Reunion was rail success

bove and below, former colleagues got together to reminisce
bove and below, former colleagues got together to reminisce

FORMER railway workers have got up to steam with each other during a repeat reunion.

A get-together was held for anyone who ever worked on Hartlepool’s rail network and a good night was had by all.

Town pensioner Matt Daley, 91, has been organising the reunions for the past 17 years.

Matt, who worked on the railways from 1936 to 1983 and rose through the ranks from being a “cleaner lad” to secretary, overseeing the locomotive section, said: “Thank you for publicising our reunion date and place. The night was very successful, as there were more people who attended, the most for a few years.

“Good health and thank you again.”

Around 20 people attended the event and among the former workmates were Ron Dawkins, Ronnie Crilley, former town mayor Vic Burton, Nori Greig, Bill Mulrooney, Alan Taylor, Eddie Chadbourne and Eric Cussons.

The lads had worked in a range of positions on the railways, including as locomotive staff or in the signallers and shunters sections and each year the reunions are opened up to active and retired railway workers.

Matt, a dad-of-one, who lives in the Hart Lane area of Hartlepool and still plays bowls, has previously appeared in the Hartlepool Mail appealing for his old workmates to attend the reunions.

He said numbers had dropped, sadly due to a lot of ex-workers passing away.

The event was held at the Princess Helena pub, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool.

Matt, who was based at the sheds in Mainsforth Terrace before services were transferred to Thornaby, thanked Peter Fletcher, owner of the pub and former fellow railway worker, who has supported the reunions each year.

The reunions are held every April and October at the venue and Matt hopes for a similar success during the next gathering.