The Northern Echo: The North-East At War - website commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Record breaker Jim

The Northern Echo: STRONG SIDE: Jimmy McMillan, seated front right, with fellow players from the team that won the 1964 FA Amateur Cup

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FIFTY years ago, nearly to the day, on Saturday, April 18, 1964, Jimmy McMillan, the Crook Town outside left, climbed the steps to the Royal Box at Wembley Stadium to receive his fourth and record-breaking FA Amateur Cup winners’ medal.

Easter in the trenches

The Northern Echo: DIARIST: Gunner George

11:48am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

GUNNER George James spent Easter 1916 in the trenches near Ypres, but his mind was on the traditional ceremonies that he knew would be unfolding in the Methodist chapel in his home village of Littletown, in County Durham.

Bowls will roll no more

The Northern Echo: FEW PHOTOS: The East Park men have saved few of their team photos, apart from this one which is undated

11:32am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

EAST PARK, also known as Eastbourne Park, was opened on May 17, 1902. A large wagonette of councillors drove out from the town hall for the ceremony, with the macebearer “resplendent in crimson plush breeches, white silk stockings, laced blue coat and cocked hat” riding in the box seat.

Elizabethan service harks back to the halcyon days of steam

The Northern Echo: LOST ERA: Golden Plover pulling the Elizabethan near Eryholme in 1953

11:16am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WHILE we are looking at railways, we accidentally discovered this picture in a 1953 edition of The Northern Echo. It shows an A4 Pacific pulling the new Elizabethan service from Edinburgh to London approaching Eryholme, to the south of Darlington.

Historic ticket to ride

The Northern Echo: BUILDER: Robert Stephenson, son of George, who designed both the Tees and Dee bridges in the 1840s

11:08am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A NEW booklet to promote probably the most historic railway line in the world has just been produced. The Bishop Line runs along much of the trackbed of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) which opened on September 27, 1825.

The greatest final Wembley has seen?

The Northern Echo: NORTHERN PRIDE: Above, the prelude to the Bishop Auckland-Crook Town Wembley final as Bill Parkin, left, president of Crook, and George Waine, right, chairman of Bishop Auckland, lead out the sides

12:35pm Monday 14th April 2014

SATURDAY, April 10, 1954, was the day that southwest Durham “moved” to Wembley as 100,000 spectators armed with corncrakes, bells, trumpets, banners, rosettes and decorated hats took their place inside football’s famous stadium to watch Bishop Auckland play Crook Town in the FA Amateur Cup Final.

The craters of St Eloi

The Northern Echo: Gunner George James

12:25pm Monday 14th April 2014

NINETY-EIGHT years ago, our diarist, Gunner George James, was in the midst of one of the muddiest encounters of the First World War.

History catches up with Beaumont Street School

The Northern Echo: OLD-SCHOOL PARKING: Beaumont Street School on October 7, 1965, when closure was announced

12:13pm Monday 14th April 2014

SIT still children. Adjust your best clothes and hide any marks on your ultra-white smocks. Place your work on the desk in front of you. Sit up straight. Both arms behind your back. Look at the camera and, whatever you do, do not smile.

Rising from the ashes

The Northern Echo: NOTHING CHANGES: Last week’s postcard of ‘St Paul’s Gardens’, Spennymoor, which is now Whitworth Terrace. The large building at the centre of the picture is now Ken Warne’s supermarket. The other properties, including the distinctive rounded ter

11:58am Monday 14th April 2014

FIRE! Flames were licking through the roof of the new Co-op store in Spennymoor when Mr Curry, watchmaker, raised the alarm. In fact, it must have been burning merrily as the gas meter had been destroyed and the gas was still blazing into the grocery shop.

An ‘army’ on two wheels

The Northern Echo: Riding out: the bobbies of East Riding constabulary in 1910

5:07pm Monday 31st March 2014

AS some of the world’s fastest bikes race through the Yorkshire countryside this summer, as part of the Tour De France’s Grand Depart, there will be some bicycles of a slightly different nature on display in Ripon.

The greatest visitor

The Northern Echo: HOLLYWOOD WELCOME: Muhammad Ali with Johnny Walker, the man who made his unlikely 1977 visit a reality

3:29pm Monday 31st March 2014

ON the morning of July 14, 1977, about 1,500 people gathered at Newcastle airport to welcome royalty. The Queen was in the middle of celebrating her Silver Jubilee, but it wasn’t Her Majesty who people were waiting for, or why 17 youth jazz bands lined the entrance to the airport.

Going beck to the Ice Age

The Northern Echo: STRAW POLL: Vera Hunter was born in the house on the left with the milk churn in front of it. Straw Beck, of course, is flowing under Muker bridge

3:02pm Monday 31st March 2014

IF last week’s Memories had been printed more than 100,000 years ago, it would have been factually correct in saying that the River Swale flowed through the North Yorkshire village of Muker.

Can you help identify these angels of mercy?

The Northern Echo: WHO’S WHO? A picture, apparently taken by The Northern Echo, showing VAD nurses at Masham receiving a trophy from a Dr Cockroft. More information on this, or any VAD nurses, is most welcome

2:59pm Monday 31st March 2014

ANNE WALL is writing a book about the First World War VAD hospitals of the North Riding of Yorkshire. She has recently uncovered this splendid picture of VAD nurses at Masham, but still would like more information.

And a present that went down a bomb...

The Northern Echo: BITS OF HISTORY: Don and Vera Currie with their pieces of Hartlepool shrapnel

2:58pm Monday 31st March 2014

MEMORIES 169 continued the story of the Hartlepool bombardment – that staggering day in December 1914 when three enemy ships appeared out of the mist and shelled the coastal town. About 123 people died in Hartlepool, and a further 70 were killed in simultaneous attacks on Scarborough and Whitby.

Birthday without cheer

The Northern Echo: AUTHOR: Gunner George James

2:52pm Monday 31st March 2014

THIS is the latest excerpt of Gunner George James’ Diary, written exactly 98 years ago on the Western Front, by a Durham miner.

As cunning as a Fox

The Northern Echo: FOX’S DEN: Auckland Castle in 1850 – it hasn’t changed much

2:38pm Monday 31st March 2014

AUCKLAND CASTLE reopens to the public after its winter hibernation today. It is the region’s newest heritage attraction, mixing art with religion with history – both national and local.

League of champions

The Northern Echo: LEAGUE STALWARTS: Brian Clough

3:31pm Thursday 27th March 2014

YOU only have to look down a list of former players that went on to earn full international caps to realise how successful the Northern League has been.

Date with the past

The Northern Echo: COLLEGE PATHFINDERS: The first intake in 1964 at the Middlesbrough College of Education

3:15pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A REUNION for former students of the Middlesbrough Day Training College for Teachers is being held on Thursday, April 24.

Roaring on The Curly

The Northern Echo: WINTER GAMES: Curling on the Hundens pond in Darlington in the 1920s

3:13pm Thursday 27th March 2014

HARRY MORTON writes from Amersham in Buckinghamshire, where he has been watching the Winter Olympics from Sochi in Russia.

Croxdale – a boom with a view

The Northern Echo: COMFORTABLE SEAT: Croxdale Hall, home of the Salvin family and John Rogerson. Today’s front page picture shows the Croxdale roundabout on the A167 being constructed in August 1962, with the colliery village laid out behind it

3:05pm Thursday 27th March 2014

ON February 6, 1894, The Northern Echo reported that at the annual meeting of the Weardale and Shildon District Waterworks Company, held the day before in the Mechanics Institute in Darlington, John Rogerson of Croxdale Hall had been re-elected as one of four directors. The shareholders had also voted to increase the expenses the directors were allowed to incur each year from £250 to £500.

Camp shop that became the first supermarket

The Northern Echo: WHERE TO GO: A 1946 postcard showing all the elements of the Naafi Club in Park Street, Darlington

2:56pm Thursday 27th March 2014

IN Memories 162, we were on the trail of the Naafi in Darlington. The Naafi – or Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes – was formed in 1921 to provide recreational activities for servicemen and to sell them goods.

Never a nobler act

The Northern Echo: RESPECTED: Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock of Hartforth

2:14pm Thursday 27th March 2014

“He lies beneath the ocean – no more fitting resting place for men of our race. His body is separated from us by half the world, and he and his gallant comrades lie far from the pleasant homes of England. “Yet they have their reward... “Theirs’ is an immortal place in the great roll of naval heroes whose work has built up the Empire and has secured the freedom of mankind…”

Tournament returns

The Northern Echo: ON THE BALL: One of the Darlington teams during a competition in December 1992

12:35pm Monday 17th March 2014

DARLINGTON Indoor Bowls Club will host the sport’s equivalent of the FA Cup next month, but it isn’t the first time the tournament has been held in the town.

No smoke without fire

The Northern Echo: TUNNEL VISION: David Shevels took this picture of A4 Dwight D Eisenhower pulling a diverted express through Shildon tunnel on June 17, 1962. ‘I was using my dad’s box camera, and head-on pictures were usually okay with a shutter speed of 1/30th of a s

12:20pm Monday 17th March 2014

NEARLY 120,000 turned out to see the six surviving A4 railway engines from the 1930s at Shildon’s museum recently, so it is not surprising that the Memories inbox has been full of memories of the streamlined dreamliners.

Art of darkness

The Northern Echo: RAISED MORALE: Captain Bruce Bairnsfather (1887-1959)

12:16pm Monday 17th March 2014

ON the cover of Memories 168, there was a postcard showing First World War soldiers who had had bits of their bodies blown away.

Death of a peasant

The Northern Echo: DIARY HERO: Gunner George James, from Littletown, a couple of miles east of Durham City

12:07pm Monday 17th March 2014

Since Christmas, Memories has been serialising the First World War diary of Gunner George James, a miner from the Durham pit village of Littletown. We are following his war on the Western Front as it unfolded exactly 98 years ago.

When it all kicked off

The Northern Echo: FOOTBALL CROWD: A football crowd: Charles Craven is third from the right in a bowler hat. There is no more information known about this picture, but as he was in Darlington from the age of 16 to 27, it must be highly likely that it was taken in the town.

11:52am Monday 17th March 2014

Meet the founder. These are the first photographs of Charles Samuel Craven ever to appear in The Northern Echo even though he is the man who created Darlington FC – the mighty Quakers – and the man who founded the Northern League – the second oldest league in the world which was known as the Craven League.

Porterfield seals Cup Final win for Sunderland

The Northern Echo: FINE STYLE: Ian Porterfield scores the winning goal in the 1973 FA Cup Final

3:19pm Monday 10th March 2014

IAN PORTERFIELD spent ten years at Sunderland, with his finest moment coming as he scored the only goal in their remarkable victory over Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup Final.

School for rude mechanicals

The Northern Echo: WORKMEN’S CLUB: The Mechanics Institute in the centre of Skinnergate, Darlington, on November 1, 1965

3:08pm Monday 10th March 2014

The Mechanics Institute, one of Darlington’s most imposing buildings, is undergoing a £1m refit. Chris Lloyd tells its story

Lives on the line

The Northern Echo: HOME FROM HOME: A picture of Welbury station in North Yorkshire sent in by Ernie Wade. There don’t appear to be nameboards on the platform, so perhaps the picture was taken during the Second World War. Welbury station closed in 1954, and the main buildi

2:59pm Monday 10th March 2014

Unless they are halted by rabbits, trains now run unhindered from Northallerton to Yarm along the Leeds Northern Railway. Once upon a time, though, the trains clattered through three stations and over a couple of level crossings. The stationmasters and crossing keepers all had their houses beside the line. Signalmen had boxes galore, and railwaymen lived in lineside cottages.

German ships held a fatal attraction

The Northern Echo: SEEING THE SIGHTS: A photo from The Northern Echo of December 19, 1914, showing a crowded Scarborough seafront watching a Royal Navy exercise

2:50pm Monday 10th March 2014

HAVING answered Martin Birtle’s shell question at the foot of the previous page, he lobs another query at us.

A lesson in warfare

The Northern Echo: TRAIN ORDEAL: Ann Oliver of Sedgefield with a picture of her aunt, Mary Stainthorpe, who was stuck on a school train in the middle of the Hartlepool bombardment

2:36pm Monday 10th March 2014

Early morning on December 16, 1914, Mary Stainthorpe, 13, was among an excited hubbub of children boarding their usual train taking them from their colliery homes in Durham to their grammar school at the coast.

A rum day for Crook

The Northern Echo: LEAP OF FAITH: The Crook goalkeeper collects against Bishop in the 1957 FA Amateur Cup quarter-final

2:25pm Monday 3rd March 2014

ARNOLD ALTON was a tough, nononsense centre half who followed famous amateur names like Ray Tate, Bobby Davison and Colin Bainbridge in wearing the number five shirt for both Bishop Auckland and Crook Town.

History of a man-made hill

The Northern Echo: STANDING PROUD: Bishopton Castle at Bishopton village, near Darlington

2:13pm Monday 3rd March 2014

NOW, before the grass begins to grow, is as good a time as any to pull on your boots and go climbing on Bishopton hill.

History worth the wait

The Northern Echo: QUICK AS SILVER: Dave Burdon has sent in this picture which was taken at Darlington shed of Quicksilver, the A4 Pacific engine which pulled the Hitchin Town supporters to Crook on February 20, 1954

2:03pm Monday 3rd March 2014

What a lot of fuss over six steam engines! About 120,000 people visited the six surviving A4s at Shildon’s Locomotion museum last week – nearly double the anticipated number

Surviving the trenches

The Northern Echo: LEG INJURY: Private William Bailey

12:39pm Monday 3rd March 2014

At 2am on August 4, 1916, Private William Bailey, rose up out of his trench and launched himself over the top. Suddenly, he felt a terrible stinging sensation in his right leg which caused him to topple into the mud of the Somme. A machine gun bullet had smashed through his right thigh. He attempted to dress his wound, but a shell exploded perilously close to where he lay, burying him almost completely in soil.

Lighting up the league

The Northern Echo: TYNESIDE HERO: Jackie Milburn

3:26pm Monday 24th February 2014

THIS weekend marks the 58-year anniversary of Newcastle United making footballing history as they were the first ever club to win a Football League game under floodlights, with victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Men well versed in the horrors of war

The Northern Echo: PEN FRIENDS: Former Durham School pupils William Noel Hodgson, left, and Nowell Oxland, who became Great War poets

2:59pm Monday 24th February 2014

In response to the horrors of the First World War many young men took up their pens and wrote poetry, using the language, rhythms and similes to portray things in a way that prose never could.

Mystery line-ups

The Northern Echo: MYSTERY TEAM: Players posing with a trophy outside the Hope Inn, in Yarm Road, Darlington. Any clues about the silverware on view?

3:35pm Monday 17th February 2014

DO you recognise anyone in these two photographs?

Straying from main line

The Northern Echo: A RARE SIGHT: An A4, Dwight D Eisenhower, pulling out of Bishop Auckland on September 11, 1960, en route to Edinburgh after it had been diverted off the East Coast Main Line

3:08pm Monday 17th February 2014

THE Great Goodbye starts this weekend at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon. As we told last week, the six surviving A4 steam locomotives from the 1930s will gather for what will probably be the last time in our lifetimes before two of them return to their north American homes.

Tales of school life

The Northern Echo: EDUCATION CENTRE: A 1963 picture of the two properties at the Auckland Castle end of Bishop Auckland Market Place that made up The Mount school. The building on the right was a mid-18th Century house

2:58pm Monday 17th February 2014

Bishop Auckland Market Place is full of distinctive buildings which may one day rise to their original majesty again. Two of them once made up The Mount school, as Memories 162 mentioned

The worst injury of all that afflicted a Darlington boy

The Northern Echo: BLIND AT 18: Private Allan Yates

2:49pm Monday 17th February 2014

‘OF all the terrible consequences of war in the way of personal disfigurement and incapacitation, none can compare with the distress of total blindness,” began an article in The Northern Echo on March 7, 1916.

‘Very quiet. Something brewing . . . ‘

The Northern Echo: EXPECTING TROUBLE: Gunner George James, from Littletown, a couple of miles east of Durham City

2:47pm Monday 17th February 2014

GUNNER George James came from the Durham colliery village of Littletown.

A private tragedy

The Northern Echo: PAYING RESPECTS: A remembrance service around the Aycliffe memorial in the 1950s

2:41pm Monday 17th February 2014

Not all of the Great War’s casualties died on the battlefield – Private Edward Henry Pratt died in Darlington of injuries he received in France

Sweeter than any tweet

The Northern Echo: FAMILY TIES: Below, Pte Fred Mawlam, of Yarm, who sent the ‘silks’ home

3:10pm Monday 10th February 2014

YOU couldn’t tweet from the trenches. You couldn’t text, email or Facebook. You just had to postcard. Younger readers will find it amazing that 100 years ago a soldier would buy an attractive piece of card and write, using a pen or pencil, a message on it.

Out of this world!

The Northern Echo: FRONT PAGE NEWS: John Clemmet’s frontispiece to his scrapbook which contains his Days Out articles from the Darlington Telegraph of 1859

2:49pm Monday 10th February 2014

The scrapbook of James Clemmet Junior, who wrote short travel pieces for a newspaper, is one of the pieces for sale at the Durham Book Fair

Rail record-breaker

The Northern Echo: MAKING HISTORY: Mallard, the world record breaking A4, in its heyday

12:42pm Monday 10th February 2014

Sir Nigel Gresley’s innovative A4 engines changed the way the British rail industry looked - and travelled – before setting the world steam record

Esteamed visitors

The Northern Echo: PUFF ACT TO FOLLOW: Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York in 1988 – the engine is no longer able to steam

12:23pm Monday 10th February 2014

Next weekend, six historic steam engines will gather at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon. More than 70,000 people from all over the world are expected for the week-long Great Goodbye, which will be the last reunion of the six surviving A4 Pacific locos before two of them disappear back to their homes in north America

A game we trained for

The Northern Echo: DATE WITH DESTINY: The Stockton FC team and officials waiting to catch a train to Barnet for the 1958 FA Amateur Cup quarter final

3:20pm Monday 3rd February 2014

THREE weeks ago, John Phelan recalled Stockton’s 1958 FA Cup Amateur Cup win over holders Bishop Auckland in his Grassroots Memories column.

Nightingale who could sing in four languages

The Northern Echo: SONGSTRESS: Florence Easton, the Nightingale of South Bank

3:07pm Monday 3rd February 2014

THE people of Middlesbrough are said to have been so impressed by the singing potential of a teenager growing up in their midst that they collected enough money to send her to the Royal Academy of Music in London.



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