Thanks for stirring memories of ‘Pop Kelly’ Pop Kelly

Employees at the CMEW ceased work a quarter of an hour early to attend the retirement presentation of George Martin Kelly, who had been their as an an iron dresser for 43 years and was retiring at the age of 72.was also the local secretary of the the Iron and Steel Metaldressers Union'Mr Kelly of Clifton Street, Hartlepool, was presented with a pocket watch by Mr S H Dunlop, general manager of the CMEW, on behalf of the management and directors and also a tobacco set from his workmates .'Mr Kelly started work as an iron dresser with Richardsons Westgarth, when 14 and moved to CMEW in 1910. After six years he was appointed a member of the Hartlepool Trades Union Council.'When asked about his retirement Mr Kelly said 'To tell you the truth, I am not worried. I am happy working here but after working for 58 years, I want a long rest.
Employees at the CMEW ceased work a quarter of an hour early to attend the retirement presentation of George Martin Kelly, who had been their as an an iron dresser for 43 years and was retiring at the age of 72.was also the local secretary of the the Iron and Steel Metaldressers Union'Mr Kelly of Clifton Street, Hartlepool, was presented with a pocket watch by Mr S H Dunlop, general manager of the CMEW, on behalf of the management and directors and also a tobacco set from his workmates .'Mr Kelly started work as an iron dresser with Richardsons Westgarth, when 14 and moved to CMEW in 1910. After six years he was appointed a member of the Hartlepool Trades Union Council.'When asked about his retirement Mr Kelly said 'To tell you the truth, I am not worried. I am happy working here but after working for 58 years, I want a long rest.
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REGARDING the retirement of George Kelly photograph (Memory Lane, January 22), this was sent to me by a relative from Hartlepool.

I have great memories of Hartlepool and Clifton Street where my grandparents lived.

My dad came down here for work in 1936 but every year my mum took me to Hartlepool for all the school holidays.

I spent most of the time playing on the sands with my cousins.

My grandparents’ house was opposite a railway, not there now, and we used to watch the train in the morning that took the workers to the Cerebos factory.

They would wave to us as it passed.

I remember walking sometimes to the Central Marine to meet my granddad when it was his time to come home.

What a difference today with the docks gone. I wonder what he would think about the place as it is now, with the Marina and the surrounding area.

I have so many memories of Old Hartlepool and my granddad, who we called ‘Pop’ Kelly.

I can still picture him sitting by the range smoking his pipe.

I was sad that they demolished the houses in Clifton Street and also Throston Bridge.

I was thrilled to see the picture of Pop Kelly in the Mail.

Thank you for the memory of him and Hartlepool as it used to be.

Lillian Firth,

Parsonage Manorway,

Belvedere.