Red Lion, Norton.

Upcoming Monday Night Gigs…


The Chevrons

Live at Norton’s Red Lion….


Football Programme.

I haven’t attended many football games, but as a teenager I did sometimes go to Ayresome Park to watch Middlesbrough. This was a particularly memorable game…


Boro completed a run of twenty matches unbeaten at home with an 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Senior School Certificate 1940

This is the Latin paper my mother took on her 18th birthday, 72 years ago today…

Albert Park, Middlesbrough 1946

Olympic Torch in Billingham…

After all the police motorcyclists and sponsors’ wagons, there are a few pictures of a young lad carrying the flame.

Link to flickr set for those without flash.

The Sugar Bs

Live at the Red Lion Norton.


Slide Rule

A useful tool I rediscovered today…



The logo for the manufacturer, British Thornton, is one I hope will appear in that iPhone app everyone seems to be playing.


Yes, I am of an age that knows how to use one…


The Rogues

Live in Norton’s Red Lion…



In the Tapas Bar in Norton…


Rockin’ Brian…


Written in galaxies. Thank you to Bizibuilder.

Stormont 1937

No difficulty in recognising the building behind my mother this time… it’s the Northern Ireland Parliament Building better known as Stormont…

In 1937 the building was just five years old and the Portland stone is brilliant white. After the air raids that devastated Belfast in April and May 1941 it was decided to camouflage Stormont with a coating of bitumen and cow dung as can be seen in this photo from the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum‘s collection…

Although this was removed after the war, the stone was permanently stained and it never looked as bright again.