A FAMILY researcher is hoping Bishop Auckland residents can help find the key to a 50-year-old mystery.

Gaynor Deakin, of Middlesbrough, is trying to find out information about her grandmother Isobella Gray, known as Ellen, who died in Bishop Auckland General Hospital on March 25, 1957.

She had lived for many years in Peel Street, South Bank, near Middlesbrough, following the death of her husband, George William, in August 1919.

Ms Deakin does not know why she was in Bishop Auckland and wonders if she had relatives in the town or if there are grandchildren still living in the area.

She understands Ellen had a brother who was a year older, another who was three years older and a sister, Mary, who was ten when she was born.

Ellen's parents were Samuel and Mary Elliott, from 74 Pitt Street, Newcastle.

Samuel was an engine fitter and Mary may have owned a grocer's shop and off-licence.

Ms Deakin said: "I've often asked myself why Ellen should be in Bishop Auckland General Hospital."

Anyone who can help can contact her at 178 Roseberry Road, Belle Vue, Middlesbrough, Cleveland. TS4 2QF.