Ron Pearson

Dad was born in Billingham in 1933 and trained to become an architect. 

After working in Arnold (Notts), he moved our family to Darlington in 1964 where he would eventually become Assistant Borough Architect at Darlington Borough Council.

Dad was involved in the project management of the building of Red Hall housing estate, the Dolphin Centre and the refurbishment of the old town hall and covered market, for which he won an award.

He was heavily involved in scouting, particularly the 14th and 17th groups in Haughton-le-Skerne and helped organise the popular Gang Shows in the 1970s.

1978 Ii 17Th Cubs

For 17 years, Dad and my mother Audrey were puppy walkers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association where they volunteered to look after and train puppies for their first year on the road to becoming qualified working dogs.

Ron And Audrey Pearson

Audrey & Ron

He was always on hand to help others, including organising and publicising events for St Andrew's church, as well as editing and producing magazines for the church and fellow puppy walkers.

Dad’s love of photography spanned decades and ranged from stills, through cine film, to video tape and finally digital. He would spend hours meticulously splicing and gluing cine film to create lasting memories of holidays and family occasions, as well as the occasional nugget of local history such as the ones seen here on the Haughton Hub.

Sadly Dad died in 2009.

Cayton Bay 1971

Ron & Nick at Cayton Bay 1971

Written by Ron's son Nick Pearson in 2013