Teesdale Talk: Fond memories
of camp shop – except fish day
Saturday 3rd November 2007
the first self-service shop in Teesdale?
tells me it was at Stainton Camp in the Fifties, when it was a busy army base.
was run by the NAAFI and was about the same size as the present Co-op in BarnardCastle. Customers included many civilians as well as service families.
everything," he recalled.
a lot of people in the town and they used to come over in droves to get our special offers. It was a really busy place, with
17 staff. When I started there in 1955, the manager was Ann Gibson, of Forest. There
was also a service club which was packed every night."
who now runs the Milbank Arms, in Barningham, came forward with memories of the camp in response to an appeal by Stainton
Grove Community Association. It is gathering details for a history project managed by Eileen O'Hara, and is holding an event
connected with it this afternoon.
task for the store was to supply rations to the other army camps at Deerbolt, Westwick, Humbleton, Streatlam and Barford.
Lorries from each of those places queued every morning to pick up their meat, bacon, eggs, vegetables, bread and butter.
type of food was not at all popular.
like the mornings when fresh fish arrived," said Mr Turner. "Fishy water from the boxes would run all over my clothes and
I was stuck with a really disgusting smell for the rest of the day. I hadn't time to go home to change, so when I went into
the shop I noticed people backing away from me."
by Jim McTaggart
is who we are today; we are the only ones who can protect it.
The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project was one of a number of community-led projects along and
nearby the route of the proposed South West Durham Heritage Corridor.
The South West Durham Heritage Corridor will be a multi-user route along the former Bishop Auckland to BarnardCastle railway line.
Share your memories with us! We want to make a record of life here before it is too late. Please
get in touch. All your memories are important to us.
The Memories of Stainton Grove Military Camp Project is being led by Stainton Grove Community Association and coordinated
by Groundwork West Durham and Darlington. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the 'Your Heritage' grant programme.