An ex-Byker lad called Brian Clark sent in these old photos of Kendal Street and Raby Street in Byker.
Brian says "My Parents ( Clark ) moved into No. 228 Shipley Street, Byker in 1944 when I was 4 years old. Later on in 1947 we moved a couple of streets away into 178 Kendal Street because this flat had two bedrooms instead of one like the first one.
I started school at the Byker Church of England then moved into Bolam Street Juniors school 1951 & stayed until leaving school at the age of 15. I then enrolled into the Newcastle College of Art & Industrial Design. After five years in College & marrying into the Melville family.
I found a job working for Design Group in Gosforth. During this period 1964 we moved to Walkergate … then Heaton 1977 … then Forest hall late 1988.
In 2006 our family, including 3 sons plus their families, all moved out of England to start living in Phuket, Thailand.
My third son Philip has a company based in Phuket, Thailand called Helicam, taking photographs from the air & ground with remote controlled equipment, you can see the website here... Helicam"
This photo, from about 1960, is taken from the back of 178 Kendal Street, looking down towards Raby Street. It shows a view looking over all the back yards and you may just make out Nan’s General dealer shop in the centre.
My wife’s family also ran Melville’s Bakery at No. 88 Raby Street. Dating from the early twenty’s until about 1957. The only photo of the shop front ever taken dates about 1933.
The people in the photo are left to right Cissy Anderson, Thomas Melville 7 years old and Mary Melville about 19 year old.
Brian used the photo to make a 3D scale model of the interior of the shop including the fully dressed window.
The lady sitting with the model is Mary Mellville aged around 90 years old at the time this photo was taken.
If anyone out there wants to get in touch with Brian or his family send me an email and I will pass it on.