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Guestbook 2009
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to Brian Greenfingers, thanks for the card and the best wishes and we wish you the same. To all guestbookers we wish you a very merry christmas
Sadie and Eddie Mason
- Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 13:48:26 (PST)
hi i would just like to say a big merry xmas to all people in seaham and also people on the guest book who have left seaham but keep in touch on this guest book also a big thank you to the people who do the guest book as it is great to hear about seaham in years gone by sharon
sharon osborne
grays, essex - Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 13:45:54 (PST)
Ben Brazier was my teacher and an abolute B...! He had been in WW2 and prisoner to the Japs. I think it screwed him up as being a prisoner of the Japs screwed up many people. Is he still alive I wonder? I know Mr.Hood joined the Church and become a Vivar, Hood was a RAF flyer during the war. Mr. Parkinson caught Malaria in the Far East and it still returned to him at times.
B Burton
- Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 13:44:44 (PST)
Mr & Mrs Kilgour were the P.E. teachers Davie.
James Robinson
taupo , bop nz - Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 13:43:09 (PST)
For the attention of John Man. I do know the person Catherine Dunn very well. She was my sister,and yes they are painful and there is never a day goes by that I dont think of her even though I was only nine. It is one of those things that I will always remember, and it would be nice to know how you knew her.
Irene Button
Murton, - Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 13:41:18 (PST)
Im looking for a school mate called Joanne, sorry cant remember your surname. We went to Denehouse Primary school in 76-77, i lived in the castlereigh hotel. Hope this works and i find you x
Samantha Palmer
doncaster, - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:10:07 (PST)
Was the woodwork teacher called Mr Wager, he had a hearing aid that he carried in his jacket breast pocket?
Ed Douglas
North Yorkshire, - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:09:05 (PST)
Is there anywhere in Seaham that keeps records of Dawdon colliery? I have overmans daily records from 1908 to 19012 listing the day to day workings of Dawdon pit and would like them to be held somewhere local. My father was miner's lodge treasurer for many years and worked at Dawon pit. We lived in the wide back 1930s 7 40s. Shigger.
Jim Shaw
Peterlee, - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:08:00 (PST)
Thank you Eric Leighton, Keith Batley, Surtees Gleghorn, Victor Honeybell, Bob Watson, Sharon Osborne and John Batley re teachers names who taught at the SIS in the 1940's and 1960's
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater , Nova Scotia - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:06:33 (PST)
ive just read Eric Leightons submission on the guest book about the SIS. I attended the sis about the same time and can recall all the teachers names well most have been mentioned except for Mr Teasedale woodwork and metal work which was taken at ropery walk school. Mr Potter the pe teacher ,Mr Newby the French teacher,the art teacher whos favourite saying was come here boy and ill cuff your bloody ear. I also recall Mr Howey tech drawing teacher etc. I left in 64 and went straight to work on monday morning after leaving school on friday. I started as a bike and shop boy with George & Harry Chaytor brothers. joe Pigg was a bike boy like me he did Dawdon,& Parkside while i did the harbour northlea westlea deneside and up the times inn bank to the white house on the right side going to Murton. Those were the good old days. I left to join the RN after a short spell at Dawdon colliery, looking back now im pleased that i didnt spend my time down the pit.
John Spencer
Portsmouth, - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:05:15 (PST)
Hi everyone I have only found out about guestbook in the last few days.I left CAMDEN SQUARE SCHOOL in 1966 joined the merchant navy 6 months later and in 1970 emigrated to Australia where I still live.I was in the 'G' class at camden and though Ican still picture in my mind a few faces of class mates a lot of names now escape me.I do remember the headmaster Mr Clark,Mrs Cook maths teacher ,Mr Boyle another maths teacher Mrs Walker religious knowledge teacher,tall man and wife P.E. teachers who were from Australia.After reading a few letters looking for names that might twig a memory I came across a letter from Sonja who has a sister called Marlene.I knew sisters with those names but I dont recall if there maiden name was Oliver but I do have a photo of Marlene.Anyway this guestbook is a great idea Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all.
David Gaut
Sydney, NSW - Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 14:03:32 (PST)
I am looking for an old school friend from Ropery Walk school in the 70's. Ian McInney please get in touch via the guest book.
autumn raymond nee bird
seaham, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:53:08 (PST)
To Ray Briggs. RE-The school teachers at Seaham Modern School, I started in about 1955. The Head Master was Dr Martin, who replaced Mr Weatherby. Mr Brazier (History), Mr Hood (Re and Maths)still alive, Mr Parkinson (Geo and Mining), Mr Evens (French), Mr Carr (Science), Mr Harrison (art), Mr Kay (Music) nickname Danny, Mr Masterman, my form teacher, Mr ???????, wood work. We had no women teachers, because the school was split in two, boys on one side and girls on the other, which did not stop us leaning over the fence drooling over the girls, showing their black knickers when doing exercise's. I once asked Mr Brazier (who's nickname was Ben)the time and his reply was I do not know, and I replied " You should know with a name like big ben"' and was then asked, to come to the front of the class, to which I had to stick out my hands and received the cane on each hand, and then he proceeded to invite all the class to line up and also they receive the cane on each hand. I was not a popular boy after that episode. Mr Masterman was hard of hearing, so as when we went into class, we turned on the radio to listen to the popular music in them days, he used sit at his desk and ask if anybody could hear music, " No sir " was always the reply. I liked the school and if I could turn back the clock, I would certainly have took interest in the lesson what was being taught us, and I would liked to have put my hands around the teachers shoulders and thanked them very much. I had to go back to that school, to do night classes, as I served my apprenticeship, I was still instructed by some of the old teachers. Them were the good old bad days.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:48:34 (PST)
Keith Batey
Billingham, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:46:32 (PST)
Hi Sharon, what a coincidence about the plate, cup and saucer. I remember it well and was only reminising about this the other day. I was born in 1963 so started Deneside Infants a few years after you
Sharron Meek
Doncaster, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:45:25 (PST)
Victor Honeybell
seaham, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:44:22 (PST)
I went to the SIS from 1956 to 1960 and the headmaster was mr martin and the teachers I remember where mr hood, mr parkingson, mr kay,mr evans and I think there was a mr harrison
Bob Watson
silksworth, sunderland - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:43:09 (PST)
In answer to Ray Briggs, I attended the S.I.S. from 1941 to 1944, a bit earlier than the dates requested, but my small list is - Mr Weatherly Head. Mr Lunt Science Mr Humphries History and a Mr Jenkins who I remember only for having a name for each cane he selected when dishing out punishment. The music teacher whose name I forget was referred to as Moses though not to his face and the woodwork teacher was Pip, I know not why though I do remember that he spit when he spoke. Surtees Gleghorn
Surtees Gleghorn
Taunton, Somerset - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:41:48 (PST)
i went to the S I S in the early 70 s and mr brazier was there then he taught history and used to talk about the war and fall asleep in lessons
sharon osborne ne cross
grays, essex - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:40:16 (PST)
I can remember Parkinson , Smith , Love , from the SIS in the forties.
john brennan
hong kong - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:39:03 (PST)
I remember a school mate of mine called ken mcartney who was killed on mill inn bank in about 1954 he was knocked over crossing the road near cosy he lived in butcher street with his mam who was blind.He was about 8 or 9 years old
sunderland, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:38:04 (PST)
Yes sharon i remember doing same at st cuthberts next to mill inn.pluss the nativity play we did every year that was about 1954.I remember micky cleary from murton and brian cleary and his sisters jannet and glynis pluss 2 others infact there was a bigish fam of them from neptune street.There was cousins of thiers lived down wide back but i cant remember thier names.But if Ray says there was he is most likely right.
Sunderland, - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:37:07 (PST)
Message for Martyn Edwards from stoke on trent. Are you related to James Edwards who was married to Marjorie Lisle Walker.
angela wilcox
hartlepool, cleveland - Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 14:35:45 (PST)
as christmas is just around the corner does anyone out there remember going to the christmas party s at deneside school you all had to take your own cup saucer and plate my mam always used to send me with the best china and i was always worried i was going to break it .also when the party came to an end we all gathered around the christmas tree and sang carols i would love to hear from anyone else that remembers this . i started deneside infants in 1963
Sharon Osborne nee Cross
grays , essex - Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 15:18:25 (PST)
There were two Micky Cleary's Jim, that6 I know of. One from Murton who joined St Joes in 1959 (ish) and the other lived down the Wide Back. I remember him when I went to St Mary Mags but lost track when I went top St Joes.
Ray Scollen
Watton, EY - Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 15:16:46 (PST)
Cast your minds back to 1967. Can anyone remember a Miss Catharine Dunn of Melrose Crs who tragically died in the Perpignan air crash? I do not want to drag up painful memories but she must have been an adventurous young lady to leave home to be an Air hostess back then. She would have been about 64 year s of age now.
John Man
Sunderland, - Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 15:15:24 (PST)
Is there any one out there who can remember the names of the Male and Female Teachers who taught at the SIS in the late 1940's and early 1950's? I can only recall the Headmaster Mr.Wetherby and another teacher called Mr.Brazier.
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater , Nova Scotia - Sunday, December 06, 2009 at 15:14:01 (PST)
I have just purchased from a friend of mine who lives in the North East a Sailors Ditty box which I believe belonged to John Defty from Sunderland, Durham,who according to the census of 1881 was an apprentice aboard the vessel "Polly",Would it be of any interest to anybody???.
Paul Coleman
Dolwyddelan , Conwy - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:36:59 (PST)
Does anyone remember me, Jimmy Gilbert? I was boy ventriloquist with Joe Reed's concert party during the forties?
jimmy gilbert
Perth, Western Australia - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:35:39 (PST)
Tony Devlin .... I remember most of those names although I do not remember Miss Little ... I noticed you missed off Sister Jarvis, the other nun who taught the infants. By the way, are you related to Eugene (Gene) Devlin?
Ray Scollen
Watton, East Yorkshi8re - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:34:36 (PST)
Looking at the site has taken me back to happy times in 1987 to 1989 going about seaham ( vera)
gerry deighan
glasgow, - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:33:20 (PST)
tony, i know curly price and his brother vince are still in seaham and going strong.Peter shaw is also okay.old miss curren has gone as i said mr bowden is still going strong.Is the micky cleary the one from murton.
sunderland, - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:32:13 (PST)
To Bill in Lancs. re. the song from the Waitrose advert. It is called, (How can I keep from singing) and the singer is Camilla Kerslake, regards Tom.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, - Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 14:31:03 (PST)
do you remember. sister tereaser. mr little . miss little miss curran. and some school mates . ginty, steeley. fatty corrigan.mick maratty. mickey duffy. peter shaw jet mann.paddy macvinnie. curly price. albby fields . wonder where they are now.. hope you are all well.T
lancs - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:20:01 (PST)
does anyone know if freddie donaldson still lives in seaham
bury, - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:18:53 (PST)
does anyone no the name of the singer on the waitrose advert on tv . thanks.
Lancs - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:18:01 (PST)
Dougy Robson, it is the same Malcolm Summerbell. I've told him of your interest and he remembers you at Dawdon.
Barry Salt
Peterlee, - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:16:58 (PST)
Norma Witten, yes Anne is my little sister. She lives in Newcastle and she says she remembers your hiking episodes when cadet nurses. She sends her love.
Barry Salt
Peterlee, - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:16:03 (PST)
Tony Devlin. I went to Mary Mags from '53 to '57 then on to St Josephs. No Piccies I'm afraid but I would also be interested in seeing some.
Ray Scollen
Watton , East Yorkshire - Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 09:14:53 (PST)
yes tony i went to st joes from 58 to 63 and offten see old bowden.
No Name
Sunderland, - Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 23:13:08 (PST)
Barrie Salt do you have a sister called Anne who nursed at cherry knowle and a short time at Sunderland Royal infirmary.
norma witten{atkinson}
ellon, aberdeenshire - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:12:36 (PST)
hello. anyone out there that went to st mary mags and then to st josephs from 1950 to 1960 and any pictures .. thanks tony.
tony devlin
essex, - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:11:15 (PST)
Vera Shenton , I remember you and your family like it was yesterday , we all used to hang around together in Fern Crescent, do you remember my sister Lynda ?
Steve Huntrod
Stanley, Durham - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:09:49 (PST)
Hi, please can anyone help me find my Grandma or any relations, her name is Hilda Garrard she's married to John William Garrard they have a daughter Maureen. Thanks x
Jo Hall
Bedford, - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:08:43 (PST)
I married Janet Donaldson in 1967. Her Father was Fred Donaldson of Seaham Harbour.He was a coal miner at either Dawdon or Vane Tempest. In 1939 he was mobilised and found himself in Headingley where he met my late Mother in law Elsie Holder. Fred finished up in Burma in the Artillery. I remember him telling me they were torpedoed in the Indian Ocean however he spoke little of his exploits or his survival. Upon demob he married.Firstly living with his wifes parents and then moving to a house at Churwell near Leeds. Freds Sister who is in her early 90's still survives and lives in Seaham. We both see here 2 or 3 times a year.
John Eric Gilliard
Kippax Leeds , - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:07:38 (PST)
i was looking at the guestbook which i do every week is it the malcolm summerbel ? who used to work at Dawdon colliery as a welder iused to work with malcolm when i was serving my apprenticeship as a fitter in the nineteen sixtees I had good time back then
dougy robson
St Austell , Cornwall - Monday, November 16, 2009 at 15:05:10 (PST)
Re Brian Thubron I remember you and your brother Tom, my name is not Brian nor is Glovers name Brian he is Kenny. It's good to know you are alive and kicking, I'm still in touch with Malcolm Summerbell and I can assure you he is no longer pulling the birds. Hoping to hear more from you, God bless.
Barrie Salt
Peterlee, - Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 15:20:55 (PST)
my nan and grandads family come from seaham i am writin here to people who were from seaham back in 1949, and i ask if anyone can remeber a young girl who went swimming and was never found please could any on who cna remeber this get back to me
martyn edwards
stoke on trent, - Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 15:17:27 (PST)
I am trying to trace my grandfather. His name was Edward Palmer, in 1911 he was the manager of Picture Hall and resided at No.32 Frances Street, Seaham Harbour. Any information concerning Picture Hall or Frances Street would be great. Ian
Ian Arnold
Binningup , Western Australia - Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 15:15:43 (PST)
I knew alfie ashett he lived up parkside in ash crescent with his wife and 3 children.alfreda,gweneth and james he used call his wife jenny i dont know if that was her name though,alfreda married hughie scollen,gwen married barry morton i dont know if james is married or not but they all still live in seaham.I knew gwen the best as we went out together i do have a photo of her taking at my sisters wedding years ago.
Sunderland, - Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 15:13:38 (PST)
I am interested to hear from anyone who knew my father Nathan Ashett or any of his brothers ie John,James, Ernie, Alfie, Rueben, Kenneth, & Septimius.
Linda Ashett
Dalgety Bay, , Fife - Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 15:26:54 (PST)
there was also a malcom mc dowell lived up deneside he had a sister but i cant remember her name.
Sunderland, - Sunday, November 01, 2009 at 15:25:11 (PST)
I too worked at the Co op on Princess road in Seaham.I remember Billy Shaftoe,(No longer with us,)Jimmy Midd, Ken Taylor, George Wilkinson, Billy Barkess and others too numerous to mention. Happy days.
Laraine Bell
Seaham, - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:30:13 (PDT)
I am trying to trace, any or anything of the following, Family name of Dingwall, Sumpter, Murphy, Place of residence called "Coronation Buildings" 1910. I was born at 3 Westley Way, Westlea, Seaham in 1955, me mam's name was Ellen Dingwall born 1912. me dad was on the local council for a very short while Peter Murphy was his name, he died Easter 1958, any information on any of the above would be helpful.
Kevin Murphy
Harwich, Essex - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:28:36 (PDT)
My name is Maureen Veater My grandparent's were Eileen and Ted Wilkinson . I was born at 149 Malvern Cresent Seaham .My mam's name is Eileen . My fond memories were going to stay weekend with my gram and granda when we moved to Sunderland i loved it .I remember the Picture house The Cozy .... also the shop called Tot Henry's on the way to the cozy for our sweet's .Lenny Button...I have cousin's who still live in Seaham .I used to go to St Cuthbert's school on and off cos my dad was in the army so i went to the school by the Mill Inn.I remember Fr Gitt's with fondness walking around the playground with the kids hanging on to his robes ...My friend's who i remember is Theresa Cane,Nancy Vickers .Maureen Conroy, Margaret Vickers ,Barry Tasker .I got married at St Cuthberts church . my sister's Sylvia and sandra ,and Jacqualine live in Seaham and Dawdon with there families . My stepfather is Jimmy Coakly who i visit every few weeks i love Seaham Harbour i will always have lovely memories
Maureen matthews nee veater
Richmond, - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:26:59 (PDT)
Sir/Madam. Curious- does any one remember LIDO fruit juices-I used to work for Gordon the owner, every Saturday. We used to travel and deliver "pop", over most of the big estates around Sunderland. In Silksworth, we would stop- Gordon would buy our lunch- Fish and chips from "Peggs, fish and chip shop". I was paid 5 shillings, for a days work. The pop factory was in Seaham- any one remember the business? Eddie.
edward tate
Sunderland, - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:24:59 (PDT)
i remember andy mcdowel smaii with gingerish hair i think he was second year whilst i was in bowdens class
- Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:23:25 (PDT)
Hello Norrien My grandfather was called James Cummings and played football for Seaham Schools (see www.east-durham.co.uk Seaham and sport) he was born 1899 and served in WWI. My mother who was born in 1922 cannot recall him playing football in his 20s but she was a baby in the time we're talking about. I don't know if Seaham Schools league was purely for school boys or if it was a league of young men too. It may be that my grandfather was not the only James Cummings in Seaham but I do not know of any others. Best regards Brian
Brian Slee
Seaham, - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:21:12 (PDT)
Puline wylde i remember andy and peter mcdowell that lived in oxford street deneside.andy was dark and peter more gingerish.
Sunderland, - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 15:19:44 (PDT)
Trying to contact my Mum's Uncle Jimmy Gilbert I need to let him know his neice Yvonne Gilbert Harland sadly passed away July 16th 2009 Jimmy, John Henry along with the rest of the family were all born and raised in Seaham. If anyone can help It would be a great comfort.
Tracey Harland Vincent
Fairmont, WV - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:18:02 (PDT)
if (tubby walls) is jacky Walls lived at 4 Maglona street but he died and his mother went to live in the Malbough but she also died
ernie taylor
Seaham, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:16:02 (PDT)
Anne hanson..i am Norma who lived in the prefabs.mam and dadhave gone now.I live in Scotland and my daughter lives here too.My middle son lives in Australia and i have been out about five times and i love it. Graeme my brother lives lives near Morpeth and thats about it.
norma witton
ellon , aberdeenshire - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:14:51 (PDT)
Pauline my family were at st joes in 1965 and i left in 1962 i remember a patrick macdowell at st cuthberts but he wasnt from murton he was older than me.
Sunderland, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:12:52 (PDT)
Long time since I left a message. My maiden name is Sowerby and on reading previous messages I had to laugh at the Mrs Neil class at Byron Terrace. It would have been about 1980 when I was in her class, also loved Mr Williams class. I have been on the Seaham Comp site and no teachers that taught me 1981-1985 seem to be left. Now live in Guernsey and note some guests have been to Jersey, the cruise ships do stay here regular infact the Aurora left only yesterday after a two day stay. Hope to have a short visit up to you soon
Amanda Cochrane
Guernsey, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:11:54 (PDT)
I left Camden Square Secondary School in 1966.Grew up in Fern Crescent,Parkside where I lived with my parents,Dick and Vera and siblings Richard,Ena,Brian and Barry,who was tragically killed in a road accident in December 1981.I am still in touch with one class-mate from school but haven't heard how anyone else is faring.If anyone who knows me is out there,please get in touch and share some memories and let me know what you're up to now
Vera Curry(Shenton
Ryhope, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:10:22 (PDT)
hi kath and Avril Ritson we must really find a way of geting in touch i am on facebook tried to trace you both but with no luck but will keep trying Pauline x x
Pauline Grimes
Seaham, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:08:48 (PDT)
NOREEN Joannah Morish , widow 78, born Calstock Cornwall was living at 53 Cornish St Seaham with the Venner family. Joannah Morish Venner was the head of the household. She was a widow,aged 47 years,and born in Calstock Cornwall. Check the 1881 census for others living at that address.
Canada - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:07:44 (PDT)
Hi kathryn/ Avril Ritson Hope you both well we will have to find a way of communication i am sure we all have loads to tell Pauline
Pauline Soutar nee Grimes
Seaham, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:06:38 (PDT)
Hi please find below the details from a medal that was in my mothers jewelery box and i was hoping to see if i could get it back to it's original owner or his family.. ican you help? Details are: Seaham Schools League Medal 1921-1922 name on front is James Cummings it has a blue shield with a yellow cross and lions in the four squares. on the back is a blank shield my name is Mrs Norrien Hinds
Norrien Hinds
Collinsville , Queensland Australia - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:05:32 (PDT)
I also new Mr. pringle from the co-op i can not say i knew you I did know Alan Brown of cause this was a long time ago i knew Billy Patters, Joe Lax, Billy Noble,Eddie Taylor, Enid Chat, Lucy Chambers, mrs Pringle Josy Shields, John Marton, Carol High ,Dorothy Pringle, Billy Sanderson, Mr Shaw the cleaner Franky Giblon, Fredie Latham, Vera Marwood,John Hays Ann Spearing, Ros McCabe, Ella Lloyd who married David Gratam Alf Talbot who is a very good friend of mine Dorothy Dobson these are the only ones i can remember at the remember a the moment
Ernie Taylor
Durham, - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:03:49 (PDT)
Hello Pauline Wylde, my husband knew a Peter McDowell who lived in Deneside, any relation. Regards Maureen and Frankie Rafferty
maureen rafferty
farnborough, hampshire - Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 16:02:08 (PDT)
my brother went to st josephs in 65 his name is andrew mc dowell
Pauline Wylde
Murton, - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:39:34 (PDT)
does anyone remember my dad patrick mc dowellhe lived in seaham but moved to murton in the 50 s his mam said she used to live in hawkeys yard when she came over from ireland as a young girl of 14
Pauline Wylde
Murton, - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:38:20 (PDT)
any body no wot happened to tubby walls from dawdon
sussex - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:35:27 (PDT)
Noreen this at the free bmd Deaths Mar 1882 Morrish Johannah 80 Easington 10a 223 You can scan the original certificate at the web site. Thus far she has 3 dates of birth , 1802, 1803, 1804. I would think that 1802 is the correct date. Hope this helps.
canada - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:34:17 (PDT)
My Mum Dad and Brother Ian lived in Church St for a while before moving to Coycyra St. I remember they were friends with a family called Kennedy who lived in the Viceroy St area and had a daughter called Celilia.There was akso another family who were friends with my parents and they lived in the prefabs just further along than Viceroy St. The had 2 children Norma who would now be in her late 60s and Graham now in his mid 60s. I think this family moved to Houghton Le Spring and had a Pub.Anyone know of them ??
Ann Hanson
Banora Point, NSW - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:32:44 (PDT)
Message for Sarah Kriger. I was born and brought up in Hendon. I am still friends with some of the Potts family from Hendon and if you like I can see what I can find out for you regarding Ernie Potts
Ann Hanson
Banora Point, NSW - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:30:37 (PDT)
NOREEN Durham Records has this 1881 Census Easington Johannah Morrish abt 1803 1881 Calstock Google Durham records
canada - Monday, October 12, 2009 at 16:28:53 (PDT)
Looking for Percy family doing family tree and looking for Joanna Morrish born 1804 any help welcome .
Noreen Percy
ilekley, - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:11:59 (PDT)
LUTON, - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:10:50 (PDT)
I have been looking on the guestbook I was born and bred in seaham I lived in parkside I went to Dawdon school and then to camden square the headmaster I rememeber is Mr Jim Robinson who was at dawdon school and Harry Clark at camden square.The people who are looking for there great grandparents robert and isabella carver please get in touch with me as I have some information about them anyone who knows me get in touch. Regards Janice HECKLES Nee Carver
Hancice Heckles nee Carver
Sunderland, - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:09:20 (PDT)
Hi Jim Gilbert - My mother Myra Elgie was from Seaham Harbour and also performed in pantos and plays as a child. She would have been 10 then. Do you recall her?
Jacqueline Poissant
Edmonton, Alberto Canada - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:06:49 (PDT)
Sorry to read of Normans passing,played cricket with him at Seaham Harbour a little guy with a big heart
Brian Parker
Christchurch, NZ - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:05:10 (PDT)
I am desperately looking for a dog sitter for my terrier for 2 weeks starting on the 10th October 2009, somone suggested I ask on here, if anyone has any ideas for me, or knows anyone, can't afford Very Important Paws. Ideally I would like someone who is in the same position as me, with an amimal they can't get looked after so I could do the same for them when they went away. If you do know someone please get in touch, I am a desperate woman!! x
Penny Parker
Seaham, - Sunday, October 04, 2009 at 15:03:41 (PDT)
Sadie M. My heart-felt sympathy on Norman's passing. I'm not a religious nut, but I do attend Church every week and will pray for Norman. Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed, at the little jokes we had together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household, word it always was. Let it be spoken without effect, without the shadow of a ghost in it. Life means all that it ever ment. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is Well.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 14:28:39 (PDT)
This is a message for Chris Hall{Button}Yes Chris I remember you well we had an Aunt Mary in common!and Uncle Silie of course, happy days. I also left Seaham 14 years ago and have been living in Christchurch ever since I went back in February to see my best friend who is battling cancer that was my fourth trip back.If you are keen for a chat let me know!
Anne Parker nee Taylor
christchurch, nz - Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 14:26:47 (PDT)
anyone out there from Seaham who knows me left Seaham in 1987 was at Camden Square from 65 to 69 love to hear from you.
Chris Hall nee Button
Perth, W.A. - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 02:31:44 (PDT)
I'm trying to trace a Peter Reay Edwards whose parents are Charles Henry Reay and Marjorie Lisle Edwards can aayone help other brothers and sisters are John Walker, Arther Walker, Robert Walker, Carol Moreland, Janet Edwards, Tracy Edwards can anyone help me find peter please ring 01429 297201
angela wilcox
hartlepool , cleveland - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 02:30:19 (PDT)
this is a nice surprise to see lots of seaham folk online. As I get older I keep remembering bites of my childhood in dreams etc and have been trying to write poem about my memories of seaham. my nana and grandad owned the bike shop on station road for a few years and then when i was little they rented it out to somebody who turned it into a knitting shop i think. They lived upstairs and i remember murleys and vaseys at the top of the hill inbetween two different pits. We lived on neasham road and i went to byron terrace school but we moved away just before I was supposed to go the comp. i have lovely memories of byrons walk with my grandad and wonderedand some green huts in the town centre that I think were shops. id love to see some photos of that period or buy some even to jog my memory a bit more. hello to my fellow classmates from 1972 or 3.our teacher was mrs neil at one point and she made us sit in rows from top to bottom depending on how we had done in the weekly class test. I have lots of memories of names but probably all mixed up..... regards anita b
anita baxter
shoreham beach , west sussex - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 02:28:13 (PDT)
june lynch
brighton, - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 14:37:15 (PDT)
Re Linda Nesbitt's posting of 17th August..I worked at the Co-op Store in question at the time Mr Pringle was manager. If she cares to contact me I have a photo of him and other co-op staff I can send her.
Victor H Brown
Louth, - Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 14:34:53 (PDT)
I've spoken to Sadie by phone after learning from another source of her brother's death, but I'll say here much the same sentiments. Norman was one of the good guys, [aren't we all?]and it's always sad to learn of someone you knew well passing on, especially when you're about the same age. So take heart from all those 'big brother' memories Sadie, and please accept my sincere condolences.
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 15:55:47 (PDT)
hi i am trying to trace relatives and wondered if Brian is Brian Stoker ? and bit of a long shot if anyone remembers a Mrs Lloyd (saturn st, Deneside)I believe she lived there approx 1941 another connection would be a Margaret Stoker but i believe she lived in Newcastle ? If this makes any sense to anyone i would be grateful of a relpy - however vague.. many thanks Barbara
Barbara Norton
solihull, - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 15:54:27 (PDT)
To Brian Douglas Yes I recall you Brian being on the committee. every weekend at the Knack Club dance, we used to sit under the window,which is now the Secs office, together in a group. We had some good laugh's in them days. I am going back to the 1960 to 1965. Time flies. Did you have a daughter who worked behind the bar a few years back. I always thought she was a bonny lass and very brainy. I would like to know what she is doing now, because she always had her head stuck in a learning book. Where are you getting your beer now. Thats all for now. eric
Eric Leyton
Seaham, - Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 15:53:02 (PDT)
To Brian Greenfingers, Colin Hall and all who knew him Norman Beer my brother lost his battle with cancer in August. I know you have all mentionesd him on the guestbook and thought you should know.
Sadie M
Seaham, - Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 15:02:10 (PDT)
Hello Jupiter My mother was Joyce Miller from Seaham (born 1925). She had 7 siblings: Nancy Copeland,Billy Miller,Joan Winton,Leslie Miller,Madge Brennan,Jean Murray and Roy Miller. My father was Michael O'Mara from Dublin. We immigrated to Canada in 1957. Does anyone know of or have any memories of the Millers? Thanks== Joan O'Mara Her mother was Annie Harrison and father William Miller. He worked in the pits for many years.
Joan O'Mara
Ontario, Canada - Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 14:59:03 (PDT)
Hello Avril Ritson, your name is familiar but I can't bring your face to mind. I need to look at a school photo for that. Royston now lives in Hampshire with his wife . Liz (Elsie)
Liz jasprizza nee Elsie Kirby
sidney, nsw - Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 14:57:28 (PDT)
Hello to Muriel Musgrave. yes I do remember you and have a photo of you and i at a garden party at the vicarage at Seaham. I've been in touch recently with Judy Berry and Hilary Griffiths. I was in Seaham three weeks ago just looking at the old haunts and was shocked to see that Seaham girls grammar shcool and Camden Square school had been demolished. I also had a coffee in Valentes which looked much better in the old days! keep in touch Liz (Elsie)
Liz Jasprizza nee Elsie Kirby
sidney, N S W - Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 14:56:01 (PDT)
I see grand-dad Moreland has finely found a keyboard at last, it has been a long time since he has keyboard to screen, to many holidays Tommy, and to much money which was not spent in the Knack, getting me a gatter. I get all the news from grand-dad Plaice, when he finds time to cross over the busy road leading to the bar. I see the young Plaice's have got a boat now, it's getting like the Onedin Line. Well nice to hear from you Brother. From Bro Eric
Eric Leyton
Seaham, - Tuesday, September 08, 2009 at 14:53:55 (PDT)
TO ANGIE WILCOX: Angie will you send your email address in to the Guestbook so that I can write to you. The Tiscali address isn't working.
Lynn Reay
Seaham, - Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 16:26:23 (PDT)
Hear, hear Ed Douglas. I too am an ex-patriot who visits Seaham a couple of times a year. Spending from 1945 until 1988 in Seaham, I saw the times of effluent on the north beach, the colliery waste on the south beaches, the old dock no-go area, and a town that seemed to have been worn out by the burden heavy industry. Now when I visit Seaham I see a clean north beach, and lichen on the rocks of the Blast beach to the south. I look over the cliffs to the cleaned up area of the docks, and soak up the feel good vibrations of the town, vibrancy you could not feel at the time when I moved south to seek employment. Seaham (like any other place in the world) has a few problems but it is still making long strides in its re-development. I may have left Seaham in order to feed my family but I take my hat off to those who stayed, and have worked hard to make it a place I am proud to say I was born and bred in. A place I still enjoy visiting; also remembering the happy memories it has enabled me to enjoy. Best wishes to all.
Tom Moreland
London, - Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 15:15:58 (PDT)
Angela Wilcox,Hello you rang me a few weeks ago asking about your mother,I couldnt help you with that but now youv'e added your father's name I think i might be able to help.I will send my email address to the editor if you want to get in touch.
Lynne Edwards Reay
Seaham, - Wednesday, September 02, 2009 at 15:12:27 (PDT)
HELP! While going through the effects of my late mother I came upon a medal and on the back was an inscription H.D.L 1911-1912 winners 2nd Div. My late mother was born in Seaham and my father was born in Murton they both move away in 1963. My mother was not born until 1921 but I think the medal could have been awarded to one of my Grandfathers who both lived in the Seaham area. Please can anyone help with the abreviation H.D.L.Thankyou JPL
J Lewis
Llanelli , Wales - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:41:21 (PDT)
I'm looking for information on my Great Granparents Robert,1872-1915 and Isabella Carver,1872-1923 Children Elizabeth, Mary jane, John Robert, and David.Hope you can help. Sheila
Shiela Williams
Hobart, Tasmania - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:39:56 (PDT)
Jupiter Like you Steve Smith I'm an exile of Seaham, but I don't know where have been to write such comments about the town. Yes, it bears the scars of industrialisation, but it's a long, long way from what it was 30 or more years ago. The beach is clean and a pleasure to walk along, the waves no longer break black and people don't have to swim through sewage. The docks have been redeveloped to meet the needs of the twenty-first century and seem quite active and moving further south, the work on the coast around the area that was once Dawdon Pit has restored a habitat that for me is unrivalled. The beach that we called the "Blast" is now a place where anyone can walk and the views from Noses Point are superb. Over the past 30 years Seaham has lost nearly all of its reason for being, the pits have gone as has much of the engineering, but the town is picking itself up wonderfully. The new housing on the Vane Tempest site is testament to the reviving Seaham as will be the Marina development in the old North Dock and the media centre destined for the land above the Blast. So come on Steve, take a walk from Seaham Hall to Noses Point and do it with your eyes wide open. I guarantee that you will enjoy the experience - I do, regularly. Things are on the up, so give some credit to those who have made it happen, people, who unlike you and me have stayed in the town and lived through the transition.
Ed Douglas
Yorkshire - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:38:14 (PDT)
I am researching a ww1 soldier called James Hall. He was in the Tank Corps and was awarded a medal/cross of St George. This was from the Tsar of Russia. In the list confirming the award it states his name and in brackets (Seaham Harbour). I do not know if this means he was from this place or where the Government shipped Tanks to the White Russians to put down the Communist uprising. Any help would be appreciated.
Simon Payne
reading, - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:36:02 (PDT)
Hi pauline grimes it would be great to catch up with your news Avril and I have certainly plenty to tell you hope your family and Iris are keeping well.
Kath Coxon
Shepshed, Leicestershire - Monday, August 31, 2009 at 14:34:46 (PDT)
I lived with my Grandmother Edith Digney in Adolphus St West until 1989 and I always liked living there. I now live in Denver Colorado U.S.A with my husband Mark and my Daughter Evonne-Louise. I was back in Seaham in 2008 and was shocked to see just how much everything had changed there....I hardly reconized the place....dont think I would like living in Adolphus St anymore its wall to wall cars and if you do drive up the street thre is absolulty no where to turn around in.....sardines and cans come to mind!
Yvonne D igney/Miller
Lakewood, Colarado - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 15:47:21 (PDT)
I was boen in Seaham Harbour and Lived there with my Grandmother Edith Digney in Adolphuse St West until I was 34. I am now married and living in Dnver Colorado USA with my husband Mark and my Daughter Evonne-Louise who is 19. I miss Seaham and have not been there for many years, my friends tell me the place has changed so very much....so Im not sure if I would like it anymore!
Yvonne Miller
Lakewood , Colarado - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 15:45:18 (PDT)
Hi Im trying to contact my cousins Yvonne,Lorna and Karen Davison(maiden mane) I think they live in the Cleveland area now!! any help would be appreciated
stan davidson
Toronto, Canada - Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 15:42:43 (PDT)
any body there from the class of 65 seaham st josephs
no name
- Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:16:03 (PDT)
Elsie Kirby, do you remember me ? Muriel(Musgrove
Muriel Cox
Moulton, Lincolnshire - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:15:15 (PDT)
Re Avril Stacey nee Ritson did you live in Cottages Road (20) often thought about you and Kathryn we all lost touch over the years would be nice to be in touch again Pauline
pauline souter ne grimes
Seaham, - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:13:56 (PDT)
re Avril Stacey nee Ritson is that the Avril that lived in Cottages Road (20) and has a sister Kathryn Parents Bill and Greta it would be nice to be in touch again Pauline
Pauline Souter ne Grimes
Seaham, - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:12:40 (PDT)
Lisha over the years the spelling of the name was often changed to McMann. If you google Durham Records , Tony Whitehead's site you may find information. A Michael McMahon in my family tree became McMann, then Mann.
canada - Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 14:11:24 (PDT)
During early August I visted my parents grave in Seaham, then took a stroll to the Harbour and along the beach. While some regeneration of the town was evident nothing appears to have happened in the Harbour or along the beach itself. Indeed, the North Dock looked deserted with only two fishing boats berthed. Does anyone know what is happening regarding the development? A marina etc was mentioned on a faded poster at the entrance and the whole area was strewn with litter. Also the beach was neglected and filthy. It was very disappointing. When I lived in Seaham during the sixties the North Dock was thriving and the beach was a well cared for and well used aminity. Some improvements may have been made up in the Town but in neglecting the wonderful industrial architecture of the Harbour and the potential of the beach the Council are failing in their duty. There may not be much money around to invest but surely they could at least keep the place clean. Nor would a little civic pride go amiss amongst those in the population who cannot be bothered to dispose of their rubbish properly. I was saddened.
Steve Smith
On delivery Esbjerg , Jutland Denmark - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:57:22 (PDT)
Hello, I am rying to piece together the early years of my recently departed father's life. He was born Fred Hook in 1917, son of Winifred Hook, but lived with the Moores and their niece(?) Nance at 5 Lamb Street, Ryhope, where he went by the name Freddy Moore. Danny Moore who was two years younger than Dad lived there also. Dad went to Ryhope St Patricks school and down the pit till he went to London with Nance and Bill Dillon at 17, when he took their surname. Any info gratefully received.
Jane Dillon
Nottingham , - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:51:21 (PDT)
Hello people of Seaham. I am trying to trace my family Tree. The name is BELL. I have lots of photographs but afraid i cant identify them. I have a boxer, a football team, a cricket team, banners and lots more. They were Dora, George, Evelyn, Joyce, nan and daughter, matthew and Jenny. There parents were Goerge and Esther BELL. I know my grandmother was a salvationist and i have some books and semons. There last known address was California Street although i do know they lived in School Street for a time. I would love to hear from anyone who knew the family. Jenny Holland.
Jenny Holland
Coalville, - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:48:34 (PDT)
I remember Elsie Kirby and her brother Royston. I also attended SHGGS on Princess Road.It is so nice to see a name I recognise on Guestbook. I don't know if you will remember me, Elsie, but I think we may have been in the same class/year. I had black, curly hair and lived in Dawdon. You may remember Jean who also had dark hair in a pony tail.What a blast from the past!
Avril Stacey nee Ritson
Loughborough , Leics - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:45:23 (PDT)
Hi I was wondering if anyone had heard of any McMahons living in the Seaham Harbour area, I am trying to trace my Great Granparents Michael & Ann McMahon but could go back to the 1800's.
Lisha McMahon
Burnopfield, - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:43:25 (PDT)
no mame... when i started st josephs mr burns was in charge other teachers i recall are sammy conlon he liked a drink , harry parmer who had a constant runny nose,burns was replaced by mr bradly oher ones , mr barker , nicholson m bowden , miss gordon and the others you mentioned i went from 1955 till 1960. and wished i was still there playing footy on the that field .oh eye man
sussex, - Sunday, August 23, 2009 at 13:41:44 (PDT)
My maiden name wa Elsie Kirby and I lived at seaham and then dawdon where I attended Seaham harbour girls grammar School. My brothers are Royston,Howard and Stweart Kirby sister Sandra Kirby. I remember Church St very well also Darkies plantation, Boozey alley and the cinemas. In primary school at St Johns, I remember Alan Mileham, Colleen Johnson and George Wright. I lived at Wynyard st, Viceroy St and melbury st Does anyone remember me ?
elizabeth Jasprizza
sidney, - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:24:08 (PDT)
I am trying to trace my family history and I've found a telegram sent to mark my parents wedding in March 1952 fron all at Co Operative House Seaham. I recall my Dad, Norman Jackson, mentioning relatives from Seaham and I think the family name may be Pringle. I would greatly appreciate any information.
Linda Nesbitt
Gateshead, - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:22:25 (PDT)
browsing through the pages and years in th g b i find that when a lot of people write in and ask for some details of a place or a family very few people reply, is this a general thing on this site as i am sure the people of seaham harbour know a lot more than they let on
denis gale
huntingdon, cambs - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:20:15 (PDT)
Cant remember ted forman but have heard of him you must of been there when mr burns was head teacher,i was there when bradley was head.Miss curran and jim nicholson must of been there at your time as well.Our woodwork teacher was believe it or not mr wood.Other teachers i remember were mr groak,miss wilson and miss gordon.
no name
sunderland, - Monday, August 17, 2009 at 15:17:37 (PDT)
to richard t norman kennedy is my dads brother robert and brother to nick, bill, honor and may iattended norman and lils wedding and they lived in cmden sqr i remember lils brother robert and the robert brothers who lived in the bakery at the bottom of the sqr ok for ed to pass on e mail cheers. FROM ED: richard please send an entry to the guestbook with your email address if you want it passed on.
tom kennedy (NZ)
GISBORNE , NZ - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:45:11 (PDT)
I'm trying to trace my mother marjorie lisle edwards and my seven brothers and sisters as well as my father charles henry raey, anyone know were i could contact people, they lived in tees street and rydal crescent
angie wilcox
hartlepool, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:30:14 (PDT)
im trying to trace a marjorie lisle edwards can anyone help
angela wilcox
hartlepool, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:29:07 (PDT)
You're right,Tom Kennedy, with all you mention. My reference, however, to Elgy's being near Ropery Walk was to make it clear to the contributor, NO Name from 9th July, that Elgy's timberyard could in no way be 'used as a short to the Cosy cinema down Mill-Inn'. As we used Ropery Walk for our Woodwork lessons from Camden Square I did know the locations of the Foundry, Elgy's and the railway line were. Perhaps I should have made it more clear. My younger brother Alan and I often made use of Elgy's waste for the mice we kept at home in Wear St and Shelley St where we later moved. You've also got it in ine Tom, yes I am that same Richard Thorpe. What I didn't know then though, was that in a small way our families were related. Your's through the Kennedy line where at one point Norman Kennedy married a Punshon, and ours where my mother was a Punshon. A few years ago I was doing some geneaology research and have a database of both sets of families, although I don't have a Mildred Brown in it. Small world though, you lived up Seaton opposite the Ice Cream Factory and I have moved back to Seaham and living only a short distance from there at Sharpley Drive, Seaton. I am sure that Ed Mason has my email reference if you wish to correspond. Richard T.
Richard T
Seaham, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:26:39 (PDT)
Born and bred in Seaham living in Oz now for 22 years went back two years ago and going again in two years it has changed so much Still love my home town anyone know me send a message lived at Parkside for years and went to Camden Square
Chris Hall nee Button
Perth, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:24:15 (PDT)
anybody there that that played for seaham st josephs football team 1965
no name
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:23:00 (PDT)
hi glenn cummings here bumped into this site by mistake.i was at seaham comp from about 1985 to 1987 and met some good carachters any one out ther remember me.
glenn cummings
appleby, cumbria - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:21:46 (PDT)
Hello Pual, Where have you been in the last three year. Maggie has some chocolate biscuits for you. Its been a long time since we saw your lovely family,especially the bairn. Where are you now, up in the mountains or opposite the fish shop. Nice to hear from you. Give love to family from Eric and Maggie.
Eric Leyton
Seaham, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:20:27 (PDT)
My granddad lived in Leaholme and worked in the local pit
edward walton
newcastle under lyme, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:17:50 (PDT)
Richard Ts message re the cinemas in Seaham took me back. I always thought The Gaff was the posh cinema. The manager would always be there in his dinner suit and bow tie to welcome us (maybe that was only on a Sunday evening - because cinema goers made a special effort to dress up for the occasion on Sundays). I remember seeing my first Cinemascope film in The Gaff, The Big Country. Did you go to the Saturday morning matinees at The Gaff? Cartoons, The Three Stooges, Hopalong Cassidy, Flash Gordon etc - great stuff. The girls were in the circle and the boys in the stalls. They'd throw all their rubbish on our heads. Never mind, when we grew up there was lots of courting went on in those cinemas. We may have been in the same class at nursery school. I lived in Maria Street and my mother tells me that on my first day I walked home at breaktime because I didn't fancy the milk on offer! And do you remember the malt extract and the thick orange juice? I remember having a nap on rush mats in the afternoon - no educational targets in those days.
John Warburton
Leyburn, - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:16:11 (PDT)
good to hear my old school teacher mr bowden is still going srtong must be all that footie he played.. and of course you must remember ted foreman thik he was knocked down by a lorry near the docks .poor old ted ... billy j .
sussex - Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 15:14:04 (PDT)
Hi again Sonja O. The chat room plan will not work I'm afraid. I'm writing from my work place. So there is a problem. The chat is on line after work hours, even taking into account the time difference. Another problem is that my company block all chat rooms and things like that. I'll you what I'll do. I'll send my E-mail address to the Editor and ask him to only allow you to have it. Then you can E-Mail me and I'll forward the photo's. Keep well Sonja. Pity you don't remember me and Peter. He's coming up your way sometime soon I think. Maybe you can meet up. The Real Bill in SA.
The Real Bill in SA
S A - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 15:02:59 (PDT)
For attention of Tom Kennedy -Gisborne, Oz. Tom, if you are related to Kennedy's and Black's then you are related to me through my grandmother's side. She was a PUNSHON and one of her daughters Lily married Norman Kennedy who worked at Murley's bakers in Church St. for quite a time. Would be interested in hearing your family connection as I did some research a few years back on family history. Will give my email to ED should you wish to correspond. Richard T.
Richard T
Seaham, - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 15:01:19 (PDT)
to Richard T. I think your memory is a little disoriented Richard, the fish shop just over the bridge along Dawdon was at the top of Boozey Alley which ran down to the Dawdon Hotel at the bottom. The fish shop you refer to was the one to the west of the subway which was run by Kenny Rudd then.To the east of the subway was Jennings Foundry which ran down Ropery walk to the junction with Foundry Road. Turning left at the junction, the road finished at Elgey's Timber Yard then onto the South Hetton railway line The buildings between the Foundry and Elgeys were at one time the council yard and an ambulance station which came into disuse. Hope this has refreshed your memory Richard tom Tom Kennedy ps I'm wondering if you are Richard Thorpe who I knew as a young lad
tom kennedy
Seaham, - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 14:59:54 (PDT)
Yes Ray melvin bowden is still going strong and lives at grangetown,where he has lived for years.I have seen him a couple of times you would reconise him he hasnt changed just aged.
no name
sunderland, - Wednesday, August 05, 2009 at 14:58:00 (PDT)
hi i am another tom kennedy born seaham 1943 at seaton lived at leechmere cres opp matty car ice cream. still have family in seaham bilko living at ryhope and jimmy at shaw st into greyhounds.just browsing your guestbook got some laughs nd memorys schooling was byron terr , viceroy st church st and sis. worked at cromptons and knack joined raf 1960 lived away from seaham since but visit now and again as i said still have family in seaham blacks cars mothers maiden name was mildred brown sisters sadie and elsie all deceasd lived at seaton any one got any ties
tom kennedy
GISBORNE , NZ - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 13:42:22 (PDT)
is that eric laighton still alive, he must be the oldest man alive in seaham,,,,, i once carried the hod for eric, not a bad lad,,, fromm paul.
Seaham, - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 13:40:33 (PDT)
Born and raised in Gosforth we moved to Whitley Bay in 1949. I went to work for H.J. Heinz Company in Newcastle in 1948. I am looking to see if I can find some people that I worked with. I left in 1953 to get married and have totally lost touch with everyone since I moved to the US in 1955. Mr. Baptie was the manager. John Bowerbank was a co-worker the other names I have forgotten. John if you are out there anywhere send me an email. Barbara Watson
Barbara Watson
Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 13:38:04 (PDT)
For Attention of No Name 9th July. I remember Boozy Alley and the fish shop at the bottom, particularly because it was a short walk from Shelley Street where I lived in my youth; as was Elgy's timber yard, next to Ropery Walk School. We used 'Boozy Alley' because it was and still is a short cut from the Harbour up to Dawdon and the Princess St cinema, just along from the Fire Station. Difficult to believe that Seaham once boasted 4 cinemas, anyone else remember them all: Cosy - Mill Inn, Prinny - Princess St, Gaff - behind Church St. and the poshest, the Empire Theatre, but I don't remeber its nickname. Was there another Elgy's timber yard near Mount Pleasant or was it there before it movred to Ropery Walk? I went to infants school around 1950-1954, at the other Viceroy Street in Seaham, along from St. Johns Church in the Harbour. Now once more a Seaham lad, having only recently returned from 37 years in the wilderness of Sunderland. Richard T.
Richard T
Seaham, - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 13:36:04 (PDT)
Hi Murton Lad ... I remember Bowden and Mr Nicholson, Ann Wilson, Miss Grogan, Miss Curran and the leader of the pack Mr (I've got a big cane) Bradley. I fellow poster from this site reckons Bowden is still alive and well ... I wonder if he has the same car?
Ray Scollen
Watton, E Yorkshire - Sunday, August 02, 2009 at 13:33:27 (PDT)
anybody remember mr bowden st josephs
murton lad
bury, lancs - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 14:35:53 (PDT)
i attended st josephs from 1960to 1965 anyone remembermr bowden with the clapped out vw
murton lad
bury, lancs - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 14:34:31 (PDT)
Eric Leighton, would like to point out that I was concert chairman for a few years and also assistant secretary for quite some time and enjoyed every minute, I certainly wish I could turn the clock back. Doug. Thursday, July, 2009. Doug.
Brian Douglas
Seaham, - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 14:32:57 (PDT)
It is will a heavy heart and many tear's I have to write about the loss of a true Seaham lass...... Yvonne Gilbert Harland passed away in the home she loved July 16th 2009 in Fairmont WV. Yvonne was born in Seaham Harbour in 1937 Daughter of John Henry Gilbert and Jennie Hood Gilbert. Yvonne or Mumu as she is so fondly known left behind a devastated family consisting of Alan Harland her husband of 50 year's they celebrated this anniversary 5 day's before her passing... her son Paul and wife Judy Harland of Alabama, Daughter Tracey Jayne Harland Vincent of Fairmont WV and the love of her life her only grandchild Andrew David Toothman of Fairmont WV. Yvonne was blessed with a brother and sister Melvin Gilbert and his wife Shirley of Silksworth and Bernice Newcombe Harrison of Seaham. We love you MuMu always a Seaham lass.
Tracey Harland Vincent
Fairmont, - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 14:31:38 (PDT)
to eric leighton,it is me you are talking about,(what a memory,do i owe you anything)i notice from your last post i do not understand why people hide their real names we live with what we have,i notice on the site some photos of alan fenwick,i used to go out in a cobble with a alan fenwick,geordie lowery,and geordie turner would that be the same alan anyone know he used to work down dawdon at the time i was 17 and thought he was old then .how the mind changes,apart from jack dunn,curly and vince price that is the sum total of people i know back home i now wish i had gone back more over the years but it is only as we get older we think like that denis gale
denis gale
st,neots , cambs - Sunday, July 26, 2009 at 14:29:39 (PDT)
Re-Mr Greenfingers, come son tellus ya real name. Reading between the lines, something tells me that you worked at the Knack. I drink over the Knack Club and only go over when the telly is bad, and it is bad nearly every nite. A lot of ex- Pit yackers, from the Bricks and Sticks wants ta nar ya name lad. Re The Ashet's- I went to the SMS with a lad called Brian Ashet, and later if my memory right, he went to work in hotel in London. He's best mates were John Davison from Webb ave Westlea. So I know they must be 65 years old this year. Thats it, so keep away from that terrible Bacon Flu and I look forward to hear from everyboby of the G/Book With thanks to the Masons, once more. Flash
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 15:30:16 (PDT)
regards the ashet family, i grew up in ash crescent John i lived about 8 doors from your grand parents,used to go about with your father, or maybe uncle,jamie?.good days the where to.i recall jamie had a sister but her name escapes me now
thomas stringer(tucke)
Seaham, - Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 15:28:22 (PDT)
regards the ashet family, i grew up in ash crescent John i lived about 8 doors from your grand parents,used to go about with your father, or maybe uncle,jamie?.good days the where to.i recall jamie had a sister but her name escapes me now
thomas stringer
Seaham, - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:23:30 (PDT)
i remeber alfie ashett from parkside he used to tun the greyhounds in the 50s 60s popeye.
Yorks, - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:20:53 (PDT)
Brian Greenfinger, yes, I hada successful career, two in fact, and I can only put it down to how free we were to do our own thing! If you look at that High Colliery photo on the Home page of this site; I can recall Norman Beer, [of course!]and Brian Newby in the back row,and most of the front row. I'm still in contact with George Monarch HIGH COLLIERY SCHOOL TEAM (1949 - 1950) Back Row Left to Right: Alan Price, Richard Harrison, Norman Beer, Brian Newby, Maurice Farn. Front Row Left to Right: Mr Page, Dennis Foulds, George Monarch, Bobby Pattison, John Graham, Brian Willis, Alan Charlton, Dereck Oliver, Mr Shipley I doubt very much if Mr Shipley would be alive, given he was possibly a 40-year-old in 1950!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:19:39 (PDT)
Eric Lieghton, Am I allowed more than one Senior moment? I forgot to add my name to the 'No Name' post answering your Chester-le-Street question.
- Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:17:53 (PDT)
Hi Real Bill - I see there has been a suggestion for us to meet in the Chat Room at a specific time on a specific day (not sure I can work out the time difference). What do you think? We could always give it a go and see what happens! Hope you and yours are keeping well. Sonja
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:16:46 (PDT)
Hi Real Bill - I see there has been a suggestion for us to meet in the Chat Room at a specific time on a specific day (not sure I can work out the time difference). What do you think? We could always give it a go and see what happens! Hope you and yours are keeping well. Sonja
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:16:31 (PDT)
Does anyone know Ernie Ballantyne? He served with my Father in the Royal Navy during WW2.
Alan Owen
Dorion, Quebec - Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:14:52 (PDT)
john i remember the ashetts from ash crescent i was engaged to gwenith.I cant recall teddy or the other name because gwens dad was alfie and mam jenny.She has older sister alfreda and younger brother james.Alfie and jenny are no longer with us but the 3 children still live in seaham.
no name
- Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 13:13:34 (PDT)
can anyone remember the ashett family from parkside grandad was (teddy)my father was( john edward)
johm ashett
Sunderland, - Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 15:08:51 (PDT)
To Ray Scollen re Mike Barrett. You're quite right, Mike did consider becoming a priest and studied for a time at Usher College before deciding it was not the right life for him. He moved to Manchester in the late 60's and I last heard of him in the late 70's when he was living and working in France. It would be good to know what he's doing these days if anyone is still in touch with him.
daphne leach nee sheridan
Wakefield, - Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 15:07:00 (PDT)
Seahamlad, I hope you are getting along ok? I feel so out of touch at the moment with Seaham. I seem just to ramble on when I post. Where I live now, juat on Southampton water (The Solent) I'm in a position where I can see the big passenger Liners arriving and sailing again from the Docs. I can't afford to cruise on those Liners to exotic destinations. I did though, Holiday in Scotland and Flew to the Isle Of Man for a week. Have you been anywhere this year? Jacqueline seems a little subdued in her post to me. I wish her well and you too. Cherrio for now.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 15:04:52 (PDT)
Eric Leighton, I wondered if anyone would spot the 'deliberate mistake.' My local shop where I live just outside Southampton. The Lady who works there, comes from Chester-Le -Street, I had just been chatting and Peterlee was'nt to the for! As for Specsavers? I go to Mr Wong, Chinese Optomertrist, Velly good Man, velly good vision tester! I was desperatley sorry for the crash victims families. Twenty one pile-up...terrible, on the A19. I was born 1939. We lived in Cornish street, bombed out in 1940 and we went to Viceroy Street that ran up to Mt.Plesent and opersit the High Collery School. Many is the time I took a short cut through Elgy's Timber Yard to the Cosy cinima down Mill-Inn. I know every thing is changer now in Seaham. Nobody seems to know Boozy Ally?....New episode soon at this Theatre.
No Name
- Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 15:03:28 (PDT)
Jacqueline dear, how nice to hear you are alive and kicking still. The USA can be such a volatile place....I did wonder!!? I hope your work has been a success and your health good. Did you Vote Obama? The proof will be in the pudding with him! Although, Bush was the biggest disaster ever to be elected President. So, how could the usa vote for such a Jug-head as Bush? But enough of that kind of talk....I'd rather think about my Birthday comming up on Aug.13th. I'm going to have a nice Party and some 15 year old Scotch. Cheers Jacqueline, I'll speak to you again.
Brian Greenfingers
- Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 15:01:35 (PDT)
Hi Brian G - thanks for wishes - glad you had a nice holiday in Scotland. It is good to hear so many more people are growing their own - we both come from good gardening stock and have always done this, at the moment we are eating fresh potatoes, mange tout, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb picked fresh every evening - nothing beats it. Our jams are all home made from home grown fruit, and we keep one freezer just for our own produce to see us through winter - and I still manage to maintain a beautiful flower bed too - well you have to have something nice to look out on when you look up from the spade work! Take care Brian Dorothy (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 14:59:58 (PDT)
Colin Hall. Yes Colin, 1957-2009 is 53 years (can you belive it?) and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge. Of course we knew each other once-upon-a-time. We were 'grubby faced' adventurers in those days. I am refering to 1953/54 and that is even longer ago than '57. Like you, many Seahamites headed for pastures new. You chose Military life and who's to blame you for that? Life has twisted and turned and finally brought me to a quiet corner of Hampshire in retirement and Loving it! A lot of my school pals have died and this is the sole reason I am reluctant to renew old acquaintances. You reside with your family in New Zealand and more than likley retired too? I have read your postings over the years and even clicked on to the N.Z. Herald. It gives me 'gloom and doom' stories about your adopted Country. The latest being: UNICEF say New Zealand's Child care policy is appalling. Whilst the last time I looked it was N.Z. 1 in 3 are obese. Still, what do they expect from a consumer society. All my favourite comedians and Movie Stars are dead now. All we are left with is humour I do not understand and a lot of second rate Movie Stars. 2009 and there is still a lot of Raism and Bigory. Religious Fundamentalists are trying to poison our minds. In Brittain, two of our Brave Soldiers a week are dying in Afganistan. Our Politicians gorge on there expences and 'pretend' all they want to do is 'serve,' what hypocrits! Thats all Colin my friend, take care.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 15:14:38 (PDT)
"Brian-Green-Fingers" Thank you for your well wishes. I am good - busy and good. My views were too Political for the Seaham G/B so I rarely visit anymore. But now and then I browse.. I see "Seahamlad" made a posting. Hope you are well "Seahamlad."
usa, - Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 15:12:05 (PDT)
To Brian Greenfingers, Oh Dear, Oh Dear, I can see that you don't live local, as the A19 goes nowhere near Chester-Le-Street. The terrible accident happened at the A19 at Peterlee, and resulted in a fatality. (To the family, our hearts are with you at a time like this) Brian, if you live local, then I recommend a visit to Specsavers. Re- Dennis Gale, he would be the same age as me 65, or 39+vat FLASH
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 15:10:37 (PDT)
Does anyone know of a lad called Clive Todd from Seaham. As a child he lived in Church St. His parents and mine where very good friends as my Mum , dad and brother Ian lived in Church St too. Going through some photographs, I found an old photo taken about 1950 of Clive, My Brother and myself, as children. on a boat on the lake in South Shields where the Todds were holidaying.I thought maybe he would like a copy. My family name was PIKE.
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, - Sunday, July 05, 2009 at 15:08:31 (PDT)
Sonja Owen and Real Bill, theres a very simple way to exchange email addresses safely! Simply arrange to "meet" in the Chat room at a given time and exchange addresses privately, Thanks to Brian Greenfingers for your kind thoughts.
- Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 12:02:52 (PDT)
I was concerned about the big car and lorry pile up on the A19 nere Chester-le-street. The only thing that gets the Northeast in the news is when something bad happenes. I was trying to explain Seaham and It's mining heretage to a friend in New Brunswick, Canada the other day. I asked him to look on the Seaham web-site. He did and said later, you have a nice coast line but I did not see any mines! I expect the Boaling green is still at the top end of the Park (oppersite Mill-Inn) I saw P.C. Lockyer win an alarm clock in a Boaling competition way back when! He was in uniform when he played too. dose anyone know if John Shipley is still with us? He's pictured with Seaham High Football team and a Teacher called Page is on there as well. Regaurds to everyone.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 12:01:36 (PDT)
Why did we leave? That's like asking how long is a piece of string, but at age 16 and 1800' down and three miles out under the North Sea the future didn't seem, to me, to be that attractive! I wanted out, and the RAF seemed the best way to do it, so I joined at 17 and a half, at which point I effectively left Seaham. That was 1957. I immediately went overseas, to Kenya, for two and half years, so apart from a few close friends, I effectively disappeared from the scene. I didn't really get back to Seaham until late 1960 , to find I didn't really have a home as my brother had gained his own house and his family and grown somewhat, so I rarely went back there, and I was on an RAF Station in Rutland which was completely free of coal mines! I had the bug for overseas travel, however, and after five years in the RAF I transferred to the RNZAF, initially for a short term, but in the end I never came back other than for the occasional flying visit. I think I may have been at the old High Colliery School at the same time as Brian Greenfinger, but he would need to confirm that himself. Other than that, I've not met anyone on this guestbook who would remember me. 1957 to 2009 is a long time to be away!
Colin Hall
Wellington, - Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 12:00:11 (PDT)
in reply to brian i agree with what you say regarding things moving on but what annoys me is having to leave your hometown to get work when you dont want to,you never lose that feeling of home people run the place down but that can be said about a lot of places the harbour will allways be special, eric leighton my brother doug gale went to s.m.s.and served his time as a bricklayer at evans in sunderland then did his national service and moved away down south near me, i was a joiner and left in 1963, doug is 71 now, would it be him you knew i would move back home but the wife wont leave the kids she cannot see its only 3 hours up the road not another country so i think i am stuck in this god forsaken place now never liked it and never will it is nice to see this site is not all about people pushing there thoughts at people and just having a bit of banter and lighthearted chat denis gale
denis gale
st,neots , - Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 11:58:12 (PDT)
Hi The Real Bill, first of all i would like to say sorry for getting your name wrong, and tarring the whole off Africa with the same brush.I work in Nigeria and the pollution is terrible in that area.but i should not have jumped to conclusions.I just can not get away with these wind turbines as i think they are a blot on the landscape, hopefully we can find a better solution in the future, that is not so bad on the eye or countryside. bye for now. ps i wrote back earlier, but forgot to write the word jupiter
Colin Shaw
Seaham, - Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 11:56:16 (PDT)
To Daphne Leach re Mike Barrett ... now there's a name from the past ... I went to school with him when he lived on Princess Road, but have not seen or heard of him since I was 10 years old (1957). For some strange reason I have a memory of him wanting to become a priest ... no idea why though.
Ray Scollen
Watton, - Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 11:54:51 (PDT)
Hi does anyone hear from Mike (Michael) Barrett who came from Seaham and has 2 sisters, Pat and Clarita. At one time he was living and working in France. He will be about 62 years of age now.
daphne leach nee sheridan
- Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 15:02:47 (PDT)
Re Dennis Gale- The only Dennis Gale I knew was at the SMS or Cam . He went away to become a bricklayer, as soon as he left school and I sevred my time as a brickie at the same time, in Seaham and the area.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 15:01:40 (PDT)
Denis Gale, you are right, thousands of us left. Do you realise 1959 was 50 years ago? Seaham has grown up and the days of black-faced miners comming up out of the pit is just like a dream now. I too tried to get in touch with Lads I went to School with and found some were dead. The essence of life has moved on in Seaham. Nothing is or can be the same. But whatever Seaham has become, it still belongs to you.
Brian Greenfingers
- Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 15:00:00 (PDT)
My maiden was Summerbell. My father Thomas Summerbell came from Murton, he had 3 brothers, Wilf, Bill and Jim, also 3 sisters Hannah, Elizabeth and Anna. The last address I have is Woods Terrace in Murton. I know I have cousins in this area, if anyone knows of them I would be so pleased.
Jane Smith
Watlington, - Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 15:49:55 (PDT)
I heard that people are planting vegitables in their gardens on a larger scale than we've ever done before and flowers are playing second fiddle. Personaly I'm glad, Flowers are nice to look at but you can't eat them. Although I have made dandylion wine, elderbury wine, sloe gin, Rubarb wine is only good for blending and Pair too. Rose petal wine. Well you can make wine out of just about anything. If you grow peas, you can use the pods for a good light wine. Leeks are better in Leek soup me hearties and Leek pudding. When I went to Scotland (Lochs & Glens) a couple of weeks ago, I tries their 'clouty dumpling' it's just like a mild Christmas cake to taste, and very nice with custard or cream. My kind regards to Seahamlad, Dorothy Hawkins, Jacqueline Mackie and all who sail in her.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 15:48:37 (PDT)
over the years thousands of seahamites must have left the harbour through no fault of there own mainly to get work i now cannot remember any of the people i went to school with going to dawdon starting in 1952 onto camden leaving in 1959 living in parkside i feel as though my youth passed me by i now walk round the harbour lost,when i visit do other people feel like that or is it just my poor childhood denis gale
denis gale
st.neots , cambs - Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 15:47:00 (PDT)
Tonia donaldson your dads brother is married to my sister who lives in nottingham.I know most of your family.
No name
- Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 15:45:03 (PDT)
Hi Sonja Owen nee Oliver. Great to hear from you again. You can certainly have copies of the photo's. I'll need to have your E-Mail address or some other way to get them to you. I don't know how you would get your E-Mail address to me. There must be some way. Let's ask! Can someone help Sonja and advise her how to get her E-Mail address to me. Just don't put it on the Guestbook Sonja. You will have never ending Spam if you do that. Keep well Sonja, maybe we'll have some luck when the book comes back online. ED: To Bill or Sonja. We won't post and email address on the Guestbook for the reasons you stated - we haven't done so for years now. Each guestbook submission is only added after any email address is removed. However, if you include an email address on a submission form Sonja and you want Real Bill to have it then we'll send it directly to him. However, we will need your adress too bILL.
Real Bill
S.A. - Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:22:23 (PDT)
Well, I've just been reading various reports and stories about who is the most and the least popular. They were saying David Cameron was voted least popular and all sorts of people I have'nt heard of been voted this and that! Well folks, I Vote Sadie and Ed Mason Top People in Seaham For supplying us Guest-Bookers with this wonderful communications forum. The 'Seaham Harbour Guestbook' is a great source of comfort, infomation and debate. Sadie and Ed should be congratulated for their time and effort they put into the GB.
Brian Geenfingers
- Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:11:34 (PDT)
im looking for some information about my father walter donaldson living in seaham harbout he lived at parkside dawdon and went in dawdon club can anyone help
tonia donaldson
- Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:09:06 (PDT)
I have today read the entry from June Lynch of Brighton dated 30th October, 2008 in which she asked if anyone could remember Elizabeth and Mary Cowell who lived in Parkside Crescent. I believe they were two of my Godparents - at least that is how I looked upon them - and I used to visit them regularly. If June reads this and gets in touch with me we can exchange information.
Jim Blakey
Northampton, - Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:07:10 (PDT)
Hi Colin Shaw. The get a life remark was maybe out of line. You say you work in Africa. Africa is a big place. Have you ever been to SA. I think not. The pollution here is nowhere near the USA, Britain, China, Germany. I work for the largest Electricity producer in Africa. So I know a bit about pollution. If we even allow a tiny ammount of ash/smoke from our stacks that you can see. We are heavily fined by the goverment and closed down until the problem is resolved. So your most polluted place is far of target.The rest of Africa I can not vouch for, apart from Swaziland and they have no electricity generating there. Would you prefer more Nuclear Power Stations, the government seems keen on building. Maybe have a couple of Chernobyl or Three Mile Island incedents would put you off that idea. So where do we go? I admit wind turbines are not a pretty sight, but what's the alternative? Keep well Colin. Sorry for upsetting you. The Real Bill not Dill in SA
The real Bill in SA
- Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:05:44 (PDT)
I was looking through the Guestbook and came across the entry of 15th March, 2009 from Brian Thubron. I also went to Ryhope Grammar School and worked with Brian at Smiths before joining the RAF for National Service. If you see this Brian drop me an email so we can reminisce.
Jim Blakey
Northampton , - Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 16:03:48 (PDT)
Hi all, sorry to have to tell you we are closing down for a while. We have family commitments at the moment (daughters wedding) and are really busy. While we are down we will be doing some maintainance. Don't worry we will be back in a month if not sooner. Keep your contributions coming. Back soon. Sadie and Ed.
Sadie M.
Seaham, - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:12:53 (PDT)
Hi Real Bill - well that's what you're calling yourself. You talking photo's!! I remember all of those you mentioned although obviously apart from Marlene I no idea what happened to the rest - would like to know though! Now I'm going to be really cheeky and ask if there is any possibility of me getting copies of those photos. When I was very young and living in bed-sit land, all my personal bits and pieces were stolen, amongst other things, all photos, so I would really love to see some of the old ones turn up. Stay well.
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:08:01 (PDT)
to Graeme Lacey, re your mother in panto, the only names I remember are the dancing instructresses, Misses Fern & Ryder, from Sunderland.I remember them doing "The Toy Soldiers" routine in the finale. Please give your mum my sincerest regards. Jimmy Gilbert
Jim Gilbert
Perth, W.A. - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:06:32 (PDT)
In reply to the real Dill, or is it Bill South Africa. How can you tell someone to get a life when you dont even know them, i have my own reasons to object to the wind turbines. As far as i am concerned you live in South Africa and should have no comment on my home town or what happens in it. i also Googled the area you say you live in , and thought it was a very nice place, with mountains and open plains, i just hope that someone does not come along and scatter Wind Turbines all along your scenery. On the subject of global warming, i myself work in Africa and it is one of the most polluted places i have ever visited, so on that get your own house in order and get a life yourself. ps you will be pleased to know that the turbines have been given the green light to go ahead.I myself would have preferred solar panels what are not an eyesore, as i am not against going green, but support it. PS IF YOU WANT TO REPLY PUT YOUR REAL NAME,OR DO I KNOW YOU.PLEASE PRINT THIS EDD.
Colin Shaw
Seaham, - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:05:05 (PDT)
Does anyone remember John Walls, He has a brother called Norman and a sister called Zareda, JOHN (JACK)was signed at 16 years old to Barnsley F.C Has a goalkeeper, he spent 6 years there and went to peterborough united, after retiring from football he came back to Barnsley, and is my neighbour. He was 77 two weeks ago, and is very healthy. Thanks Sam
sam wassell
barnsley , - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:03:04 (PDT)
hello Ronnie I may be moving to Cambidgeshire later this year all depends selling up here the isle of wight is a very nice place but can be a bit of a prison the ferry prices are quite high even for people living on the island its to restrictive christine and I liked Cambs it easy to get to relitives in watford and striaght run up the A1 to Seaham we have told Luke and Jean of our decision.do you ever see Kathleen at all I would like to know how she is getting on, any way Iwill keep in touch LOve to everybody david.
David Soppitt
shanklin, isle of wight - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 14:01:24 (PDT)
Steve Smith I remember you now,you were only a bairn[little boy]when you moved to tyne st.Iwas in the army at the time when your dad Jerry and your mam Eva moved next door.Mr meir was my father.By the way I stlll have your dads greenhouse in my garden your mam give it to me when she lived in north lea. David I thought you changed your name.Dons still mourning so things have not changed there,he helps me in the garden as you know.See you when you come over.
Ron Meir
Seaham, Durham - Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:59:47 (PDT)
Ray K. I get two good size pieces of fish and a lot of chips for OAP consession £3-25p and thats good for prices down South! I would'nt recommend being a MP at the moment, there's a few lynch mobs about! Take care.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:57:09 (PDT)
Tom K. thank you for the Silver Grid info. I'm glad there is still fish and chips at the top shops.
Brian Geenfingers
- Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:56:10 (PDT)
Dorothy H. Thank you for your message. What a bloody mess the country is in, since we last made contact. I'm off to Scotland on thursday for a week. This is just an oppertunity I got to go, it's called Lochs and Glens breaks, it should be good. I hope the weather will improve! I'll let you know how it went when I get back.
Brian Geenfingers
- Saturday, May 23, 2009 at 13:55:13 (PDT)
Message for Graeme Lacey..e-mail is Ronkenelm@Verizon.net Ron will e-mail photo of your parents.Hope all goes well..regards to your Mam & sister.
Eileen (Scollen)Nutman
Long Beach California , USA - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 16:06:53 (PDT)
Another message for Cecily Guy ref Frederick Hook, Lamb Street, Ryhope - I have asked my brother and he knew from looking at the census that Isabella and John lived at no 10 and also had a son called Tommy! Plus, do you know why Lamb Street disappeared from the records in 1939? Many thanks, Jane Dillon
Jane Dillon
Nottingham, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:59:47 (PDT)
Hi Brian G - glad you had a good holiday hope the weather was the same! It would have been the International Centre you sang in - nice theatre been a few times to see various acts. Going up to north again in June, staying with my sister in Washington but must try to get through to Seaham to see my cousin - the fish and chip shop we used was the one at the top of Station Road near Vane Terrace - I rember a 'lot' costing thrupence, bet the paper they wrap it in nowadays costs that! Take care Brian - busy time in the garden now the flippin rain has brought out the weeds! Dorothy (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:58:35 (PDT)
For Brian Greenfingers,the chippy that was the 'Silver Grid' in Deneside is still there but is now 'Kevins Chippy'.There was also a 'Silver Grid'chippy next to the Rose and Crown pub in Church Street - Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:56:53 (PDT)
I'm just looking for past friends that i used to go to school the one over the road from the red star.
Steven Pike
- Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:55:23 (PDT)
Message for Brian Gilbert re Babes in the Wood. My Mum Georgina Tizard appeared in that production. Do you reeber her? Graeme Lacey
Graeme Lacey
UK - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:54:13 (PDT)
Hi Ray - I hope the memories you have are not too bad! Nice to know I at least made an impression! I remember Snowdon well - is he still in Seaham? He was also smitten with Sally Jones if I remember rightly. I think she is still in Seaham although I havn't seen her since moving back. Don't quite remember you although I must admit the name certainly rings a bell. What you doing there? You were obviously needing a change from Seaham?
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:53:21 (PDT)
i live in Seaham for a couple of years when i was at St Cuthberts junior school, does that still exist? cheers.
Matt McGurk
- Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:52:10 (PDT)
Hi again Brian G, glad to hear you enjoyed your holiday in distant parts. I was thinking the other day how prices are shooting through the roof and how we are going to manage on the pension that glorious governments sees fit to give us. I called at our local fish & chip shop last week, fish and chips and a fish on its own, £7-10p, when I lived at Dawdon I couldn't have carried that amount of fish & chips What's the prices like at your chippy Brian? I need a new water heating boiler at this time and was wondering if you think I could claim it on expenses......just a thought, oh and by the way I had to buy a new bath plug as well. What do you make of it all Brian? We could try and stand to be an MP.............well maybe not !!! Ray K.
Ray K
Marske, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:51:05 (PDT)
Hi again Sonja. Thanks for replying to my questions abot Marlene and SA. I was just looking at some old photo's of you, Marlelene, Pat Isaacson, Shelly Strong, Corrine Donaldson. Do you remember any of them. Keep well Sonja. Regards to you all.
The real Bill in SA
Mpumalanga , - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:48:54 (PDT)
high uncle Ron Meir it was Jerry who lived in 8 Tyne street i lived in 4 & you in 10 hope every thing is O/K with you &Sylvia &family give my love to don & carol Love &best wishes david.
David Soppitt
shanklin, isle of wight - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:47:40 (PDT)
Hi Gillian Marshall you were asking if any one knew the Chapmans,well i grew up with Fred i just lived three doors away. There was mrs chapman known as Polly or chappy,she had three sons and three daughters, Harry who was killed in the war he was in the R.A.F then Luke and fred the daughters were Lena, Joyce, and Sally I dont know much of the girls but fred was the youngest he will be about 77 now and luke well into 80s.Luke did all the dressing up and ran the boys club up beside the banana yard fred was the quiet one.who worked at the Van/Tempest colliery.Mrs Chapman also brought up my nephew david who now lives on the Isle of Man I hope this helps you
Ron Meir
Seaham, - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:45:41 (PDT)
Hi Ron Meir. Yes we did live at 8 Tyne Street. My dad was Gerry Smith. I remember we had a Mr Meir next door. Was he your relative? I also remember how he very kindly rescued me when I was a little lad and managed to lock myself in the Netty.
Steve Smith
Istanbul , Turkey - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 15:44:09 (PDT)
Hi Steve Smith did you live in no8 tyne street and was your dad called Jerry.
Ron Meir
Seaham, - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:17:10 (PDT)
sorry I was a bit vague before, i'll try again my father Robert ALAN young was born in 1922 in Sunderland he married my mum Amy CONNIE (nee Williams) in 1950, he had a brother John BRIAN Young, there parents were Robert and May Young( nee Richardson ). Robert had a sister Florence and in the 1911 census they lived with their mother Mary Jane Young at 23 Frances Street, Seaham Harbour. My grandfather Robert worked at Dockfords I think. Would love to hear from anyone who knew them.
Richard Young
- Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:16:15 (PDT)
My family originates from Easington, my grandfather Robert Young lived at 23 Frances Street, Seaham Harbour and I know I still have cousins who live around the Sunderland area and would love to trace them.
Richard Young
Leeds, - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:15:05 (PDT)
Dorothy Hawkins, Hi there in Harrowgate again. I went on holiday and lo and behold, two funerals when I come back. Still, thats life as they say! The venue where we sang in Harrogate was where they hold Political conferances and there is a spiral walk-way from the ground floor to the top floor. We also sang in a Prison once, it turned out all the prisoners were in there for murder but funnily enough we all enjoyed it. Having a computer can be a blessing and a curse. Boys I went to school with in Seaham, I've since found out they are dead and gone. Never mind though, I'll just pop into the nearest pub and have a double brandy. Pubs are like Pub-Reaseraunts now arnt they? Fish and chips are still my faveorite. At the top-shops in Deneside, there was a Chippy called the 'Silver Grid' in the old days, it's probebly long gone now! Speak to you later Dorothy.
Brian Geenfingers
- Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:13:19 (PDT)
Seahamlad, you took me by suprise with 'hows the garden?' just great my friend and I am fine too. I've just got back from Jersy, I was on holiday there and delving into their history. They were an Island of legalised Pirates in the 1700s and one of them founded New Jersy in the USA. But of course they flog for all it's worth to the visitor, the 1940/45 occupation by the Germans. Now Seaham has a great history and I'm glad trouble has been taken to tell it because you and me are part of it Seahamlad. I've got to go now--speak to you later.
Brian Geenfingers
- Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:11:42 (PDT)
I was in the Seaham Amateurs panto, "Babes in the Wood" in 1937 at the Theatre Royal. but being the youngest member I doubt whether any one else is still alive.
Jim Gilbert
Balga, WA - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:10:20 (PDT)
Hi, I have tried before searching for my Grandma, but with no luck, so thought I'd try again. I'm searching for any information about Hilda McChesney, I think she married a Mr Gerrard, she lived at 56 Wynard Street in 1901. Regards to all. Jo x
Jo Hall
Bedford, Beds - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:08:17 (PDT)
Sonja Oliver .... now there's a name that brings back memories. You won't remember me but my brother was smitten with you in the mid 60's. Snowdon Williams was his name and he went to the same school as you (Camden Square I think). The only time we met was at a party he had at our house when our mother was in Hospital. Ended up costing me £150 to have a chair re upholstered that one of his mates had out a foot through LOL. The house was in Alfred Street near Ropery Walk.
Ray Scollen
Driffield, East Yorks - Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 15:07:04 (PDT)
Barrie Grundy (ref comments October 26 2008). I apologize for not answering sooner, but have only caught your comment this very day. I would be pleased to get in touch if you are still perusing this site. To Ed and Sadie ... please pass on my email address to Barrie as soon as possible. Thank you.
Ray Scollen
Driffield, - Sunday, May 03, 2009 at 15:10:48 (PDT)
Hi Sonja Owen (Nee Oliver). As I said previously. I remember your family. Like I said. I lived at the very bottom of Warkworth. I knew I had seen your Marlene here in SA. You know how it is. After so many years you just can't walk up to a woman (with her husband, I think)and say. "Is your name Marlene"? You are likely to get a fat slap around the ear.I'll probably regret it forever though. Peter B is away at the moment. Up in Seaham actually. Maybe he has popped into to see you. I know he was good friends with Marlene. Keep well Sonja.
The real Bill in SA
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:21:48 (PDT)
It was great to see a comment from Libba Wright who lives in Canada. I and a few others would play in Colling Avenue about 5000 years ago. I see your Will every few months and I wondered if he still has his drum shop. What do you do now Libba? I trained as a lawyer but don't hold that against me. Would like to see furthe items from you. Town: Durham
Harry Cattermole
Durham, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:20:35 (PDT)
Thank you Steve Smith I also remember him as a warm and humerous man have you any idea what they called his elder sisters
Gillian Marshall
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:18:55 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers, Hows your garden coming along? and how are you Friend?
- Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:18:07 (PDT)
Just going through the guestbook and saw Tom Kennedy's contibution about Bob Greener's snooker hall at the bottom end of Church Street. Bob Greener was my grandad and I can remember clearly as a toddler being sat on a box at the end of Table 1 to watch the men play skittles. I could never work out what was going on but loved being there and being supplied with ket from grandma Lizzie. Mum, Olive Greener (Warburton) was a really good snooker player just after the war and once played against Joe Davies in an exhibition game. I also remember that the shop opened on Sunday evenings to serve cinema goers with sweets on their way to the "Gaff" round the corner ..... now that was a proper cinema!!
John Warburton
near Leyton, North yorks - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:17:10 (PDT)
Hi THE REAL BILL,S.A. In reply to your question regarding Marlene and S.A. - yes she was out there for 23 years. She still goes back now and again (Durban). I was out there a few years ago and went to Sun City - absolutely loved it!
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:15:19 (PDT)
To Steve Smith thanks a lot i too remember him when i was young being very affectionate and very funny could you remember the names of his two eldest daughters.
Gillian Marshall
Boosbeck, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:14:10 (PDT)
Hi Brian Stoker glad to see Christine is around how is your Joe. I was back with my 2 children in February first time since my mam died 10 years ago visiting my dad and our Will he lives in Sunderland. The place has changed a lot but brought back good memories looking at those little streets we all played delivo up and down and bags of coal on the bogie seems like 100 years ago best wishes Liba
Elizabeth Sampson
Markham, Ontario - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:12:56 (PDT)
Hi Brian G - nice to hear from you - was getting worried your pearls of wisdom and humourous comments were no where to be seen - you were missed! Have a lovely holiday over in Jersey Brain, never been, always fancied it, will do it one day. Know Weymouth well its my husbands boyhood beach and our kids have spent many a happy day there too - anyway hope the weather is good for you and enjoy it. I hope you will have plenty of good 'stories' to keep us amused when you get back. Take care Dorothy Hawkins
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:11:14 (PDT)
Hello Sonja - Thanks for the reply. To be honest, I thought you may have a problem remembering me as you were only about 12 / 13 when you moved up from Watford. Your Marlene was more my age and we were pretty good friends for a while until I left Seaham in the 60’s. It was great to here some news about Marlene. I am amazed to discover that she was in South Africa for 23 years. My old mate Bill Richardson from down our street is also out in South Africa and he told me years ago that he thought he had seen Marlene in a supermarket down there but never spoke to her - Why not? He’s not exactly the shy retiring type. By the way my family didn’t actually “do a swap” with yours, we moved down to Milldale and another family moved south. I still have family up in Seaham and I do come up a couple of times a year, my next visit is at the end of April and I hope to see a few old friends including our old neighbour Shirley. Peter B (Beardmore)
Peter Beardmore
Cheshire, - Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 14:09:50 (PDT)
A lot of my family lived at Seaham Harbour in the 1800s and early 1900's and wonder if there are any descendants left ,namely Pearson,Harland,Musson & Bohan.
Tony Marriner
- Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 03:18:17 (PDT)
Hi Ed and Sadie - I wonder if you could possibly send my email address to Ann Hansn at Banora Point who has made contact with me so that she can email me copies of photo's. Thank you ITS BEEN SENT DOROTHY. Ed Mason
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, North Yorkshire UK - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 03:06:35 (PDT)
I'm looking for an out of the way vacation spot for this summer. Your area is just what I was looking for. Looks like a nice place to just relax and enjoy a week or two. tailman@thumpernet.com
Mr. Smithe
Merriville , West Virgina USA - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:53:28 (PDT)
To Ray K, yes Ray, her name was Anne Farrell
maureen fazalabbas
Leeds, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:48:16 (PDT)
hi liba just been talking to my sister christine about the seaham harbour guestbook and saw your message.how are you keeping i,ve never seen you since we were teens can you remember the good old days when we were young
brian stoker
houghton le spring, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:44:56 (PDT)
I remember Fred Chapman with great affection, he lived next door to us when we lived in Tyne street during the late 50s early 60s. Fred was a real character and always popular with us bairns. He used to dress up as a pirate, wooden leg, the lot, we loved that. Also he organised the annual street outing to Whitley Bay. We were a very big family and could never afford to go but Fred would always bring back Candy Rock for us so that we shared in the joy of the day, he was a thoughtful and kind man. One year he brought back a candy rock fried egg which we served to our Dad nearly breaking his teeth - how we laughed. Another year his gift of a convincing plastic dog poo was less welcome, at least with Mam who spent hours cleaning the Proggy Mat(we laughed a little more secretly that year). Times were hard but we enjoyed a sense of community and that was due to the love and committmentof people like Fred.
Steve Smith
at sea delivering yachts, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:43:51 (PDT)
To Ron Meir,I would like to see that
No Name
- Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:41:38 (PDT)
Peter B. Hi Peter (although if I'm being honest I don't think I remember you). Marlene has only recently returned from South Africa after 23 years and lives on The Avenue. I moved back from the South after losing my husband 5 years ago and live not far from Marlene. We moved to Westlea in 1960/61 (memory loss - age thing)! You must have beenl the family who exchanged with us and you lived on the Holywell in Watford?
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:40:40 (PDT)
Alan Owen - Hi Alan. Unfortunately I'm not the Owen you are looking for. My late husband was born and bred in the South East so no connection with the North East Owen family I'm afraid.
sonja owen nee oliver
Seaham, - Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:39:34 (PDT)
Tom Hanson - I was more than surprised to read your message mainly because in all honesty I don't remember you! Sorry!!! You mentioned that I need to take a different approach and added 'think about it'. Well I have and can't see what you mean, perhaps you would care to elaborate? Do you keep in touch with anyone else from Camden Square school. Think the years are taking their toll 'cos I don't recall everyone, only a few. Would be nice to hear from you further. What are you doing with yourself? How come you are where you are? Any scandal? Do you remember my sister Marlene. She has just returned from South Africa after 23 years. I asked her if she remembered your name and unfortunately she doesn/'t (she is older than me so the memory is obviously worse than mine). Take care
sonja owen nee oliver
- Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:38:11 (PDT)
Colin Shaw. "Wind Turbines" get a life man!
The real Bill in SA
- Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 02:35:35 (PDT)
Hi Sonja. I also remember you, in fact all of you. Marlene, Ingrid and Victor. You lived next to Shirley. I lived at the bottom of the street. My mate Peter B lived in your house. I'm still in touch with him, for all I'm Africa. keep well Sonja and also give my regards to your Marlene. Did she ever go to South Africa? I'm sure I saw her in one of our Supermarkets a few years back. PS. Just ignore some of the morons on here.
The real Bill in SA
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:41:28 (PDT)
Hi Sonja. I also remember you, in fact all of you. Marlene, Ingrid and Victor. You lived next to Shirley. I lived at the bottom of the street. My mate Peter B lived in your house. I'm still in touch with him, for all I'm Africa. keep well Sonja and also give my regards to your Marlene. Did she ever go to South Africa? I'm sure I saw her in one of our Supermarkets a few years back. PS. Just ignore some of the morons on here.
The real Bill in SA
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:40:09 (PDT)
Regarding the old tower between Dawdon and Hawthorn - my mother told me it was part of the Pemberton families home - she worked there as a maid in the late 40s.
linda geary
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:37:41 (PDT)
Hi Ann Hansen- lovely to hear from you again and thanks for filling in the gaps with the names - do you know I thought it was Barry who took the photo's and now remember his wife Joan. Also Stan and Betty oh yes the panto's were good fun and the dancers (can't recall their 'school' name now but some of the little ones were so cute. Your email wouldn't be printed on line - I will ask Ed if he will pass on my email to you, I know he has sometimes done this before. Regards Dorothy (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:35:38 (PDT)
I'm researching my grand-parents: Robert and Catherine Purcell. They left Seaham Harbour for Birmingham circa 1920-30. They had 5 children: Robert, Kenneth, Thomas, Raymond (my father) and Sylvia. Any info re the Purcells of Seaham Harbour would be much appreciated.
Helen Purcell
Birmingham, - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:31:56 (PDT)
Hi R Meir, I thought I had replied to you but I obviously did something wrong. You are right of course, the pub I'm thinking of had it's back door in Green Street, I think it was the Engineers and my mate Brian Brown's Dad was the landlord. I used to go to his via the back door of course. He had a sister called Betty if I remember correctly. Another Brian - Sayers used to live in Francis Street. We were best mates and PC Lockyer used to call us the 3 Bs. Our other 2 mates were Eric Green and Jimmy Bowmaker all of us lived at the bottom of the street.
Brian Thubron
Woodlands, Hampshire - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:27:02 (PDT)
Dorothy Hawkins, Hallo in Harrogate again! I must admit to being a little negligent with our G.B. latley. I'M off to Jersy in the Cannel Islands on the 26th. April to get away as it were. Me and my Partner are going by fast boat from Weymouth in Dorcet. There is so much hassel on short flights to Jersy at the Airports, boat is the better option from Southampton. All the cruise Liners are heading up the water where I live. There is the Auroa, Oriana, some Queen Liners and one of the biggest you'll ever see here is the 'Independence Of The Seas.' I cannot afford to cruise on any of them. I remember the old Queen Mary leaving for the last time in Oct. 1967 for Longbeach. Also the QE 2 last year to Dubi. Sad, sad, sad to see the last of our shipping heritage go abroad, never to return. What made me laugh the other day was the fact that a 'Spitfire' plane that has been around since 1944 had to have it's new propellor made in Germany! Times have changed, I have found it is better to keep abreast of the times or get lelt behind. Let me make you chuckle Dorothy. I am retired and live modestly, have never lived on creadit, nor would I like to. I was watching a 'Naughty Page' on my laptop, when a woman of about 23/24 came on and at the pre-amble before things got going she told the unseen interviewer that both she and her Husband were in the same buseness and they made a very comfortable living from it and when she and her Husband returned home in the evenings they lived a very good and happily married life together. I bet if you me this couple in the street you'd think butter would'nt melt in their mouths! See ya Lass.
Brian Geenfingers
- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 15:24:21 (PDT)
A lot of my family lived at Seaham Harbour in the 1800s and early 1900's and wonder if there are any descendants left ,namely Pearson,Harland,Musson & Bohan.
Tony Marriner
- Monday, April 20, 2009 at 06:51:56 (PDT)
Message for Eileen Nutman. Thank you for your offer of a photograph - would be delighted to receive an emailed copy. I've also discovered some photographs of Larry and Stan with Mum and Dad - some taken in Europe on their many 'wine tasting' visits. My sister Jacqueline also remembers you very well. Kind regards Graeme.Lacey
Graeme Lacey
Yorkshire - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:16:45 (PDT)
In the early 1950s,my Sunday school had a weeks holiday camp at Marske in Yorshire.My friend and I made friends with a lad from Seaham, his first name was David and I think his surname was Stevenson (or Anderson ). David lived on The Avenue at Denesidee and I think that when he married, they moved to the Seaton area.David would be in his late 60s now. Is there anyone who knows of him Regards from Ann
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:14:28 (PDT)
Jane Dillon. Ryhope March 5th. Did your dad ever mention the Beaney girls from Lamb Street? They remember him but they were only small when they lived there. Cecily
C. Guy
Seaham, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:13:10 (PDT)
Yes Dorothy Mary Duffy was my husbands grandmother.I spoke to you on here a while ago about the family.I have a son Thomas Reay and a grandson Robert Reay.I was married to Robert Reay died 1993.
Lynn Reay
- Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:11:44 (PDT)
I am the daughter of Joyce Nee Chapman who lived in Seaham. I beleive her two brothers Luke and Fred Chapman still live there. I would love to hear about my family history
Gillian Marshall
Boosbeck Saltburn , - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:10:30 (PDT)
Does anyone know Luke and Fred Chapman am the daughter of their late sister Joyce. I would love some family history.
Gillian Marshall
Boosbeck Saltburn , - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:09:13 (PDT)
Are there anyone who knows of the Oates who lived at nth. E. Railway st, or are there any relatives in the area. Thomas Oates moved his family to Scotland in 1912. Laura, Townsville.
Townsend, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:06:37 (PDT)
Hi Brian G - we haven't heard from you for a little while - hope everything is o.k. - missed your interesting snippets. Regards Dorothy H
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:05:10 (PDT)
FAO Tom Hanson, Oh Tom it brought a lump to my throat to actually be able to see which house my Dad actually lived in, Thank you so much, you cant imagine how much it meant. Now just need to find out about my Grandmother, Hilda McChesney. Thanks Tom, Jo Hall x
Jo Hall
- Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:04:01 (PDT)
To Maureen Fazalabbas of Manchester :- Many thanks for your information. I am so sad to hear that Anne passed away in 1994. Was Anne's name Farrell by any chance, I would dearly like to know. Again Maureen, many thanks for your info' Ray.K.
Ray K
Dawdon/New Marske, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:02:59 (PDT)
Hello again Dorothy Hawkins, I have a photograph of one of the Pantos that we were in and Barbara Bowhill in on it along with the rest of the cast.I will add my email address on this letter and if you can email me , I will email you a copy of the photo.Jack Henderson was the man who always played the funny part and also Tom Dugdale. It was Toms son Barry who took the photos and I still hear from him. he married Joan Carter who's Dad Fred painted all the scenery for us. Eric Johnson is still going strong and the last I heard of Jim Race was he remarried and lived in Houghton.There was also Jack and Sadie Rawlings, Stan and Betty Orwin, it was Stan who did the Panto's every year. We had some good laughs and they were happy Times
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, - Thursday, April 09, 2009 at 15:01:09 (PDT)
To Sonja Owen, any link to Ralph Owen originally from Seaham?
Alan Owen
Dorion, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:42:41 (PDT)
Hi Sonja, sorry no photos but I do remember you very well. Your family moved into my old house in West Lea. Hope you are all well. Please say hello to your Marlene from me.
Peter B
Cheshire, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:41:37 (PDT)
In the 1920's there was a butcher named THUBRON in North Railway St.
Jim Gilbert
Perth, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:40:34 (PDT)
To Ann Hansen - how lovely to hear from you again and oh dear you do make me sound like a goody two shoes always the one who knew her lines! In those days I had a photographic memory, alas due to a head injury a few years ago it is not as brilliant these days! I was introduced to the West Community Centre by Barbara Bowhill (am still in contact with her - the only one). I do remember Harry Bevan and his wife, Eric Johnson and Jim Race also Barbara and Elsie our two main singers in the Pantomimes - yes I did do those too - my last one was playing Dandini to Barbara's Prince Charming! There was also Jack (he was the comedian of the group) and the lady, name escapes me, who always played the dame, and who was it that used to do the photographs, they were always good. When I try to remember the drama group am afraid everyone merges in with the Phoenix Players, who I also belonged to! I think May Murley would have been Jennifer's Mum as I recall Jennifer telling me she had passed away early last year I believe, will check with her when I see her later this month. I moved away on my marriage in 1969, spent a couple of years in Singapore then in Europe and we came back to England late 70's and lived in Stevenage until 1994 when my husbands work brought us to Harrogate, our family have settled around here too which is nice, and its not too far to travel to see my family that are still up in the Sunderland and Seaham area. Regards for now hope your holiday was good - we are having some lovely spring weather at the moment and all the daffs and cherry blossom are out, looks lovely. Dorothy Reay Hawkins
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:39:22 (PDT)
Hello Lynne Reay Pereira in Sao Paulo - I am still working on tracing where your branch of the Reays fits in with mine. Lynne in Seaham has given me Tom's grandfathers name which was Robert Reay and I am checking with her the name of his wife. If it is who I think it is then your father and my mother were cousins. What is so eerie too Lynne is that my son is married to a young lady from guess ??? Yes Sao Paulo, her name is Andrea Lima Dos Santos and her sister Paula still lives in Sao Paulo! How is that for coincidence! Once I have heard from Lynne and I know which branch you descend from I will let you know. Regards Dorothy Reay Hawkins
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:37:11 (PDT)
Hi Lynne Reay in Seaham and thanks for letting me know that Tom Reay's Grandfather was Robert Reay - to help get the family link sorted (Thomas and Robert are names that go all the way down in the Reay family) was the Grandfather Robert Reay the Robert who was married to Mary Duffy and who died in 1946. Thanks so much for your help Lynne Dorothy Reay Hawkins
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:36:01 (PDT)
For R. Meir. Sorry to contradict you R. but there was a pub in Green St. and the building is still there, (The Golden Lion) The Engineers is in South Terrace as was the Endinburgh Castle. Tom Hanson.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:34:27 (PDT)
GARY WHELAN I am an old friend who is trying to trace Mr Gary Whelan who used to own Seaham Glass and also a club in the Town. If anyone knows of his whereabouts could they email me please
kevin eastwood
norfolk, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:33:28 (PDT)
There are two Wynyard streets in Dawdon.The wide back and the street oposite the gardens. We moved into 17 the wide back in 1931. I left in 1950 but my parents lived there for quite a while longer.Both streets are still there.Is there anyone around who lived there at the same time?
Jim Shaw
Peterlee, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:31:38 (PDT)
Ha ha, well done Sonja Oliver. Same old Sonja. I remember you from school. You should write a book, (How To Make Friends And Influence People). You could try a different approach to your search though, it might just bear fruit. Think about it. Anyway, it's nice to hear that you are still in the area. We left Camden Square School on the same day in 1965 and I've never seen you since. It's hard to believe that we have never bumped into each other in all that time. Hope you find what you are looking for. Tom.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:30:13 (PDT)
Well done Sonja Oliver. Same old Sonja, you should write a book, (How to make friends and influence people). You might try a different approach, it could bear fruit, ha ha. Tom........
Tom Hanson
Seaham, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:28:22 (PDT)
You are quite Lyne my mistake the Engineers and the Edenburgh were in South Terrace not South Railway St I have a photo Of your Ron and all the kids in Tyne and wear st taken in 1953or 55 in the Duke for the Queens inauguration and i think John Hudson is holding you up
Ron Meir
Seaham, Co Durham - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:26:54 (PDT)
Message for Graeme Lacey: I came across an old photo of your parents & Stan (2"x2")to-day & Ron enlarged it.Would you like me to mail it?Hope all goes well for you..we were sad to hear that your Dad had passed away..our love to your Mom.Eileen
Eileen Nutman
Long Beach, California - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:25:08 (PDT)
For the attention of Joanne Hall. I'm afraid I can't help you with information about your family but you were also asking for information about Wynyard St. where they lived in 1911. Those houses were built in 1910 and yes, they are still standing today and they are the same ones you have been looking at on Google Earth. Since you have taken the time and trouble to find the street on the internet, you might be interested to know which house is actually number 56. It is the end of terrace house that has a white path running up the center of the garden, leading to a circular patio area near the top. I lived across the road near the top of the street in the seventies and eighties and have many happy memories of the place. I hope this has been of interest to you and good luck with the rest of your search. Tom Hanson.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:22:02 (PDT)
for the person who wantd the nuttals mintoes they wee made in doncaster but the factory closed down many years ago the nearest i have found for taste are the butter mints from asda stores
g. robinson
doncaster, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:20:06 (PDT)
To Ray K, I think the Anne you remember from Doggarts was my sister. She worked there in the early sixties. Sadly she died in 1994 but she did marry and had three daughters
maureen fazalabbas
Manchester, - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:18:04 (PDT)
I'd have said the Lion was in South Railway Street but then being brought up in Tyne Street that's the way I approached it. I recall being sent down there on Sunday lunchtimes to tell the old man his meal was on the table. A bang on the window would produce a man's head who'd say "Gerry! It's one of yours" and the message was passed. I used to believe him when he said he was nipping out for a pint of fresh air....
Mick Smith
France - Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 15:07:54 (PDT)
Was drum major in Westlea Highlanders for a couple of years back in the 60's - photos stolen a number of years ago. Anyone got any?
sonja owen nee oliver
seaham, - Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 14:16:19 (PDT)
To Dorothy Hawkins,The Tom Reay mentioned,his grandfather was Robert Reay.
Lynn Raey
- Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 14:14:36 (PDT)
The Golden Lion is in Green St.Duke of Wellington is in South Railway St.
Lynn Reay nee Edwards
- Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 14:12:46 (PDT)
Message for Dorothy Reay, Sorry for the delay in my reply but we have been on holiday and only got back on Saturday.I remember you so well from our days in the Community Centre cause you were the only one who learned her lines when we did a play.I was in the Pantomimes as well every Xmas but I dont remember if you were.I was Ann Hansen in those days too , Ken was my husband (Still is ) and I had a little boy called Barry.In the group there was Harry Beven who produced the plays. my cousin Peggy Little whos husband Ron did the lights, Don Skinner, Mavis Wood, Eric Johnson to name but a few.I remember we were doing a play called "Look Out For the Catch" and it was cancelled cause Jimm Race had a row with them cause somone was getting bus fares and he wasnt.The photo I have with the Murleys daughter on, was taken on the stage in the Church St Methodist church hall. We were doing a play and someone took a photo of us all. Goodness that was a long time ago, I think I was about 13 or so. My Mum was very friendly with May Murley, I know May passed away only recently.My Maiden name was Pike and I had a brother called Ian who is now living in Tasmania. I live in Australia and we have been here since 1975 and we still have our North east accents which we are very proud of.If you tell me who you remember from the Community, i might be able to tell you where they are now Regards from Ann and my regards to all in the Seaham Guest Book.
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, - Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 14:11:11 (PDT)
Hello Dorothy Hawkins (née Reay) Jupiter: Hi from the Brazilian branch of the Reays! My grandfather was Tom Reay and his son, my father, is Tom. I don't know if we are related to your Henry Reay I'm afraid.
Lynne Reay Pereira
Guarujá , São Paulo - Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 14:08:59 (PDT)
hi,my name is Alan Williams,born 1948 in seaham harbour.I attended low collery,ropery walk and camden square schools.I have a brother Bryan (now resides in montreal) and sister Norma (still resides in England).I left seaham in 1962 for london,where I stayed until I was 18 before leaving England for Canada.During the summer I live in Ottawa and Florida in the winter.I would enjoy hearing from anyone who remembers me.I am still a Sunderland supporter and still play football at age 61.Great site,I would like to be able to chat with harbour friends.I remember Doggards(my aunte Eileen Haliday worked there)also the snooker hall and Valenties.guy's I hung around with were,Peter Riley,geoff Raymond,Bill lucus,John Barron,Rayond andrews,Mickey Dunn I believe some of them are no longer living.What a wonderful surprise to find your site.
Al Williams
Ottawa, Canada - Friday, March 27, 2009 at 09:35:25 (PDT)
Brian Thubron,I am afraid you are wrong,there was no Pub in Green st. The Draycart was at the bottom of Francis st and the Enginneers in South Railway st also the Edinborgh Castle, By the way did you live in yhe Posh end of Francis st beside the Volunteers,or was it the sweets from Togoods.
r. meir
Seaham, - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:36:21 (PDT)
Hi all, lovely site. I'm trying to trace my family tree!! and have got this far... - Robert Clark married to Kate Harper who lived at 15 Adolphus St West, (my Great grandad) and my grandad Robert Harper Clark married to Mary Jane Young and lived at 14 Picton St and 60 Dock St, so says the marriage cert!), they had two children Zena and Robin. If anyone has any info or can help further I would love to hear from you. Many Thanks. Fiona
Fiona Clark
Bexhill on Sea, - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:34:40 (PDT)
Information for Pepsi. I've just been looking at a website (Dawdon Colliery Timeline). It's full of information about Dawdon and the history of the colliery itself. Although Wynyard St. and Chaplin St. are not mentioned in particular the article does state that the twenty streets in Dawdon were built in 1910 which is the same year that the Welfare Hall was opened.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:33:20 (PDT)
Hi I am trying to find out more about my family, from the 1911 census I see they lived at 56 Wynyard Street Dawdon, they were the McChesney's. I see from 'google earth' its still there, but is that the original Wynyard Street or has it all been rebuilt? Regards Jo x
Joanne Hall
Bedford, - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:32:00 (PDT)
Hi Lynn Raey (Reay) reading on the guestbook the message you sent to Brazil about Tom Reay. My family are Reays who lived in Seaham too Lynn, my Grandfather Henry (Harry) Reay was the son of a Thomas Reay who was born in 1857 and died on Christmas Day 1937 - is the Tom Reay you are talking about one of his Grandsons? I have currently taken over the family genealogy records where we have traced our direct line of Reays back to 1730, it would be nice to know if Tom is of the same family. Thanks and regards Dorothy Hawkins (nee Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:30:37 (PDT)
To Ray K,sorry but i cant help you with Ann,i started there in 1967 and ive racked my brains but can't think of an Ann who worked there.If i find out though i will let you know.Lynn
Lynn Raey
- Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:29:07 (PDT)
I've been searching for my family on the 1911 census and found they lived at 56 Wynyard Street Dawdon Seaham Harbour, they were the McChesney's. Can anyone tell me if they know anything about them, also are the houses standing there now still the original ones? Thanks so much.
Joanne Hall
Bedford , Beds - Monday, March 23, 2009 at 14:28:12 (PDT)
To Lynn Reay in Brazil,Tom Reay is still alive he lives in Manchester.I was married to Bobby he did tell me about you,unfortunately,Neil,Mary and Bobby have died but your dad and Pat are still alive.Pat lives in York.
Lynn Raey
- Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 16:07:33 (PDT)
To Lynn Reay, I wonder if you can help me with a query, you state that you worked at Doggarts in the sixties. Did you know a girl called Ann who worked in the store? I can't for the life of me remember her full name and it's bugging me trying to remember. Ann had very,very long black hair which she used to wear in the beehive fashion of that time. We dated a few times and I always thought of Ann as a very nice girl. She came from Deneside. I would love to find out how Ann is these days and if she has family now. Hope you can put my mind at rest. Thank you. Ray K.
Ray K
Dawdon/New Marske, - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 16:06:31 (PDT)
Hi, Since writing my previous comment some distant memory popped into my head. We were going on our first holiday just after the war to visit relations in Folklstone. We went by train from Seaham Station at about 10.30 at night on a special miners excursion. It was pitch dark and the platform was packed to the edge. A scruffy engine appeared out of the darkness from the Ryhope direction and screeched to a stop. We all piled in, about 8 adults and numerous kids in our compartment. When we pulled out of the station I remember thinking it was going to be a great adventure but the next thing I remember was being carried off the train at Kings Cross. Was anyone else on that train or was it a ghost story someone told me.
Brian Thubron
New Forest, - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 16:04:47 (PDT)
i was wondering if anyone could help me . i am trying to trace a man who served on hms tantalus around 1948 his name was arthur but unfortunately we do not have a second name he was in alot of contact with a lady called drina burns and the submarine came into rothsey where he would meet her . i am keen to know his surname and if anyone knows if he is still alive and if so where he is . anyone who has information please e mail . many thanks .
teresa burns
auchterarder , perthshire - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 16:03:10 (PDT)
les a . read your memories about kath robbins and darkies plantation , been wondering where they were , we were from murton went to kath robbins and darkies plantation as kids , i think also scouts woods been trying to get there over the years , could never find it ,kath robbins estate had turkeys on guard , we were poaching got shot in the bum by the gamekeeper !!!!we set off from willies fields up to seaton i remember the bull field , now i know where it is, went mushrooming , and partridge eggs , jam sandwiches and water in a tea towel we were huckleberry finns , laugh to this day what we got up to
Lorna Stokes
Scarborough, - Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 16:00:53 (PDT)
(Brazil) That are lots of "Reays" in the phonebook for Seaham, go to bt.com for the addresses, there is a T Reay listed there!
- Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 15:58:59 (PDT)
hello everybody. can anybody please tell me when chaplin street and wynyard street where built.
- Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 15:56:53 (PDT)
Hi, I was born in Frances Street in 1937 and went to school at Ropery Walk School and survived the land mine that blew the top half of our street down. I was a scruffy 'orrible little Herbert who was always getting my ears clipped by PC Lockyer for playing in bombed-out buildings. My Dad worked all his life at the knack. My best mates when I lived in Frances Street were Brian Brown, whose father managed a pub in Green Street, Brian Sayers, Eric Green and Jimmy Bowmaker. The love of my life was Jean Gibbert and her father chased me all over the Harbour one night after he caught me kissing her. I joined the Sea Cadets when I was 10 and had some great mates Bobby (Chocker) Wood, Brian Salt and Brian Glover. My hero was Malcolm Summerbell cos he was good at pulling the birds. We moved to West Lea when I was 11 and I went to Ryhope Grammar then on to Smiths Furniture Shop in Sunderland. I got called up in the RAF in 1956 and have lived away ever since. I still have sister in Seaham, and I am looking forward to seeing the old(new) place again when we celebrate her Golden wedding in May. I’m glad to see all the new development in Seaham (by google earth) you deserve it. Best Wishes
Brian Thubron
New Forest , - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:52:31 (PDT)
Living and working in London for the last three years I have just found your site and can't wait for retirement and return to my home in Chaplin St. Dawdon
Peter Cunningham
South Woodford , London - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:49:56 (PDT)
can i correct you all reguarding the snooker hall in church street it was called The New Hall its name was above the door on a glass frame and it simple read The New Hall and underneath Billards and Snooker.The shop next door down was Jack Bell The butcher.it was run by Sep Strong And then Joe Sharp I lived just out the back in tyne street for 25yrs,and mrs Bell wasthe cleaner and me and Brian would go in every sunday morning to play And i can remember a mr Peerpoint the hangman come to vist his relation in wear street I rember it well
r. meir
Seaham, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:48:37 (PDT)
Hello good people of Seaham. I wonder if anyone could shed some light on a building I used to see as a young'un. It was a Norman like building or tower on the road from Dawdon to Kinley Hill and was situated just before the farm. As a kid I never thought much about it but now when I look back on life these things keep coming into my mind and I would be grateful if anyone could shed some light on it. Many thanks. Ray K.
Ray K
Dawdon/New Marske, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:46:27 (PDT)
I'm trying to trace my father's family in Seaham Harbour. He's Thomas Reay (born around 1929) but I don't know if he's still alive. He has 2 sisters and 2 brothers (Mary, Pat, Neil, Bobby) and was in the Navy- stationed in South Africa, where I was born. It would be great to know if he's still with us. I haven't seen him since I was a baby - I'm 57 now!
Lynn Raey
Brazil, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:42:50 (PDT)
Hi to anyone who reads rhis. I was born and lived in Seaham until I moved to Scotland about 15yrs ago. Reading all the comments made me feel really homesick especially the mention of Lenny Button and Artie Lockyear. I wnet to Seaham Girls Grammer school and then onto the new one built at Nort Lea and my first job was in Doggarts in Church Street. I don;t get back to visit as often as I would like to but this site is a breath of good Seaham air and I'll certainly be back. Ann
Ann Brownlie
Irvine, North Ayrshire - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:41:08 (PDT)
For the attention of Gary Sanderson. If I am correct, you are researching not only the location of Dawdon Junior School but also it's history. Well I don't profess to be an expert on the subject but I do have some small knowledge of the place as I was a pupil there from 1957 untill 1961. The headmaster during that time was Mr. John O. Henderson and he had a secretary named Maureen who was much admired by the boys. He was very much an old style headmaster, commanding both respect and discipline within the school, which I might add he got by the bucket full. His deputy I believe was Mr. Phelps, who had an equally fearsome reputation. Thankfully I was never disciplined by either of them. Other teachers at the school were, Mrs. Scott, a lovely gentle lady, Mrs Shaw, who I once innocently got on the wrong side of, Mrs. Barker, who as her name suggests had quite an abrasive manner but she always had a twinkle in her eye as she scolded us for whatever. Other staff members were, Miss Noble for a while, she might have been a student, Mr. Roland Cowie, who I liked very much as he was a real gentleman. Then there was the two young fellas, Mr. Brown and Mr. Ken Stockdale. They were the young guns, they were the lads as it were, they were the future. I think it was Mr. Brown that drove a three wheel Messerschmitt. Mr. Stockdale was one of my favourite teachers. He was a fantastic gymnast and could stand or indeed walk on his hands forever. I believe he became a councillor later and I see him from time to time around Seaham. I don't think he would know me now though as he has more hair than I do. Mr. Henderson retired in 1961, the same summer that I moved on to Camden Square Senior School. He was succeeded by Mr. Jim Robinson, who came in the opposite direction to that which I was heading, namely Camden Square. I'm almost sure that Mr. Robinson would have been headmaster when you attended the school in the early seventies. Anyway, the school is long since gone and houses now stand in it's place. I h! ope my i nput has been of help to you and I'm sure that more information can come from regular Guestbook contributers. Good luck with your search.....Tom.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:38:33 (PDT)
Re. Thomas Johnson and the Nuttalls Minto's enquiry. Yes Thomas, we of the greying temples and receding hairlines can remember Nuttalls Minto's. There's a fruiterer and greengrocer at the bottom of Church St., with a sweet shop located in the back. It's on the corner leading around to the co-op. They have a wide variety of sweets we used to buy when we were kids. If you draw a blank there, there is a sweet shop at the bottom of Station Rd. that might have what you need. I can't think of anywhere else locally but when I'm out and about, I will keep an eye out and I'll be sure to let you know if I come across those illusive Nuttalls Minto's.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:35:49 (PDT)
Well Brian G isn't it a small world fancy you singing on stage in Harrogate, was it at the Royal Hall (or Kursal) as its known here, it's just been all revamped and brought back to its former glory, its absolutely fantastic now. I pass Betty's twice a day and there are still queues on a weekend waiting for a table (some folk have more money than sense!); still I shall think of you now when I pass it. I left Seaham 40 years ago, went out to Singapore, came back for a year then we moved out to Germany, then to Birmingham, then to Stevenage and 14 years ago we moved to Harrogate, think as we are both coming up to retirement age and the family live around here now it will probably be our final destination! Nice place to live though, lovely countryside and not too far away to visit the family still up in Seaham and Sunderland. Nice to talk to you again, will have to try and find out what happened to Doggarts though, no-one has posted any suggestions yet! Take care Brian -keep singing Dorothy H
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:34:31 (PDT)
Message for Ann Hansan - yes I'm the same Dorothy Reay whot belonged to the Community Centre drama group on Chester Road in Sunderland. Your message was a blast from the past and also rather eerie as only 2 weeks ago we drove past the Community Centre when I was up in Sunderland and it still seems to be flourishing, it's nice some things don't change. Ann would I have known you as Ann Hansan or is that your married name? I'm afraid having spent the last 40 years traveling around so much I'm not as good as my sister who has remained in the North at remembering names! Was it Jennifer Murley with her Mum on the photo you have, Jennifer lives in Harrogate too and I see her quite often. Thanks for getting in touch - hope you enjoyed your holiday, I'm afraid warm weather seems to have deserted dear old blighty for awhile it's still the depths of winter here in Yorkshire! Regards Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, North yorks - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:32:07 (PDT)
Good site and a lot of good memories. I'll have to visit someday
T Cleary
Sheffield, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:29:58 (PDT)
For the attention of Gary Sanderson, Re. The location of Dawdon Junior school. It was situated about half way along the western side of Queen Alexandra Rd. which was the main road running through Dawdon. The school was bordered on the north side by Embleton St. and on the south by Longnewton St. Just across Queen Alexandra Rd., on the eastern side, was a street known locally as (The Wide Back) so named because it was twice as wide as any of the other back streets in Dawdon. I lived there myself for many happy years and raised my family there. I hope my contribution has been of some use.
Tom Hanson
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:28:53 (PDT)
I worked in Doggarts from 1967 to 1971 then i married and moved to Easington.I think it closed about 1981.The girls were known as Doggart's Models.Years later i worked in the same building known as Mackays,the old office was still the same with the air chutes where we used to send the change back to the Departments.Happy Day's
Lynn Reay nee Edwards
- Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:27:28 (PDT)
Wondering back down Memory Lane, I remember two small woods near the footpath from Seaton to New Seaham via the Bull Field. We youngsters knew these woods as Kath Robbins and Darkie's Plantation. Are they still known by these names and does anyone know who Kath Robbins was and, who was Darkie?
Les A
Billingham, - Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 11:26:05 (PDT)
All this talk about Booze on the TV, it makes me feel a bit defiant. A few nips of malt whisky has passed my lips latley as I've shivered through the snow and ice we have been getting. I do'nt remember the country closing down when we had six foot of snow. In Seaham, we just shoveled a path-way from the front door and walked to school up Mount Plesent. I knew Les A. would come up trumps about the WW2 Troops in the Scouts field. The Nazis' regaurded Scouts as a spy organisation and Baden Powell was on their 'Black List' for arrest if they had invaded us that is. Also on TV, they have been going over the Miners Strike 25 years ago. I cannot see now what the Strike achived, except the rappid destruction of the Minning Industry.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 16:41:04 (PDT)
Many thanks to Dorothy Hawkins, Tom Kennedy and Brian G for updating me with their memories of "The Billiard Hall" in Church Street. Tom mentions "Greener's", I thought it was Greens however, I too remember the No.1 table which was always taken up with quite a lot of men and lads playing skittles, very popular at that time so thanks once again Tom, Dorothy and Brian G for your memories. I still await info about "Doggarts". I have fond memories of this store as I dated a lass from the said store and was wondering what happened to it. (Could it have been another credit crunch?) Ray K.
Ray Kinnair
Dawdon/New Marske, - Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 16:39:34 (PDT)
Hallo Dorothy H. I had'nt realised you lived now in Harrogate. Well, I have had tea and cakes in 'Betty's' a couple of times and sang on the Harrogate Centre stage in front of a full house. I was a member of 'The Solent City Chorus' at that time attending an American Barbershop Singing Convention. Barbershop singing in a chorus was a great hobby but very expencive, this is why I gave up the Chorus. I only sing in the shower now! I'm glad Guest Book contributers remember the old days, when we are gone, there will be nobody left to remember.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 16:38:09 (PDT)
Just bumping my question up the list because I didn't receive an answer previously: I went to Dawdon School in the early 70's but don't know what street it was on so I can research further. Does anyone know?
Gary Sanderson
Knoxville, Tennesse - Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 16:36:48 (PDT)
Message for Dorothy Reay.I remember a girl with the same name who was a member of the Drama group at the Community Centre on Chester Rd in Sunderland.She too lived in Seaham. That was in the 1960s.I remember Doggarts, Valentes ,The Methodist Church in Church St, my parents and my brother Ian Pike went to the church many years ago.My Mum was good friends with Mrs Murley and I have a photo of her daughter and myself in a play that was put on the the church hall. Goodnes me, that was 55 years ago.Going on Holiday Tomorrow for 2 weeks and will miss reading the Guest book.Enjoy your Spring weather because we are all just about roasted her on the Gold Coast of Australia.Shouldnt complain after the poor folks lost their lives in the bush fires in the south of the country. Best Wishes from Ann
Ann Hansen
Banora Point, NWS - Sunday, March 08, 2009 at 16:35:28 (PDT)
Hello, I am researching my family tree and trying to discover if anyone remembers my Dad Frederick Hook (in his teens he adopted the name Thomas Frederick Dillon) who lived with the Moores on Lamb Street, Ryhope,from about 1917 - 1934. He was born 1917 and left for London when he was about 16, after a mining accident. He often talked about his boyhood pals Bede McLennan, harry Allison and a boy whose surname was Cassidy. Any info greatfully received.
Jane Dillon
- Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:09:45 (PST)
Brian G & Tom Kennedy, Re- P.C. Lockyear; you were both right about the mode of transport used by Lockyear. His first motorbike was inded a 125cc BSA Bantam but in 1958 he was upgraded to an LE Velocette Mk2 200cc. This inovative, water cooled machine was also favoured by other police forces in England. With regard to the army unit based in the Scouts' Field, I think they may have been Canadian. I had just joined the Cubs at the time and we took the scouts' handcart to the field (we had been collecting waste paper for the war effort) and we met some of these troops. They sounded like Americans but as the U.S.A. did not enter the war until December, 1941, perhaps they were Canadian. One of these men had been a 'Lumberjack' and as they were keen to get a young jackdaw as a pet, he climbed to the top of a tree to get one out of a nest. I remember he had long spikes fastened to the heels of his boots so in no time at all he was at the top of the tree. When he came down he said that there were only eggs in the nest. We kids were disappointed that he had not brought any down for us. Collecting eggs was not against the law then. Regards to all.
Les A
Billingham, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:08:36 (PST)
Hi Brian G Yes I'm sure it was Valenties, and I remember Milems, Murley's the Bakers too - granddaughter of theirs is a friend of mine here in Harrogate (it's a small world!). Holders/Hansons the Grocers at the bottom of church street, they were friends of my grandparents and I spent many a happy hour there, the sight of a blue bag of sugar can conjure up those memories in no time. I put the Reay in brackets because that's the name people would remember me by in Seaham. I lived with my Grandparents Harry and Julia (she was a Gilmore)Reay in Vane Terrace and then we moved up to Melrose Crescent. My Grandfather came from a large family connected with mining, he had brothers called Bill, Bob (who died in 1947) Sid and sisters Babs and Minnie a few more whose names ellude me at present, they were the ones we mainly mixed with. Grandad used to be in the TA and was Quartermaster down at the drill hall, he was the first aid officer at Seaham Colliery. I see someone mentioned the Snooker Hall, in my Grandads day it was called the Billard Hall and was just past the Methodist Church on Church Street my Grandfather was a good billiards player we still have a medal he won at the hall in the family. Take care Brian Dorothy (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
Harrogate, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:06:43 (PST)
Yes Brian you are right about the wooden cubicles in Valentes,all the teenagers congregated there especially on a Sunday afternoon and many a date for the 'pictures' or a dance was made then.The Milehams you mentioned was a fresh fish shop which later became the business of Billy Brooks-Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:04:42 (PST)
To Ray K-the snooker hall you refer to was called the 'new hall' and had 10 tables in it and was looked after by Charlie Sharp and his missus. Bob Greener had one at the back of his sweetshop which had 4 tables and I have spent many a day in there playing skittles on the No 1 table where everybody staked an old 'tanner' (sixpence) and Bob held the the money for the winner and took a penny for each game
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:02:54 (PST)
My name is Claire Godfrey(nee Brookes).I am trying to trace my cousin, Lora Witten, whose parents were Lance Witten and Mary (nee Coulston). Lance and Mary divorced when Lora was a child. She would be about 40 now. I last knew of Lora in the Gosport / Fareham area about twenty years ago.
Claire Godfrey
Brighton, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:01:44 (PST)
I am beginning to trace my late father's background: he lived in Lamb Street, Ryhope with the McReady/Moore family and his name was Frederick Hook, later Dillon, born 1917. He recalled boyhood friends Bede McLennan, Danny Moore (with whom he lived), Harry Allison and a boy with Cassidy as his surname. He said some of these pals came from Seaham and they all played in the Dene and on Hill 60 at Ryhope. Any info greatfully received! Jane Dillon
Jane Dillon
Nottingham, - Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 15:00:16 (PST)
John Brennan, good for you being against this stupid political correctness. It is fast becomming a blot on the landscape but there are some of us who can treat P.C. with the contempt it deserves. A retired Cop friend of mine was in a singing quartet called 'The Coppertones' Mike Desmond, his Son plays the trombone in a Gaurds Band. By the way John, I went to School with a Robbie Brennan- any Relation?
- Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 14:58:45 (PST)
Ray K. Hallo again. I do remember the billiard hall down church street but I was never drawn to billiards or snooker in those early days. There was even a shop that sold fur coats in Church Street called Minski's. The Fur shop Minski's was robbed one night-I think the robbers were caught. Round about that time, there was a Holliwood film called, 'The Night They Raided Minskies.' Getting back to billiards Ray, I am from Deneside and my local billiards hall was above Matty Hunter's sweet shop in the Avenue (top shops) He sold Nuttalls mintoes and many more goodies in tall jars, they were probebly three pence a quarter in old LSD. By the way Ray, I was in Bengazi, by 1960 doing National Service- in those days. It was compulsory, someone today would take the Government to Court on the grounds of the 'Human Rights' act.
- Thursday, March 05, 2009 at 14:57:35 (PST)
Hi again Brian G. I wish to infiltrate your memory again if I may. Do you remember in the 50s & 60s in Church Street a very large snooker hall which had if I remember correctly, quite a lot of tables. Can you remember what the place was called? We used to go to "Greens" which was a bit further down the street and had a better quality of table. What happened to "Doggarts" store? My friends and I used to buy all our brightly coloured socks from there to show off at the parish hall dances on a Saturday at Dawdon. See you again Brian, look after yourself. Ray.
Ray K
Dawdon/New Marske, - Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:08:53 (PST)
to zero. my great grandmother was a Cole, Mable Cole. I have very little on the family. my nana was a cole, noreen cole.
tracey murray
- Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:04:47 (PST)
I have been asked by a Friend in France, whom I intend to visit in June, if I can take him some "Nuttalls Minto's" Have anyone heard of them? and who stocks them please?
Thomas Johnson
- Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:03:41 (PST)
Dorothy H. Thank you for remembering Woolies. Was it Valenties icecream shop that had wooden partitions and marble top tables? just down from woolies. I remember Milem's shop oppersit as well as the one you mentioned. Dorothey, the name Reay you put in brackets. I know the name but just need a nudge to think who Reay is? I belive my great Aunt Liz married into the Milem family. They lived just off the Avenue called The Lawns.
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:02:42 (PST)
Tom K. Thank you, the clip around the ear made me chuckle. so it was, a BSA Bantam, I hated them because they were so noisy but superb little bikes though. I always used to hide when PC lockyer was in the visinity!
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:01:25 (PST)
I remember Artie Lockyer. He used to ride a BSA Bantam 125 and caught me once up a tree in Seaton Hall. He dragged me to my dad and gave me a real bollacking about climbing trees. Bring back the old style policing and stuff the political correctness. John brennan. ex seaman and ex policeman
John Brennan
Hong Kong, - Sunday, March 01, 2009 at 11:00:14 (PST)
Hi Brian G - ah Woolworths, I was just showing my Grandson some old money I found amongst my mothers belongings, having had to clear her flat this week, and showed him an old half crown, he couldn't believe it when I told him in the 50's I could go to Woolworths (in Church Street) buy a box of chocolates, wrapping paper and a card for mothers day and get change from it! Those were the days - do you remember Gilmore the Butchers on Church Street, they were my Uncles. Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins (reay)
- Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:13:43 (PST)
To Brian G - just a small correction Brian,Artie Lockyear used to run around on a Beezer(BSA)Bantom,his rear end used to hang over the seat like two pannier bags but he was a good advert for the strength of the bike. Incidently he clipped my ear once in 1951 and the swelling is just starting to go down now. Oh for a few more like him now eh!
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:10:37 (PST)
BURTON ON TRENT, - Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:09:29 (PST)
I have been researching my family history for about 4 years and, having now discovered my American and Irish roots, I am researching my Durham roots, most of which lead to Seaham Harbour!! I find that one of my G.G. Grandparents actually lived next door to one of my husbands G.G. Grandparents in Seaham Harbour in 1861....isn't that amazing!!! My research into this is very new, but looks to be very interesting. I'm on my way to Seaham Harbour now to see what the place is like in 2009. Watch this space.....
Cheryl Sanderson
Redcar, Yorkshire - Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:08:10 (PST)
Thank you RB Nova Scotia for your great memories of WW2 Seaham. A well of infomation on Seaham at war is Les Alexander of Billingham. Les uses the G.B. on occasions and has written a publication on WW2 Seaham. Our Family should have emigrated to Winnipeg in Canada in 1953/4 but the old man got cold feet at the last minute and so here we stayed.
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:06:31 (PST)
BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND - Monday, February 23, 2009 at 15:04:16 (PST)
To: no name. My father & Grand father were both called Norman Cole. All of the Cole's that were born in Seaham (until the influx of people in the last 10 years)were descended from 3 brothers who came from Ayrshire at the turn of the century to work in the pits. I have the names of the 3 brothers and a line down through my twig of the family tree & have also traced the family back to 1800 where I have hit a brick wall. If anybody (Cole) would like help with their family tree Im sure Ed or Sadie would pass on my email address but I would need to know how they are connected to 1 of the 3 brothers, probably a GG Grandfather by now. I remember Stuart & Karen Cole. Stuart & I always said that we were half cousins(but I think it was through Grandfathers rather than Fathers as my dad was an only child)but as yet I have not found him in any research, but I agree with Steven Marraty that they did move to Bristol
Seaham, Co. Durham, - Friday, February 20, 2009 at 07:48:15 (PST)
Ray Kinnair, I did reply to your very good posting but I do'nt see it in print yet.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 15:28:09