Memory Lane - Smell of smoke and sea coal

The old boys club on the Headland pilot pier.'Mark Henderson's grandad Bill Horsley iis in the front row, second from the right. Can any Memory Lane readers name any of the othergentlemen pictured posing for the camera.'Write to Tom Collins at Memory Lane
The old boys club on the Headland pilot pier.'Mark Henderson's grandad Bill Horsley iis in the front row, second from the right. Can any Memory Lane readers name any of the othergentlemen pictured posing for the camera.'Write to Tom Collins at Memory Lane
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I AM writing about a photograph about old boys on the pier (Memory Lane, April 2).

It was lovely to see my dad, Walter Willers, who was on the top row right-hand side at the end.

John Pounder is in the middle on the bottom row.

The picture was probably taken in about 1980.

They were members of the Pier Pensioners’ Club which is situated in the old pilot’s building on the Pilot Pier.

They were all born on the Headland in The Croft before it was demolished and they used to meet every day for a cup of tea and gossip.

There was a large block of wood outside of the building where they would sit and watch the boats coming in and out, and talk about times past.

My dad would love to go to see his friends, and if he was well enough he would go over in the winter and sit inside.

The little house had a wood burner so you could always smell smoke and sea coal when you went in.

It always had old magazines and newspapers for them to read.

They also had a sink and kettle.

It was cosy inside until the wind came down the chimney and the place was full of smoke!

We spent many happy hours sitting with the old men who always made us laugh, talking about past times.

The picture has brought back many happy memories.

Joan Collingwood,

Ashley Gardens,

Hartlepool.