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Old 16-12-2017, 10:00 PM
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Saw a fair few films in there early 60s,bought my first pint in the grey arms,well some one went to the bar for me as i still had a few years to go till i could buy my own.
My Grandfather, John Kellett, lived in Red Row with his family until the early 1930s. He was a deputy overman and shotfirer at Broomhill Colliery. He was also a founding owner, in 1913, of the Red Row Electric Palace, which became the Red Row Picture Hall in 1923. His partners were John Bell and Thomas Gibson.
In 1914, despite being over-age and exempt from military service because he was a coal miner, he volunteered for the Army and in 1915 went to France with the 14th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers. He was awarded the Military Medal, in recognition of which he was given an engraved gold pocket watch by the Broomhill and District Heroe's Fund. He was wounded and captured by the Germans in May 1918, spending the last seven months of the war in Gothenburg POW camp.
After the war he returned to Red Row and continued to operate the Picture Hall until 1931 when he sold his share in the business and moved the family to Chester-le-Street, where his son, my father George Kellett, started a building and contracting business.
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Old 17-12-2017, 11:48 AM
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"11914 L./C. J. Kellet, North'd Fus. (Broomhill)."

London Gazette 12th December 1917. 100 years and 5 days ago?

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...pplement/13014

Don't think we've come across this chap before?

Did you find out what the events were that won the medal?
I think that publication date is a little early for Passchendaele
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Old 17-12-2017, 08:16 PM
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Default 11914 L./C. J Kellett

My grandfather never disclosed what he did to earn the Military Medal. I personally asked him about it and he deflected my questions. It was probably won at The Battle of Polygon Wood, The Battle of Broodseinde or The Second Battle of Passchendaele - all of which involved the 14th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers in 1917.
After the war he became a fierce competitor in the annual leek show which I believe was held at the Red Row Working Men's Club. According to family legend he won so regularly he was made a judge, to eliminate him from the competition.
Do you know what caused the eventual demolition of the Picture Hall? Was it the same fire as that which destroyed the Grey Arms?
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:16 PM
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Default Then and now Red Row

Taken 2yrs ago, maybe the 60s the old one
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Old 02-02-2018, 10:54 PM
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Rather sad. Like it the way it was.

Can you remind me what this one was in its heyday (next door to the old Country Parks pub):


http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-...-52779807.html
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:29 AM
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Wasn't that a butcher's shop on the left corner?
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:42 PM
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Default Re. Butchers shop.

Yes Janwin, right again. It was all part of the Central Store complex, the Head Office of stores at The Drift, Red Row and North Broomhill. (I am not sure if it had closed prior to Hadston Co-op opening in what is now The 'Tute on Druridge Avenue.
Re The central Hall, I was introduced to Jackie Milburn, circa 1954, when he came for a presentation ceremony. (Almost my total claim to fame. lol)
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