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  1. 13 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    @Sloopy .Dog - welcome to the group. 

    I have never heard anyone say that the garage buildings were once owned by the National Coal Board (NC) but I will ask around and see what I can find out. I will also ask around about a 'small chapel'. I have never know there to be a chapel in that area -



    There was a Methodist Chapel in that area going back over the years, but I don't know if it is active anymore. Possibly the colliery Chapel took over as that is/was a Methodist  Chapel. 

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  2. 22 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:



    ps. I keep thinking there was a door, into that storage cupboard next to the photography room, from the snack bar room🙂

    pps. I don't like these new Smileys & Emotion - prefer the old ones:thumbsup:.

    Don't remember a door there because the dart board was on that wall.

  3. Spoke to an old friend of mine on the phone today he has assured me that the only door in the table tennis room was the door at the back which led onto the grass area. As you approached the stage on the left hand side the stairs that led to the stage were up against that wall. Cl could be right about the storage cupboard but I have also been informed that there was a storage cupboard after the dark room   just before you entered the café area. The door into the big hall was in the café area. If you entered the café and turned immediately right there was a door on that wall that took you into the big hall. 

  4. Don't remember a door in that room that went to the stage. There was a door at the back of the room that went out to the grass area behind the YM. The stage was further forward than it is in Alans drawing as there was two changing rooms at the back of the stage, one to the left hand side of the stage and one to the right.

  5. That drawing is spot on Alan, but where you have got the question mark I can not remember anything being there but I suppose there must have been. There was also men's shower room next to the gents toilets.


    As for no doors in the loos, well there's plenty of room on the grass behind the building😀

  6. The room behind the cafeteria was the table tennis room can't remember if there was three tables or two tables in there. There was a snooker table in the cafeteria.


    I remember in them days we used to all meet in the YM then we would go to Moscies and then back to the YM. We went to the YM every night apart from Saturday night when we would go to the Duke of Wellington working men's club at Blyth, many a time we would miss the last bus and have to walk home. Mind you after a few pints it felt like I floating home.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    Cheers @Pete - I still can't place him but someone had to be there and in charge before John Bygate (JB) turned up. 

    If i remember correctly the YM leader had the first room on the left corridor as went into the building.

    I must have bumped into other leaders before JB turned. My mam's aunty Elsie used to take us to the old building (early 1960's) for the fund raising events for the new building = Beetle Drive with Pea & Pie Suppers. Loads of mature ladies shouting - I just need a leg to get beetle:). My mam's cousin, Owen Humble, used to have a dark room, across from the YM leaders office, where he developed his photos.     

    Your correct Alan his office was as you have described. Next to his office going up the corridor was the lounge were they often held a late service (epilogue) this was done by the YM leader usually consisted of a Bible reading and a short prayer.


    I remember Owen Humble and there was another guy called Bill that did a lot of work behind the counter selling cups of coffee, Pepsi and the likes. The dark room was as you have indicated but it was further up the corridor.


    I was a member of the old stone building as well as the new building. It cost two and six pence a year (subs) in the old building but I can't remember what the cost was in the new building. A friend of mine who still lives in Bedlington may still have his original membership card. Next time I speak to him I will ask if he still has it, if he has I will try and get a copy and will post it on here.

    Great days, fond memories were did all the time go?

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  8. 23 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    Mr Ruddy doesn't ring a bell with me. When I started going probably around 1963-64 I can only remember John Bygate but I know he took over from someone when I used to go but I can't remember a name. I'll have a think. 

    Derick Ruddy was followed by John Bygate, 63 64 would be about the time he took over from Derick Ruddy.

    Derick Ruddy wore glasses and had his hair combed straight back I think he was going a bit thin on top. Both of them were in the new building. 

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  9. On 16/02/2021 at 21:00, Jammy said:

      I occasionally come across Bobby Cowell so will ask when he opened the shop and if he knows anything about the butcher or the COOP across the road. He's older than me so perhaps he knows a bit more.


    The shop was there before Bobby took it over but I can not remember the name of the owner. Bobby would have taken it over in the early sixties I think it was him and Raffie Davison that owned the shop at that time but I could be wrong.

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  10. 17 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    I think they were still there in the very early sixties. I remmeber attending the funeral of a YMCA member - young lad by the name of Routledge (Pete would probably know better). He lived there.

    Your correct CL it was Jimmy Routledge and the family did live in those houses, South Row I think.


    My great grand parents on my grandmothers side lived in Shop Row and the gardens were detached from the houses. If you follow Allan's directions to Barrington school (turn right when you get through the Auld pit) you would be walking down Shop Row. The houses were on your left but the road was just a dirt track and the gardens were on your right and they were quite long. That's how I remember it anyway. 

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