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Nedkat Posted on 8/6 15:01
English by birth, Thornaby

by the grace of God !!

Who's from Thornaby ?

Shaun71 Posted on 8/6 15:02
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Im not

BigBadSteve Posted on 8/6 15:03
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me, Near the Roundel (though I don't live there now)

fat_abbott Posted on 8/6 15:04
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me, live near The Griffin.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 15:07
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I remember when they built the Roundel, and the Griffin came even later. I used to live on the Green .. drink in the Jollies.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 15:09
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Oh, I had a lovely girlfriend who used to live up Basselton lane, the last house on the left before the cut that went up by the cricket pitch. She was a little cracker !! Nicci Morrison was her name, I often wonder what happened to her ... ?

StandingRoomOnly Posted on 8/6 15:44
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me too, near the Griffin pub.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:11
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Do you know Nicci Morrison ?????

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:12
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me, near the oddfellows

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:13
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Where, near the Oddfellas ?

I lived on Richardson Road, #63 ...

riverside_roar Posted on 8/6 16:15
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me, near the spitfire

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:15
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I suppose it wont do no harm in saying,... on the Green

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:16
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I bet I could hit your house with a semi-decent drive, from my house ....

captain5 Posted on 8/6 16:17
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I always see Jade around Odd fellas.

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:17
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Do you?

Whoooops just got what you mean

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Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:20
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Paul Storr's Dad used to be the Landlord in the Odd Fellas ...

captain5 Posted on 8/6 16:21
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Gotcha

TheBoy999 Posted on 8/6 16:38
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Jade i bet you know Jason. Big lad always has a Boro top on and spends half his life in the Oddies. Everyone calls him jay.

How old are you Nedkat?

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:38
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Glen Waterhouse
Anthony Walker
Peter Huggins
Gail Evans
Ann Pearce
Robert Murray
Iain, Mike, and Mark Sell
Malcolm Hamilton

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:39
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Nope I dont know any Jason. I only live near the Oddfellows, I dont go in there..

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 16:39
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I'm currently 4 dozen years old ...

captain5 Posted on 8/6 16:40
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Damn that rubbish fake ID.

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:40
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I dont need fake ID.. for match days anyway, Ive got you

captain5 Posted on 8/6 16:43
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TheBoy999 Posted on 8/6 16:47
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Whats wrong with the Oddies like! Oh yeah the beers sh-ite and overpriced and the fairburns are fighting in there every Saturday night. Don't blame you for not going in.

boro_jade Posted on 8/6 16:48
re: English by birth, Thornaby

There's nothing wrong with the oddies, Its the fact that I wouldnt embaress myself by trying to purchase alcohol .. thats why I dont go in

captain5 Posted on 8/6 16:56
re: English by birth, Thornaby

That doesn't mean I have to get tickets as well, does it??

You know my stance on that.

Borored Posted on 8/6 17:17
re: English by birth, Thornaby

me, not too far from the Griffin either.

thornabyred Posted on 8/6 17:23
re: English by birth, Thornaby

now then ned,checking in.

PCsWorld Posted on 8/6 18:45
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Ned

Lived down the bottom end of Thornaby, just off Westbury Street, from 1960 till 1979, moved down south until 88 and now live in Ingleby B which technically isn't Thornaby but I know and went to school with some of the names you mentioned earlier in your thread.

Often spent the best part of the summer playing criket down Mandale bottoms in my early days!

Still go down there in the summer whenever I can nowadays.......but only for the beer!!

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 18:56
re: English by birth, Thornaby

PC, I lived there from 58 until 74. Me aunty lived in Cheltenham Avenue off Westbury St, and we used to live in Gilmour St until me Dad bought the house on the green. I went to Queen St school from 65 - 69, who do you know off that list ?

BillHicksBoro Posted on 8/6 18:57
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Grew up near the Griffin, and worked there for ages.

Grace of god? Jesus no.. I love and hate the place at the same time.

Nedkat; Anthony Walker, any relation to David Walker?

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 19:01
re: English by birth, Thornaby

David was the youngest brother, Anth was the oldest, and Tim was the middle lad .. Great pals of mine long ago ..

PCsWorld Posted on 8/6 19:02
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Ned

I lived in Cheltenham Avenue from 60-79 and my parents still live there now.

Most of my mothers family lived in Hartington Street, just off Gilmour and Peel St, until it was knocked down in the late 60's early 70's.

I went to the original Wessy Junior school until it moved to the top of our street. The old Arthur Head still stands and is still in use believe it or not!

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 19:03
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I'll never forget Anth Walker kicking seven shades out of the local bully, Tommy Pickering .. Pickering had smacked Tim around the head, and he got the shock of his little bullyboy life when Anth laid into him ..

thornabyred Posted on 8/6 19:45
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I will tell Tommy you are talking about him Ned.Thats if he doesnt spot it on here first.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 20:02
re: English by birth, Thornaby

[:}] Is he still around ? I thought they would have locked him up somewhere, and chucked the key away. He doesn't frighten me anymore, I'd kick his arse up and down Thornaby Road just for the fun of it .. He was an evil little pratt when he was roaming around Laburnum Avenue, back in the 70's ..

BillHicksBoro Posted on 8/6 20:24
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David used to be married to my sister Julie, heh, always wondered what connections I'd have to people on here.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 20:26
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He did ..? Wow, that makes us related or something. I remember when he was born ...

BillHicksBoro Posted on 8/6 20:29
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sweet, haven't seen him for a couple of years like as they got divorced, still see a lot of his kids, eldest ones nearly 21, that should make you feel old mate.

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 20:30
re: English by birth, Thornaby

It bloody does make me feel old, really old ... I can remember pushing Dave's pram when he was a bairn. 21 year old son !! Amazing !!!

prepman Posted on 8/6 20:30
re: English by birth, Thornaby

born in grange road went to st pats. thornaby?boring little town

Nedkat Posted on 8/6 20:32
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Boring ? It was great growing up there. Down Black Bob's field, up the Horseshoe bend, Bazzy Woods, the Aerodrome ...

mcbrid Posted on 8/6 20:59
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Prepman - I was born in 32 Grange Road!

Does that mean we're related?

Then moved to Millbank Lane,went to Queen Street, got married in St Peters on the green and had the reception in the Oddies before going to Runswick Bay for the honeymoon on the beach with 22 others!

Thats a Thornabyite for you!

Barry quarry was brilliant (actually was Barwick quarry)

Which is why its real name is Ingleby Barrick not Bar-wick

raggy Posted on 8/6 21:04
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Great lace to live Ned, I live near the oddies, however the pub has gone right down. In fact there are not many decent pubs in God's little acre at all now.

Nice website below ned

Boro players from Thornaby

David Mills
David Curry
Parky
any others ???

Link: Have a stroll down memory Lane

TheBoy999 Posted on 8/6 21:32
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Parky lived on Elthan Cresent. He had a sponsered car with his name on it. It was something small and crap.

Oddies was good when Gary was landlord. I was in all the time then. Gone down the pan now, the new Landlord let all the hoolies back in. The Village is the best place for a pint now, and i mean A pint. Too many of them and y' on y' back.

The Barry quarry's now a golf course. Bloody Ingleby Barwick!

It wa' all fields when i wa' lad.

butterfingers Posted on 8/6 21:44
re: English by birth, Thornaby

thornaby born and bred, lived in stevenage close near the roundel until i married, now live just off bassy lane

prepman Posted on 8/6 21:52
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mcbrid...not related mate,i was born at 57 grange road in 1950,one of 8 children im proberly a lot older than you.played in the cornfields,now cornfield road i beleive and gardens behind the baths near the old mayfair....

BillHicksBoro Posted on 8/6 21:53
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Barwick was all fields when I was a lad, I'm only bloody 25!

mcbrid Posted on 8/6 21:54
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Well bloody hell prepman - our Mams might have had the same milkman cos I was born in 1950 as well!!!

ThornabyBoro Posted on 8/6 21:59
re: English by birth, Thornaby

felt honour bound to appear on this thread.

prepman Posted on 8/6 22:00
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mcbrid.....highly likely mam was a catholic, you know what they say about catholics......................

TheBoy999 Posted on 8/6 22:02
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I'm only 30. I remember when they started building it, we had no idea in those days the monster it would become.

What school you go to Bill, i went to The Dene, worst school on the planet, thank god they knocked it down.

BigBadSteve Posted on 8/6 22:10
re: English by birth, Thornaby

If I remember right what is now the industrial estate and Ingleby toytown was marsh land. Full of Lapwings and frog spawn. I remember fishing in Barry Quarry and running cross country races through Bazzy woods. Picking fights with the lads from 'the Grange' school was fun too, mind most of them were wusses

stevelemac Posted on 8/6 23:45
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I'm a Thornabian.

Also an ex-Grange Roader.

Probably a good 3 wood from the Oddy's.

BIG_BAD_BILL Posted on 9/6 0:48
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thornabys an utter $hithole.

mcbrid Posted on 9/6 7:18
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Which still puts it in the top three places on Teesside.

Thanks for staying up to make your point - bet you are from Doggie or somewhere nice!

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 13:48
re: English by birth, Thornaby

It wasn't a shythole when I lived there, it was a very pleasant place to grow up. I haven't seen this misadventure they call Ingleby Barwick yet, but from the maps I see it's been built on the old farm land from what was Bassy Woods to the Fox Covert. There used to be a windmill down there, and a swimming hole called the Log which was bloody marvellous on those hot summer days.

"TARZIEEEEEE" !!

Paul_North_Stand Posted on 9/6 13:54
re: English by birth, Thornaby

the windmill is still there sandwiched inbetween one of the many estates.

The logs still there too .. :) ... Tarzeee

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 13:56
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Is it really ? I musy have a drive around that place next time I'm back in the UK.

TheBoy999 Posted on 9/6 13:58
re: English by birth, Thornaby

The new road has ruined Bassey woods. No peace and quiet now, just the sound of cars and lorrys.

Ingleby Barwick is just an extension of Thornaby now, it almost touches it. Barwickites will tell you its part of Yarm though.

One of the funniest things i've ever heard is people saying they live in Ingleby Barwick 'YARMSIDE'. A snob sub-culture within a snob culture. Carpet bombing, thats the cure for Barwick.

TheBoy999 Posted on 9/6 13:59
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Are you sure the logs still there? I thought it had been built over?

The_Commisar Posted on 9/6 14:00
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999, if they tried to bomb Barwick, the residents of Thornaby would be intercepting the bombs in mid air to sell for scrap

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 14:01
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Yarm ? It's no-where near Yarm ! What about Leven ? That's closer to Yarm, but was never considered as being a part of Yarm.

Jeeezuz, we've got snobs in Thornaby ...???

Paul_North_Stand Posted on 9/6 14:09
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little cousin talked about going to the log in yarm .. so unless hes talkig of somewhere else .. :S !!!

most my mates from my school days were from IB .. and I didnt find them to be snobs. They used to have digs at thornaby but thats natural i guess.

BigBadSteve Posted on 9/6 14:10
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I take great pleasure in pronouncing it Barrick (which of course is the correct pronunciation) as it really annoys them.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 14:24
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I did a Google for history/maps of Ingleby Barwick, and got this ....


There has been a settlement in Ingleby Barwick for thousands of years. The Romans settled here in 63 BC but didn’t stay long because of the ridiculously high Council Tax rates. They did leave behind some beautiful coliseums, bath houses and villas. All of which were privately rented out so quickly became ruins. Even today, building firms unearth splendid examples of Roman life – which they quickly destroy so no one can slap a preservation order on it and halt building work
In 1067, the Norman invasion had reached the north and the residents of Ingleby bravely surrendered without a fight. The Normans didn’t stay long though as they were scared of the large gangs of teenagers that wandered the streets.
Ingleby Barwick is not, at present, twinned with any town abroad, but it did once have a suicide pact with Nagasaki.

Borored Posted on 9/6 14:25
re: English by birth, Thornaby

pretty sure the log is still there.

fastcakes Posted on 9/6 14:32
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Born in Roseberry View in 55. (mam still lives there aged 80)
Moved to top end of Roseberry View in 1979 when I got married.
Went to Westbury St Juniors then Arthur Head (Queenie bulldogs never get a wash, when they do they think they're posh...)
Moved to Norton in 1983, then to Billingham in 1999 after I went solo...Teesside tour OK.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 14:35
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Booooooh !!

It was Wessie Bulldogs, and Queenie quack quacks .. !!!

prepman Posted on 9/6 14:52
re: English by birth, Thornaby

old thornaby.....head wrightsons,..the bon lea foundary.the flourmill near the bridge....below the railway.nameof the jam factory near townhall ? i cant remember.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 15:08
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Pumphrey's Jam ?

DoubleM69 Posted on 9/6 15:08
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I think the Log is Now someones back garden... I think the Tarzee is still there though!!!!

I was brought up on Mitchell Ave and now live down the Brims while I save for a real house!

Thornaby was a great place to grow up!!! And still is a pretty decent place in parts.... its just the shyite pubs and the town cente which really lets it down!

psyched Posted on 9/6 16:51
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As Nedkat's brother you can gather I also was one of the gifted and lucky ones to be brought up in Gods allotment, or more commonly called Thornaby. I remember most of the things previous posters have mentioned but what about The Arc across the Tees and the baths are they still operating? Always feel a bit guilty about moving onto the moors but have a look outside to see why I did it.
Good luck to all Thornaby people I will always be proud to be one of a very selective group.

stocko_mfc Posted on 9/6 17:06
re: English by birth, Thornaby

The log is still there but its tucked away down a little path between some houses...the sloping field down to the river had cows in last time i looked. The slope on the field is too steep for houses so has been left untouched. The river Leven which ran past the log is now a stagnant swamp due to the Tees not having high/low tides anymore.
Everytime i pass the pipe bridge near barry quarry i think back to when we used to walk over the top of it..i must have been all of 10/11 years old....if my kids tried that now ive have a heart attack.
First house i lived in in thornaby was in Prospect place then moved to Linden, then Chestnut Grove.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 17:19
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Aye, that Arc bridge took some balls to walk over the top of that bugger in a stiff breeze.

Chestnut Grove, was that off Millbank Lane ? Me Nana lived in Cedar Grove, I think they were right next to each other.

parmoking Posted on 9/6 17:26
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born in pearl road stayed there for 10 years then moved to hutton close just of thornaby road near the baths.used to love going to bassy woods beck jumping then when i got a bit older some how got the bottle to start playing tigs on the pipey then jumping in if you lost ahhhh them were the days .can any one remember the old dear that sold the pop from a bungalow on bassy lane

thornabyred Posted on 9/6 17:30
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Granny Smith wasnt it.



most of history and old pics on my Thornaby site.
a revamp of the first and original site that had Thornaby on the net before anyone else thought of it.About 7 years ago this xmas.

Link: thornaby history

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 17:48
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Yes, I remember that old lady. We called her the Pop Lady, and her house used to be the last one built before you reached Whitehouse Farm.

thornabyred Posted on 9/6 18:22
re: English by birth, Thornaby

you could get apples in the sumer/autumn or do some oggy raiding if your had no money.

Ned.
Latest website arond the village area.residents assoc site.

Link: village park

newholgate Posted on 9/6 18:47
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I live near the Griffin too. In fact, in the same house as StandingRoomOnly!

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 18:48
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Lovely to see the Village looking so good, and everyone pitching in to help. What's that photo of the path amongst the trees, underneath the St Peters one ?

thornabyred Posted on 9/6 18:51
re: English by birth, Thornaby

thats in the parl last autumn,walking from millbank lane entrance towards the bowling green.

Just off out with camera ned,down the black bobbies ,trying to catch sight of some loonie tune who was trying to shoot at swans.

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Nedkat Posted on 9/6 19:06
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Shooting at swans ...?

Tell the little tvvat from me, he'll have to go into hospital to have that gun removed if he doesn't pack it in !!

stocko_mfc Posted on 9/6 19:32
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Ned, Chestnut is the next one along after Lanehouse Rd...Cedar has a cut through into Chestnut.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 19:34
re: English by birth, Thornaby

There was no cut when me Grandparents lived there .. ? Must of been one of them updates done in the 80's.

Oh, I know where Chestnut is, it's actually on Thornaby Road, just up from Lanehouse Road ... WTF was I on about with Millbank Lane ???

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stocko_mfc Posted on 9/6 19:38
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All that estate was modernised in the early 70's as we moved from Linden to Chestnut in 1973.
Does anyone know when the town cntre is going to be knocked down and re-built.....i though they were meant to have started it by now.
Thats the one Ned, it has the little parking lay-by at the end of it.

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thornabyred Posted on 9/6 20:55
re: English by birth, Thornaby

all quiet down the river bank for now.
Stocko,town centre now set to start work Oct 2006 but may be Jan 2007.still one tenant in the flats on top of the shops.He is due to move out by September.(got a good deal by the sounds of it.

Just been down Chestnut and all of that estate,judging houses for the best decorated england house for the res assoc competition.Sadly none down there as good as Laburnum ave.
Will be doing that area again next wed night.

thornabyred Posted on 9/6 21:04
re: English by birth, Thornaby

this ones for ned.
you can just see the fishing line hanging rom its mouth.
Right angry old sod ,hissing al the time.Its mate was mid river and would not come near.

--- Post edited by thornabyred on 9/6 21:07 ---

Link: birds ned knew.

TheBoy999 Posted on 9/6 21:07
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Doesn't it make you laugh how people from Thornaby call Asda, THE Asda, like its the only Asda in the world.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:08
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He swallowed a fishing hook with line on it ? What will happen to him now ?

thornabyred Posted on 9/6 21:09
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its the only one we have.
Dont tell ned he still thinks its Woolco.

prepman Posted on 9/6 21:11
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any one remember the model shop in new st..............tommy dunne the coalman .....tommy booth the milkman from up the green with they horse and carts.............

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:15
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Town full of Tommy's !!

I remember them all, used to help Tommy the Milkman with his deliveries, then he got an old Austin van to replace the horse and cart.

jax_1 Posted on 9/6 21:17
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I don't know anyone in Thornaby but thought I'd move you a post nearer the ton

TheBoy999 Posted on 9/6 21:18
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If i remember rightly it was Gateway after Woolco, but what was it after that?

I remember getting lost in Woolco when i was a nipper. They called my name out over the tanoy and me Mam just strolled up, not in the slightest bit bothered. I'd be besides myself now if my young un got lost in the Asda. How times have changed.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:24
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Me brother worked in Woolco, started off as a trolley boy, and ended up selling carpets. He went out on the piss with all the other carpet salesmen, and ended up asleep on a roundabout somewhere. Me Dad had to go get him, and I'm still not sure how he knew where he was ... ?

prepman Posted on 9/6 21:24
re: English by birth, Thornaby

monty's fishshop....snowdons cakeshop.......duncans....all on lanehouse road.

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:27
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Tylson's motorbike shop, and the pet shop by the five lamps next to the newsagents.

The Flying Dutchman, beer was so bad in there, me brother lifted the cover on the goldfish tank, and poured his pint in there.

jax_1 Posted on 9/6 21:27
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Come on Ned, claim your ton

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:29
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Good lord !! That's me third, and I'm usually such a thread killer.

It's all the lovely Thornaby people !

prepman Posted on 9/6 21:31
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paleschi's ice creams

parmoking Posted on 9/6 21:31
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did any of u lot ever go down the gardens with the moonshine drinkers just of th/by road before the old freeman house.kinhell can u remeber freeman house when it used to sell boats his missus used to be my school teacher

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:33
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That chip shop on Lanehouse Road was one of the best I've ever had .. Every Thursday, we walked to me Grannies house and has fish and chips ! Excellent !!

Paul Palesci was a friend of mine, sort of quiet bloke who was on the sidelines a lot, but he was OK ..

Nedkat Posted on 9/6 21:34
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Where was the Freeman House ? What year was that ?

parmoking Posted on 9/6 21:35
re: English by birth, Thornaby

it was autoparts now it.s the tan shop

prepman Posted on 9/6 21:43
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paul?..i went to st pats with vincent,..................brothers dominic....carmel

fastcakes Posted on 9/6 22:24
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Nedkat:

Paul Palesci was in my class!

He was a larger-than-life character....ok, he was fat so-and-so, probably all those free 99's...

ThornabyBoro Posted on 9/6 23:00
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anyone remember vicki palesci?? she'll be about 37 or 38 now. she was a looker in her day - and by that i mean when she was about 11 and i was about 9.

i've lived in thornaby all my life - left it for a while to go to uni but i always knew i'd end up back here.

i remember when i did work experience in a school in Acklam years and years ago - the headteacher asked me where i was from - when i told him thornaby i'll always remember his reply - he said ahh yes, you all stick together and eventually you all go home. so Ned - the law of probability says one day you'll be buried in the cemetry opposite the Roundel with the rest of us...

BigBadSteve Posted on 9/6 23:34
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Does anyone remember a shop on Mandale Road just up from the five lamps (before they moved them) called Rounds (I think)? Sold televisons and bikes, a strange combination for such a small shop. My Dad bought our first tele from there (black and white of course) and I got a bike one christmas.

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 7:03
re: English by birth, Thornaby

parmo king ,was that the mandale school.Freemans lived /live near the Jollies.Still have that big red sports car.saw it the other day.

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 7:05
re: English by birth, Thornaby

rounds also sold general hardware.Thats where alf dickens got his ideas.

psyched Posted on 10/6 7:27
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All this talk of Thornaby and nobody has mentioned Desi' fish and chip shop on the bottom end of Thornaby Road. He made his own batter you know!!!.
Is the Rec still going? and I remember being member No 25 when The Pavillion first opened, used to play 5-a-side with some lads from Woolco then have a beer in the bowl's club. Ah happy days.

fastcakes Posted on 10/6 7:38
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Dessie's fishy, or as we called it, Dessy Sharks (=fish, I dunno)
What about Cassies field? Most of it is built on, but back in the day it was second only to Heads as THE place to play footie, going chalk and cheese, playing 'til it got dark.
Anyone remember the bomb shelters in St. Pats school field? They were demolished about 1960. What about Sweaty Betty's in Westbury Street? Moore's Corner Shop in Langley Avenue?
What about the Bon Lea pub? Did anyone throw tyres down the bank at The Plegs? (Pleasure Gardens)
Anyone remember Kevin Danks (Danksy) who lived on Mandale Road, his dad owned a scrapyard and we sometimes used to drive round the yard in old wrecks.

mcbrid Posted on 10/6 8:39
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I had a magic time when the RAF moved out as I lived in Millbank lane.

A swift sneak through the wooden railings and you were in playground heaven as the RAF literally just walked away and left everything open with stuff still in there. We nicked the handles that turned the big hanger doors so no one else could open them and then used the space as an indoor footie/cycle speedway track.

We played in the drill hall (snooker club) and the ops centre (now snooker club car park) and the rifle range was where we dug for bullets and casings in the sand and the control tower was there for a while as well.

Eventually they cottoned on and put some security on but the old duffers were no match for 11-13 year olds on bikes!

I remember several of the buildings being used for storing stuff and Coca Cola used one that we had the keys to a side door. That was nice for a while till some of the lads got nicked! I was lucky that night - they came round and I had homework which me Mam insisted I did!

When they started to remove the big fuel tanks where the (now demolished) electrcity board offices were built it left these massive big concrete depressions that soon filled up with water that looked bright blue for some reason. Brilliant!

For a couple of meetings they held car races on the runways with Keith Schellenberg (Owns some island in Scotland?) driving this fooking massive silver Mercedes!

Kids these days eh dont know what fun is?

H and S would have knocked all that opportunity on the head nowadays

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 8:59
re: English by birth, Thornaby

fastcakes,
Dessie was Dessie Sharp,his sister had the chippie over the road from the pats church. S Meddicks.
bettys cat used to ly i the window and lick the sweets.
The pleasure gardens is due for a re vamp to try and tidy it up and restore it back to its origibal idea as a park.

TheBoy999 Posted on 10/6 10:45
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Just walked the dog in the pleasure gardens, he likes it the way it is.

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 11:08
re: English by birth, Thornaby

for all of you living in Thornaby lads.
It might be a bit short notice but next sunday (18th,fathers day)we are having a family fun day in the village park and have a grass 5 a side pitch which could be used for a fmttm game or oddies v jollies etc.

I can get free use of the park any time if anyone fancies a FMTTM 5 a side tournament before the season starts.

benidorm2boro Posted on 10/6 11:49
re: English by birth, Thornaby

what a great thread ned,well done,i'm not from thornaby nor have any contact ther,but i enjoyed the thread.

Pubtonic Posted on 10/6 12:07
re: English by birth, Thornaby

How does that song go?.....'There's a little old town on the river Tees............'??

stocko_mfc Posted on 10/6 12:59
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Pubtonic......ive heard that song but cant remember the words..ill try and find out for you.
Danks scrappy..that was my playground, sweaty bettys...that shop stunk to high heaven.
This thread got me thinking about some of the things we used to get up to as kids..Surtees bridge which is currently being replaced over the Tees, well when they were first building it we used to walk over the girders to get to the other side as we couldnt be bothered crossing over the raily bridge.......18 inch girder and an 80 foot drop below...

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thornabyred Posted on 10/6 13:27
re: English by birth, Thornaby

pub tonic I have it on cd performed by some old ladies from the remembering Thornaby Group.

The Thornaby Blues


Now some people talk about their own home town
Way down there in Tennessee.
They talk about the cotton fields and sugar cane
Way down there in Tennessee.
So lend me your ears folks,
And listen to me,
While I divulge to you the place,
Where I long to be.
Theres a little place upon old Britains map
Where I first saw daylight from my mothers lap,
I`ve never roamed through the cotton fields or the sugar cane,
For I always got my sugar from Pumphreys down the lane.
But when I grew up to be a man all the lust was mine
As I altered my mothers Golden rule.

You can keep New York and your Tennessee
There`s a little place there on the River Tees
And I`m coming back to you sweet Thornaby.

Oh why did I ever leave my old home town,
I`m as blue as blue can be ,
For I miss my feet down Westbury Street
Down Mandale Road,
Why did I ever roam
For the New York girls are pretty
All dressed in their robes
But when it comes to pretty girls
Just give me Mandale Road.

There`s a little place on old Britains map
Where i first saw daylight from my mothers lap
You can keep new York and your Tennessee
Theres a little place on the River Tees
And I`m coming home to you sweet THORNABY.

Written by the late Bozzer Jackson and reproduced from Beneath The Lamps by The Remembering Thornaby Group.

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thesonofgod Posted on 10/6 13:42
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Thornabyred that song used to be on www.thornaby.95mb.com but it seems the site does not exist now for whatever reason

Pubtonic Posted on 10/6 13:51
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Cheer's TR.....Been 20yrs since i last heard it

Nedkat Posted on 10/6 15:05
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Seeems a lot of people have a lot of fond memories of dear old Thornaby. First pint I ever drank in a pub was in The George on Thornaby Road. I nearly crapped me pants when the police walked in !
We used to hide in the railway bridge while the trains went past, about three inches away from yer head. One wrong move, and we'd of been chopped to pieces. It's bloody amazing we all survived all the growing up.
Played footie on the Green, running up and down the lumpy bits, and playing until it got hard to see the ball. We had some cracking games on that Green. Old buggar Carter the farter used to conviscate the ball if it went in his garden, the miserable old get !!

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 16:00
re: English by birth, Thornaby

the 95mb lot went bust and meant all of my site went down the tube.I have most of the stuff on thornaby.org.uk and ts17.150m.com
I will upload the tune if ever I get time.

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flimbo Posted on 10/6 16:18
re: English by birth, Thornaby

anyone remember baggy richardsons farm on the way to stoney bridge over the fields to barry quarry then getting some pop from that old dear 3pence aglass i was dragged up the crescent i remember going to the sadlers fri night disco/ fight sol dawson the bouncer then in to the windmill for the worst pint of camerons then into desis on the way home nicking coop milk tokens mam never bought milk for years o happy days

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 16:22
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Nice lad Sol,
Bouncer on the Sundance saloon.Still see a few of the old regulars about town.Must be well into pension age now some of them.

flimbo Posted on 10/6 16:27
re: English by birth, Thornaby

oh just remebered getting chased up thornaby road by barmy lou from the mayfair to the jollies!! And the "penny a ride" man with his boat on wheels. Anyone go to Robbie Ack 65 to 69?

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 16:46
re: English by birth, Thornaby

barmy lou or freddie to his family chased us many a time as kids.
the Penny a ride man had a boat on wheels,bet he made a few bob.

prepman Posted on 10/6 17:00
re: English by birth, Thornaby

question........name the 3 old picture houses in thornaby.

thesonofgod Posted on 10/6 19:20
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Wasn't the mayfair one as well as a bingo house?

fastcakes Posted on 10/6 20:00
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Now let me see...

The Queens, The Mayfair, The Central...

jobsdagudun

Nedkat Posted on 10/6 20:16
re: English by birth, Thornaby

When I was about 14, I knew this lad and I cannot remember his name for the ilfe of me. He was older than me, and Glen Waterhouse and me went round his house. He lived in the Crescent, and I remember a real hard family who lived there. Anyway, this older bloke wanted to go pea-pod rading in the allotments .. and we had to wear these old overalls and a crash helmet .. ??? Weird bloke he was, but the helmet came in handy for collecting those peas, and they were bloody lovely. Apologies to anyone who grew peas in the allotments, who may have turned up one morning to find their peas all gone ...

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 20:23
re: English by birth, Thornaby

so thats what happened to my best show peas.

Pubtonic Posted on 10/6 20:26
re: English by birth, Thornaby

They're in Neds helmet!

Nedkat Posted on 10/6 20:35
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I wondered why it felt uncomfortable ?

Tich Taylor
Paddy Crossan
Day Day Waters
Christine Linton
Judith Mason
Lorraine Wilson
Sean Gallagher
Steve Lindo

fastcakes Posted on 10/6 21:19
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Paddy Crossan was a good footballer, Steve Lindo's brother used to be in a band with me...

Nedkat Posted on 10/6 21:21
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Went to school with Steve Lindo, hell of a nice bloke. I think he married a blonde girl called Wendy ?

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 21:22
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I know a few of them ned.
David Waters went off to be a jockey,last i heard he was in a yard in newmarket way.
Did You know les good,he knocked about with tich and his mate hitler

thornabyred Posted on 10/6 21:27
re: English by birth, Thornaby

stevie lindo was a good footballer too if its the same lad.

Nedkat Posted on 10/6 21:28
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Yes, I heard Dave Waters wanted to be a jockey. He was a cheeky little buggar for one so short .. I remember Les, he used to live up Redcar Road way didn't he ?

King_of_Thornaby Posted on 11/6 0:38
re: English by birth, Thornaby

He is now the headof ICI and my mam was Barmy lou too. I anm so pleased my subjects have the need to remember their blessed home land.

rocky10 Posted on 11/6 9:19
re: English by birth, Thornaby

born in 67 lived Grenville road, Valiant way,Knighton ct and firbeck walk now emigrated north of the water to bishopsgarth married a stockton lass, still in the Spitty sat afternoons.

Fave things about thornaby

Tues night down the baths stop off at the Panda fish bar in Laburnam ave.

Bassy and Foxy woods

The pipey once climbed it never again; drive past it now and think you nutter.

Bassy school better than that glass house the Dene must be which one did they choose to knock down.

The big hole in the spitty/Griffin roundabout

Sat morning fishing trips to the log and the cross keys with Ritta, Lythy and Mossa.


Memorable occasions

The xmas eve night when the first of the hangers burnt down I was only about 11 thought the world was ending invaded by aliens or something.

The day the Queen was driven down Acklam road me and me cousin in the Trees of the cemetry throwing apple blossom into the car I was only 10 then.

Worked at Head Wrightsons training school on Yts 83/84.

Lived in the maisonettes on Grenville road could call it idyllic/utopia for a kid but mam and dad said it was awful flat roof that leaked all the time trying to get 3 kids up and down the stairs moved to Valiant way '72 there was no roads built when we first moved in.

Oner final thing after I've rambled does anyone know the words to my brother slyvest and is it Thornaby or more general wartime song?

KrivoyRog Posted on 11/6 9:41
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I, too, hail from Thornaby. Up until I was married, I had lived in Trent Avenue, Stainsby Gate, Shepton Close, Thornaby Rd (right opposite big John Hickton who lived in the Woodlands) and Bassy Lane, where me folks still live today.

Went to the Robert Atkinson which became the Dene when I was in 2nd year. And now its gone and it's really odd when you drive past something so important in your life as your school was AND IT AIN'T THERE!

mfcislife Posted on 11/6 11:10
re: English by birth, Thornaby

I too hail from Thornaby, live on the old aerodrome area now near the snooker centre.
great pleasant town and i'm honoured to be part of this thread...nice work nedkat

Nedkat Posted on 11/6 23:23
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Have you heard about the big strong man?
He lived in a caravan.
Have you heard about the Jeffrey Johnson fight?
Oh, Lord what a hell of a fight.
You can take all of the heavyweights you’ve got.
We’ve got a lad that can beat the whole lot.
He used to ring bells in the belfry,
Now he’s gonna fight Jack Demspey.

That was my brother Sylvest’ (What’s he got?)
A row of forty medals on his chest (big chest!)
He killed fifty bad men in the west; he knows no rest.
Think of a man, hells’ fire, don’t push, just shove,
Plenty of room for you and me.
He’s got an arm like a leg (a ladies’ leg!)
And a punch that would sink a battleship (big ship!)
It takes all of the Army and the Navy to put the wind up Sylvest’.

Now, he thought he’d take a trip to Italy.
He thought that he’d go by sea.
He dove off the harbor in New York,
And swam like a great big shark.
He saw the Lusitania in distress.
He put the Lusitania on his chest.
He drank all of the water in the sea,
And he walked all the way to Italy.

He thought he take a trip to old Japan.
They turned out a big brass band.
You can take all of the instruments you’ve got,
We got a lad that can play the whole lot.
And the old church bells will ring (Hells bells!)
The old church choir will sing (Hells fire!)
They all turned out to say farewell to my big brother Sylvest’.

thornabyred Posted on 12/6 19:17
re: English by birth, Thornaby

by that brings back memories of nights in the oddies and spity with my late father in law.he always sang the Thornaby song as well as Sylvest.

Is this your boat on the way up river ned

Link: neds dingy

Nedkat Posted on 12/6 19:21
re: English by birth, Thornaby

It's not my boat, but funny enough I had one very similar to that for the first three years I was over here.

The best two days of a boaters life is the day you buy the boat, and the day you sell it !!!

Nedkat Posted on 12/6 19:32
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Is that boat cruising up the Tees near Thornaby ? If that was 40 years ago, that boat would probably have melted. The Tees was so polluted back then, people said if you fell in, that was it .. yer time was up.

thornabyred Posted on 12/6 19:43
re: English by birth, Thornaby

certainly is ned.
7-00 am every morning the uni crews are out for rowing practice.
Plenty of boats up and down including the Teesside Princess tour boat,goes upto yarm and back about 3 or 4 hours round trip.

ThornabyBoro Posted on 12/6 19:46
re: English by birth, Thornaby

anyone been on the teesside princess - if so what's it like?

i'd like to take my kids on uit but have visions of it being full of p!ssed up groups all the time...

Nedkat Posted on 12/6 19:48
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Me brothers been on it, he took his mother up there to see where we used to live. We could see the river from our back windows, it was a splendid view. He thought the trip was excellent, and next time I'm home .. I'm going on it!

thornabyred Posted on 12/6 19:50
re: English by birth, Thornaby

been on a saturday /sunday afternoon its ok then,bar is open for beer and soft drinks.mostly older people on a daytime.

thornabyred Posted on 12/6 19:51
re: English by birth, Thornaby

neds this is out of your old back door.looking from allotments to horse shoe bend.

Link: river

ThornabyBoro Posted on 12/6 19:54
re: English by birth, Thornaby

i might see you on it then Ned!

i use that new road between ingleby and stockton a lot now and have seen the boat passing round the horse shoe a few times. on nights like tonight it looks superb (its balmy hot by the way Ned) and it just looks a lovely place to be - also the anglers sitting around the horse shoe as well look completely chilled out - i must get myself down there sooner rather than later - thornaby gets a bad press most of the time but little gems like that for us natives make it all worthwhile.

thornabyred Posted on 12/6 19:56
re: English by birth, Thornaby

get round the black bobbies field,fishing was good at the weekend.

Nedkat Posted on 12/6 19:58
re: English by birth, Thornaby

Wow, that River looks like a real clean blue water flowing river .. Beautiful picture ! Be great to live there now, with the waters all cleaned up, doing a spot of fishing down there.

I'll buy you a beer on the boat ..

wheelz Posted on 28/6 21:46
re: English by birth, Thornaby

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thornabyred Posted on 30/6 13:53
re: English by birth, Thornaby

ned lad,theres pirates ont river what do we do.

Link: pirates of the caritees

Nedkat Posted on 30/6 13:55
re: English by birth, Thornaby

We'll do what we've always done ! Bombard the buggers with several large clemmies found on the Black Bob's Dyke.