Memory Lane - He only wore a tie for photographs

Pictured back row(left to right) George Pickering, Tim Gatenby, Tag Bennett, Tommy Scott, Kenny Chrislow, Jack Dent and Harry Burrell.'Front row(left to right) Jimmy Grayson, Jim Davidson, Charlie Hill, Jimmy Buglass, Jock Cuthbert, Jimmy ! and Don Osborne(Don the con).

Pictured back row(left to right) George Pickering, Tim Gatenby, Tag Bennett, Tommy Scott, Kenny Chrislow, Jack Dent and Harry Burrell.'Front row(left to right) Jimmy Grayson, Jim Davidson, Charlie Hill, Jimmy Buglass, Jock Cuthbert, Jimmy ! and Don Osborne(Don the con).

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HERE is a photograph of the committee members of the Lion Social Club, Stranton.

It was taken in the early 1970s before the club was destroyed by fire in about 1975.

On the left of the back row is George Pickering who was the club compere.

He also performed charity miming acts.

Second left is Tim Gatenby who worked as a bin man for Hartlepool Borough Council.

Next is Tag Bennett, an excellent billiards player, only seen wearing a tie for photographs!

Continuing along the back row are committee men Tommy Scott, Kenny Chrislow, Jack Dent who was a street lamplighter for the Gas Board, and Harry Burrell on the right.

From the left on the front row is vice-chairman Jimmy Grayson, Jim Davison, Charlie Hill, chairman Jimmy Buglass and secretary Jack Cuthbert.

Second from the right is the only man whose surname I can’t remember.

I think he was called Jimmy and that he worked for Tattershall’s builders – readers might be able to fill the gap.

Finally on the right of the front row is me, probably best remembered by my nickname of ‘Don the con’.

I worked in various jobs in the Hartlepools, but my last 30 years were spent as a postman covering most areas of the town before I retired in 1986.

One committee man, my brother George, is missing from the photo because he had gone to the bookies to put a bet on.

As a result of the fire the committee members went their own ways, with several becoming involved with other local workingmen’s clubs.

I wonder how many are still around.

It would be nice to hear from them or anyone else who remembers the good times at the Lion Club.

Don Osborne,

St Joseph’s Court,

Hartlepool.