15 nostalgic sights you'll remember if you grew up in Middlesbrough

1990 look back, pic from tark File photo  Zenith Data cup final  1990  Boro v Chelsea Wembley
-Credit: (Image: Evening Gazette)


Community has never been so important, we've said it before and we'll say it again.

In the strange times we're living in, Teesside has witnessed a massive effort to pull together, support each other and keep talking - even if it is via a screen.

Familiar sights are something we're all looking for in a bid to help counteract the grim reality of life in lockdown.

So take a little comforting trip down a Middlesbrough memory lane or two. We compiled a list of sights you'd remember if you grew up in east Cleveland a few weeks ago, here's a Boro version.

Let us know how many you recall.

1. The diving board at Berwick Hills baths

You could clearly see it from the road as you were driving by - a scary prospect and not for the faint hearted. The building was demolished, as our picture shows, in November 1996.

2. The lift attendants in Binns

They used to sit on a little stool inside the lift and 'take' you to your requested floor

3. Clairville Stadium

Clairville Stadium, 17th July 1998
Berwick Hills Baths, Middlesbrough, 15th November 1996. Building Demolition.

Now lost to the landscape, but school competitions were regularly held there.

4. The Holgate end terraces at Ayresome Park as fans jumped up and down the terraces on one big wave

Binns department store, Middlesbrough
Binns department store, Middlesbrough

5. Country dancing the Stewart Park

An annual schools festival was held for many years, classes full of Middlesbroguh kids would walk to the park to take part.

6. Northern Life being broadcast from the Tyne Tees studios at the tower on Corporation Road, Middlesbrough

Now a bank.

7. The 'travelators' in the Hill Street shopping centre

From the car park to the shopping level - remember? They were flat escalators that were designed so you could take your trolley with you.

8. The sight of a raised Newport Bridge

It was fixed in to place in November 1990 - but until then was regularly raised to let ships pass.

The dredger Wilton seen here passing under the Newport lifting bridge. 9th July 1971
Clairville Stadium, 17th July 1998 -Credit:Teesside Archive

9. Hot dog seller

We've mentioned him before - but the hot dog man was a regular sight for shoppers on the corner of Linthorpe Road where it met Gilkes Street, near Woolworths.

Middlesbrough's Holgate End in jubilant mood before the start of an FA Cup quarter-final match against Orient 1978 -Credit:Evening Gazette
Middlesbrough's Holgate End in jubilant mood before the start of an FA Cup quarter-final match against Orient 1978 -Credit:Evening Gazette

10. The town centre before the A66 and pedestrianisation

The bus would make its way around the Royal Exchange and along Corporation Road, stopping outside British Home Stores.

11. Queueing for Zenith Data Systems Cup Final tickets

Marton Grove School children at the Country Dancing event in Stewart Park
Marton Grove School children at the Country Dancing event in Stewart Park

We waited patiently, it stretched for miles back along Ayresome Street and up Linthorpe Road - were you lucky enough to get a ticket?

12. Corpus Christie parades

The dredger Wilton seen here passing under the Newport lifting bridge. 9th July 1971 -Credit:Mirrorpix
The dredger Wilton seen here passing under the Newport lifting bridge. 9th July 1971 -Credit:Mirrorpix

Another regular feature of the town for many years and an annual procession.

13. The red escalators in the Cleveland Centre

They led from the car park to another set of escalators which took you to the shopping level.

14. Going to the pictures at the Odeon or ABC

Odeon Cinema, Middlesbrough, 1999
Hot Dog John Nevin's burger barrow was the first and only permanent hot food trader in the town centre back in the day -Credit:Evening Gazette

Queueing for Grease, perhaps?

15. Indoor market at the Hill Street

Yep, there were many stalls selling all sorts of stuff. Roughly where Primark is now.