Re: Margaret Brice...
Posted by BJC on September 23, 2020, 12:05 pm, in reply to "Margaret Brice..."
Margaret Wharton was born in Norham, Tweedside in 1855; she married in 1882, at Gateshead, to William Joseph Brice (b.1855, Gateshead). William and Margaret Brice had 3 daughters: Agnes Brice, Winnie Brice and Margaret May Brice. |
I wonder if the person your dad knew, was John 'Bryce', a welder (b.1903), of 13, Whiteburn Street, Hebburn.
Jessie’s husband, Lawrence Brice, once lived (as Joseph rightly said) at 1, Mons Avenue, Hebburn, and his father came from Cornwall.
Here is a piece from the book, Streets of Hebburn:
HOLYSTONE STREET: Hebburn Quay - south side of Argyle Street, opposite St. Cuthbert’s
Church. Built in or before 1901. Demolished c.1972.
Ran up to the Electrical Sub Station - a one-time dance venue named, ‘The Powerhouse’, run by Jessie Ives.
Jessie Ives was originally a tap and ballroom dancing teacher. She teamed up with Betty Salkeld, and ran a dancing school, at 10, Station Road (the same address as the Billiard Hall), opposite the junior end of the Newtown School.
In the 1940s, Jessie Ives held ballet tap dancing lessons in the Hedley School Hall on Argyle Street, with another teacher named Veronica McDermid.
Later, Jessie ran her ballroom classes from a big hut just inside the wall of the Powerhouse, on Ropery Lane, at the bottom of Holystone Street.
On Wednesday nights in ‘The Jessie Ives Hut’ just inside the gates to the Powerhouse, her dances finished at 10pm - the same time as the Powerhouse Youth Club: the part nearer the railway lines, run by the Masson family, with table tennis, darts and a weightlifting gym, etc.
Later, in the 50s, Jessie and her husband, Larry, took over the large hall in the actual Powerhouse, and coached couples for dancing competition - many won cups. The Powerhouse Main Hall was at one time a venue for dancing to a lot of the local dance bands, and the venue finished at 11pm.
Later, Jessie moved to the Store Hall (above the Coop), on Lyon Street - the entrance was next door to the Bakery up a flight of stairs.
In the 50s and 60s Jessie’s dance venues were always very busy on Saturdays. It was the highlight of the week. It became a cult thing, everyone wanted to go to ‘Jessie’s’. It was the place for lads who were otherwise shy of girls. Jessie would grab a lad from his seat, dance him round for two or three circuits then grab a girl from the side, throwing boy and girl together, spinning away round the dance floor; she was obviously instrumental in beginning many a great relationship.
Many happy memories and good friendships were formed there. For many, it was the happiest days of their lives. If anyone deserved an honours award for services to the community then Jesse Ives would be high on that list.