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Can anybody remember :

  • when didthe Coop moved from it's original site next to the pit into the single-story, prefabricated building opposite the Institute at Netherton?
  • when did the coop finally close?
  • when did Esther (Rochester) who had the corner shop at Netherton move into the building?

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this is a good question. i will check my archives over the weekend and see what i can come up with. i think i have a pic of it too.

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Can anybody remember :

  • when didthe Coop moved from it's original site next to the pit into the single-story, prefabricated building opposite the Institute at Netherton?
  • when did the coop finally close?
  • when did Esther (Rochester) who had the corner shop at Netherton move into the building?

There`s a good photo of the Coop (or what used to be the Coop) in Carole`s gallery http://www.bedlington.co.uk/community/gallery/image/239-the-co-op-after-fire/

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Can anybody remember :

  • when didthe Coop moved from it's original site next to the pit into the single-story, prefabricated building opposite the Institute at Netherton?
  • when did the coop finally close?
  • when did Esther (Rochester) who had the corner shop at Netherton move into the building?

 

The Netherton Coop burnt down as far as I remember in the late fifties or early sixties. The Managers name was Storey and as a kid I played with his son in the yard of the house. I remember the store burning down and later I can remember a barn owl nesting in the burnt out ruin. What a life that pair of owls must have had. The village and surrounding countryside was totally overrun by young birdnesters. I can't remember when exactly the new prefab one was built across the road from my house but I think the Manager was called George and his assistant was called Agnes. I don't know when Ester took it over. I think I must have joined the army by that time. I also new Bob Rochester who worked on bank at the pit. They had a house up at Nedderton Village. AB 

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When the 'store' burned down it was no longer a store. The 'store' bit was occupied by a local engineering company Beatie and Simm. 

The first manager of the new store opposite the 'tute' was George Todd, later a liberal councillor for Wansbeck Council. Still very much an active man and I was at a lunch do with him just last week. Next time I see him I will get some dates. 

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 I finally caught up with George Todd the first manager of the new store opposite the "tute" at Netherton and he confirms that it was opened 1962. Another problem solved!

 

 

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I was born / lived in the tute 1952, we moved to bedlington station well before 1960,

My grandparents had lived in clifton row.

I think the new store was open well before we moved, I recall there was a family in a caravan living behind the store who got my old pedal car.

Rochesters shop,  "hut at the bottom of the garden" was still open.

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@Canny lass :- not the store but close by. This comment and photo posted on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group by Gordon Smith,a local historian, lives in Blyth :- 9 June, 1966. Mr W. Winslow, left, Vice-President of the Bedlington branch of the Royal Naval Association hoists the White Ensign to mark the opening of the new branch headquarters at Netherton. The new headquarters is in the former Netherton Social Club which moved to new premises three years ago. The extensive renovations have cost £15,000. It is the only RNA club between the Tyne and the Tweed and Mr E. Gurney the branch chairman feels it will be well supported. "We have a strong sea-going tradition in the area," he said. BNAP Thursday 16 June, 1966.

I added the text and a couple of members have named 3 of them :-

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A couple of members think that No 4 is Jackie Cunningham and another that No 3 might be Joe Coleman.

Do you know any names for this photo?

Edited by Alan Edgar (Eggy1948)

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There's something odd about that picture. Are you sure it's the club at Netherton. Compare the picture with this one from the gallery:

Netherton Club

The low wall to the right of the picture doesn't appear on the picture from the gallery (showing the front of the building). There was, however, a walled enclosure where beer barrels and empties were stored at the back of the building. That was behind the left half of the building as seen on the above gallery picture. If this is Netherton club then they must be hoisting the flag on a wall that faced Choppington pit heap and an empty field. Seems a bit daft when the way in to the club was on the right, as was the name/sign.

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11 hours ago, Canny lass said:

There's something odd about that picture. Are you sure it's the club at Netherton. Compare the picture with this one from the gallery:

Netherton Club

The low wall to the right of the picture doesn't appear on the picture from the gallery (showing the front of the building). There was, however, a walled enclosure where beer barrels and empties were stored at the back of the building. That was behind the left half of the building as seen on the above gallery picture. If this is Netherton club then they must be hoisting the flag on a wall that faced Choppington pit heap and an empty field. Seems a bit daft when the way in to the club was on the right, as was the name/sign.

I know what you mean Cl. I did ask Gordon Smith about the building and the people but he never got back to me. I even drove down Netherton Lane, via Google street view, to check the brick work on the new club but couldn't match it :huh:

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