I was brought up by my parents, Tom and Norah Hill in Willington, along with my 5 siblings. We moved from North Terrace to Brown Avenue on Dene Estate. I often went to play on the swings and top-hat just outside the Miners Welfare Hall. Sometimes I would sit and watch the men play bowls on the green, or the tennis ...Read full memory
Beside the end house was a single path. The house was occupied by Tommy Jewell I was in the same class as his daughter Pat. Next door was George Smailes the school master who was secretary for Willington when they won the Amateur cup. Frank Smailes was a good centre forward and played for Northern League clubs.
My grandmother, Joan Hobson (nee Charlton) owned the sweet shop here and ran it from about 1945 onwards, until the early 1960s. Her mother, Mrs Charlton, ran it before her. Joan was in the WAAF as a young woman, whilst her mother resided in Willington. After the Second World War she returned and ...Read full memory