Many thanks for a fascinating book which took me back to my childhood in the 1950-60s
The back cover of your book we used to call it the Dilly Line, I was born in Dene gardens Bill Quay 72 years ago, that is just off Station Road right round the corner from the Co-op on Shields Rd/Station Road corner and used to sit in the hut of the crossing attendant (when allowed) it was grand in the winter as he always had a coal fire blazing away.
My dad Peter was ‘the village Bobby’ from 1936 until he retired in 1966. He was responsible for both Bill Quay and Pelaw along with another Bobby who lived in Pelaw. His main office was at Sunderland Road in Felling and he often cycled there as he never learned to drive and covered his ‘beat’ on his bike.
I was one of six boys and my eldest brother Barry worked at Wardley and Follingsby pit for years early 50s to late 60s until worsening health forced him to quit, he became the boiler man at Marconi’s at the bottom of scanners bank.
We moved to Croxdale House Pelaw when I was seven or so which was at the top of Croxdale Terrace and had a small police office attached, last I heard it was a dentists practice.
We ended up in White Mere Gardens, Wardley as my dad got to retiring age and I left home from there in 1968 to join the police on Teesside.
My dad was a well known local figure both to the community and the criminals and when he died in 1972 there were as many people outside Bill Quay Methodist chapel as were inside a sad day indeed.
I could go on but that’s enough for now other than to say how much I’ve enjoyed your book as it really has taken me down memory lane.
Thanks once again Norman
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