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  1. 1 minute ago, threegee said:

    There'd need to be more detail to date this one more accurately, but from a close-up of the roofline in the foreground it's surprisingly no earlier than the very late 1950's (1959) and more likely the early to mid 1960's - from the TV aerials of course.


  2. Yes, of course it's Roy.  Thanks for the correction.  Think I identified Roy on pix elsewhere in the gallery some time ago as still going strong! :)


    Fancy mixing up a militant Marxist extremist with a "cuddly right winger"!  Must have had far too much vino that night, or maybe I was just trying to wind-up HPW? :D


    P.S. I deeply and genuinely sympathise HPW, but the fact is you were taken for a ride. I've covered this elsewhere so won't repeat myself.  There was right and wrong on both sides, but by refusing to hold a ballot Scargill automatically put himself on the wrong side of the law. The present-day NUM takes a much more objective view of your hero. You've misidentified your villains, and another of those could well be Ted Heath, who didn't act like a proper national leader when tested.


    I agree with you that the McGregor + Tyler book is a good insightful read, but it's certainly not his biography.


    Attempting to imposing modern standards on centuries-old history, and cherry-picking facts, are favourite practices of Marxists.  The popular capitalism you condemn has been responsible for the social improvements, whereas Scargill's Marxism enslaved the people it pretended to liberate, and surely (to mis-quote Marx) "contains the seeds of its own destruction".

  3. NUM Yorkshire President Arthur Scargill, caught in the Market Place between Millne House and The Market Tavern in the year before his taking over as President of the NUM.

    Four years later Arthur would attempt to bring down the government with the disastrous 1984–1985 miners' strike. This would prove to be the final nail-in-the-cofin for the UK mining industry, and have a profound effect on mining communities like our town's.

  4. Super fuzzy - but looks just as likely to be from the 1950's - from the coat and the wooden railings. But then we "know" it's the 1960's?

    The entrance to the Church Lane looking across to the Nothumberland Arms. The group of kids possibly from the Church Infants School behind the camera? Could you be in that group? biggrin.gif

  5. Early 1960's but somehow looks earlier - which it is not! The false sepia tones perhaps?

    Note the concrete lamp posts which were later deemed to be a hazard.

    Some classic Bedlington businesses in the background including the original Market Place Post Office, and (door behind the two black cars on the right) a real caf' with juke and espresso (US/UK style - AKA frothy coffee). You can almost hear the sound of 'The Everlys' (The Everly Brothers) drifting out! cool.gif

  6. We're looking at the East side of the Glebe Road here. This is where the dual-carriage way North from the top-end is these days.

    In the mid to late 1950's I remember that one of the shops shown here was Watson's the Newsagents. They also had the right-hand side unit to the "Brenton Fruit Shop" around the corner (ie. around to the left up the bank, as shown).

    I was never quite sure why Watsons operated shops so close together, but it wasn't uncommon at the time c.f. Barnes' and Millne's.

    Anyway, this photo appears decades earlier than when I remember it in the 1950's. I'm sure that by then several - if not most - of these buildings had been demolished.

    Look at how well those paving stones in the right foreground are set. This was the old B.U.D.C. (Bedlington Urban District Council); an era when people took pride it their Town, and their workmanship!

    Not technically the best photo in the world, but nevertheless great stuff!

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