rubbish. My gnomes are in hysterics.
Father Christmas
Seaham, - Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 15:05:17 (PST)
Agree with Helen, the people of Seaham do complain to much about the place, they should count their blessings and get cracking bulling the place up, If they have to much time on their hands they could always try to do some Charity volunteer work
- Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 15:04:12 (PST)
Jacqueline (mother Theresa); I see you are back on the guestbook again, thought we got rid of your inane babbling. I have lived next door to and visited the U.S. for 40 years on business and pleasure and the only thing better than England or Canada is the weather. No one is interested in your supposed visits. incedently "nowt" is derived from "naut" and for us poor foreigners your expression "ya'll" means "you all".If you must be a critic, go back over your old entries and count the number of times you have bragged about your good American life and complained about Seaham and the U.K.
James B
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 14:57:58 (PST)
"Christmas Fairy" You know... I maybe "Americanized" and parts of me sometimes has wished things had gone differently in my life, and that maybe I may have stayed closer connected to the Seaham people and to Seaham. Perhaps I still am a bit of a curious "Seaham gal" I don't know... I think I am curious about the place and people... years have gone by, a lot has changed, some has stayed the same. A lot of people have changed, and some have stayed the same. I am curious... I don't know if Seaham is still in me.. not sure. I know I am very accustomed to America and to the lifestyle.. this has been my home for many, many years. Though, I adore small towns with old character and history, as appose to the bigger cities, I am for certain, that I could not live in Seaham again and be at peace. A part of me always wants to travel to new places and explore. I feel more comfortable within myself being "American." But, okay.. part of me may always remain a Seaham Gal, who also! has Scottish and Irish blood in me.. I am not even a true English gal.
USA - Wednesday, December 06, 2006 at 14:56:24 (PST)
Jacqueline might continue with her wild and wooly,gushing americanisums on this G.B. but you cannot take the Seaham Girl out of her.
Christmas Fairy
- Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 14:17:13 (PST)
To Jacqueline.Why people of Seaham moan about Seaham.How I see it, it's a bit like when you moan about your family even though you love them a lot and wouldn't allow anyone else to say anything bad about them. It doesn't necessarily make sense but it's just the way it is. WE might be allowed to call Seaham but nobody else is allowed to. Logic doesn't enter into it.Hope you're doing OK.
- Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 14:16:28 (PST)
Hey! You people of Seaham.. it is rather late, and I have just spent an hour or so, maybe longer, browsing on Seaham images.. You know, 20 years can do wonders! I would say, Seaham is not too far behind America. At one time, England was about 10 years or so behind the American "paraphernalia" and now I can guess, the UK is almost on the same par as some areas and the society of America - not so sure the British really like to hear that. I guess I am just very puzzled as to why on earth a lot of the locals still complain, moan and groan about the place. It appears to be more quaint than ever... Unless, it is that I am getting older and prefer quaint areas with a bit of character. For example, I love San Antonio over the newer suburban cities of Dallas, Austin and Houston and New York, Chicago, etc.. and so on.. San Antonio is in Texas, and has so much character from the southwest (Mexican Character..) The Missions are so heavenly to be in and you actually feel like ! you are back in time. Anyway... so again, please, people explain to me why a lot of youngsters and people my age are saying Seaham is boring, and I quote, some people say, there is "nowt" here." Whatever is the word "nowt?" I mean, I remember what it means, but heaven me! What kind of English is that??? Oh I am confused about why y'all complain about the place and also why it is that the youngsters are still getting pregnant as soon as they are leaving school. Why is the town looking rather quaint, and yet the youngsters are not appreciating their home. It also appears that there are more opportunities to excel in one's education now, as appose to when I was in school, so why on earth are the kids getting pregnant and rushing to get married at such a young age, instead of taking every advantage of the opportunities available to have a successful life. I think someone needs to educated me on the "up-dated" life of Seaham.
USA - Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 14:15:29 (PST)
Jackie, don`t you understand that millions of us simply don`t believe in your Jesus. You seem so surprised!
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Barcalona, - Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 14:12:43 (PST)
All this talk about Mexico reminded me about a little story called The Bacon Tree............Two Mexicans are stuck in the desert, wandering aimlessly and close to death. They are close to just lying down and waiting for the inevitable, when all of a sudden......."Hey Pepe, do you smell what I smell? Ees bacon I ahm sure of eet."……………"Si, Luis eet smells like bacon to meee". So, with renewed strength, they struggle up the next sand dune, and there, in the distance, is a tree loaded with bacon. There's raw bacon, dripping with moisture, there's fried bacon, back bacon, double smoked bacon... every imaginable kind of cured pig meat…………… "Pepe, Pepe, we ees saved! Eet EES a bacon tree!"………"Luis, are you sure ees not a meerage? We ees in the Desert don't forget."………."Pepe when deed you ever hear of a meerage that smeell like bacon...ees no meerage, ees a bacon tree". And with that Luis races toward the tree. He gets to within 5 meters, with Pepe following closely behin! d, when all of a sudden a machine gun opens up and Luis is gunned down in his tracks. It is clear he is mortally wounded but, true friend that he is, he manages to warn Pepe with his dying breath…………"Pepe...go back man, you was right...ees not a bacon tree."……………."Luis Luis, mi amigo what ees it?..........."Pepe...ees not a bacon tree ...Ees ..........Ees ..........Ees .........Ees .................Eees a Ham Bush!
M/wich, - Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 14:11:55 (PST)
Thanks Lesley for your e-mail in response to my apology. We now have an understanding as to why we see things differently and have a few different views. I do want to let you Seaham people know that Lesely wrote me such an informative and beautiful, kind e-mail and spoke so very highly of the area and of Newcastle. I know Seaham has changed a lot over 20 years, some the same, some not. I see it when I sometimes browse on the image sights and see all the changes. So I am puzzled as to why some of the locals often do knock Seaham - when it apparently has had many positive changes. I am going to try to keep ALL American Politics OFF the Seaham guest book, and try to re-connect with Seaham and try to change my views and try to be more positive of the place and of the people. So, please people, explain to me why it is that the town has had many positive changes, yet local people still moan and groan about it?
USA - Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 12:46:54 (PST)
Lesley, just in case my posting to you does not get up for a few days, I will try to e-mail you. I feel rotten that I was harsh with you.... Whoops! Yikes, even I goof up at "judging" without knowing all facts. Gosh, we all do.. but, at least, people, I seem try to quickly rectify my mistake.
USA - Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 12:46:15 (PST)
Dear Lesley, Thank you for your postings.. Sorry I was a bit harsh. (My bark is worse than my bite.) Anyway, so glad that you did volunteer work. .. I guess I just get tired of hearing a lot of "expats" moaning and groaning about America, yet they are living a beautiful life over here. Everywhere in the world has issues at this time and there is not one country that is considered "perfect." Anyway.. again, I apologize I was a little harsh with you. "Susan" from Canada" I know Mexico is a wealthy country, it goes from wealth to poverty; but I do not like how most of the Mexicans are treated over here. You are not in America, you are in Canada, and so therefore, you do not see what is really going on. Anyway, my message was not for you, it was for Lesely as she lives in Arizona where it has been the most volatile topic of conversation. However, my speaking up as a advocate for Human Rights and Immigration reform is proving not to be so wise, given your "quick" commen! ts to me. I help my country a lot - and a lot of these people who come here are not the "rowdy" druggies.. they come for a better life. Some people have made this a "race" issue and it is not. The Mexicans I have been around, all work so very hard indeed for very little. Years ago when I was in my 20's I met a group of so called British nannies, my gosh! They were a disgrace to Britain and a disgrace in America. They were loud, going out drinking, dressed terribly for work, complained about American children and had absolutely no Christian morals or values. Most English girls who come to America for a year or so, are far from "proper" British ladies... and ask about where their conviction is of Jesus, they look at you and laugh! They are here to be loud, to drink and to sleep around. They get paid from Americans and then trash this society. I think that is wrong!
USA - Sunday, December 03, 2006 at 12:45:16 (PST)
Hello Ron Masters if you are heading to NZ for Easter and find time for that pint my wife and I will have a couple of spare bedrooms and Taupo is very nice at that time of year.We also have a very good workingmens club called Taupo Cosmopolitan (very posh when compared to the Nack)please note I did not say better,Iwouldn't want to risk a backlash ha ha ha!Regards Jim.ps. If you put your e-mail address on the site I will forward my address and telephone number.EDITOR: If you add your email address Ron we will remove it and forward it to Jim. These days email addresses attract junk and we have been trying to avoid that.
Jim Robinson
Taupo, New Zealand - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:52:44 (PST)
No, Jackie dear, The answer isn`t that we have to suffer your illiteracy - it`s that you could try rereading your posts before sending them. It might be worth you remembering that brevity is the soul of wit - and intelligibility...
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Barcalona, Spain - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:48:46 (PST)
Poor Mexicans.Just google " Mexico is rich "to find the truth.If Mexico provided for it's population the American tax payer would be very happy. By providing shelter, care, to illegal immigrants from Mexico, you aren't doing them or your fellow Americans any favors. Mexico is a very rich nation .I do hope that you do google for the truth.
Canada - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:47:54 (PST)
Jo Hausmann, I remember the football tour - back in '94? one of the players stayed at our house. I can't remember his name, only the fact that he brought an enormous boxing of chewing gum.
Ned Leather
- Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:47:11 (PST)
Jacqueline, I agree with you there are a lot of people worse off than even i was.I used to take a lot for granted untill i started doing voluntary work as a bus driver for the disabled and oldie's.I used to pick up quite a lot of disabled children and take them to school and youth clubs and in the summer playschemes its not untill you see how they just get on with thier lives no matter how handicapted they were.They were happy and very loving of course they had thier off days like any other child but that wasnt very often.If you look passed the disability thier are nice people underneath.As far as the old gannies go they could make us blush and no matter what age they to are full of life.
Lesley Roberts?
- Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:46:20 (PST)
Thanks to all our friemds who pointed out the deliberate mistake on some recent postings namely 31 November 2006. I thought that some of the comments were quite amusing but we're not printing them.
Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:44:22 (PST)
"Lesley Roberts" Well, I do think it is time you came honest and let the kids of Seaham know there is more to life than staying in Seaham. You enjoy your life and you made the comment that there are "No Palm Trees or Swimming Pools in Parkside." That is a given, Seaham is not tropical. In all my years of traveling and living in the most elite zip codes, I have never made the comments that Seaham does not have palm trees - you basically say in your commentry on "friends" that you would not come back to Seaham. You know, as well as I do, we have a pretty decent life. Though, I think I do more for human rights in America than you do or give and you probably have "yoodles" more money than I do. I give back to America, what do you do? Take.. and then knock the American culture and society?
USA - Saturday, December 02, 2006 at 12:39:50 (PST)
Have I missed something? I assume that Seaham must be awash with Mexicans now.Sherwood Forester - Notts. UK 31 November 2006

To "your friend" I guess I do need to proof read my comments before pushing the send button. I get so carried away with my opinions, that I type fast and make mistakes and then immediately want to press send. Given I do not proof read the comments I make, I ought to just accept other people criticizing of my writing.Jacqueline, USA- 31 November 2006

Hi,twenty years ago i was part of a german soccer team which was guest in your town.I enjoyed it very much and I hope i can come back sometimes.Joe Hausmann - Rheinberg,Germany - Thursday, 31 November 2006

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the town Not a sign of Jesus was anywhere to be found. The people were all busy with Christmas time chores Like decorating, and baking, and shopping in stores. No one sang "Away in a manger, no crib for a bed". Instead, they sang of Santa dressed-up in bright red. Mama watched Martha Stewart, Papa drank beer from a tap. As hour upon hour the presents they'd wrap When what from the TV did they suddenly hear? 'Cept an ad.. which told of a big sale at Sears. So away to the mall they all flew like a flash Buying things on credit and others with cash! And, as they made their way home >From their trip to the mall, Did they think about Jesus? Oh, no... not at all. Their lives were so busy with their Christmas time things No time to remember Christ Jesus, the King. There were presents to wrap and cookies to bake. How could they stop and remember who died for their sake? To pray to the Savior they had no time to stop. Because they needed more time to "Shop til they dropped!" On Wal-mart! On K-mart! On Target! On Penney's! On Hallmark! On Zales! A quick lunch at Denny's >From the big stores downtown to the stores at the mall They would dash away, dash away, and visit them all! And up on the roof, there arose such a clatter As grandpa hung icicle lights up on his brand new step ladder. He hung lights that would flash. He hung lights that would twirl. Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus... Light of the World. Christ's eyes... how they twinkle! Christ's Spirit... how merry! Christ's love... how enormous! All our burdens... He'll carry! So instead of being busy, overworked, and uptight Let's put Christ back in Christmas and enjoy some good nights! ~Author Unknown~ Jacqueline USA – Monday 27 November 2006
Dear "Anon" who use to live on Butcher Street, thank you again, for sharing with me parts of your life when you were a youngster. Again, this gives me insight to "where you are coming from" in your view points. I do consider myself to have been very fortunate that I have had an incredible opportunity to travel and to see how the "other half" live. I have been blest with the opportunity to mingle with some very wealthy friends of mine and their associates and friends. I, myself, am not wealthy, by any means! I love to shop and dine and visit museums and travel and spend my money and give it away. There are many people who need money for more than I need it. God provides for me, just as he provides for our homeless people, by giving me and others, a heart of deep love and compassion, that we have a burning desire to want to reach out and give back the human dignity to the poor, they so deserve. I have had a very interesting life. Thus far, I never married or had chil! dren of my own - have raised many other people's children, but not had any of my own. Often times I have become a little frustrated with God, as to why his desire is for me to stay single. Yet, for the most part, I give so much thanks, praise and gratitude to God, because though I did not get all I have prayed for, I have been given much more, beyond what I ever expected from life. God gave me a gift of being able to just "reach out" to others in need and make a beautiful and positive difference in their lives. I had a very interesting life growing up in Seaham, but what I learned to do, was use my own life experiences as a teaching tool to those who needed help. I also have an amazing ability to have insight and wisdom on a lot of things. I guess I must have an "old soul." Anyway, "Anon" I see where you are coming from, that I do and perhaps have just taken it for granted that I can just "get up and go" and travel, I am single and have no ties. Thank you for making me rea! lize my blessing. Hope you are well today... See you have just! touched my life by sharing with me parts of your own life. Have a beautiful day
Jacqueline USA – Tuesday 28th November 2006
Jacqueline, I fell off the mission house not rock house and it left me diabled on my right foot and leg but thats what you get for climbing so i cant blame anybody but myself.I was about 8 at the time and tried to con my parents by saying i sliped off the kerb needless to say it didnt work.
Anon – Tuesday 28th November 2006
How do you check your pronunciation on a web site?
Anon – Tuesday 28th November 2006
Anyone remember me?Iwas born in malvern, played football on the dump,swam in the claypit. Went to camden sq school and worked at dawdon pit. Would be nice to hear how people are getting on
david walls – Shotton, Co. Durham
I visit this site regulary and always enjoy reading the comments. Today I visit and low and behold there are links to gambling sites.I thought this was a guest book not an advertising room. SORRY LUCY. WE TRY OUR BEST TO KEEP JUNK OFF THE GUESTBOOK. IT HAS BEEN REMOVED. Ed Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:20:48 (PST)
Miss Markie, have been reading your letters with great interest, you seem to "hit the nail on the head" in most ways and have a knack of putting your critics in their place without malice, if only other so called correspondents were the same, haven't any of these people practiced the "Golden Rule" and they should practice the old maxim, If they don't agree with what you say, they should respect your right (and others) to say it, that is what living in a democracy is all about, what one of constructive advice however is that you should proof read your letters before pressing the send button, we can all hit the wrong key at times and should double check our spelling, pronunciation etc.
your friend
- Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:18:29 (PST)
Great site lovely to see Seaham has space on the web!
London, - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:17:41 (PST)
Jacqueline,It depends which anon you mean because there are two of us at present and if your were more observent you would of realised who i am because i gave it away a few messages ago.Iam also the one who used to live in butcher street,who the other is i dont know.I used to be a local but sorry to say not anymore.I am 22 years your senior if you are only 37 3/4 and didnt realise the rockhouse youth club was still going when you would be a teenager.I am not trying to offend you but you go on about how you have traveled the world as if it was nothing but when you come from a large working class family its beyound a lot of peoples reach i only got to butlins because i worked there and to be honest dont care about what the kids do in other places but dont think they should be compaired with the ones from seaham as you seem to do.
- Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:17:03 (PST)
Now where were we? -oh yes the parks thing. The only kids who didn't hang around parks when I was a nipper, were those with no friends. Seems to me that one or two of these unfortunates are still carrying a bit of baggage, manifesting itself in a tsunami of resentment. Let it go guys! ..it was never personal, we just thought you wore inferior clothes. If these youngsters really are making your life hell, move to Eastbourne and buy some fur-lined footwear. By the way does anyone know the Duffy's from Parkside?
Paul Bowmaker
Seaham, - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:16:31 (PST)
"Lesley Roberts" I just re-read your posting to me, and I see where you are coming from...... Thanks! See, we can all teach everyone something about life and view points. We all do not have to agree, but we all should try to see each others views on issues. Anyway, hope all is well... by the way, Lesley, I do recall about 6 years ago, we had e-mailed each other, and you made it very clear that you loved living in America and that life seemed to be far better than had you stayed in Seaham - I had agreed with you. So, really, both of us, should not really comment on what goes on in Seaham.(I am far more guilty of that, than you are... I seem to have the knack of "putting my foot in my mouth.") We both seem to enjoy our "cushy" little lives here in America - we both know we have far more than we may have had if life did not take us down a different path. I am not so sure what you do at your work, but my work I am with both the very wealthy and the extreme poor; as wel! l as those in the middle-ground, and my friends and associates are of all diverse groups. Consequently, I see things from both sides. I see the pregnant teenagers from wealthy families and poor families, I see the messed up drug children from both the wealthy and the poor families. I see the abused wives from both a wealthy family and a poor family - I see it all. Nevertheless, I am still a strong advocate for encouraging teenagers to study, and to reach to their highest goals in life.
USA - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:15:36 (PST)
That Anon person has Jacqueline's dander up. I would say Jacqueline, thats his name - Mr. Anon. He probebly knew Mrs. Allen and her loveley butterkist she used to make and maybe John Shipley the High Collery School Teacher or maybe even Woodbine Lizzy who lived nearby. These thoughts are as far away from Texas Tea as you can get my dear, so give a thought to us peasents.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:14:58 (PST)
"Anon" I hope you did not hurt yourself too much when you fell off the top of Rock House. I am guessing you are a generation or so older than myself... so it is natural that your perspective of "teenagers" hanging at parks is a little different from my view. Thank you for sharing with me a little more about yourself, this helps me to understand where you are coming from in your opinions. You see, people of this guest book, "One must first seek to understand, before being understood." However, it is rather difficult to understand one, if others do not give one the opportunity to "lay out" all angles of view points, before being critical of one's suggestions/opinions. The amazing thing about traveling and working with such a diverse society (as we seem to have here in America)is that it helps one to understand "sociology" and often times the genealogy of people's lives. There is always a whole lot more beyond just the surface of what we see or hear or even read. We a! re all so very different, very unique, each with our own mind, opinions and views - we cannot all possibly share the same opinions. We have all been shaped by various degrees of life experiences. For those people in Seaham who were children during WW2, they have a completely different out-look on life, as perhaps those of us who were born in the late 60's - and we have a different out look on life to those who were born in the early 90's. Society and the way we live has changed, we have become a more liberal society (not always for the better.. though, some would choose to disagree with me) with change, has also brought opportunities to excel and flourish far beyond those opportunities that were present during the 50's, 60's, 70's and even parts of the 80's. So it is only natural that we haev many degrees of opinions presented during this discussion of why "Teenagers are drawn to hang out at parks that are meant for young children." We all see this discussion from very diff! erent view points... there is no right answer, or wrong answer! - just many different views on this topic..... and hopefully, we have all given each other some wonderful insight to help us all understand that instead of being critical to our youth, we should try to understand where they are coming from in their lives, (their home life) and offer encouragement, love, and a "listening ear" to those teenagers who are crying out to be heard, or who need direction in their lives. My direction came from an incredible amount of faith that I have, and also came from dear, dear friends of mine. I actually worked for the family for 5 years as their nanny to their 3 young children. I am God Mother to the youngest child, who is now preparing for graduation from high school. This particular family reached out to me, showed me a completely different life to live, they encouraged my education, they encouraged my confidence, and they encouraged me to reach to my highest potential in my life. They did not judge, instead... they sought to "first understand." It ! is when people make tremendous, positive impacts on one's life, does one want to reach out and do the same to others. Reach out to those teenagers in Seaham who are hanging at parks and try to encourage them to seek new interests - you never know, when you just may have been able to help a kid who was at state of despair.
USA - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:14:08 (PST)
reading the events page i saw an article by Abby Brown community development officer for 3 schools in seaham.recntly i found a site for deneside infants, a school i attended many yrs ago.year2 class 2 teacher writes of hilda allen who taught there for most of her career and who wrote to the school in retirement.this teacher asks for info on the and despite trying i can,t get an E/mail address some of my happiest memories were at deneside and i would be grateful if abby brown would get in touch or if someone could pass this message on to her perhaps she can arrange a contact for me ..p/s is anyone else still alive who attended1937 to1941
Seaham, UK - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 16:13:17 (PST)
Jacqueline you saud you went to a youth club next to the SMS school,i cant say i know that one,but i wonder how many people can remember the one at rockhouse or the one at high colliery or if anybody can remember the old mission house at high colliery i remember it well because i fell off the top of it,some people used to say it was haunted i dont know if that was true or not.When we were kids we lived in Butcher street next to the nack and we used to hang about at the colliery park so hanging about parks is nothing new.Thats when if you used the toilet you had the football results printed on your backside off the toilet paper and no skin so you sometimes walked funny.
- Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:37:51 (PST)
What a wondeful informative site please keep it up
Ngbada Onitsha
London, UK - Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:36:35 (PST)
goods words jackie your to brainy for them
Yorks - Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:35:31 (PST)
"Anon" I am assuming you are a "local" of Seaham.. and what you are basically saying is, What else can the teenagers do, other than hang around in playgrounds meant for the very young. I quote, you said, "There is nowhere else for them to go and difficult to get employment" So basically what message are you trying to say about Seaham and the north east? If there is no where else for teenagers to go worth while and employment is difficult to find... then, why shouldn't the teenagers be encouraged to reach to their highest potential in school, go off to college and University, broaden their horizons and move away and see the world. Also, I take it you have not been to America and seen some of the extreme wealth in Buckhead, Georgia, or Savannah, Georgia, or California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia, the Florida Keys and Palm Beach etc...There is a tremendous amount of wealth here in America. Oh, yes, I will be the first to say, there is also an awful lot of "! poverty" too..it goes from one extreme to the other. I know, because I have worked on out-reach programs feeding our homeless in the shelters and it sickens me to see why these people are homeless and have their human dignity taken from them - while the other half of the society are wasting food, or have so much toys and luxuries they don't know what to do with themselves. If you have seen half of what I have seen in my 37 and 3/4 years, you too, would want the kids of Seaham/north east, or actually any teenagers to want to reach to their highest potential in life, and to see what else is out in the world for them to explore and make a difference in their own lives, and the lives of others and even make a difference for their own country.
USA - Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:34:43 (PST)
Ofcourse everyone is missing the point Jacqueline. It is not just about the younguns hanging about in groups You see, those same children before leaving home to congregate, dig into their toy box in the corner of the room or even under the bed and extract the small bottle of Vodca stashed there under their toys. Then they meet for a booze-up. It has been reported that many kids as young as ten are attending E&R at Hospitals for booze related ilneses. What ever next?
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:34:02 (PST)
"Anon" don't you have the courage to reveal your own name???? Wow! You can give it really harsh - yet, you don't want me to know your name, or anyone else to know who you are... that does not show much integrity.
- Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:33:25 (PST)
hi i have just found the seaham harbour guestbook and was wondering if anybody remembers me dorothy tennick i went to camden square school 1962-1966 i havent been back for a long time but am allways interested inwhat is happening
dorothy mckay
Boston, Lincs. - Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:32:52 (PST)
Well.. I tell you what people of the guest book, perhaps my wording did not come across so gentle.. so with sincere, and great humility, I apologize for offending those of you who are living in Seaham. Life experiences "shape" people, and I think it depends on one's life experience in Seaham or anywhere, how one sees a place. As a matter of fact, I do have some fond, very fond memories of Seaham. (I also have a lot of memories that were unpleasant.) However, to your surprise, when I am speaking to others here in America about Seaham, I speak quite highly of the place.. always making sure I explain how historical Seaham is, explaining of St. Mary's Church, Lord Byron's Hall, Rock House, etc.. I have fond memories of the "pit-pond" Brownies, Girl Guides, and some of the church choir. I have fond memories of the Ametures, and some of school. I was not always so "prim and proper" and.. just as I am able to make such a "stir" on this Guest Book, I use to be able to do ! the same in class too! I must have a knack of putting my foot in my mouth! However, over the years life has taken me on many adventures; I have seen a lot of things, events that have made an incredible impact upon my life. I have mingled and crossed paths with thousands of people, (as we all have) and many of those people have impacted my life beyond expectations. I guess what I am trying to say, is that I am not that bad, I just have a different view of life and perhaps I just word my words sometimes in a gruff and abrupt way. Maybe if we all taught our children that there are more meaningful ways to live out their lives, our world would be in a better place.
- Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 15:31:42 (PST)
Wow! "Jackie" You said it! “Parents who are intelligent moved away to the metropolitan areas.” So by your thinking that only leaves low intelligence life forms in Seaham. I have noticed that you never miss an opportunity to take swipe at the good people of Seaham, so don’t go blaming K M Woodward who made some valid points, yours were just insulting. Sorry lady, you are well out of order and may I add that a lot of the talented and educated people actually stayed in the town and some of the less talented, less educated went to live in places like America, thank goodness.
M/wich, - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:25:10 (PST)
Dear "Lesely Roberts" Even though we disagree on mostly every topic we have on this Guest Book, lets put differences aside, I wish you a "Happy Thanksgiving" today. (Thursday November 23rd) Hope you are having a "Happy Turkey" Day! We do seem to disagree on a lot of things, mind you... Oh well.. that is okay; I am sure we can give each other a different perspective on things. Though, life experiences has a lot to do with how one is shaped - which attributes to our differences of opinions on quite a few topics. Though, I guess we both must like living in America.
- Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:24:14 (PST)
I cannot believe Jacqueline's preoccupation with pigeon-holing everyone and with class and education. I think that very few people end up living in 'upper-middle class' areas because they did not hang around in playgrounds. UPPER middle class (?) Come off it.
- Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:23:36 (PST)
you (ALL) missed the point,your quote jaqui,reminds me of the passing out parade.only one man in the regt in step.. enough ,,to JIM Robinson& Colin HALL both in NZ.ihad the pleasure of contact with you both via the G/book around july re my son emigrating.the reasurrances from you both helped me as i,wasn,t in the best of health at the time.i,m glad to say he,& family are doing well& living in tauranga and appear settled in house &job.an example of how the g/book really works& my faith in the GOOD people of seaham intact& JIM i get out there easter that pint is still on'I,ll find you ,
R Masters
Stevenage, - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:22:52 (PST)
Calm down brothers & sisters this is getting out of hand! An article in the Sunderland Echo clamed that resident’s lives had been made hell by teenagers hanging around in gangs on a newly built playground at East Shore village. I had noticed on my travels that teenagers on the continent did not seem as interested in kiddie’s slides and swings as their English counter parts. I assume that French, Spanish, Greece and Italian young adults get just as bored as English ones and yet I have never seen a case where continental teenagers WANT to hang around a kiddies play ground. The very idea to them is absurd! Picture the scene if you will…15 year old Philippi is on the phone to his friend Franco in a small town just outside Rome. “Hey Franco what are you doing to night?’ Franco says “Oh I though I’d go down to the new children’s play ground and have a go on the slide!” Philippi says “What? The one that was built for 5 year olds! Hang on I’ll get my coat I am coming wit! h you!” It’s hardly a likely scenario is it and yet that is what is happening at East Shore almost every night!
K.M Woodward
Seaham, - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:20:36 (PST)
Hola P. Catching! como esta?I am also lucky enough to live in (well, just outside) Barcelona. I have just spent 2 weeks working in Croydon on a work placement, so I appreciatw just how fortunate we are.Where do you live? maybe we could meet for a Cerveca and tlak Geordie. My local is the Robin Hood (just off La Rambla)
Helen Kay
Catalonia Spain - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:19:43 (PST)
Jacqueline, Its youthat is missing the point its because of the past that makes seaham what it is now.You say why dont british/seaham teenages do some thing worth while rather than hang about in play parks ect,what can they do there is no where for them to go and find it hard to get employment so you been so clever tell them how can they do some thing worth while,and please dont bring religion into it.It seems that you think more of the good old USA than what i take as been your hometown.I love seaham and always will most of my family still live there and quite a few are burried there.As a teenager i hung around shops,parks and even the old toilets at the bottom of Parkside mainly because it was a meeting point for friends i even met a few of my exgirlfriends at them,i bet even when you were young teenages did something similar,unless you were one of these prim and proper people.Anyway Ray glad to help you mate sorry that the news wasnt good,and as far as pip goes i some times see him walking about his exwife is my brothers sister in law so if i see him i will tell him you are asking after him,sorry cant help with others.
- Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:18:31 (PST)
Seaham, - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:17:48 (PST)
well said jackie its not how you write but what you have to say seaham folk dont like it up em
Yorks - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:16:48 (PST)
well said jackie its not how you write but what you have to say seaham folk dont like it up em
Yorks - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:16:44 (PST)
PS: people, some of my spelling is American spelling, we do spell a little different to British spelling and we do use a few different words. I do not criticize or critique other people's writing style on this Guest Book, or their spelling. I also do not insult other people's opinions by being hateful to their prespective on issues, as you all seem to do to me. I have said this numerous times before, "Differences of opinions helps keep a balance in society." Also, everything is relative and from one perspective and one's opinions; we do not always have to agree. However, if we do disagree with one, the best way to try to solve the disgreement, is by sticking to the original point... "Why is it that British teenagers/Seaham teenagers want to hang out at parks meant for the very young?" There is no need to be bringing up what was available 40 years ago, or what one did 20 years ago, or being all defensive.
USA - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:15:43 (PST)
"old Mother Hubbard" If I ever decide to visit, (unlikely, pending on family issues,) I am not sure I will really want to go to the park for the "very young." As yet, I am not married and therefore, do not have children. I do not see myself having children closer to my 40's. Most of the people I went to school with, do not have young children, their children are closer to teenagers, with a few, who had children in their 30s. Thus, my visit, would merely be to spend some form of quality time with family. However, if I had the opportunity to visit with some of the "youngsters" in Seaham, I would be happy to speak to them of the incredible and beautiful opportunities they have around the world. Staying in one town, whether it is Seaham, or the suburbs of New York, Chicago, a small country town in France, or Germany etc... cannot possibly give to one an "open mind" and all the opportunities there are in life to excel and flourish to one's highest potential. One highest! potential could be anything from teaching, to mission work, to the corporate world, to nursing etc... What on earth, for Pizza sake, was so un-Christian about my agreeing with "KM WoodWard?" Stick to the point, "Why is it that British teenagers want to hang out at parks meant for the very young? We are not speaking of "recreational" centers, "KM Woodward" made it very clear, he was speaking of "parks for the very young." Gosh, even I use to go to a place called the "Youth Center" it was somewhere near the SMS school. But when I was a teenager, I did NOT hang out at playgrounds with swings and slides and things for nursery school age children. I was in the Brownies, Girl Guides, Amateurs, Church choir (could not sing a note, and still cannot!!) etc... Again, the point was "Why are British kids, Seaham kids who are teenagers hanging out at parks for the young." Stick to the point people, and stop trying to give me heck for words you are trying to put in my mouth.
USA - Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:14:55 (PST)
Ah the old Dilly - I spent many a happy after school hour sliding down on a bit of old corrugated iron! Sometimes the wind was so strong up there you could hold your arms out wide and lean right into the wind - well, I could.Jackie, I do enjoy your contributions and your simple faith but could you watch your grammar? I`m sure you weren`t taught to write that way in Seaham in the fifties. Don`t stop writing though!
Barcelona, Espana - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:36:08 (PST)
"Anon" Again, my comments were in response to another persons remarks/opinions/observations of British teenagers hanging out at playgrouds that are meant for young children. I was not putting down Seaham teenagers. This was not a discussion about "saying Seaham teenagers are bad" This was merely my agreeing with "KM Woodward." Everything is relative and everything is one's opinions and perspective. I did not put down Seaham Teenagers. The arguement/debate was "Why British teenagers/Seaham Teenagers want to hang out at playgrounds for the young, instead of doing something worthwhile." It had nothing to do with what American kids are doing, verses British kids, or anything to do with what went on and what was available in the "60's" etc.. Stick to the point, "Why do British teenagers have a tendency to hang out at playgrounds meant for the young." That debate was brought up by "KM Woodward." I was responding to his remarks.
USA - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:35:04 (PST)
she,s back.the most offensive letter ive seen in along time.most parents were not afforded a uni education in the 40s,50s and 60s but they were not we had the benefit of ex cellent schools in seaham and teachers to match ..read the g/book..i myself was one of the kids who hung out at deneside rec in late 40s and 50s.from memory the GANG turned out 2midwives,1nursing sister,1 chief eng.marine.1 dental surgeon,1 columnist on a national paper 1 reporter on the echo myself in eng.taught apprentices for the last10 yrs of my working life.our lower class parents could only give us their best and i believe the parents of seaham still do. as for skills.,ive found everywhere ive worked N/E tradesman were regarded highly.it was a .grocers daughter who destroyed the source of these skills. as for the person who gave miss holier than thou the bullets to shoot i suggest he reads some back issues of the g/book ..parents orga! nised soccer leagues,jazz bands etc for the kids ..what have you done??what are you prepared to do? apart from moaning .and most of all what has missAMERICA done apart from offend ...my parents taught me if you cant say owt good ,,say nowt .perhaps jaqui,s parents were from this uneducated lower class she talks about and she feels let down .for everybodies sake read the principles of the g/book and use it for what it was intended.
r masters
Stevenage, - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:34:09 (PST)
You ALL missed my point and misinterpreted what I was saying. Besides, everyone has their own opinions and perspectives on things. Furthermore, I was NOT the one commenting in the first place on British teenagers or teenagers in Seaham, I was responding to otehr people's comments about Seaham, or it's teenagers. It is the locals of Seaham who give out mixed messages of the town, and when I respond to those messages you all give me heck! It is the locals of Seaham who either put down their own town on the world web for everyone to read. Or they are giving complete mixed messages of the town. "Colin Hall" I resent you picking at my writing style. "Lesley Roberts" I was not speaking a 'croc" either. If you read my whole posting, you would have read that I said, "Not ALL" teenagers have issues with hanging at the parks. Also, I had said that it is the locals of Seaham who give out mixed messages of the town. I have also lived and do live, in very affluent areas in USA,! and I too, see what the kids over here get up to. I work with them in youth ministry. However, we were not disccusing the comparisons of American kids verses Seaham kids, we were discussing why Seaham teenagers just want to hang out at playgrounds for kids. Instead of doing something worthwhile. I am a firm believer that everything begins in the "home." Love begins in the home, faith begins in the home, forgiveness begins in the home and so does education. Parents are responsible for their children's welfare, activities and education. I am speaking from being taught by dear friends of mine, who have become my family here in America.
USA - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:32:25 (PST)
Jacqueline, for someone who claims to be so Christian, I hardly think it is fair for you to personally give Seaham a “stigma” of being “a town of low skilled citizens” and long for the town to be “restored” where “adults and children alike give dignity back to the town”!!! How very insulting! I know that none of the teenagers you know will be offended as they come from “educated homes” but you imply they are in the minority so you will be upsetting quite a few people. Please tell me…..when the long awaited day, that everyone in the town is so looking forward to, finally happens…yes, you know the one – when you visit Seaham again…will you feel obliged to visit the teenagers in the playgrounds and tell them of your travels, your wisdom and, hey, why not even teach them a bit English??!
Old Mother Hubbard
Seaham, - Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:31:39 (PST)
Seaham folk seem to be spread all over the world. I'm glad our Queen dedicated a new New Zealand War Memorial in London a couple of weekes ago to the WW2 dead. I had a quick perusal of the NZ Herald on line and it told me that New Zealanders' are getting fatter, there is greater income inequality and voter apathy. No matter where you may look in the world, there are things which just do'nt seem right. Seaham ofcourse, is always being criticised but only by people who do'nt love it enough
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at 15:30:29 (PST)
I am afraid the dilly like most of the fun things of seaham are gone.One thing i must say that the teenages in seaham are just as well educated as any where else and because of the high rate of unemployment in the area and lack of venues for them to go they have to hang around the streets,we were the lucky ones in the 60s we did hang around certain places but we had youth clubs,cinemas and most of all the pits or buildings to work for.Its hard for parents to give there children what they want if there is no work.Seaham was a thriving little town once now its not.Do you think parents like to see thier children having to move miles away to earn a living.Jacqueline dont put the seaham teenages down there are worse teenages around the world than them if you want to put the blame anywhere blame the person that turned places like seaham into a unemployment black spot by closing the mines,and the future children do what they have to cull thier boredome
- Monday, November 20, 2006 at 11:28:53 (PST)
has anybody seen these old teddy boys. pidgy donaldson jimmy goodall. barty. mossy robson. billy cummins. paddy blair. and nutty shaw.
Yorks. - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 11:27:11 (PST)
just reading some of the mesages brings back lots of memories of the times when i grew up in the village of haswell plough i visisted my home last year and found that not much had changed i am comming back again soon so will try and get to seaham. if anyone from haswell plough reads this message and knows me please sent a email best reards joyce
Joyce Harvey
carmarthenshire Wales - Monday, November 20, 2006 at 11:26:21 (PST)
Hello to any of my relatives who may browse this sight
Frank Christie
Bendigo, Victoria Australia - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:13:16 (PST)
re JIM GILBERT I have lived at 80 the avenue for the last eleven years.I notice you would like a photo of your old house...I could send a one.Iseem to reme,mber a gilbert going toschool with me. If i am right ,you are about my age.Hope to hear from you.
E Cowell
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:12:13 (PST)
Just got on line here in Spain!Isn`t this website just amazing. It`s great to see all the Seaham folk contributing their thoughts.I never get home these days but it`s lovely to see thta the old home town is still blooming.Is the dilly still there to be slid down?
P Catching
Barcelona, Spain - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:11:29 (PST)
I have been reading your guest book and have really enjoyed most of the postings, especially those of James Mather (its a pity they dried up so soon). I was friends with James in the mid 60's and have fond memories of the daft things we got upto. I left Seaham (and family) under a bit of a cloud in 1968 and have never really been back for any length of time. I came across James again on Friends Reunited, and it was through him I found out that the majority of my family had died within the last 30 months. To cut a long story short it was because of this I got in touch with an aunt and uncle I had not seen for over 40 years. A few names I will mention that I would like to hear from are Billy (Hatsun) Coates, Malcolm Crozier, Barry Grundy, Ken Wilmott, and John (Pip) Scollen. Thank you James mate.Ray Scollen (sometimes called Ray Williams)
Ray Scollen
Driffield, East Yorks - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:10:34 (PST)
HiIwas born and raised in Seaham,something i am proud of like most people born or who have come to live here.Granted we have had some problems with young people in Seaham,but that means only some of them .Do not tar them with the same brush, we do have some great kids in Seaham.My husband and i have had 5 children but 4 do not live in Seaham as they married in other parts of the country. They all viit as often as thy can.How long is it since you visited here, you seem to know a lot about us Jacqueline? Iknow you did live in Seaham years ago.There has been a lot of building started lately so we are on the up.Be careful what you say about our kids in the future Heres hoping for abetter future for every one in SEAHAM
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:09:23 (PST)
What a load of patronising claptrap Jacqueline; and your spelling and grammar, for a self-styled 'educated' person, are appalling.There are hundreds of reasons why teenagers are bored in towns like Seaham, and you have managed to miss every salient point through those rose-coloured spectacles you wear.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:07:44 (PST)
I`ve just been watching Look North on the television. That poor soul they found washed up on our beach. Let us all rack our brains to see if we don`t know him. They are calling him `Seaham Man` it`s our responsibility to do our best to return him to the bosom of his family. Can anyone help?
Fr Corrigan
Seaham, UK - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:06:56 (PST)
Gee Jacqueline I just hope that you aren't teaching English to immigrants.When I was a teenager we would hang out at the play ground .Where else was there? Young Canadian teens also hang out at the play grounds. They have fun , chasing each other, playing ball, doing what young teens have always done. I think our teens are wonderful, helpful, and kind. The bad teens get the press, the good teens ignored.Seaham teens are just like their peers around the world. In stead of complaining try being a little more caring. The teens in France, Italy, Cyprus, Malta, also frequent the play grounds. I've seen them there. No different from teens in Seaham.
Canada - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:06:04 (PST)
Jacqueline, what an absolute crock of rubbish. Bored teenagers have nothing to do with social class, money, education and just Seaham. I live in a very affluent area in Phoenix full of film stars, pop stars and sports players who have every opportunity to impart good manners, education and values into their children and they still hang around, get drunk, have sex they just do it in posher places and drive around in Daddy's sports car.That's just a part of growing up and figuring out what life is all about. Not pretty at times but not confined to Seaham. You have such a naive view of life that comes across as downright condescending at times although I know you don't mean it.And not all good kids will go to college and then desert their home town. I have lots of my old friends who are college educated and have either stayed in Seaham or eventually returned home to put back into the community. Finally going to college is no guarantee of being a better person. Have you looked at the Forbes Billionaire list lately, most of them were drop outs !
Lesley Roberts
Phoenix, USA - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:05:16 (PST)
norman owen married to ada lovett,lived in dalton avenue moved to northlea.could anybody give me the date of his death.
Seaham, Durham - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:04:15 (PST)
I am not sending out any message in particular Jacqueline. It is just that teenagers in Britain (not just Seaham) seem to gravitate towards play areas that are not designed for them. The teenagers I noticed in other countries did not seem interested in kiddie slides and swings, but left the younger children to enjoy these things. Some of the towns I have visited have been quite small and out of the way places so I don’t think that travel and diversity from the teenagers point of view has much to do with it. I do not think that a 14 year old from a small sleepy town in the farmlands of France would have much time to see the world in between milking cows and cleaning out the pigs. I just don’t know what the answer is. Could it be a Peter Pan syndrome sweeping the nation? Maybe the young adults can tell us themselves why they feel the need to congregate in toddler parks.
K. M
Seaham, - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:03:20 (PST)
I used to live in Eastlea in the seventies and have many fond memories of the town (mainly because I am getting old and drink a lot of gin). I used to deliver papers for Jackie Batey's shop. Is it still going? My friends here in Oz refuse to believe that there are houses in the UK made out of tin!
Phil McCracken
Down under, - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:02:25 (PST)
Hi Ray yes that was me a life time ago - I do remember you.
Janet Rowe
St Sampsons, Guernsey - Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 16:01:36 (PST)
Wow! "K M Woodward" You said it! What is it with British teenagers? I think it is some of the teenagers in Seaham are bored and not challenged enough, they are not given "higher" expectations to reach to their highest potential. Parents who are intelligent, moved away to the metropolitan areas, and those parents in Seaham may not have had the opportunity to experience a diverse of cultures, and therefore, have not passed to their children the importance of "education" and steer them in other directions of educational activities, or activities that do not include "hanging" at the playgrounds, or having boyfriends/girlfriends at ages 12, 13, 14, and 15 years old... The teenagers in Seaham are bored. Not ALL, and I want to clarify that I said "Not All" There are teenagers whom I know, come from educated homes, and those kids will go on to University, and then move away to more upper-middle class locations. Seaham is actually quite "diverse" amongst it's local people..! . but unless one has the opportunity in their lives, to live in other countries and be exposed to cultural diversity and another "class" of people, then one does not fully comprehend the enormous amount of opporunities there are in life to continue with either futher formal education, or with travel, or the tremendous volunteer work one can do with the habitat for humanities, or become involved with teaching English to immigrants whose English skills are very poor, there is just a whole magnitude of amazing, incredible things for teenagers and young adults (even "mature" adults)to become involved with.... I hope in years to come, that Seaham loses it's "stigma" of being a town of low skilled citizens, and one day, be restored to a town where adults and children alike give dignity back to the town. I hear lots of mixed messages of Seaham.. some say it has greatly improved, and others say, it has become worse... those opinions are always of the "locals." So what message are y! ou sending out to the world about Seaham and it's citizens - mainly teenagers?
USA - Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at 11:44:15 (PST)
I read with interest the report in the Echo about teenagers hanging around the newly built playground at East Shore Village and noted that is a strange almost entirely British phenomenon. Having visited several European towns over the last few years, when ever I have taken my children to playgrounds in Spain or France ect, it is only other 5 to 10 year olds who are using the playground. Continental teenagers would not been seen dead in one unless force to take a younger sibling from out under of his or her mothers feet! So what is the British teenager’s fascination with play equipment that is clearly far too small for them? Are they longing for the nursery? Do they lack the imagination to do other things more suitable to their age and stature? Who knows, but it’s a strange thing to do in my opinion, actually wanting to be in the play pen and not out side it!
K.M Woodward
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Monday, November 13, 2006 at 09:38:51 (PST)
I was wondering if Janet (Sowerby) Rowe was the same one who lived bellow me in Gateshead. Wots a TV Liicence?
Ray Leighton
Durham, - Monday, November 13, 2006 at 09:37:46 (PST)
Hello Lynn, will tell tony about your comments, ha/ha, but he dances like that all the time. have you seen my mam lately. you will have to show her how to use the computer. say hello to peff for me. take care.
Colin Shaw
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Monday, November 13, 2006 at 09:36:50 (PST)
Terry, I have tried to email you but with no luck.I can remember Bass and Geordie from when they went to my dad's youth club,Cuthies.Bass was a character,but I always thought a good character.I'm sorry to hear he hasn't been well, give him my regards. Take care. Marie (Mills)
Marie A. Ridley
Blackhall, Hartlepool UK - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:50:07 (PST)
Hi Ron,iknow they moved from Ambleside ,i used to visit them when they moved along to the Glebe Estate along from the garage at the Lodge.Grace iced our wedding cake 50 years ago ,she was at our wdding with your Mother,i have a snap taken at the receptionthats all for now.
Seaham, Co.Durham - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:48:51 (PST)
Must admit I was shocked to see Lynn Reay on here, but then again, even Breezy is on the net these days
Oakville, Ontario - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:47:58 (PST)
Thanks Lynn for your information about the Parrot, really like the sound of the beer on tick, but I would have thought the wives of the men concerned weren't keen. Thanks to everyone who sent information to my email too. All information will be passed on, and I've learned loads too.Ta
Helen Sichert
Seaham, - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:46:47 (PST)
Thanks Lynn for your information about the Parrot, really like the sound of the beer on tick, but I would have thought the wives of the men concerned weren't keen.
Helen Sichert
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:45:59 (PST)
Colin what a lovely story about les Hood,as you know he was also my teacher at the S.I.S.he was also responsible for obtaining my first job working with his brother in lawJames Shaw at Youngs Motors in Sunderland.Great to hear he is still around and keeping well.
Tony from Spain
Espania - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:45:01 (PST)
Hi all, Seaham's very own Sex Pistols sound alikes the Next Pistols have recently had some of there songs played on Durham FM.this show starts at 7.00pm finishes at 10.00pm every sunday night,you can find the show at 102.8fm or 106.8fm or if you go to www.durhamfm.net you can also hear the show there. Please show some support for these Seaham lads and contact the show sunday nights and request one of the bands songs, this would be greatly appriciated.You can see the band in Seaham on friday 17th nov at the shore bar, and sat 25th nov at Tow Low comm centre, this is for children in need, bands all day. Thank you.
pretty vacant
Seaham, - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:44:08 (PST)
Hello Colin Shaw,Tell your Tony next time he dances in the snooker club to try and get a partner. To Cambo havent seen you for ages have you emigrated or did you move to Murton (Gods country) they say.
Lynn Reay
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:43:13 (PST)
Tucker,I dont live in Parkside now either I live down the harbour so dont go knocking on any doors.I dont see many of our old gang now,dont go out much stay in knitting and that!Dont know who Parkside Bloke is must be someone who shouldnt have been at our partys.
Lynn Reay
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:42:27 (PST)
all the folks i have read about in this book are all very warm and friendly people i was born obout the same time as most of these people and never new any of them sadly most of the folk i new were no good i have missed out somewhere
Yorks. - Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 15:41:31 (PST)
Hello, I do not originally come from Seham but my husband does. I am trying to find a photo/video of my husbands Dad playing in a brass band. His name is William (Bill) Soulsby and was the mine safety officer. He also played the cornet in Vane Tempest(I think) Brass Band. I would appreciate it if anyone had any info for me. Thanks
Vicky Soulsby
Wardley, Gateshead - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:11:12 (PST)
its nice to read about the old times in the harbour
John William Banks <Sunderland>
- Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:10:03 (PST)
There'll be many a tale of Les Hood around. He was my English teacher in 4A at the SIS in 1955, the year I won a school prize for that subject. It was a voucher for ten shillings, and I used it to buy a book. The book was "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat and there were two versions; one quaintly called the "Cadet" version, which had words like "breast" edited out, and the adult version, breasts and all! Well, without telling my old man why, I got him to pay the extra 2/6 for the adult version, which I still have. There was a school bible at the SIS, and during assemblies, one of us fouth formers was 'volunteered' to read a passage selected by old Weatherly, the Headmaster. I did it one day and was standing at the front next to Les Hood, and was given the signal to walk to the rostrum for the reading, and found that some wag had removed the marker and turned over a few pages, so I couldn't find the referenced piece. Les saw my predicament, and came over to show me where it was. That was 1955, so fast-forward to 1989 and I happened to be in England when my brother died, and was asked to do a reading at the service at St Hilda's, conducted by the now Reverend Les Hood. He gave me the nod to go up front, then leaned over with a small card on which he had written the reading and whispered in my ear "just so you'll get it right". Les was of course an RAF Navigator during the war and his aircraft was shot down over France and a number of his crew died. When he returned home, to teaching, we always tried to side-track him from the lesson by asking him to produce articles of his Nav kit, which included such things as a compass hidden in the heel of his flying boots, and a silk scarf with a map of France printed on it.I'm pleased to hear he's still alive and well. He's one of the best!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:08:20 (PST)
Hello Helen,Been looking through the Seaham Book,and it mentions the Parrot but not when it closed. Its real name was The Londonderry Arms and it was at the end of Pilot Terrace along ropery.It says beer was 3d a pint and was allowed on the slate until pay day.My mother-in-law Nelly Reay was a barmaid there.Hope that helps.
Lynn Reay
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:07:20 (PST)
hi lillian, grace & matty are long gone,moved from ambleside to estate on right toward ryhope just past the lodge after i moved south, so i lost track of cousins.last i heard allison was teaching at chester le street,now ret,d and june was living high barnes area both with families... strange how you forget things as you get older MATTY was a club man for the co-op or joplings and always appeared POSH to us, he wore a suit!!! do they still have clubs nowadays or does every body use the plastic now..we didn,t have much in those days but we seemed a lot happier.or is it my rose tinted specs .only bad time i recall is getting my backside tanned for nicking apples from the vicarage at the crossing ,i didn,t think vicars hit you.. happy days the 1940s ron m..
ron masters
Stevenage, Herts - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:06:32 (PST)
Hello Terry, the weather is too hot at the moment, and tony is down here with me. was he sober when you spoke to him ha/ha.Tell your paul i am asking after him, is he still playing football. tell bass i will hold him to that drink. FOR THE LADY WHO WANTS INFO ON THE PARROT IT WAS SITUATED NEXT TO THE GAS WORKS,ALONG BY THE BOTTLEWORKS. I THINK IT WAS PULLED DOWN IN THE SEVENTIES. BECAUSE WE WOULD BUILD OUR BONFIRES ON THE SITE WHERE IT WAS. HOPE THIS HELPS.
colin shaw
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:05:40 (PST)
Colin Shaw, Look after your self in Africa and I hope to see you round the Harbour through the Christmas time (hopefully before 9pm so I might remember it)
john williams
seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:04:39 (PST)
Lilian, please pass on my regards to Les Hood. He was my maths teacher at the SIS 1974-1979. A wonderful man who told us stories of his war years to teach us co-ordinates, and his Victor Sylvester rule for simultaneous equations. One of the good guys in teaching, and I respected him alot.
Elaine( nee Frater)
Seaham, Co. Durham - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:03:48 (PST)
message for colin shaw in nigeria maria from the blackpool joke shop sends her regards and she wants to know if you want a new BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
jason gregory
Rochester, Kent UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:02:42 (PST)
hya lynn,no honestly im not parkside bloke.besides i dont live in parkside,any more. sometimes wished i did though.your right we had some good times all those years ago.more,i dont really see many of the old lot now.i catch up with rob,mcginty now and again. next time im up parkside,ill call and you can put the kettle on.take care.
tucker stringer
Seaham, UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:01:45 (PST)
hi cambo u didnt leave your e mail address are ian cambell who was married to barbara bland and if so where are u living now terry
terry mckenna
Seaham, Co Durham UK - Wednesday, November 08, 2006 at 15:00:43 (PST)
Hi everyone.Let me tell you a story.Ijust found this site last week and i have been reading some of the things you all have written over the years.Rev.Les Hood is a friend of ours. O the 31st of march this year was our Golden Wedding Anniversary.The next day 1st of April we went back to Christ Church to renew our vows .Rev Les conducted the service for us.All our guests said what alovely service it had been.A good time was had by all.At 83 years young,he is still very busy.Thank you Les,God Bless.Another memory is Lenny Button. We lived at Westlea when my parents were alive and Lenny always came to borrow our shovel because it was alarge shovel and he could get finished quicker.Mother used to give him a sandwich and a cup of tea,a cold drink inthe summer. TTFN Lillian
Lillian Wilson
Seaham, Co Durham - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:10:18 (PST)
anyone remember the metcalfs fro parkside they had the greyhounds
yorks, - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:08:39 (PST)
Hello Terry,I see you now and again when you are out and about,and i know that you are doing a cracking job looking after Bass.To say he used to be a bit of a character is an understatement!(and you had your moments as well mind!)I saw him a while back in the High-House and promised to pop down and see him,but never seemed to find the time,(thats not an excuse cos i've had a couple of hectic years myself)but next time i see you i'll get your address and definitely call in,THATS A PROMISE!!!,Ian.
Murton, - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:07:56 (PST)
Hi Ron its me again.I knew your Aunt Grace and Uncle Matty Heckles and your c+ousins June and Alison.They lived in Ambl;eside Ave when i lived in Hoy Crescent. I spent my first day at Byron terrace school sitting at Junes desk with her and Margaret Rowell. Have any idea where June is now as we lost touch. TTFN for now. Lillian
Lillian Wilson
Seaham, CO Durham - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:06:47 (PST)
Hi,I work at the library in Seaham and have had someone asking for information about a pub called the Parrot, mainly the year it closed but any other information would be appreciated. We think it was situated at Ropery walk.TaHelen Sichert (formerly Barnes for anyone who knows me)
helen <helensichert@yahoo.com>
Seaham, Co Durham - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:05:27 (PST)
Yes Lynne,you must certainly have kept it well hidden,you should have been a magician or a smuggler!,especially in the days,(which seem a million years ago now),when we used to party every week-end,enjoying fine wine,discussing the latest plays and reciting poetry,(yeah right!),Journey and Queen blasting on the record player,no c.d players then,happy memories eh?
SEAHAM, - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:04:10 (PST)
terry mckenna <TerMil@aol.com>
SEAHAM, DURHAM UK - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:03:00 (PST)
Lynn Reay
Seaham, Durham England - Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:01:29 (PST)
Beardy, We mustn't play manopoly on the 'net. As Beardy says Bill the imposter in SA. Get that mask off and reveal yersel lad or lass. What are ya scared of? Anyway Beardy marra, any news from Danny. No mail from Shirley yet. Have you got more problems with the infernal PC again? Do you want me to ship you a few thousand Rand for a new one? Get down to the slope & I'll stick it in a bottle. Well got to get some sleep now. Since your clocks went back, we're two hours aheed of you now. So it's quite late here now. Will send you some mails from the PC at the graft tomorrow.Ta ta for now.
The Real Bill in SA
- Sunday, November 05, 2006 at 15:00:03 (PST)
colin shaw <shawsyftm73@yahoo.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 12:42:49 (PST)
hi,lillian,you got it right.florry was my mother,died 1996,brother bill lives at boldon is only member of family left in n/east that i know of ,and i do remember lizzie.still love the old place but most of my visits are now via the g/book or the ECHO on line..ron m
r masters
Stevenage, Herts UK - Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 12:41:34 (PST)
terry mckenna <TerMil614@aol.com>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 12:40:32 (PST)
Hi John I used to babysit you and your Jimmy you owe me a half.who could ever forget carbine he was my brother Ronnies best mate.What a character.
Lynn Reay <lreay@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 12:39:15 (PST)
Hello Tucker Im very well thanks hope your family are ok.
Lynn Reay
Seaham, UK - Thursday, November 02, 2006 at 12:37:36 (PST)
Terry mckenna and Lynn Reay, good to see some locals I know on the site. You knew my dad (carbine) better but I have also been known to frequent some of the Harbours fine drinking establishments as well(in moderation of course) keep up the visits to the site
John Williams <wcarbine@aol.com>
Seaham, UK - Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 11:49:51 (PST)
hya lynn reay nice to hear you on here hope your well,tucker
tom(tucker) stringer
Seaham, UK - Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 11:48:52 (PST)
Joan Dymytryshyn hi coz fancy seeing you on here . If you wanted a police bottle you should have said I maybe could have sent you 1.This is the first time I have looked at this site since it was set up. Nice to see my old friends Mike and Carole Harrison who now live in Vancouver. I have just spent an interestng hour going through all the messages. It brought back so many memories. I went to Ropery walk Juniors left n 1959 for Ryhope Grammar - hated that! Even though I still live in Seaham have lost touch with almost all my old friends- would be great to hear from anyone.
Malcolm Wilkinson <gilpin1@hotmail.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham England - Wednesday, November 01, 2006 at 11:46:07 (PST)
Hello Parkside bloke who are you.I,ve always been educated just never shown it
Lynn Reay <lreay@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, Co.Durham England - Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 14:58:26 (PST)
Hi Ron,the twins are my cousons.I used to live in Hoy Crescent.Are you any relation to the late Florrie Masters? She was agood friend of my Mother,Lizzie Strong.
Seaham, Co.Durham UK - Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 14:56:35 (PST)
Bill/beardy get real lads, you dinna have a monopoly on names, real or tutherwise!
Bill in SA
- Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 14:55:27 (PST)
hi does anyone out there know my partner his name is barry newton re bass he used to be a character but he is poorely now after several heart attacks and strokes i care for him full time if anyone knows him will you please drop him a line thankyou
terry mckenna <TerMil614@aol.com>
Seaham, UK - Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 14:54:39 (PST)
Seaham, UK - Monday, October 30, 2006 at 13:04:57 (PST)
I was born in the Duke of Wellington my maiden name is edwards my mam was doris nee gustard and dad eddy
Lynn Reay <lreay@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, UK - Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 13:44:09 (PST)
Hi anyone remember me?Ileft the SMS Christmas 1949.I played netball on the school team for 3 years .I was known as Strongy.I was a blonde inthose days. I married John in 1956.Is there anyone out there that remembers me? Lillian
Lillian Wilson nee Strong <lillian@pitpond50.wanadoo.co.uk>
Seaham, Co.Durham UK - Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 13:42:53 (PST)
Re the pier photo I asked about, sorry folks but I am having problems with the email address I gave. If anyone can send a photo please use the following email address – rrrpete@fsmail.net - thanks.
M/wich, - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 05:59:14 (PDT)
Help, has anyone got a photo of the Seaham landscape looking back towards town from the end of the pier. If so I would love a copy my email address is – beardy29@wanadoo.co.uk. I was in Seaham last week and unfortunately I couldn’t get onto the pier to take a photo for myself.
M/wich, - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 05:57:53 (PDT)
Real Bill, yes marra I did get the info you sent and it was helpful. I am still having a few problems but I should have it sorted soon. I did realize we had an impostor on the scene but this guy seems to have a good sense of humour so I just went along with the banter. Do you reckon he knows us? C’mon Bill the Impostor who are you?
M/wich, - Friday, October 27, 2006 at 05:56:35 (PDT)
to wendy we were very good friends of stan+maureen weatherall i have sent you an email
Charmaine <malcolm@sattv.wanadoo.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 15:50:43 (PDT)
Hi Howard Kirby, is your sister Liz still living in Australia? I would love to here from her after all these years.
Hilary <Karapiro@cwgsy.net>
- Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 15:49:21 (PDT)
Hello all, I wondered if any one has any information abouth th "Weathrall" family. Me gran was maureen and grandad was Stan. I just wondered if there are any other family around. Woule love to chat, I never got to see either of my grand parents before they die. Thanks and wonderful sight love wendy
Wendy Podd <wendypodd@hotmail.com>
Sunderland, Tyne & Wear - Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 15:47:51 (PDT)
My great/great grandparents lived next door to the Sunderland Bridge Inn at Monk Heseldon in the latter part of the 19th Century. Does anyone know where this was or is please?
Jim Kirby <james@kirby1914.fsworld.co.uk>
Washington, Tyne and Wear - Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:41:31 (PDT)
Parkside Girl, so its two years since you visited the Guestbook? Is it too much to hope that its another two years before you come back?
- Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:40:21 (PDT)
Hi Howard Kirby, is your sister Liz still living in Australia? I would love to here from her after all these years.
Hilary <Karapiro@cwgsy.net>
- Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:39:48 (PDT)
Hello all, I wondered if any one has any information abouth th "Weathrall" family. Me gran was maureen and grandad was Stan. I just wondered if there are any other family around. Woule love to chat, I never got to see either of my grand parents before they die. Thanks and wonderful sight love wendy
Wendy Podd <wendypodd@hotmail.com>
Sunderland, Tyne and Wear - Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:38:59 (PDT)
Does anyone have any information on my Grandfather? I think his first name was Cecil and he lived at 76 Stanley Street He had a son named George Kenneth. I visited Seaham 4 years ago, first time in 30 years...its changed a bit
Peter Hepplewhite <peh@satairhg.com>
Southend, Essex UK - Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:37:45 (PDT)
hi my name is terry mckenna does anyone know me or my family my fathers name was norman my mothers name is winnie naylor nee reay ive lived in seaham most of my life and also in murton i love this guest book and recognise lots of names in it especially joe mcveigh whom i went through school with
terry milner nee mckenna <terMil614@aol.com>
seaham, durham uk - Sunday, October 22, 2006 at 15:36:27 (PDT)
To tell the truth I in a real delight of that you have created. I cannot call it as site at all. It is the whole world and life for the people keen by this theme, for people with the common interests. I think, that the purpose of your site is to unite people with similar sights.
Larisa Koh
New York, - Monday, October 16, 2006 at 14:15:44 (PDT)
Ian C Hi I have re written my e-mail address you should get through now don't have a computer at home so use the oneat work.Look forward to hearing from you soon.Helen
Helen Mounter (nee Robinson) <helen.mounter@bristolfruit.co.uk>
- Monday, October 16, 2006 at 14:14:30 (PDT)
This story maybe of interest to you.A loyal wife is fullfilling her late husband's dying wish by having his life story published.Ann Baxter will be launching her late husband Neil's book, "No Time to Spare" at the Roker Hotel, Seaburn, Sunderland on Friday 27th October 2006.Ann commissioned author David Hughes to write Neil's story. This is the 6th book by David who is an award winning artist. He has also designed a set of four greeting cards called "the Neil Baxter Collection".Neil Baxter (Born in Seaham) had a colourful life from the early days of dodging the Lufftwaffe bombs in his native Seaham, to working in the coal industry to obtaining a Masters degree. He played golf and was a member of Durham City Golf Club and was at the final Sunderland game in the Premiership before his untimely death.Neil was a brave remarkable man who throughout his life faced and overcame one challenge after another until the final battle which was out of his control.He died in July.Proceeds from the book will be donated to St. Cuthberts Hospice in Durham where Neil received support during those final days.No Time to Spare is priced at £5.99 Footnote: Ann now lives in West Rainton, Durham and her email address isannbaxter18@aol.comand her phone number is 0191 5845671
John Riddle
Hartlepool, UK - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:55:18 (PDT)
It's a nice website and it's good to see some positive changes around "the Harbour"
Howard Kirby
Seaham, Durham - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:49:50 (PDT)
i am still trying to contact anyone who might have known my parents, father lambton Wilkinson,mother was Annie Mary Dixon,grandparents margaret(moreland)and husband edward wilkinson. Maternal grandpaents thomas dixon and wife w annie mary dixon (temple).
joan wilkinson/dmytryshyn <dmy2@shaw.ca>
Summerland, - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:48:30 (PDT)
I we the Meaux Abbey Lodge are trying to find a Lodge that we can exchange ideas with and just generally keep in touch with each other we are the baby Lodge of the provinceon the 26th this month we will be 10 years old lets keep buffing
Stuart Frith <the.fat.controler@hotmail.co.uk>
Hull /province web behive, - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:47:24 (PDT)
Richard Thorpe - I've lost your new email address, and the old ones I had for you no longer work. My own email has changed too, so we're cut off. Could you contact me at pjcharlton at googlemail dot com please?(Or if you know Richard, could you give him a heads-up?)
Peter Charlton
- Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:46:00 (PDT)
SEAHAM, - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:45:15 (PDT)
Beardy, who is this imposter? Pretending to be me. Did you get the Virus checker info. Be careful with them darts marra.
The real Bill in SA
SA - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:44:33 (PDT)
Mary319, have been away for a few Months, am intrigued by your message, will try to be "on" next Friday
- Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:43:50 (PDT)
hi,i was browsing this site for the first time today and spotted a familiar name james quinnell.i am pat hope and used to live on the avenue i used to babysit for a john and elsie quinnell i think the kids were patricia,billy,and tony were they any relation
pat hope <paulapatsy@aol.com>
sunderland, - Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 15:43:20 (PDT)
Beardy, yes got your parcel OK, but didn't like the "ticking" noise it made! so I posted it on to you know who?
Bill in SA
- Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:25:29 (PDT)
seahamlad I was in the chat-room at 10.45pm Friday night and you were not there. See you later - Mary319
seaham, - Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:24:51 (PDT)
why dont we talk about seaham and its people instead religion and politics yawn yawn
- Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:24:06 (PDT)
Jacqeline, I forgive you every time you open your mouth and i'm not a religous fanatic.
Parkside girl
- Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:23:35 (PDT)
Hi, looking for information on CATHERINE MARSHALL born about 1880/1890 in Seaham. She married EDWARD HEATHCOTE and moved to Hetton about 1924. Thanks.
alison < alison1387@gmail.com>
Canada - Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:22:58 (PDT)
Anyone know what happened to Dave Dickson , Ernie Wallace or John Robson. These people I used to go cycling with.
john brennan < brenno@netvigator.com>
hong kong, china - Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:21:22 (PDT)
hi to ian c, i,d love to meet old mates for a reunion plz make it befor dec, roll on the night out can,t wait. helen robinson lets get the camdon square lot together once again.
Helen Robinson <helen.mounter@bfsdirect.co>
Bristol, UK - Saturday, October 07, 2006 at 16:20:03 (PDT)
Sherwood Forester, thanks for that . Keep on smiling.
- Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:31:41 (PDT)
Bill in SA. That ‘ear ring’ was real cheap. I hear you’ve earned millions down there and you send me some cheap muck that turns my lobe green. Shame on you. Did the parcel ever arrive? Jackie, I am not sure the British/American thing is a good idea. How about some French?
Mwich, - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:31:08 (PDT)
It's two years since I last visited the guestbook and I see Jacueline is still ranting on about religion, Seahamlad seems to have vanished thank goodness though - too much to ask for that he will stay away????
Parkside Girl
- Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:30:07 (PDT)
- Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:29:24 (PDT)
what year did the cinema close (the empire) at the bottom of church st. and what was the last film? any ideas
seaham, co durham - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:28:36 (PDT)
JackieIf you're going to visit immediate family then just do it and not procrastinate. Life is too short. I doubt if you walked down Church Street anyone would pay any attention to you, unless you deliberately drew attention to yourself.I've lived in Seaham all my life, I'm in my early forties and I'd never heard of you until I read this guestbook.I'm sure you're special or significant to a certain few, but Seaham is a big place. There'll be no bunting or even a posse to face on your return, whatever went on in your past.
Seaham, Co Durham - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:27:50 (PDT)
does anyone remember the little boy that was knocked down by fatty lockyer in the fifties outside st mary mags school and he dident put a report in
- Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:26:32 (PDT)
This from our resident sooth-sayer, Jaqueline: "Maturity begins when one develops an understanding of people and realizes that people are "made up" of what life experience they experience: past, present and current". So how come it hsn't worked in your case?: [there's a tautology in that quote by the way, it sort of detracts from the lecture when your English grammar lets you down].That, Jaqueline, is a perfect example of the old adage that not everthing in life follows a pattern, and most certainly not any pattern based on religious wittering.I have spent almost 50 years working with and managing people in many walks of life, and it is my humble opinion that it is the religiose amongst us who are generally the least mature, and constantly need to resort to the good book to emphasise what they cannot articulate of their own.I have news for you! Maturity doesn't come from a book, especially not that one! It comes from a gradual appreciation of what blows your hair back, be it the love of your fellow man,your wife, a good family,great kids and grandkids, and the consolation from a glass of good wine at the end of the day!It does not come from a life spent largely alone with hope springing eternal from every page of a book, no matter how many hundreds of people had a hand in its writing!Have a nice day!
Colin Hall <youngbryce@yahoo.com>
New Zealand - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:25:57 (PDT)
has anyone out there got any photos of the westlea highlanders jazz band please let me know thanks
seaham < spiritdancer41uk@hotmail.com>
- Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:22:44 (PDT)
Hi John, My brother-in law, Jack Waters, was married to Ann Drinkwater's sister Elsie. Who are you ?
Ray Briggs <briggsahoy@hoymail.com>
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:21:50 (PDT)
This is a good information site about seaham harbour see you soon lee
lee Parsons < parsonsbuilders@hotmail.com>
Bradford, England UK - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:19:57 (PDT)
Hello,is there any-one out there!!!,I've been trying for quite a while now to contact fellow pupils who went to CAMDEN SQUARE SCHOOL from 1967-1972,(1a-5gb)with a view to a reunion,but have had absolutely no success so now I reckon it's time to give up!.I bumped into Susan Milford yesterday,she always has time for a smile and a few words,so at least I know not all of us have departed this life!,IAN C.
SEAHAM, - Monday, October 02, 2006 at 15:18:11 (PDT)
Thanks so very much for taking your time to create this very useful and informative site. I have learned a lot from your site. Thanks!!1
- Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 15:01:54 (PDT)
"Judge not, unless you want to be judged." Did you know that each time each one of us has judged another person, (we all are guilty of it...come on and admit it)that three extra fingers are pointing at us judging us. I am thinking of returning home for a visit, sometime next year.. It will be the first time I have been to visit Seaham in 16 years.. My purpose is really to visit with my immediate family. 16 years is a long time... yet, I seem to run into "idol gossip" of some individuals of Seaham who cannot seem to get past the "80's" and how we all behaved to one another. Did you know, each time we recite the "Our Father" we ask God to "forgive us, as we forgive others." How many of us actually do forgive others? I just wonder??? Or do we say that prayer each Sunday sitting in the pew at church without a thought to the meaning of the prayer and still.... continue to hold wrongful grudges, and a unwillingness to forgive and to try to understand people. "Seek not to! be understood, before understanding." I hope if I do return, perhaps those "grudges" will no longer be an issue. Maturing for everyone does not begin at age 21, or even 31.... Real Maturity, begins usually close to 40 years old, when people have had the opportunity to experience life in many diverse situations. Maturity begins when one develops an understanding of people and realizes that people are "made up" of what life experience they experience: past, present and current. Elizabeth... I wish you well. The door is open for a cup of tea anytime. God Bless. Have a beautiful day.
USA, - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 15:00:53 (PDT)
Can anyone advise how I can trace a birthdate for an individual, the usual census/genes re-united etc traces usually end up with the sting in the tail requesting payments so, any assistance that can be offered will be appreciated. If you can assist, then my E-Mail address for contact is brokenbrains@tiscali.co.uk.
wingate, - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:57:30 (PDT)
If anybody was friends with Ann Drinkwater please get in touch, Ann lived at the bottom of Rutland St opp garages near railway line, went to Seaham Modern school until 1960. Trying to organise suprise 40th anniversary get together. Her sisters were, Alvin, Doris, Edna, Elsie, Marie, Brother Bobby. reply to: john.colquhoun@ntlworld.com
Anne Drinkwater
Alicante, Costa Orihuela Spain - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:56:26 (PDT)
Seaham red star football club present "punk night". Two Seaham punk bands perform, first band is one of the best sex pistols sound alikes in the country, Next Pistols. The second band is a fairly new band, Stottin Headaches who perform all those old punk classics. This event starts at approx 8.30 pm on the 7th october.
punks in seaham
seaham, - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:54:52 (PDT)
I just got Seaham Harbour Girls Grammar School added to "Friends Reunited" website..... so come on all of the old Princess Road lot add your names !!!
Judy C <judern@rogers.ca>
Alliston(North of Toronto), Ontario Canada - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:53:58 (PDT)
Looking for Norman Roberts.We served together on Xmas Isle1958.He was the camp barber .I know he lived in Seaham.
Les Jones (Jona) <jona8675@blueyonder.co.uk >
Preston, Lancashire - Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 14:52:29 (PDT)
Pat,I was also born in 1949 in Nothlea road No. 4.Which number did you live at. I am still in touch with Brian Hambleton who lived at 17 Nelson St. just opposite where I was born, do you know him?
john cookland <john.cookland@ntlworld.com>
Stevenage, Herts UK - Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 15:19:11 (PDT)
i was born in seaham 1996 and it rocks!
sophie cahill
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 15:17:14 (PDT)
Hi everyone,does anybody remember my dad Edward Roland Docherty who worked and had an acciedent in wearmouth pit 14th september 1966 and as a result died from his injuries,i have been trying to trace any living relatives or friends who knew him. We think he may have grew up in Pennywell but not to sure. He was the father of two daughters maria and gillian Docherty and married to Mary from liverpool.we have two possible links of addresses: 15 Harold Street and 3 Sophie Street Southwick Sunderland. Perhaps you where a neighbour of my mother and father? He had two sisters June Donkin married to Arthur Donkin who had three children.His other sister was Marine Corkin who had a son called Stuart and was married to bobby Corkin. Also my father had one brother called John Docherty.My grandfather Edward Docherty(had the same name) was also a miner and worked down the same pit as my dad and was married to Anne. When our dad died we where brought to liverpool and lost all con! tact with our family.I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or could possilbly be related to me.I would be more than grateful for any information given. with thanks Maria
Maria Docherty <mariasteel@hotmail.co.uk>
Kirby, Liverpool Uk - Sunday, September 17, 2006 at 15:15:58 (PDT)
hi i was born in seaham 1949 and would love to find any relatives still living there my parents were the barnetts from beech cresent and the redshaws from malvern cresent i was born at northlea road it was a prefab anyone out there with ant info please contact many thanks
pat < slimred0@aol.com>
madeley, cheshire england - Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 15:18:25 (PDT)
we're doing about seaham harbour at school so that's why I'm looking at the site.
Sam Stewart
Durham, - Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at 15:16:45 (PDT)
I grew up in Seaham and went to Seaham Sec mod school. I did an apprenticeship in Hair at Calverts in Marlborough Street and left in 1963 to join the Royal Air Force. If anyone can remember me I would be delighted to hear from you. Pat.
Pat Brammah nee Hills
Brisbane, Queensland Australia - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 13:36:18 (PDT)
I came up to Murton for a school reunion after fifty years of leaving St Josephs. I was most impressed to see Seaham Harbour how well laid out,the cliff top walk, the beach, and the town itself. But what has happened to Murton? The shops on the terrace with there steel shutters on the shop windows could teach fort knox a thing or two on security. The pit memorial monument, (where generations of local men toiled ,and some gave their lives) looks like it's starting to be robbed for its bricks. I still have the feeling for Murton in my heart,as I was born there in 1940 lived there untill I was 18 ,worked on the belts,then down the pit at the five Quater shaft. I hope there is a future for Murton,as it looked very bleak those days I spent there in March 2006.
Walter Riley
Felixstowe, Suffolk UK - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 13:34:24 (PDT)
In Seaham the last Bank Holiday weekend was totally ruined by an event being held in our town. The Horse Fair came to town and Seaham was turned into "Appleby Fair". Hundreds of people from the Travelling Community decended on Seaham. These people were residing in a farmers field just past Seaham Hall, they started arriving on Monday 21st Ausgust and finally left on Wednesday 30th August. The town was transformed - horses, horse and trap rding throught the town at all times of day and night by adults and children, pavements, roads, the promenade and beach being fouled by these animals. The Sunderland Echo had a small report on the Horse Fair and in the article mentioned that a parade would take place - horses, traps and caravans being the theme and that to accommodate this event North Terrace would be closed for the duration, this was to take place on August Ban Holiday Monday. he reality of all of this was that the travellers invaded our town and on the Sund! ay evening North Terrace resembled the Wild West I saw this for myself - gangs of drunken men being transported from pub to pub by pick-up trucks carrying up to half a dozen men on the back - one was even being sick from the moving vehicle, horses tied up outside pubs. By noon on Monday the police were closing the road running from the A19 ( Dalton Park ) roudabout to allow the event to run up and down this road and along North Terrace. These people were riding up and down these roads like law less hooligans with total disregard for residents and property. Monday evening all pups and clubs in the vicinity did not open - they had had enough from the previous evening and were advised to keep their doors closed. Let us hope that this is not going to be an annual event. I have wrote to the Echo and even tried to voice my concerns on BBC Radio Newcastle but my letter was not published and my call was not put through to the Mike Parr phone in. Do we really need events in Seah! am like this - our Bank Holiday weekend was ruined and local b! usinesses lost money. If this event is to be an annual event maybe they should hold it in Durham City.
Val Roberts
Seaham, - Sunday, September 10, 2006 at 13:32:21 (PDT)
i came to seaham last yr looking for family,it culminated in finding a brother an sister,surprise for us all i can tell you.interesting town,was thinking of moving up north, berwick newcastle or seaham,you all nice people but think i stay close to london
cazzy <carole2@gmail>
lowerstoft, suffolk uk - Tuesday, September 05, 2006 at 14:56:58 (PDT)
old,worked with brickies Alan Guy and Jimmy Bruce at Vane Tempest left pit1983 please get in touch.
Ernie Cowell < artemis@netbreeze.co.uk>
Seaham, Durham England - Sunday, September 03, 2006 at 13:21:46 (PDT)
Beardy. hope you're still wearing that single ear-ring I gave you?
Bill in SA
- Sunday, September 03, 2006 at 13:18:16 (PDT)
Hello once again I wrote an earlier letter trying to see if anyone rememberedme mam she is a Seaham Lass her maiden name was Yvonne Gilbert she marriedAlan Harland and had 2 children Paul and Tracey Mams mam was the late JennyHood I would love to let her know people remember her she also remembersLenny Button and all those classic tales, Much thanks Tracey.
Tracey Harland <traceyjayne64@aol.com>
Fairmont, WV - Sunday, September 03, 2006 at 13:17:23 (PDT)
i have searched the internet and local papers and cant find any whippet puppiesfor sale localy. we used to have whippets when we were first married andwould like another, we have a 2yr lurche rbitch and we would like a whippetbitch as well. my husband walks her for about 2hrs a day. so could you pleasehelp us find one if possible . she would have a good and loving home. thankyou
Edith Barrett <edithbarrett@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:37:21 (PDT)
Beardy, thanks for thinking of me, hope you are well, Its been along time
Bill in SA
- Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:29:11 (PDT)
My father was Under Manager at Seaham for some time and as a tribute to all miners my mother wrote the following verse:-The Underground Commando’sHis work is hard, the going rough,He says so little, but we know enough,To admire his strength, and inwardly praiseThe miners’ skill, in their devious ways.Deep in the earth, to keep us alive,They sweat and toil, the pit a hive,Of men and boys, who year by year,Only laugh at the mention of fear.What can we know, who work above ground,Of their courage and pride in their daily round,Heedless of danger, their work goes on,We all need the coal, this peace must be won.When explosions occur they offer their lives,And go down in that hell, their bravery revived,Our thoughts of heroes, who think of naught,But saving their pals the explosion caught.Must we then think only of those who fight, With bayonet and gun, mining men have the rightTo be honoured – applauded – these workers of pits“The Underground Commando’s “ – The name that fits !!!by Mrs Mary Kathleen Chapman
TedMike Chapman < mec.chapman@yahoo.co.uk>
Southend on Sea, Essex UK - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:28:39 (PDT)
Hi Peter Easton, I am very sorry, Rev Greame Pollock has moved to SouthShields..not Chester le street as i had said before.Sorry!
cambs UK - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:25:57 (PDT)
Thanks Beardy, haven't laughed so hard for a long time. You're the man!
Sherwood Forester
Newark, - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:25:04 (PDT)
Tony in Spain - I have not seen you on here for quite a while. I hopeyou are well. We have not communicated in sometime – I though of sendingyou an email but what the heck, I thought I would use this G/B. Anyway, hopeall is well and that your summer time is fun. I am good, done a fair bitof travelling around Europe ...summer heat is still on over here.. but Isure am not looking forward to cooler weather. The autumn is a sure signwinter is on its way. I would rather have a gin and tonic on a hot day thanhot apple cider drinks and peach tea. Shoot me sometime.. God Bless! Yourfriend.. Peter
Munich, Germany - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:24:18 (PDT)
elisa alderson <elisa.jayne@ttlworld.com>
stockton, england - Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:22:52 (PDT)
"Beardy" I liked your "British" version of my text to "Seahamlad" Howabout you teach me to speak British again, (and spell the British way) andI will teach you "American." Hope y'all are well over there across the pond!God Bless Y'all! Jacqueline
- Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 15:21:35 (PDT)
Bill in SA. I have not seen you on here for quite a while. I hope youare well. We have not communicated in sometime – I though of sending youan email but what the heck, I thought I would use this G/B. Anyway, hopeall is well and that your summer time is fun. I am good, done a fair bitof travelling around Europe ...summer heat is still on over here.. but Isure am not looking forward to cooler weather. The autumn is a sure signwinter is on its way. I would rather have a cool Guinness on a hot day thanhot apple cider drinks and peach tea. Shoot me sometime.. God Bless! Yourfriend.. Beardy
M/wich, - Monday, August 21, 2006 at 15:49:19 (PDT)
"Seahamlad" I have not see you on here for quite a while. I hope you arewell. We have not communicated in sometime - that is a good thing for someof our readers and users of this G/B. Anyway, hope all is well and that yoursummer time is fun. I am good, done a fair bit of traveling here and there...summerheat is still on over here.. but I sure am looking forward to some coolerweather. The fall is a pleasant time, for some cool breezes, hot apple ciderdrinks and peach tea. Skoot me a note sometime.. God Bless! Your friend..Jacqueline.
- Friday, August 18, 2006 at 16:09:44 (PDT)
I read with interest the other day that someone in Seaham had releasedsome floating candle lanterns into the air to celebrate their moving intotheir new home.These lanterns were then mistaken for UFO's hovering aroundthe Sunderland area.This led to all sorts of calls being made to the emergencyservices and those particularly peculiar people who believe in all of this"watch the skies" nonsense.Is it just me or does anyone else find this storyabsolutely incredible?? I know,,someone actually celebrating moving in toSeaham!!Unbelievable!!
A19 Traveller
- Friday, August 18, 2006 at 16:07:12 (PDT)
hi to jim robinson and helen robinson, i remember u both, i,m travelingup to seaham in a couple of days,lol i,ll let u know how i get on up there,see u soon linda robinson.
linda staynings <lyn_uk44@msn.com>
bristol , avon uk - Monday, August 14, 2006 at 10:28:58 (PDT)
Hi Ron, it may be my e-mail address(my son set it up)you need toput an underscore between james_charlotte. If you do want more info you cantxt me your e-mail address to 0210315930 (free pint sounds good!)cheers JimR
jim <mace@dalton.demon.co.uk-james_charlotte-@xtra.co.nz>
Taupo, BOP New Zealand - Monday, August 14, 2006 at 10:27:23 (PDT)
Hi Rebecca, this is Jacqueline. I will send to you a personal e-mail sometimethis next weekend. I am very busy at this time - with work. Wow! It has beena long time since I last spoke to your dad, Stephen and your uncle John andAunt Helen. Your grandfather was John Markie. I was his oldest from his firstmarriage and I got to know him quite well - my being almost 14 when he died.I can tell you lots of stories and share some photos. I hope you are well.In fact, I hope all 3 of my dad's children are well. I have worried overthem these years - we had very different upbringings and took very differentpaths on our adult journey in life. You may also e-mail me at my e-mail:Jacquiekmary@aol.com Do take care Rebecca. Jacqueline.
USA - Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 14:39:51 (PDT)
Seahamlad, I've been away and just scrolled down to your message aboutChat-Room etc. on friday nights. I will try and comply soon. In the meantime,my e-mail is there. All the Best B.G.
Brian Greenfingers <berbri@btinternet.com>
- Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:17:38 (PDT)
Looking for anyone who lived on Second St Horden 1920s 1960s arond no 70-89.Doing Family tree on Olivers, Judds,smiths and Cattermole
clair <clair-0707@hotmail.co.uk>
Kirkby In Ashfield, Nottingham UK - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:16:08 (PDT)
Hi seaham harbour, does anyone know of:- Lynn Scrafton or Susan Cougle.went to a secondry school inSeaham called The Sis? Mid seventies, would beabout 42ish now. remeber me Julie I left just before we took our CSE's. dadbecame policeman, just before miners strike 1980?
Julie <rubens_girl@hotmail.com>
Folkestone, Kent - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:14:44 (PDT)
I'm trying to trace relaives of my mother on her behalf. I'm looking to find a C. Coates of 6/8 Grasmere Street?I'm not sure if this is New Seaham or Seaham Harbour but I would be very grateful for any information anyone could give me.Many Thanks.
Laura Brathorne <laura-brathorne@hotmail.co.uk>
uk - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:13:26 (PDT)
my name is rebecca my grandad died before i was born his name was johnmarkie he died on a shipping accident if any one knows anything could youplease help me out i am eight years old i also think that jacqueline maybe my aunty i have never spoke to you or seen you and i would love you toget in touch my dad is stephen markie and i also have an uncle john markieand a aunty helen markie thamk you patricia-1973@hotmail.co.uk
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Elizabeth <hi@hotmail.com>
Germany, Sweden SG - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:11:42 (PDT)
Hi Peter Easton, I do believe Rev Greame Pollock has moved to Chester le street.Hope this helps.
cambs uk - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:11:11 (PDT)
Does anyone know when the work will finally start on the new bus station& retail shops? I came into Seaham the other day on the bus and wasappalled at the state of the bus station & the old court house. It isthe 1st place that visitors to the town see & it is not very much ofa welcoming site! Seaham always seems to lag behind everyone else when itcomes to re-development, there are always hold-ups & excuses, but no-oneseems to be pushing for the work to start, surely it would be better to demolishthe old court & get the ground ready for re-development, instead of keepingit now as an absolute eyesore & I would be happy to see the bus stationdown as well, with temporary bus stops until the new one is built. Whatdo other readers of this site think...or suggest, when I ask people I know,they just shrug their shoulders & say no one in authority seems to bebothered about putting pressure on the developments to start. What is thepoint of building all thes! e nice new houses in Seaham, when the towncentre is a nightmare. There has been talk of the re-developments for yearsnow & still nothing has been built (or demolished!), it's a pity &work can't start soon enough for me.
a seaham to be proud of
- Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:10:29 (PDT)
jim robinson taupo n/z thanks for the info.much appreciated.have triedto e/mail twice . both rejected.probably because i,m a one finger operator,iwasbrought up on pencils.my son will be out there end sept. i,m hoping to visitaround easter ,never know,may be able to stand you a pint.thanks again yours...ron m
ron masters
stevenage, herts uk - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:08:42 (PDT)
I came accross this website by chance I am actually looking for a hotelto stay in, as I plan a visit soon. I lived in Seaham from birth until Iwas 11 years old. My father Norman Elliott worked at Seaham Colliery, mygrandad Charles Anderson worked at the Vane Tempest. Many of my cousins anduncles were in the pits. Now we are scattered all over the world, but itwould be nice to hear from anyone from seaham, as my parents,myself and sisterstill talk about the people we knew. My parents, both in their 80's arestill going strong and to tell them that I have been on this website willgive them quite a boost.
ruth prentice <arp@bluefine.co.uk>
buckfastleigh, devon england - Sunday, August 06, 2006 at 15:07:34 (PDT)
Hello, all Iam trying so hard to trace me mam and dads family. Dad AlanHarland married to Yvonne Gilbert they had two Children Paul and Tracey.We moved to Warwickshre from Hetton-le-Hole. Dads father was Alfred Harlandmarried to Dora he had a cousin Dawn Andreson and an Uncle with whom he wasclose Robert Louis Andrerson they lived in houghton. Mams mam was Jenny Hoodand she grew up in Seaham harbour. If this rings a bell for anyone pleasecontact me anytime. Also looking for Iris and Reg Holmes they had a daughterMarilyn
Tracey Vincent (nee) Harland <tjvin9664@wmconnect.com>
Fairmont, WV USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:35:19 (PDT)
JAMES KEANE born 1950- 5,I last seen jimmy around may 1972 dublin in ahostel with his mother mary keane please get intouch any one that knew jimmyKeane.
mary horan gordon < mcguinnesscaroline@hotmail.com>
dublin, Ireland - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:33:44 (PDT)
In memory of Joel Pielmeier,When I was just a teen age lad,Our country was attacked.Japan ambushed our Navy,'Cause we had turned our back.You thought that by past actions,That we had lost our will to fight.You've mistaken all our kindnessAnd now you'll feel our might.For now, another blow's been struck,By someone yet unknown.They thought that they could bring us down,But now they're all alone.No country dare protect them,There's no place where they can hide.The world must decide today,If they are on our side.For a giant has been wakened,And together we will stand.We will find and turn them out,In any foreign land.You never, ever, pick a fight,That you have no chance to win.What kind of Heaven do you seek,If you get there through a sin?The world as we know it,Will no longer be the same.But you will now be sent to hell,You've got yourself to blame.But, for one thing I am thankful,In the many flags, I see.We have united once again,I'm as proud as I can be.The terrorists has made his move,Our country still stands free.Old Glory waves from many homes,>From sea to shining sea.You may have won this battle,But the war has just begun.We won't rest until you're found,We got you on the run.You made your move, you struck your blow,And yet we still stand tall,Free people never start a fight,But they answer every call.These cowards now will never sleep,GOD may forgive their soul.We will place them in the grave,For they have dug the hole.My only wish, I know it's wrong,But before the killers die,I hope the victim's voices rise,And they hear the mournful cries.
A Friend
- Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:32:09 (PDT)
I've just been reading about Camden Square school on the guestbook andwondered if anyone who was in the 5th year (1975) would care to submit tothe guestbook, and let's see how many we can get on here.
Durham, - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:29:49 (PDT)
Great to hear from you all but I am trying to get in touch with Rev GreamePollock from Dawdon. The web says that the vicaraige was sold and the numberis no longer available. I know he was not to healthy but am worried. Alsoif anyone knows the whereabouts of either Margaret Henry (Easton) or AimieEaston then I would be very grateful.
Peter Easton <peter.easton@transguardgroup.net>
Bur Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:29:07 (PDT)
looking for any mates went south hetton shcool in the 19-53
cubby stephenson <cubby_s@hotmail.co.uk>
peterlee, durham england - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 10:27:27 (PDT)
Found am earlier message from a Mr S W Cooper enquiring about Ethel Osmond.Tried to contact you however, the E.Mail address was unable to be reached.Mr Cooper, you can contact me direct on brokenbrains@tiscali.co.uk shouldyou wish to know anything further about my mother.
Steve Redden <brokenbrains@tiscali.co.uk>
Wingate, Durham England - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 16:12:16 (PDT)
Hello Ron Masters, Tauranga Is A Good Place with beautiful weather (nofrost in winter),great beaches at Mount Maunganui(the mount) and Papamoa.Close To The Coromandel(big holiday spot)and is 1 of the largest expandingareas of NZ. House prices are a bit higher,good shopping by NZ standardsbut be warned lifestyle is very different. A lot of people work from homeon a self employed business but I think there is a shortage of hairdressers.Thereare many many expats here, my friend is from Blyth(mag), I played a dartsfinal against someone from Murton and another friend's son in law was thescorer at Ryhope cricket club when I played there! Your grandson will losehis accent in 6 months and think his parents talk like "poms". If you wouldlike anymore info or pics you can e-mail me on -james_charlotte-@xtra.co.nz
Jim Robinson <-james_charlotte-@xtra.co.nz>
Taupo, BOP nz - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 15:40:15 (PDT)
Ian C I ( Valerie Armstrong )went to Camden Square 1967 - 1972 drop me an e mal
Val Roberts <valerier_2000_uk@yahoo.co.uk>
Seaham, - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 15:38:04 (PDT)
Ian C I ( Valerie Armstrong )went to Camden Square 1967 - 1972 drop me an e mal
Val Roberts
- Friday, July 21, 2006 at 15:37:29 (PDT)
I enjoyed my regular visits to Seaham,in the early 50's, to see my latefathers cousin, William Jackson and family, it seems that sometime in the1890's, brother and sister, from a Jackson family, married brother and sisterfrom a Spence family Joe Spence lived there for many years, he was a fireboy, when he was only 11, in 1914, any info appreciated
Gilbert Michael Spence <gilspence@hotmail.com>
Wrexham, Wales - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 15:36:47 (PDT)
HELP!!!, I'm trying to get in touch with any-one who went to Camden Squarefrom 1967-1972 (1A-5BG)but i'm not having too much success.We're all aroundFORTY-TEN years old now and i'd love us all to get together for a reunionbefore we all shuffle off!
SEAHAM, - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:52:21 (PDT)
Was very disappointed to read that Seaham was in the national press forall the wrong reasons again. I have 2 retired greyhounds and they make greatpets.
Sherwood Forester
- Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:51:33 (PDT)
my name cubby stephenson i went to south hetton school in the 50s just get in contack
cubby <cubby_s@hotmail.co.uk>
peterlee, - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:50:52 (PDT)
I am trying to find any info on my grandfather Jack Stuart who ran a fewpubs in Seaham Harbour, the last one I believe was the Golden Lion togetherwith The Railway Inn in Carlisle. His first wife was Catherine Loughranand their children were Jack, Kathleen and Edward [Teddy who ran The EdinburghCastle in Seaham]. His second wife was Mary Russell Wilson and they had,Ivy, Doris, Edna, Tommy and Jean. Jack was born in 1883 and died in 1947. It apopears that he did quite a lot of community work, does anyone haveany info in particular on Catherine, because I would love to be in touchof any of her childrens family.
Vicky Woollard <parkersfolk@btopenworld.com>
Orsett, Essex - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:49:44 (PDT)
SEAHAM, - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:47:41 (PDT)
to colin hall' thanks for the kind offer of a contact for my son.he,sleaving on 20 sept.house is leavingin container 28/7. he has a job to goto,his wife is hoping for work in hairdressing or starting up on her ownagain.they are planning to start in tauranga ?? any info you can give mewelcomed.young david the g/son who i took to the nack asks ..do the peoplein n/z talk funny like the people he met in seaham ..ive told him he,ll likelymeet a few out there.i hope they get a spare room before i,m to old to travel yours ron masters.
ron masters
stevenage, herts - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:46:24 (PDT)
To Joe Williams: Did you ever live in Tyne St? Anna
Anna <pletts5@hotmail.com>
Kings Lynn, Norfolk - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 14:45:00 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, would it be possible for me to speak to you sometimein the chatroom? have a lot of things I'd like to discus. I usually clockin on Fridays at 10-30pm (ish)
- Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:09:59 (PDT)
Hi readers i returned to Seaham with my wife eileen last week the 7th 8th and 9th of July.It was a special occasion as it was my nieces 25th wedding anniversary.this was held in Westlea club (Mitchells) now.On saturday we all went to Durham Big Meeting and marched in with the Banners it brought back a few memories from years ago.we all had a great day out,but Sunday soon came round and i had to drive back to Portsmouth.thanks to Ian Brewster who gave me a cd of events in Seaham
John Spencer <johnspencer1948@hotmail.com>
Portsmouth, Hampshire England - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:09:20 (PDT)
FOR PAT OF PETERLEE I spoke to my fried about your project and he wouldbe interested. He wont be back in the North until September though. Can Iget him to contact you?
Paul schute
London, - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:07:34 (PDT)
joe Williams, your answer seems logical Mate and I withdraw my remark!I have always supported all our local Football teams, but my first love isthe Magpies, and I like also to see the Makims win (unless theyre playingmy first love) I am also a supporter of Rugby, that is the real rugby- UNION,sometimes watch the League, but it doesn't have the same appeal.I think Iknow you Joe, next time I see you I'll pass the time of day. To JacquelineI would say I'll take your remarks in the spirit you gave them and try harder.
- Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:06:41 (PDT)
To Joe williams, It was the youngest our Paul he wasonly 45 years old and always drank in the Red star.I dont know if you rememberour liz but she also died a few year a go. Comming from a large family andliving un the quality end of seaham you get to know a lot of people and somegreat characters.I know the reputation of the area was bad but the peoplewere realy down to earth and i loved living there.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:05:50 (PDT)
Jacqueline... see... you CAN do it. We would all like to hear what thenews is in the US so it would be nice to hear from you on that front. I goto the US about 4 times a year and simply love the place so I would be interestedto hear what cities you have visited.
- Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:04:46 (PDT)
Mandy in Canada; your message of 6 June. You did not say which schoolphotographs you were interested in. I have a class photo of 1957 from SeahamLow Colliery School with the names of all the girls. It is possible thatyou will know most of them. If you are interested drop me an e-mail and I'llsend the photo on to you.
Les <Les208@aol.com>
Billingham, - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 16:03:39 (PDT)
To Jim Mather, Small world... I was just out with Kath in May gone.Weall had a reunion(Vane Tempest Theatre Group). It was good to see her asit has been some time since we last saw each other.Uncle Jim had a heartattack about october last year. He seems to be ok now.Hope you are well?I do manage to get to Seaham every two months or so It's good to see Seahamgetting better and better. Take care,
Huntingdon, Cambs - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 15:59:04 (PDT)
To anna, Yes Dora wright was my stepmother she married my dadjimmy shortly after my mam died. Is there a reason you are asking and doyou know our family.My dad has also passed away as have our liz and Paul.
Jim Mather < bandit10@btopenworld.com>
Sunderland, - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 15:57:46 (PDT)
to seaham lad, i only asked how long you had being a mag, but the bitabout scum was not made up by me or any sunderland supporter but by the nationalpress. p.s had you ever being a sunderland supporter?????[truth please]
joe williams
seaham, - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 15:56:35 (PDT)
to jim mather, i was reading thro seaham guestbook when you said yourbrother had died a few months ago which one? also my deepest sympathy mate.byethe way it amazes me how many people you know and how you can remember thingsso far back. it makes great reading.
joe williams < murphygrowl@wi-surf.com>
seaham, - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 15:55:49 (PDT)
I've just logged on and read the comments, some of them have made me laughand some have made me cringe. I have to say there is a lot of bitchinessand sarcasm here, it makes interesting reading. I'm a true ex SEAHAM ladand (and a Sunderland supporter), thought I'd throw that in seeing some ofthe comments from seahamlad etc..... I have lived around the country sinceI got married (back in 1991) and we are just about to celebrate our 15thanniversary at the end of the month, not bad in this day and age. I'm happyto say we have two lovely daughters, one is almost 14 and the other nearly3, big gap between them but who cares. Anyway, I'd love to hear from anyonewho may remember me or who would just like to inform me of the goings onin my old home town. Thanks for the entertainment people.
Ian Holy <ianholt1973@aol.com>
Doncaster, - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 15:54:40 (PDT)
Thank you so much for this wonderful site it helps when we get home sick.My Parents are Alan and Yvonnne Harland mom was born and raised in Seahamher sister and brother also.
Tracy Harland < tjvin9664@wmconnect.com>
Fairmont, W V - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:38:57 (PDT)
Joe from Seaham, you shouldn't call Newcastle supporters nasty names like"scum" theres enough bad feeling in this World without you adding to it,so kindy criticise if you must, but in more concilitary terms. with regardsto SAFC, unfortunately they have done very little on the football field sinceWW2, apart from a brief flurry in 1973. the trouble is that the people whohave run the club, have very little ambition, unlike the Fans who are secondto none! I recently read an old book written by a former Player of the Clubwho devoted a whole chapter to what the average football Director knew aboutfootball, which strangely he left blank, I think he got it just right.
- Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:37:34 (PDT)
Helen, I saw you message about James Watson. My Mothers maiden name wasWatson. When do you think your dad was born? this will help establish ifhe is a relative of my mother. You are welcome to contact me by my emailaddress, it did not give yours very clearly on your message. I look forwardto hearing from you. Regards John
John Robert Cookland <john.cookland@ntlworld.com>
stevenage, herts - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:36:28 (PDT)
To Jim Mather, question please, are you any relation of Dora Wright(R I P) she married Jim Mather. Anna
Anna <pletts5@hotmail.com>
Kings Lynn, - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:35:06 (PDT)
I posted on this list on Wednesday, looking for help tracing my familytree, Within 24 hrs, I have been given the information I needed, have contactedthe descendants of the person I have been looking for, and have been ableto give them a substantial amount of information to fill in their missinggaps. Its all thanks to a lovely lady called Margaret who took the timeand effort to help. Sincere thanks. Now all I need to do is solve themystery of Chappie Maxwell Regards Mike G
Mike Gilchrist <silkata@btinternet.com>
- Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:33:21 (PDT)
To Dee, Yes i was married to Pauline and we lived next to your motherdown the harbour we lived in Robert street.Your mam used to teach tap dancingand my daughters used to go.Your uncle Jimmy till gets in the Red star buthe had a heart attack not so long ago i belive.My brother who sadley dieda few months ago knew him very well.I knew him from years ago.I always thoughtthey had a older brother,unless it was just a relation.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:31:53 (PDT)
To "Seahamoldboy" from Durham. Thank you for your kindness. Sometimes,I just get ahead of myself and like to push for debates, my "religious zealous"is never meant or to intentionally offend others. Anyway, life at this time,is full of changes and busy, so I am focused on things over here. Sorry tohear that "Val" is taking a break. Seahamlad, you need to be a little more"gentle" when responding to others, especially others who are much olderthan yourself... remember, "have respect for the seniors.. or the new wordfor seniors is those in their "Wisdom years." Also, did you know those whoare coming up to 40 years old within the next year or two, 40 is now the"new 20's)... the 50's are now the "New 30's) I guess now, o one wants tofeel they are getting older, so we are doing everything we can to keep ouryouthfulness. I know for myself, I exercise, and eat healthy and try to stayyouthful.. though, I would like to age "gracefully." Anyway.. take care all...!
- Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:30:20 (PDT)
Your site is great. I just happened to have a moment to surf the net andcame across it. Thanks 4 the good information I have found on your site.Nice site. Bookmarked.
New York - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:28:11 (PDT)
Ron Masters; yes, I quite agree, an opportunity missed, and I now wishI had knocked on the door of 143, but perhaps we become more conservativethe older we get! I was born in the front room, as indeed were all of us,and my brother's kids when he was 'living-in' what was then my father's house.Infact I can recall everyone not involved, which was all males, were thrownout of the house by the Midwife and made to stand outside in the rain untilit was safe to go back inside. If your son wants a point of contact to getin touch when he arrives in NZ he can contact me[within NZ]on 04-9730802,anddrop the 04 if he's in the Wellington calling area.He's doing the right thing;don't worry.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 15:27:17 (PDT)
Hello, I am wondering if any of you would be able to help me. I am adoptedand trying to trace my relatives from Seaham. My birth mothers name is ChristineHalliday and my birth fathers name is said to be James Watson. If anyoneknows them or any relatives of theirs, please could you get in touch by e-mailingme. Thanks :)
Helen <helen_catherine@hotmail.co.ukhelen_catherine@helen_catherine@helen_catherine@hotmail.co.ukhotmail.co.ukhotmail.co.uk>
Middlesbrough, - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:10:49 (PDT)
Hi folks. I posted earlier this year trying to find a guy called ChappieMaxwell, but no luck, but wonder if anyone can help me with another 'lost'relative. This time I am looking for descendants of Robert Austin Gilchristb 1910, d 1939. It would seem he married a Catherine Edwards in 1935, andthere may have been at least one child, a female. Most likely he would havelived in and around Deneside in the ABC streets, His siblings were James(Jim), John, Nellie, Lily, Pamela,Annie & Belle. I have a lead on mostof the others but his is missing. Any help would be much appreciated. Regards Mike G
Mike Gilchrist <silkata@btinternet.com>
- Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:08:10 (PDT)
colin hall ,re your last entry ,an chance missed, maybe never to comeagain' my youngest son &family are moving out to north island n/z endaug. youngest g/son wanted to visit home of [his ancestors] i took him toseaham in half term he enjoyed the trip and the area where the family grewup.before we left we visited the house where his dad was born and got outhis camera.a man came to the door; wot ya dee un .david explained, wy dinut stand there cum in pet .i love my old town buti think you, like me haveforgotten just how kind and understanding the folk of seaham can be .as isaid colin amissed chance and thankyou the man who,se name i didn,t get forgiving my g/son a memory to take to his new home
ron masters
stevenage, uk - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:06:46 (PDT)
i wonder how long seahamlad has been a mag?i wonder if he like the otherturncoats in seaham and yes they is a few of them.support sunderland thenstab them in the back when things are not going well and move to that lotup the road[the scum i mean]and remember this is what the NATIONAL PRESSCALLED THEM NOT SUNDERLAND SUPPORTERS.F.T.M.
seaham, - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:05:08 (PDT)
Colin-Good to see you back,interesting to think we might know each other.What names and times coincided with your recollections, please let me know,incidentlydo you know Ray Briggs of Nova Scotia from times past as we keep in touchon a regular basis.Look forward to hearing from you.
Tony from Spain <tony@guadalmina.com>
Espana - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:04:12 (PDT)
Thanks for those few kind words Jacquie and Briangreenfingers but I findSeahamlad and 'Another Seahamlad' a bit too overpowering, something certainlywrong there. I have enjoyed reading Seaham online but am now backing offand will not bother to read it anymore, I feel very sad at this but I justcan't tollerate the unwarranted abuse I am receiving from him. Take careand I hope your website continues to prosper.
Val B
- Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:02:59 (PDT)
I knew Dek Willis in my dim and distant past and I wondered what the origins of "Willis was framed"... anyone help?
Durham, - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:02:08 (PDT)
Hi Mikey - Sorry to not be of more help. I have very little recall ofmy formative years. I am very pleased you have found a career of so muchimportance, so much more help to society than my career.
Janet Rowe <squeakygsy@cwgsy.net>
St Sampsons, Guernsey - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 15:01:06 (PDT)
To Jim Mather, I have been browsing through the guest book and come acrossyour message from April 17th... you mentioned Alice Freak and Jimmy freaknow Ferguson. Alice is my mother, Jimmy is my uncle and he is the eldestbrother.. his younger brothers are George and Bill. I remember a Jim Matherfrom when i was very young that was married to Pauline.. could that be you?
Huntingdon, Cambs - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 14:59:38 (PDT)
Jacqueline it's good to see you submitting a normal passage to the guestbookinstead of your "religious zealot" rubbish. People will gladly reply to youJacqueline if you write like this and not feel in the least compelled toattack your somewhat wacky prose.
Durham, - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 14:58:15 (PDT)
To "A friend" If you are American, then your "posting" reminds me of someone...Someone, we all grieved over. I always keep your families in prayer and willalways offer "mass" for the soul of the loved one. Maybe you are right, "love"alone was not enough to keep the person from dying. Prayers to you - always.Jacqueline.
USA - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 14:57:17 (PDT)
Sorry Janet doesn't remember me. My Gran lived on Longnewton Street andwas Mary Anne Clarke. Before that I think she was Bradley, I'll have to check.We moved back to witton in 88 after my gran died
No Name
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:22:12 (PDT)
Message for Paul Schute - sorry about late reply. I'd love to hear fromyour friend. I'm in touch with someone who's used billy elliot and the scar(?) as source material and that sort of thing is very useful. changing emailsat the moment but will post an address when I'm sorted. Thanks again.
Peterlee, - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:21:29 (PDT)
i stay here with my boyfriend last bank hoilday, all i want to say is the people i met and the place was wonderfull.
Sharon Barlow < sharon.barlo@jpmchase.com>
Stratford, London - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:20:47 (PDT)
"Willis was framed" A lot of water has passed under the bridge since thosedays in the park. How is Dek? do you ever run into him?
Mick Ward <mja_w@hotmail.com>
Doncaster, South Yorkshire England - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:19:32 (PDT)
Anyone know the whereabouts of Bob and Olive Scoules ? They used to live in Parkside.
john brennen < brenno@netvigator.com>
Hong Kong, china sar - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:18:02 (PDT)
Well, my first visit back to the forum for a few weeks, although I havean excuse that five of those weeks I was away overseas; that is not at home!I did manage to fit in a day in Seaham however,[19th May] and dare I sayit, things are looking up? There seemed to be an air of optimism about theplace, and for sure that housing development on the old Vane Tempest siteseems to be a move in the right direction. It even has a pub! I showed mybirthplace, 143 Malvern, to my wife [a fourth -generation Kiwi] and triedto explain how they had changed the appearance of all of those houses. Iwas sorely tempted to get out of the car and go an knock on the door, butthat might be regarded with some suspicion these days: [" Hello, you don'tknow me but I was born in your front bedroom"]. I noted that a lot of housesat the lower end of Malvern have disappeared completely. I've read all therecent posts, [actually not that many!], and pleased to note the board isserving it's original purpose. The more post I read the more I feel I mustknow some of the posters.Tony from Spain mentions some names and times whichcoincide with my recollections, so Tony, perhaps we know each other?
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:16:49 (PDT)
I have a whippet that is 14 months and id love to race him just for hispleasure as im sure you no he looks happiest when running were lucky enoughto live near fields so he does do alot of running with my other dogs buti still feel id love to see him on the track , could you tell me of any wherein the derby area i could go to run in im not really bothered about competitionjust to see him run would be lovely on a regular basis.thank you melanieclarke
melanie clarke
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:15:09 (PDT)
Wow! I have not been on for a while - been busy... with "this and that"and enjoying the hot summers here in Texas (92 - 100 degrees) Anyway, poor"Seahamlad" (John) you seem to be getting a few "pokes" from a few of thefolk on here - Val, I personally know "Seahamlad" and he really is a niceguy, he is not that young either - he is going to be 40 this year, so heis not a kid, but, just a bit silly with his words at times, otherwise, heis a nice enough man. So, I see the guest book is still going on with it's"playful" pokes at people - that is okay, as long as it does not get mean.There is enough "mean and hatefulness" in the world without our Guest Bookadding to it. Anyway, glad everyone seems to be well. Take care... Jacqueline.
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:14:17 (PDT)
Val Burrows, when you're in a hole. stop digging!
another Seahamlad
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:13:10 (PDT)
A tribute to our loved ones,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.Left to cherish your memoriesYour Loving Families
A Friend
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:12:29 (PDT)
Norman Flack, there is a E Myers listed in the phone book living at Seahamand it may be the one you want, go to bt.com and check.
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:11:30 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, Seems youre back to normal now? its always a pleasureto read your contributions to this Guestbook, its quite a while since youmentioned your garden, it must be in full bloom now? the rain today willcertainly freshen things up a bit, hope our England Soccer Team freshen upas well later today.
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:10:57 (PDT)
Wolverine, I am a Magpies supporter through and through, but I also supportALL our local teams, including Sunderland, Boro, Hartlepool,et al, its onlywhen the latter play any of the former that a conflict of interest comesinto it. its good to have local rivalries, but lets keep it on a friendlybasis.
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:10:20 (PDT)
There are only two ways to live your life. One is a though nothing isa miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.
Brian Greenfingers <berbri@btinternet.com>
- Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 07:09:38 (PDT)
We are intriqued as Janet does not recall the name, I am interested in who your grandma was as I knew some Robsons from Deneside
Janets mum <Karapiro@cwgsy.net>
- Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:32:30 (PDT)
Val Burrows, No one mentioned apologies, so try lightening up Lady, yourbeing 70 years old is no excuse for bad manners, I have yet to see you sayanything good about anyone, so stop your moaning and try and see a bit ofgood in people instead of your continual twisting.
- Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:31:28 (PDT)
Hi Paul. You didn't leave me your e-mail. I hated the name FRECKELS and Iv'e got none now anyway!Love Lorna
Lorna P
- Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:30:49 (PDT)
Val Burrows- come on, be fair. Clearly, you do'nt know Seahamlad. He isone of the good guys, a keen interlectual, generous of spirit, quick to angerbut genuine. One of the greatest gifts we posess Val is the ability to forgive.Let me just mention the fact that I hated my Father for years, when I forgavehim a great burden fell from my shoulders. Then I had to learn to forgivemyself for being like that. Well to forgive yourself leads to greater wisdomand I know it. Ok Val? Ok Seahamlad? Now will somebody e-mail me??
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:30:17 (PDT)
Mick Ward, are you working nights in a park in Doncaster and getting a fish lot out of the bowls money with Dek ?
Willis was framed
Murton, - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:29:19 (PDT)
Can anyone help with information, or the whereabouts, of Gerry Myers andhis younger brother, Eric, who lived at Seaham Colliery in the early 1950s?Gerry served with me at RAF Changi, Singapore, while completing NationalService. I believe he was engaged to Dorothy Rowntree, who lived at the bottomend of The Avenue, Deneside.
Norman Flack
Surrey, - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:28:15 (PDT)
Just found this site and thinks its magic. My dad used to work at the"nack" and drink in the Phoenix on a posh night out. Only one thing wrong,Why is a Seahamlad going around with a Mag? It spoils the site.
Sunderland, - Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 15:27:19 (PDT)
A message for Dave Harrison of Barnstable. I have been trying to get intouch, the old email address I have for you no longer works. Hope you readthis and get back to me. It would be great to catch up over a beer or two!!
Mick Ward <mja_w@hotmail.com>
Doncaster, South Yorkshire England - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 15:01:43 (PDT)
Looking for anyone who would know which Royal Engineers Regiment fromSeaham area, would have served in the Monte Cassino Battle , Thank you
Mandy <dryadpoint1@hughes.net>
Canada - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 15:00:36 (PDT)
Hi Janet. You probably don't remember me that well. My family moved toSeaham in 1977 to look after my Gran, I mostly remember you from the schoolcorridors all those years ago. You did give me a lift in your escort once.I always thought of you as a very kind person. Strange that you left nursingfor office work, I did it the other way around. I'm now a psychiatric nursein Glasgow. I have a 8 year old little girl with my partner and a 17 yearold son who will cost me a fortune when he goes to university next year.How old is your eldest, have you got all the troubles of teenagers at home?!Take care, I need to start my shift now!
Mikey R (Robson)
- Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 14:59:51 (PDT)
Hi Lorna "Freckels" I never thought i hear from you again. Hows things.I live in London now and hate it. I work as script editor for Mindwarp Films.I've been there for 3 years now and would love to move back up home but themoneys good and i wont get a job up there like this. In answer to yourqustion. No he's not.........on both counts. Most of his work is more documentarystyle and he works freelance, and has his own edit suite and camera gear. hes been with us for about year now but is leaving us although he will begetting funding for his first film if the script is approved. Its set inthe North east but not Seaham in the eighties. Hes a pal of Ridley scottso he would have loved to have worked on Alien3 (part of which was filmedin Seaham) but I think he was in Yugoslavia or what was left of it!) atthe time. No he is not a Seaham lad, hes NEWCASTLE!!!!! But wait, he isactually a great bloke. He would probably give you a part in his film............ifyour still doing the amature dramatics. or are you too old for that now?Heres my email drop me a line.
London, - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 14:58:53 (PDT)
i find seaham is growing ,the new road they put in from dalton heightsto the coast road is great,i look forward to other peoples memorys,it bringsback mine on things i forgot over the years, i went to camdon square between1971 to 1975 my name was linda robinson moved away in 1984, love to herefrom anyone who remembers me and still lives in seaham. keep the good workup,i look forward to reading the guestbook. lyn.
linda staynings <lyn_uk44@msn.com>
bristol, avon uk - Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 14:57:27 (PDT)
Seahamlad that isn't an apology I wouldn't apologise to anybody like youand you are certainly no Christian. Your attitude is abominable, I'm so gladyou aren't my son, I am very proud of him and I'm sure your parents cannotpossibly be even remotely pleased with you. I am 70 years old and have nevermet anybody as rude as you are, so please stop bugging me.
Val Burrows
- Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 14:55:49 (PDT)
Val Burrows, if thats an olive branch of sorts I accept it without reservation,you see Val I react to vindictive remarks and although I consider myselfa Christian, I have never learned the basic Christian principle of "turningthe other cheek" perhaps one day I will be guided in that direction by ahigher power. but you're right about one thing and that this is a great Guestbookand all thanks to the Webmaster and a Guestbook is only as good(or Bad) asits Contributers.
- Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:20:41 (PDT)
I left Seaham in the late 60's and how nice it has been wandering throughthe website. Finding details of my dad,Harold Chapman,Colliery Under Managerat South Hetton and then later at Seaham. To see a photograph of 20, CorneliaTerrace was fantastic, as I lived next door at 22. If anyone has any earlyphoto's of Cornelia Terrace around the 50's / 60's I would like to have alook at them to see if I can recognise anything. Great website - keepit up Regards Mike Chapman
Mike Chapman < mecc51@yahoo.co.uk>
Southend on Sea, Essex - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:19:38 (PDT)
MANDY < dryadpoint1@hughes.net>
CANADA - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:18:06 (PDT)
Trish Turnbull at Newton Aycliffe, your e-mail address is not responding. I lived there once.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:17:18 (PDT)
Hi Elaine I left Northlea Road in 1956/7 and my mothers name was Irene,soprehaps your mother knew the people who moved in after we moved or one ofour neighbours. It is still nice to hear from you and anyone else from myhome town of Seaham. Regards John
john robert cookland <john.cookland@ntlworld.com>
Stevenage, Herts - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:16:34 (PDT)
Hi I am (or was Janet Sowerby), I am living in Guernsey with my husbandand four children. I failed miserably on the nursing exams and so went offinto office work which suits me so much better.
Janet Rowe < squeakygsy@cwgsy.net>
St Sampsons, Guernsey Channel Islands - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:15:07 (PDT)
Just decided to look at this website today I have found it interestingfound no one to went to Mary Mags Catholic School my maiden name is Littlesure there is someone out there that went to school with me
Vivienne McCracken <vivmac@tiscali.co.uk>
Darlington, - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:13:35 (PDT)
This is for Paul Schute of London. Is your friend going to make a filmof Seaham? Is he from here (I recognise your name so I know you are!!!!)andhas he worked on any films or TV stuff in Seaham?
Lorna Pettifer <lorpetty@yahoo.com>
Sunderland, - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:12:32 (PDT)
Just interested to note the changes of Seaham - my mum was born and bredthere until she married in 1939 - my brother was born there in 1944 - I thinkI still have relatives there - my mothers family name was Savage if anybodyis interested enough - I would love to know anything about this famuly
Diane Helvig <amalliv@bigpond.net.au>
Proserpine, Queensland Australia - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:11:30 (PDT)
To Mikey R Janet Sowerby's family moved to Guernsey (mid to late80s) notsure if she moved with them though but I think she did. Her mother may stillcheck the guestbook, she had an entry about january 6th this year. If shesreading this hello Hillary how's the family?
zero <julie@juliecole69.wanadoo.co.uk>
seaham, durham - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:09:56 (PDT)
My family, Scully are from Seaham and surrounding areas (Murton) I wonderif anyone remembers my dad, Len Scully. I know my grandfather owned a coupleof the pubs in the area from time to time and would like to know more aboutthat. Regards from South Africa.
Sturt Scully <offroader@absamail.co.za>
Durban, KwaZulu Natal South Africa - Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 15:08:32 (PDT)
The kingdom of Northumbria stretched from the Humber to the Forth andwas once the most powerful kingdom in the British Isles and was a nationbefore either England or Scotland existed. The Lindisfarne Gospels are thegreatest Northumbrian treasure. There has been an ongoing campaign to havethe Gospels returned to the North East from London for some time. Back homethe gospels would be a boost to Northumbrian pride in our own achievements;they would become a focal point for people studying our unique culture &history. And I would like to see regional organisations such as One North-East,the Regional Assembly, and Culture North East put their weight behind thecampaign, these organisations seem to keep such a low profile in relationto our regional culture I am sure most people aren’t even aware they exist. It would be nice to see prominent individuals from our region backing thecampaign as well. Now there is an opportunity for the people of this regionto make their feelings known by signing an online petition for the permanentreturn of the Gospels at the Northumbrian Association website. http://www.northumbrianassociation.co.uk/index.html
- Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:53:24 (PDT)
My late Gran remembers the Black Dentist stories. By all accounts he wasnot just a dentist but a bit of a "quack" using strange potions that actuallyworked!!! I will be coming back to Seaham for a couple of days in July soit will be nince to reminisce. I have had no news yet but does anyone rememberJanet Sowerby, she was a trainee nurse the last time I saw her in her liitlemini, God that was a few years ago!!!! Brill site by the way.....keepitgoing.
Mike Robon
Glasgow, - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:52:24 (PDT)
SEAHAM, - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:51:16 (PDT)
In answer to Dave Harrison's question about George Brass the fruit andveg man he came from Murton. His father was known as Fatty Brass ( a bigman ) He had his stables behind Coronation Street in Murton opposite WesternTerrace where I lived. As a child during the war old Mr Brass used to knockon the door during the night for my sister and me to come to see the newfoals when they were born and we used to feed the horses the crusts fromour bread. Mr Brass gave us fruit when no one could get it. He was a goodman. His son George and his son in law Ernie Oloman used to take the cartsout for him. You just brought back some really happy memories thank you Dave.
Judy C <judern@rogers.com>
Alliston, Ontario Canada - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:50:02 (PDT)
Does anyone remember a catherine chapman of francis street seaham harbour born in 1922
k chapman <keileia@btinternet.com>
st albans, herts england - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:48:22 (PDT)
For Robert Cookland Northlea Road is still there, but brick housesrather than the prefabs. I was born at no 26 in 1963 and moved to NorfolkClose behind Northlea Road in 1965, and if I remember correctly, my mum JoyceFrater has kept in touch with your mum Jean over the years. I'll have a lookthrough some photos, I won't have a photo of no 4 but may have one of theother prefabs in the street. Regards Elaine
Seaham, Durham - Monday, June 12, 2006 at 14:47:00 (PDT)
I discovered Blast Beach for the first time last week, despiteliving in county durham all my life (age 62). I saw the beach from thebeautiful coastal walk and woud love to know how I can get down ontothe beach. I don't mind if it's a bit of a long walk along the beachfrom a safe point. I'm looking forward to walking more of the coastalwalk throughout the year, it's breathtakingly beautiful. However, itwould be even more exciting if I could just get down onto the beach tobe near the sea. If anyone knows how I can access the shore I'd be verygrateful. Trish Turnbull, Newton Aycliffe
Trish Turnbull <tturnbull@lycos.co.uk>
Newton Aycliffe, - Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 15:03:16 (PDT)
"Ernie Foulds" see you've changed your name again, but not yourtroubled attitude, you need to take a long hard look at yourself andengage your brain before speaking.
- Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 15:01:49 (PDT)
This message is mainly for Pat of Peterlee.I think my friend maylike to help you with your research project. He's a photographer/filmmaker and has worked for Discovery, BBC, and on billy Elliot. He saidhe wouldn't mind doing some voluntary research work in thissort ofurban sociology. Hes filming some fishing thing in scotland at themoment but when he returns I'll mention your project to him.And Mikey, the name Sowerby rings a bell but it may be another one.Ileft Seaham Comp in 89.Paul
Paul Schute
London, - Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 15:01:04 (PDT)
Seahamlad and 'another' Seahamlad stop being so nasty andvindictive. Enjoy the guestbook as it should be enjoyed. I like it asit is now and look forward to many years of remeniscing. Keep cool andenjoy.
Val Burrows
- Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 14:59:44 (PDT)
Hi there. Nice site, only found it a few weeks ago. Does anybodyknow what happend to Janet Sowerby? I was in the resit 6th at school inthe 80's, then she left to become a nurse. I used to see her about fora while after that,usualy driving around in a her mini. Then she justsuddenly disapeared.
Mikey R
Glasgow, - Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 14:59:04 (PDT)
HI everyone, I am trying to find something about my grandadsparents, my grandad was born in Seaham or easington ion the 15 November1905 he was called Robert Lawton Dawson, on his marriage certificatehis father is named also as Robert Lawton Dawson, His mother wasCharlotte, His mother married twice, When she died he went to live withhis grandmother, he told my aunt he could remember having to collectdrift wood from the beach. He joined theboys brigade when he was 15 or16 years old. Sometime later he went to live at Thurnscoe (SouthYorkshire) with his stepbrother Fred Strong. Sadly my dad died 2 yearsafter my grandad in the 1970's, my grandmother had also died so I havebeen unable to ask any questions there. If any one can help me with mysearch or just give me any ideas I would be extremely gratefulif youwould e-mail me (elainedawson05@aol.com).Thanks Elaine xxx
elaine dawson
- Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 14:58:06 (PDT)
I was wondering how I could obtain old school photos of Seahamschools in the 50's preferably, and in particular of the Lennox Family,any info would be greatly appreciated, as I live in Canada, and it isdifficult to find out theses things from such a distance
Canada - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 15:07:28 (PDT)
hello thankyou to those that have given me info on my ancestorsin seaham ,i have visited foggins papershop in church street but therewas only an unrelated assistant in the shop when i called in so illhave to go back later on ,i have found more up to date family in seaham hopefully you are one ofthem or at least know one or two of them so here goes .my cousin edithann patterson judson married a mr fish in seaham in 1955 they hadwilliam j fish who married in a place called witney (wherever thatis)alison fish married either a mr appleton in 1978 or a mr mcskelby in1984 pauline fish married a mr smith in 1984 my cousin jean donnellyeither a mr cowley in 1953 or a mr youll in 1955, hope you can helpcheers kevin haram
kevin haram <kevinharam@blueyonder.co.uk>
south shields, england - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:41:53 (PDT)
Hello. I'd like to add my name to your guest book. My mothercomes from Seaham Harbour. She lives in Alabama, USA now. I am comingto Seaham to visit my aunt this summer. I am bringing my 2 boys so theycan visit their English heritage. Thank You. Carole
Carole Estes <cae4740@aol.com>
Michigan, USA - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:39:50 (PDT)
There was mention of the Black Dentist among charcters in Seahamat the beginning of the last century.The Black Dentist. Crowds would stand and watch as this 'Dentist'pulled teeth, a form of entertainment for the locals it seems. In hisprize winning book, 'Coming Back Brockens', Mark Hudson, writing of hishome town of Horden some five miles south of Seaham, tells of the BlackDentist with a place on marcket day pulling teeth while the crowd stoodand watched. Talk about blood sports! This man must have been anitinerant dentist moving around the county.A note to Richard Thorpe. Yes, there were tow Viceroy Streets, one inSeaham Harbour and one at New Seaham. The one I referred to where LennyButton once lived (probably No.1)was a row of terraced houses behindMount Pleasant. These tow rows ran parallel with Stockton Road. MountPleasant faced east and Viceroy Street faced west towards the BullField.
Les <Les208@aol.com>
Billingham, - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:37:50 (PDT)
looking for old local newspapers going back to 1964 august indundee scotland hope you can help it is about my father bernard morrellthat i am trying to get information about as he died in 1964 and we aredoing a family tree i am his daughter catherine morrell
catherine morrell <bdol4573206@bulldoghome.com>
liverpool, lancs - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:36:15 (PDT)
Does anyone have any information on the Reed (Reid) family wholived in North Railway Street, Dawdon. They are in the 1841 census asRichard Reed, 53 and Hannah Reed (nee Hull) with their 7 sons. Richardwas a Trimmer.Must get up to Seaham at some point!Fiona
Fiona Ryall <FionaFiano@aol.com>
- Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:34:58 (PDT)
Just found your guest book and absolutely love it, many happymemories have come back to me and I will continue to visit your pagefrom now on. One small blot on it - who is this Seahamlad, quite anobnoxious chap isn't he, read his piece about somebody called Val andit was absolutely vile so scrolled down to see what he was objecting tocouldn't find anything offensive in anything she said. As I said anobnoxious chap and your book would be much more pleasant without hisrantings. Sorry you have to put up with him Val.
Ernie Foulds
Seaham, - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:33:52 (PDT)
I just happened to look on the Seaham Harbour web-site and saw aphotograph Of Bob Walton. He and I were in the same class at ChurchStreet National School in the early 40s. Bob and Margaret Davidson werethe only two to pass the 11+ and Bob went to Ryhope Grammar. I ended upat the SIS but moved from the area soon after. I ended up at BedeGrammar School in Sunderland where I ended up taking "O" levels. AfterNational Service, I spent three years at Loughborough Training Collegeand then started a 30-year teaching career in Craft. I have met up(through the Internet) with Raymond Watts and we saw each other brieflythree years ago. Others in our class included Eddie Edwards, LeslieBrennan, Geoffrey Bailey, Harry Gustard, Margaret Davidson, Joyce Hume,Judith Mearing and Shirley Porteus.If you ever get this, Bob, it would be nice to hear from you. Cheers,Colin Spencer.
Colin Spencer
- Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 14:32:42 (PDT)
Does anyone know what happend to Janet Sowerby? I was in 6thform circa 1980 when she left to become a nurse, I used to see heraround but then she just dissapeared.
Mikey R
Glasgow, Scotland - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 06:06:55 (PDT)
To Mandy i dont know if these are any relation to you but i knowof a lennox family that lived in malvern cres there is Herman and johnwho usually gets called jock and there sister Alice thier mother passedaway not long a go.I still see jock now and then around the town andknow him well,his daughter went to school with my son.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, UK - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 06:05:53 (PDT)
The Site has become interesting again!!!I stopped reading it last year as it was getting tedious with the sameold groups contributions.It's great to hear some of the stories and comments from people stillliving in Seaham or have moved away.Does anyone remember the Fruit and veg man who came round the streetswith a Horse and Cart, I think his name was Geordie Brass, I was onlyyoung but the Horse was called Topper, also there was a shop in Eastleethe owner was callet Tot Henry, every kid that walked in was greetedwith the words "Nee Nickin" but he always said it with a smile.
Dave Harrison
Barnstable, Devon Uk - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 06:04:46 (PDT)
A friend directed me to the guestbook because I’m looking forreflections/memories about East Durham. I’m doing a research projectinto the impact of government policies and initiatives (like Turningthe Tide, Widening Participation, Restart and all those trainingschemes) between 1985 and 2005 on the lives of people in East Durham.There were so many changes and so much going on, not just the educationstuff, but other projects and activities, all across the area. I'd loveto hear from anyone about their reactions to all the changes. I knowthe timeframe is after the Miners' Strike, but it includes the closureof the last mines in East Durham. Reading the guestbook shows how muchpeople remember about people and places.
Peterlee, Durham UK - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 06:03:21 (PDT)
hi i was wondering if anybody out there knows what happened to agirl named ivy gippet she lived in ryton crescent, we used toknockabout together when we were young, i would like to know how she isdoing.
Charmain <malcolm@sattv.wanadoo.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, June 07, 2006 at 02:21:22 (PDT)
Hi everyone,I am trying to find any old photo of where i used to live,4 Northlea Road New Seaham. I moved from there in 1956,it was a Prefaband I think the road name has disappeared.Can anyone please help?
john robert cookland <john.cookland@ntlworld.com>
Stevenage, Herts UK - Tuesday, June 06, 2006 at 15:21:59 (PDT)
Hi Folks. Once again we have been inundated with junk which Ihave removed. However, we need a better solution. We will be closingthe Guestbook down for 2-3 weeks. Please keep sending in your entriesand they will be added when we open up again.
Ed Mason <mace@daltonet.com>
Seaham, UK - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:33:20 (PDT)
Hi SadieCan you not block these e mails from the states, they are spoiling areally good guestbook
Judy C
Alliston,, Ontario Canada - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:08:56 (PDT)
I logged on to the guest book today to find another load ofrantings from across the big pond (US of A).Is ther anything that can be done to stop this nonsense Ed.
John Spencer
Portsmouth, Hampshire uk - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:07:37 (PDT)
Hi Sadie, My name is Jim and although you do not know me Ithink we have met many years ago when your Norman introduced us. I havehadlots of pleasure reading this site for quite some time but usuallyrefrainfrom comment.Unfortunately someone in the good old u.s.of a.seems hellbenton spoiling it,to this person I would like to say would you pleaserefrainas we are mostly working class people from a working class backgroundtryingto reminisce our youth in a very small town in a very small part of acountryin a very big world. Please!
Jim Robinson
taupo, b.o.p new zealand - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:06:21 (PDT)
To sherwood forester as far as i know harold and his wife arestill goingstrong and living down London.Harold said he was going to take it easyandenjoy his grandkids. He has been up to Sunderland a couple of timesbecausehe still gets treatment at the hospital because they did his bypass.Yesiwas one of the drivers we did Schools as well as the oldies we also ranaplay scheme in the summer for the kids.We ended up with 8 buses at onetimenow sadly they have gone.Did your dad drive when the called itTransridebecause thats what it was when i started then they changed ot towearsidemobility.I bet one of his clients was gilleylaw club and floriedochertybecause she has been going loner than anybody.I drove the buses forover12 years and every bank holiday we ended up in blackpool with florieevennow she still manages to get a bus to go and i still take her.
No Name
- Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:04:40 (PDT)
Hello, this is a message for Charmain, I have an uncle namedColin Ward who is that age and he belonged Dawdon.
DAWDON, DURHAM - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:03:13 (PDT)
Hi Ed, I was wondering how I could obtain old school photos ofSeahamschools in the 50's preferably, and in particular of the Lennox Family,any info would be greatly appreciated, as I live in Canada, and it isdifficultto find out theses things from such a distance Sincerely Mandy, Canada
Canada - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 15:01:37 (PDT)

Jim Mather, thanks for your memories of Harold Rose, who ranMatty Hunters.Turning a blind eye was typical of Harold who worked tirelessly forgoodcauses. I assume you drove picking up disabled folk and taking them totheweekly club. My father, sadly no longer with us, did the same until hehadto move to Scotland with work around 1984. Mum used to receiveChristmascards from Harold and Valerie until quite recently so we wonder whethertheyare still with us. We have a tankard presented to dad when he left,whichno doubt Harold was the instigator of. Top man!
Sherwood Forester
Newark, Notts - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 15:59:48 (PDT)

Olympia, WA USA - Friday, May 12, 2006 at 22:56:51 (PDT)
To charmin your spot on his name is john hartley and she wascalled maureeni dont know if betty and her were sisters and edmund the brother.Iknowtheyall lived in the same house.They all looked different betty was shortandwell built yet maureen was very thin.I know Edmund took David to livewithhim so i was told. I can remember arty who had the fishop next to mattyhunters he and his wife were realy nice and friendly and seemed to lovethierjob.Matty hunters was run by the jews then and every body shopped thereontick.He died and his wife lived in the joel intract house in sunderlandandshe passed away a few year ago.I dont know if anybody remembers the soninlaw Harold he got a MBE for all the charity work he did,i know thisbecausehe was the chairperson of the charity i drove for and he reconised mestraightaway even though i had never seen him for years.He had a heart bypassandlives in London now.When you went in the shop he knew that the sweetsweregoing missing from the oxo tins on the counter but pretended not tonoticei think thats why he remembered me not that i took any.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 01:44:22 (PDT)
I have enjoyed reading the entries about Lenny Button and ArtyLockyearwhich brought back happy memories of a relatively carefree childhood.Suchfreedom! which i imagine children today will probably not experience. Ivisitmy mam (Edith Clarke)in Seaham most weekends and shared some of theguestbook memories with her. Mam gave me a poem from the Sunderland Echoprintednearly thirty years ago called 'Old Seaham Characters' This is how itiswritten: We've all heard the tale of 'Loppy Dick' Who followed the coalbunker and knew every trick. And 'Pot Pie Jack' of Colliery fame, Whoatepot pies till he looked the same. And 'Wooden Legged Sally' of IrishBackStreet, Who rolled off her wooden leg when she fell asleep Of 'PuddenScott'and the likely tale Of a number of pints and the 'pease pudden pail''GlassAlley Pudden' who caught us each day, Out came his glass alleys, and wehad to play. The blasphemy of 'Claes Prop Meg', If you wouldn't buy apropor a few claes pegs. The 'Humpty Backed Barber' of local fame, Whonickedyour face again and again. 'Showlder Deglin' who worked at 'The Knack'Abused'Auld Swallow' and then got the sack. There was 'Pantomime Mary' whousedto gan To the silent films with her man. She couldn't read and hecouldn'twrite, There sure was a pantomime in the 'Empire' that night. Remeber'Abe Smith' on the scavenger cart, Dressed by Doctor Neilan, Al LaCarte. The 'Lady in Grey' who lived a recluse, For thirty years, tillshe turnedherself loose. There was 'General Buller' with his ice cream cart,'TommyHogger' of 'Bottlehouse' fame, With such a big nose it was really ashame. And 'Stumpy Miller', of the football game, And 'Little SallyClough'of 'Army' fame. Crowds would gather on a Saturday neet, To see theblackdentist pull out teeth. The blood the screams, the howls, the yellsBeatthe 'Gaff' with all its tales. The 'Mouth Organ Pie Eater' in Dawdoncanteen And 'Mattie Duffy', the best haircut you've seen. The 'ArmyBand' withits sound of brass, And 'Fatty Waister's' mighty blast, Though echoingthrough the evening air Could not drown 'Davie Maitland's prayer.'JakieWillis' gave us many a laugh, Seated in the 'Threepenny's in the 'Gaff'There was 'The Hunchback of Marlborough Street' Who wore his leggingsdayand neet. 'Auld Hughie Doyle' in the 'Gaff', was a riddle Whatever didhe play on that great bass fiddle? Then there were two who were verymatey 'Crutchy Laverick' and 'Bobby Batey'. There was 'Bessie's Hole'and the'Nanny Goat Path' And 'Clogger Wood's Lodging House' what had no bath.The'Penny Bazaar' and the 'Hall Flower Show' What fun we had when we usedtogo. At church 'Bill Spoors' played the organ And the law was kept by'Inspector Morgan'. If a th the docks you sought to linger, You surehadto keep out watch for 'Ginger'. The 'Jubilee Grounds' and 'The FeatherBed Rock' The 'Duck Yard' and 'the Terrace Clock' The 'Ball Alley' offwhich your ball used to stott, And boosey Alley' to stagger down afterhavinga tot. Few of these could aspire to fame, But all loved their town andits good name. 'Old Seaham Characters' printed nearly thirty yearsyearsago says, 'it is bound to bring fond reflections of Seaham 50 yearsago'.Does anyone remember any of the characters from nearly eighty yearsago?
Jen <jnel543@aol.com>
Northallerton, North Yorks England - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 01:42:40(PDT)
to jim mather, i meant davids aunty not sister,does anyoneremember aguy called colin ward he will be 51 this year he used to live downdawdon,he was a very good friend of my husbands, they lost touch when collinjoinedthe army.
seaham, durham - Thursday, May 11, 2006 at 01:38:25 (PDT)

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone can remember my grandadhis namewas frederick newby and he lived in westlea, he was married to Lillianwilliamsonand they use to run the chip shop on the avenue together. My grandaduseto also have an allotment and grow leeks etc. for the shows.unfortunatleymy grandad has died and I was just hoping to find people who knew himormy nana
Beverly <b.jobey@btopenworld.com>
Sunderland, - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 14:35:48 (PDT)
to jim mather, david curtis sister maureen married johnnyhartley, theylived a couple of doors away from the walkway to malvern bridge, theyhadquite a few kids.
seaham, durham uk - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 14:34:33 (PDT)
Hi John Robert Cookland. Do you have a sister named Joanne andanothersister named Elizabeth Ann ? If so my wife Joyce baby sat for youmotherRene Cookland when you all lived in New Seaham. If I'm correct youoriginallymoved from Seaham to Roehampton and Joyce and I came for a holiday atyourhome in 1958. Your father's name was Bob Cookland, he was a Coppersmithandhe worked for Vicker's Armstrong. We have photographs of you, yourmotherand father and your sisters which were taken when we stayed at yourhomein Roehampton in 1958, we were the couple with the Matchless 500Motor-bike.If you let me have your email address I'll email you the photographs.Justas a matter of interest, Joyce and I will be visiting with friends inSeahamthis coming June. My email address is briggsahoy@hotmail.com RegardsRayand Joyce Briggs.
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Canada - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 14:33:35 (PDT)
Having added to the Lenny Button theme recently, here's one forthe nostalgistsamongst you. How many public houses were there in Seaham and what wasthestory behind their nicknames, such as 'The Cuddy', 'The KnackClub','Oddies'.Is it true that the 'Cuddy' is now known as the 'Hammer & Chisel?
Sunderland, - Monday, May 08, 2006 at 14:31:49 (PDT)
This is an interesting site. I was brought up in Newcastle butmy parentscame from Seaham, and we visited my grandparents on a regular basis. Ihavestrong memories of the big bobby on the bike, and warnings from myparentsand grandparents, that should I err from the straight and narrow, ArtyLockyearwould soon set me back on it pronto. He was a legendary figure. OK, mypurpose of my visit here is to see if you good Seaham folk can solve afamilymystery. I am clutching at straws and this is a long shot. I am lookingfor details for my family tree and am interested in finding my father'suncle. As far as I know he was born in Seaham around 1900 and went bythe nameof 'Chappie' Maxwell and is thought to have emigrated to Australiaaround1924. His siblings were Evelyn Maxwell, Elizabeth (Betty), Edward(Sonny)& Margaret. I have found details of them but not him and don't evenknow his true first name. It is thought that he married a French womaninOz and had a daughter called Mignonne. It is likely he went to work inNSW,most likely as a miner, as most of my family were miners or worked atthebottle works. So good folks of Seaham, can you solve my mystery, whatwashis first name and is there anyone else out there chasing the samelinks? Before anyone suggests passenger lists, tried them, but no luck.It maybe that he ! committed a minor indiscretion and had to leave town andmayeven had to assume another name to get into Oz, or variation of name. Ihave to say a gem of Seaham lass by the name of Helen has beeninvaluabletracing my other side, Gilchrist, but no one to date can solve theChappiemystery.
Mike Gilchrist <silkata@btinternet.com>
Houghton le Spring, - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 03:12:06 (PDT)
Joe Williams no you are right we had some great times but nevercausedany trouble.All those nights we spent in laceys listening to thejukebox.Ican remember when we went to the hall and then up Parkside field withthetwins.And of course the night we spent in the minibus at the carparkwheni walked home because i was freezing.I dont know what time the rest ofyoudecided to go home but all i can remember was my parents not been veryhappywhen i got in.When i think of it now it strange because i was courtingatthe time and even left her there.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 03:09:56 (PDT)
can anybody please help me to put a name on a lad then in thelate 40swho won the CAROL LEVIS SHOW on the tele he lived at the bottom ofmalverncres,i think his name was DENNIS DOWTY and he traveled all over withcarollevis the last time i saw dennis was when he was manager of the resthomefor miners at saltburn and that would be the early 60s i was told thismorningthat he had pasted away i was sorry to hear it as he was a good singerinhis day cheers
harry hunter <hharry183@msn.com>
redcar, yorkshire - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 03:09:02 (PDT)
What a wave of nostalga the name of dear old Lenny Button hasaroused,Iremember him when he lived at Mount Pleasant because I lived nearby atJubileeAvenue and he 'put our coals in' many times for the princly sum of1/6d. Lots of memories come to mind of that period 'The Bullfield' Tatypickingat Bulmers farm playing cricket on the wasteland behind Queens Ave.etc..Ioften wonder if any of my old mates are still out there BillyOakley,MattyFinkle, Dave Nicholson.Alan Snowden to name a few.Sadie I'am sure Iknowyour big brother I think we were both at the S.I.S at the sametime,Mr.Weatherlywas headmaster and Les Hood was of the teachers along with Mr.Kirkby
Tony from Spain
Espana, - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 03:07:32 (PDT)
Thank you Sadie and Ed for a lovely site I have been reading itfor sometime now. Great to read all those familiar names, Lenny etc. The twomenwho walked about picking up 'tab ends' were known to us as 'Pick andPoint'but my mam always referred to them as 'The Chinese Delegates'. My mamtoldme that poor Mrs Roberts who lived in Malvern was alright until she hadababy and then was ill, can't remember what it was she suffered from butshedidn't recover properly. sadly it's much too late to ask thesequestions,my mam died in 1986.
Ex Seaham Lass
Surrey - Thursday, May 04, 2006 at 03:06:05 (PDT)

To Brian Greenfingers, Great top have you back. Hope you are ok.NormanBeer still talks like Donald Duck and I should know he's my big brother.
Sadie M
- Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:48:33 (PDT)
sadie m.you didn,t know arty lockyear had vicious streak.thereason somany of us kept straight was because arty didn.t bother us kids.insteadhe had a word with your old man at the club. result one belting for thecrime and another for being > happy days..nice to read of lenny bandi,de forgotten joe wicks ,can anyone remember 2 brothers..cowboy&indianwalked allover town one behind the other . all harmless people acceptedintothe community and allowed to live their lives .is the place still thesame..orwere we the lucky ones. P/S i,m told deneside infants has an E/mailaddress,can anybody supply it,. R M
r m
stevenage, herts - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:46:55 (PDT)
john robert cookland
Stevenage, Hertfordshire England - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:45:25(PDT)
Lenny Button, what fond memories. I mostly remember families andhow maneychildren in the families. I walked home from school with Norman Beer afewtimes, he used to talk like Donald Duck most of the way down MalvernCres.and enjoy every minute of it. There was the Armstrongs, Stotts,Deftys,Willis,Taskers, Charltons, Macadoos. Mind you, there was so many kids in ourfamily,the mice used to set traps for us. Happy Days....
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:44:15 (PDT)
I always enjoy reading the guest book and the odd charachersthat livedin Seaham of yesteryear, I remember Lenny Button when I lived inLongnewtonst. and he went to put a womans coal in and when he had finished hewentto the door for his money she gave him one shilling and when heprotestedin his way and was saying he wanted two and sixpence she refused togivehim it so Lenny went to the coal house and threw them back out again.Henever went back there again. Talking about odd charachters do'esanybody remember loppy dick who used to live in a cave along the blast,and thethe two blokes who used to walk behind each other in the gutterslookingfor tab ends the one in front used to say you walk behind cos your thedaftest.
R. Brewster <RonnieBrewster@hotmail.co.uk>
SEAHAM, DURHAM ENGLAND - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:43:15 (PDT)
To Seaham oldboy you are right his name was David Curtis and helivednear the bottom of Malvern with his mam betty when she died i was toldDavidwent to live with his uncle Edmund down south.As far as i know he isstillgoing strong Edmund will be in his late 50,s or early 60, he leftseahamyears ago and from all accounts as done well so David will be welllookedafter. David also had a aunty that lived with him she married some bodycalled twenty i used to work with him at the pit.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:41:43 (PDT)
jim mather, great to hear from you after all these years, and bythe wayit was blue and white stripes you&me also brian cleary sadly nolongerwith us.what great times we had i think or is we just think we hadgreattimes?
Joe Williams <murphygrowl@wi-surf.com>
Seaham, england - Tuesday, May 02, 2006 at 14:40:34 (PDT)
Val Burrows, What a terribly vindictive person you appear to be,rarelya kind word to say about anyone, and very little constructivecriticism,you must have bile for breakfast, lunch etc. come up into the realworldand show some common sense for a change, after all a pleasant approachturnethaway wrath.
another Seahamlad
- Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 15:53:09 (PDT)
When I originally mentioned Lenny Button as a beacon in themists of mymemories I didn't know that I was just one of many who fondly rememberhimand I wondered if anyone also remembered a lad who lived at the bottomofMalvern with his mother, unfortunately in a similar situation to Lenny.Hisname was David but I'm unsure of his surname, but it may have beenCurtis.David would love to play football with us and would shout for the ball(orwe assumed so) and when we passed it to him he would pick up the ballandrun off laughing wanting to chase him. I wonder if anyone knows whateventuallyhappened to David
Durham, - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 15:52:18 (PDT)
I am trying to find any relatives of my dear old dad AlbertChandler hewas born in Seaham in 1922 - he and his brother and sister were sent toanorphanage in 1927 - from then he was sent to The Ganges then into theRoyalNavy. That is all we know.
Lynne Chandler <theredmudhut@hotmail.com>
Essex, England - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 15:51:12 (PDT)
Les and them are right we had some great characters years agoLenny beenone There was also an other bloke called Joe he wasnt very tall butalwayshad a suit coat on then there was lilly roberts who lived in malvernherson jack used to play football with us i often wondered what happend tohim.Idont know what happend to cause lilly's disability but she used to runeverywhere and shout at every body,my mother and her mate used to be able totalkto her and she was great with them.The poor bin men never got lillysbinbecause she would hide it in the house from them.Then was little walterwixi think that was his name he used to walk around whistling.None ofthesepeople were realy a danger to anybody unless they were teased. Its alldifferentnow where it was once safe to leave your house door open while younippedto the shops and nobody would think of going in there would be nothingleftnow. You were also frightend of the police then especialy arty becauseyouknew if he caught you you were in for it. I can remember living in aplacecalled Butcher street across the road from the cosy and my good schoolfriendthen Kenny macartney been killed running across the road to tell hismamsome thing he had forgotten'His mam was blind and he thought itimportanthis mam was called bessie and he had a brother and sister i cantrememberthe sisters name but his brother was joe.I cant see the mother stillbeenalive but i dont know about the other two. Ihave seen afew books in thelibrary about seaham in the old days with streets that i cant rememberiknow post office street was next to butcher street and that was wheretheminers pay office's were.There was also a califonia street around theresomewhere.These books are realy good if any body is interested in lookingatthe old seaham.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 15:49:48 (PDT)
Joan the policeman on the motor bike you talk about was arther(betterknown as Arty) Lockyear. A big man and although as kids we didn'talwaysagree a fair man. Many a teenager was kept on the straight and narrowbyArty.
Sadie M.
- Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:10:49 (PDT)
"Thanks Lenny, you enriched our memories". Quite right Les,although Idon't recall any abuse of Lenny, other than the tough indifference ofkidswho didn't know any better with regard to understanding hiscircumstances.To us Lenny was simply Lenny, and we perhaps should avoid the trap ofapplyingtoday's knowledge and understanding to a situation of fifty years agowhenwe had neither! All I ever recall of Lenny was acceptance; he wasdifferentsure enough, but he was still one of our community. He also wasn't theonlyone who shovelled coal for pocket-money; we used to collar the driveratthe loading depot and ask where his four loads were to be delivered,andthen try to get to the house before he did! That led to some mystifiedhouseholdersbeing asked by a scruffy kid if he could shovel her coal, when shecouldplainly see it hadn't arrived; "but it's on its way Missus". You'rerightLes, about the going rate of "eighteen pence".That was just one of themone! y-making schemes we had. A number of pit-props disappeared on aregularbasis from the "Nack" colliery timber yard, to be cut into lengths andchoppedinto kindling for sale to the old folks! I deny all knowledge of suchactivityof course, it being illegal and all!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:08:31 (PDT)
The pub Jim Mather referred to that allegedly had a ghost in themirrorwas called the Edinburgh Castle.The ghost apparently moved away whenthemirror was demolished with the pub and it is believed tha the ghost hadsevenyears bad luck !!!
Mgbada Joe
Iome, LOME TOGO - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:06:42 (PDT)
Well put Les, one of the best posts ever!
Sherwood Forseter
- Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:05:29 (PDT)
Hi charmain i cant remember that pub but some one said there wasa mortuarynear elgey,s and the undertaker was that little bloke that used to walkaroundthe harbour i dont know if they said that to frighting us or it wastrue. It kept us away from there either way.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:04:47 (PDT)
Hi Joe Williams,If you are talking about the one who helped pushyourbrothers car down the street and cover it in red and white stripes onmatchday no you have the wrong one i was never in bother well not much.Howareyou mate.Yes we had some good times at lacey,s listening to the jukeboxthatis when it would play.Remember Jimmy and rita who had it and how ipulledher wig off i didnt know it was a wig at the time and i got bared forweeks.OurMatsy has quietend down now and so has our John or as he was nicknamedsconeor doctor by tom and them.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:04:01 (PDT)
"John Kirby" I just sent to you an e-mail on your AOL e-mailaddress.I remember you very well! Very well indeed! You were in my R.E ClassandSocial Studies Class. If I remember rightly, I found you cute! I got onyournerves, as you always said I was a "Know it all!" Anyway, good to seeyouon here and to hear your name again. Not heard your name in 20 years!Hopeyou are doing well... Take care...Jacqueline
- Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:02:54 (PDT)
Les from Billingham... a lovely potted history of Lenny Button,surelyand example to us all. Even as harmless as he was, he didn't halffrightenus youngsters when coming out of Deneside Juniors and past MattyHuntersshop, great memories of a million years ago. We used to live BethuneAvenueand Colling Avenue where all the kids would play a huge game of footylastingabout 4 hours then up to Prests fishy on the Avenue where the Indiantakeoutis now situated. I remember before Lenny Button used to fill the coalhousesfor everyone we used to run up and down the dumped coal and get reallyfilthyafter which our mothers would give us a right telling off for being sodirtyand stupid. One other great hoot was when the miners strike was on andwehad a 3 day week when we would play "delivo" around Bethune, Colling,Portlandand Malvern with torches as it was so very dark. We used to amuseourselvesall day without any money or trouble, we didn't have ASBO's, we didn!'thave curfew's, just fun and dirty faces.
SeahamOld Boy
Durham, - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 10:01:36 (PDT)
Les, whilst much of what you said about Lenny Button and hisfather wascorrect and added to his notoriaty and even charm, there are a coupleofthings I should add. I don't recall a Viceroy Street at MountPleasant.Theonly Viceroy St I knew was in the 'Harbour' just along fron ChurchStreetand not far from the old railway crossing, I went to Viceroy StreetInfantsSchool there, and some of my friends lived in Viceroy Street, like theMilehams.The school yard was adjacent to the railway line. Was there actuall asecondViceroy Street or could you have been mistaken about the name? My AuntLil(Punshon) Kennedy and her husband Norman lived in the next Street,AdolphusSt., before they moved to Bethune Avenue Deneside where they lived nextdoorto Lenny and his mother. This would have been around 1960 or so.BethuneAve was just behind Matty Davisons and the snooker hall and the Georgeatthe 'top' shops of Deneside, as everyone knew the area to be. I recallseeing Lenny's dad once or twice but I have a feelin that in the earlysixtiesLenny and his mother were on their own. Perhaps his father had died atanearly age. I visited and stopped over at Aunt Lil's at weekends for thefour or five years they lived at Bethune as her son Nobby and me usedtokeep pigeons in the front garden. Lenny was in Aunt Lil's many a timetoborrow a cup of sugar or a cupful of tea (real tea, before theperforatedbags), but this was always returned manyfold at the first opportunity.Thiswas quite a regular thing in those days between neighbours, and I alsooccasionallywent into Lenny's to borrow a cup of sugar or a pint of milk for AuntLil.We used to buy the tea from the Ringtons van or the Co-op. Whilst Lennywas, in the main, quite harmless once you got to know him, woe betideyouif you managed to get to a load of coal to earn a few pennies before hedid.You would be chased a few streets by a handful of coal and a lot ofincoherentyelling, that's what frightened a lot of youngsters. Times were hardthen,and even harder for Lenny and his mother, they didn't exactly live inthemost salubrious of houses, as it was cluttered with the junk and oldclothesthat Lenny would collect from time to time. Lenny's facial problemslefthim with the worst speech impediment that I have ever come across, hecouldnot form words at all and the only way of conversing with him was hisownversion of sign language and miming. I too remember Lenny.
Richard Thorpe
was Seaham now Sunderland, - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 09:59:57 (PDT)
I remember one day when i was walking home from Deneside school,and thatblock of shops where the George pub was. Lenny Button was on the path.a dog had been run over by a truck backing up and it was dead on sideofthe road, Lenny sat with the dog and picked it up and put in a wheelbarrow,he didnt just leave the dog on the side. does anyone remember thatpoliceman that used to ride around on a bike, i cannot remember his name forthelife of me??
Joan (Farn) Watkinson
bc, Canada - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 09:57:04 (PDT)
Mention of the name, Lenny Button, brings back memories thatwill be commonto the older generation. Perhaps this older generation might pause tothinkback kindly on this poor individual. Born about 1910, Lenny Buttonlivedwith his mother and father in the end house of Viceroy Street, MountPleasantin New Seaham. Born with a crooked body and a malfunction of facialmuscles,Lenny was doomed to live a lonely life right from the start. His fatherwasa cobbler, working from his small workshop in his home. He worked hardmendingboots and shoes for a small payment. As Lenny grew older he too took upthis work ethic as the only employment that was available to him. Hetookit as his destiny to follow the coal trucks from Seaham Colliery thatdeliveredloose coal by the ton and dropped outside the back yards of people'shouses.The heap of coal left there in the street was soon spotted by Lenny andinno time at all he would have it shovelled in through the coal hatch intheside of the coalhouse. If I remember rightly he charged just 1/6d fordoingthis heavy work. He could be found in 'Lenny's seat' at the Cosy cinemathree times a week and, if the film was a comedy, the audiencecertainlyknew that Lenny was in attendance because of his raucous laughter.Theremust have been times when Lenny wondered what his life was all about.Thishard working, harmless man joined the many characters that became partofSeaham's folk law. Thanks Lenny, you enriched our memories.
Billingham, Cleveland England - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:54:46 (PDT)
The pub Jim Mather referred to that allegedly had a ghost in themirrorwas called the Edinburgh Castle.The ghost apparently moved away whenthemirror was demolished with the pub and it is believed tha the ghost hadsevenyears bad luck !!!
tom kennedy <turmkennedy@msn.com>
seaham, durham - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:52:37 (PDT)
just found the site reconised jaquline straight away its stillfab even if she does spout off abit
Kirby <johnkirby43@aol.com>
Seaham, Durham England - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:51:27 (PDT)
hi everyone a great site, is this same jim mather i knockedabout within the late 1969/1970? we used to go to laceys[kestral]we were alwaysinbother in some way or the other. and matsey what a girl she was notscaredof man or beast them days. my name is joe williams.
joe williams <murphygrowl'wi-surf.com>
seaham, - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:50:21 (PDT)
Hello, I am seeking any relatives of my Dad Bill Swift (William)born14/11/1924 in Aldolfus St Seaham Harbour. His Parents were Mary AnnLeightonand James Swift. He had a brother called Thomas who married Martha -theyhad a son called Peter, another brother called James, sister calledAnneMay who married Bill Fodden, sister Elizabeth Jane known as Betty and asistercalled Emma who married Morris Abbott. Dad went to Ropery PrimarySchooland Seaham Intermediate. Between 1939 and 1950 Dad worked at Nick NackSehamColliery. Last lived in Seahm in 1950 in Ryton Cres Deneside Seaham. Iamtrying to trace any relatives or friends. Dad is still alive and he andIwould love to hear from anyone who knew Dad or his family. Our familymovedto Australia in 1964 and lost touch. I can be contacted by email:
Angela Ciliberto <angelac@c-direct.com.au>
Melbourne, Victoria Australia - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:49:16 (PDT)
Sharon mentioning her Dad, Billy Cross, reminds of a visit backto Seahama few years ago when he, my older brother Harry and a few otherreprobateswere having a pint or three in the Nack Club.[They never, ever, had "a"pint,it was always three or more!]. It was the usual barrel of laughs, and aguycame over to me just to say, "Hi Colin, long time no see". and walkedaway.I vaguely remembered him from when we were kids, but couldn't put anameto the face, when Harry said to me, "he's never looked back that ladsincehe came to live here". That started me thinking because I knew he hadlivedin Seaham as long as I could recall, and I thought perhaps he mighthavebeen a refugee or something similar, but in the end I had to ask,"where'she from then?"."Ryhope" was the reply! You had to be there I guess, butIwas laughing for days. Still am! They were all comedians of course, butBillywas such a soft-spoken guy you never quite knew when he was taking thepiss!! Thanks for reminding me of him Sharon, and my best wishes toJosie.
Colin Hall
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:47:23 (PDT)
Hello Sharon [Cross], Of course I know your mother well,Josie isabouta year or so older! We grew up more or less together when Kath came onthescene and took over the running of my life, a fact of which I've alwaysbeeneternally grateful,[my own mother having died on my seventh birthday].Shewas/is more of a mother than a sister-in-law, which is why she will bethefirst port of call on May 19th on my brief visit.She and Josie were/ntbadsingers when they'd had a few, but then aren't we all? I also knew yourdadvery well, and in fact met up with him , in 2001 I think, not longbeforehe died. A lovely , gentle man with a great sense of humour.I think in2001we went to North Shields to buy some of that fabulous smoked fish theydoup there, and had a breakfast we couldn't have stepped over. I wassaddenedto hear Billy had died, because he had been around as far back as I canremember.A true gentleman, and there aren't that many of us about!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:46:09 (PDT)
Hello susan reay, i hope you are well. i remember you well iused to hangaround with your terry. and we used to get in a few scrapes,. often seeyourdad as he still drinks in the harbour with my dad colin. my brothersweretony & dean. hope you still remember us. nice to hear from you.
colin shaw <shawsyftm73@yahoo.co.uk>
Seaham Harbour, - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:44:40 (PDT)
To Jim Mather, that pub was the Edinburgh Castle. It had anatural streamin the cellar, and Teddy Stewart (the landlord in my time) would soakHessiansacks in it, and then drape them over the beer barrels. His beer wascoldin the warmest of summers. The main problem with this was that inwinterthe beer was freezing cold. One Sunday afternoon the beer was so cold,wehad our pints warming up in front of the coal fire before we coulddrinkit. One of the lads took some coal out of the pail on the hearth, andputit on the fire. Teddy came from behind the bar (without saying a word),andconfiscated the bucket of coal, putting it behind the bar where hecouldguard it.
Tom Moreland <dadmoreland1@aol.com>
London, - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:43:15 (PDT)
To Cathy Nightingale, I'm related to the family "Freak".Thereare twofamilies in seaham, would like to know which one you are looking for!Ihavebeen doing my family tree, would like to know more. Eddie and Sadie Ihavebeen reading the guest book for a while now, Congratulations and bestofluck with the site. Best wishes to the family.
Dee <davedee606@yahoo.co.uk>
Huntingdon, Cambs - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:41:37 (PDT)
Just a BIG HELLO to all the other GUSTARD'S out there. We arepretty muchspread all over the world so any comments, stories or "Owt ya want" allarewelcome. Regards, Lee
Mgbada Joe <mgbadaeze@gmail.com>
lomé, Togo - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:40:23 (PDT)
Joan i remember when they used to lend you the stillts,balls ectin thepark infact i was one of the ones who looked after the shed and madesureevery thing was returned.The bloke in chare was ray ellwood i think hewasin charge of the army cadets as well.After he left there he went toworkin the job centre down the harbour. Cathy i knew a alice freak thatusedto run tap dancing school she had a brother called jimmy who changedhissurname,he drinks in the red star and used to run the youth team but hehada bad heart attack and i dont know if he still does.I know he had aolderbrother but cant remember his name.
Jim Mather
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:38:48 (PDT)
hi sharon nice to hear from you again, to jim mather the pubwhere thegarage is now used to be called edinburgh castle the one with the ghostinthe mirror, there was also a pub closer to elgys called the bradyl.
seaham, - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:37:43 (PDT)
Hi my name is Lesley Cummings and I have lived in Dawdon, Seahamall mylife, I was born in 1967. My mother was Caroline (Nee Ward) and myfatheris William (Billy) Cummings. I have a sister called Beverley who wasbornin 1970. I have just come across this site yesterday and it is veryinteresting,I would like to hear from anyone who knows any of the Ward family fromDawdonor the Cummings family. Thankyou, Lesley
Lesley Cummings <Lesleycummings@aol.com>
Seaham, Durham England - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:37:02 (PDT)
stockport so very very boring want a pint in the oddys
neil <neil-mason@hotmail.co.uk>
- Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:35:33 (PDT)
Hi Seahamlad. I've just had a spell in Hospital and missedreading theG.B. But I did read a great book while I was confined called: 'Seaham,A Town At War 1939-1945.' Its by Les Alexander. I'll talk more later,gotto go.
Brian Greenfingers
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:13:50 (PDT)
Oops getting forgetful in my old age!! i mentioned my dads namebut notmy mams, it was Isabel (nee Watson) hope someone remembers them.
Joan (Farn) Watkinson
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:13:11 (PDT)
Hi:just read an entry about Lenny Button, i had forgotten abouthim again. he used to frighten me to death too. Does anyone rememberthe park in deneside,i remember when i was a kid we used to be able to go to the park andborrowstilts and footballs etc, i was telling my kids about this and theycouldntbelieve it. been a while since i was on the site it is really good now.thought i would mention my dad and mam again case any new comersrememberthem. my dad worked down the pit - Jim (Jimmy) Farn and my mam workedinElliotts the bakery on princess road, and later in the VG shop on theavenue.both have passed away now. my sister is Marj. Happy Easter everyone.
Joan (Farn) Watkinson <watko@shaw.ca>
mission, bc canada - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:12:34 (PDT)
Hey ColinThe singer who sang "Gimme the moonlight" was Frankie Vaughn
Ernie Carver <judern@rogers.com>
Alliston, Ontario Canada - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:10:43 (PDT)
Hiya i moved away from seaham 10 years ago,still have all myfamily there,cameacross this site by accident but its been good to have a read through it
susan reay <brakenblonde@aol.com>
lossiemouth, morayshire scotland - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:09:15(PDT)
It is great to read the guestbook these days with all the greatmemoriesof days gone by, especially when you live away from home, but sadly Iseeit is not to last Seaham Lad and Jacqueline are raising their heads andputtingtheir drivel online again, haven't they got the message yet that peoplearen'tinterested in the rubbish they write, especially Jacqueline.
Val Burrows
Norwich, Norfolk UK - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:07:39 (PDT)
first let me say that the g/book lately has been a joy to readover thestart of this year,local news and confessions of antics thatwe as kidsgotup to and the memories of how we enjoyed ourselves 50 to 60 years agoalsowe,ve had a bit of a rest from her that shall be nameless. in dec.2005j,matherwrote of how the town had changed and it seemed that the youth ofseahamdidn,t have the opertunities for entertainment that we had ,the jazzbands,the dump ,clay pit sat.night dances & the ice cream parlours ofchurchst before being old enough to legally buy a pint...none of the youth ofseahamappear to write in and although the memories are great and news of oldfriendsis welcome surely the place isn,t only populated by silver surfers .ileft50 yrs ago and have only been able to visit 5 times but i,d like tothinkthe kids of seaham can enjoy life as we did ..so kids, stop using thecomputerfor games and tell the g/book what its like now,or did it all die in!the 50s....60s and 70s ..still think of it as yem....RM
ron masters
stevenage, herts uk - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:06:28 (PDT)
To RealSeahamlad, All the Guys were good footballersFreddy,John and Kieth i knew them all they lived near us. You are rightabout lenny button he lived behind matty hunters with his mam and dadhisdad used to mend shoes. One thing about Lenny he worked hard puttingcoalin and nobody would of dared to try and get his customers. I think hewasmore frightening at the pictures he was always first and nobody got infrontof him,once inside he had his ice cream tub and he always had his ownspoonthe trouble was there was moren than ice cream in lenny's tub.We loveditwhen he started shouting at the screen. That was when we all went tothecozy in the spelk end not that we stopped there because we used tocrawlup to the sixpenny seats when nobody was looking.There was also DonnaWoofahe could speak in a sort of way but like Lenny he used to put the coalin.Theonly loads we got were at the prefabs where we had to used buckets anditseem to take ages.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:04:09 (PDT)
anybody connected or knows the freak or taylor familys at seahamplease get in touch hannah freak was my grandmothermany thanks cathy
cathy nightingale <infocus.photo@ntlworld.com>
luton, beds england - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:02:36 (PDT)
Never argue with a stupid person like the realseahamlad. Firsthe'll dragyou down to his level, then he'll will beat you with experience.
Adam Heals
- Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:01:24 (PDT)
hi to all at seaham glad val remembers me charmain i think thissite isgreat especially for people like myself who have moved from seaham butstillfeel a part of ityou also know the places and sometimes the people whatpopup in the other peoples letters.hi colin your sister in law kathleen ismymams sister her name is josephine my dads name was billy cross whopassedaway in 2002 its also nice to know so many people return to seaham onvisits.thereis some lovley walks and the beach is great the way all the seafronthasbeen done up sometimes when you live somewhere all your life you takeitall for granted its not till you go away you realise what you hadseahamis great keep up the good work .sharon
grays, essex uk - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 16:00:42 (PDT)
Hi all you old seahamites its great to here from you all eventhough someof you live miles away you cant beat nostalgia i wonder if anybody canrememberthe pub near elgys timber yard this pub had a mirror in the bar thatwassaid to have a ghost in it,i can remember been in there only once andcanrecall seeing a mirror but i cant remember it name or if it wastrue.Thepub has been pulled down and from what i was told the mirror wassold.Thereis a garage there now. Carl yes i am one of the mathers you are talkingabout my best mate was Jim Savage who is sadly no longer with us.I knewallthe others you have mentioned pluss a few you havent.I cant remembertheginger headed girl our Matsy knocked about with but then she had a lotoffriends. Spirit dancer our john lives in Bethune ave so if your motherlivesthere thats who it will be our Paul used to live in colling but hepassedaway a few weeks ago.Our peter lives next to the firestation and ourbillyup murton. Richard we also lived in Hawthorn square number48 my unclebillyalso lived there at the top end.My cousin Alan Cowell also lived thereforyears.Ican remember playing on the swings in crowood and adam and evesgardenswe used to go through the dene alot. I also remember the youth club atrockhosewhere they played all the 60,s music.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 15:59:20 (PDT)
I know our Jacqueline isn't American; but she's 'ersatz' enoughto beone though with her distorted views on what makes the world go round. IrepeatJacquie,find a nice bloke who cares for you, have a few kids, and RELAXabit before it all passes you buy. Life isn't a rehearsal kid, so get onwithit while you can, or move to 'Foggy Bottom' with the rest of thepseudos.I remember Lenny Button, and his strange wanderings. Kids being ascruelas they can be, I guess it was amazing that he never responded to someoftheir activities. I never saw him shoveling coal off the street, thoughIdid a bit of that myself after school. Houses with a coal hole likeBethuneand Jasper were the easiest.The going rate was 18 pence! Amazingly forhousesbuilt in a predominately mining area, Malvern and the like had no coalhouse!Ours went under the stairs, so every two weeks everything gained a finecoatingof coal dust. Back to Lenny; there were also a couple of guys whowalke! d everywhere in Indian style, that is one behind the other. Iseem to recallthey lived in those old houses where Westlea is now, but fronting on tothemain road.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 15:57:27 (PDT)
Hello I have just discovered the site and note that a cousinDiane Wardhas posted a note on 6/12/02 looking for me. The email link to her doesnotwork. I am seeking any information on relatives of my Father WilliamSwiftborn in Seaham 14/11/1924. My parent migrated to Australia in 1964.Iwouldbe happy to hear from anyone with information. many thanks,
Angela Ciliberto ( nee Swift) <angelac@c-direct.com.au>
- Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:52:04 (PDT)
Just read my email from my sister in B.C. Canada, telling meabout thissite, and I think it's brilliant!I lived in Seaham from 1938 to 45 wenttoschool at the ropery school,the family moved to London but came back in1950,have some great memories of Seaham, especially New year first footing!!Ilive in Norfolk now, and it took me years to get used to the beer,Nimmo'sand Durham special to my mind were the best. Does anyone know GordonDonaldson?We both lived down by the S.I.S. school at new Seaham, I don't know ifheis still alive, but he was my best mate. Keep up the good work. Donstrassen.
Don Strassen <donajan@uwclub.net>
Kings Lynn, Norfolk - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:50:11 (PDT)
Was driving up the Graham road today and thought of BrianGreenfingers, No I can't "wax lyrical" like you do so well Brian, butthe grass was green,the Daffodils so beautiful and as far as I was concerned, all was wellwiththe this part of the World. On a day like this I could even get to likethatLad who calls himself "the real Seahamlad" which is his latest pen-nameof many, why he can't think of an original one is beyond my ken. andJacqueline,you thinking of visiting Seaham again to see your Kin, what wonderfulnews. and a word to Micks mentor, whom we haven't heard from for sometime, Yourteam are in dire straits MM and I am sure that the Magpies are going toput the final nail in SAFCs coffin on Easter Monday, As a Newcastle fanitmay surprise you to know that it leaves a certain sadness in my hearttosee such a club as yours once again sink into the lower division, I'msurethey will return, hopefully with a new Board.
- Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:48:22 (PDT)
Norman, The icecream shop was Paceto's, with the pretty darkhaired girl behind the counter. Did she marry Mr. Jobes?As for the juke box, I think you meant to say, Frankie Lane and JonnieRay.
Les A
Billingham, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:47:01 (PDT)
So us Malvernites are on the gathering,its great to read so manyentriesfrom Malvern people. I lived at 81 next door to the Lodging house,DerekRountree lived next door. I was his best man in 1968 when he marriedWinnieCharlton. I expect more names to crop up over the next few weeks. Ourhousebacked onto the dump where we played football,cricket and slides downthebanks in winter & summer.we also had the wooden bridge to play onacrossthe lines. Memories of Malvern will never be forgoten. Anyone who knewme in the past drop an email to me or a message on the guest book
John Spencer <johnspencer1948@hotmail.com>
Portsmouth, Hampshire UK - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:46:04 (PDT)
Firstly, nice one Colin Hall, Although the veneer of the ladyJacqulinemay seem to appear American she most certainly isn't. She's just azealotwho's lonely, pretty much the same as Seahamlad who's a lonely oldwoman.I also know Keith Guy who I used to play football with at DenesideJuniorsthen at Seaham Boys, I went to Camden Square while he went to the SISwherehe was called "kettle", unfortunately, Keith didn't make his name infootballwhich is a great shame as I still believe he was probably one of thebrightestprospects in the country at that time. It seems just like yesterday.Whileat Deneside school, some hometimes, we used to come across LennyButton, of whom we were totally terrified, he used to live I thinkaround the cornerfrom Matty Hunter's shop on the Avenue and sometimes we saw him puttingcoalinto the coalhouses through the hatch, although it seems yesterday, itwasa million years ago.
The Real Seahamlad
Durham, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:44:02 (PDT)
hi jim mather are you the mathers that lived in neputne with thefosters savages todds as i new your matsy use to knock about withginger headedgirl.jazz bands were deneside grenadiers run by mr falkner denesidehighlandersryton pierrots yep remember the dump benny lacey claypit brickworksstillhave found memories of seaham
carl gippert
stanley, durham - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:42:15 (PDT)
Hi Im looking for anyone who can remember my dad William (BillyCoxon)he died in 1977 (cancer)when I was eight and I would love to hear fromanyonewho knew him and could tell me any stories about him. He was a minerbutIm not sure which pit he worked at as he had an accident when i wassmallso he was off work when i was little. His wife was Marjorie (neerutherford)originally from murton unfortuntatley my mam died in 1990 and with herthemain source of information I had about him. Any stories or anecodoteswouldbe appreciated to give me more of a picture of him. Thanks.
karen coxon <karencoxon555@hotmail.com>
sunderland, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:41:04 (PDT)
Talking of nostalgia, do'es anyone remember the church ladsbrigade ofthe 1940s they were run by the then curate Gordon Berriman who laterbecomea Bishop. he was our commanding officer and the sergant was abricklayerat Dawdon colliery Idont remember his name. And frank Richardson whowasa medical officer at Dawdon coll,used to teach us first aid and thesergantused to take us for gymastics vaulting over the wooden horse. We usedtoattend various church parades and local functions. Ah those were thedays.
R Brewster
- Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:39:47 (PDT)
Hi Sharon and Charmain and also Jim i grew up in deneside andthe jazzbands you all talk about were seaham pieriotts and seaham grenediersandalso seaham royals. Sharon i can remember oxford st and the Coyles,Guysand also your family.J im i remember your Paul from school and one ofyourbrothers lives near my mum is it John not sure. Charmain i know allyourfamily and your mum and dad knocked around with Lorna for quite someyearsdont see much of her nowadays just now and again in Church St.Strollingdown memory lane does me the world of good.
no name <spiritdancer41uk@hotmail.com>
seaham, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:38:55 (PDT)
That 'spam' can be blocked Ed, but I suppose you know that! Itwas"Valente's", and it was Johnny Ray, not Frankie! Perhaps you'rethinkingof the english singer who wore a Top Hat? "Gimmee the Moonlight". Iheardrumours that the Vane Arms had a certain clientèle who wouldjustabout guarantee you a place "batting for the "B" team" if you were soinclined.Just rumour of course, I never went to check it out!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:37:41 (PDT)
I agree with the real seaham lad that its great to look back andrememberthings that no matter how small could of ment something to you. Normanican remember there been a chineese cafe opposite the Empire because thefirsttime i went in i poured tea on my chips thinking it was vinegar no thewonderthey gave me a funny look.I can remember the Vane arms at the bottom ofchurchstreet and the golden lion which is still there.The best mememory wasofValentes along north terrace we used to go in there to listen to thejukeboxand get either a cold drink or hot orange.I can recall some of thesongsyou have mentioned but i was brought up in the 60's which i loved andthoughtthe music was great. Colin if you have not been to seaham for a longtimeyou will see a lot of changes wher the old toilet used to be next tothelion has gone and there is a new posh one with lights so you cant hityourshoes like in the other.Also up deneside half of Malvern has gone andoneof my old streets Neptune or Nepy as it was called is now miltonclose.Thedays of the Malvern NCB have trully gone.Any body that was part of thatworkedhard for there beer and fag money.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:36:38 (PDT)
to sharon, and jim mather thankyou for replying, sharon i askedmy sistervalerie about you, and she said she knew nobody better she sends herregards.jim i think the jazz band at deneside was called the allstars,and theclownswere the periots, brian metcalfe is no relation to me.
seaham, durham - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:34:53 (PDT)
Jim Mather, I too remember the Crawood tunnel (Crow wood, but weusedit from the other end at the Burn, having first climbed over the fenceatAdam & Eve's gardens where they used to put dogs to sleep for youforhalf a crown (12 and a half new pence for those born since 1971) aswellas sell garden produce. We used to crawl through that tunnel and thenthe other leading to Deneside park on our way to Dalton Towers. We,beingme and my brother Alan and any others from Hawthorn Square who happenedtobe around. Even though we lived in Wear St and would normally have beenclassedas outsiders, we were allowed at Hawthorn because that's where thePunshonslived(my grandfather/grandmother), and where we spemt most of ourweekends.We often spent an hour or so at the top of the Crowood bankside playing'knify'from a tree swing. That's where my brother once fell and broke his arm.Westill went back for more. A couple of the jazz bands were WestleaHiglandersand Deneway Coasters, I also followed them around as my cousins LesleyandLorna (Carver - at that time)spent time in both of them. I remember thefishing days at the Green Wall with Leo Whitehead, Teddy Bacon, Derekcarverand his brother, whose name I can't quite recall, and making leadplunderson the Hawthorn Square field having learnt to do so from my elderbrotherJohn and Chris Mileham. The lead came from the yards or under thefloorboardsof the houses in old streets like Aldolphus when they were due fordemolition.I also remember carrying the water from the tap in the yard fordrinkingand bathing for my Aunty Lily and her husband Norman Kennedy when theylivedin that same Adolphus Street. My brother Alan also ran into problemsbecauseof the melting of lead when Chris Mileham and my brother John werepouringthe lead onto a brick to make lead characters from the writing, whenthehot lead spurted into his face because the brick was wet. For NormanFlack,the ice cream shop was very definately Valentes and in those days theyalsohad the one on the seafront that is now Dempseys. I remember bothequallywell from our Saturday mornings but also because my mother Ellen Thorpeworkedin Gallons just opposite Valentes. Used to sell butter and cheese cuttosize and the best and cheapest broken biscuits around for sixpence. Somany memories.
Richard Thorpe
Ex Seaham, England - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:33:36 (PDT)
Ron Masters, thank you so much for supplying the information andthe 'recipe'for a Policeman's Bottle!! I will try to get the ingredients to preparethe brew myself. Of course, there are no longer any Chemist Shops inCanadaand now they are all called Drug Stores, selling foodstuffs, cosmetics,newspaersand magazines and on and on. I do remember the Chemist shop youdescribein Deneside and during the war my friends and I would go in to ask forcoughdrops. For these, of course, we did not have to part with any of ourprecious'coupons'. My aunt and her husband Essie and Phil Leathard lived at thebottom of The Avenue and my Grandparents Edward (Ned) and Margaret(Meggie)Wilkinson lived on Kingstonl Avenue. I have been in Canada for manyyearsbut I always have a longing to go back to Seaham. Thanks again Ron.JoanDmytryshyn.
Joan Dmytryshyn
Summerland, British Columbia - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:30:49 (PDT)
I can remember the lifeboat dissaster as i am sure a lot ofpeople inSeaham can,A lot of good men lost thier lives and it shocked everybody.IknewDonnie Burrell because the people i was going around with went to hishomealot.I believe he moved to cottgrave where a lot of seaham minerswent.Ihave 2 sisters that live there.I know my mother knew Arthur Brown andhisfamily because she used to go around with joyce brown and evon andpeteri think they were related.Joycie as we called her married petermulliganand was my mothers best friend. If you lived in number 7 oxford youmustof lived near the lee's and either the carrs or wilkinsons.The onlycaverican place was Joe he was also a fisherman and used to go to the cuddyalot. The only time i went out on a boat it was on a tug with a blokecalledblondie who used to live near Hawthorn square.I think he lived withsomeone called florrie lynn. My brother worked at the Docks for years andmybest friend Jim Savage was found in the dock. If you go to a sitecalledseahamscenes.co.uk/ and click on to the links then go to the story ofseahamand scroll down to lifeboat diaster it has the story of what happend byDonnieBurrell.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 16:23:26 (PDT)
While we in nostalgia mode ... Does anyone remember thatopposite Greenerssnooker hall at the bottom of Church Street there was the Silver Grid,anupmarket (at the time) fish and chip restaurant which even serveddeserts(no takeways)? And just up from that, towards St John's Church, thePacitos(or was it Valentes) ice cream shop with a brightly lit juke box thatplayedrecords featuring such as Frankie ('Cry') Ray and Doris ('DeadwoodStage')Day? Or how about the King's Arms on the Terrace (opposite theLondonderyOffices), ruled by Jenny Dodds? Or the Golden Lion hotel, haunt of theposhand the want to be seen). With an upstairs piano room where MrsThompsontickled the ivories? Or the Vane Arms at the bottom of Church Streetwhere,it is alleged, certain ladies tickled the fancies of lonely seafarers?
Norman Flack
Surrey - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:17:01 (PDT)
hi charmain i used to live near a family in malvern cresentcalled metcalfswhen i was small if it is the same family i used to play with yourolderbrothers and sisters joan and valery valery was my bridesmaid in august1978with ann carr we all went to seaham secondary school i recall your dadhavinggrey hound dogs its a small world i also remember the jass band thatwasin ryton cresent it used to practice on the dump sharon
grays, essex uk - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:15:32 (PDT)
I see our "other" zealot" has raised his head above the parapetto behumiliated again. "Seahamlad", I know you read the guestbook at everyopportunityso it will come as no surprise that everyone is as sick of your lamesubmissions.Read Jim Mather and the people who reply to him... that's how to ritetothe guestbook, I'm sure everyone that reads Jim will know someone he'stalkingabout, I certainly do, (please keep it up Jim). You have to admitSeahamladboth yours and your pseudo (look it up) American friends evrysubmissionis dull, pathetic and without doubt mind numbingly boring. Same advicetoyou Seahamlad I'm afraid... get a girlfriend.
The Real Seahamlad
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:14:24 (PDT)
To Jim Mather in reply to your letter Gloria Mcado or Hunter asshe iscalled now is living in Blackpool and John is living somewhere inLondonand they are all keeping fine.
R. Brewster
Seaham, Durham - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:13:15 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, nice to see you back Friend, how are thingswith you? Your letters have been really missed
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:12:21 (PDT)
I note that Jacqueline is still singing from the same tired oldsong-sheet.The reason no one wants to 'debate' with you my fragile littleevangelic,is that you don't know the meaning of the word! To those of us who arelessthan perfect, and that is all of us in your not-so-humble opinion, youdon'tdebate, but lecture on your infinite superiority. I actually feel sorryforyou because of your obsession with causes; an obsession which clearlyexcludesthe finer things in life. You are so insular, [a typical Americanattributeby the way] that you cannot grasp the comments made here from time totimeare actually unfavourable! Grow up and get a life kid, before it leavesyoubehind. Now to other matters! I seem to recall both the Guy's and theMetcalfe's as names, but not faces! It's been a while! I also had noideaOxford Street had gone, and Portland. I'll be in Seaham on the 19thMay,and must take a look around to see what else has changed. What's theGoldenLion like these days?
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:11:42 (PDT)
Hi Sharon and Charmain, I remember Joyce Plowes she used to playwithus when we were kids,i believe she lives in eastlea now.Mrs Dove was aRoughlady but loved all animals she was okay. My sister was in the Jazzbandshewas the drummer she is called Marion but most people call her Matsy.Theonly Metcalfs i can recall were brian and i dont know what his brotherorhis sister was called offhand but i know he had a younger brothercalledandrew who was drowned while on holiday he wasnt very old.Brian livesinbethune ave and was a good friend of my late brother. I used to go alloverwith the Jazzbands as did a lot of my mates.There were two or threejazzbandsin seaham that used the dump i cant remember thier names but one wasthedeneside something and the other were like clowns.there were also bandsfromDawdon and Parkside.I remember when they used to play on the dump andtherewere loads from different towns.I know Jimmy Rochester used to run theoneup rhyton and billy bates had one of the parkside ones as did johnniemacadoo. Can you remember the Labour club next too the blackroad andclaypit. Canany of you remember the crawood tunel where you used to start from theparkand go through untill you got to crawood making sure you missed thepotholeson the way.It was always pitch black untill you saw a little bit of daylightat the other end.When i think back we did some crazy things but alwaysfeltsafe.
Jim Mather
- Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:09:45 (PDT)
Who is that Mara New York Idiot?
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:58:37 (PDT)
"The real Seahamlad" You're playing the same old record, talkingthe same old rubbish, you're pathetic Man!
another seahamlad
- Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:58:00 (PDT)
great site, found it by chance. would just like to say hello toanybodywho knows me. i still live in seaham, but work a month away at a time,offshorein nigeria west coast of africa. its good to read all the comments ithelpsme get through the month away.
colin shaw <shawsyftm73@yahoo.co.uk>
seaham harbour, - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:57:21 (PDT)
hi jimmy and ernie carver i remember playing on the dumpspending hoursin oxford street playing also ernie i remember your aunt mrs brown alsoyourcousin eric brown we all played to together as kids i was always a bitafraidof mrs dove dont know why the guys were great neighbours i remember themarchants and ploweses as well but then we all grow up and go ourseperateways but still i am visiting seaham at easter
grays, essex uk - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:56:00 (PDT)
can anybody remember the jazz band that used to practice on thedump they.were called the seaham royals also can jim mather remember a big familycalledthe metcalfes, george metcalfe was the dad thats my dad, he died in 1999
seaham, - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 10:54:37 (PDT)
Sharon, I can also remember the Guys Kathleen,Fred who is sadleyno longer with us,John and Kieth all the lads were good footballers.Icanalso remember old mrs Dove she allways had her wellies on because shehada alotment some where.I would of been 11 when you were born but ourPaulwho sadley died a few weeks ago would of been near your age he was 45.Youmust of played on the dump at some point because every body did i thinkeverbody around that area must of used either carboard or a shovel to slidedownit in the winter. As you said Oxford is no longer there where we livedtheyhave built a nursing home.The whole place has changed Portland isnothinglike it used to be as is neptune its milton close now i think.
Jim Mather
- Friday, March 31, 2006 at 13:56:35 (PST)
An invitation to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visita mosquein Jack Straw's home constituency has been withdrawn, it is claimed.Mosqueleaders in Blackburn decided on the U-turn following pressure from thelocalcommunity. this is very sad as here in Britain we have a age old customof listening to everyones views and whilst not necessarily agreeingwiththem, we would fight for their right to free speech. I hope ourAmericanFriends do not think we are all like this.
Adam Heads
- Friday, March 31, 2006 at 13:55:23 (PST)
To : J Mather My grandparents lived at 7 Oxford Street foryears. Theywere the Donaldson's I used to visit them every Sunday and during theweekif I could. My Aunt Mary Brown lived with them she lost her husbandArthurin the lifeboat disaster in November 1962. I remember the street gamesandhad a great time with all the kids in that area.
Ernie Carver
Alliston(North of Toronto), Ontario Canada - Friday, March 31, 2006 at13:54:26 (PST)
Jacqueline, Read the submissions below yours... you see luv,that'swhat this guest book is for. It's for Seahamfolk that have lost touchandwant to wander down memory lane. Whereas you want to inflict anythingtodo with the Catholic Church on everyone that hasn't the slightest bitofinterest in what saints day it is, or what religious festival it is.Jacquelinefor pity sake, keep religion out of the guestbook, it's so dull and youdeliverit with such zealousness (look it up Jackie) you're just so dull, get ahusbandand get a life.
The Real Seahamlad
Durham, - Friday, March 31, 2006 at 13:53:02 (PST)
I'd like to thank Ernie Carver, Ronnie Brewster, Tom Kennedy andNormanFlack for sharing their memories of the Seaham snooker and billiardssceneof 50 years ago. If anyone else has recollections please let me know. Ishall deposit a folder of your entries (for future generations) in theFamilyHistory Groups files at Seaham Library under "misspent youth"
Raymond Thompson <raymond_thompson1@btinternet.com>
Seaham, UK - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:39:27 (PST)
Let us all give our support to the lower paid workers such asCouncilworkers,school dinner ladies etc who are fighting to keep their pensionentitlementagainst a government trying to move the goalposts.
- Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:37:09 (PST)
hi i dont know if any one remembers me i am an essex boy whospent mostof my summer holidays at dawdon strangway street also 48 malverncresentdeneside with my aunt and uncle jack and florrie daley from 1960 s to1975some of the names in dawdon i remember were david pig who lived on anendhouse his mam was maltese also a few from fox street were robert hoodandhis brothers and sisters also a david whos family owned the shop on thecornerof fox street also a boy called john in fox street he had a sister weusedto play on a building site when they were renovating the houses alsobooseyalley we used to play all over dawdon i would love to hear from anyoneofthe above or maybe someone knows of these people i still visit in lawseveryyear as i married a seaham lass
gary osborne <osborne_gary59@hotmail.com>
grays, essex - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:36:30 (PST)
hi jimmy mather it is nice to hear someone remembers oxford stas it hasbeen pulled down now i was born in1958 i think a bit after your timebuti still remember jones s also elliots mrs brown mrs dove lived on theendand then when we moved back into no 16 we lived next door to guys agreatfootballing family also rem peacocks and lenords it was a great littlestreetall the kids played together its great that seaham has a web sitevisitingmy mam who now lives in hexham ave at easter sharon
sharon <osborneshama@yahoo.co.uk>
grays, essex - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:34:25 (PST)
TO F.TUCK& N FLACK you,re right fred,bill now lives atBOLDON COLL a G/G/dad now. ive told him where bob now lives but he askswhere is RAY[SKINNY]last he heard he,d gone out to canada......NORMAN, i sat with kennyrichardsonat deneside jnrs. never could tell them apart. derek ellwoods dad gaveusboth a belting when he caught us smoking in the yard netty. i gotanotherwhen i complained to mine . a different world R M P/S to a FRIENDpleaselet sleeping dogs lie,,,don,t rattle her chain....we,ve had a month of[local ] news& interest.
r. masters
stevenage, herts - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:33:07 (PST)
Hi John Lindley. I am sending your details to someone in theU.S.A. whohas fully researched the Seaham Marlbroughs and has an extensivecollectionof family history for them. I'm sure they will help you in yourresearch. Good Luck!
Raymond Thompson <raymond_thompson@btinternet.com>
Seaham Harbour, - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:31:51 (PST)
T0 R Brewster I have been informed that my dad was infacta goalkeeper before he took up reffereeing. Yes that is the same JoeTurnbullwho is ednas brother he lives at ryhope now and i have not seen him forawhile but if i do i will pass on your message. Ihave seen Johnny's sonBillya few times he works in the nursing home along the sea front.I alsohaveseen the youngest daughter but not Gloria or Johnny jnr i dont evenknowif they still live in seaham.If i see any off them i will tell themthatyou were asking after them.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:29:57 (PST)
To "A friend" No the cat does not have my tongue! I have justnot foundthis site very interesting lately. You know me.. I like a goodPoliticaldebate and ... well... most people on here do not like to debate. Orsomeof them cannot debate without getting all "bent out of shape." Peoplehavedifferences of opinions to help keep a balance in society and somepeopleon here do not quite get that concept and become rather "offensive" ifyouhave a difference of opinions. You know for example, America right nowisdebating Immigration, and I know Britain has the same issues with thenewinflux of immigrants in the past 10 years. Furthermore, we are stilltryingto find a calm way of dealing with Iran - so that we are not broughtintoa War with Iran. Anyway, I am well. I am doing another run for the cureforBreast Cancer this coming Saturday, April 1st. I am active with theHomelessCommittee, and active within my church other ministries and prayergroups.I had my ! Birthday last Sunday (Saint Joseph's Day) and went to abeautifulluncheon with friends, and the day before went to a Spa and shopping.Lifeis good! All is calm... Nothing to complain about, but plenty to beThankfulfor. Thinking of coming home perhaps next summer. My family and I haveastrange kind of relationship, but I think it is time for some"forgiveness"Actually this is the year, in the Catholic Church for "Healing andforgiving."Anyway... I hope all is well with you.. my dear friend... God Bless..MayJesus, Our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph Bless you and your family.Yourfriend, Jacqueline.
- Wednesday, March 29, 2006 at 13:28:27 (PST)
Hi Jacqueline, has the cat got your tongue?
A Friend
- Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:33:54 (PST)
Dear Sir Could perhaps help me> I am interested in a gamilycalledMarlbrough, who are related to me through my Great Grandmother> I amparticularlyinterested in any Colliery in the Seaham area as they worked in themines.I myself am from a mining area and worked as an engineer at a localmineSilverwood Colliery. I have set up a web site and would like to addsomedetail as regards Mining in that area. If you go to my site and chooseRecordsand then Descendants of John Marlbrough you will see the Marlbroughconnection.I am hoping to enhance my site by adding some aspects of Seaham. ThanksRegards John Lindley
John Lindley
- Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:33:21 (PST)
Thanks for that Ernie, if the names of the halls come back toyou pleaselet me know as one of the lads can't recall what they were and isn'tsleepingover it !! I saw Norman Flacks posting about Matty Hunters SnookerHall,would that have been on the Avenue? Great Country you're in now Ernie,Iwas lucky enough to have two visits to BC and Alberta - awesome sceneryandgreat people!
Raymond Thompson
Seaham Harbour, - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:32:09 (PST)
To: Ron Masters. You must be Bill's older brother. You livedabout 16Ivy Avenue and then the folks moved to Eskdale Close or was itEnnerdale?You helped my older brother Bobby carry me home from the Gaff often onSundaynights. Keep the messages coming, it's good to hear from you. Bobby nowlivesin Kingston Ave. Fred Tuck.
Fred Tuck
Parksville, BC Canada - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:31:03 (PST)
With regard to Ray Thompson's query on The Billiard Halls inSeaham therewas Bob Greener's at the Bottom of Church St which had 4 tables and wasfrontedwith a sweet shop and the one further up the street was known as theNewHall boasted having ten tables. There was also a billiard hall situatedonthe end of the 'top shops' in Dene side which was owned by a gentlemancalledMatty Hunter. There were also other establishments which also hadsnookertable(s) in them. Happy days of a misspent youth. tom kennedy
tom kennedy
seaham , durham - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:29:46 (PST)
In answer to Raymond the two billiard rooms were Bob Greenersshop andhad two tables in the other was about half wsy up church st. and weusedto call it the big hall, but [ dont know what its real name was, it hadabout10 or 12 tables in.
R Brewster
Seaham, - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:28:37 (PST)
To Ronnie Brewster you also played with our Alan MCaddo on thedump for Deneside rangers.Jenny Greeners was the other snooker hall at the bottom of churchstreet which later became the Playboy club.I worked at Chaytors butchers and myself and Joe Pigg (Billy) used toplay skittles on the first table in the hall.It was one of those places you could use without being 18.some magicmemories from those days gone by.I seem to remember that my step brother Gordon Heckles won the lastgame of skittles on the night the hall closed in 1965 ?
John Spencer <johnspencer1948@hotmail.com>
Portsmouth, Hants - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:27:56 (PST)
To Jim Mather, I dont think we are talking about the same JimmyMatherbecause the one I'm on about was a goalkeeper I dont think he was everarefferee. But you say your friend is Johnie's brother-in-law well wouldthat be Joe Turnbull who has a brother jimmy and sisters Glady andEdna,if so Edna is my sister-in'law. And will you please say hello to himforme. He will still remember me (I hope) we all worked at Dawdoncolliery. And thank you Sadie for giving my kind regards to Danny forme and i'm sorryto hear about George.
R Brewster
Seaham, - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:26:26 (PST)
Sharon, I lived in number 20 Oxford street there was a bigfamily ofus,We lived next door to mary maxstead who was married to billyjones.Itwas on that gable end that Benny Lacey got burnt when he lit a match tolookinto a old car petrol tank.Iremember mrs cross living there and thedefty'sin fact i can remember most of the people that lived there but it wasbeforeyour time i think.As i remember Mrs Cross was a nice lady.My mam anddadalso moved back into oxford street No8 the same number we had in thestreetacross the dump Neptune street for years.
J. Mather
Sunderland, - Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 13:25:10 (PST)
To Val Burrows, Sorry lost your entry for some reason. Could youplease resubmit
Sadie Mason
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 16:30:17 (PST)
: To Ron Masters ... Aagh, I remember them well. Now, what aboutNormaLane, Derek Ellwood, Billy Appleby, Dorothy Rowntree, Eric and ErnieMyers,the Richardson twins, Mr Graham, headmaster at Ryhope. And the queuesatthe Empire on Sunday and Monday nights (regardless of what wasshowing).Followed by Dawdon Crossings (no matter what the weather), EasingtonCollieryWelfare Dance on a Saturday night, the Tennis Club's New Year's EveDanceat the "Spookies Hall" - Burton's on the Avenue and Matty Hunterssnookerhall next to Jack Nash's fishshop ?
Norman Flack
Surrey, - Friday, March 24, 2006 at 16:28:57 (PST)
In answer to your question Raymond I remember two billiard hallsin ChurchStreet. One was at the back of the shop next door to Maynard's sweetshopand the other was further up Church Street close to Doggart's. It hasbeena long time. Regards to all in Seaham from Canada.
Ernie Carver
Alliston,, Ontario Canada - Friday, March 24, 2006 at 16:26:54 (PST)
- Friday, March 24, 2006 at 16:25:07 (PST)
Arlene nee Murphy. Moved from London to Francis St Seaham duringthe 1940'sto Maternal Grandmother's in Francis St then to Ash Crescent ParksidewhereI made a friend Jenny Jones. We moved to Westlea. After Mam exchangedhousesfrom 3 Wesley Way back to Ash Crescent (after Dad died in 1958), No:3wasdestroyed by a gas leak. My best friend during my teen years was AnnPunshonwho sadly died some years ago. I'd love to hear from anyone whoremembersme who went to Seaham Harbour Convent school and later St. Josephs. Myclosestfriend there was Valerie McColough (could be spelt differently)who diedduringthe six weeks summer holidays. She had a younger sister Geraldine &a brother Graham. I was never told anything about Valeries disapearance&it has haunted me to this day.
Elizabeth Hassall
Remuera, Aukland New Zealand - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 14:08:30(PST)
To R Brewster, I can faintly remember the team and know and knewsomeof the names you mentioned especialy Johnny McAdoo he was my friendsbrotherin law who is Joe Turnbull.I knew my dad was a referee but i didnt knowheplayed that is if it is the same Jimmy Mather you are on about.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 14:06:37 (PST)
hi i lived in seaham till 1975 where i moved to essex to marry ienjoyreading your guest page my family all still live in seaham where wevisiteach year my brother billy cross lives in westlea my mam josephinecrosslives in seaham sadly my dad billy cross senior passed away in 2002 mydadwould have loved reading your guest book he was born in 10 oxfordstreetdeneside i recall him talking about playing football on the dump in hisearly years i think he was the only man at dawdon pit who never sworewhenwe were growing up we then moved back to oxford street no 16 i went toseahamsecondary school left in 1975 would love to hear from anyone also as achildgrowing up in deneside
sharon osborne re cross <osborneshamar@hotmail.co.uk>
grays, essex - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 14:05:35 (PST)
re: sadi and R. Brewster, i was glad to read your emails remindsme ofwhat a small world it is. Glad you guys re united on the guest book.theguest book is looking really good now and seems to be used for therightreasons. you guys do an awesome job with this web page. I really enjoyreading the entries.
mission, bc canada - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 14:03:48 (PST)
to norman flack,memories are getting fewer,senior moments morefrequentbut do i know you from ryhope r r grammar or from deneside.i lived ivyavetill 1950.and to herts after i qualified and married.if you,reinterestedi have a class yr 2or3photo with all those lads on i can let you have.anyluck with search for dot reay. i recall mary soulsby...jean snowdonfromgirls grammar.happy days R M
r masters
stevenage, herts - Thursday, March 23, 2006 at 14:02:35 (PST)
To R. Brewster, My maiden name was Beer and Danny and Gearge aremy brothers.My Dad Sid ran the Deneside Rangers. I will mention to Danny that youhavebeen on the Guest Book. Sadly George is no longer with us. I'm glad theGuestBook has brought you happy memories
Sadie Maon
Seaham, - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 15:13:04 (PST)
Can anyone tell me what billiard/snooker halls were in SeahamHarbour pre 1950ish.
Raymond Thompson <raymond_thompson1@btinternet>
Seaham Harbour, - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 15:09:17 (PST)
Hello any Seaham people I have just getting the internet and Ihave justread the letters from some of you and what a lot of memories you havebroughtback to me. I too used to play for Deneside Rangers along side ladssuchas scouter Elliot, chuck and Peter Rae, the brothers George and dannyBeerJoe Guy, Johnny McAdoo who was my brother-in-law Jimmy Mather, amongothersto numerous to mention, Those were the days my friend Ithought theysdneverend.
R. Brewster
Seaham, Durham - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 15:08:10 (PST)
To Ron Masters ... thanks for the memories.
Norman Flack
Surrey - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 15:06:55 (PST)
LOOKING for DAVID BRIGGS FROM CANADA . hi my mum is ANNDRINKWATER, sistersdoris, edna, alvin,elsie,marie. brother bob.if any one else woild liketoknow how mum is shes living in spain , any more info please contact me.elisa.alderson@ntlworld.com
elisa alderson
cleveland england - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 15:06:14 (PST)
For all those that play/have played at the course, Seaham nowhas itsown golf website! Check it out at http://www.seahamgolfclub.co.uk
SGC <webmaster@seahamgolfclub.co.uk>
Seaham, Co.Durham UK - Friday, March 17, 2006 at 11:28:48 (PST)
to norman flack. ablast from the past.some more names you mayremember.dougweatherall.ex daily mail sports .bob sinclair. pawsey.tom grantham .poprobinsonden o,connor.sep redden& i last heard jack webb was living inpolemarchst seaham
Ron Masters
Stevenage, Herts. UK - Friday, March 17, 2006 at 11:26:45 (PST)
To Ron Masters and his message "At last a name I recognise". Ihave justdiscovered this site. I should know you, I think? I must have been atRyhopeGrammar about the same time as you. In Four B with Johnny Neal (AstonVillaand then Chelsea FC manager), Jack Webb, Derek Sparey, etc).And, ofcourse,I knew Dot (Dorothy) Reay. When she was at Seaham Girls Grammar andlateras a lab technician at Bolton ... I, too, would be interested in howshe'sgetting on. I lost touch after returning from National service with theRAF(Singapore) in 1953, joining the Sunderland Echo as a reporter and thenmovingto Fleet Street to work on the Mirror, Express, Times and Daily Mail.
Norman Flack
Surrey UK - Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 15:35:22 (PST)
nice to read about seaham left camden squ., in 52 worked at theknackbefore joining the navy in 54 now living in newfoundland since 71 gladtocomeacross this site thanks.
Fred <freddavies0_9@msn.com>
Burgeo, Newfoundland Canada - Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at 15:33:52(PST)
: hy,and congrats to ed and sadie mason,for an excellentsite.would liketo here from old mates anywhere in the world,especially my old mate,kenmurphy,who i have not heard from for 30 years or more.
tom(tucker) stringer <tuckertoolbox@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at 15:25:07 (PST)
I understand that my Great-Grand father was born in your town in1886.Are there anymore BOYDS around?? And how would I go about getting anyrecordsfrom the town about my family? Thanks
Kenhorst, Pasadena USA - Monday, March 13, 2006 at 16:29:36 (PST)
Does anyone remember me as a boy ventriloquist with Joe Reed'sconcertparty? There were about 20 girls in the group including "Deneside's OwnShirleyTemple" but I forget her name. I am now in my 83rd year so I expect alotof the members will be gone, but someone may recall the shows we didduringthe war years. I have performed at both the Empire and the TheatreRoyal(the Gaff) Now living in Perth Western Australia. I'd be glad to hearfromanyone. Jimmy Gilbert
Jimmy Gilbert <jng@westnet.com.au>
Perth, Western Austrailia Australia - Monday, March 13, 2006 at16:28:03 (PST)
I am looking for descendents of George & Ann Cowell. Theyhad onedaughter that I know of, Mary Jane, who married Francis Shuckburgh atStJohn's church in 1872. Her occupation on the marriage certificate is'PupilTeacher' and her father George is listed as 'Engineer'. If anybody canhelpI would be really pleased to hear off them. My email isHelenmoon@blueyonder.co.uk.Thanks. Frances Shuckburgh
Frances Shuckburgh
- Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 16:09:29 (PST)
Hello! It's great to read the messages from you all and theanecdotesfrom the past! Mike (Mick) and I have been living here for three yearsandare now settled into retirement. BUT I would love to hear from my oldfriend...IreneWilson (nee Gleghorn). Can't find her in the 'phone book so perhaps youcanhelp. My memories of life in Seaham??? Lots of them, but always havememoriesof gong to the Empire on a Sunday night then crowds of us going to meetupat Dawdon crossing. Arty Lockyear was always there. Also ....as achild,Saturday mornings at the Gaff. I was SO disappointed when it was pulleddown. What happened to the huge mirror at the top of the circlestairs?? I couldgo on for ever!!! Best wishes to all our friends Carole
Carole and Mike Harrison <mch9@shaw.ca>
Coquitlam, British Columbia Canada - Saturday, March 11, 2006 at16:08:30 (PST)
In September 1872 my grandfather, Francis Shuckburgh, marriedMary JaneCowell of Seaham at the Parish Church. Mary's father was George Cowellwhowas an engineer. Mary was a Pupil Teacher. Do any descendents of theCowellfamily still live in Seaham? If anybody can help, please contact me atHelenmoon@blueyonder.co.uk
Fran Shuckburgh
Reddich, Worcestershire - Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 16:06:17 (PST)
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NY USA - Sunday, March 05, 2006 at 01:37:40 (PST)
to joan dmytryshyn,you can still get a policemans bottle made upat somelocal chemists but as a boy armstrong the chemist at the avenuedeneside60 odd yrs ago supplied 4 two pennyworths chloridine licorice anniseed& ether. diluted.... don,t know about bronchitus but it certainlycleared the dust off my fathers lungs after a shift at the knack
ron masters
stevenage, herts - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:44:59 (PST)
to ex classmate,thanks ,at last a name i regonise after readingthe g/bookfor over a year. dot reay went thru deneside infants & junrs insameclassas myself lost touch when i went to ryhope grammar then left seaham.denesideinfants& jnrs have a site .sometimes old pupils keep in touch.perhapsthey can help ...... to the ed ..get well soon its good to keep intouch with seaham and i enjoy my weekly visit via the g/book ronmasters stevenage
ron masters
stevenage, herts - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:43:59 (PST)
To Old Pal, I am Eric's son if you want to get in touch e-mailme details and I will pass on.
Ian Watson <ian.3.watson@bt.com>
Stevenage, Herts - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:42:35 (PST)
Sorry in the last mail i stated Bill it shoudl of been George
Seaham, - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:41:15 (PST)
To Bill Graham of Benidorm. Bill Stevenson(Stepenson) is thename you are looking for. Lucy
Lucy Taylor <luctylr@aol.com>
Seaham, Durham - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:40:35 (PST)
Ed.- Hope you make a speedy recovery after your stay in hospitaland are very soon back to good health.All the best.
Tony from Spain
Spain - Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:38:54 (PST)
To Richard Thorpe, Ed's had a spell in hospital but is home nowand willget back to you as soon as possible. Thanks for your best wishes
Sadie M
- Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:42:25 (PST)
HELEN MOUNTER <helen.mounter@bristolfruit.co.uk>
bristol , avon england - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:40:18 (PST)
For Sadie Mason, I hope Ed's non availability is not due to illhealth.I say this because I note that there hasn't been any postings since17thFeb. If Ed is unwell, please pass on my best wishes. If not, thenhopefullyhe will be able to make some time to monitor the postings in the nottoodistant future.
Richard Thorpe
- Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:38:48 (PST)
Looking for Eric Watson, who used to live at Seaham Colliery(Duke Street,I think). Worked in the offices at Vane Tempest and was a Seahamcouncillor.Can anyone help?
Old Pal
Portsmouth, England - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:38:04 (PST)
Anyone know the whereabouts of Dorothy Reay (pre marriage name)who livedat 25 The Avenue, Deneside, in the late forties and fifties?
Ex Classmate
Nottingham, England - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:37:05 (PST)
I see the preaching has started. I thought we were going to seeEaster before she came back.
Sherwood Forester
- Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:36:13 (PST)
"Seahamlad" John.. I remember a few yers ago you had quotedsomewhereto the words of: It is NOT Iraq we need to be so concerned about, morelikeIran. Fox News (here in USA) has just said that Iran is ready to launchanyattacks with Nuclear to the USA and the UK if we plan any attacks ondestroyingtheir Nuclear develpoments. There are also holding seminars in Teranforthe Iranian people who want to become "suicide bombers." There arethousandswho are ready to be suicide bombers. They literally hate Americans andBritish.John, your words were right.. Gosh, you knew what you were talkingabout.Well, you know with the way the world is at this present time,somethinghas got to give... God must weep at us. There is no sense of morals,principles,family values, the tv shows are all about sex, nothing is left to theimagination.Christianity is being mocked etc... I am telling you, our world is amess!Those of us who are not yet married, it is not easy to find m! en (forthose of us who are women and single) who have a level of moral andprinciplesand a faith. Anyway, I shan't 'rant" too much. Y'all get the picture ofwhatI am saying... John, I hope you are well. God Bless.. your friend..Jacqueline
- Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:35:35 (PST)
To Richard Thorpe thanks for the compliment. Ed is not availableat the moment but I will pass your comments to him.
S Mason
- Friday, February 17, 2006 at 14:44:28 (PST)
Hello, I found your article about Mr. McNee as I was searchingfor theartist who signed 2 of my family's paintings. They simply say 'T.McNee'. Since you are so familiar with Mr. McNee, I thought you mightknow whetherhe ever dabbled in painting the local countryside? These are veryrustic,but charming, and were picked up at a local art fair near Birmingham,AL. No one seemed to know the artist, or how these two paintings cameto bethere. If you think Mr. McNee was the artist, I'd appreciate a reply.Thanks! L. Grimes
L. Grimes <cbgsr@bellsouth.net>
- Friday, February 17, 2006 at 14:42:29 (PST)
Julia Mitchell, the pub you mentioned(Lord Seaham)is probablythe "HarbourView" which was I believe previously called "The Lord Nelson" It issituatedon the seafront and used to have to large masonry pillars at the frontwhichwere accidently demolished by a delivery dray
- Friday, February 17, 2006 at 14:40:39 (PST)
Congratulations to all involved in the maintenance of thewebsite. I assumeEd Mason has much to do with this. As an ex-Seaham resident, I foundthepages on Mining Heritage Project 2006 and the Banner Fund to beparticularlygood and interesting. One slight problem however, is that there doesnotappear to be a home button that gets you back to the main website, thebuttonsavailable only take you back to the home page of each section. Lookforwardto seeing further contributions about the children's activities duringtheyear and more on the development of mining in Seaham. There must besomestories/anecdotes that Seaham people can add to this project. Thesepagesare well worth a visit of anyone's time. Richard Thorpe
Richard Thorpe
- Friday, February 17, 2006 at 14:39:40 (PST)
Anyone with information on Skipper Robinson from Grimsby, lostat seain WW1 along with his son Christopher. Please email me atjenal52@yahoo.com
Invercargill, Southland New Zealand - Friday, February 17, 2006 at14:38:16 (PST)
I dreamt that I died and to Heaven did go. Where do you comefrom theywanted to know? From Seaham said I and didn't they stare but come intheysaid-- you're the first one from there!! A request please. Can anyonetell me what are the ingredients in a Policeman's Bottle? I hear thatit is a great cure for bronchitis. Joan Dmytryshyn
Jooan Dmytryshyn
Summerland, British Columbia - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 14:35:15(PST)
My faily moved from Sunderland to Adolphus St.Wesr in 1925wherewe liveduntil the end of 1929. Our ramily lived at 19, Nelson St. drom 1930untl1938 when we left for HEBBURN. My three brothers, Albert, Edward andAlanare still alive and kicking. I have fond memorues of my schooldays inthetowm.
Ernie A;lderson
Poole, Dorset - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:06:50 (PST)
To Edward O’HARA. Re your interest in Ernest STOCK born31.01.1909 inSeaham Harbour. There is a birth registered for this name in the MarchQuarterof 1909 not in the Easington Registration District that covers theSeahamarea but in the Houghton Registration District. I suspect that youdon’thave a birth certificate for Ernest, if you obtain one it will answermanyof the questions about which step to take next to locate his parents.Reyour question about a Family History Society in Seaham there is a newlyformedFamily History Group at Seaham Library, St John’s Square, Seaham but atthisstage there is no web site available and enquiries are only on a “walkin”basis. As the group grows it is hoped there will be web site forenquiriesfrom researchers living away from Seaham.
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:05:42 (PST)
just wondering if james duffie is alive still he use to live indawdoni think he had a sister, he went to camdon, was know as jimmy hadgingerhair, thought i saw him in a cafe in the harbour but was not surer ashehad blonde hi,lights in, if it was him his smile give it away, i waslindarobinson. we were in the same class all the way till 1975. hope hesstillabout.
linda staynings
bristol, avon uk - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:04:24 (PST)
He who binds himself to a joyDoes the winged life destroy;But he who kisses the joy as it fliesLives in eternity's sunrise.
A Friend
- Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:03:02 (PST)
"Gorden T Lamb" You also mentioned that your father moved toMurton andworked as an "undertaker" or in that business. My dad, John Markielivedin Murton at I think it was either 4 or 6 Terrace Clarke. (He also didsomejob as an assistant to an undertaker.. before he eventually landed ajobback at sea - which was his life. He loved traveling and loved the sea.Henever should have ever got married and had any children at all. He wasatraveler.) He was buried at the church in Murton,(C of E) much to mydisagreement.He never went to church, not sure if he was an atheist.. but I was aregularat St. John's in Seaham and my parents and I wanted him buried at St.Johns.His divorced wife, would not agree.. Needless to say, none of them everwentto church, or had the decency to have any of their three childrenbaptized.(Thank God I was baptized at 11 days old in the Roman Catholic churchatSt. Serf's Dunfermline.)Anyway, I wonder if your father was theundertaker! for my dad. His funeral took place on Friday Novemeber 19th1982 @ aprox.9.30 or 10.00 in the morning. His wake was Thursday 18th at 7.00pm. Inthechapel of rest at the church where he was buried. I would be interstedtoknow if you or your father knew of my dad.. John Markie. He was only 33whenhe died. He had a very sad life in many ways... Not a great upbringingandcertainly a very empty life without knowing the Lord. Well.. his oldestdaughter,me, has made up for that.. I am practicing Roman Catholic, dailyattendanceof Mass and pray for his soul each day and offer Mass's for him for thereposeof his soul. Hopefully my love for God and our Blessed Mother, hashelpedmy father's soul. If you or your father knew of my dad, Wow! what asmallworld this really is!
YX USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:02:17 (PST)
Dear "Gorden T Lamb" Subject: Z"Merchant Navy." My father, JohnMarkiewas a native of Scotland. He was born and raised in Scotland and as anadultmoved around several times in Scotland and back and forth to EnglandandScotland. He was deep sea fishing trawler, before he joined theMerchantNavy in Scotland. He was on the Culrose.. I believe that was the cargoshipname. It had sank on Sunday Novemeber 14th 1982 @ aprox. 11.00pm.Justoffthe coast of Pennzance, Cornwall. My dad's body was found at 2.00amNovember15th - he was pronounced dead. I was only 13 1/2 at the time. As anadult,(now almost 37 years old) I have tried several ways to contact anysurvivorsof the accident. I would like to know exactly what happened. I know theskipper,was Mr. Tait, but that is all I know. My father had re-married and wasdivorcedfrom his 2nd wife at the time of his death, though living with her..(Strangerelationship! Thank God, I never have repeated his cycle of relatio!nships!)Therefore, I really don't feel I got the whole story of what happened.Iwas residing with my parents who had raised me from a young age. Myfatherand I were close and I had contact with him. But, I feel that I wish Iknewmore of what happened. Given that you were in the Merchant Navy inScotland,I am wondering if you could give me any leads of contacting theshippingcompany etc... I thank you in advance if you are able to assist me inanyway. Jacqueline.Dear "Gorden T Lamb" Subject: Z"Merchant Navy." Myfather,John Markie was a native of Scotland. He was born and raised inScotlandand as an adult moved around several times in Scotland and back andforthto England and Scotland. He was deep sea fishing trawler, before hejoinedthe Merchant Navy in Scotland. He was on the Culrose.. I believe thatwasthe cargo ship name. It had sank on Sunday Novemeber 14th 1982 @ aprox.11.00pm.Justoff the coast of Pennzance, Cornwall. My dad's body was found at 2.00amNovember15th - he was pronounced dead. I was only 13 1/2 at the time. As anadult,(now almost 37 years old) I have tried several ways to contact anysurvivorsof the accident. I would like to know exactly what happened. I know theskipper,was Mr. Tait, but that is all I know. My father had re-married and wasdivorcedfrom his 2nd wife at the time of his death, though living with her..(Strangerelationship! Thank God, I never have repeated his cycle of relatio!nships!)Therefore, I really don't feel I got the whole story of what happened.Iwas residing with my parents who had raised me from a young age. Myfatherand I were close and I had contact with him. But, I feel that I wish Iknewmore of what happened. Given that you were in the Merchant Navy inScotland,I am wondering if you could give me any leads of contacting theshippingcompany etc... I thank you in advance if you are able to assist me inanyway. Jacqueline.
TX USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:01:05 (PST)
For Bill GrahamThe last NACODS secretary that a colleague of mine recalls is GeorgeStephenson who had a brother Brian.Hope this helps
Seaham, Durham - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 17:01:59 (PST)
Dear Sir/madamme You are my first port of call, for tracing longlost family/or history from Seaham harbour.I am a Mitchell (i have defeacted south, sorry!) My father (76 yrs) wasborn in Seahamharbour/Durham. My fathers, father and mother, moved to London beforethe 2nd world war. Iknow that most of the other Mitchell's went to Canada at this time. Mypaternal grandmother, hadthe surname South.I am told by my relatives in Canada that, my fathers family had the pubin the harbour, for a longtime. I think it may have been called the `Lord Seaham' but i can'tremember.I would love to hear from anyone with knowledge of the `Mitchells', inwhat ever form it maybe!.It is my dearest wish, to visit Seaham Harbour with my father, beforeit is too late. Time and moneyhas been against me but i hope to make it this summer!. I am desperateto visit the place withwhich i feel i have a strong affinity and must visit.yours sincerely Julia Mitchell
Julia Mitchell
- Friday, February 10, 2006 at 17:01:10 (PST)
With many thanks to the readers of the 'Guestbook" I have'found' a gentlemanwho tells me that his father was my paternal grandmother's brother. Ialsohave 'found' through this gentleman, a relative who I had not seensinceI was ten years old ( a long time ago)and did not realize until oneweekago was related to me!! This lady actually lives in Ontario and it justmay be possible for us to meet eventually. Many 'branches' in myfather'sfamily tree were bare until now and I am just thrilled to have thesenewrelatives to communicate with. I wonder if I might be so fortunate astofind anyone else. related or not, of my father. He was LambtonWilkinson,an ex-coalminer who had an amazing singing voice. He left the mines asayoung man to sing in the choir of Winchester Cathedral. He then went onto sing in St. Paul's Cathedral and then Durham Cathedral. He became alectureron the history of coalmining, for the national coal board in London andwasappointe! d a freeman of the city of london before coming to Canadawhenhe retired. He was a choirboy at st, john's church in seaham. My motherworked for dainty dinah toffee company and she was born in pelton fell.I hope there may be someone out there in dear seaham (i won't hear awrongword about that great place) who might have worked or socialsed with mymumand dad and could supply some anecdote or story which i would includeina book i am writing. many thanks to the guestbook.
joan dmytryshyn <dmy2@shaw.ca>
Summerland, B C Canada - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 16:59:17 (PST)
HEY! just dropping afew lines to say i think this site is great!HAvinggrew up in Seaham all my life i can safely say i believe there is nobetterplace. I often go for strolls along the beach, taking the odd dip inthesea, obviously not in winter! i find the high end fashion shops atseahamharbour great, a fab place to get your summer wardrobe at idealprices!!Anyways just to cut to the chase i went to school at St. cuthberts inseahamand it was hear i made so many special memories! it was here i had myfirstkiss and made some of the best friends of my life! Iknow i often seeyouat my local the kestral but we never get to chat!!I am thereforepleadingfor any Former st.cuthbert pupils to come forwards and contact me! itwouldbe great to go for a drink and catch up before i move away to uni! manythanks,Victoria Atkinson p.s i know all probs think im mad! but hey thats me!
Victoria Atkinson
Seaham, well easington now at the greyhound stadiu, england - Friday,February 10, 2006 at 16:56:40 (PST)
To Bill Graham just been on TUC website finding about Nacods.The unionhas no website but email address for queries is natnacods@aol.com hopethishelps
seaham, durham england - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 16:54:25 (PST)
I am trying to find out about a family called phillips thatlived in Foxstreet Dawdon.I dont know any thing about them apart from some of therenamesone was called Billy and he lived up parkside.There was alsoDickie.Therewas also girls in the family one of them was called Margaret who diedin1947 she had 2 daughters and a son.The eldest daughter is called valphillipsbut the outhers were called Gloria and james Mather as you may of guestshewas my mother but i know nothing at all about the family.If anybodycouldtell me her mam our dads name it would help or anything about them.
Jim Mather
Sunderland, - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 16:53:31 (PST)
I left Seaham for Grangetown in 1965, having been brought up atnos 34and 53 Marlborough St. Attended Viceroy St Infants (1955), Deneside(1957)(memories of Tom MacNee) and Rhyope Grammar (1961). I left there in1967to go to South Shields Marine Tach. and from there joined the MerchantNavy& moved to Scotland. My fateher, John William (Bill) Lamb was aSeahamlad, brought up at Vane Hall before the Spiritualist Church took overtheproperty - my grandfather, Thomas Lamb, ran an undertaking business,whichafter his death moved out to Murton with another member of the family,andstill operated today.
Gordon T Lamb <gordon@svarc.net>
Sunnbury, PA USA - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 16:52:03 (PST)
Hello Do you have a Family History Society in Seaham? If not cananyoneelse help me? I'm trying to trace my partners family tree and know thathis Grandfather, Ernest Stock, was born in Seaham Harbour on the 31stJanuary1909. His father was James and his mother was Rachael Turner. That'sallI know of his earlier life before he came to Yorkshire. Thanks for anyleads or info
Edward O'Hara
Wakefield, West Yorkshire - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 09:26:50 (PST)
Hi Kevin, Re your family history problem with the JUDSON line.WhenI was doing my wifes tree (GALE) from East Harlsey I noticed there werelotsof FOGGINS in the village. This is the same FOGGIN line that live inSeahamto this day. There was a steady exodus from farming communities at thistime to new industrial pastures in the North East and other parts ofthecountry. Your ggg grandfather George JUDSON was baptised at EastHarlsey,North Yorks. on 31.05.1829 and his brother Brookes JUDSON on 12.04.1825atthe same church. In answer to your question as to the connection withtheFOGGIN line, I can tell you that your ggg grandfathers mother was MaryFOGGIN. She married Robert JUDSON on 08.09.1824 at East Harlsey. I wasunawareuntil now of the JUDSON link with the FOGGINS but I do remember anassociationwith a FOSTER or FORSTER family that you may come across in yourresearch. Cheers for now,
Raymond Thompson
Seaham, - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 09:25:35 (PST)
I am trying to establish contact with Victor H. Brown who I havetrackedto this site. Victor is a distant relative whose family remained in thenorthof England while my family emigrated to Canada in the 1850's. Victor, Icanbe reached at wgdirwin@look.ca . I will have to add Seaham Harbour tomyitinerary next time. Bill Irwin, Ontario Canada
Bill Irwin
Gravenhurst, Onyario Canada - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 09:24:05(PST)
Just sat thinking about my how homesick I am and how I want mytwo daughterscloser to their grandparents. I lived in Seaham for 20 years (sincebirth),moved to Somerset for a year then back to Seaham for another 6 yearsandthen down to South Yorkshire with my job. I've had no interest in beinginSeaham since my Nana passed away and my parents moved out but I stillthinkabout the place I grew up and have so many memories of. I've been tothechurch (St John's) for christenings and funerals, a place where I wasoncea choir boy (though many people struggle to believe that I was onceangelic.....ahem)and also to St Mary's for the christening of our youngest daughter in2004.I'd be interested to hear from anyone who remembers me, former schoolfriends/neighboursand all to find out the local gossip and maybe reminisce about the goodolddays (ie 1971 - date). Hope you are all well. Take care.
iIan Holt <ianholt1973@aol.com>
Doncaster, South Yorkshire - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 09:22:09 (PST)
SEAHAM, DURHAM - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 09:19:23 (PST)
I have read a lot of the letters and storys of people and therefamilyswho either lived or do still live in seaham and i was suprised to herealot about deneside as a whole even though i was born in parkside beechcrescentnothing or anything can beat growing up in a neighbourhood that madeyoustand up and be counted you new when to earn ya bread & butter younewwhen to do right from wrong and you never backchated ya elders but nowyoujust get a load of abuse from all the troublesome kids who run riot inthethe streets if only we had the birch back it might learn them a thingortwo i must go for now but i will be back as i have just got a guestcometo my home so by for now and my regards to everyone past and pressentthankyou
James Quinnell <JamesQuinnell@aol.com>
Deneside, Seaham, UK - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 04:39:36 (PST)
Kevin Harham There was a don judson who had pubs in the harbourand fogginshad the paper shops in the harbour also the daughter is married tomalcomecar.The last shop they had was in church street and i think a relativehasit now.
No Name
- Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 04:36:57 (PST)
Benidorm, Spain - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 04:35:47 (PST)
There seems to be a lot of mixed messages of people's views ofSeahamtown. I was just browsing some updated pictures of Seaham and... itseemsas if the new constuction has given the town justice. Yet, when readingoversome of the older postings - people who are actually residing in Seahamarethe majority of the ones being critical of their own town. (I was givensomuch flack for being critical of the town in previous postings. When inactualfact, it is those who still reside in the town who seem to be verycriticalof Seaham.) So what is it with Seaham? Has it improved over the past 20yearsor has it not?... I will say that I think the construction hasimproved.Though, still missing the swimming pool and movies... and a few otherthings.Otherwise, to me, I think I would enjoy visiting the old town again. Iamwondering, if it is the mentality of some of the younger generation andtheirbehavior that makes the locals of Seaham critical of the town. Therebuildingof the town seems to have improved, but the behaviors of some of thekidsand adults may be "hampering" the towns image.
USA - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 04:34:07 (PST)
carrying out regular site maintainance. During this period theGuestbookwill 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 arebackto 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 areprettymuch spread all over the world so any comments, stories or "Owt yawant"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,Jackand Norrie Fraser. my mam is noreen and her sis jackie. Nana andgrandadlived in malcolm street for years then moved to longnewton st, dawdon.whengrandad couldn't manage the stairs they moved to the miners cotts bythepit.It would be great to hear from any relatives or old friends ofnanas,so i can pass them on. Unfortunatly grandad died some 14 years ago.manythanks tracey murray
tracey murray <muzzagang@aol.com>
newbury, berks - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:57:42 (PST)
VIC HONEYBELL <vhoneybell@tiscali.co.uk>
Seaham, Durham - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:56:14 (PST)
i remember the clay pit it was down from st cuthberts schoolpastthe knack pits timber yard.There was a big wall there i think they usedtoplay ball games against it, about 30 yards to the right of the wall wastheknack club and a army drill hall can anybody remember the big canonthat was at the cenotaph i think it was took to help the war effordcheers
no name
- Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:54:59 (PST)
jim and marion, the lodging house was at 70 malvern cres, andwasstill in use in the 1970s, there was also a lodging house at the top ofportlandave once upon a time.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:54:14 (PST)
could frank lovett please supply email address as i believe afriendof mine is related to him .
k. newton <kensr27sz@hotmail.com>
seaham, durham - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:53:31 (PST)
To "A friend" your posting is very familiar. I had receivedthatpoem in an e-mail just before Christmas and I mailed it out to many ofmyfriends. 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,thefollowing is an extract from the1963 Seaham Official Handbook. WorldWarII was different from its pre¬decessor. An enemy raid was a veryisolatedsensation in World War I, with an occasional Zeppelin passing over, oraswhen, in July 1916, a German submarine surfaced just outside theHarbourof Seaham and fired 30 shells into the town causing slight damage andonefatal casualty-a woman visitor. Matters were much worse in World WarII,and Seaham had its share of air raids. Indeed, in the matter of damageandcasualties Seaham was the hardest hit county district in Durham. Thereweredestroyed by enemy action, 1 church, 157 dwelling houses and 1public-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 12thDecember, 1942 . . 1 1 16th May, 1943 . . . . 33 151 ¬TOTALS 52 224With the high rate of incomers to the area it would be a great projectfor Seaham Town Council to create and sell a new Official Handbook.Thinkof the history, the amenities, the community spirit and of course,incomefrom advertising to defray the cost!
Stan Cooper <stanley.w.cooper@btinternet.com>
Sale, Cheshire - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:50:44 (PST)
Sadie M I lived in 20 oxford street next door to thehendersonsand little mary Jones ( nee maxted).My friends then were Derek Carr andthedefty's Brian and Moss.I can remember most of the people that livedthereand near there in Malvern. We were always over the claypit looking fornewts and digging up the rubbish that had been tipped there thinking wemightfind some thing of value,but there never was.Some of the kids used togoin the water even though it was filthy and there had been loads of deadanimalsin 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 havevisiteda few times mainly to the library as i am researching my family tree onmymums side (i may have a pub lunch next time im through tho ) i amhopingto find family in seaham with the surname judson as my great greatgreatgrandfather george judson went up to seaham from northallerton sometimeinthe late 1830's he came to seaham with his brother brooks judson .alsowhilstcheking the seaham census records i noticed george judson was listed asanephew to james and isabella foggin in 1841 census for seaham was jameshisuncle? or was isabella his auntie ? any help will be greatfullyappreciated
kevin haram <kevinharam@blueyonder.co.uk>
south shields, - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 14:47:53 (PST)
I grew up in Seaham and my name then was Ann Thompson. I leftEnglandwhen I was 24 years old. However, I have been coming back regularly tovisitmy mother who lived in Deneside. However, my Mom rececently died onNovember18, 2005, 86 years old, following a gall bladder operation. I wasvisitingher at the time. Now I am concerned I may never see my home town andsurroundingcountryside again. How do I get my local calendars, news and any latestbooks of Seaham, from over here (in the US)? It is devasting to think Ihave no home or Mom to come back to.
Ann Erickson <AnnErick77@aol.com>
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 andstillhave the scars to prove it.A girl from Malvern carried me home,[Joan?]coveredin blood, and deposited me at the door. I still have a sizeable scaracrossmy 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 Beerranthe team and all my brothers Norman, Danny and George played at onetineor another. We lived in 1 Oxford Street. Those were the days. I canalsoremember the Clay Pit but it was out of bounds for a lot of kids whoseparentswouldn'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. IrememberTopaz and Saturn well.I cant remember the Rotary club though.Irememberallthe Jazz bands on the dump and can even remember Deneside Rangersplayingthere i dont know who played for them but i am sure some one will.MyDadwas a referee.We had some great times on the dump,playing football andsledgingdown the bank on our shovels or boxes.Every thing has changed so muchcanany 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 tointerview 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?”“Whatsurprises you most about humankind?” God answered... “That they getboredwith childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be childrenagain.” “That they lose their health to make money... and then losetheir moneyto restore their health.” “That by thinking anxiously about the future,they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present northe future.” "That they live as if they will never die, and die asthoughthey had never lived.” God’s hand took mine and we were silent for awhile. And then I asked... “As a parent, what are some of life’slessons you want your children to learn?” “To learn they cannot makeanyone lovethem. All they can do is let themselves be loved.” “To learn that itis not good to compare themselves to others.” “To learn to forgive bypracticing forgiveness.” “To learn that it only takes a few seconds toopen profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years tohealthem.” “To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, butis one who needs the least.” “To learn that there are people who lovethem dearly, but simply have not yet learned how to express or showtheirfeelings.” “To learn that two people can look at the same thing andsee it differently.” “To learn that it is not enough that they forgiveone another, but they must also forgive themselves.” "Thank you foryourtime," I said humbly. "Is there anything else you would like yourchildrento 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 yourconcern.
Brian Greenfingers <berbri@btinternet.com>
- Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:13:09 (PST)
To "APROPERSEAHAMLAD" You seem to be another of the one ortwolinersthat occasionally use these pages, all we seem to get from you isnegativeabusive ravings, what a sad life you must lead! You're probably alegendin your own mind. The only answer to people like you is sadly to "putyouon 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 FatherLambtonWilkinson, son of Edward and Margaret(Moreland) Wilkinson and my MotherAnnieMary Dixon, daughter of Thomas Greenwell Dixon and Annie Mary (Temple)Dixon. The Wilkinson family lived in Herbert Terrace, Derwent Crescentand KingstonAvenue, Deneside. TheDixon family lived in Pelton Fell, Chester-le-Street,and at 6 Polemarch Street. Lambton Wilkinson had a very fine countertenorvoice and he left the mines as a young man to take up a place in thechoirof Winchester Cathedral. He later was a member of the choirs of DurhamCathedraland then of St.Paul's cathedral in London. Before he retired and cametoCanada he was a Lecturer and the Publicity Officer for the NCB atHobartHouse in London. I am hoping that someone in dear Seaham might justremembereither my Father or Mother and could give some information,rememberanceor 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 familiarstreetsin Seaham where I was evacuated to during the second world war. Myemailaddress is dmy2@shaw.ca.
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 NewYear.I was interested to read John Spencer's contribution re Michael Leonardandthe Sea Scouts his mum ( my auntie) was awarded the MBE for herservicesto 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, Ithankyou for all the beauty of 2005. I thank you for all the smiles andlaughter,the love expressed, the memories made and the wholesome relationshipsenhanced.I thank you for the precious moments of love exchanged between familymembersand friends. I thank you that you gave us the Golden Rule for relatingtoothers and for every occasion where doing unto others as we would wantthemto do unto us protected family life and friendships. Father, I thankyouthat no trouble, trial or tribulation caused us to lose our lives orourhope. This year has been a severe year in many ways. Thank you forwalkingwith us and for the times you carried us. Now, I pray that we embracethevictory of being survivors celebrating the victory of being victors,avoidingbeing 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 anunwaveringtrust, and we thank you that you are so totally worthy of trust. Wetrustyou, Father, when life makes sense to us, and we trust you when wecan'tsee the justice in the situation. Your trustworthiness is in yourholiness(It's impossible for you to do anything wrong to us.) and in yourincomprehensiblelove (You wouldn't wrong us, if you could.) for us. You created us. Youknowus. You love us. And you only want the best for us. How secure we areinyou. I pray for those who have attended funerals and memorial !servicesduring 2005. I thank you that saying "lost loved ones" isn't accurate.Theyaren't lost. Your caregiving is not confined by the limits of how wemarktime. Your realm is eternal. The faithful celebrated Christmas thisyearwith the Christ of Christmas, in the splendor of paradise. The beautyofsuch healing is beyond our imaginations. The streets of gold gleamed,thegates of pearl reflected the colors of Christmastime, the Christ ispoisedin triumph. We are grateful that we had the health to walk away fromthoseeulogies. We continue to live our portions of years that you grant us.Ipray we will cherish our portions and not waste them on futileactivitiesor self-destructive behaviors. I pray that we will invest them inendeavorsthat build honorable legacies. Our Father, I pray for the New Year. Weembrace2006. In your name, we are staking claim for a good year. Within it, wewillhonor you, we will bless others, and we will succeed in the challengeswithwhic! 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 onwalkersor on oxygen or maintained by medication will keep on keeping on. Iloveto see them out and about. I pray that we will search our hearts andissueresolutions that will right ourselves before you and humankind. We wanttostep beyond 2005 with cleansed hearts and righteous intentions.Amen....from Jacqueline....
Jacqueline <Jacquiekmary@aol.com>
- Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:19:16 (PST)
To John Spencer, Topaz St, thats the one I could'nt rememberthanksfor that. I can't remember the Lodging House though what year are youtalkingabout? 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 youngtheyloved it and I'm sure lots of other kids would love it too, why don'tyoujust go around the streets where you did not get abuse? and leave outtheareas where you know you are certain to get abuse and are well knownforgangs congregating? I'm sure I can't remember any abuse hurled inEastleaest? or Melrose Cres for that? I remember teams of people followingwithbuckets for the collections could'nt they have warned the gangs to backoff? It just seems a shame cos kids really loved that. Marian neeWilson
Marian Lisgo
Seaham, Durham UK - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:17:24 (PST)
Seaton colliery inn was bombed on October 25th. 1941. Thelandlordswife 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 sadie I'am sure that I echo the thoughts of all theG.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",geta grip woman and stop your stupid postings. Seahamlad..a properdebate...withyou? 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.HAPPYNEW YEAR TO ALL SEAHAM FOLKS,especially the Dalton Heightsgroup......andmany others we had the pleasure of being with last year. Also to youJaqueline,here in the USA. May 2006 bring all of us Peace and our troops homesafelyfrom the wars.
Pennsylvania, - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:13:12 (PST)
to Bill Graham you could try the Durham mining museum websitewww.dmm.org.uk it may or may not help but it is very informative bestofluck
seaham, - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:12:15 (PST)
Hi..John Armes...this is Jacqueline. I did give to yourparentsBrian Greenfingers telephone number right around November. I had leftthema message on their BTE answering machine. I had hoped they would havegivenit to you. I explained on the message that you had asked for hisnumber.I am not sure if I have it now... but you can e-mail him and ask himforit. 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 "SeatonCollieryInn" which was bombed during WW2. In my last visit to Seaham, I had averypleasant lunch there with Sadie and Ed Mason. Sadie's elder brother andIwere 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 and1962due to RAF Service, then, in 1962, I transferred to the Royal NewZealandAir Force and did a further twenty years! I married in New Zealand in1970,[stillam, 35 years later!] and our three children were of course all born inNZ.Iwill be visiting Seaham again, briefly, in May this year, after StPetersburg,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 healthyandprosperous 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 onlyabout10 or 12 ins high. We a looking for a small dog, we went to see awhippetpup in Cumbria & it was the size of a Greyhound the Lady inquestionsaid you want a racing whippet they are much smaller. So is possibleforyou 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 usallpeace and to live our lives more holy and self-giving to those in need.2005brought much disaster.... too much! Let us all try to have a moreprayerfullife and keep God at the center of our lives. (For those of us who areCatholic,let us keep praying to our Blessed Mother and ask her to intercede forusto Jesus, her son... so we can live our lives more like Mary and submitourselvesto God's Will.) God Bless you all... and have a very Happy and BlestNewYear 2006.... from Jacqueline.
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:14:33 (PST)
Hello, My grandfather came from Seaham Harbour. His name wasJamesSamuel (Nobby) Clark. He was born about 1913 and died in the late1970,s.His Mum was Sarah Miller, later Lauder. His Dad died in WWI. He had asisterKitty. I am trying to do my family tree and unfortunately never knewthem. Can anyone help.
trudy clark <trudy@borg2of2.fsnet.co.uk>
weeting, norfolk - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:13:46 (PST)
Can anyone give me Brian Greenfingers phone number please? Iwillbe 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 Dawdonwelfare,And when all the pubs had jukebox's.I lived in the Harbour inthesixty's. I used to go to rock house youth club and i also went to thecozyand empire a lot.Ican remember Saturday mornings at the theater royal.Ialsohad some great times in seaham and dont disbute it been good then itsjustashame how it has changed.John Spence say's he lived in the posh end ofMalvernwell we lived in Neptune street no 8.I also lived in oxford streetbeforand after that, The club John is on about is the Labour club i canrememberwhen Harold Wilson was there,Ican also remember all the jazz bands thatusedto play on the dump.I also have not seen many names that i can rememberfromthe 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 youtosay 50 Hail Marys (whether you ate a mince pie or not!)and to wear aHorsehairvest for a Month and even worse my son, I order you to attend the nextfourSunderland home games at the Stadium of Light, that will knock thesmileoffa your face. if however YOU want to make a meaningful contributionbysuggesting a topic for debate? I will respond. and a happy new year toyou.
- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:10:14 (PST)
I seem to remember my dad saying he was coming home from workatthe pit when the high inn was hit, i believed this was the phoenix, itwasa long time ago so i may be wrong
ted < edsurf58@aol.com>
Brockenhurst, hants - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:09:30 (PST)
Hi, to the people of Seaham. Is there any old mates out there?Ileft Seaham in 1978. Lived in Westlea, Warkworth Cres. went to SMSschool.Worked at the Knack + Vane Tempest,frequented New Seaham ConservativeClub.Lets hear from you!
bill richardson <william.richardson@eskom.co.za>
pullenshope, mpumalanga south africa - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at09:07:40(PST)
Hi- I'm not sure who this email will come through to, so I'llexplainmyself anyway, but if you have any racing/coursing contacts, I would bereallygrateful if you could send me a link to them or pass my query on? I owna Whippet, and although he doesn't race, I have a bit of a problem withhisback feet/knuckles, and no-one I talk to has much experience ofWhippetsor the speed these dogs go! He seems to get very red sore back knucklesinlate autumn winter- you can hear his feet whipping throughthe grasswhenhe's running. I've been washing them carefully in warm water when hecomesin and putting a little cream on to make sure they dont crack oranything,but I'm wondering if any other Whippet owner experiences this?
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- Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 09:06:00 (PST)