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


I Lived at 2 shield Street between 1964 and 1987 the people who lived in the street are all gone now but they were true Allerdonians. Anyone reading this will remember the likes of Jack & Peggy Warwick , Billy Pringle & Marion & the lads , Mr Brown at the chemist and Not Forgeting My Dad Ian (...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)

You see the wooden building in the background? This is where we went for our school dinners when I attended Allendale Junior school. We walked in pairs along the road and down the path. Earlier on we might see the cooks leaving the kitchen which was next door to Jo Bells and wheel the dinners down on a trolley. Sadly (...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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