Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Transporter's Eye View

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Transporter's Eye View

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THE mighty Transporter Bridge recently toasted its 100th birthday.

Officially opened on October 17, 1911, spectacular celebrations a century on heralded the anniversary.

We also asked readers to share their memories and photographs of the bridge.

And they've continued to flood in. We were intrigued when we received two pictures from Ann Johnson (nee Moody) of Middlesbrough.

The first photograph is of Ann's mother, Nora Moody (nee Ashton), when she was just 16 on top of the Transporter Bridge in 1926.

Nora Moody was certainly dressed very stylishly for the mid-1920s, in a short jacket, fur stole and an incredibly fashionable cloche hat.

She was wearing some beautiful white kid gloves for the first time.

She said they were ruined that day from all the ingrained soot on the railings, which is probably why she is holding them in the picture.

Fast forward 25 years to 1951 and we see Nora's daughter Ann, also aged 16, in almost exactly the same position on the bridge.

Ann says she was showing some friends from Normanby around Middlesbrough and thought it would be fun to climb to the top and take some photographs.

She was with brothers David and John Foster but their sister Mary decided to stay at the bottom, not having a head for heights.

So it was John who took the photograph of Ann and David.

These two photographs are a remarkable coincidence because Ann tells us that at the time when the picture was taken she had no idea about the similar photograph of her mother.

Both photographs lay in separate albums for years until just recently and it was only when Ann was looking through her old pictures that she put the two together.

We've also received some bridge-top shots from P Galloway.

They show the great views from the top of the bridge, with a passing ship snapped as it passed beneath the bridge in 1962.

And Les Baker, who was born in High Clarence in 1935, has shared this image from the early 1960s.

He says: "From my bedroom window I could see the Transporter, so in a way I grew up with it. …

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