LETTER: Playing footy for the Tech

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In reference to the mystery football team from 1950s in Memory Lane in Mail Friday, May 8, I believe it is the Technical Day School, possibly the First XI.

Back Row, left to right, are: A Greenwood, G K Swift, N Greenwood, G Eyre. Front Row L-R: E Dodds, R Ogle, L Stalley, S Parker, G Orley, R Noddings.

Jack Hair,


Think how lucky you are

I read recently that some people say they can’t manage on some benefits they get.

But some can spend £40 on a pair of shoes for their kids.

I was one of nine brothers and got my first pair of shoes for my brother’s wedding.

“Mam I need some shoes. These have got a hole in them.”

“Put some cardboard in them or canvas. You will get a few more weeks’ wear.”

We used to live on panacalty four days a week or mother would make spam and egg pies.

“Brian, go get me a loaf. Don’t go to the corner shop. Go to the one in Murray Street – it is a penny cheaper.”

How would some today survive? God knows. Every penny was accounted for.

Wash day was like hard labour. Poss tub, scrubbing brush and poss stick.

I would come home and my mother would shout: “Brian, come and turn the mangle”

The mangle was bigger than me. And she would be ironing until 9pm.

That’s what you should think about. Think yourselves lucky.

Brian Tumilty,

Middleton Road,


In praise of North Tees

I am 93 years of age.

Recently I suffered a very serious duodenal haemorrhage and was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees.

The ambulance arrived within minutes of my son making the call, and the paramedics (Sandy and Don) were kind, reassuring and efficient.

The doctors and staff at the hospital were very attentive and considerate.

The bleeding was stopped and, after blood transfusions they stabilised me.

After two days in the emergency admissions unit I was transferred to Ward 27.

Here, again, the nursing staff and auxiliaries looked after me very well.

Nothing was too much trouble to any of them.

After hearing so much derogatory comment regarding the NHS and, in particular the North Tees hospital, I feel I must register my admiration for the many people who cared for me.

I have always been a staunch advocate of the NHS.

Although, like thousands of others, I feel this town of ours should have its own fully operational hospital, I am most grateful to North Tees University Hospital.

James Spencelayh,

Carisbrooke Road,