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Old 22-12-2013, 03:08 PM
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Default Hadston History Group 1996

Any of you "locals" seen this book. Photos could do with an upgrade if you know who has them, I like this poem
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Old 29-12-2013, 07:29 PM
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Anyone remember the shops and shopkeepers of Red Row. The last one (north) was Allan`s, I remember he owned an E type Jag and had travelling shops
Phew just finished reading all this info about Red Row, I worked for Allan's shop in the late 50s when I was employed delivering the evening chronicle from Red Row down to Hadston Estate all for 10 shillings. The last paper delivered was up near Barties Town in a row of cottages near Greys Farm. The betting shop mentioned in this thread was run by Ray Parks and the man running the picture reels at Red Row was Stan Raffle, my brother in law. Joan Pettica whose family ran the garage, married Jackie Hamilton and now lives in Spain. As for the families living at the willows, can someone put me right, but didn't a lad called Brian Overtan, a coloured lad, who I think was adopted and who was a member of the army cadet force at South Broomhill, where I was also a member, also lived. He joined the regular army when he was very young, and was never heard of again.
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Old 30-12-2013, 11:07 AM
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Would Brian be "Ovington" born about 1943?
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Old 30-12-2013, 01:11 PM
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Thats the one, I remember him now, he was in the Army cadets as you say Bill Y. That was 1957/58 when I "served" , Andy Spears and Alec Keen were two of the officers then.
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Old 30-12-2013, 03:07 PM
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My grandfather's brother was Willie Gray who lived at No.3 the Willows. He had never really recovered from shell shock in the 1st War. (He used to get called Daft Willie). Anyway he married Sarah Ann Ovington in 1949 and she came complete with Brian and Jacqueline Ovington, so Brian was his stepson.

Willie died in 1964 and Sarah Ann moved to Ashington where she remarried.
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:45 PM
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I just wondered what happened to Brian Ovington, as I said he joined the army, but was never seen again.

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Old 02-01-2014, 07:55 PM
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Thats the one, I remember him now, he was in the Army cadets as you say Bill Y. That was 1957/58 when I "served" , Andy Spears and Alec Keen were two of the officers then.
Correct Alan they were the officers, Andy Spears was senior to Alec who was the Sargent. I was a member when they changed over from the Northumberland Fusilers to the parachute regiment brass band. I played the bugle in that. ( I had wanted to play the drums)
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Old 02-01-2014, 07:57 PM
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Would Brian be "Ovington" born about 1943?
Yes he would have been born around that time
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Old 03-01-2014, 04:51 PM
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I just wondered what happened to Brian Ovington, as I said he joined the army, but was never seen again.
Sorry I can't shed any light. I've managed to track other family members but not him
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:37 PM
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I can`t think why a milk tanker is parked at the Grey Arms
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Old 12-01-2014, 12:42 PM
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I can`t think why a milk tanker is parked at the Grey Arms
I think I remember that milk tanker being parked there or is my mind going. That was my walk to school, past the garage and phone box, that's gone too I see, many a call I made from it. Ah the days before all this technology, only two buttons to press A or B, which one was it again?
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Old 15-01-2014, 08:48 PM
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I can`t think why a milk tanker is parked at the Grey Arms
The thumbnail is a bit unclear but, if it is one of Smailes' tankers, from North End, did one of his drivers not live near the "Flea Pit"? At that time milk was delivered from farm to local dairy early morning. Maybe he went home after delivering to get the rest of his sleep in, or a meal. Knowing Herbie Smailes, he would have other jobs lined up for the rest of the day.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:53 PM
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Anyone remember the shops and shopkeepers of Red Row. The last one (north) was Allan`s, I remember he owned an E type Jag and had travelling shops
allens/donkins/chapmans/dixons/barbers/bank/coxons around the corner from hetheringtons
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Old 26-10-2014, 01:17 PM
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Interesting posts of Allens of Red Ro
My son in law is the Grandson of
Tommy Allen who owned the shops
Bob Allen ( son of Tommy ) still lives in the
Bungalow Tommy had built beside Grey Arms
And the Red Jaguar is still there but kept
Under Wraps
Many Thanks Geoff Glass
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Old 27-10-2014, 01:32 PM
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I can see them all now. Who was the scrap man, he had a yard behind the co op, he helped me get my motorbike home when the chain snapped, good man. Pettica`s garage and they owned the Grey Arms Hotel which had a bookies down the side. The picture house. The only surviving business seems to be Stephen Lunn the blacksmith. Someone must have some photos
photo of Red Row cinema
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Old 24-05-2015, 05:07 PM
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I've just found your photograph of the Grey Arms and the Red Row Picture Hall - what memories they've brought back to me. I remember Billy Mavin who used to run the picture hall and the huge billboard at the front advertising the forthcoming films.
I used to live just along the road from the Grey Arms (I had my wedding reception there in 1976) I started the Infants school at Red Row in 1957, the headmistress at the time was locally called 'Big Miss Bell' - she was a lovely person and think she lived at Widdrington. The school secretary was called Miss Adams and she took the weekly dinner money, which I think was 2/6d! I'm sure the school was taken over by Lunn, the Blacksmith for a time, but appears to be a garage now. I can also remember Hetherington's, and calling in for a 'lucky bag' when I came out of school.
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Old 28-07-2015, 06:49 PM
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Smile Betty Mackenzie

I was surprised to come across your post. I served at RAF Acklington 1956/1957 and knew Betty very well. I often wondered how her life had panned out and always hoped she had been lucky with health and happiness. If you are prepared to pass a message I would be grateful. Simply to say I am a very fit 79 year old living in South Yorkshire and I have never forgotten her and would like to pass on my kindest regards. If she happened to respond - if only once - that would be a bonus but if not I would fully understand.
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Old 01-11-2015, 05:30 PM
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Sorry David I do not know her address, I think she worked in London and spent some time in France, thats all I remember.
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Old 15-09-2017, 06:56 PM
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In early 50s Hetherington's greengrocer was on the corner (Just out of shot on right) The first on right was Martins Bank, later Midlands, then a gents hairdresser, John Chapman (outfitters)which later became 'The Corn Dolly', Johner Dixons Bicycle shop, Wakes Chemist, Harry Donkins, Allen's had a double fronted shop. On the other side of the road from Hetherington's was Primrose Hall ("Sweat Box)and next to it was the Co-op both food and millinery dept's. Further north was Nardini's then further again was another General Store but I can't remember who owned it.
Must be 1920s. I can make out J Dixon and looks like he sold petrol! Pratts Petrol sign on the 1st floor wall
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