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  1. 1 hour ago, Karen eaglestone said:

    Hi Katie my name is Karen eaglestone i worked at the glove factory 

    @Karen eaglestone - I remember this posting that @katie had made back in 2013 so I checked back to see when Katie last visited the site. Katie hasn't revisited the site since 18th April 2013 = 2 days after she joined.

    If you hover over the members 'name tag' the system shows some info - small drop down section but staying on the current page you are viewing -  and if you select/click on the member's name the system displays a bit more info by redirecting you to the member's info page.




  2. 11 hours ago, Steve McGill said:

    HI folks, I'm about to buy a property on Gordon Terrace in Stakeford and have noticed that according to the council's records, it used to be a shop prior to 1978.  It was converted by a man from Morpeth who's name escapes me, he also built the Kitchen and Garage to the rear.  Does anyone remember or know what the history was of this building and what kind of shop it was?


    Many thanks,

    @Steve McGill - I remember, 1960's, there was a couple of small shops in Gordon terrace but can't remember any history of them. My only memory is of small General Dealers, that were on the end of the terrace where there was a road through to the back lane. Looking at Google Street view, 2008, one of them is shown as The Barber Shop but don't know if it still is.

    I seem to remember a couple of postings on one of the local Facebook groups but at the moment can't find them. 

    There is a lad Brian Jenkinson on the local Facebook groups and I though he used to have a group on Stakeford but can't find that group either so I am not being very helpful here  🙃. Brian is still on Facebook, and I see you are, so it could be worth contacting him via Facebook Messenger and see if he has any info. 



  3. 2 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    Bit before my time but they are 2 and 4 are still familiar. Have I seen them on other photos in our excellent gallery perhaps?


    Unfortunately no names. Although Ellenor has mentioned a couple of possibilities no one has positively identified any of them.

  4. 3 hours ago, Malcolm Robinson said:

    I wish Alan.................Im hoping for an update soon.  The more observant will have seen quite a few 'suits' walking around Bedlington of late, some who had never been here before!   

    I have it from the head of Council, Bedlington is one of the main market Town priorities for NCC so Im pressing for a much more adventurous and ambitious development because like  _pauls said 'people are rethinking their priorities' and like it or not Covid has changed the shape of our commercial landscape and we need a development which will shape our Town for decades to come.  In my view a dozen shops selling the same as what the next town offers will not do that!  

    Thanks Malcolm.


    @_pauls - see above from Malcolm.

  5. On 01/08/2020 at 19:46, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    @Canny lass - @Bedlingtonian - I asked Ellenor  for the approximate year of the photo . Ellenor says she struggles with dates and her responses to my questions have been :-


    Ellenor Owen
    Ellenor Owen Alan Edgar A little bit older than me just be guessing AnnAustin 4 sorry but I'm sure someone will recognise a few on fb
    Ellenor Owen Alan Edgar Alan I started infants early 1944 & by that photo I say it was probably 2 yrs earlier not much more the few I can recall my age then would be Sheila Tatlock Ellen Lynskey Kathy Gregg
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  6. 22 hours ago, Canny lass said:

    Time for a bit of brain gymnastics! We can't be letting this Covid-19 make us lazy. How's everybody coping? We now have three family members who have tested positive and in quarantine at home - all three in the same household.

    Compared with the thousands who have died in the UK we are doing fine.

    Miss the kids, grandkids and great grandkids but they are all Ok and those that were furloughed are now back at work.


    1.      Harry Potter was brought up by his aunt and uncle at which address? (House number, street, town and county required).

    Answer = 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging,  Surrey, England.

     After Harry Potter's parents are killed by Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore arranges for Harry to live with his relatives, the Dursleys - his Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon and cousin, Dudley.

    2.         Where was the first land battle of the Falklands War?

    Answer = South Georgia


    3.         Which of the four Beatles was the youngest?

    Answer = George Harrison

    Born -  February 25, 1943


    4.         Who was known as the Widow of Windsor?

    Answer = Queen Victoria

    ’AVE you ’eard o’ the Widow at Windsor
     With a hairy gold crown on ’er ’ead?
    She ’as ships on the foam—she ’as millions at ’ome,
    An’ she pays us poor beggars in red.
    (Ow, poor beggars in red!)
    There’s ’er nick on the cavalry ’orses,
    There’s ’er mark on the medical stores—
    An’ ’er troopers you’ll find with a fair wind be’ind
    That takes us to various wars.
    (Poor beggars!—barbarious wars!)
    Then ’ere’s to the Widow at Windsor,
     An’ ’ere’s to the stores an’ the guns,
    The men an’ the ’orses what makes up the forces
    O’ Missis Victorier’s sons.
    (Poor beggars! Victorier’s sons!) 

    Walk wide o’ the Widow at Windsor,
     For ’alf o’ Creation she owns:
    We ’ave bought ’er the same with the sword an’ the flame,
    An’ we’ve salted it down with our bones.
     (Poor beggars!—it’s blue with our bones!)
    Hands off o’ the sons o’ the Widow,
    Hands off o’ the goods in ’er shop,
    For the Kings must come down an’ the Emperors frown
     When the Widow at Windsor says “Stop”!
     (Poor beggars!—we’re sent to say “Stop”!)
    Then ’ere’s to the Lodge o’ the Widow,
    From the Pole to the Tropics it runs—
    To the Lodge that we tile with the rank an’ the file,
    An’ open in form with the guns.
    (Poor beggars!—it’s always they guns!) 

    We ’ave ’eard o’ the Widow at Windsor,
    It’s safest to let ’er alone:
    For ’er sentries we stand by the sea an’ the land
    Wherever the bugles are blown.
    (Poor beggars!—an’ don’t we get blown!)
    Take ’old o’ the Wings o’ the Mornin’,
    An’ flop round the earth till you’re dead;
    But you won’t get away from the tune that they play
    To the bloomin’ old rag over’ead.
     (Poor beggars!—it’s ’ot over’ead!)
    Then ’ere’s to the sons o’ the Widow,
    Wherever, ’owever they roam.
    ’Ere’s all they desire, an’ if they require
    A speedy return to their ’ome.
    (Poor beggars!—they’ll never see ’ome!) 

    5.         What was the name of the boat in which Sir Francis Chichester circumnavigated the world 1966-67?

    Answer = Gipsy Moth IV

    6.         What did Jack Horner eat in a corner?

    Answer = Christmas pie


    7.         What is the full moon following the Harvest moon called?

    Answer = Hunter’s moon

    8.         The Statue of Liberty was a gift to America from which country?

    Answer = France

    Did you know the Original Statue of Liberty presented to the U.S. was a Statue of a…”Black Woman”.


    9.         How many players are there in a hurling team?

    Answer = 15



    10.      Who had a 1966 hit with Good Vibrations?

    Answer = The Beach Boys

    11.      From which language has English borrowed the words brandy, decoy and landscape?

    Answer = Dutch

    12.      Which Canadian city was originally called Ville-Marie?

    Answer = Quebec


    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

    Until 1930 riders of bicycles had to ring their bells non-stop while the bicycle was in motion.

    Answer = I did  :thumbsup::jump::phone:- it was in an episode of QI.

  7. 14 hours ago, Tonyp said:

    Could be worse your missus could be called Deborah & likes one inch rock & is a jeepster for your hot love 😂😜

    Must be me age☺️- could not work that line out - had to Google it ⌨️.

    Answer = 

    'One Inch Rock' - Lyrics
    Met a woman she's spouting prose
    She's got luggage eyes and a roman nose
    Her body is slung from side to side
    Need a lift she said much obliged
    I'm riding piggy-back
    Then I came to her shack
    We go inside the place it's a mess
    She said my name's the liquid poetess
    She unties her mouth
    And her buckskin dress
    She drinks from a bottle
    Labelled tenderness
    I'm in one hand in the other's a can
    She puts me in the can
    And smiles through the wall
    I got the horror's cos I'm one inch tall
    Next thing I know's a girl by my side
    Dressed in a bayleaf she's trying to hide
    I asked her name she said Germaine
    Do the rock do the one inch rock.

  8. 1 hour ago, Tonyp said:

    Definitely same concert bedlingtonian when he jumped off the star he sang whatever happened to a teenage dream brilliant concert I do believe T.Rex were the first group to perform At Glastonbury but I probably will get proved Wrong happy days  

    The original headline acts were The Kinks and Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders but these acts were replaced at short notice by Tyrannosaurus Rex, later known as T. Rex. Tickets were £1. Other billed acts of note were Steamhammer, Quintessence,Stackridge, Al Stewart and Keith Christmas.
    Organised by: Glastonbury Festivals Ltd
    Genre: Performing arts festival
    Location(s): Pilton, Somerset, England
    Founder: Michael Eavis

    Glastonbury Festival - Wikipedia

    Back in 1970, started life as the Pilton Pop, Blues & Folk Festival. It was called the Glastonbury Free Festival the following year, before finally landing on the simple but effective Glastonbury Festival in 1979.

    Tyrannosaurus Rex.jpg

  9. @Eddie Yarrow - album created, within the Historic Bedlington section, from your original  19 photos . I have added an extract image - one from a 1938 map showing  West Sleekburn Colliery and village.

    @Andy Millne - when I created the West Sleekburn I think I selected the Copyright feature ( as shown on the Albums @Carole created) but there is nothing displayed when the photos are viewed.

    The system didn't ask (that I can remember) for a any info. Is it the system or will it have been the way I created the album?  The album is the last one ( Page 2) within Historic Bedlington.


  10. 7 minutes ago, Eddie Yarrow said:

    That would be great if you don't mind.

    I changed completely to Apple several years ago and regretted it ever since.

    Will do Eddie, probably tomorrow - time to close down this old Windows Vista Desktop PC, it's been on all day. Let you know when I have done it - hopefully:)

  11. 14 minutes ago, Eddie Yarrow said:

    Thanks Allan. Ive had several shots at doing an album but keep running Into problems, could be because I use Apple iMac.

    One face is great its a start.


    Sometimes when you take a photo of a photo, using an Iphone or iMac the settings within the device are set so create a large image = approximately 35" x 42". When you try and upload theses large images onto this system, into an album, they appear to get timed out. I remember John fox having a similar problem:).

    Your photos do seem strange though. I checked the sizes and the average is around 6" x 4" but when I 'copy and paste' one of the photos into a blank sheet (about 10" x 10")  tour photos paste a size more than double that and iI have to shrink it down before I start adding the text. 

    If you like I could create an album and I will add in your original photo + a one with text and numbers on.

  12. 5 hours ago, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    @Eddie Yarrow - unfortunately only one member on the Cambois Facebook group has come up with a possible name. - Florence Henderson thinks one of the men might be her dad - Tom Anderton.


    Added your dad's name to this one :- 



    Would you like me to create an album and post all the photos into it? We could create it under 'Historic Bedlington' or 'Places Gallery' where we have HPW's Bates album.:)

    Another name - Bill Smith, a  Deputy at West Sleekburn. His daughter, Joan Cummings, commented :-  '


    Joan Cummings
    Joan Cummings My dad again no 10
    Remember faces but not names look so different down pit
    Joan Cummings
    Joan Cummings Now dad again. It’s the same group of men, dad worked with Grundy, came to the house
    Took pictures of family
    Joan Cummings
    Joan Cummings Good remember when they moved, dad always worked night shift at the winning but when he moved to bates he didn’t, and fretted because he couldn’t get his garden done, missed the sunlight too.

    2 Miners named.jpeg

    10 Miners named.jpeg

    12 Miners named.jpeg

  13. On 23/07/2020 at 12:29, Alan Edgar (Eggy1948) said:

    @Eddie Yarrow - I'll work my way through your photos, adding numbers & text, and see if the Facebook members on the Bygone Bedlington Facebook group; Cambois Facebook group & Friends of Bates Colliery group can identify anyone. 

    As there are a lot of photos it might be better to create an album in the Gallery under Historic Bedlington as it would make it easier viewing of all the photos.

    @Eddie Yarrow - unfortunately only one member on the Cambois Facebook group has come up with a possible name. - Florence Henderson thinks one of the men might be her dad - Tom Anderton.


    Added your dad's name to this one :- 



    Would you like me to create an album and post all the photos into it? We could create it under 'Historic Bedlington' or 'Places Gallery' where we have HPW's Bates album.:)

  14. 1.         On what date does Halloween fall?

    Answer = 31st October

    Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of Hallows' Even or Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed


    2.         In which Scottish town was James Watt born?

    Answer = Greenock

    He is best remembered for his improvements to the steam engine. Watt introduced a design enhancement, the separate condenser, which avoided this waste of energy and radically improved the power, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of steam engines. Eventually he adapted his engine to produce rotary motion, greatly broadening its use beyond pumping water.



    3.         How many metres in a mile?

    Answer = 1609 (and a bit)


    4.         In which Dickens novel does Thomas Gradgrind of Coketown appaer?

    Answer = Hard Times

    In the opening paragraph of the second chapter of Hard Times, Dickens creates the straw man Thomas Gradgrind, a creature of mere fact and no humbugging sentiment, a modern, no-nonsense figure of the industrial age.


    5.         Spanish flu, 1918-1920, claimed 50 million lives. Where did it start?

    Answer = Cansas, USA

    While it's unlikely that the “Spanish Flu” originated in Spain, scientists are still unsure of its source. France, China and Britain have all been suggested as the potential birthplace of the virus, as has the United States, where the first known case was reported at a military base in Kansas on March 11, 1918.


    6.         In which year was the Apple iphone launched?

    Answer = 7th June, 2010

    Following a number of notable leaks, the iPhone 4 was first unveiled on June 7, 2010, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and was released on June 24, 2010, in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Japan.


    7.         Which Harrod’s boss became Chairman of Fulham FC?

    Answer = Mohamed Al Fayed


    8.         Who said, after winning the Grand National, “Sex is an anti-climax after that”?

    Answer = Mick Fitzgerald

    The race was won in a time of nine minutes and 0.8 seconds and by a distance of 1 1⁄4 lengths by Rough Quest, the 7/1 favourite. = Mick Fitzgeral’s passion, alterative to horse riding lasted under nine minutes.


    9.         By what name is polytetrafluoroethylene better known?

    Answer = Teflon


    10.      What was the name of the raft which Thor Heyerdahl used to sail from Peru in 1947?

    Answer – Kon-Tiki


    11.      Which country invaded Kuwait in 1990?

    Answer = Iraq

     On this day, Aug 2nd, in 1990, at about 2 a.m. local time, Iraqi forces invade Kuwait, Iraq's tiny, oil-rich neighbor. Kuwait's defense forces were rapidly overwhelmed, and those that were not destroyed retreated to Saudi Arabia.


    12.      Which British cathedral has three spires?

    Answer = Lichfield ?

    There are only three cathedrals in the United Kingdom with three spires. Lichfield Cathedral, dating from the 13th and early 14th centuries is the only medieval cathedral. Between the 14th and 16th centuries Lincoln Cathedral also had three spires and was the tallest building in the world for 238 years until the central spire collapsed in 1549 and was not rebuilt. Both Truro Cathedral, Cornwall (late 19th–early 20th century) and St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh (late 19th century) were built in the Gothic Revival style and also have three spires.



    I’ll bet you didn’t know ….

    King George I couldn’t speak English.

    Answer = I didn’t



  15. 24 minutes ago, Canny lass said:

    "Error" is simply another word for 'contribution to the development of the English language'. Trust me I'm  linguist!

    Language is lazy! It's always looking for the easy way out both in speech and writing. One of the commonest causes of language change is the repeated deviation from the 'norm' of spelling and grammar. Spellings which don't adhere to the norm, if used often enough, WILL become the new norm - take recognise and recognize as just one of a thousand examples.

    Deviation from the norm can do two things: Disturb communication or  Destroy communication

    The function of language is to enable communication, so destruction will defeat its purpose. However, a disturbance will not. The language used is still understandable and the speaker/writer is still communicating.


    Disturbed communication: Nvr apolgse fr yor spllng mistks.

    Destroyed communication: Verne apologized for your spilling smisktea.


    Those two sentences, full of spelling mistakes are one and the same. Which one do you understand?

    Never knock yourself for spelling which deviates from the 'norm'. The reader (providing they have the same mother tongue) will make the necessary corrections in their head and communication will not be destroyed. If it is destroyed, they will ask for clarification.

    When working shifts on the National Insurance computer system we had a Handover Book where each shift would document anything that was worth passing on + a list of outstanding tasks that required action.It used to make me laugh when the shift taking ouver from ours would comment on my spelling. My response was always - if you know what the word is supposed to be does it matter how it's 'spelt'.:)

    Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.


    i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghi t pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I nivva (that ones for HPW:))  tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! 

  16. 12 hours ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    There's summik queer gaaning on wi this Editor,when a try and gaan back ti correct me typo's,it's deleting letters and CREATING TYPO'S!

    Is it my Laptop,or is anybody else getting the same grief?

    I have similar Bill and it's on both PCs- old & new. The most frustrating one is when I try to go back, using the reverse/backward arrow key,  and correct a spelling mistake (that I make all the time) nowt happens. So even when I just want to go back a couple of characters to correct an 'i before e' (and @Canny lass knows all about my errors🙂) I have to use the mouse to click onto the exact letters I want to change - it is frustrating.

    ps. don't know anything about jelly guns - got hit a couple of times with a pellet from a Webley air rifle or pistol.

  17. 9 hours ago, HIGH PIT WILMA said:

    Nippits were black Liquorice sweets wat got inti ya teeth and were hard as hell..and hot!


    Can't remember them at all. The main sweets we got as kids were Barley Sugars and that was because my dad worked for Hugh Bolcows - breakers yard - at Cambois. All the men at Bolcows would search all the cabins on the ships that were there to be broken as the 'sailors' would have jars of Barley Sugars and many got left aboard there would have been other jars of sweets but I can't remember them🙃.

    My favourite was McGowans Highland Black Toffee - Cambois beach -c1953.


    Wouldn't mind some now but I don't think my dentures would  would stay put trying to bite through a bar:D 


  18. 3 hours ago, _pauls said:

    Went on to Advance Northumberland's website today to ask them if they could update the Investing In Bedlington website and was greeted with a friendly "Chat with us" popup so I took up their invite.

    It took 1 hr 20 mins for anyone to reply despite it asserting that the service was online. Got through to a very surly "Greg" who clearly wasn't happy at me interrupting his Friday. He advised me he'd talk to the team and see if they had any update and would "probably" email me.

    It would just be nice to know whether in the 5 months since the last update, a) whether final planning permission for the revised plans from Aldi was granted back in March or if they threw up any more hurdles, b) assuming that COVID hasn't led Aldi to rethink whether the timescales of building work starting "by summer" are still valid, and c) whether any other tenants have been lured.

    My breath is not currently being held.

    I think there's a real opportunity to breathe fresh new life into towns like Bedlington over the next few months - across the country people are rethinking their priorities and deciding that they don't want to sit in cars for hours commuting into overcrowded and expensive cities any longer, and they are quite happy working from home. I work for a large organisation in Newcastle and they've said that they are happy to afford that kind of flexibility for most people. It saves them money, it saves me money, but if I'm in Bedlington every day not the city centre I want shops here in town that I can nip to. (I would say same for gymns but I'd be lying!). That's why Boris is desperate for people to go back to working in offices - because the 25-odd branches of Greggs will make no money in the city centre without the footfall of office workers, but most of the companies I talk to are not going to order everyone back to their desks. There will be no reduction in demand for shops, but where the demand is will change.

    Its a shame that the council/Advance Northumberland seem to have no interest in delivering even the basics let alone being creative in shaping Bedlington's future.

    As I will have a spare 1hr 20mins next week I will try the same as you and see if Greg is working 5 days a week😷.

    Never seen any updates from councillor @Malcolm Robinson - for a while . he normally keeps the group up to date - he must be having a well earned holiday🙂 

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  19. 57 minutes ago, Bill Shiphr said:

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    Anyone who wants to gamble, responsibly, I don't have a problem with but surely if everyone used that site and made accurate predictions then all the bookies would be losers🙃.

    Surely to be a winner you have to have knowledge + a certain % of luck and enough money to withstand runs of bad luck.😰

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  20. 1 hour ago, Eddie Yarrow said:

    Yes I tried originally to make an album directly downloading from photos iOS.
    Most wouldn’t load.

    So I’ll see if I can load them from here or drop them onto my desktop first and try again unless you know an easier way.

    Unfortunately no easier way Eddie. The majority of cases where I have created an album I have only had one photo to start it off then adding additional ones one at time.The system that this group runs on was upgraded a couple of years ago and I don't think I have attempted to create a new album, with multiple photos, since the upgrade. What I think might be the case is that after you have created an album you can then go into the 'Add Images' option and I think when you select Add Images it gives you a second screen  with a black circle and a white cross in the middle. Select that circle and the system directs the procedure to your 'Download' folder on your PC/Tablet etc. and you can the select one, or multiple photos, and and the system will upload them into the album. If you don't have the photos in the Download photo you can still direct the procedure to the area, ie Desktop, where you have the photos. I'm expecting that the system will upload multiple photos so go it a go. If you need any help or would like me to upload them all into the album you create I will do that.

    Example of adding images to an existing album :- 


    This is a link to the album - Bates Pit by High Pit Wilma - that I created for @HIGH PIT WILMA   :-



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