On returning back to Middlesborough we were very unsettled and presented ourselves with a difficult decision, pass a driving test, buy a car and move back to Wheatley Hill and help settle Mother down and get Violet back closer to her Mother, or try and buy a house on Teesside and live as we were. We decided to go for the former so I booked in at the East Yorkshire School of Motoring for driving lessons and put in for a driving test immediately. Luckily I passed the test after just six lessons.
We had a chat with my Mother and after a lot of deliberation we decided to move back home to Wheatley Hill and live with her, after all she was on her own and couldn’t settle in her new house in Henderson Ave and we were unsettled.Money was very tight and we struggled to make ends meet, everyone was in the same predicament there was a government pay freeze.
After moving back home I re-joined Houghton Rugby Club and soon established myself in the first team and later became Captain
We had paid off our furniture bill and were now looking for a car; I went to W.G. Lintons at Thornley one Saturday morning and saw a Red Mini with black roof, a real gem at £ 315 and only eighteen months old. Reg. number 4210 UP
I had to secure the car quickly and rushed home to see Violet she suggested we put a deposit down, which we did; we borrowed some of the money from Evelyn until the end of the month and took the car on Hire Purchase.
I got the car on a Friday night and it was in the February with ice on the roads and I very carefully drove it over to Ludworth to show it to Violet.
We were now mobile and travelling was no longer a problem. I was still working at Dorman Long but with the pay freeze in operation I began to look elsewhere for a change of job to try and get more money.
I got an interview with the Power Gas Corporation in Stockton and was offered £5 a week pay rise to work for them which I accepted, they paid wages directly into a Bank Account and therefore I had no option but to open my first Bank Account and chose Lloyds for no particular reason other than the name. My Boss at Dorman Long was very unhappy to lose me to another company but he didn’t have to worry for long. The Section Leader Draughtsman who was there when I left became unsettled and also decided to leave. That left a vacancy. I was very surprised to receive a phone call from Dorman Longs Senior Engineer just 5 months after leaving them to be told that they were recruiting extra staff and that I was being offered the vacant job of Section Leader Draughtsman and was to be given a pay increase of a further £5 per week which I accepted, after all the wage freeze was still on and I’d managed to raise my wages by £10 pounds a week which was an awful lot of money in those days.
On the Friday I
was to leave Power Gas I travelled down to Hornsea
We lived with my mother for about a year and she seemed to settle down and we were now back home and much happier. We told Mother that we now needed to find a place of our own
We moved to Ludworth and rented a small detached house called
We put our names on the Council housing list at Wheatley Hill and in those days you took what was given to you and could wait for anything up to three years.
We lived in
Roseville for two years Ian started school in 1967 and we were very happy,
Violet’s Mother and Father moved into a Bungalow and lived just 50 yards away
up the street. We once had a wheel stolen off our car when it was parked
We were offered a Council house in
1968 saw the formation of the British Steel Corporation and the burdening of the steel companies with all manner of created departments. The education and training dept. for instance grew from a few to an “Empire.” we were over- run with administrative assistants.
1969 was the year
in which I had an accident playing rugby and had a slipped disk in my lower
back. It was very painful and that was the end of my sporting activities. I
I was promoted at work and now worked in the Design Development office and was effectively joint second in charge of the Architectural Department and felt secure in my job and loved going to work Violet had just started to work at the local factory where they made Adidas shirts. The money she earned made a big difference.
It was about this time that I’d stopped playing rugby and instead took up sea fishing.
My first fishing rod and reel was bought out of a catalogue and cost about £15. I became absolutely engrossed in fishing and caught lots of codling off the piers and beaches and spent hours with my friends Bill Jones, Tommy Hodgson and his younger brother Jeff. I never dreamt that in the near future Jeff would take his own life at only 20 years of age. It was an awful tragedy and left everybody stunned.