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Does anyone remember going to the Teeside airshow during the 1980s?
As a kid I used to go there with my parents. My memories are being scared shitless by the noise of a BA Concorde (then in the old red/blue 'British' livery) when I was about 3 years old - I guess this was the 1983 airshow.
I have photos from the 1985 airshow which show in the background a DHC-7 with a small Canadian flag on the tail - perhaps the prototype or a Canadian Air Force example. I also remember a BMA Viscount arriving and departing as we stood very close to the runway - presumably operating a scheduled LHR or weekend JER service. The Red Arrows were there every year, naturally.
I also remember that it was during one of the last airshows (1989/90?) that I remember being in my grandparents' back garden in Darlington and seeing a Vulcan bomber flying low overhead - an amazing sight, and the last time I saw a Vulcan flying.
If anyone else remembers these airshows, please share your memories, and if anyone has photos it would be great to see them.
I am not sure what everyone is on about, really. My memories of Teesside are from the late 50s and 60s. I remember Redcar beach, which was mostly filthy and smelly and covered in jellyfish, but still had donkeys on it in the summer. I remember Marske (pronounced Mask, not Marske, for some reason) which had a lovely beach, and also had a permanent funfair thing, and had lovely woods nearby (Coatham, I think?) where we used to go and pretend to be whatever we wanted. I remember pretending to smoke with my friends in a hut in those woods.
I remember going on the bus to Eston baths to swim, because the pool there was much better than the one in Redcar which was cold and scuzzy and falling down. I remember we went to Billingham ice rink, too, although I never managed to learn how to skate.
My memories are mostly happy.
I also remember the smells. It was quite common to have chemical smells from ICI or one of the other chemical or iron works in the area. Sometimes, a siren would sound, and we all had to stay indoors because there had been a chemical spill and the air was too polluted for us to play outside. We never got a day off school for that, though.
My school days were mostly happy - I went to Zetland primary school and I was in the choir, and we kept winning things. We went to Scarborough and Whitby and York for school choir events. I was also in the church choir, of the church next door, St Peters, so some of the choir events I can remember were probably them, rather than the school. I couldn't actually sing, and I can't now. I have no idea why they kept me in the choir. But I loved it
Gary Thurlow commented
I am researching my family history and wondered if anyone knew anything about Richarson Iron foundry IE When it was established and who by etc. I believe my family also had a chocolate/sweet shop on Marton/Linthorpe Rd and one of my family memebers was the first hairdresser in Middlesbrough back when it was a new town.
I lived at 28 Pine Street w(in the late 60's)with my parents Arthur and Sheenah Pryke and my grandparents Albert and Rose Chester.
My relatives the Southgates lived at the top of Pine Street and my aunty Joan and Uncle Wilf lived a few dooors up.
I played with Dawn and Mark Peacock and Mark Bullock.
Stephen turrell commented
I am looking for any members of the Rhucroft family..
My maiden name is Rhucroft and I am keen to make contact with any of my relations,My family left middlesbrough for Australia in 1970
Looking forward to any responces
Looking for school friends from above 1950/53 school namely Olywn Pedler, Ann Parker, Norma Warne have found a few school friends. Also an skating friends from Albert Park same years. My maiden name was Charlton I lived in Egmont Rd, nr Clairville common. I married Brian Stainthorpe (window cleaner) and lived on the cnr of Southfield & Abingdon Rd. We emigrated to OZ in 1968. We have 3 daughters & 8 grandchildren. Brian also went to Boundary Rd school, and worked on Middlesbrough Docks
Looking for any descendants of my great aunt, Rose Robinson, nee Davis, she married William a Middlesbrough Police Sergeant, and I know they had at least 2 daughters, Rith and Nellie, their address in 1966 was Eden Rd Grove Hill
I wonder if anyone can help me to find the whereabouts of my Uncle Andrew Kane (not sure if he is still living) or any family members. Last address I have for him was from August 1967 at 22 Gleneagles Road, Saltersgill Estate, Middlesborough. I am his neice Susan Wilson (nee Kane) my father, Francis John Kane was his brother. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks so much
I am trying to contact a lady named Jennifer White - this would be her name before any marriage.She lived in Middlesbrough and was a penpal to a Norweigan lady named Elisabeth Knutsdadder for about five years in the 1950 - 1960's.
This lady would love to get back in touch with Jennifer
I am looking for my birth Father, David Read. all the information I know is that his mothers name is peggy and his fathers name is Artur. Also my father is in his 40's, was born in Middlesbourgh, and used to be a cleark in the army. I also think that he had two sisters named Lynn and Barbra.
The last time I saw him was when I was three, I am now 15.
Hi i was born in Middlesbrough. The year was 62 my mother left Middlesbrough in 1964 to live in Scotland Her name was Joyce, She had two other children, Names Annette and Michael. My grandmothers name was Isabel or Isabla Duncan. that was her maiden name. My grandmother had also other children to her second marrage They where called Albert. Dorris. and there was one called Brian They would now be in there 60s or 70s I know they all lived in Middlesbrough, but wondered if anyone knew of them, or maybe they have sibblings, who knew of us,My mom lived in Marton
Im looking for Brenda Carr.She is in her 60s now.
She was a State registered nurse Of Barley Mow Inn Birtley,County Durham.
Her address was in late 60's Beechwood Putney Heath Lane,S.W.15
Does anybody have information about hers or her family.
I was brought up in Church Lane, Eston.
On the 1950 Class 9 photo, I spotted my brother, John Crosby, first left on the back row. The teacher was Miss Brayshaw.
John also appears on the 1953 photo, 2nd left front row. The teacher was Ken Oversby
Glynn Vee commented
Great site lived in the big T from 1972 till 1981, anybody who remembers me or the family drop me a line. I’m retired from the Navy now, changed me E-Mail address, but love the old place. Who remembers when the RAF Vulcan bomber flew in for dinner????? Ouch. Where are me old mates, get hold of me
I was living with parents in Laburnum Square last brick house next door to steel houses from 1963 to dad leaving in 1990. I was cleaning windows outside when I saw the Vulcan bomber fly over Trimdon on fire, something never to forget in a hurry, thought it landed in the woodland beyond saw then aircraft flying about all day, a friend of my parents their daughter married one of the crew who came to do the clear up operation in 1971. Does anyone know of the aircraft what landed or crashed at the top of Trimdon Village during the war years, dad was on the home guard up there before going to the regular army, and they talked of the plane when I was younger, even mentioned in a book wrote by a Trimdon man, cant find who was the author
Margeret Astill commented
I remember the vulcan bomber crash at Wingate. Was standing at upstairs window when crashed. Don’t know how old I was though, .think it was junior school.
Moved to Sunderland in 1980 to start training as a nurse. Still there. I think Noel Watley was in same class at infant school.(Deaf Hill)Would love to hear from old school friends.
Anyone remember the Saturday afternoon Deaf Hill Welfare Hall Dances in the 60’s, mentioned previously by Barbara? Interested in seeing some photos? Having a laugh or just remembering ‘good times’ ? Then go to the Forum and see how we have changed…lol
Lolla Mason commented
I was brought up in Trimdon Village, my famliys name was Parks. and I was a member of the Happy Wanderers jazz band in the 1960s. I was about 5 years old when I joined. so it was about 1967
Recently found this site and one or two names ring a bell. My parents used to have Martins fish shop in the Colliery for many years. I went to the Parochial school then on to Trimdon Modern. It’s been very interesting reading peoples memories of the Trimdons . Happy days!
Jon Bill commented
Great Site! I have some ancetors that lived in the area and worked at Trimdon Grange and at Crow Trees in Quarrington in the early to late 1960s. I appreciate all Pictures and Information from your site. Keep up the good work