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Brian G and Tony, thanks for the good wishes. Ed and I wish all guest bookers a very Merry Christmas. Hope all your wishes come true.
Ed and Sadie
Seaham, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:54:20 (PST)
To Ed and Sadie compliments of the season to you both hope you are keeping well. Tony from Spain
Tony Winship
San Pedro Guadalmina Alta, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:51:36 (PST)
Can anyone give any information about the brennan family who lived in James street dawdon, particulary sandra and rodney brennan . They were a baker's children who moved from Norfolk to the NE and lived with us for a month.
hong kong, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:50:20 (PST)
Hi..I was born in Murton and attended Murton Secondary Modern and after school worked for the Trustee Savings Bank( 10 years) and then at ICI on Teesside,where I ended up as Works Shift Clerk,before quitting about 5 years ago to look after my mother( who is now in a home)..On Facebook a name of someone came up and I wonder if anyone knew of what happened to Kathleen and Jacqueline Osbourne.We believe they moved down to Stevenage in Herts around 1968/9 and several people have asked..I was born at East Moor Estate( Wembley),moved to Murton,James St South in '52.I moved to Seaton,Seaham in 1997 for 3 years then to Easington Village for 9 years before moving outside the Village and am now between Easington Village & Hawthorn..Hello if anyone remembers me..PS GREAT Site :-)
Keith Mullen
Easington, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:49:10 (PST)
Hello to everyone in Seaham a merry christmas & a happy new year to one and all especially my family,wont be up for xmas this year as the past 8 years we have spent away from Portsmouth so we are having one at home in the cold and some snow.
John Alfred Spencer
Portsmouth, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:46:59 (PST)
hi w riley remember mwa where az yu bin ?ive got some great things from home from george maitland and in touch with ronnie kerrison do yu know him the metiorite we played on was a pulled down bandstand ha ha and nandos is a taxi office
lorna stokes
scarborough, - Friday, December 24, 2010 at 12:45:26 (PST)
A message to Kevin and Pat Murphy whom both have requested information on the Dingwall Family. I'm quite certain your mother and my father were brother and sister. My father's name was Thomas, and his mothers maiden name was Sumpter.If you see this message, just to let you know I would like to make contact with you.
Michael Dingwall
Seaham, - Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 14:30:48 (PST)
Thank you Judy Berry(Alliston) for remembering me,I look forward to receiving your e mail address. Elsie Kirby - now Liz Jasprizza,of course I remember you and your family.
Ann Gates ne Bowers
Farnham, - Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 14:29:19 (PST)
Today I was watching the news on the telly,and again it was showing the brave miners from south america who were trapped all that time below ground. If you ever worked down the pit you could visualise how it must have felt. I spent three years down there at murton west pit shaft, and was pleased to get out and join the RAF. Now thease brave men are wined and dined around the world. people are now realising how dangerous mineing can be. BUT THEY FORGOT, WE ONCE HAD MINERS.and when they needed help during the strike,what did we give them? batton charges and mounted police. God bless the miners who gave there lives and health to win the coal in the Durham coalfields
w riley
east anglia, - Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 14:28:01 (PST)
hi all Seahamers lol
janine gleghorn
seaham, - Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 13:56:05 (PST)
Ernie, I got my first suit at the Coop early in the 60s and didn't the Coop have those money tubes on wires that sent the cash to the office for payment. I think that Doggarts? did too. For a little lad it seemed the height of modern technology!
John Warburton (
Leyburn, - Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 13:54:56 (PST)
hi jimmy mc it's been a long time since i've seen you hope you are keeping ok .i live down suffolk now.miss seaham and all the lads we used to have some great times growing up.i was surprised how many of us old timers were on computers even tonka ha ha.speak to you soon all the best jap.
jap inions
mildenhall, - Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 13:53:12 (PST)
FAO Brian Short - Stephen Morris. Just been reading the back posts and noticed you where wanting to get in touch with Tim Smith from the wine shop on west grove. We have a caravan just outside Jedburgh and visit the tourist centre in jedburgh quite often. We often spoke to a woman called Jo and just found out this year that she was/is the Smiths daughter. I used to use the Smiths shop way back in the 70s and remembered her father. She has been there for a few years now so if you wanted to locate Tim I would suggest getting in touch with her. Im sure the phone Number could be found on the internet. We wont be back to the caravan till April but I will try to remember to speak to her about her brother. Regards Hannah
Hannah Goodson
Seaham, - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:09:18 (PST)
This is for Ann Bowers from Elsie Kirby now Liz( I use my middle name) Jasprizza. Do you remember me? we were quite close friends at school. I've been living in Australia since 1970 after four years in Canada. I've always wondered about you since we lost touch when I left Seaham Harbour Girls Grammar School. Would love to hear from you Liz Jasprizza nee Elsie kirby
Liz Jasprizza
Sydney, - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:07:37 (PST)
ok tracey ?,remember seeing you at dawdon welfare, hows your dad ?
Jimmy Mc
- Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:05:55 (PST)
areet to jap innions good to hear from ya,are you still down stafford ?
Jimmy Mc
seaham, - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:04:57 (PST)
Ernie Taylor, I have just remembered who John married her name was Nora and their bridesmaid was Enid Chatt.....Did Kenny Thompson live in the Westlea /Eastlea area.I ask because I am sure the evening reception was held nearby and that Kenny Thompsons daughter baby sat me I must have been about 3 years old ..so too young to be out on the razz. Its a long long time since Ive been back home but I have some great childhood memories and seeing your comments about the Co op brought lots flooding back. I..Anne:Cyprus.
anne stavrou
LIMASSOL, - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:03:55 (PST)
Ernie Taylor, I too remember evry one you mention at the Co-Op.but there was also a guy called John...cant remember his surname and, he married one on the ladies who also worked at the Co Op.He was the same build as Joe Lax,...a lovely man who sadly passed away some years ago A gentle giant. Can you remember Dougie Robinson who worked on the horse drawn travelling shop maybe this was before your time there.I think Dougie then progressed to the motor version.I also have fond memories of when the butter came in a barrel and cheese was cut with the wire, the counter tops were marble and i was very happy if I was given one of the hoops from the butter barrel to huLa with..No money for the plastic version from Marratys.In a nutshell I loved going to the Co Op with my mam ..the big corner shop...and on a Friday the van ..travelling shop came driven by everyone you mention..I can still remeber our Co Op number.Those were the days......
Limassol, cyprus - Sunday, December 05, 2010 at 16:02:30 (PST)
To Ian Goodrick. I went to Seaham Grammar Tech in its first year, 1964 but started in the Lower 6th Form. There were only seven boys and about 70 girls who'd transferred from the old girls' grammar school but we coped! I often tell people that I was Head Boy in 1965/66 but I don't tell anyone that they only had 7 to choose from!I think that the Headteacher was Mr Norman who had been head at SMS.
John Warburton
Leyburn, - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 14:16:00 (PST)
I sent a request last week but I dont think it got through ( I did mention Jupiter ) as my start. I have been on this site before asking if any one knew of a Hannah Howe or her descendants, she was married to my dad John Thomas Howe who lived around Seaham and Hetton Le Hole and worked down the pits, he left for Nottingham where he died in 1962 doing what he was used to ( the pits ) mainly Hucknall and Bestwood, this is where he passed away on the pit face. So if anyone can help me please leave a message on this site. Cheers John Howe
john howe
Canberra, - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 14:13:02 (PST)
to SANDRA GIBSON re.BOBBY WALLER, hi Sandra, has your Dad got an email address or failing that what's his area code and phone number, I might just surprise him with a call
Bob Brown
Ipswich, Queensland - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 14:11:36 (PST)
Ray Briggs,So they dropped a Parachute mine on Dalton-le-Dale in 1943! When are they going to clear up the rubble?
- Monday, November 29, 2010 at 14:07:40 (PST)
For BRIAN SHORT. Hi Brian, been away on holiday for a couple of weeks so not seen much of Jim. Saw him last night and he was in good fettle! Told him I had been in touch with some folk from Seaham but needed more info as not sure if there the right ones. Did you have a Capri? he remembers Brian as having a fancy green capri. He said he used to meet up with a lot of guys at stock car races. He knew Alan & Stuart through work, he was a long distance lorry driver then worked on tippers for a while in and around the north east pits. He remembers a lot of other guys, but cant remember there names He only visited the garage a couple of times with his pal Ray who lived in Peterlea. He remembers a couple of Billys, he would often meet up with them at custom car shows, one was called Billy Little. He cant remember a "Young Steve" but remembers Tim and his dad who lived above a wine shop in westlee. I have applied for a pass to get Jim out of the hospice for a day to bring him down to seaham, if your agreeable we could perhaps meet up somewhere and see if you recognise each other? I will let you know if Im successfull. cheers Sam
Sam Orrock
Edinburgh, - Monday, November 29, 2010 at 14:05:49 (PST)
Att.Ian Nesbitt re your query dated Oct 24.2010 parachute mine dropped on Dalton-le-Dale May 24 1943.
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:55:02 (PST)
for Victor Brown Also Remember Authur Henry I must came after you the people I can remmember was there was Peggy Woods, Lucy Chambers,Jimmy Potts, Alan Brown, Vera Marwood,Enid Chatt, On van 1 was Kenny Thompson, on Van 2 was Joe Lax,on Van 3 was Billy Noble, van 4 was Billy Patterson, there was also Bobby Pringle who was the boss, John Martin, Brian Oliver, Carol High, David Graham who married Ella Loyed, Ella became a conservative counciler for Sunderland P.S. I was Authur Henry number two when I was there
Ernie Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:52:21 (PST)
Very usefiull webistee!
Sunderland, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:50:06 (PST)
I searched this site for internet training
candice wilson
seaham, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:48:34 (PST)
Karen West Nee Davison is answering to Stan Davidson's request to find his cousins Yvonne, Lorna, Me, Eileen and Billy. Need to know if you still live at the same address 22 years ago when Brian and myself came out to stay with you for our honeymoon, if so i will drop you a line.
Karen West
Stockton on Tees, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:45:47 (PST)
STAN DAVIDSON - Eileen Ranson is my Mum.
Stewart Smith
Middridge, County Durham - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:44:04 (PST)
i would like to know if anybody no,s anything about the lincoln famievely who lived at number 7 or 17 seven street in horden in the 30,s my mothers name was alice lincoln and she had a older bother called fred when her father allso called fred died my mother went to live an ant in seaham we think the may have been called butler and in a house that was at the top of a hill my mothers mother was called sarah lincoln she left the family ayear or so befor and went to live in houghton-le-spring my mother later came to whitby to work in service if anybody nows anything about the lincoln family past or presant i would love to know thank you
jim hebden
whitby, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:42:39 (PST)
for VICTOR BROWN i did work at the Co-Op when Auther Henry was there i must say I do not know your name I remember Alan Brown, on van 1 was Joe Lax, on van 2 was Kenny Thompson on van 3 was Billy Paterson on van 4 was Billy Noble the staff i remember was Lucy Chambers, Peggy Woods Bobby Pringle in the grocery department Dorothy Dobson and Dorothy Pringle worked in the shoe department Ella Loyyd who married David Gratham was also there Also there was John Marton,Josie Shields Carol High, Billy Blower these the ones in the Harbour Branch
ernie taylor
seaham, - Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 14:40:29 (PST)
does anyone remember Mary and Thomas William Thompson who had a fruit and florist shop at 4 Blandford Place Seaham Harbour. Tommy was chairman of the Seaham Conservative Club in Marlborough Street and his mother was Emma Button?
June Payne
Seaham, - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:48:57 (PST)
For Sam Orrock.I see Alan White and Stuart Fenwick every weekend and none of us can place James Michael Morrison. Did we have any other mutual friends, did we meet at the stock car racing or at car shows. If he is in his 70`s he is 15 to 20 years older than us so we do not know how we could have met. If you can get any more info from him please let me know.
Brian Short
Murton, - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:47:03 (PST)
Anybody know Alfie clegghorn (hope the names spelt right) Lived in Malvern Cresent Deneside in the old days?
Brian G
- Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:45:26 (PST)
Back in 1996 Ed, the Royal British Legion and others helped to have my uncle, Sergeant John (Jack) McGauchie's name added to the Seaham War Memorial. Seaham is particularly in my thoughts today as no doubt it is of the other families who had their loved ones names belatedly honoured at the same time. I hope all those that can will attend the Rememberance Day service this Sunday. Thank you all. Andrea Lee.
Andrea Lee
Warminster, Wiltshire - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:43:49 (PST)
IAN GOODRICK - great site, I attended Seaham Grammar, as it was then, from the year it opened in 1964. ( The only way I got in) Anyone remember those days. Will help stop my dementia - or at least it feels that way!!!!
Ian Goodrick
Wynyard, - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:42:03 (PST)
IAN GOODRICK - great memories, anyone remember Seaham Grammar School as it was then. Went there the first year it opened in 1964 through till 1969. Stops the dementia setting in!!!
an Goodrick
Wynyard, - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:40:57 (PST)
To Trudy Clark of Weeting, Norfolk, re your enquiry about 'Nobby' Clark 1913-1979, which you posted January 1st 2006. I have lots of information regarding your endevour to produce a family tree and your step-brothers and sisters in the Durham area.
Cliff Clark
Doncaster, - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:38:56 (PST)
Hi there am looking for info on the SCOLLOY/SCOLLAY family who lived in Seaham harbour in the late 1800 and 1900. looking for info on Gilbert G S Scolloy.c1877
D Handley
sudbury, suffolk - Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:37:00 (PST)
I remember , in the 1950s, going to a dance in a church hall that was beside Viceroy St school. I met a lad who lived just round the corner near the church, I thought he was lovely. For years I remembered his name but old age creeps on and I forgot it. Does anyone know what that hall was called. Regards from Ann on the Aussie Gold Coast
- Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 14:35:07 (PST)
For Terry Robson regarding Diane Helvig I originally communicated with Diane and she subsequently came over fron Australia to Seaham for a visit with her husband Steve.knowing all her relatives I contacted them about the visit and they has a great time here.If you let me have your email address I can give you Dianes'email address and you will be able to contact her yourself.in the meantime I will let her know of your interest.You can get my email address from Ed or Sadie-Regards Tom Kennedy
tom kennedy
Seaham, Co.Durham UK - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 15:36:58 (PST)
Hi Tucker Please email me
Lisa Thompson
cambridge, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:44:20 (PST)
Is there any of the 'HARAM' clan down there? Fathers family were from the Boldon Colliery area, and a sister lived in Seaham(married name Doris Luther). My mother and myself make up the Scottish side of the family.
Ron Haram
Glenrothes, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:42:56 (PST)
looking for old army pal geordie moreland from seaham harbour ex r.e.m.e bentong malaya ed kelly
eddie kelly
clydebank, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:41:57 (PST)
To Alan Routree Yes i am still working as multiskilled engineer at julip a meat prossing plant . 6mths in a tin mine.I worked as a fitter later up skilled in welding electrical was a senior shopsteward at English China clay company for 30yrs,took severance and early retirment. 6mths in a tin mine. Yes i remember my time at Dawdon Colliery and always missed the people i worked with the salt of the earth. Danny golden i went to school with him what is he up to theys days. I was up north two weeks ago to my nephews wedding the place has changed for the better after the mines closed and Seaham seemed to fall into a depressed area,looks a lot better.
dougy robson
St Austell, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:40:42 (PST)
looking for cfn g moreland reme former pal in bentong malaya.he was always on about seaham harbour this was a long time ago 1954/1956 all the best e kelly
ed kelly
clydebank, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:38:34 (PST)
i was brought up in seaham harbour and loved it, i moved to newcastle after the the pits closed and life in seaham went down hill, i then moved from newcastle and lived in amsterdam for 8 year but because of my mothers health i decided to move back in seaham were i got such a shock, this place has changed and its heart breaking to say but this place has died of death and is not the place i was once brought up
alby carter
seaham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:37:25 (PST)
re someone asking about Brenda Banks Girls their father is Brian James from Murton second wife was Jean Raine I believe jean adopted the girls she also had a daughter Karen same name as 1 of the girls Lillian Banks there Aunt was married to Dick Punshon & the girls went to live with them for a while till their father got over their mothers death they were living in Murton they will probably both be married now
Vi Carr Nee Tinkler
Seaham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:35:52 (PST)
I was born 1944 in East moore estate (Wembly)Murton went to murton school started 1949 to 1959 Married Frankie Carr from Seaham in 1964 at Holy Trinity Church Murton now live in Seaham
Vi Carr Nee Tinkler
Seaham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:34:33 (PST)
To Terry Robson, Your mother Doreen was my mums sister, therefore my Aunty, I last saw her in 1954, before we left for Australia, but I still remember her and your dad well, I used to push your sister sandra around in her pram, before I left for Australia. So we must be cousins! Diane Helvig
Proserpine, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:33:17 (PST)
Hi John Scollen of Thorne, Doncaster, I think the PC you mentioned was Arther Lockyer, a very big copper indeed. Now interred in Dawdon Cemetery.
Cliff Jorgenson
Doncaster, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:29:02 (PST)
Where are they now? Anyone know the wherebouts - or whatever - of Dorothy Reay (as was) who lived at 25 The Avenue, Deneside, (From the back looking onto the big slide in The Rec)in the Forties and early Fifties. Attended Seaham Girls Grammar School and was a friend of Dorothy Rowntree, who lived a couple of doors away from her. Had a brother and later employed as a lab technician in Boldon.Thought of for more than 50 years.
Old Seahamer
- Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:17:43 (PST)
Message for TOM KENNEDY. I posted a message re Diane Helvig from Australia who I believe you were in contact with in 2008, re her and my grandparents the Savages from Hawthorn Square, I am trying to get in touch with her can you help? Thanks Terry robson
Terry Robson
Durham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:15:19 (PST)
For BRIAN SHORT. I was a rep for a pet food company a few years ago and used to call on a tropical fish shop in galashiels. It was owned and run by a Tim Smith, he was from seaham. I only know this because he once mentioned that he used to buy his tropical fish from a shop run by my uncle in grangetown during the 1980s and we started chatting. Im originaly from seaham and used to use the wine shop owned by his dad. (Small World) The shop is called "aquarius" and its in the high street. not visited for a couple of years as I no longer sell pet food. Hope this helps Gillian.
Gillian Armstrong
Sunderland, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:13:17 (PST)
For Brian Short, a friend of mine keeps in touch with the smith family. Last I heard, Tim was married with 2 kids and running a tropical fish shop in the scottish borders.
Sharon Swinderby
Seaham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:10:47 (PST)
For BRIAN SHORT,Hi, thanks for your reply. My friends name is "Jim" or Jimmy He may also have been known as Mic, Mike, Mo, or even Morris! "James Michael Morrison" is his full name. He lived in several areas of seaham but never above a shop. He is in his 70s now and getting more info off him is difficult because of his medication. Do you know an Alan White or Stuart Fenwick? if so you may be one of his old friends.
Sam Orrock
Edinburgh, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:09:25 (PST)
Terry Robson, Diane Helvig is on "Facebook" living in Prosperpine Queensland and you can contact her direct on it
- Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:07:45 (PST)
to james defty.i think the robert defty you refer to is my grandfather,my father was also called robert.
allan defty
seaham, - Sunday, November 07, 2010 at 14:04:00 (PST)
Does anyone have information about a bombing raid on 24th May 1943, during which a parachute mine fell on my grandmothers air raid shelter in the back garden of her house in Dalton le Dale, but failed to explode? The family history says the time fuze had been deliberately inserted back to front by a Polish worker, but I don't know if that's just a war myth. On the same night, George Robert Johnston (air raid warden) died at the Dalton le Dale ARP post. Again, any additional details would be much appreciated. Thanks
ian nesbitt
newcastle, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:42:03 (PDT)
Can anyone recall the Goss family who lived in Seaham from around the early 1800's. My great granfather was Robert Goss and my grandfather Arthur Goss was born in 1904
Angela Pennock
Coulsdon, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:40:33 (PDT)
TO BOB BROWN -- IPSWICH QUEENSLAND Hi Bob I am Sandra Gibson (nee Waller ) my dad is Bobby Waller and i am glad to say he is still alive and well. i mentioned your name and he remembers you to.
sandra gibson
seahaam, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:38:22 (PDT)
Hi i lived lived in the wide back in the 60s with my brothers Paul David & Stephen.I remmber a lot of the families around us Hoppers ,Richardsons & Swans to name but a few.Also lost a couple of good friends Peter Dent & Ray Duncan who also lived in the wide back
Peter Dixon
Dawdon, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:36:49 (PDT)
Just been reading a lot of comennts from Dawdon especially the Wide Back where i lived . I have many happy memories of the street & families around us . I remember the Lowersons,Donnelys,Richardsons & so many more around us.My friends that are no longer with us Peter Dent & Ray Duncan.So many names i recognize while reading this website.
Peter Dixon
Dawdon, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:35:31 (PDT)
Hi Tucker, This is alan's daughter. we are so happy to hear from you. Please could you let us know how to get your email address? Speak soon xxx
Lisa Thompson
Cambridge, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:34:02 (PDT)
I am visiting Seaham next week and wondered if anyone could remember my granddad, Andrew Reynoldson. I believe he lived near the harbour. Any information would be welcome. Thanks
Doncaster, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:32:25 (PDT)
any body know what happen to dollar from dawdon.
rob brown
aurora, denver - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:30:34 (PDT)
For MADELINE STONES Yes, Andrew Boyle did have a brother called Daniel Their parents were Robert Boyle born Ireland and Isabella born Whitehaven. Probable marriage is Robert Boyle to Isabella Simpson in 1844. Your census searches will be made easier if you look for another brother called Cornelius Boyle born about 1878, Penshaw, Durham
Seaham, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:29:14 (PDT)
To G A CHITSON WHITE. Yes that would be my Grandfather JIMMY GOODINGS. It's a small world.
Cleethorpes, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:27:16 (PDT)
F.A.O Sam Orrock, Hi Sam just been reading some of the posts. The garage Jim Scott mentions is at Cold Heseldon, Just off the A19. It is called Gills parcels express. Joe was the guy that had the stock car, (dont know his other name) Also the guy who lived above a shop in westlea was called Tim! I went out with him for a few years way back in the 80s!! I met and remember all those names plus a few more but dont know where they are now. Hopefully someone else can help you. Anne
Anne Wilson
Jesmond, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:26:08 (PDT)
My husband's relatives come from the Seaham/Dawdon areas. Does anybody remember John Shaw who died in 1964, he was the Chairman of the Dawdon Welfare Social Club. John Shaw was the Great Uncle of my husband, Brian.
celia parkinson
wakefield, west yorkshire - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:23:23 (PDT)
I was born in Seaham, left when I was young. I would love to come home to visit. I may never get to, so thankyou for the pic's.
Allison Cummings' Wharton
Ontario, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:21:57 (PDT)
to doug robson yes i can remember you from parkside ,you lived on parkside crescent i did work at dawdon i was a electrician cannot remember much about my stag night got carried of the bus by danny golden not through the drink mind ha ha are you still working ,i am still a electrician in a car factory not has good as the pit mind speak soon take care
alan rountree
murton, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:18:58 (PDT)
yes jimmy inions still keep in touch with tom hughes only lives in sunderland .arty wallace got married and lives in esh winning durham never see him much .jimmy kelly did play for hartlepool along with jimmy ashett can you remember another name pat curtis .if you havent been to seaham for a while you would not recognise it now changed for the better .running around after the grandkids wears me out now still good days speak soon all the best
alan rountree
murton, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:17:18 (PDT)
For Sam Orrock I believe the person you are referring to is Tim not Jim.Tim moved to scotland many years ago and is the only person I can think of who would know all the people mentioned in your letter. It sounds like the same person James Scott is referring to as he lived above a shop in Seaham and went to a garage called Gills not Jills.All the people mentioned in your letter would like to know how Tim is and is there any way we could contact him. Yours Brian Short.
Brian Short
Murton, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:15:44 (PDT)
FAO. Sam Orrock. I maybe one of the lads your mate is looking for, is his name Tim Smith just you say Jim. All the names you have mentioned are still the best of friends and meet every Saturday at Joe's garage (Gill's). Tim and his family are often spoken about in tales of the past.If Tim wants he can phone Gill's, the number is still the same. If this is Tim all the lads would be over the moon to hear from him. Tim will know me as young Steve (1980's) now 45.
Stephen Morris
Murton, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:14:06 (PDT)
I have visited this site for the first time today, and I am amazed to find an entry dated 11th June 2008 from Diane Helvig, of Prosperpine, Queensland Australia, seeking details of her grandparents, Edward and Rebecca SAVAGE. They are my grandparents, my mother being Doreen Savage, who married Terry Robson a blacksmith at the Vane Tempest pit,. If anyone has been in contact with Diane could you please inform her of this message, thanks
Terry Robson
Durham, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:11:30 (PDT)
hi seaham the arty i was on about was arty wallace from parkside
ap inions
mildenhall, suffolk - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:09:56 (PDT)
I am trying to find any relatives of my motherinlaw her and her sister were born in seaham harbour in 1923 ther father was Alfred Baily married to Mary Kilmartin Daughter of Hugh Kilmartin and Mary Howley widow formely Page any infomation please regards Bob Gawler
Bob Gawler
Whitstable, Kent - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:08:25 (PDT)
hello tucker.good to hear from you.i do remember you babysitting me and alan and playing records on the old dansette record player.i am a bit of a dinosuar with computers and do not know how to exchange e mail addresses if you know how to get my e mail address you are more than welcome to do so.hope to hear from you soon gary.
gary thompson
cambridge, - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:06:46 (PDT)
For ERNIE TAYLOR....Was Arthur Henry at Seaham Co-op Store when you worked there. I was his Number Two in mid fifties. Victor Brown
Victor Brown
Louth, LINCOLNSHIRE - Monday, October 25, 2010 at 11:05:11 (PDT)
You may be interested in the pages we've just added to to site "The Final Friday at Vane Tempest Welfare Centre" you'll find it at seaham.com/tempest
Ed Mason
Seaham, C. Durham UK - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:15:28 (PDT)
For Denise Henderson Marie Mills here. I can remember you and your Geoff from Dawdon. Hope you are ok? If you email me I will forward Barbara's (Lowerson)details
Marie Ridley
Blackhall, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:09:28 (PDT)
Hi can anyone tell me if Bobby Waller is still alive, he would be about 73 now, he used to work at the Vane Tempest,we worked together as lad's and it would be nice to contact him again. Bob Brown.
Bob Brown
Ipswich, Queensland - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:07:56 (PDT)
For SAM ORRICK, I remember a lot of those names plus a few others, think I remember Jim as well, Did he used to live above a shop in westlea? I used to meet up with a lot of these boys at Brisca stock car meetings. I sometimes used to meet them at a garage/warehouse? near to Murton the guy there raced a stock car and lots of guys used to meet up there for a chat. Not seen any of them for years, last I heard Alan White was suffering with heart problems, Brian Short was married and living in sunderland. Think garage was called Jills? or Jims Parcel express. It was near to the industrial estate on the back road to Hawthorn. Might be worth a try there if its still there! Anyone know?
James Scott
Hartlepool, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:06:40 (PDT)
Hi Robert Johnson Glad to hear from you again, I am happy to give you my email address through this site.Please get in touch.Also Maureen Rafferty-I lived next door to your grandparents for years-please contact me as well.I am doing my family tree BLEASDALE was my maiden name and GUSTARD was my mother`s
isabella adams
Mansfield, Notts - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:04:37 (PDT)
I have just been reading the comments and theres a few names that come to mind.I also attended Camden Square and remember teachers like cunningham Brown.Dixon ,Tweedle,I was there in the late fifties.I can remember frends Like Franky Gillibrand,Frankie Bland Raymond Wakefield who came from Yorkshire. I have also got relations there Raymond Thompson Carol Thompsonand others if you wouls like to get in touch then give me a bell
Richard Softley
UK - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:02:05 (PDT)
Just been catching up. Hope Ed's feeling better.
mick smith
France - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 15:00:18 (PDT)
Hi Im trying to find my cousins Eileen and Billy Ranson Both now in their 60s any one know them ? Thanks
stan davidson
Toronto, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:58:45 (PDT)
Hi to Ann Gates(bowers) from Farnham, i see you used to live in the north east and you go up at least once a year, my husband is from Seaham and we go up once a year sometimes twice, i love it up there and i'm looking forward to going up 14th october to see relatives and for a wedding on the 16th october. I live in Farnborough, not far from Farnham Ann. My husbands name is Frankie Rafferty, maybe you know him, maybe not. Regards Maureen Rafferty
maureen rafferty
farnborough, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:57:26 (PDT)
Hello Ernie Taylor up there in Seaham. Yes it is the same Leo Groark and he is about 81 82, he is married to my husbands sister Patsy and they still live in Melrose. We will be travelling up on thursday 14th October, hope the weather keeps nice for us, have a family wedding on saturday 16th. Regards Maureen Rafferty
maureen rafferty
farnborough, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:56:06 (PDT)
Remember Cancer Awarness Week...10,000 People in the UK get Bowel Cancer every year...(me too) In 2005 and survived. But after extencive treatment with chemo-theripy and radio-theripy, followes the colostomy and a stoma. Iliostomy is a related medical condition as well. There is a Facebook page for ex-Bowel cancer sufferes who survived called "FACE IT OSTIMATES" (Ostimists) and It is open to any colostamy patient to visit and seek advice and discuss ongoing problems and fears.
Brian G
- Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:54:15 (PDT)
Alan Rontree Was he a fitter at dawdon colliery if it is the same i Remmeber going to his stag party in early 70"s i think we went to the Navey club on our night out. i dont know weather he woulod remeber me ?I was a fitter on the norse miners back then.
Dougy Robson
St Austell, Cornwall - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:51:55 (PDT)
hello tucker it is great to hear from you,hope you are well and happy.sorry to hear about gilly.alan is fine.i would love to keep in touch with you .
gary thompson
cambridge, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:50:16 (PDT)
ie Ray Scollen the name of the bloke u r looking 4 is Mr Anker of Ankers papershop
Arthur Guy
Seaham, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:48:59 (PDT)
Can anyone give me any information of the boys who served on the training ship Wellesley under the command of Superintendant Henry Baynham. These boys were all lumped together in the 1901 census so I would like to go into the history of one of the boys.does anyome know how I can do that?.
laura oates
queensland, australia - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:45:34 (PDT)
f.a.o. gary thompson, you mentioned your uncles gilly and bobby, do they have a Sister betty ?? and was their mam annie thompson..(Laverick)
d. temple
seaham, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:44:07 (PDT)
Hello Ann Bowers how could we forget you? I am still in touch with Hilary Griffiths she visited us out here in Canada. I still have our first form photo what a laugh. I will request that Sadie or Ed give you my e mail address Best wishes Judy (nee Berry)
Alliston, Ontario - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:42:51 (PDT)
DAVID OWEN:Olwen/Wendy lived AT No 4 Victoria Steet about 44 years I cant remember them living there very long.I can remember very fondly sitting in their front room playing records on a Chad Valley record player .Record player with batteries and multi coloured records...not pop but fairy stories and nursery rhymes. What pleasures. When you trace them please give them my regards.Anoulla.
anne stavrou
limassol, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:40:43 (PDT)
to David Owen. Icant help you with your search but this is just to let you know I have very fond memories of Olwen and Wendy.I knew them only for a short while when they lived in Victoria Street No 4 and we played together.this must have been when we were all around the 5 - 6 years of age. T
anne stavrou
limassol, Cyprus - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:39:17 (PDT)
i belive another two families that lived in he wide back street was Carol & John Thompson, And a family called High lived at the bottom of the street they had a daughter called Carol who worked at the Seaham Co-op when i was there
Ernie Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:37:12 (PDT)
seaham, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:35:34 (PDT)
this is seven times,i have tried to post on this site,so if i dont manage this time i think i will give up. gary thompson,your uncle gilly died approx 3 years ago.uncle bob and family are still in seaham,nice to hear from you ,if you require my email just ask,its a lot of years now since we last saw each other.remember when i used to baby sit you and your alan.anyway hope you are all well, your cousin tucker
tom stringer
seaham, - Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 14:33:36 (PDT)
the Leo Groak I knew will be at least 75 years old he was a deputy at Vane Tempest pit he lives or lived in Melrose Crescent i hope this will help you
Ernie Taylor
Seaham, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:55:13 (PDT)
hi alan rountree.i can remember you,tom,arty,jimmy and bass.they were some footy games some times 15 a side no half time just kept playing till we had enough as you say great community spirit then .i don't think i would be able to do it now to many fags.did jimmy kelly play for hartlepool.i new bass had past away along time ago.are arty and tom still about.all the best.
jap inions
mildenhall, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:53:37 (PDT)
To Margaret Bruceter Re. The wide back. I lived in the wide back Wynyard street side from 1932 untill the 1950s.I lived in 17 wynyard street. I remember the Bruceter family in the bottom half Stavordale.I rememer a few from the top half Stainbanks Grieves Hogwoods MCandrews Purvis Deighton Lisgo Thomas Murry Magahn Cooper Blower to name afew Biily Hughes was my Fiend from bottom half Wynyard. Good luck Jim Shaw.
Jim Shaw
Peterlee, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:51:36 (PDT)
Is their anything on in and around Seaham in October when we will be coming up for a wedding, cant wait.
maureen rafferty
farnborough, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:50:18 (PDT)
Left in 88 aged 13 - visited in August/ Septemeber 2010. Keen to connect with Jimmy Macs family given their strong knowledge in seahams history.
Tracy Golden
Mt Martha, Victoria - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:49:16 (PDT)
Greetings from Yorkshire. Bill Davey. Fourth Street, Hordon, Peterlee. 1963.Royal Sinals.24 Signal Regiment. Catterick 1963 intake. My old mate Bill often took me home to Fourth Street for weekends. Any info much appreciated. Fond memories of Hordon all those years ago. Regards to all.
Shipley, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:47:43 (PDT)
Greetings. I am trying to trace long lost army pal. We were in Royal Signals 24 Signal Regiment 1963 intake. My best mate was Bill Davey who lived in Fourth Street, Hordon back in the 60's. Any details or help will be appreciated.
Shipley, WEST YORKSHIRE - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:46:39 (PDT)
I can remember being employed by the NCB in 1964 and doing my training at Seaham Colliery. The guys from Seaham used to give us a hard time. I'm not sure if Murton is part of the Seaham area now but I used to know a girl called Ann from Murton. Would be nice to hear from her again.
Jeff Atherton
thornley, co durhaam - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:44:57 (PDT)
Hi it's Ann Gates here (formerly Bowers) . I visit Seaham every year and an old friend of mine Doreen Wales (formerly Hathaway) told me about your site. I have lived in Farnham for many years but still think of where I was born. Anybody out there remember me !
Ann Gates (Bowers)
Farnham, Surrey - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:43:37 (PDT)
does anyone know if David Oliver is still around Seaham.he went to the catholic school next to the SIS.He lived at Deneside.
norma witten nee atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:41:42 (PDT)
my grandad was alfred dodsworth baker born seaham 1915 died WWII 1942 - does anyone know of the family ?
diane walters
sunderland, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:40:24 (PDT)
Does anyone know where I can get a 2011 calendar of Seaham, preferably with modern scenes? I got one last year from The Sunderland Echo but it had old, archive photos. Interesting enough but it would be nice to have pictures of what it looks like now. If this is not available then there is a marketing opportunity for you folks in Seaham.
Kathleen Kingston
Wrexham, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:37:07 (PDT)
I'm trying to trace an ALAN L DOBSON who got married in 1991 to a Shirley Edwards if anyone knows please ring me
angela wilcox
hartlepo, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:35:09 (PDT)
My name is David Owen, son of Tom Owen and Audrey Proud, both from Seaham/Dawdon. My paternal grandparents were Norman and Maria Owen; my maternal grandparents were Sid and Nora Proud. I'm interested in tracing my cousins, Olwen and Wendy Owen, daughters of Norman and Lilly Owen. They are now both in their late 40s, early 50s. My last news of them dates back to about 1980. They may be in Pinner, Middlesex, or possibly even Australia. If anyone has any information on them or on how to contact them, I'd be very grateful if you could let me know. Best wishes to everyone over in Seaham.
David Owen
Sabadell, Barcelona - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:33:44 (PDT)
Denise Dixon just read your comments on Dawdon i used to live nearly oppisite you in the wide back , the Lowersons live in Parkside now , i think , shall we reform the Dawdon gold stars again for a laugh
Danny Hogwood
Leeuwarden, Friesland holland - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:31:01 (PDT)
hi john went to deneside school from 1965 onwards it was a great school enjoyed every moment of it still think about all the teachers and pupils wonder how they are all getting on . sharon
sharon osborne ne cross
grays, essex - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:29:11 (PDT)
Rowland Burroughs. I certainly had to dig deep to refresh my mind re. Stotts pasture Farm, but thank you for that info which is very much appreciated
Thomas Johnson
- Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:27:19 (PDT)
hy gary thompson,im your cousin tucker,god its been a lot of years ,your uncle gilly,sadly died 3 years ago,nice to hear from you.how is your brother alan?,keep in touch gary,and if you want my email address let me know.
tom stringer
seaham, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:25:33 (PDT)
I am looking for my friend `Elsie Jeffress`, that was her name in 1940, she is probably married and has a married name, she also was my Bridesmaid in 1951 and stayed with me in Enfield, Middlesex for that occasion: If you think you know her please contact me,I have a photo of Elsie age about 12 and would be willing to share that photo for confirmation of identity, thanks.
North Vancouver, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:21:45 (PDT)
hi its me again paul laybourn i forgot to mention earlier we used to live in the avenue seham harbour
paul laybourn
hartlepool, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:19:39 (PDT)
other names that lived in the wide back in the 60s where . mgann. jones. stoves. reeves.olly.gash.jonson.williamson.
no name
sussex, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:18:11 (PDT)
hello my name is paul laybourn my dad was a local policeman , p.c. geoffrey laybourn in 1949 . does anyone remember or famiy my sister is oan and my brother is peter laybourn , my mam did in 1949 her name was eileen , am trying to find out were she would of been buried or cremated in seham harbour as that is were we were living , please send me an email or leave a message on here thank you x
paul labourn
hartlepool, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:16:30 (PDT)
Hi all, I have a good friend who lived in Seaham during the 70s-80s. He now lives in Kirckaldy (fife!) and has been rather poorly. I visited him the other day and he was reminiscing about his years spent in Seaham. He mentioned some of his friends and how he would like to meet up with them before his time comes to an end. Can anyone help with these names? Alan White: approx 50yrs old, lived around Dene side worked for TNT. Moved to Murton? and married Christine? Brian Short: approx 50yrs old. Lived in Murton worked at a clothing factory near Sunderland. Stewart Fenwick: approx 45 yrs old Lived in Murton, wife ran a corner shop in Dawdon. Billy Little: approx 50yrs old, lived in mUrton always had Custom cars. I would be so gratefull if anyone could give me a lead on any of the mentioned names, I would love to be able to put Jim in touch with any of them. I'm sure it would make a sick man very happy to hear from some of his old pals. Thanks in advance Sam.
Sam Orrock
Edinburgh, - Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 15:13:41 (PDT)
For attention of a Thomas Johnson posted April 2002 Stotts pasture Farm referes to a farm next to Philadelhia, Houghton Le Spring it belonged to the Smith Family,
Rowland Burroughs (
Houghton Le Spring, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:41:44 (PDT)
my great Aunt Sarah Newton was a teacher at dawdon school around 1947.
Rachael Newton
Seaham, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:40:37 (PDT)
hello seaham does anyone now my mam and dad .tom and mary thompson.my uncles in seaham are bobby and gilly.mams sister doris married tommy drennen and lived in belmont near durham my nanna and grandad lived 3 the lawns
gary thompson
cambridge, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:38:43 (PDT)
CAMBRIDGE, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:37:15 (PDT)
Hi noticed on your seaham harbour guestbook that a Micky Cleary is mentioned he lived in the wide back well I'm almost sure he is my nephew if he is the son of Elsie & Jack Cleary his mam was formerly of sunderland my name is gordon peacock and I can be found on facibook so if you are that Micky Cleary I would like to hear from you
Gordon Peacock
Burscough , - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:36:04 (PDT)
Hi, my wife has a 'smoking' box for holding pipes and it was presented to her gret uncle james Crawford in 1925 on the occasion of his marriage from the Seaham Harbour Imps. Does anyone know who they were? My wife's maiden name, by the way, is Chapman and her grt Uncle married a Jamieson, on her mother's side.
Jim McLean
London, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:35:00 (PDT)
My Grandmother, Lily Nicholson was born in Seaham Harbour in 1888. She married Thomas William Oates, born in Sunderland abt 1888, in Seaham Harbour in 1908.Does anybody know anything about them, especially my grandfather as we know nothing about his ancestors. Regards Lily Oates,
Lily Oates
Edinburgh, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:33:52 (PDT)
I have just discovered this site.I lived in the Wide Back from 1936 -1962. Strange to say I've been trying to remember the other families who lived there apart from Huntley, White Riley, Dawson, Shaw, Edwards, Marraty,Boult,Richards...any one out there remember the rest?
Margaret Brewster
Seaton Sluice, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:32:41 (PDT)
LIZ METCALF matty was my ex father in law lovely man he was. liz who was your nana and was she related to matty
brenda waites
seaham, - Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 10:31:31 (PDT)
To Brian Greenfingers, Ray K and Jap inions thanks for the good wishes. Ed is up and about again and doing very well. Thanks again. Sadie
Sadie M.
Seaham, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:39:33 (PDT)
FAO Ernie Taylor in Seaham Leo Groark is my husbands brother in Law, my husbands name is Frankie Rafferty, had 2 brother johnny and peter Didnt see the comment before yours Ernie so dont know what the conversation was about. Will be up on 14th October, cant wait Regards Maureen Rafferty
maureen RAFFERTY
farnborough, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:37:18 (PDT)
.Hello everyone Im trying to trace any of my cousins who all came from Seaham..Eileen Ranson and her brother Billy Ranson Both in their 60s now..Also the Davison sisters, Yvonne,Lorna and Karen All in their 50s Id guess?Dont know any of the girls married names..All the best... Stan
stan davidson
Toronto, Canada - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:36:02 (PDT)
i lived in the Noahs ark pub 1965-1968. Anyone from Deenside school out there? John.
John Walsh
Cornwall - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:34:18 (PDT)
Hello, I am looking into my connections with the Akenhead family who lives in Durham in the 1880s, my grandfather grandmother was Elizabeth Akenhead ( dob1874) she married a George Bullock. She had many siblings who lived in Durham, eg Ralph Jackson Akenhead 1865 and william akenhead 1852. I was wondering if there were any akenheads still left with similar connections to me?
Hannah Agnew
Stonehaven, Scotland - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:33:10 (PDT)
Hi, I was enquiring about my Grandmother, Beatrice May Dunn and saw the postings for the 1d loaf from Dunns and wonder if thats the same family. Also saw the post from Irene Button regarding her sister Catherine Dunn, is this the same family? would love to know.
Fareham, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:31:28 (PDT)
Hi, I'm interested in Seaham cos me Mam was born there, her Mam was Beatrice May Dunn and she married my Grandfather Robert on 4th July 1914 at St. Peters Church Seaham - sorry I haven't had time to read all the guest book entries but it sounds like a lively place that little dot on the landscape up there. Any relatives want to email me with family history? would love to hear from you.
Fareham, Hants - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:30:08 (PDT)
sorry to hear ed has not been well.i wish him a speedy recovery.all the best
jap inions
mildenhall, suffolk - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:27:40 (PDT)
Brenda Waites, don't know if you are from the same Waites family, but when I was little I can remember a Matty Waites who used to come to my nanas house who I seem to remember was some relation to the Cattermole family
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:26:30 (PDT)
Brenda Waites, don't know if you are from the same Waites family, but when I was little I can remember a Matty Waites who used to come to my nanas house who I seem to remember was some relation to the Cattermole family
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:22:16 (PDT)
Hi to Ernie Taylor, i see you were talking about Leo Groark who used to work at the Vane Tempest, he is my husbands brother in law, my hubbies name is frankie rafferty. I did not see the message before that. Regards Maureen
farnborough, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:21:14 (PDT)
Sorry to hear that Ed's not been up to par. I hope his op' went well and he is on his way to a full recovery. I think I can speak for everyone who uses and reads this column when I say "get well soon Ed". Best wishes. Ray.
New Marske, Cleveland - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:19:50 (PDT)
The oit pond were best days of me life! Won the Frank Watt trophu a few times and miss it like 'ell!
Deborah Conn
Seaham, - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:17:39 (PDT)
Hello Everybody, My name is Pamela Watson and i live in Portland. I teach 9th grade math and im 39 years old. I've been married for 12 years and have 2 wonderful children. Anyway, i am glad I found this great place and just wanted to say hi and I hope to meet a lot of you and contribute as much as I can. Have a great day. Best Wishes, Pamela
Portland, US - Friday, September 17, 2010 at 14:16:17 (PDT)
Hi folks. Sincere apologies for the inactivity on the Guestbook in recent weeks. The company we lease the server from have been moving everything to a new server at a brand new Data Centre. At the same time Ed has been unable to double check what had happened to all our files due to frequent visits to hospital and finally had heart valve surgery from which he is still recovering. We have done our best to retrieve all your Guestbook submissions but if there are any which are still not published p[lease re-send. Sorry for the inconvenience. Hopefully everything should be OK from now.
Sadie M
Seaham, UK - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:32:36 (PDT)
when i was at the "Vane Tempest" Leo Groak was a deputy and Jimmy was in the time office Leo now lives in Mill Dale, Jimmy lived in Burnhall Drive but now dead
ernie taylor
seaham, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:25:22 (PDT)
HARRY CATTERMOLE i believe you are the harry cattermole that i have in my childrens family tree. if i have the right person could i ask you have you any information on the waites family if your not him then sorry for bugging you
brenda waites
seaham, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:24:06 (PDT)
Dawdon, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:18:45 (PDT)
yes i can remember you jimmy can you remember me from parkside alan rountree lived 2 doors from darts newsageants on parkside crescent .i went round with tom hughes arty wallace jimmy kelly and bass dickenson .can remember every sunday was football on ash field them were the days no x boxes days .pleased to see your still going strong .been to were you live with the firm i work for i think its a big yankee aircraft base am i right alan
alan rountree
Seaham, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:15:48 (PDT)
For the attention of Pat Murphy. Pat, the school next to St. Joseph's on Station Rd. was S.M.S. or Seaham Modern School, locally known as, "The Sis" Camden Square school, now sadly recently demolished, was just off Princess Rd. which leads to Parkside and Dawdon. Regards, Tom.
Seaham, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:13:00 (PDT)
FAO Ann Hanson - the wallpaper shop in Church Street was ran by William Ellemor & Elizabeth his wife (nee Brown). They are buried at Princess Rd, Seaham.
Sunderland, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:12:05 (PDT)
To Harry Cattermole, are you the same Harry Cattermole that lived in Bethune Avenue and went to Deneside school in the late 60s early 70s. If you are I don't know if you can remember me. I was called Elizabeth Stoker but was known by the name Biff by a few people.
Liz Metcalf
Seaham, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:11:05 (PDT)
just found you my father was A.C.Dixon we lived in the wide back.My father was well known for Dawdon Jazz Band.My mother was Nellie we lived opposite the Swan family we all went to Camden Square and swam every night at the pit pond.Can anyone tell me if Marie Hilton now married or the Lowerson girls especially Carol,Angela loved to hear from them.My brother is Geoff or Arthur.
denise henderson
alnwick, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:10:02 (PDT)
For LUCY The shop over the road to the gate of Seaham Girls' Grammar School was owned by Dunns until at least 1957 and then bought by Parkers so both camps are correct. J.Elliott
j elliott
cramlington, - Friday, September 10, 2010 at 14:08:14 (PDT)
Dear Kathleen, thank you for taking the time to as about my sister Pauline. She is happy and very well, she does however (and like every other married female,whinge for Britain) while her brother Harry is a paragon of virtue and sobriety.
Harry Cattermole
Durham, - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:54:03 (PDT)
To Richard Thorpe,thanks for the information about your uncle Dick Punshon, amazingly I was brought up in Hawthorn Square at No 23 and know him well. I also remember yourself and your family and had some great times when we were young although I was older than yourself you may remember my brother Joe better than me.best wishes Richard Tom Kennedy
tom kennedy
seaham, - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:53:07 (PDT)
I need some help please - where/how will I find the names of the parents of Daniel Boyle who was killed at the "Knack" pit in 1895 aged 25. I believe he is my grandfather Andrew's brother, but I can't prove it. The accident only, was reported in the press. Nothing was mentioned about a family.
Madeleine Stones (
Sunderalnd , - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:52:05 (PDT)
I have just found this site and think it is fantastic.I was born in seaham in 1941 and lived in beech crescent parkside till 1964 when i left seaham. I worked at dawdon colliery from 1957 till 1962 and remember the pit ponies i used to work with they were called Brooks,Sailor and sergeant.I went to ryhope grammar school this is a great site keep up the good work all the best John Boulton. guildford,Surrey.
John Boulton
Guildford , Surrey - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:51:00 (PDT)
Looking for malkins and hallidays. Used to visit Margaret Halliday, nana, in Malvern and ryton crescent
mk, - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:48:16 (PDT)
TO MAUREEN RAFFERTY the b&b in the seaham area are far to pricey for the place, i use the HIGHFIELD HOTEL at east rainton which is only 5 minutes away,it is a travel lodge type place but they do a breakfast in with the room price the rooms are clean with a resturant on site and a bar,you can find them on the webb, when i phone to book i tend to beat them down a bit on the price and normally pay £50 a night for the 2 of us hope this can help you
denis gale
st,neots , - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:46:58 (PDT)
Fourth attempt at posting, the previous three having disappeared into cyberspace! Ray Smith, I know your Dad Harry and his wife Hannah. I think it was Harry who used to knock around in the mid-1950s with a group which included myself, Ted Wilkinson, Harry Scollen, and his cousin Con [Cornelius?]Scollen, who died quite young I believe, and Jimmy Groak. Con worked at the Knack, while Harry, Jimmy and myself were at Dawdon, though not for long in my case! Hugh Scollen was also at Dawdon, so there were a few of them around! Please remind me to Harry Smith next time you see him. I remember him as one of the nicest, mild-mannered guys you would ever want to meet. He wasn't always with us as I think Hannah had caught his eye!
Colin Hall
NZ - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:45:15 (PDT)
Please advise was camden the Proddy school next to St.Joseph's catholic sec. mod. Still looking for info on the Dingwall families ex Parkside from the 50/60s. Happy now Arlene! best regards to all Seaham old timers
Pat Murphy
Vereeniging , - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:43:36 (PDT)
To Mary Lucy Robson - I rememer Mo Halliday - he was a close friend of my Dad - Tommy Geary. He lived on parkside crescent opposite the shops. He used to go fishing with my Dad. His wife was a lovely, gentle polish woman and they had loads of kids - one was Dougie Robson who was a friend of my husband and lives in Cornwall.
linda geary
sunderland, - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:42:29 (PDT)
I misspelt the name of people I'm looking for. The name is Dingwall, at least three families were living in Parkside in the 50/60's. Any help will be appreciated. Also was Camden the proddy school next to St. Joseph's catholic sec. mod.??
Pat Murphy
Vereeniging , Gauteng South Africa - Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 03:41:04 (PDT)
Yes, Richard Thorpe, I am Kathleen Watters from Camden Square GCE class 1958 -63. I have kept in touch with Janet Mitchell but it is a few years since I heard from anyone else through Friends Reunited. It is 47 years last week since we left school - frightening! I am happy for ED to give you my e.mail address.
Katleen Kingston
Wrexham , Wales - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 12:02:41 (PDT)
in the fiftys when i attended camden square if you were not in the same age group you never spoke or went around with anyone who was 1 year older or younger,why i dont know. ray kinnair went to camden the same time as me but he must of not been in my age group as i cannot remember him likewise for a lot of others,i left in 1959, like ray i paid a visit a few weeks ago and see camden is now gone like a lot of other places,dawdon must be next it has served its purpose but now is a tip, a lot of good things are going on with the docks at last getting what it deserves it allways was a magnet but no one ever saw that it seems the new shopping center was the death nell for church street, the same as what is going on in towns all over the country,i see ray kinnair moved a very short distance down to marske,one of my favourite places when i was younger and still call in evey year and keep in touch via the marske website
denis gale
st,neots , cambs - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:19:24 (PDT)
Good site :) thanks
Richard Jones
London, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:17:34 (PDT)
Swinbank Cottages is where Cottages road is now if you want a map of this area go to the covered in market at Newcastle there you will find a book sellers you will find a map "old Ordnance survey map Seaham Harbour 1885"
Ernie Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:16:12 (PDT)
ERNIE Taylor....thanks for the info. on Brian Oliver. I don't know about his stint at the Co-op but I met him in London in the 1960s and he said he was living and working in Leicester as an engineer.
no name
- Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:14:59 (PDT)
Can anyone tell me where to find bed and breakfast in the Seaham and surrounding area. We are coming home for 2 weeks, any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you Maureen Rafferty
maureen rafferty
Farnborough , - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:14:07 (PDT)
Message for Margarate frpm Canada. Sorry for not replying earlier but have only just seen your message on her Margaret. My husband doesnt seem to know anything, but i will ask my sister in law. My husbands brother Peter Rafferty was married, but Elizabeth does not ring any bells with him, his brother died about 14 years ago in his 70's If i find anything i will get in touch, sorry i cannot help. My sister in law is also called Maureen Rafferty who lives up north, her husbands name was Johnny who passed away 4 years ago. Good luck in your search Margaret Regards Maureen Rafferty Farnborough Hampshire UK
maureen rafferty
Farnborough , - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:13:08 (PDT)
Good day everyone, I am looking for relatives of a Jane Bainbridge who lived in stewart street around 1919 her father was called Emmanuel Reed adn mother was also jane, The reason I am looking for relatives of Jane is that Janes Brother was my great grandfather, William Reed who was Killied in Action in France Sept 1918 and was hoping they may have some family photos, and further family information Many Thanks
michael sennett
Middlesex , - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:11:49 (PDT)
For Tom Kennedy - my uncle, Dick Punshon was married to Lilian Banks, Brenda Banks' sister. I don't know how much he new about the rest of the family but am willing to ask him or let you know how you can contact him. Ed has my email should you wish to get in touch. Richard Thorpe
Richard Thorpe
Seaham, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:10:30 (PDT)
R Kinnair maybe the baker shop on Princess road in the middle of the block was called Dunns but the shop you asked about was on the corner down from the Camden Square prefab classrooms over the road to the main gate of the Girls Grammar School and that shop was run by the Parker family from as far as I know from the mid 50's to the early 70's Mr Parkers Daughter who was named Jane attended Camden Square.
Seaham, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:09:01 (PDT)
vic honeybell. Thanks for that . It would be much appreciated. Also you might mention to them that Tom and Muriel Wilson have my contact details if they are still in touch with them. Thanks again
Ray Scollen
Watton, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:06:53 (PDT)
Ray K ... you are correct there was a Dunns bakery but I didn't realise it sold penny loaves. The shop I bought mine from, complete with a knob of butter for 2d, was Dawsons but it was a bit further up than Dunns ... it was almost opposite the Fire Station.
Ray Scollen
Watton, East Yorkshire - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:05:52 (PDT)
Does anyone have any information on James Loughran they are willing to share? He was known as Jimmy Loughran and played football for Easington Colliery(1922),for Hull City, Barrow, York City, Newark Town, Goole Town and Fulford United. He played centre half and left half. He was born 1897 and died in 1970. If I have the right Jimmy Loughran most of his brothers and sisters went to Illinois ( two married Crennells, and one a John Foster). After the death of their father in 1916 their mother and the younger children also went to Illinois. Any information would be really appreciated.
canada - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:04:05 (PDT)
This is a long shot but Im hoping someone can help. I am trying to find a man who used to live on The Avenue at Deneside.I was told that he could now possibly live in the Seaton area. His name is David Stephenson OR Anderson.We were all friends at a Sunday School camp in Marske in Yorkshire in the early 1950s when we were young. David would be around 70 now. So David if you get to read this, i would love to hear from you.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Tweed Heads, NSW - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:02:07 (PDT)
Message for Norma Witten. I live just south of Brisbane, right on the Border of NSW and Q/L at a place called Tweed Heads. We have been here for 8 years after living in Sydney for 27, when we retired we moved north.My Husband calls it Paradise.I have been given some lovely old photographs of Seaham. Its changed a lot since my Mam and Dad lived there.
Ann Hansen nee Pike
Tweed Heads , NSW - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 03:00:31 (PDT)
For Lynn Cox, Swinebank Cottages were where Dawdon Crescent is now
Seaham, - Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 02:58:49 (PDT)
helo there i would like to know if i am doing something wrong in my posts as i have sent in 2 in the last two weeks and they have not been printed. ED Says: Well this one got through OK Dennis. Hope you don't have any more problems.
Dennis Gale
st,neots , Cambs UK - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 15:16:57 (PDT)
Kathleen Kingston. Your reference to Harry Cattermole has prompted me to ask if you are the Kathleen Watters that was in the first GCE stream at Camden Square from 1958 - 63. If so, wondered if you kept in touch with anyone? Richard Thorpe
Richard Thorpe
seaham, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 15:00:14 (PDT)
Once again can I thank all those who have contributed to the name name of the shop that sold the famous 1d loaves in the 50s when I attended Camden Square sghool. It seems that an old friend and workmate Frank Lovatt would seemingly have it right as he lived only three doors from the shop and Frank is certain it was Dunns. I was through at Seaham a short while ago and was impressed at some of the changes that have been made there.The new shopping centre, Byron Place was a shock to the system, a very well laid out and very clean place it was and with ample parking to boot. Church Street though looked a bit dated though it must be said that being traffic free was a big plus and there are signs of improvement. I looked out to the docks and couldn't help remembering buying crabs (5 on a string for 2/6d), how costs have changed. One thing struck me, where have all the people I knew when I lived at Dawdon gone to? I never saw one person that I could remember from the 50s. Where did they all go to when Thatcher's axe fell? I also called in at the Green Drive and was saddened to see the once famous Dawdon Colliery Welfare Football Ground where I played football as a youth a little neglected although I do understand that there is not any money being levied from the miners any more. It used to be one of the best grounds around. Also sad to see the state of the church at Dawdon, a sign of the times? In finishing all I would say is that Seaham is slowly but surely rising once again from what must have been a crushing blow when the pits closed. RayK.
Ray K
New Marske , - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:58:29 (PDT)
hi can any one tell me where swinebank cottages seaham was located and what stands there now my grandfather used to live there and i,m very interested i finding out about his life
lynne cox
newcastle , - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:56:17 (PDT)
hi all, im from west sussex me mam was born in seaham, she lived in swallow street,(no,6), she was margaret stamp, born in 1928,when the family lived there,the children were edith,margaret(me mam) and tommy. does anyone remember them at all.
chichester , - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:55:15 (PDT)
the Brian Oliver I knew worked at the Station Town co-op seaham harbour i think his dad was called "Chapel Jack" and he a deputy at Vane Tempest
ernie taylo
seaham, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:53:56 (PDT)
has anyone got a photo of camden square juniors football team 1958.some of the players in the heam are eddie robinson jimmy corkhill tommy cole jack stewart kevin alderson billy thompson.it was a colour photo and was taken in the girls playground.the sports teacher was mr.gordon brown.thank you
john banks
sunderland, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:31:36 (PDT)
Hello, does anyone remember Nance and Bill Dillon (nee Graham)or Mr and Mrs Moore, Freddie Hook and Danny Hanratty of 5 Lamb Street, Ryhope, in the 1920s? Or Winifred Hook of Sunderland? I'm family treeing again !! Jane Dillon
Jane Dillon
Nottingham , - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:30:11 (PDT)
Thank you John Scollen & Norma Witten, re memories of Arthur Lockyer. Does anyone know of families by the name of Dindwall, there were at least three families living in Parkside in the 50/60's much obliged, Pat Murphy
Vereeniging , Guateng South Africa - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:28:35 (PDT)
I am researching my family tree and was wondering if anyone remembers Margaret Robson born 1899, they lived Hall Street New Seaham. Her sister was Ethel Robson and she had brothers John Gleghorn Robson, George Gleghorn Robson and Robert Blakey Robson. Margaret married William Henry Andrews and in 1930 they (Wm H, Margaret, their 3 children and her sister Ethel immigrated to Canada. Brother George Gregson Terrace New Seaham - 1930. I am wondering if anyone remembers them.
Debbie Jesse
Calgary , AB - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:26:39 (PDT)
anne hanson..hello which part of australia are you in ..my son lives in Brisbane and he has just returned after a holiday with me .
norma witten nee atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:24:37 (PDT)
has anyone got a photo of camden square juniors football team for the year 1958 i do remember it was a colour photo i was one of the team mr.gordon brown was the sports teacher these were some of the players eddie robinson jimmy corkhill tommy cole jack stewart billy thompson thank you very much john banks ex camden square
john banks
sunderland, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:23:15 (PDT)
re ray scollen I live two doors from Harry + Hannah Smith. I will let them know that you are asking about them
vic honeybell (
seaham, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:21:17 (PDT)
John Scollen ... Hi JOhn you appear to be named for a cousin of mine Pip Scollen. He and his brothers lived/live in the Seaham area. The name John seems to be a favourite in the Scollen family as does the name Joseph. Your distant releatives are world wide now and some have done quite well LOL. One was even instrumental in the setting up of an peace agreement between the Blackfoot, the Crowe, and the English in Canada during the middle to late 19th century. If you want to know more an occasional user of this site called Brian Scollen is an absolute encyclopaedia on the Scollen family. Google his name for more details.
Ray Scollen
Watton, - Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 14:20:00 (PDT)
PATRICK FINN The 1911 census has Mary Jane Finn 1867, Patrick 1862,Bernard 1886, John 1891.Joseph Francis was not at home on the night of the census Patrick Finn may have died in 1922 and Joseph F Finn in 1923 aged 35
Sylvia Dodds
Seaham, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 14:03:46 (PDT)
ray scollen watton yes harry smith still lives in eastlea with his wife hannah,i am sorry that billy ,harry's brother past away
ray smith
sunderland, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 14:02:14 (PDT)
ray scollen you are trying to get in contact with my father harry smith he still lives in eastlea
ray smith
sunderland, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 14:01:17 (PDT)
Ray that shopkeepers name in lord street was daveys,he was a little thin bloke with dark hair. Seeing as you cant remember your own fam shop you most likely not remember him.
sunderland, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 14:00:02 (PDT)
ray scollen hi i am trying to find some of my relation that i have not seen for a lot of years i used to live in easington my father was called joseph and my mother was called elizabeth and we had a lot of relation in ryhope and seaham i live in doncaster now and jim in sunderland has told me you might be able to help my name is john scollen thanks if you can help
john scollen
thorne doncaster , - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:59:01 (PDT)
hi P.H.MURPHY their was a police patrol man on a B.S.A.bantam 125cc and he rode all over seaham on this bike and his police helmate was made into a crash helmate and he was very respected when you saw him coming and you would not let him see you but he was a laugh at the size of him on a 125cc moter bike john from doncaster
john scollen
thorne doncaster, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:57:25 (PDT)
Ray Kinnair The bakery shop on the main road (Princess Rd.)just down from Camden Square was definitely Dunns. They also sold super stotty cakes.Elliotts was at the top of Benevente St. and Dawsons had a shop next to the barbers at the top of Polemarch St.
j. elliott
cramlington , - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:56:08 (PDT)
hi to jim at sunderland thanks for the infermation on the scollen family and i will get in touch with ray and find a bit more out thanks again john scollen from doncaster
john scollen
thorne doncaster , - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:54:59 (PDT)
Lee McAvinnie, thnks for the reply. Yes you are correct it was Billy and not Barry ... I called him Barry cops it rhymed with Harry. Rose McAvinnie wasmy Nanna only in sofar as she raised me until I was 3 years old. She was my mothers Aunt. If any of your family are in contact with Harry or Hannah could they say I'd like to get in touch if possible ... thanks
Ray Scollen
Watton , - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:53:51 (PDT)
Ray. Take it from me that the bakery was called DUNNS at the time we are talking about. Up to the age of 11 I lived only 3 doors away from it. ELLIOTS was on the other side of the road opposite the cemetery gates John Elliot the son was in my class at Camden Square. I certainly remember Knack which was my pony at 7 West and has often come up in conversations during my life, (sad he never had the chance of a happy retirement).Good luck for the future.
Frank Lovett
Orba , Alicante - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:52:33 (PDT)
Anybody remember Brian Oliver - Attended Seaham high collery school and went to Camden Square to finnish, he ended up living in Leicester in the 1960s. Any Info. Appreciated.
Brian G
- Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:51:02 (PDT)
The owners of the bakery by Camden Square school were called Parker - they had one daughter called Jane who worked for Seaham Council in the 60's
Barbara Bentley nee Ball
San Fulgencio , Alicante - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:50:07 (PDT)
Pat Murphy i dont remember your name but i lived in Swallow street and new Arty Lockyer because my mam used to threaten me to tell him when i was bad.I can still see his huge frame over both sides of his bantam wearing his police great coat and helm none of the local lads took on Arty.
norma witten nee atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:48:43 (PDT)
The last post I sent was for the ATTENTION of Ray Kinnair as he has asked on more than one occasion for the name of this shop
Lucy Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:47:12 (PDT)
The reason I think that people are giving you names of the other shops and not the one you want is because It was not a bakers as such He was a general dealer who made and sold bakery products and the name of the shop was PARKERS his daughter I believe attended Camden Square
Lucy Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:45:26 (PDT)
I am related to Brenda Banks and there are still others in Seaham who are also related. Her fathers sister Lucy was my Grandmother
Lucy Taylor
Seaham, - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:44:03 (PDT)
Thank you Tom Kennedy for your reply. Miss Ellmore taught me at Hendon School in Sunderland more years ago than I care to remember. She was a lovely gentle lady. Regards from Ann in Australia. ALSO Hello to Norma Atkinson
Australia - Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 13:42:41 (PDT)
Does anyone remember Bill Swan,he had a brother Andy and sisters Martha. Meg.and Betty . We are related to the vast Lincoln family. originally from Sunderland
Claire and Carol (nee Swan)
Grimsby , - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:49:35 (PDT)
I have been requested to ask if anyone has any information at all, regarding the relatives of a young mother named Brenda Banks who was tragically killed in 1972 on the Times Inn bank near Dalton-le-Dale. The family originally came from Parkside. Her 2 daughters survived the accident and were adopted,I believe,one of who is now trying to trace her original family.Any information would be grateful and can be reached by me via email through Ed Mason,Thanks Tom Kennedy
Tom kennedy (
seaham, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:48:30 (PDT)
Greetings from South Africa from an old Seaham boy Wonderful site, This refers to PC Lockyer, Nobby I believe he actually rode a BSA Bantam 125cc, we were young/old adverseries, first encounter I was about 8yrs.regards from Pat Murphy, at school I was 'Mop' Murphy!!!
Vereeniging , Guateng - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:47:04 (PDT)
Brian thubron i remember you.I was norma atkinson lived in the prefabs and you used to call me boiled lobster because i always blushed when i saw you,hated you for it .laugh at the memory now...norma
norma witten
ellon, aberdeenshire - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:45:36 (PDT)
Barry Salt please contact me sorry to have taken so long to reply didnt think anyone would reply so stopped looking my brother Graeme saw your message..norma
norma witten Nee Atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:43:40 (PDT)
Barry salt sorry to have taken so long to reply .I have a snap of Anne up a tree.
normawitten nee atkinson
ellon, aberdeenshire - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:42:31 (PDT)
I am still in contact with Margaret Reed of Alfred Street Seaham.
john brennan (
hong kong, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:40:48 (PDT)
Harry Cattermole, are you the brother of Pauline? She had a brother called Harry and a younger sister called Irene. The family lived in Bethune Avenue. Pauline and I were friends from junior school in the late 1950's and spent a lot of time together. We used to amaze the crowds at sports days with out ability to outrun all competition in the three-legged race. If you are Pauline's brother, I should love to know how she is. Kathleen Kingston nee Watters
Kathleen Kingston
Wrexham , - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:39:21 (PDT)
To answer Ann Hanson, the wallpaper shop in Church Street was called 'Ellmores' and as far as I know, that was the name of the lady who owned and ran the business. - Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
Seaham, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:37:47 (PDT)
Re Ray Scollen: Harry and Billy(not Barry) Smith, Harry married to Hannah still lives in seaham at Eastlea or Westlea, Billy has past away. Rose Mcavinnie is my great nana, info not from me like, me dad Patrick and me auntie Rose Robson(nee mcavinnie) has told me.
Lee McAvinnie
Seaham, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:36:50 (PDT)
John scollen i went to school with your name sake his nickname was pip,he has a few brothers and one of them is called hughie,then there was brian and i think a couple more. Ray will more than likely tell you more as he is also a scollen he reads this all the time.My brothers wife is pips sister in law and they have a big reunion of the fam every year all the scollen exept Ray are there i think its because he lives to far away.
sunderland, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:35:44 (PDT)
Thanks harry i remember him now yes he did get some stick from kids,by the way did you have anything to do with courtline sercurity.Sorry ray but i will try and be in a little more but you could phone and let me know when you are going to call ha ha (joke)
sunderland, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:34:29 (PDT)
Well the bakery shop on the main road just down from Camden Square School seems still to be a bit of a mystery. It was where I bought many a penny loaf on school days in the 50s. D.S.Robinson thinks it was Elliots, Ray Scollen says it was Dawsons and an old workmate of mine Frank Lovatt thinks it was Dunns. Well all I can remember was that if you remember the prefab classroom at the school and came down from there it was on the main road. My thanks anyway to all who took the trouble to write. Can I say a big hello to Frank who I worked with at Dawdon pit. I do indeed remember 7 West Main Coal (Who wouldn't) the mists of time cannot erase my memories of that place but as bad as it was the comradship in that seam will never be forgotten. Remember Frank some of the ponies we had, Leo, Tip, the unforgettable Knack and that brute who pulled the trams of arch gitders, Armour. Hope you are keeping well Frank, nice to hear from you. RayK.
Ray Kinnair
New Marske, - Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 15:33:10 (PDT)
MAUREEN The spelling of Elizabeth's name was TUMULTY. I spelled it Tumilty in my previous post. Tumulty, Tumilty Tumalty, you can see how difficult it is to track the family down!
canada, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 14:03:23 (PDT)
MAUREEN RAFFERTY Do you know when your husband's grandmother Elizabeth Tumulity, who married Peter Rafferty ,died? I'm researching the family history but I'm unable to find the date of her death. Also do you know anything about Elizabeth's family.Her father was Peter Tumulty born in Ireland.They were living in Queen St Sunderland 1852 when Elizabeth and Peter married. The name was sometimes spelled Tumilty, and Tumelty and I'm unable to determine who kept the name Tumulty. I got a death certificate for Elizabeth but the wrong one.That Elizabeth was the widow of Owen Rafferty. If you are interested in the information I have I will gladly give it to you.Any information you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Canada, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 14:02:29 (PDT)
Has anybody got any pictures of the old pulley railway which ran from south hetton to seaham docks. Been telling my other half about how dangerous they were. Be nice to see it again. Iremember it frome when I used to play around the subway when I was a kid :D
Debbie Harrison
uk - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 14:00:55 (PDT)
Hi was wondering if anyone remembers my Mum, Sarah (Sally) Ball nee Alderson, who lived in Church Street (above Chaytors the butchers), Grants Crescent, Quarry Cottage (Hawthorn). I have been trying to trace any relatives of the Alderson/Richardson/Carver families to update the family tree. Although I have traced the tree back to the beginning of Seaham I have been unable to trace any "modern" day relatives - can anyone help me. Many thanks from sunny Spain!!!
Barbara Bentley nee Ball
San Fulgencio , Alicante - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:59:33 (PDT)
Hello Jim, the answer to your question regarding the shop at the Dawd on Crossings/Grants Crescent was "Ankers" and the person you mention was Michael. I must admit that Michael used to receive some rather unflattering remarks from us at Camden Square School
Harry Cattermole
Durham, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:57:48 (PDT)
Hello Jim, the answer to your question regarding the shop at the Dawd on Crossings/Grants Crescent was "Ankers" and the person you mention was Michael. I must admit that Michael used to receive some rather unflattering remarks from us at Camden Square School
Harry Cattermole
Durham, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:52:25 (PDT)
Hi ... does anyone on the forum know of a Harry and a Barry Smith. They were brought up by Mrs rose Mcavvenie on Dawdon Crescent in the early 50's. Last I heard of them they both worked at Dawdon Colliery but I lost touch in 1963. I would love to know what became of them. Rose was my Nanna and I looked upto Hary and Barry like older brothers. I suppose they must be in their late 60's early 70's by now.
Ray Scollen
Watton, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:51:14 (PDT)
Hi Jim ... the name of the newsagents on Princess road was Hoppers ... they also had a newsagents on Lords Street. I delivered papers for the for a couple of years ... it kept Mick Cleary and his cohorts in fags. The only shop I know of on Ropery Walk was Williams's ... many a happy hour I spent there too. Hope yer keeping well Jim ... and please stay in sometimes ... I keep ringing bu nobodies hom :)
Ray Scollen
Watton, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:49:35 (PDT)
Jill there was a Patricia McGinty b March 1921 Easington but no parents names. You will have to have her birth/ marriage certificate but the father's name may not be on it. Family/friends/letters/old photographs may be a better help to you
canada, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:48:18 (PDT)
Jill I only found one entry. Julia Ellen b 1898d December 1900.
canada, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:46:52 (PDT)
hi i have a few ralations in ryhope never been in touch for a few years my uncle was neilis scollen and my aunt was sally they had big family but when we lost touch my farther was joe scollen and my mother was elizabeth scollen we lived in easington village then moved to easington colliery i have now moved to doncaster if you know any of them say hello from john their was hughie and joe but my farther & mother has died and joe has died so their is only me john and hughie so if you know them send them our love and say sorry we lost touch
John Scollen
Doncaster, - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:44:55 (PDT)
Does anyone remember the wall paper shop that was right next to the Prudential office in Church St in the 1950s My parents lived in the flat above the Pru Office and was friends with the couple who had this shop. Does anyone know their name and where they moved too
Ann Hansen
Tweed Heads , New South Wales - Sunday, July 04, 2010 at 13:41:31 (PDT)
Trying to find three long lost cousins not seen for 39 years. Sandra Forster, Susan Forster and Lynda Forster. I believe Sandra may be living in the Seaham area. Any help much appreciated.
Stephen Anderson
Oxford, - Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:07:31 (PDT)
my brother jap inions told me about this site. i moved to london 25years ago.reading the comments brought back loads of memories.
margaret pemberton
london, - Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:06:12 (PDT)
Hello, this is an appeal for any information about the McGinty Family who lived in Murton/Dalton-Le-Dale. My Mother Partica McGinty was born in Dalton-Le-Dale in 1920, Glebe Crescent, I belive that she was the illegitimate daughter of Annie McGinty. I have Annie in the 1901 Census, 16 Australia Street, Easington District as a servant aged 13 working for the Farrell Family, Patrick and Bridget. Any help you can give me would be very much appreciated.
Jill Squire
Brighton , - Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:05:12 (PDT)
Ray scoollen do you remember the bloke who had paper shop next to dawdon crossing he looked wiered but i was told he was realy very brainy,i remember him rushing all over the place.Then there was davies shop next to ropery walk you must remember him.
sunderland, - Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:03:48 (PDT)
Seahamlad, Having lots of Holidays...In Kent the 'Romney Hythe And Dymchurch Steam Railway.(Went to Beamish last year) Off to Fort William in Scotland in August if I'm still the right way up and breathing! It's good to get away but nicer to come home again. I'm growing runner beans only in the veg line but got loadsa-flowers everywhere in the Garden and good neighbours who will do some watering when me and my Partner are away on holidays. It's great to be in Love too and sharing the ups 'n downs of life together, I've been doing that for some years...Love is fed by the imagination, by which we become wiser than we know, better than we feel and nicer than we are: by which we can see life as a whole....Only what is good can feed...Love. But anything will feed hate.
Brian G
- Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 15:02:24 (PDT)
I am tracing my ancesters and have found an old photo entitled "five generations".An elderly man is sat down and three women and a baby are around him.There is a list of names on the back{William Reed,Alfred st,Seaham Harbour,Margaret Reed,Dalton ave,Elizabeth Stobbs,Leeholme,Lavinia Waite,London,Ann Waite,London].If any-one recognises these names I would welcome any info.There dress suggests the 1930s or 40s,although can't be certain.The name Oughtred Photographers is also on the back.Thanks .
lesley gask
stockton-on-tees , - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 15:00:40 (PDT)
Hello everyone, I wonder if anyone remembers my late father (he died last year aged 91) His name was Freddie Mooore in those days (born 1917) and he was brought up by foster parents, we believe, in Lamb Street, Ryhope. I know he worked down the pit and used a pony called Jake. He talked of Hill 60, The Dean and Harry Allison and Bede McLennan amongst others. He went to live in London with Bill and Nance Dillon (nee Graham) in about 1932, where he joined the army and changed his surname to Dillon. Please get in touch if you remember anything - I'd be really grateful. Isn't this a lovely site? Jane Dillon
Jane Dillon
Nottingham , - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:58:36 (PDT)
Brian Thubron Well Well Well! I lived in Frances St before moving to first Ash Crescent then Wesley Way. Next door to me lived my friend Doreen & her younger sister Sylvia Haswell. You lived opposite. Your Mum & mine used to gossip & I always tried listening but got shooed away with the comment ‘little pigs have big ears’. I had to go on a message so Doreen & Sylvia came also. You decided to come as well & boasted about the girls you knew & how you did such & such with them. You suddenly grabbed me & kissed me full on the lips. I was so shocked all I could gasp was ‘Brian Thubron'. It was my first grown up kiss. I felt sorry for Doreen & Sylvia so asked you to kiss them also which you did. Arlene nee ‘Spud’
Elizabeth Hassall
Remuera , Auckland New Zealand - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:57:04 (PDT)
K Ray, wasn`t it Elliots the baker which stood opposite the cemetery or perhaps Parkers on the corner opposite the school itself? Mind there was a shop on virtually every block of Princess Road up until the beginning of the seventies.
Durham, - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:54:54 (PDT)
DAVID PAGE The book you are seeking is The changing face of Seaham 1928-1992. I think it may be out of print but the photographer David Angus may be able to help.
J. Elliott
cramlington , - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:53:48 (PDT)
Hello Jap Inions, Here's a one for you Jap can you remember John Wood Geordiies brother puttin the puppet shows on in the shelter at the bottom of there garden and charging us a penny to get in and watch them and when his dad used to take the monkey out to the ice cream van for a cornet. Yes the bonny's we used to go down and nick the bonny wood from the beech cres bonny and then the next night they used to come up to ash and nick it back great times. What about following the coal motor and askin the people if they wanted there load puttin in hard work for a couple of bob, or going caddying up the golf course on sunday morning all changed now. Shame about Bob Reay and Flogga great lads. Anyway Jap talk to you soon. Regards Jimmy Brymer
Jimmy Brymer
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:52:34 (PDT)
Hi Ray. The bakery oo Princess Rd. was called DUNNS, I.remember it well,(and the little loaves). Can you remember when we were both timber leading up 7 West main coal at Dawdon.I left to join the R.A.F. in 1958.
Frank Lovatt
Orba , Alicante Spain - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:50:57 (PDT)
Thanks Brian G. How are you lately? bet your gardens in full bloom?
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:49:34 (PDT)
Hi Ray K ... the name of the little bakery shop on Princess Road was Dawsons. I too used to stop of for one of his 'penny loaves' which for an extra penny he would split and smear with butter. Just the thing to last us till school lunches.
Ray Scollen
Watton, East Yorkshire - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:48:48 (PDT)
I remember agnes curran i also was in her class,as i recall she lived on main road just passed sis school.I also recall melvin bowden who still lives at grangetown.jimmy nicholson and miss gorden.We also had woodwork teacher believe it or not called mr wood.Then there was mr bradley the head who only seemed to have fat heads at his school.What about the school dinners fish on fridays with this red sauce stuff and stew with cheese bisquit better for you though than what they get today.Do you remember PE and the sand shoes they gave you some fitted like flippers well that is if you got a pair the same size.People used to say you would wish you were back to school after you left i dont know how many people thought that but it is partly true
sunderland, - Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 14:47:27 (PDT)
was there a follow up book to SEAHAM HARBOUR the first 100 hundred years 1828-1928 where can i get a copy also any information abut SEAHAM LIFEBOAT as my uncle was a coxswain
david page
busselton , west australia - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:31:05 (PDT)
HI JIMMY BRYMERit's along time since i have spoke to you about 40 years.hope you are keep well.thinking about ash field brought back some great memories.thinking of the lads on there tonka,lonzie,david brown,bobby reay,raymond robinson,and his brother jimmy,jimmy mac,flogga jorgenson,we had some great times on there.can you remember the bonfires we use to have they were the biggest around we had to take turns in guarding it.then there was the big hole whatwe all dug it was about 7 foot deep.thenwe covered it with blanks it made agreat gang hut.i was sad to hear of the deaths of bobby and flogga. they will be sadly missed.hope to here from you soon.allthe best.jap
James inions
mildenhall , - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:29:29 (PDT)
Brian Greenfingers
- Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:27:51 (PDT)
ex 34 nelson street , new seaham .used to play in dawdon lodge band in 50s. my how it has changed since i left ! no thanks to maggie ! thank you
Peter Softly
needham market , suffolk - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:26:52 (PDT)
To Gill Wilton. Don't know if anyone has already contacted you about your request but this is what I have been able to find. Samuel George Hart married Jane Hood 1862 in Easington Durham ref 10a 454. 1871 census- Jane Hart age 29 is listed as a widow living at Back North Railway Street with daughter Christine age 7years and son Samuel age 2years Hope these are the people you are looking for
M Howarth
Seaham, - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:25:41 (PDT)
I wonder if anyone who went to Camden Square in the 50s remembers the little bakery shop just down from the school on the main road. I can't remember the name of the shop but they used to sell 1p loafs, a miniture sized loaf, Turog I think they had baked onto the sides of them. We used to enjoy hollowing them out then eating the crusty sides and top last. Lovely jubbly they were too. Ah,aaaa, memories.
Ray K
New Marske , Cleveland - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:14:29 (PDT)
Hi I am Peter Riley's cousin, Janina. My mom, Anne Riley, was born in Ryhope and moved to the US in the 1950's. Does anyone remember her or her sister Mary Fraser who had a fish and chips store in Murton in the 1950's
Janina Sather
Geneva , Illinois - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:12:10 (PDT)
hi paul from bury you say you were in aggie currans class with my sister pat.i was in the class 2years below her.sadly our pat passed away 2 years ago suddenly.all the best.
james inions
mildenhall , suffolk - Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 13:10:15 (PDT)
yes james i can remember those gob stoppers and the thick cups well.We lived opposite the canteen in butcher street which was next to post office street where the pay offices were.I remember the Dilly and climbing up the wall next to it the one on a angle.I can remember going through swingdoors to canteen the medical room was at one side near the brushes where we would hit the button and clean our shoes we did put the greese on once and it made a big mess of our shoes it took ages to get it off.Even as a kid if you got hurt we were taking to medical room for treatment.I went to cusies which was just across the road and the priest was father gitts we always thought it was a funny name for priest.Then there was cozy,laundry and doc weirs who had a great orchard and a bloody big dog we did get chased alot after borrowing a couple of apples from tree.
no name
- Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:27:23 (PDT)
MILWAUKEE , - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:26:13 (PDT)
Seems lots on about St Mary Mags I know all teachers mentioned and thier are some photos in answer to Ray and Tony.
Vivienne McCracken
Darlington, - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:25:06 (PDT)
Hi Ray, Miss Little was my aunt I was at St Mary Mags when my Dad was Deputy Head Mr Little. Can I help with your queries
Vivienne McCracken
Darlington, - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:24:09 (PDT)
james inions
mildenhall, - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:23:02 (PDT)
james inions
mildenhall , - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:18:51 (PDT)
to jim onions i thought of your sisters name it was pat she was in aggie currans class 1964
bury, - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:17:04 (PDT)
to Madeleine Stones. durham records online have a Joseph Frances Finn born 1888 died 1923 ref easington 10a 410 hope this is some help.
m. howarth
seahm, - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:16:03 (PDT)
hi HEN MURRISH is this the same hen murrish i used to know MUSHY.by you must of changed putting pen to paper.the mushy i knew used to like a pint or two.then he might of been a poet or not. all the best. jap
James Inions
mildenhall , bury-st-edmunds - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:15:16 (PDT)
Madeleine Stones, look at Durham Records online there is a record for Joseph Francis Finn on there born Easington area 1888 died Easington area 1923.
Peter B
- Friday, May 21, 2010 at 08:09:54 (PDT)
i am not a seaham person myself, but my mum was. grandad was a miner at dawdon colliery and nan and grandad lived in strangways street. i had some of the happiest times of my life there as a child - memories of durham big meeting, valentes ice-cream, finding crabs on the feather bed rock, crossing the bridge over the dene to get to the green drive! strange how these memories are so very vivid even though they were 50 years ago. wish i could do it all again. oh yes, even the tin bath in front of the range fire and nannys home-made teacakes!
jackie leworthy
shaftesbury , - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:50:37 (PDT)
In researching my family history I've come upon the name Joseph Francis Finn. He was born about 1888 in Seaham and was the son of Patrick and Mary Jane Finn who were the innkeepers of The Station Hotel. He came from a large family. I can place him in the 1901 census in Seaham, but loose track after that. Can anyone shed some light on this person?
Madeleine Stones
Sunderland, - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:49:16 (PDT)
with all the work going on down the docks, i would have thought one of you photographers would take some of the progress and post them on the site to keep the xpats up to date,it is an area that most of us grew up with. d gale
Denis Gale
st,neots , cambs - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:47:04 (PDT)
Hen, your a Poet and you do'nt know it. The essence of life must move forward, the old must make way for the new. Our old Cornish Street house was replaced in the early 1940s by Steel Houses and Prefabs. I doubt weather I would recognide the Seaham I knew as a Boy.
Brian G
- Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:45:35 (PDT)
Linda Lee Wolfe I was at Seaham Secondary School in 1974. I left school at Easter of that year.
Elizabeth Metcalf (nee Stoker)
Seaham, - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:44:45 (PDT)
hi iwas sitting thinking about people from seaham in my youth.and i wonder what ever happened to my first real girlfriend in the late 60s when i was 16 her name was joyce clarke (sparky) last i heard she married stan furnace from parkside.it would great to hear from anyone that knows her .
James Inions
mildenhall, - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:43:32 (PDT)
I left Seaham Secondary School in 1974 and remember Linda Lee I Remember you used to live on a farm at Seaton. I am married and live in Murton
Irene dunn Button
Seaham, - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:42:18 (PDT)
jim sunderland hi i can remember catching goldfish out of the pit pond.some of them huge we used to sell them to the pet shop in the harbour for pennies.but we had great fun catching them with a bent neddle on some cotton.can you remeber the penny gob stoppers from the canten they were huge and full of sugar.you could suck them for hours.i used to love going up to pit on fridays with my dad to get his pay because you would always get some.and a big mug of tea you could hardly lift it was that big in your small hands.all the best
James Inions
mildenhall, suffolk - Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 15:41:12 (PDT)
the coalmines have all gone now, theirs no coal to be seen, they built some nice houses, where one colliery had been, the fishing boats have all gone now,theirs no fish to be seen, and they have built a new shopping centre where our cinema had been, everything changes,and we change as well, and i know that you too, if the truth you would tell, as you can see i am no poet,so i am ending this poem, i am proud of seaham harbour,i am proud of my home. HEN THE PEN.
Hen murrish
seaham, - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:03:49 (PDT)
Well done to Graham Morris - He has been a dedicated member of the Labour Party since he was a young boy and and joined the Young Socialist's in the late seventies when Labour was Labour Good Luck to him and I know he will serve us well
Val Roberts
Seaham, - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:02:29 (PDT)
Just discovered your page, anyone there from Seaham Secondary School graduating around 1974?
Linda Lee Wolfe
Holland, Ohio - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:01:24 (PDT)
we are looking for a original photo of kinley hill tower around 1900 or slightly later as we are restoring the property anything would be of great help
Wayne Jackson
Hawthorn, - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:59:48 (PDT)
Joe Williams, I was in Seaham when the Easington Collery Explosion occured around 1951/2. Big loss of life then, there is a Memorial in Easington.
Brian G
- Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:58:40 (PDT)
When I was a Boy, Manny Shinwell was our Labour MP. I wonder who is using their MPs expences in Seaham?
Brian G
- Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 14:38:40 (PDT)
Yes i knew Cosh Cunningham very well we crossed paths(to my regret)many a time I left Cam in July 1950. Joe williams the knack explosion would be about the hall st gardens it was not far from the low pit shaft Ron Meir
Ron Meir
Seaham, - Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 14:37:37 (PDT)
Seahamlad, I had given you up bonny lad!...never heard of Jaqueline for many moons - America has swallowed he up. Did you hear of the passing of Norman Beer? I went to school with him. Sadie M. is Norman's Sister...nice Lady.
Brian G.
- Sunday, May 02, 2010 at 14:36:38 (PDT)
HELLO, Im realy thrilled to have found the guest book,although i visit Saham often i never bump in to any of my old mates.So does anybody remember me from Seaham Modern.59-64 or from my first job at Lish's barber shop.
Robert Harrison
BURWASH , - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:20:45 (PDT)
G A CHITSON WHITE - im edna daughter if you want to get in touch
Michelle Whitelock
Seaham, - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:18:41 (PDT)
Hi to Peter Riley of Oxford, my husband knew a Kitty Robinson, used to at one time live in Murton, would this be the same person Peter
Maureen Rafferty
Farnborough , - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:16:20 (PDT)
the seaham colliery explosion 1880, does anyone know in relation with the surface this explosion took place?just thought it might be interesting to find out.thank ou joe williams
joe williams
seaham, - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:14:43 (PDT)
I was looking through some of the messages relating to teachers in days gone by and I couldn't help thinking back to my days at Camden Square in the 50s. In these days of the "PC Brigade" I got to thinking of a teacher who would NOT have passed the "PC" test. He went by the name of Joe Cunningham and was the most feared teacher at that time.Very few crossed this man and those who dared very rarely went back for more. Anyone remember him? Ray K.
Ray Kinnair
New Marske , - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:13:08 (PDT)
Hi Brian G and Jacquiline, was thinking of you both today as I motored down the new road which is a rare sight to see, as its covered with thousands of daffodils in full bloom and the flowering gorse (Whinny Bushes) are beautiful, Seaham is a great place to be!
- Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:11:09 (PDT)
(jap inions) hi paul bury you did not give your surname.you said you were in the same class as my sister.which year and school as i have six sisters.
James Inions
bury st edmunds, suffolk - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:09:38 (PDT)
hi wendy my nan jessie cross married your grandad harry wilshire . i rem as a child in the sixtys your mam dad and family comming to my nans house to visit your grandad harry the thing that sticks out in my mind was how tall and handsome your brothers were sadly my dad billy passed away in 2002. give your regards to your family love sharon
Grays, Esssex - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:07:48 (PDT)
Anyone know a Stepthen Muir? Used to live at Ash Cresent?
Fred Baylis
Sutton-In-Ashfield , Notts - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:05:36 (PDT)
Hi Violet, I have been hoping that you may see my comments You may know that Edmund , Mary,s hubby died in January this year. and my Michael has moved back up to murton and has become the villages Cambridge Don !! Have lots to tell you and quite a few photos that I can include with emails, so please, please write to me Love Fred and Sheila,
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:03:24 (PDT)
Hi Melvyn grand to hear from you. and I would you to have my email address, I will ask the Moderator to let you have it so we can circumvent this guest book and get whats happened during the last years. Do you still sing "That old black magic" and do you still weald a mean snooker cue. etc, etc, etc. Really would like to make contact with you again.
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 15:00:00 (PDT)
Fred Gordon Still alive well living in Seaham drop me an email.
Melvyn Anderson
Seaham, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:58:24 (PDT)
Hello everyone. I'm a Riley, looking for other Riley's from Seaham. My sister is doing the family tree, and I thought I'd ask on this site if there's any of the family still living in Seaham? My Grandad Thomas, and his wife Margaret (was Robinson)lived in Henry St around 1900. Their ten children were: Mary, William (Billy),Thomas (known as Paddy),Henry, Kitty,Robert (Bobby),Joe, Anne, John and James. As far as I know, only my uncle Joe is still alive, and he's now in Bradford. I know there's a lot of Rileys around that area, and not necessarily related to us, but it would help my sister a lot, if I could get any details of my uncles and aunts children. My aunt Anne went to Chicago after the war with her husband George Bekier, if that helps, and my aunt Mary married a Fraser (Robert)and my aunt Kitty married Benny Smith. While my sister (Anne Marie)is looking for names and dates, I'm interested in any memories that people may have about them, especially of my Dad, Paddy, and his brother John. We'd appreciate any help anyone could give us, and I'd like to say hello to any family members still in the area. Thanks, Peter.
Peter Riley
Oxford, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:56:43 (PDT)
could anyone tell me where I could take some photos of the trophies and cups of Dawdon swimming club for my brother in Austrailia.He is very ill but still talks about winning cups in the 40,s He is now 79. ahh memories
ernie guy
sunderland, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:55:21 (PDT)
I previously was a frequent visitor to the website, but have lost contact the last few years. My Mom,Gwendoline Wiltshire Evans was born and raised in Seaham and still has sisters living there...Edith & Len Little, Betty & Jack Thompson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. My mom met Dad during WWII in England. If you know any of our family, tell them Hello from America. We used to communicate with a few of them via internet, but after e-mail address changes we have not been able to do so lately. Miss them all very much.
Wendy Evans Walton
El Dorado , - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:53:52 (PDT)
jimmy onions i was in the same class as your sister but i forget her name
bury, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:52:24 (PDT)
My maternal great grandfather, Robert Davison immigrated to the Johnstown, PA, US in 1855 from Seaham Harbour, Durham, England. I understand that he worked as a coal miner in Johnstown, which is my hometown. If anyone has any information on the Davison's of Seaham Harbour, I would certainly appreciate it. My grandson, Mr. Davison's great, great, great grandson, has been given the Davison's name, it is important to me to find out as much as possible about the family.
Harriet Mayes
Lakeland , Polk, Florida - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:51:16 (PDT)
Back in the late 1980's I worked in a warehouse in the west of London called Christian Salvesen's. A lot of people for both Seaham and Peterlee worked there, and I often wonder what became of them. Rob Proctor, Alan Proctor, Mick McGinn are some names that come to mind. If anyone knows of any of them, please put them in touch.
Paul Wilson
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:49:38 (PDT)
Hi Paul Bennett. Hope you are OK down there in Belper. Just got back from a visit to Seaham and you would be right to assume that any Beardmore's living in Seaham are related to John Beardmore. Its a common name down in Derby but pretty rare up in Seaham.
Petert Beardmore
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:47:24 (PDT)
sharon yes i remember keith guy and also john guy.I also remember joyce,s sister.There was also the deftys,deka car,the johnsons maureen married dave smith.I can remember when benny lacey got burnt we were all next to the car.we lived next to the hendersons that used to run the legion club the ended up as labour club.
no name
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:46:21 (PDT)
Yes james we used to go through the tunnel quite alot.Do you remember the clay pit next to black road and the knack pit pond where we used to go to catch goldfish.We also used to sneak in to knack canteen and polish our shoes on the brushes.On saturday mornings we all went to the flicks down harbour to see the black arrow episodes.The great films of the time were tarzan,bomba and mighty mouse cartoons.then there was range rider,lone ranger,hopalong cassidy and of course cisco kid with there side kicks.
sunderland, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:45:13 (PDT)
violet Douglas
cambridge, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:44:05 (PDT)
violet douglas
cambridge, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:42:47 (PDT)
I remember going through the tunnel at the bottom of the Mill Inn bank. It ran from the Cosy side to the park. I went through with Lenny Wickes and half way through one of us stumbled and dropped our torch. We could see it sailing off in the distance and had to run after it to catch it. The water level wasn't that deep and we were totally unaware of sewage floating around. I guess exposure to muck and clarts was the best way of keeping healthy! If Isabelle Bleasdale or Maureen Rafferty read this would they check their Friends Reunited accounts or contact the guestbook editor for my e-mail address, I'd like to hear from them.
Robert Johnson
Nottingham, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:41:25 (PDT)
Hello, Seaham. Does anyone remember or know about Rennison's the butchers in Seaham Harbour? On the 1911 census the family were living at 8, South Terrace. I know that part of South Terrace no longer exists. My great great uncle, Alfred Rennison, was the owner. One of his daughters, Elsie, married my Seaham- born great uncle, John Kirby in 1906 at St John's church. Any information or where I may get a photo of the shop would be greatly appreciated. Kind regards, William Kirby.
William Kirby
Great Lumley, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:39:09 (PDT)
James (Burry St Edmunds) yes, you describe going through the tunnel exactley. I wenr through there fifty years ago, I wonder if it's changed in any way? Crow wood, and the dean. Ah yes I remember it well!
Brian G
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:37:42 (PDT)
James (Burry St Edmunds) yes, you describe going through the tunnel exactley. I wenr through there fifty years ago, I wonder if it's changed in any way? Crow wood, and the dean. Ah yes I remember it well!
Brian G
- Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:36:24 (PDT)
Sorry folks we hve a problem with the server which we are still working on. These are some of the entry backlog.
Sadie Mason
Seaham, - Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 14:35:14 (PDT)
This is a message for Violet Douglas (nee Middleton) Hi violet - this is your cousin writing to say I have been trying to contact you for a few years, after you posted a message on the site saying you had visited. I also saw your name on on Friends Reunited and tried with no luck to make contact with you. Michael told me that you had gone to Australia to visit Sarah and that would be why you would not responding to my letters. If you want to contact me by email you can get my email address from the editor of this Guestbook. Hope you reply as I have lots of catching up to do.
Fred gordon
sunderland, - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:31:32 (PDT)
my wife doreen esme robinson (huges)WENT TO THE SIS SCHOOL 1953-1957 i went 1951-1955 we would like to here of any body that can rember us we cot married in creta green 1959 we would like to hear frome any one.
ernie robinson
stone, stoke on trent - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:27:51 (PDT)
hi reading about the dilly's brought back memories.i used do go to st.jo;s in the 60's a gang of us used to ride them up and down then go down the crow wood and go through the tunnel which led to the park.the ledge was a foot wide with gaps now and then if the person in front never told you there was agap you more than likely got your feet wet.when you look back this was raw sewage.they would be hell on if it was today.but that was a better childhood than kids have today.can any body else remember going through the tunnel.
james inions
bury st edmunds , suffolk - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:26:41 (PDT)
For the attention of Violet Douglas, If you were related to Geordie Douglas who was married to Hannah formerly Walker nee Price who had a daughter called Meggie then we are related. My mother was Cissie Marley nee Walker. L. Taylor
Lucy Taylor
Seaham, - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:24:56 (PDT)
JAP INIONS, Hello jimmy wondered where you'd gone. Tonkas still around the harbour, I think jimmy mac moved down south or he was working down there, lonzy is still knockin about the harbour so is owen. I get there now and again I go away to sea like your dad used to. I'll let you know about the other parkside lads when I find out. Ash field has never been the same.
Jim Brymer
- Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:23:55 (PDT)
Born in Seaham 1949, left in 1964 to join Hm forces, did 9 years with 15/19KRH and settled in Prudhoe Northumberland.
John Gaut
Prudhoe, Northumberland - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:22:22 (PDT)
My greatgrandad's Brother john Bennett/ Beardmore, He move to Seaham in 1890ish he was born John Bennett but changed his name to Beardmore as that was his mothers maiden name, Thomas Bennett was his father but was born out of wedlock. So if your name is Beardmore and live in the Durham area there is A good possability that we are related.
Paul Bennett
Belper , Derbyshire - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:21:08 (PDT)
has anyone any information on the campbel family who lived in chaplin street dawdon,there was willy,alfy,tommy,and edna.thanks.
Nth.LINCs - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:19:18 (PDT)
has anyone any information on the campbel family who lived in chaplin street dawdon,there was willy,alfy,tommy,and edna.thanks.
Nth Lincs - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:12:11 (PDT)
hi jim so nice to hear someone on guest book rem s my dad billy cross i rem all them names you mentioned i played with joyce s sister lorraine as a child and keith guy freds younger brother there was also eric brown peacocks and i rem what a great little street it was .we played outside all the time and on the dump we were never indoors like the kids today are it is great to have this guest book as lots of people have moved away and it is good to keep in touch with the people of seaham a great bunch of people .sharon
grays , essex - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:11:02 (PDT)
my wife and i lived in seaham 38 years ago her name is doreen esme huges we got married in greta green 40 yr ago we had mates like mosie bell dorthy marwood,dorthy booth senther turnbull we are still in love with 3 kids 15 grand kids'6 great grand kids we both went to the sis school 1950 to to 1956 love to hear frome any one that nose us,
ernie robinson
stone, staffordshire s o t - Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 00:09:30 (PDT)
Is there any old school friends out there of my sister Beverley Cummings who was born in 1970 or any other year? She went to Dawdon Junior School, then Seaham Comprehensive, please get in touch. thanks Lesley
Lesley Cummings
Seaham, - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:31:13 (PDT)
SEAHAM, - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:29:42 (PDT)
Have any of your contributors any news of the following past work colleagues. John (Jacky) Hunter. Tommy Wakefield. Terry Simpson. Ernie Myers and Melvyn Anderson.We all served our apprenticeships at the same time at the Vane Tempest Colliery.
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:28:51 (PDT)
jimmy gilbert here i live in australia now and have done for the last 40 years.would love to chat to anyone around the 1920/1930's vintage. i have lots of memories of people and places
Jim Gilbert
perth , Australia - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:27:41 (PDT)
Does anyone remember Ralph woodhouse he worked at dawdon pit, pit bricklayer.
Ralph Woodhouse
Washington, Tyne and Wear - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:26:31 (PDT)
The one thing about this site is that it always stirs a long mislaid memory! I lived at 143 Malvern, born there in fact, and the back windows upstairs looked out on the Knack, and the rattle of tubs was a constant background noise, so much so that you only really noticed it when it stopped! Brian G mentioned the Spur Family, and I recall Harold Spur quite well, The prefabs were a post-war answer to the housing shortage, and I can recall them being installed [they arrived in sections] in what is now Eastleigh. We thought they were very luxurious! I recall a lot of the teachers from SMS, particularly Frank Masterman, who was, indeed, very tall, and he chased me around the classroom one day trying to cane me, and I was having none of that! I was sent to Old Weatherly, and he didn't succeed either! We were tough, and stubborn!
Colin Hall
Wellington , New Zealand - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:25:13 (PDT)
hi seaham this is 3rd time of writing does anyone remember me or my late husband richie douglas lived in wide back st worked at dawdon i lived at deneside bethune ave have i any cousins about would love to hear news of seahambest wishes violet douglas nee middleton
violet douglas
cambridge , cambs - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:23:28 (PDT)
Sharon i do remember little billy cross and all the guy fam sadly young fred passed away a few years ago i lived in number 20 oxford st with my grandmother and uncle next door to mary maxsteads dad.Mary married billy jones who was willams dad.There were a few of us went about together,jennifer lee,kathleen and fred guy,joyce plows,willam jones,jess graham and a good few more. Brian i remember ray heads who i think got called clough sadly he is no longer with us,he always had motorbike and sidecar and nearly alwas at town for the last few years he did use two sticks.I have seen jim heads a few times but not tommy.If i remeber wright they were also related to sas savage and them.
sunderland, - Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 14:21:45 (PDT)
EASTHALTON , Nth.LINCs - Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 17:07:18 (PDT)
Jim (Sunderland) I do't remember the mission house as such. The High Collery School where Mr Shipley was my teacher, there was a field next to ours with a black and white Bull in it. It was dodgy when our ball used to be kicked into that field where the bull was. Prefabs only were supposed to have a 25 year life so I was told but some went on for another 25. I heard that Ray Clough was hobbling about on two sticks? I used to walk home from school with the late Norman Beer who lived in Oxford Street.
Brian G
- Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 17:05:55 (PDT)
MILWAUKEE , WI - Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 17:04:14 (PDT)
hi jim i rem oxford street my dad grew up there at no 10 with his mam his name was billy cross sadly he passed away in 2002. then after he got married to my mam and had myself and my brother we moved back to oxford street no 16 so as a child i grew up in oxford st we lived next door to the guy family a family of great footballers a great little street sharon
sharon osborne ne cross
grays, essex - Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 17:03:21 (PDT)
Hello all. I was looking at google earth to find my grandparents bungalow in Roberts Square. They lived at number 14. It appears that a new bungalow has been built in what would have been their garden. Number 14 seems to have disappeared or at least the number has. I remember looking out of the kitchen window at the ships coming into the harbour. Does anybody remember the "Goodings" family? My grandfather (Jimmy) had a part time job as a driver for a bakery in Church Street. My Dad was called John better known as "Jack". Any info about Robert Square or my family would be great.
Peter Goodings
Cleethorpes , Lincs - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 15:05:09 (PDT)
for the pupils who attended the Seaham Modern School I attended the school between the years 1947-1951. The school at that time was seregated with the Girls in on section and the Boys in the other section. The headmaster was Mr Tom Weatherly, who majored in music. His brother was Denis Weatherly who was a Teacher @ the Ryhope Grammar School and he was a very well known baritone and with his brother judicators of musical concerts. As I recollect the following teachers were at the school: Mr Coxon - Sport and Music. Mr Iredale - Geography. Mr J Carr Humphreys History and who was also Chairman of Education Committee and a magistrate for Sunderland. Mr Brazier - History he used to talk to us about his time as a POW in the far east during WW2 and to lose his temper when seeing pupils making waste etc. Mr Iredale - Geography. Mr Kirby - English. Another teacher whose name Mr xxxxxx who took us for maths (his name escapes me.) and during lunch times taught us how to play chess. his son was a real boffin, but was at first in our class but eventually went to Ryhope Grammar. Mr Masterman was a very tall gentleman, and ruled with the cane. therefore I forgot what subjects were. My favourite teacher was Mr. Iredale Geography, My favourite sports was running the mile, I loved singing in the combined school choirs which eventually led me to being a member of Dawdon Colliery Brass Band and to a love for all classical music. and by the way I also loved the big pasties and tapioca pud at school dinners
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 15:02:59 (PDT)
Still a grand web site
Fred Gordon
Sunderland, - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 15:00:56 (PDT)
Gil. Steve. If you intend to get b,m,d, certificates do it before April 6 2010 .The price will go up by 32% on that date.Postage will also increase.
canada - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 14:59:45 (PDT)
Les A. and Liz Metcalf, thanks for the info etc. Yes Les I used to sit on the windowsils of the Knack's Blacksmith shops and look at the goings on. The only thing I did'nt like was the electric-blue light of arc-welding. As for the Steel houses Liz, I knew the Spur family and Gorden Woods and also school mates lived in the Prefabs as well. Is the High Collery school still standing?
Brian G
- Monday, March 15, 2010 at 14:58:29 (PDT)
Hi marilyn i cant remember the harrisons but i do recall bessie mccartney and her family that lived at bottom end of butcher street she was blind and her son kenneth was killed on mill inn bank he forgot to give his mam a message so he ran from cosy then on way back got knocked down that was about 1953 or 54.I also remember a family called chisolms that lved down malvern way the daughter was called olive.Brian i am not old enough to remember the pre-vabs been erected but i can remember them and saw them pulled down.Seaham has changed alot and there is only half of malvern left the rest has been pulled down as has oxford street infact all thats on oxford street know is a nursing home in the spot where i grew up number 20 next door to hendersons that ran legion at bottom of black road.on the other corner was the cloughs very nice family.other side was my mate willam jones or maxstead as it was his grandads.Do you remember a place next to high coll school called mission house it was pulled down about 1955 and was suposed to be haunted.
Sunderland, - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 14:57:14 (PDT)
I lived in Doctor Street so to hear about the Black Road, Ball Alley, Clay Hole etc takes me back a lot of years. I go back to the time when Tot Henry's was Clara Atkinson's and California St, Australia St, Cornish St, Viceroy St and Mount Pleasant were still lived in, in fact I delivered newspapers to a few of those streets from the newsagent Mr Branagen (not sure about the spelling). I can't really say "those were the days" with any conviction. Surtees Gleghorn
Surtees Gleghorn
Taunton, - Monday, March 15, 2010 at 14:55:03 (PDT)
hi it's good to see jimmy mac &tonka are still up there has any body got any email contact numbers for them.thanks.
jimmy inions
bury st edmunds , - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:13:58 (PST)
Simon Hudson! That's a name I've not heard for a while. I was at Cuthies a year after you, briefly while it was still up at Eastlea then down behind the Mill Inn. Aren't you cousin to the Hudsons - Mick, Laura, Robert etc etc? I was in Rob's class with the likes of Steve Donnelly, Frank Lanaghan, Mick Wallace, Colin Patching, Paul Hamilton etc as well as the wonderful Tonia Jobes and Anne Hurst, Elaine Lennox, Janice Little and the delectable (mini skirt and white knee high boots) Veronica Corcoran. I was a fan of Mrs Needham too. I managed two (not unpleasant) years with Mrs Hill before making the tactical error of going to St Aidans. If you thought Peterlee was bad you should have tried life with the Christian Brothers! Mad as carrots and would kick or punch you soon as look at you. Worst of all - no girls... You don't know how lucky you were at Peterlee... The best thing about Cuthies was the Dilly. On a windy day you could stand at the top with you arms spread out and feel as though you were flying - leaning out into the wind. Mind you, you were a Station Road dweller so it was a bit out of your way mebbe. It was pefectly placed for those mooching their way back to Eastlea. Then it was up past where Tonia Jobes's dad built the ice cream factory and on up the steps beside Tot Henry's shop. Tot "nee nickin" was always ready for a joke and he'd sell you a woodbine and a match on a friday night on the way down to the scouts at Cuthies. Good to hear you're still about the place Simon. As you can see, the very sound of your name's got me thinking of my misspent youth... cheers mick smith
mick smith
nr Bordeaux , - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:12:55 (PST)
Jim Sunderland, do you remember the Harrison´s in butcher street?
Marilyn Chisholm nee Sayer
Sorbas , Almeria Spain - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:09:52 (PST)
Brian, (re-Seaham Colliery) did you ever sit on the low sills of the blacksmiths' windows, when the shutters were open, to watch the blacksmiths fashion wonderful wrought iron things but mostly horseshoes for the pit ponies? Then there was the steel staircase up to the steam winding engine where you could watch the engineer pulling the leavers on the gleaming steam engine to bring the tubs of coal up to the surface or to take miners down the shaft. To those correspondents who do not know Seaham or its coal mines, I think we should point out that 'The Dilly' was the gravity railway line that sent, perhaps a dozen, full trucks of coal down to the docks two miles away for the coal to be shipped off to Europe. An attached steel hawser pulled a line of empty trucks back up from the docks to the colliery. Half way to the docks the single railway divided into two tracks so that the full trucks could pass the empty trucks, then again merge into one line; ingenious!
Les A
Billingham, - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:08:20 (PST)
Jim of Sunderland, thanks for those memories. They must have rebuilt most of Seaham now. When the old houses in Cornish Street and the like got dammaged in the War they did'nt bother to repair them. To think I saw the very first Prefabs arrive and then the steel houses were built. It was a different world then. I'm still looking for Brian Oliver if he's still around?
- Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:07:09 (PST)
Just to see the history of Seaham
Julia Jean Andrews
Seaham, - Monday, March 08, 2010 at 15:06:01 (PST)
Hi Jimmy Inions, Jimmy Mac and Tonka are still about i know that for sure.
no name
seaham, - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 14:04:04 (PST)
Gill it's possible to get death certificates of those who died at sea. Have you tried to get the death certificate? It may be in the Peterlee office, if he died at 'home',if not perhaps look on line for they "died at sea" web sites.Getting it will aid you in your research.It's worth a try.
canada - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 14:03:11 (PST)
Great site, try to return to Seaham every year, love to contact old friends.Sad to see Camden square and Dawdon jnrs gone
philip vickers
B/Kara, Malta - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 14:02:12 (PST)
Steve McCafferty George Scott. I believe that Alice married George Scott . You can buy the certificates at Durham County Records. Surname Forename(s) Year District 92% SCOTT George R 1878 Durham Eastern 92% RHODES Alice 1878 Durham Eastern
canada - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 14:00:55 (PST)
STEVE McCafferty The following may be your Rhodes. Burials Easington Annie Rhodes abt 1861 1914 Another Annie Rhodes , or perhaps the same one, married a David Cook in March 1885. I say this as the two Annies were both born about 1861 Burials Easington Eli Rhodes abt 1863 1911 Seaham Harbour Alice Rhodes married June 1878 .She married either James Rorch or George Scott. I'll see if I can find which of the two married Alice. Hope this helps. Check Durham Recods which is online.Plenty of Rhodes there just put in last name, click on search. The marriages I found at the free bmd.
canada - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 14:00:00 (PST)
I wonder if anybody knows the where about of valerie heaton (nee phillips),she is married to john heaton from parkside and they have one daughter adrienne and moved to northwich i belive,the reason i want to find her is that her sister is very ill in hospital and would love to here from her.
sunderland, - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 13:58:26 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, the steel houses are still standing at Eastlea. My mam and dad live in one, and my sister lives in one straight opposite them
liz metcalf
seaham, - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 13:57:03 (PST)
hi derek after i sent the message i realised got you muddled up with the consetts i lived in the street for a little while i rem your brother brian .my brother who was a lot younger than your brian always tagged along with your brian and brian was really good about it he was a lovley boy brian i rem him very well i also rem your mam its a small world take care sharon
sharon osborne nee cross
grays, essex - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 13:56:03 (PST)
Brian i remember dilly well infact i used to live in butcher street which was next to post office street.The dilly was just across from there as was cosy lenny was nearly always first in que and mr lamb the manager always gave him a tube of ice cream and lenny always had his own spoon.I also can remember blacksmith shops near the coal shaft and the bunkers where the coal bunkers used to get filled then there was canteen and baths.I can also remember tot and peter henry they had shops on opposite corners of row.Thier sister went to our school saint cuthberts that used to be opposite peters shop and because it was in two parts the other was behind mill inn pub.Do you remeber the old mill that was naer there.
sunderland, - Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 13:54:45 (PST)
Houses or Rabbit hutches where the Cosy Cinima was? The Cosy Manager will be spinning in his grave! Mr. Lamb was his name, us kids thought he was 'orrible! I liked the 6d seats cos the 3d seats were wooden forms...memories! On the right of the Cosy was the Laundry and on the left was a field and a beck on the other side of that field. We plodged in the beck a few times. The Park oppersite the Mill Inn, was overgrown and neglected by the then Seaham U.D.C. Lots of naughties used to happen in the long grass in the Park!!! The only decent thing in the park (1950/1) was the fenced off War Mamorial. Futher up from that was boaling greens. Eric Leighton, I think I'm a bit before your time and I never knew anybody with your name. My favourate time was when the Shows (Fair) come once a year to the Park just inside the enterance. All the music they played was 1940s style. Elvis had'nt sang "Heartbreak Hotel" yet! When you think of it...everything was going full pelt then. The Mines, Knack, Dawdon, Vane Tempest. Brick-works Crompton & Harriso. Docks full of Colliers and much more.
Brian Burton
- Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 13:53:05 (PST)
My father, Jack Swain Livermore, was born (in 1919) and raised in Seaham Harbour and lived there until he was 10 years old. His parents, John Livermore and Maria Stammers, moved from Seaham to the USA and settled in Cleveland, Ohio on the coast of Lake Erie. My Dad passed away recently but through his entire life, he held true to his English heritage. His house was full of books, music, photos and collectables all representing his proud heritage. Thanks for providing a Guest Book. Great idea!
Mike Livermore
Brecksville , Ohio - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:41:03 (PST)
To Cath Mather re Linda Clark. Cath,it is 5 years since you responded to my message! I am so sorry I did not put on my personal email but a temporary work email which I no longer have access to. Personal circumstances meant I had not been continuing my search and have only just logged into the guestbook again. I would dearly love to hear from you, or anyone else who can help me, the email you gave is no longer valid and I feel very worried that I have missed out on a great opportunity to discover some vital information. I would greatly appreciate any feedback, and will be checking back regularly
Sara Edwards
Sawbridgeworth , Herts - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:39:39 (PST)
Hello.I am trying to trace my roots as far as I can. If anyone has any information I would be very grateful. My grandmother was Alice Lawrence and she married William Rhodes who, I believe, was a miner at Easington Colliery. They lived in Horden. My great grandmother, ? Lawrence, died on the day of my birth - 10/3/53. I know my great grandmother had two daughter s - Alice and Annie and a number of sons who apparently all died. Some of these during WW1. I am keen to find any information about my family
steve McCafferty
Norfolk (ex Bristol) , - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:38:10 (PST)
to gary purdy, paul mcgann won the deneside school competition to open the new road didn't he?
john halliday
seaham, - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:36:29 (PST)
Jim (Sunderland) and Elizabeth,Thank you for the Info. The Timber yard was for the Knack's Pit-Props. I crossed it from the ballally wall which has been knocked down now I believe? I came out at the end of the Blacksmiths shops with the Pit on my right. Went down the Dilly too sometimes. The Laundry was next to the Cosy and Lenny Button was there sometimes. There was the High Collery School and Steel housese and prefabs but I expect it's all brick houses now? Well this is all very well remembering, but the trouble is that people I went to School with like Nornan Beer are gone now and that makes remembering harder. Cheers and I would like to know any other snippets of info...Brian.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:35:24 (PST)
to, mary lucy robson, your my cousin, havn't seen you in years. your uncle johnny halliday was my dad,(died 1989), contact me
John Halliday
seaham, - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:33:57 (PST)
Ooops! Should I have added my name to the end of my message? I'm Kathleen Kingston. Maiden name Watters.
Kathleen Kingston
Wrexham, - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:32:51 (PST)
Have just found this site so thought I'd join in.I attended Camden Square from 1958 to 1963. Miss Burgess taught us English. We read The Merchant of Venice where is the line , "Tell me where is fancy bred?" Murleys, was scribbled in the margin of my book and I still giggle when I remember that. I bet Murleys is gone now. They had bakers shops in Church Street and Station Road and baked the best stotty cakes ever. Whilst I was growing up in Seaham I couldn't wait to leave the place. A girl in my class, Marilyn Lilley, emigrated to Australia in 1959/60. I was so envious, I tried to persuade my mother to go on a £10 passage. Has anyone heard anything of the Lilley family? It's 30 years since I finally moved away from Seaham and, from this distance, I appreciate the place more now and hope the town has a bright future.
Kathleen Kingston
Wrexham , - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:31:56 (PST)
Hi Sharon, Thank you for remembering my familiy but I'm not sure I remember you, I was hardly ever around after about 1968. I only had one brother, he was about 6 years younger than me, and his name was Brian. His best friend was also called Brian (Consitt) and it was he that had a brother called Albert, and also a sister Tracy. They also lived in Embleton Street. Unfortunately my brother was tragically killed in a motor cycle accident when he was eighteen in 1974. My mam eventually moved to Queen Alexander Road and died in 1997 so I rarely visit Dawdon any more but I still keep in touch with Mrs Consitt who was a very good friend to my mam.
Derek Close
Warwickshire , - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:30:03 (PST)
Re-The Cosy. To Greenfingers, the timber yard you passed going to the Cosy was the timber yard in the Knack Pit(behind the fence) as the timber yard at Elgy's was at the bottom of Adolphus st over the railway crossings AT Seaham Harbour. Tot Henry died a few years back and was in the local paper, about being a local hero during WW11 and was presented with a Medal by King George himself. He received the medal for bravery during the war by going out in MTB boats across the North Sea to rescue RAF pilots who having being to Germany on a bombing run. Also attacking ships in the same sea. A local Hero indeed. To Elizabeth Metcalfe- Where the cosy picture house stood is now private houses. Or Rabbit Hutches because of their size.
Seaham, - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 15:27:50 (PST)
My mother was born at seaham harbour in 1918 her father being a miner. Her address was sophia street and I understand that it has long gone. My mother recently died and we thinking of visiting seaham in the summer and would appreciate any advise as to how to go about making our visit as worthwhile as possible.
Christine O'brien
stockport , - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:12:44 (PST)
Hi Denis Gale , Thanks for the info on John Robson we ere friends from about 56 until 61 when I left Seaham to go to sea. We were good friends and I was slightly disappointed when he decided not to join the Merchantile Marine ,I think he would have enjoyed himself and it made the break with Seaham , still we all have our reasons. John Brennan
john brennan
hong kong, china - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:10:35 (PST)
TO VERA,thank 4 all those names from our class.Ian and Raymond were good friends of mine and the other names jumped out at me as I read them,it's a pity about our minds forgeting things as we get older,and I'll be 60 next month.I'm not a fan of the soapies so I haven't bumped into anyone famous. Congratulations on your Ruby anni in NOV. Do you keep in touch with any of our classmates? It was great to hear from, take care and have a great 2010 especially NOV.
SYDNEY NSW - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:09:06 (PST)
GILL The following named are the children of Samuel George and Jane. Go to Durham Records , dozens of Harts there. You'll find BMDs which may be some of your relatives.I'm related to a family named Hart.If you need any sites which may help I'll give my email addy to the web master. Baptisms Easington Christiana Helianor Hart 1863 Baptisms Easington Joseph William Hart 1865 Baptisms Easington Samuel George Hart 1869
canada - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:07:24 (PST)
Thanks Susie that would be them. Have learned that by 1871 jane had remarried to a william stevenson (or Stephenson)but have not been able to find any record of Samuel Georges death.Maybe he died at sea ? Still struggling to go any further back on his fathers side. The marriage cert. says he was George Hart chemist.
Gill Wilton
Holt, Norfolk - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:05:41 (PST)
Brian Greenfingers, I can remember walking past Tot Henry's shop to get to the black road which was the way I used to walk to the SIS school in the 70s. The spot where the cosy stood now has a nursing home there, upwards from it flats have been built and downwards houses have been built.
Elizabeth Metcalfl
Seaham, - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:03:55 (PST)
Hi great site. Left Seaham in '83, lived in Fern Crescent and Longnewton street Dawdon. Went to Cam Square and Seaham Comprehensive. Actually miss the place, especially the "Pit pond"!!
Mike Walker
Barrow-in-Furness Barrow-in-Furness , - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:01:57 (PST)
Brian there are houses there now and a nursing home where the doctors used to be.do you remember the laundry next to cosy.
sunderland, - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 16:00:27 (PST)
Brian green fingers i remember the blackroad well i used nearly everyday to go to school also the clay pit next to it.I worked at brickfactory untill it closed down then went to knack pit.I think you have made a mistake as i thought elgys timber yard was at bottom of church street and the cosy was at bottom of mill inn bank opposite butcher street and knack canteen.So i cant see how you can cross through it to get to cosy.I lived at bottom end of malvern in neptune street but as a kid i lived in oxford street.
sunderland, - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 15:59:31 (PST)
This site is great, as an ex seahamer I love reading through all the messages - brings back memories!
Steven Gainsford
Melbourne, Australia - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 15:58:12 (PST)
hi derek i rem you and your family think you had two brothers brian and albert if im right in thinking i also lived in that street with my mam dad and brother billy . i moved away in 1975 to marry an essex boy my dad passed away billy cross in 2002 but i still try and get back to seaham about once a year were you the oldest of the family take care sharon
sharon osborne nee cross
grays, essex - Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 15:55:50 (PST)
GILL Does this help? Marriages Jun 1862 (>99%) Hart Samuel George Easington 10a 454 Scan available - click to view Hood Jane Easington 10a 454
Canada - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:34:49 (PST)
what a great site ,something to put seaham on the map !!
diane nordstrom/griffiths
seaham, - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:26:56 (PST)
john maddison
perth, - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:25:11 (PST)
I remember the New Road being opened but dont recall the year shame its lost its original name!
Amanda Cochrane (Sowerby
Guernsey , - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:23:00 (PST)
Gary Purdy, yes New road and Graham Way. But do you remember the 'Black Road?' It ran paralell with the back of Malvern Cresent and the railway line and the Brickworks, this line ran up to the Knack. Elgy's timber yard, I think had lines to transport the pit-props around. I always cut across Elgys on the way to the Cosy at the weekends. I here the Cosy is pulled down, what's in it's place?
Brian Greenfingers
- Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:20:46 (PST)
Hi to the Real Bill - have waited to hear from you. I emailed you ages ago and have now tried again. Trust you receive this one. Watching out for your reply - Sonja O.
Sonja Owen
Seaaham, - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:19:25 (PST)
Hi Does anyone remember me? I lived in Embleton Street Dawdon and went to Camden Square (left about 1965) and Northlea Grammar Tech (left about 1968 to go to university). Since then I have worked in Consett, Corby, Teesside, Alcester and Birmingham. I only seem to come back to Seaham for funerals these days.
Derek Close
Warwickshire - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:17:18 (PST)
I left Seaham in 1980 and would like anyone who remembers my family to contact me. I would like to put together a family tree on my fathers side of the family. He was Jonathan Douglas Robson (Know down Dawdon Pit as Mo). He married Anna Walus (Polish) and had 9 children. My father has my grandmothers maiden name of Robson, however my uncles and aunties are called Halliday. Anyone who can give me any information about my family would be very grateful. Thanks Mary
Mary Lucy Robson
Seaham, - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:15:31 (PST)
Does anyone remember a vessel, m/v Adams Beck in the area, in 1953? M.P.
M. Parfitt
Lindfield , west sussex - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:14:12 (PST)
JOHN BRENNAN the john robson you are lookin for died about 8 years ago he worked at dawdon after leaving the docks and worked with my old mate jack dunn and never realy got over when the pit closed and seamed to go down fast he is still missed by a lot of people denis gale
denis gale
st.neots , cambs - Monday, February 15, 2010 at 15:12:43 (PST)
Hi I wonder if anyone can help. I am reseaching my family tree and have got stuck at Seaham with my great great great grandparents who were both from there. My gt gt gt grandfather was samuel George Hart a merchant seaman and his wifes maiden name was Jane Hood. can anybody help. Thanks Gill
Gill Wilton
Holt, Norfolk - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:16:12 (PST)
well, people can you remember when the new road (now called the graham way) opened? and who opened it? It was a competition at school and we even got the day off for it!! no snow days them days!
Gary Purdy
Seaham, - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:14:30 (PST)
To Tony Sutherland. I was at High Colliery School with Barry and I remember him well. Time tends to dull many memories and after many years away from Seaham I have lost touch with a lot of people and forgotten many others but I will always remember your brother. Barry was a quiet lad but he became a real chirpy character when he got to know you. We played in the same school football team at High Colliery and Barry was fearless when he pulled on that green goalies jersey. You had to be a brave or mad to stand between the goal posts in those days, no special protection from referees and centre forwards wore boots with toe caps as hard as steel. In 1958 we played in 3 Cup finals and I believe one of the cups we won was renamed the Sutherland Cup after Barry’s tragic death. Is that cup still around I wonder. I remember there being a team photograph taken that year and Barry was definitely in that photo. If anyone out there has that photo I would love to have a copy.
Peter B
Middlewich , Cheshire - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:13:02 (PST)
Tony Sutherland, Sorry, I had'nt heard about Barry in 1961. I was just getting demobed then after naional sevice in the Army. I only remembered the Five young people who drowned off the featherbed rock in the 1950s, one of the names was Charlton from Deanside.
Brian Greenfingers
- Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:11:13 (PST)
Anybody heard what happened to John Robson , he lived behind Pricess Road and had a cute sister. He must be about 70 , worked at the docks then went to Dawdon colliery. He was a mate of mine but we lost contact when I went to sea
John Brennan
hong kong, china sar - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:09:53 (PST)
are there any families in the Seaham or Hetton Le Hole areas that have the surname Howe? my dad was born up there, his name was John Thomas Howe and his dad was Robert Howe, must be some one on this web site that knows any one. He was married at Chester Le Street, any info would be appreciated. cheers John Howe
John Howe
Canberra , ACT - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:08:17 (PST)
My wifes mother married a Thomas William Turner b:1920 at 48 Longnewton St. They married in 1943 in Durham register office, he was living at 56 Bethune St at the time. They split up a few months later. Can anyone tell me anything about Thomas's later life, my wife Anne is his daughter to the above marriage.
Malcolm Grant
Doncaster , - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:06:49 (PST)
Hi i am looking for joe newby worked as fisherman would be around 63-65 years old any help please
lowestoft , SUFFOLK - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:05:29 (PST)
although i never went to camden square i do rememer pig eye,and the other teachers as i knew quite a lot of people at the school i also remember you sonja.
sunderland, - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:03:49 (PST)
toni i remember barry been a good goalkeeper and the schools playing for his trophy.As i recall he was a stocky lad and lived in malvern cres near prefabs.
sunderland, - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:02:49 (PST)
Hi Sonja Oliver. Still no E-Mail Sonja. Please try again. The Real Bill in SA
The Real Bill in SA
- Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:01:52 (PST)
i too remember ben brazier my condolenzes to his family
Tony Sutyerland
drogheda , louth ireland - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 16:01:01 (PST)
Hi Sonja. The E-Mail has not dropped into my inbox yet. Do you remember Shirley Donaldson? She lives in Seaham. She lived next door to you at 45. Peter suggested I send her the pictures. As a last resort. She could get them to you. There could still be a problem though. We do not have your address. Don't put it on here Sonja. We'll think of a way to get them to you. Are you on Friends Reunited? You can drop me your E-Mail address on there. No one sees that but me. If you are you'll find me on the Warkworkworth Crescent list, Peter also. Thanks for enquiring about my health. I'm fine for a real old soul. All the Best.
The Real Bill in SA
- Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 15:59:51 (PST)
Jimmy Inions
mildenhall , sussex - Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 15:58:26 (PST)
Sorry folks but we are doing maintenance on the site over next couple of weeks. But keep your submissions coming in and they will be added when we return.
Ed Mason <Seaham Harbour Online>
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 15:54:28 (PST)
ERIC LEIGHTON i noticed you went to sis from 1955 did you go with my best mate jackie dunn like you i have now retired and loving every minute i wished i had looked after the cash sooner then could have packed in sooner the building trade is not for the weak my brother doug the brickie is still on site at 72 the mind bogles the money he earned over the years he should have retired at 50 but she indoors loved to spend
denis gale
st.neots, cambs - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 15:01:11 (PST)
barry sutherland who drowned of featherbed rock 1961 i would love some stories from people who new barry as it will be 50years in 2011
tony sutherland
- Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 14:59:37 (PST)
just thinking about my brother barry who drowned in 1961 of featherbed rock it will be 50yrs in 2011
tony sutherland
drogheda , louth - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 14:58:41 (PST)
Hi seaham, my name is Garry Williams, my mother harked from seaham (madien name Horth) and as kids we used to summer there with our grandparents. I have fond memories of those times (late 1970's) but my particular interest is to discover the address of Marie Sardag (formerly Jones)with whom i wish to correspond. I know she still lives in the area and has two children Amie and Tom. Any help would be appreciated.
Garry Williams
Brisbane , Qld Australia - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 14:57:15 (PST)
Message for THE REAL BILL. S.A. Have emailed you with the help of the Editor. Look forward to hearing from you. Trust you are keeping well.
Sonja Owen nee Oliver
Seaham, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:23:29 (PST)
To John Spencer (alias Bamber Gasgoine )at Plymouth. You sister needs your help at doing the quiz at the Knack club. She only scored 11 out of thirty questions, so that means you are the brains in that family. So hurry back, to he Knack.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:22:31 (PST)
ANSWER to David Atkinson query- Mr Ben Brazier was about 93 or 94 when he passed on, and he was cremated in the last week of December 2009.
Eric Leighton
Seaham, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:21:33 (PST)
F.T.A.O John Man, Thanks for your reply will try to buy the book now that I know about it.Its nice to know that someone has noticed her after all these years,you are not dragging up the past its nice to talk about her. Best wishes thank you.
Irene Button
Seaham, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:20:41 (PST)
Mr Brazier, former SIS Teacher, was 95 years of age when he died Dec.18.2009
Ray Briggs
Bridgewater , Nova Scotia - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:19:35 (PST)
No offense to anyone on here, but it is funny how new users like myself trust everything that they read hear. Just because youve been a member longer than me does not mean that you are smarter. Please heed all advice before taking :
jimmy williamson
Traverse City , USA - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:17:52 (PST)
David Gaut, there's a blast from the past ! I was in the same class as you...Mr.McHugh,Mr.Allen,Mr.Howard,Mr.& Mrs.Kilgour,Mrs.Cook etc.Myself, Vera Shenton then there was Ruth Hartburn,Margaret Bell,Brenda Fowell,Valerie Bowmaker,May Dodds,Brenda Leighton,Ian Kennedy,Raymond Jane,Ian Pattison,Kathleen Summerbell,Chester Keough etc.They've pulled the place down now but what memories eh ! I'm married with two daughters and four grandsons now.It will be our Ruby Wedding in November this year - where does the time go ? How are you doing over there in OZ, met any of "The Neighbours" or are you "Home & Away"? Nice to hear your name again David.
Vera Curry Shenton
Sunderland, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:16:13 (PST)
CAMDENSQUARE oldie! Left in 1966. Mr and Mrs Kilgour were really great (or they were to me). I understand that Mr (Chris) Kilgour unfortunately came to an unfortunate end, must have been some 20+ years ago. There must be someone out there that remembers 'Pig Eye' who, incidentally, did NOT like me almost as much as I disliked him!
Sonja Owen nee Oliver
Seaham, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:14:29 (PST)
Has one of my great uncle's Ronald Beardmore, Who's grandfather was my greatgandfather's brother, I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to his family. They obviously don't know me. but i know of them but not by name.
Paul Bennett
belper, Derbyshire - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:13:07 (PST)
just to say thank you for remembering the old lady
gordon kelly
belfast, - Monday, January 18, 2010 at 15:11:28 (PST)
looking ex r e m e pal geordie moreland from seaham harbour we where in malaya together
e. kelly
dumbarton, - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:10:08 (PST)
Anyone know how old Mr Brazier was when he passed away
David atkinson
Cole Harbour , Nova Scotia - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:08:45 (PST)
Hi to Ron Hudson, any relation to Hudson the bookies in Seaham. Would also like to wish my sister in law Maureen Rafferty(yes same name) from Murton a very happy birthday today. Maureen Rafferty Farnborough
Maureen Rafferty
Farnborough, - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:06:03 (PST)
Sorry to hear about Ron Brazier, although I didn't always appreciate him caning me! I recall Frank Masterman too, who especially chased me around the classroom swinging a cane because I refused to stand still and let him hit me!
Colin Hall
New Zealand - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:03:55 (PST)
Does anyone remember the Charlton family - George and Lil and their daughters Doreen and Olga who lived in Seaham Harbour in the 1930s and 1940s? I think Geoge worked on the docks and Olga was about 10 in 1940. She became a teacher and I think her married name was Wray.
gillian Picker
Wath-upon-Dearne, , Rotheram - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:02:12 (PST)
Many years ago I gave a list of folk I remembered from living in Seaham in the 40's and 50's. A few responded and maybe now it's time to try again , particularly after all the recent interesting correspondence about Seaham Modern School which I attended and the Co-op where I worked. Anybody remember me...Victor Brown....? Byron Terrace School, Modern School, Co-op. Seaham Park Cricket Team and of course The Cozy.
Victor Brown
Louth, LINCOLNSHIRE - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 15:00:36 (PST)
F.T.A.O Irene Button. I did not know your sister. I was visiting my mothers grave one day and saw your sisters head stone and thought to myself Wow she must have been such a free spirit to leave home and become an air hostess in 1967! It's such a great shame it eneded so tragically. I read a book not so long ago called "twighlight of the pistons" it was all about Air Ferry the firm your sister worked for and it even has a picture of her. It's an interesting read. Sorry to drag up the past.
John Man
Sunderland, - Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 14:59:10 (PST)
Can anyone remember Brian Oliver? He attended Camden Square 1953/55. I think he went to work in Leicester.
Brian Greenfingers
- Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 14:57:44 (PST)
I was sorry to learn that my old SIS Teacher Mr.Brazier passed away Dec. 20th.2009. I remember listening to his a stories of the time he spent as a POW of the Japanese. He was a good teacher and a remarkable survivor of WW2. I hope St.Peter welcomes him with open arms, after what he went through during the war he had earned it. My condolences to his family.
Ray Briggs
bridgewater , Nova Scotia - Friday, January 01, 2010 at 14:39:07 (PST)
Happy New Year and apologies to Ed for calling him Jim in my last note (too much Christmas spirit!!). I recall Miss Elliott at Seaham Modern who taught Art - for those of us taking 'shorthand' etc we had to go across to Camden Square and a Mr Blamires taught us there. He came to Peterlee College the same time as those of us in 63. He was quite a character. Remember Mrs Branthwaite these days she wouldn't be allowed to teach!!! Dorothy (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, - Friday, January 01, 2010 at 14:37:32 (PST)
I attended SMS between 71 and 76, most influential teachers being Mr Wilson / Miss Nimmo later his wife (geography, history & biology) he was ahead of his time, I've been lucky to visit or live in most of the places they taught us about. I'd love to hear from anyone who can tell me what they are doing now? Anyone else out there who remembers me please get in touch it would be great to catch up. All the very best to the people of Seaham Harbour, Happy New Year.
Mike Ward
Riyadh , Central Province Saudi Arabia - Friday, January 01, 2010 at 14:36:17 (PST)
thanx james for the names of those p.e. teachers happy new year to you and your family and all in seaham and the guestbook
david gaut
sydney, - Friday, January 01, 2010 at 14:34:21 (PST)
I was at SMS between 61 and 66 and remember Ben Brazier well. He was OK but he once told the class to be silent and I made the mistake of saying "OK" - two strokes one on each hand - my own fault! I remember Bobby (Snecker)Walton who tried to teach us science but he didn't have a lot of patience with those of us who had more artistic talents. I was later in a mixed class and remember Mrs Norman from the girls school who taught us English - she wandered around one afternoon with her skirt tucked in her knickers and no one told her! Does anyone remember the dance classes when the boys met up with the girls on Friday afternoons? Never did use the square tango in real life. There was a game played by the boys at break called mounty kitty which I know would be banned nowadays for Health and Safety reasons!!!! Sad isn't it?
John Warburton
Leyton, North Yorkshore - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:17:49 (PST)
Many thanks to Sadie & Ed Mason for another successful year of the Guestbook. They don't half work to make this successful and deserve any plaudits they receive. May I add my seaons greetings to Sadie & Ed for Xmas and wish you both all the best for the new year. Richard Thorpe
Richard Thorpe
Seaham, - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:15:52 (PST)
I have found a photograph of Captain and Mrs Howard and baby brian from the Citadel in Seaham Harbour. If you knew these people then i am sure you would know of my Fathers family. The Bell family.They were very good friends of Esther Bell my Grandmother. I have photographs of the many outings the army had. Please if anyone knew the family please get in touch. Thank you. Jenny Holland
Jenny Holland
Coalville, Leicestershire - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:14:54 (PST)
Does anyone have any information about my grandfather, James Taylor who lived at Back North Railway street, Seaham Harbour, and who married Hannah Elizabeth Freak, Adolphus Street, on Christmas Day, 1913? Many thanks in advance. Paul Taylor
Paul Taylor
Rennes, France - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:13:30 (PST)
To all readers,subscribers, Brian G. for keeping us in wonderful anecodates on Guestbook and especially Sadie & Jim for keeping this going all the very best for a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Dorothy Hawkins (Reay)
Dorothy Hawkins
Harrogate, - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:12:17 (PST)
Hi people of Seaham. I am trying to pice together some famuly history. The family name is Bell. My dad Matthew was born in 1926 to George and Esther. He had brothers Arthur, George and sisters Dora who went into service as a nurse. Arthur was killed in the war. Then there was Evelyn and Jenny. My dad and Jenny was the youngest and was much younger than the others. He played the trumpet in the Salvation Army band and my Grandma was a sister in the Salvation Army. Their last known addrss was California Street but did live in School Street. It would be great if anyone has any history of the Salvation Army as i have many photographs of officers and the outings they all went on. I would love to hear from anyone who knew the family. Jenny Holland.
Jenny Holland
COALVILLE , LEICESTERSHIRE - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:09:39 (PST)
hope every one had a great xmas. some more teachers names i rem were mr newby french teacher mr walton science teacher mr cambell geography i think the head teacher was called miss collage i left seaham modern school in 1975 would love to hear from anyone out there who left about the same time as me i would also like to wish everyone a happy new year
sharon osborn ne cross
grays, essex - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:07:52 (PST)
A few more SMS teachers from 1955/60 were Mrs Newton[geography] Mrs Branthwaite Miss Gillespie Miss Childs Miss Ogilvy[science] Miss Lennard[domestic science] Mrs Norman [english] Mr Sheringham Mr Jacques [french]
Isabel [Bleasdale] Adams
mansfield, Notts - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 16:01:33 (PST)
A very Happy Christmas to all the folk of Seaham.I came home a couple of weeks ago and it's always a great Pleasure to come back I always am amazed at the changes and love catching up on the news.I always have a browse on the Guestbook and being an ex St Cuthberts lad then on to st Jo's and the prison at Peterlee.My favourtie teacher of all was Miss Needham what a lovely lady she was i have very happy memeories of St Cuthberts,I know our class was one of the last to use the old school up at Eastlea again happy memories but those outside Netties wern't half cold again a very Happy Christmas Seaham. Simon Hudson
Simon Hudson
Llandudno , Conwy - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 15:59:57 (PST)
Its funny that we have been talking on the guestbook about the teachers at Seaham Modern School. I have just read the Sunderland Echo and the Death of of the teacher Mr Brazer is in, and he died on on the 20th of December this year.What a nice person he was, and my feelings go out to his family, and I'm sure all his ex-pupils will think the same. R.I.P
Seaham, - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 15:58:08 (PST)
We hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Christmas and we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
Ed & Sadie Mason
Seaham, Co. Durham UK - Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 15:04:57 (PST)
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)