How the Local Church Was a Big Influence

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HARRY Evans, now living in Cheshire, has been recalling the time when he attended St John The Evangelist Church of Marton Road in the 1950s.

Harry lived in one of the streets near the church and still remembers what an influence some members of the congregation had on the local youth. "These photographs served to remind me just how great a part that St John's Church on Marton Road in Middlesbrough, played in my life in the early 1950s," he recalled.

"The clergy, Fathers Longworth-Danes, Perry and Gore, in addition to their spiritual and parochial duties, organised many activities for the local youth, ably assisted by many volunteers from the substantial congregation. "The photograph of the six boys was taken around 1952 at a week-long camping holiday in Egton Bridge for members of the boys' club.

"The club met every Wednesday night for billiards, snooker, table tennis and woodwork among many other activities.

"On Tuesdays and Fridays, the choir met for practice and in addition to Sunday services we rehearsed for the festival at York Minster, which was a great summer's day out for us. There was also a carol recital around the wards of North Ormesby Hospital on Christmas Eve, followed by a splendid Christmas spread provided by Matron.

"In addition to the boys' club there were weekly meetings of cubs and scouts for the boys and brownies and guides for the girls. We all attended church parades, I think it was every fourth Sunday.

"Most of these activities were organised by volunteers as were the parish rambles, these involved large numbers of the congregation of all ages. …

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