Remembering the old Central Estate

FORMER neighbours from a Hartlepool estate reminisced about the good old days during a reunion.

Barbara Scott and Pam Collitt organised the get-together for anyone who lived on the town’s Central Estate during the 1950s and 1960s.

It was held last month at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, in West View Road, also on the Central Estate, and around 50 people turned up for a trip down memory lane.

Barbara, 62, who spent her early years on the Central before moving to the Headland and now lives in King Oswy, said: “About 50 people turned up, brought old pictures and had a good chat about the good old days.

“Some of them were Brenda Slack and her sisters Linda, Angela and Barbara, Phil Black and his wife Barbara, Albert Harris, the Patterson family, the Torley sisters, Andy Hay, Kevin Wale and a few others.

“The main person, who helped me organise the event, was Pam Collitt, whose dad had the Bill Collitt bike shop on the Central and was much loved.

“There was also Jimmy Stinton, Barbara Spence and Mr Widberg.”

Barbara, who runs Butterflies, a Hartlepool social group, based at Springs, added: “A good time was had by all, it was a really good night.

“We are hoping to have another reunion soon.”

The mum-of-two, who works as an accountant, has fond memories of spending time at her gran Margaret Ainslie’s house, in the former Watson Street, on the Central Estate.

The area also had a general dealer’s, run by Minnie Lynn, and a number of pubs, including The Klondyke.