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Memories of Darlington

Portrac Camp Early 1950s

My sister and I lived for a short while at a place called Portrac Camp between 1949-1953/54. We think we were living with our father, Richard Denis Stephenson and our mother Winifred, (formerly Mansell) (both deseased in 1970s). We never knew them as we were placed after this at St Joseph's Orphanage, Carmel ...Read full memory

A memory of Darlington by Helen Whitty

High Row Toilets

yes High Row did have gents toilets .two sets of steep steps leading down to wash and brush ups by a toilet attendant also I remember a gents barber had a kiosk down there due to council cutbacks everything now closed and bricked up .Can any one remember a character called Geordy Fawbutt who had stall next to the covered ...Read full memory

A memory of Darlington by tonyandal43

Savouries

My name is Christine Galloway (nee Blenkinsopp). The stall in the indoor market still sells hot sausage and onion in a bread bun (savouries bun), the family who owned it in the 1960s only left the business about fourteen years ago but they passed the secret recipe on to the the next owners. There are now tables so you can eat ...Read full memory

Swan Street/Model Place/Hargreave Terrace

I was born at number 15 Swan Street before my parents moved next door, No.14. My family had people living all around the area, maternal in Swan Street/ Hargreave and paternal, from Model Place. We had a shop on virtually every corner and of every type within a couple minutes walk. Billy Ramsdales ...Read full memory

1960s

I grew up in Dundee Street in Darlington. I remember the shops on each end of Dundee Street and Montrose Street, and the alleys between, the alleys were made of blue tiles that always sparkled in rain and frost. I remember the rag and bone man on his cart pulled by a horse, calling "Rag and bone, rag and bone" as he trundled down ...Read full memory

Childhood Memories South Park 1960s Approx

I like to remember my childhood in Darlington where I grew up until I moved to Whitley Bay. We used to spend lots of time in the South Park, on the swings, around the rose garden and of course the roller skating rink. I noticed on a nostalgic trip back there recently the only remaining feature ...Read full memory

1950s

I live in Hull but often went to stay at my grandparents (Bartlett) at 111 Corporation Road, Darlington as a child in the early 1950s and next door lived a lovely family and I used to play with their daughter Catherine. They had sons as well and I have got photos (slides) of our trips to South Park at Darlington with them, taken by ...Read full memory

A memory of Darlington by Anne Kettley

Good Old Days

Can anyone remember the sweet shop on corner of Crown Street and Qubeck Street opposite the Empire Cinema it was run by a lady called Daisy . I was working at the Post Office and we were her best customers .On some Sundays my pals and I would go to the matinée at the Empire and when the film ended run up Northgate to catch the ...Read full memory

A memory of Darlington by tonyandval43

Childhood

I was brought up in a girls' Catholic orphanage, ran by nuns, St Joseph's Home, Carmel Road, Darlington. I was six years old. My father had died so we all got sent to homes. It was ok, I suppose, lookingback. I had a good friend (not in the Home), Gloria McGann/McCann? I often think of her and would love to get in touch with her. ...Read full memory

Roller Skating At South Park

Christine, I also used to skate at South Park. I was a member of a roller skating club, along with Tim Tong, the Chinese man you mention in your post. A lovely man, who I bet is STILL skating. I still have my skating boots but haven't skated for years. Very happy memories of South Park. It's very sad ...Read full memory

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