Highland Laddie Photos

In 2004 the Haughton-le-Skerne Local History Society held and exhibition over 3 days of Haughton photos and memorabilia. Just before the exhibiton was due to close on the final day Chris Armstrong popped in to take a look around.  Chris told me that he used to live in the Highland Laddie public house as a child with his parents Jack and Vera Armstrong who were the proprietors.  Chris no longer lives in the area and sent 4 photographs of his family's time at the pub.

Whether you know the people or not, the below is a wonderful photograph when flat caps and trilby hats were popular amongst the men. All 3 photos were recently added to the 'Darlington As It Looked' site on Facebook where they received some fascinating feedback.  For instance one lady stated that her husband said that the men were posing before embarking on a trip out to Whitley Bay. She added "It is strange to see a pic of my husband with hair and all.  It was his local and he played for the five and three team". Another post stated "My Grandad is buzzing with this photo". 

Group Outside The Laddie

Group photo taken to the fron left of the Highland Laddie (names to be added)

Back Row: 3rd in from left Mr Ridley, 5th in George Raine. 4th in from right Alexander Veitch, 3rd from right George Dunn, 2nd from right John Blair.

Middle Row: 2nd from the left Jack Veitch, 2nd in from right Tom Sanders (Sandy), 5th from the right Jack Armstrong (proprietor)

Front Row: Ist Left John Wilson, 3rd left Ernest Baker, 5th left Alan Trenholme

I am led to believe that the below photo was taken in the Lounge Bar and I absolutley love the fascinating wall painting in the background.  The landlord Jack Armstrong was well known for nearly always wearing a 'dicky bow' and looks very dapper on this occassion in his white jacket and dark bow tie.

Armstrongs In Highland Laddie Loungebar

 Trophy time in the Lounge Bar

Left to Right are: Keith Burton, Reg Mercer, Vera Armstrong, Gordon Clarke, John Wilson, George Dunn, Jack Armstrong, Arthur Raine, Jack Veitch, Unknown. 

It isn't know where the below photo was taken but we can see some of the same men.


Jack Armstrong wearing a very smart spotted bow tie

Back Row: 2nd from left Reg Mercer, 1st right Tony Embleton

Front Row: 2nd right Jack Alexander, 1st right Alexander Veitch

Finally in the below magical photo we can see Dorothy Dent (left) with baby Chris Armstrong saying hello to a pony and foal at the Dent's farm, Great Burdon. Alexander Veitch who is in all 3 photos above, was a farm worker at Great Burdon Farm.  His brother Jack Veitch was believed to have been a gardener at a market garden on Barmpton Lane.

 Dorothy Dent Chris Armstrong Pony