Super 70s memories of a Hartlepool table tennis team

The old 7th Hartlepool Boys Brigade photograph which attracted all the interest.
The old 7th Hartlepool Boys Brigade photograph which attracted all the interest.

A Hartlepool man has come up with loads of answers after we asked for help to identify the faces in this old photograph.

Alastair Rae was right on the ball to tell us more about this picture submitted by Ian Turnbull.

Ian Turnbull.

Ian Turnbull.

Ian left Hartlepool 40 years ago for a life in Kent where he stayed for 22 years before moving to his current home in Norfolk.

He told us he used to be a member of the 7th Hartlepool Boys Brigade based in Caledonian Road - and so was Alastair.

Alastair told us: “This brought back many happy memories. I think the photo was taken around 1976 when I (back right) was 15. Ian is right, John Lauderdale was the Brigade Leader and devoted an enormous amount of his time enabling many young people to participate in a range of activities, particularly sports.

“The 7th were a force to be reckoned with especially when it came to table tennis and football. From 1977 the 7th won the National Boys Brigade Table Tennis Championship for seven successive years and also won the Hartlepool ‘A’ Divsion Table Tennis League on several occasions.”

The 7th were a force to be reckoned with especially when it came to table tennis and football. From 1977 the 7th won the National Boys Brigade Table Tennis Championship for seven successive years and also won the Hartlepool ‘A’ Divsion Table Tennis League on several occasions

Alastair Rae

It’s only a matter of weeks since Ian told us he left Hartlepool in 1980 and lived in Kent for 22 years before moving to Norfolk.

He worked all his life as a self employed painter and decorator, and is married with four grown up children.

But he never forgot his Hartlepool roots and wanted to know more about the people in this old photograph.

Alastair was happy to oblige with plenty more detail.

He told us: “John Lauderdale went on to be a local councillor and still serves Hartlepool Council today. I particularly remember the Wembley finals which the Brigade used to be allocated tickets for, and I was very fortunate to be picked out of the hat to watch my only FA Cup Final in 1975 when West Ham United beat Fulham 2-0. Bobby Moore was the Fulham captain that day. Great times!”

He also gave us an almost complete breakdown of the people in the picture and said: “In terms of the photo, back row left to right are as follows:

* Micky Skirving - Talented footballer who played Northern League for many years and could have played professionally.

* Ian Turnbull - A solid table tennis player.

* Denis Skilbeck - ‘Skilly’ to his mates. A prolific striker in his younger days, a good cricketer and local league football referee.

* Alastair Rae.

Front row left to right.

* John Ferguson - Good all-round sportsman.

* Colin ?????? - Another solid table tennis player. Can anyone fill in the surname.

* Stuart Salvin - Another good all-round sportsman.

* Kevin Green - The best table tennis player in the Brigade at the time and played at County level. Also a talented cricketer.

* Lyndsay Taylor - Not far behind Kevin and played table tennis at a high level.

If anyone can fill in any remaining details, email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk