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Your local interest & advertising magazine | October 2018 | Edition 34 Tow Law, Sunniside, Stanley Crook, Billy Row, Crook, Willington, Wolsingham & surrounding areas

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Years gone by - pages 8 & 16 • Community news - page 12 • Roddymoor air disaster - page 18

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On page 15 we have the newly refurbished Billy Row Green who are back under old management with Craig & Stacey back behind the bar, watch out for their new menu. If you are planning your wedding then take a look at Crook Golf Club’s Wedding Fayre on page 23, there will be lots of local wedding suppliers displaying on the day. Lastly on page 23 we have Top Choice Roofing who will make sure your roof is in tip top condition ready for the Winter. Don’t forget to quote Out & About when replying to adverts & lastly we hope you enjoy this month’s edition, thanks for your support!

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DAY TOURS Saturday 13th October Saturday 10th November Doncaster Market/Shopper £14.50 Carlisle Christmas Shopper £14.00 Thursday 25th October Heighleygate & Boundry Mill £13.00

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Years gone by...

Crook Modern School Football Team 1954-55. Image supplied by Brenda Flynn.

Edward Jones with members of his family. Can you spot the same 2 ladies in the image below? Image provided by Trevor Winter.

Tommy William Nixon on the arctic convoys during World War 2. Image supplied by Ann Rutter.

We URGENTLY need your old photos!! We are running low on old photos of places & people from years gone by and would love to keep the feature going. Can you help? Email any old photos to: or drop into Ritchie Coatsworth Photography, 80 Hope Street Crook. 8

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Great club deals including Steak club from £7.10 Chicken club from £6.60 Curry club from £6.60 Fish Friday from £6.25 And the recent introduction of our pizza menu. From just £5.49

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Food served daily from 8am to 11pm Takeaway available upon request

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Community news Social Media Appeal Success Back in June this year Crook Police were successful with an online appeal they made after a local boy had his bike stolen for the 2nd time! Early this year in May JJ had his bike stolen from near his home address in Helmington Row and unfortunately no suspects were ever traced nor was the bike recovered. However a neighbour kindly donated a bike to JJ - free of change. Fast forward to June and Crook Police received a report of a theft of a bike, where JJ’s new bike had been taken from near his home in the Helmington Row area again. As part of the enquiries a witness appeal was posted on the Crook NPT Facebook page encouraging people to get in touch if they saw or heard anything about this bike. As a result of this awareness, a member of the public rang in to say they had found the bike in the nearby Crook Golf Club (thinking that maybe because of the appeal it made the bike too hot to handle).

Tow Law Remembrance Events On Remembrance Sunday this year Tow Law will be holding a number of events to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. On top of the regular march to the cenotaph at 11am there will be a piper playing there from 6am who will then be heading to play by the war graves at the Dans Castle Cemetary. Later on that day, a special becon will be lit on the Millennium Green. The ceremony begins at 12

The bike was returned to JJ and he was a very happy lad. PCSO’s Nathan Moore and Rosie Findlay then security marked JJ’s bike as part of the “OPERATION SPOKE” initiative. This was done at his home address and the bike (as well as his brother’s) were security marked, as well as being provided with lights and bike locks as part of the initiative.

PCSO’s Rosie Findlay and Nathan Moore with JJ and his bike.

JJ’s Mam commented, “We were really happy that the bike was returned but think it’s appalling it was taken in the first place. I was very happy with the response from the Crook Police team. I don’t think we would have got it back without their support. The service that has been provided way exceeded my expectations. I wish I had got in touch when the first bike went missing!” 5pm and finishes at 7:15pm, there will be a band playing before the lights are lit at 6pm when there will be an address from the local vicar. This is a unique event and everyone is welcome. Let’s not forget all those hero’s that lost their lives during this terrible war.

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Years gone by...

Looking across to St. Catherine’s Church, Crook from the bottom of Hope Street.

The banner for Crook Hole in the Wall Colliery on display at Durham Big Meeting. Image supplied by Brenda Flynn.

Looking up Hope Street, Crook.

David Bellamy, Gary Puckering and Jack Jobson enjoying a pin t in Billy Row Club. Sent in by David Be llamy.

Bankfoot Coke Works in Crook.

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Roddymoor air disaster Story by Aaron Cowen

On the 21st May 1942 at 17:55hrs, a Wellington Bomber came in low over St. Thomas Church, Stanley Crook. Eyewitnesses at Peases West saw the plane fly over Billy Row with smoke trailing behind it with one of its engines ablaze. It gradually lost height as it skimmed over Roddymoor before finally crashing in a ploughed field close to Emma Pit Pond. The pilot, Sergeant David Roberts appeared to have struggled with the plane as it passed over houses in Roddymoor. John Burn of Roddymoor Farm was ploughing in a field next to where it crashed and had been narrowly missed. (Contradictory reports from the Royal Observatory Corp, likely in Sunniside stated that it was flying at around 8000 feet with apparently nothing wrong, and the plane only had smoke trailing. The plane went down suddenly). Other eye witnesses suggest that the pilot had tried to avoid Crook and was attempting to land the plane when its aerial got caught on overhead power cables linked to Roddymoor Pit. This caused the plane to dip down more rapidly and suddenly than the pilot had intended. The port wing first hit the ground and the

fuselage cleaned out the fence before the aircraft finally came to rest, tilted on its starboard side. The farmer ran to the aircraft, where he saw one airman inside and another lying on the ground nearby. As he attempted to pull the airman out from the aircraft, there was an explosion and a fire resulting in bullets exploding all around as people were running towards the aircraft. The landing wheels and the gun turret, still with the gunner inside were thrown about 200 yards by the explosion. All the various services eventually arrived but the aircraft was burnt out, due to its difficult position. An hour later the geodetic construction was still smouldering and there was a strong smell of burning perspex in the air. The army then took over from the Home Guard until the site was cleared. The bodies of the airmen were laid out in the Farmer’s cow byre. Remnants of the crash were ploughed up for years afterwards including machine gun bullets. 13 year old (at the time) Lance Henderson peddled to the scene and never forgot what he saw. He said, “It affected me deeply”, A few years later, I was in the RAF myself”. Attempts to erect a memorial at the crash site failed, but instead the now defunct Wear Valley District Council commissioned a brass plaque that now hangs in the North East Aircraft Museum near the Nissan Factory in Washington. The aircraft


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was a Wellington Bomber Mk 1C DV841 of No. 25 Operations Training Unit, Group 92 at RAF Finningley and was on a day cross country exercise to the Isle of Man. They were returning to Finningley via York. The crew were: Flight Sergeant Rambler David Roberts 407833 of the Royal Australian Air Force. (Pilot) born in on 4th April 1921 in Mitcham, South Australia. He was son of William David and Agnes Lucy Roberts.

Rambler David Roberts

Sergeant Rae Groom 408144, of the Royal Australian Air Force, born on 13th July 1915 in Sulphur Creek, Tasmania, Australia. He was the son of Francis Arthur Groom and Mabel Ockerby. Flight Sergeant Angus “Gus” Frederick Roberts R/74926, of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was born on 16th March 1919 in South Shields, son of Walter John Roberts and Jessie Anne McIntyre. The family had moved to Vancouver. He had a varied military career as he also served in the Sea Cadets as a Leading Seaman and Petty Officer in British Columbia between 1932 and 1936. He had joined the Air Force in the August 1940. Flight Sergeant Robert Melbourne Boates, R/76229 of the Royal Canadian Air Force an Air Gunner. He was the son of Isaac and Amy A. Boates of Kentville, Nova Scotia. Flight Sergeant William Neil Reeves, of the Royal Canadian Air Force. An Air Observer

born on 18th April 1915 in Winnipeg, Montoba, Canada. He was the son of Alfred Reeves and Ada Neil. He had previously served with the Queens Own Camerons. All of the crew were buried next to each other in the war graves section in West Cemetery, Darlington on 26th May 1942. There was some confusion over pilot Rambler David Roberts name. Frequently written as Ambler. This confusion caused his family to not hear of his death until the day after his funeral had taken place. The Mk IC Bomber was produced between 1940 and 1942 at Blackpool, Weybridge and Chester. 2685 of this type were produced and were one of the most popularly used bombers at the time until the Avro Lancaster took over in 1943. It is not known what caused the crash. However, this seems to have been a particularly new bomber with less than 15 hours run time. The engines had only been installed on 20th April 1942, a month prior to the crash. An investigation was recommended, however I have yet to see if this was carried out. I find it strange however that these men were all pupils, flying a plane that was so new and perhaps not even fully tested. Only 2 Wellington Bombers survive today. One is at the Brooklands Museum and the other is undergoing restoration at RAF Cosford. Neither unfortunately are in good condition.

William Neil Reeves

It is our intention to have a memorial erected in place (hopefully near the crash site) and a crowd-funding page will be set up in due course. More details will be given at a later date.

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Out & About Magazine (North East) October 2018 Edition 34. Local advertising magazine that covers Crook, Tow Law, Sunniside, Stanley Crook,...

Out & About Magazine (North East) October 2018 Edition 34  

Out & About Magazine (North East) October 2018 Edition 34. Local advertising magazine that covers Crook, Tow Law, Sunniside, Stanley Crook,...