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  2. Rough sketch, from Jim McMaster - Past Times History group, of the buildings at Hartford in the early 50's. Then and now showing the only building that is left. Don't know if this was the only stone building on the site.
  3. Hartford camp residents c1949.
  4. Thanks guys! The lemons are still coming at me but but that swetened them up a bit.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Photo and some names from John Fox. Jack Kidd posted this info on the Facebook group Bygone Bedlington :- I've been to Woodhorn Archives today and whilst looking through some old copies of The Blyth News/Ashington Post I came across this very same photo. It was in an edition from late 1955 but it stated that it was a retrospective photo from October 1951. The great thing is that most the surnames are as already identified by contributors to this site. However, No. 8 is Harry Walker, No. 9 is Tichy Mather, No. 10 is Billy Richardson and No. 11 is George Richardson. At this time (between 1949 and 1952) the Mechanics played their matches in The Northumberland Miners Welfare League. They moved to a higher standard to The Northern Combination in August 1952 and stayed there for 3 seasons before once again going up in standard to The Northern Alliance for the 1955/56 season.
  7. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Bedlington Mechanics FC

    Men from the Dr. Pit Colliery formed Bedlington Mechanics FC in 1949, initially playing in the Northumberland Miners Welfare League before entering the Northern Combination in 1952. They won the Northumberland Minor Cup in 1954 and were league champions the following season which enabled them to be promoted into the Northern Alliance where they remained for the next 8 seasons. Home games were played in the centre of the town at Millne Park, the land was owned by Jimmy Millne, a successful local businessman and he provided a very generous arrangement with the Committee. However, in the early 1960’s there was a dispute and the Mechanics had to relocate to the “A Pit” Welfare Park at Bedlington Station. Sadly, crowds dwindled and income fell to such an extent that in 1963 they were forced to disband.
  8. Hartford camp photo from John Dawson of the Facebook group - Past Times History (used to be sixtownships group). Posted the photo on the Bedlington groups and some in the photo have been identified.
  9. Update, Lawrence & Anty Thompson, from Brenda Miller plus Geordie Mac from ray Kirtley.
  10. Photo from Brenda Miller - c1946. Initially it was thought to be a Bedlington Mechanics team but as the Mechanics were not formed until 1949 and they didn't play in stripes (thanks to Jack Kidd for his research) it has to be either Dr. Pit Welfare FC or Bedlington East End FC.
  11. Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

    Local Football 2

    Local teams other than Bedlington Mechanics teams. The history of Bedlington Mechanics is current being researched by @Ovalteeny and his info is posted in the topic BEDLINGTON MECHANICS FC under - Hobbies & Interests > >The Sports Club>
  12. 1950's photo from Ronnie Day via John fox.
  13. 1950's photo from Ronnie Day via @John Fox (foxy) - only No 6 named 😮
  14. @Canny lass :- I can still remember my Grandpa's last words before he kicked the bucket. He said, "Hey, how far do you think I can kick this bucket?" What did Batman say to Robin before they got in the car? Robin, get in the car. What's red and smells like blue paint? Red paint. What did the farmer say when he lost his tractor? Where's my tractor? Ask me if I'm a tree. Are you a tree? No. Knock, knock. Who's there? Steve. Steve who? Steve proceeds to break down into tears because his Grandmother's Alzheimer's has advanced to the stage where she no longer remembers him.
  15. @Canny lass :- The Pope and Donald Trump are on stage in front of a huge crowd. The Pope leaned towards Trump and said, "Do you know that with one little wave of my hand I can make every person in this crowd go wild with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display, like that of your followers, but go deep into their hearts and for the rest of their lives whenever they speak of this day, they will rejoice!" Trump replied, "I seriously doubt that. With one little wave of your hand? Show me!" So the Pope slapped him. A man died one day and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter replied, "Those are lie clocks. Everyone on earth has a lie-clock. Every time you lie the hands on the clock will move." "Oh," said the man as he pointed at one of them, "Whose clock is that?" St. Peter replied, "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie." "That's incredible, " said the man. St. Peter pointed to another clock, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe only told two lies in his entire life." The man was impressed, and then asked, "Where's Donald Trump's clock?" St. Peter said, "His clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan." Donald Trump is not a sexual abuser. He's an alternative romantic. Donald Trump has announced that now he's President he's going to ban the sale of pre-shredded cheese. He wants to make America grate again. What does the Secret Service say when Donald Trump gets shot at? - Donald! Duck! Why can't Trump be hanged for treason? - Fake noose. Donald Trump walks into a bar ... And lowers it. I'm sick of people comparing Hitler to Trump. - Hitler wrote his own book. Bill Gates has agreed to pay for Donald Trump's wall. - On the condition he gets to install windows.
  16. Last week
  17. Photo and names from Paul Reed's dad, John Reed.
  18. Photo from Paul Reed's dad, John Reed. Paul posted the photo with the following info :- Bedlington Mechanics FC My Dad John Reed was born in December 1928 and was Bedlington Mechanics first goalkeeper when he was aged about 19. After playing a handful of matches He suffered a bad leg injury working underground at the Dr Pit which ended his football career. At that time the newly formed Mechanics played only in friendlies against teams like the Salvation Army and their home games were played at Westlea in Bedlington. The car park at the rear of what was Tescos was originally a field where the owner Mr Gibson kept some horses. He was also the owner of a slaughterhouse located under the black bridge near the Bank Top Hotel. Gibson sold the field to Jimmy Millne. Millne and Sep Kidd were good friends and a 'gentlemens agreement' was made between them whereby Millne would allow the Mechanics to use the field rent free for as long as Sep was involved with the club. With Sep as the driving force behind the club, the field which was very uneven, was slowly levelled using waste from the Dr Pit, colliery labour and machines and a borrowed council roller. Sep even managed to persuade Newcastle United to donate the leftover grass seed when St James Park pitch was relaid. A supporters club was formed which was separate from the football club and my parents and Aunt ran weekly bingo nights at the Locke Hall which raised cash which was regularly donated to the club to help with travel costs for away games and also players 'expenses' (brown envelopes). The bingo nights were very well attended with long queues forming outside prior to opening. Matches at Millne Park drew big crowds with the nearby pit head baths being used for changing rooms. When Sep Kidd passed away the club formed a new committee and 'personality clashes' emerged between Jimmy Millne and some committee members. The club were now being charged rent for the ground as Sep was no longer involved. When Millne was summoned by letter to attend a committee meeting to discuss rent he gave the committee notice to leave the ground at the end of the current season. Due to working long shifts Dad withdrew from the fundraising activities and the new committee took over the bingo nights which began to dwindle in numbers as the prize fund was cut which in turn attracted less people and made less money. Dad was also given the Locke Hall at half price by the manager who doubled the rental costs when the committee took over. The Mechanics moved to the only pitch available at the time which was the colliery welfare ground at Bedlington Station on what is now Bedlington High School. Unfortunately the new location didn't attract the same large crowds as Millne Park and attendances and revenue fell. This started the demise of the club which eventually folded. ** Dad is fairly sure of his facts about the club but can't be precise about dates. He is sure that the Mechanics didn't change their name to Colliery Town or Colliery Welfare and suggests that these names were those of a completely new club as opposed to a name change. The information about matches being played at Bedlington A Pit is reasonably accurate as the Welfare ground at Bedlington Station was used by the A Pit teams.
  19. Photo from Florence Palmer - Facebook - Bygone Bedlington group. Florence posted the photo with the comment :- '........Don't know for sure think this was a Bedlington team ,my dad second from left Bill Turnbull ,he was on committee at Top Club in later life ............... The other names from Paul Reed's dad - John Reed - who was involved with the Mechanics from the early days. Although this squad has been labelled as the Mechanics it could be that this was the Top Club team put together to play the Bottom Club team on the annual Good Friday fixture between the two clubs.
  20. Labour has called for a 'full and meaningful' consultation on the overhaul of Bedlington town centre in the wake of news that the project is getting back on track. The opposition on Northumberland County Council has said this is required to "to ensure that any Bedlington development fits with the needs and ambitions of local residents and supports local businesses who have been loyal to the town". It follows the announcement last week that building work on the retail scheme, which is being led by the council-owned company Advance Northumberland, will now start "early next year and will take approximately 12 months". In January, it was announced that the redevelopment had stalled awaiting final sign-off from the anchor tenant - a major supermarket. But Advance Northumberland's board recently approved a revised financial model and timetable, which relies on an extra cash injection of £1.4m from the county council. In a statement this week, Coun Lynne Grimshaw, the shadow cabinet member for regeneration, said: " The Labour Group welcomes - despite the long delay - the council looking to get this severely scaled back project off the ground. Stay informed by receiving your choice of the latest breaking North East news, NUFC/SAFC news and business news direct to your email by subscribing to our newsletters - here's how. Facebook: Here's our main Chronicle page. For our Newcastle United Facebook page click here and our Sunderland page is here. We also have a group for breaking news, one for travel news and one exclusively for court news. If you want TV news, visit our dedicated page here. Twitter: You can follow the Chronicle here, our NUFC page here, our SAFC page is here and The Journal here. Insta: Here's our Instagram page for all you photo lovers. Over on Linkedin you can follow us here.
  21. Photo posted on the Bedlington remembered Facebook group by Louise Scarr - her grandad = No 5 Ivan Scott. Esme Dent identified her dad, No 4 Allan Jobson. The rest of the names from @Ovalteeny and @Paul Reed's dad, John Reed.
  22. This photo was in the Evan Martin book, The Archive Photographs Series - Bedlingtonshire, with surnames + initial. The full names researched by @Ovalteeny and added to the image by me.
  23. Newspaper cutting posted on the Facebook Bygone Bedlington group by John Krzyzanowski.
  24. This photo was in the Evan martin book, The Archive Photographs Series - Bedlingtonshire, with surnames + initial. The full names researched by @Ovalteeny and added to the image by me.
  25. Newspaper cutting posted by John Krzyzanowski on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group.
  26. If you love food but were a child of the 60’s you should remember most of this: * Pasta had not been invented. * "Kebab" was not even a word, never mind a food. * Curry was an unknown entity. Indian restaurants were only found in India. * The only vegetables were spuds, peas, carrots, turnip, cauliflower and cabbage. Mange tout and Pak choi were made up words. Chilli was in South America and scotch bonnets were worn by old ladies in Aberdeen.* A take-away was a mathematical problem. * A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.* Oil was for lubricating your bike chain not for cooking.* Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet.*Spice went in Christmas cakes (and so did peel, Yuk).* Herbs were used to make medicine I think.* All crisps were plain.* All soft drinks were called pop. * Coke was something that we put on the fire, we never drunk it and we certainly didn’t sniff it. * Ginger beer burnt your lips off, when you stopped drinking. * Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner. * A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining. * A microwave was science fiction * Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves. The tea-cosy was the forerunner of all energy saving devices. Tea had only one flavour, it was tea flavoured * Figs and dates appeared every Christmas, but no one ever ate them. * Coconuts only appeared when the fair came to town. * Mayonnaise was called Salad cream* Hors d'oeuvre was a spelling mistake. * Dinner consisted of what we were given, and not negotiable. * Only Heinz made baked beans.* Leftovers went in the dog. * Sauce was either brown or red. * Eating raw fish was called madness, not sushi. * The only ready meals came from the fish and chip shop. * Frozen food was called ice cream. * Nothing ever went off in the fridge because we never had one. * None of us had ever heard of yoghurt. * Brunch was not a meal. * Cheese only ever came in a hard lump. * If we had eaten bacon, lettuce and tomato in the same sandwich we would have been certified insane. * Eating outside was called a picnic not Al Fresco. * Seaweed was not a recognised food. * Eggs were not called ‘free range’ they just were, and the shells were white. * Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday - it was compulsory. * The phrase "boil in the bag" would have been beyond our realms of comprehension. * The term "oven chips" would not have made any sense at all. * We bought milk and cream at the same time, in the same bottle, before you gave it a shake.* Prunes were purely medicinal. * Pineapples only came in chunks in a tin.* We didn't eat Croissants because we couldn't pronounce them, we couldn't spell them, and we didn't know what they were. * for Baguettes (see Croissants). * Garlic was used to ward off vampires in films, but never to be eaten. * Water came out of the tap; if someone had suggested bottling they would have been locked up....
  27. It's almost time for a new host of girls to hit the catwalk as the final of Miss Newcastle 2019 takes place in the city this weekend. The annual event is always a massive spectacle for the whole of the North East and now 13 contestants are aiming to steal the crown and follow in the footsteps of reigning Miss Newcastle Rebecca Gormley, who triumphed in an Arabian Nights themed finale last year. Over 300 hopefuls applied this year and Gainford Group are one again hosting the glamorous grand finale at The County Hotel and before they've even taken to the runway for the first time, the 2019 finalists have already raised in excess of £20,000 for chosen charity The Chronicle Sunshine Fund, thanks to events ranging from dog walks to fashion shows and bag packs to pamper days. A celebration of Style, Beauty & Talent... this year's final, hosted by Hannah Gray, draws inspiration from Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of Beauty & Love and will feature a performance from Ami Vaziri as Ariana Live. The winner will receive a place in the Miss England final as well as a contract with Tyne Tyne Models' And in an exciting week for the city, it was also revealed that the Miss England finals will be held in Newcastle for the first time.
  28. No jokes young lady, just some links to Youtube videos that might make you smile :-
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    • Labour has called for a 'full and meaningful' consultation on the overhaul of Bedlington town centre in the wake of news that the project is getting back on track.
      The opposition on Northumberland County Council has said this is required to "to ensure that any Bedlington development fits with the needs and ambitions of local residents and supports local businesses who have been loyal to the town".
      It follows the announcement last week that building work on the retail scheme, which is being led by the council-owned company Advance Northumberland, will now start "early next year and will take approximately 12 months".
      In January, it was announced that the redevelopment had stalled awaiting final sign-off from the anchor tenant - a major supermarket.
      But Advance Northumberland's board recently approved a revised financial model and timetable, which relies on an extra cash injection of £1.4m from the county council.
      In a statement this week, Coun Lynne Grimshaw, the shadow cabinet member for regeneration, said: " The Labour Group welcomes - despite the long delay - the council looking to get this severely scaled back project off the ground.
      Stay informed by receiving your choice of the latest breaking North East news, NUFC/SAFC news and business news direct to your email by subscribing to our newsletters - here's how. 
      Facebook: Here's our main Chronicle page. For our Newcastle United Facebook page click here and our Sunderland page is here.
      We also have a group for breaking news, one for travel news and one exclusively for court news. If you want TV news, visit our dedicated page here.
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