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Here's a little bit of Gibson history....

My Grandfather, Nicholas Brown Gibson, was named after his father. The family tradition has always been that the first-born son of the first-born son is called this, and there have been at least 7 of these! (also, each firstborn child since has been named after their parent...confusing, eh?)
Anyway, Grandad was born in South Shields in 1895 and served in the first world war. In the mid 1930's he moved his family to Boldon (via Jarrow) as he worked at the pit.
His 1st wife (Sarah Taylor) and 7 children: Nicholas (Brown Gibson!), Elsie, Jim, Nan, Jessie, Marion (my mother) and Leslie resided in Charles St during the war years. (Stories galore about the picture house- or "Lopadrome" as they called it, but I digress...)
After Sarah died in January 1952, Grandad married Mary, who had also been widowed. They moved to 1, Boldon Drive. Mary was very active within the Labour party, as the pictures illustrate, and indeed Gibson Court was named in her honour. Mary died in 1975, Grandad in 1977.

Mary Gibson


The Gibsons have sadly diminished, with only Nan and Dot (Jim's wife) remaining from the main line. Of course we have cousins,(Nick, Jim, Ann, Leslie etc etc;)
In a quirky twist, whilst there have been so many "Brown Gibsons", I am proud to be the first (and only) Gibson Brown! My mother being the Gibson, and my father being a Brown!
My elder sister (Marion, of course!) and myself have many happy memories of the gatherings at Boldon Drive; it was such a happy house & our grandparents were such great fun. Mary often donned a Pinky & Perky outfit to entertain us, whilst Grandad would recall his shelter-warden days, or the Jarrow crusade....I could go on and on!
Anyway, I hope this hasn't bored you too much; I suppose every family has its stories, and we all think they're unique!

Very best wishes, and many thanks for the web-page,
Wendy Gibson Brown

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SILVER PLAQUE
COMMEMORATING THE RETIREMENT OF
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.

Plaque inscription reads -
PRESENTED TO
R.C.PEAKE Esq. M.E.
BY THE WORKMEN
AND FRIENDS OF
BOLDON COLLIERY

As a Mark of their Respect
30th Dec 1882

Remember Milk Tokens
from the Co-op.


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