Darlington Journeys

To celebrate the launch of our brand new branch and Financial Advice Centre at 7/8 Horsemarket and as part of our commitment to Darlington, we compiled a series of memoirs and portraits of local residents who kindly shared their connections to local landmarks and familiar places within the town.

Darlington Journeys

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Robin Blair

Robin Blair and his family have worked as green grocers in Darlington's Covered Markets for over 140 years, running the fruit and veg stall- JJ Blair & Sons Ltd. Robin joined the fourth-generation family business when he left school and helped it go from strength to strength. 

David Simmons

David joined Darlington Woodland Bowling Club back in 2002. He initially took up the sport as a past time in conjunction with early retirement and is now the Club's Treasurer. Interestingly, David has compiled extensive research on both the history of the Club and building. David discovered that back in 1947 when the Club was set up, 100 local residents purchased the beautiful building the Club now occupies, investing £25 each. David has even managed to track down one of the last surviving members of the initial investors.

Ian Matthews

Ian remembers visiting Head of Steam, formerly known as Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, as a small child with his mother when it was still a working train station. Today Ian works in the A1 Locomotive Workshop next door to the Museum, where he is currently building a steam engine from scratch.

Doris Jones

Doris Jones is a Councillor and current Mayoress of Darlington, having previously held the post of Mayor. Doris has fond childhood memories of the Joseph Pease statue in Darlington and was always taught by both her father and grandfather to respect everything 'Joe' did for the town in the 1800s with relation to the Stockton & Darlington railway and the anti slavery movement.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones is currently the Mayor of Darlington and husband to Doris Jones. Brian showed gratitude towards his visit inside the tower stating, 'being able to climb to the top of the clock tower was a special treat that very few people will have the chance to experience. The clock tower is synonymous with Darlington town centre and has been so for a very long time.' Interestingly, the Joseph Pease statue looks towards the Gothic clock tower which was actually a gift from Joe to the town.

Ian Matthews

Ian remembers visiting Head of Steam, formerly known as Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, as a small child with his mother when it was still a working train station. Today Ian works in the A1 Locomotive Workshop next door to the Museum, where he is currently building a steam engine from scratch.

Ellie & Tory

Ellie and Tory met at university and are now wardens at Darlington's Quaker Meeting House, along with their dog, Milo. The building is a special place for them as they also married there, exactly two years ago to the day that this recent photo was taken. Their warden duties include maintenance, opening and locking up and taking care of the building and its users.

Scott Morland

Scott has bowled at Darlington's South Park for 26 years, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. He has been the Club's secretary for 12 years and is the current Bowls Player of the Year. South Park Bowling Club is the longest running bowls club in Darlington, having formed in 1896.

Jacob Pattison

Up until the age of 14, Jacob played bowls at Darlington's indoor bowling green with his brothers and their late Grandfather, who nurtured their interest in the sport. Jacob's talent at bowling helped him achieve success, as he eventually bowled at County level for County Durham. Jacob gave up the sport after the passing of his Grandfather. Bowling in Darlington will forever hold a special place in his heart.

 

Lynda Winstanley

Lynda is Director of Darlington’s former Civic Theatre, soon to revert back to the Darlington Hippodrome. Lynda was originally an usher which led to her love affair with the theatre. Lynda jokes she was always too engrossed in the shows, to take her usher duties too seriously. Recently, she has helped secure funding for the theatre, which is now undergoing  major work to restore it to its former glory. The theatre will eventually look as it did back in 1907.

Dorothy Lincoln

Dorothy has strong family roots in Darlington, going back as far as 1809 to her great great grandfather, John Wrightson. She has spent a significant proportion of her life lovingly caring for others. After becoming aware of the National Association of Carers, Dorothy set up support meetings for other carers within the area. These meetings were held at the Quaker House. Dorothy has been a member of Darlington Quakers for over 30 years; she states it has been a mainstay in her life.