Allendale, Hotspur Hotel c.1960

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Caption for Allendale, Hotspur Hotel c1960: Allendale appears almost deserted in this picture, so it cannot be New Year's Eve. That's the day when people come from all over Northumberland to watch Allendale's special celebrations, which are thought to be Norse in origin. Twenty-four men, accompanied by a band, march round the town, their faces blackened, carrying barrels of blazing tar above their heads. The barrels finish up on a bonfire, everyone has a good time, and come midnight the custom of first-footing is actively pursued.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Allendale Town


Allendale - 'Happy Memories and Great Days' In about 1973 an 'interdenominational' group of dedicated visionary young people, many from Tyneside Youth for Christ (Elim Church), based in Newcastle upon Tyne rented the disused and empty fairly large 'lower floor-part' of (...Read full memory)

I lived in Allendale for the first five years of my life, unfortunately due to my parents  work situation, we had to leave the village to find work in the town; things were never the same!  We still returned to Allendale frequently to visit our relatives the Nixon's & Hutchinson's.  I still remember my childhood with fond (...Read full memory)

l was born in the flat above the chemist shop in 1947. Arthur Walker was the pharmacist.  We moved over the road to Cross Keys House in 1950 and lived there till 1965. The street was my playground, with best friend Marion Warwick and Nigel Hutchinson, the Philipson brothers from next door to Charlton's (...Read full memory)

It brought it all back to me after reading comments by Jeff Garry. The lady he refers to as his 'Nan' was my great aunt Jean. I vividly recollect spending 2 weeks with Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Bob when they lived in the house adjoining the old brewery. Uncle Bob Garry and my grandmother Rachel were (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Allendale, Hotspur Hotel c1960: Allendale appears almost deserted in this picture, so it cannot be New Year's Eve. That's the day when people come from all over Northumberland to watch Allendale's special celebrations, which are thought to be Norse in origin. Twenty-four men, accompanied by a band, march round the town, their faces blackened, carrying barrels of blazing tar above their heads. The barrels finish up on a bonfire, everyone has a good time, and come midnight the custom of first-footing is actively pursued.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

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