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HAUNTED HOTEL: The King's Head in Darlington in the early 1930s, when the main door was still on High Row. Ghostly Albert the Butler is said to be extremely helpful to guests on the fourth floor

Christmas books: in search of the ghost-goose of Melsonby

IN SAFE HANDS: Kath Bryant, chairman of Darlington Choral Society, and conductor Richard Bloodworth with the baton

Darlington Choral Society's baton charge

NEW CROSSING: Fort Bridge in 1959 carrying road and rail over the new Catterick by-pass on the A1. Old pictures courtesy of the Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust

A bridge that showed much fortitude

EATING OUT: The Black Bull at Moulton in October 1969

Eating out in 1965: the Black Bull at Moulton

VILLAGE CENTRE: Melsonby in the 1930s looking towards St James' church

Melsonby: nuggets and notoriety

TWO FOR NEASHAM: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by Prince Harry inspect the Tower of London's poppies in August 2014

Dedication of Neasham's poppies

FULL CIRCLE: The cast for 1963's version of The Maid of Mountain's - the show that was the last that was produced in Darlington before the outbreak of the Second World War

Off to a Merrie start

RICH HISTORY: St Mary's RC Church, in Blackhill, Conset. Picture: TOM BANKS

Stormy start for St Mary's

BANTAM BATTALION: The 13th Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) which includes Fred Docherty, and possibly his brothers, George and Ernest. Picture courtesy of Darlington Centre for Local Studies

Darlington prisoner of war wrote to his parents asking for chocolate and toffee

MRS HENRY PEASE: Mary, who laid the Cockerton foundation stone on November 19, 1874

140 years of the loudest dragon

Sister Alice Welford

In memory of Sister Alice, of Crathorne and Basra

HEAD OF STEAM: The dress rehearsal of Titanic at Darlington Civic Theatre in April 2012. This DOS production featured an appearance by the Echo’s legendary editor, WT Stead, who was the most famous British person to drown on the Titanic

Going down a storm

THE FASTEST: Arthur Wharton in 1886 with the Prince Hassan Cup, when he became the British 100 Yard champion at Stamford Bridge and set what many consider to be the first ten second time in the world

Arthur Wharton: First and fastest

DOUBLE HEADER: Engines 63341 and 63459 take the lifted track from the Stainmore summit down to Barnard Castle in late 1962. Picture courtesy of the Armstrong Railway Photograph Trust

Summit to talk about

SAINTS' GLORY: Winners of the 1889 Cleveland Cup, 2,000 greeted the team at Bank Top Station in Darlington

When the Saints went marching in

FLOWER CLASS: A corvette like La Bastiaise

The mystery of La Bastiaise

ABOVE THE CROWD: Frankie Vaughan was forced to stand on a table in Fine Fare and throw photographs at the screaming audience

Pop crush as Frankie comes to town

NO SIGN: Forcett Street, off Cockerton Green, in a photo kindly sent in by Stephen Howarth

Signs from pre-war times

CHURCH TEAM: Cockerton St Mary's FC in 1924-25 – can you name anyone (or any dog)?

The Darlington man whose non-appearance caused a riot

CENTENARY CELEBRATION: Locomotion No 1, right, with the most modern engine at the time of the 1925 commemorations. Who can tell us about No 1243 and precisely where in Darlington this picture was taken?

All on the same line over railway anniversary

HANGING OUT: An atmospheric washing day photograph of miners' cottages, believed to be in Wheatley Hill

Wheatley Hill - life after war

DAFFODIL VILLAGE: Frederick Reeks, of Eppleby post office, among the flowering bulbs in 1965

Bowling back in time

LOOK LEFT: The Queen and Prince Philip arrive on Darlington's Bank Top station on October 19, 1967....  LOOK RIGHT: The royal couple do a double-take

Royal double-take at Bank Top

A WATERHOUSE: The Barclay's Bank building in Durham Market Place. Picture: TOM BANKS

Bicentenary of a Durham bank

IN MEMORY: Major William Charge Booth, of Oran, near Catterick Village, "one of the tow or three most popular men in the North Riding", who died in 1898

Leading the Charge: one of the two most popular men in the North Riding

AUTHOR: Lewis Carroll, who arrived in Croft as an 11-year-old in 1843

September 15: A Carrollesque Magic Lantern Show

BEHIND YOU: In 2000, the Queen visited the region to open a dinosaur exhibition in York and the Centre for Life in Newcastle

Part Two: The Queen in the North-East

ROYAL ARRIVAL: Queen Elizabeth inspects a guard of honour of the Durham Light Infantry at Stockton station in June 1956

Part One: The Queen in the North-East

OFFICIALLY RECOGNISED: Pte Pratt's new headstone in Darlington's West Cemetery which will be dedicated on Wednesday

A grave injustice corrected at last

CUP WINNERS: High Coniscliffe WI, probably in the 1960s, after the members had won a trophy for their period dress. Left to right: Leah Dixon, Betty Smith, Jessie Flemming, Jeannette Loxley, Mary Loxley, H Douglas, Marjorie Brown, Ruth Gay and Mary Lowson

Bag bursting with the WI

UNKNOWN: Thomas Hackworth (probably)

The story of the other Hackworth

The 8th DLI: Sgt Teasdale is standing on the far right. Picture courtesy of Harry Moses

A Darlington schoolmaster’s vivid narrative

MYSTERY PICTURE: Taken in 1955, we now know this is Kirkbridge House, or Stanwick Old Hall

At home on Eleanor's estate

TRAVELLING WEST: A Q6 locomotive at Preston-le-Skerne, with the large electricity station, which once provided the power for the Shildon to Newport line, in the distance. This picture was taken on April 5, 1963, by Dave Burdon, before the line closed on J

On the track of the electric locos

BRIDGE END: A horsedrawn tram waits at the top of Woodland Road, Darlington, in about 1902. Behind it is the old humpback bridge into Cockerton

From the Archive: Cockerton, Darlington

ON THE BALL: The summer of 40 years ago this weekend proved a memorable one for County Durham bowlers

Outstanding bowling figures of Evening Despatch's Fives and Fifties column in 1975

PAST TIMES: Dryburn Hall circa 1900, towards the end of its time in the ownership of the Wharton family. Picture courtesy of Gilesgate Archive/Michael Richardson

Rise and imminent fall of Mr Durham's pride and joy

DOWAGER’S HOME: Stanwick Hall was demolished in the 1920s and now only outbuildings remain

From The Archive: Stanwick, Aldbrough, Eppleby and Caldwell

TRAGIC HISTORY: Clarence Street, in Bowburn, today. Picture: TOM BANKS

Bowburn: A village of widows and spinsters

MAGICAL MAN OF MYSTERY: Professor Norton, and his wife Martha

Professor George Norton: who do you think you are?

ROADWORKS: The Milburngate bridge in Durham – currently being refurbished – when it was being constructed in 1967, with a strange A35 on the right

Riding with an A35

ALL ABOARD: A train arrives at Piercebridge station from Barnard Castle. The half-timbered stationmaster's house on the left still stands as a private residence, but everything else has gone

The day a princess slept in Piercebridge sidings

PRAMS IN THE PARK: A delightful scene from July 1966 by the River Skerne in Darlington's South Park, with the famous carpet bedding decorating the slopes

Marital strife, park ghosts and railway tragedy

IN HIS HEYDAY: Gordon Franklin, far left in the front row, in the Etherley team that won the Mid Durham Senior League and Northern Echo Cup in 1938

Etherley's big hitter Gordon Franklin

Augustus Sussex Barningham, 1827-1887

A revolutionary – in France and on farm

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? Professor Norton, and his wife Martha

In search of a magical man of mystery

LINED UP: Bo-Bos Nos 10, 7 and 5, with No 13 in the paintshop at Darlington's North Road shops

Back on board the Bo-Bos

WIDE LOAD: Taken on the Leeming and Londonderry by-pass on October 19, 1961, the day after the northbound A1 opened

It's a long way to Londonderry...

EARLY CLASSROOM: A magnificent picture showing every boy sitting very still in Westwick Lodge, Barnard Castle

100 years of Barnard Castle Prep School memories

BLOOMING GIANT: Lady Starmer was president of the Darlington Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society, and she is pictured in the 1960s with a new variety, the Cecily Starmer, which had been named after her

A lady's generosity, eccentricity and bad driving

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