Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Over the Border'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Over the Border'

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Byline: DAVE CONNOR

THE date was the June 29, 1980, a Sunday with very good weather.

This was the day when Maureen Woodier of Middlesbrough's Richmond Street - who had been selected as the "Information for Communities Actives" for the 150 centenary of railway and of Middlesbrough - held a day to be remembered in St Hilda's, or "over the border".

The day was to celebrate a couple of facts of time gone by.

The year 1830 was when the first dwelling house in West Street was erected.

This house was built by George Chapman whose son was the first child to be born in the new community.

It was also the year when a new branch railway would be opened.

This would lead from an existing line to Port Darlington - as the docks where known at that time.

Timothy Hackworth was given the task of building the first locomotive which would be named the Globe.

The driver on this momentous day, December 27, 1830, was Johnny Morgan.

It was the day the first locomotive for the Middlesbrough branch line steamed out of Middlesbrough.

Maureen, who was well known for her no-nonsense manner "over the border", was also known for her kind heart and her work for numerous charities to ensure that the young of the day had something to look forward to.

Maureen's work for charities and the community would continue long after this day.

Sadly she died in September 2011.

A record of the events for June 29, 1980 - made by Maureen and David Castle of the Middlesbrough Recreation and Amenities Department - show it was a fun day for all: 2.30pm: Junior 5-a-side football 2.30pm: Mother and children races 3.30pm: Junior 5-a- side final 3.40pm: Tug-o-war preliminary rounds 3.50pm: Fancy dress 4pm: Judging of fancy dress 4.10pm: Presentation of prizes by the Mayor and Mayoress 4.15pm: Tug-o-war final 4.20pm: Senior 5-a-side football 5pm: Obstacle race - It's a Knockout On completion of all of games a presentation of the prizes was given by Maureen. …

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