Have you any knowledge of a man who worked at Boldon Colliery Mine and later went on to be a footballer for Hull City in 1911?

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Does anyone remember Joe Coulson, I believe he was the Miner's Secretary in 1950.  He had two daughters, the youngest being Evelyn who would have been about 20 years old at the time.  William Rhymer Gowland?

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(1)One of the members of the Boldons History Society remembers the family. Joe Coulson was the Compensation Secretary for the Boldon Miners’ Lodge, he took over as secretary on the death of W. T. Wilson who was the uncle of Cathie Wilson, now Mrs Cathie Croisdale of East Boldon. Cathie has given me a copy of part of an old Lodge booklet which I have uploaded on to this site. I hope you find it interesting. If I find other information I shall contact you again.

(2)Joe Coulson lived 2 doors away from me in West Terrace, Boldon Colliery in the 1940's (No. 36 I believe) He was Secretary for the Durham Miners at the Boldon Pit and my brother believes he was also an agent for Sam Watson the M.P. (whose Mother and sister lived next door to us) Joe had 2 daughters and at least 2 sons, the eldest, George was lost at sea during the 2nd WW. His youngest daughter, Evelyn I knew quite well as she was only about 5 years older than me. The family moved from West Terrace in about 1948/9 and moved to the new Council houses which had then just been completed in Shelley Avenue, Boldon Colliery. My father died in 1950 causing us to move to West Boldon. I lost touch after that. I could ask Tom Bainbridge if he has more knowledge, in fact I will forward this to him and see what he has to say. Regards, Margaret Davison

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Dear George,
Thank you so much for your Mail about Joe Coulson.  Joe was a friend of my Dad who was Compensation Secretary for Murton Colliery, and he got to know Joe through our good friend and neighbour Jimmy Orrell who was a distant relative to Joe.  Joe often came to Murton to have a drink with my Dad and Jimmy, and would bring Evelyn with him as she was a friend to the Orrell’s Daughter Margery. Visits to the Coulson Family were made on a number od occasions, and when it was my 21st in 1950 Evelyn was one of my guests and became good friends.  Sadly, Joe died in 1951 where, from memory, he lived at Byron Avenue, just off New Road, and Evelyn had to move to 27 Westhope Close, Harton, South Shields from where she was Married to Norman Burn in 1956, and contact was lost. In 1967 I moved to Lincolnshire with my work, and remain there now at 87 year old. Recently, I thought I would try and trace all those who were at my 21st who are still living, and have had some success, other than Evelyn but with little success so far. I have tried numerous avenues such as ‘192’ Telephone & Addresses, Electoral Rolls, Facebook and many others, and drawn a blank each time. I would dearly like to contact her, and wonder if she had friends still living in Boldon Colliery who are in contact with her or know where she is. Her Husband is a Butcher, so I would doubt, as prospects in that field would warrant a move from South Tyneside to other parts of the Country. Evelyn was Born in 1931, and would now be 84 year old, and Durham Registry Office only shows a Birth under Burn and Facebook shows he mentions Boldon Colliery a few times; his name is Alan Burn in his fifties. Her Marriage details show a ‘Best Man’ as William Coulson, and Bridesmaid Jean Higginson. There we have it, the full picture and I can only keep trying. My thanks and regards to you, William Rhymer Gowland

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Does anyone remember Billy Mustard or his family?  He worked as steward at the Mid Boldon Club from 1953 to 1971.  His grandson,William Ayuso Mustard lives in Spain and would like to know anything about his family still over here. Guillermo Ayuso Mustard.
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Replies1. My father knew Billy Mustard very well, I shall let you see a photo of some of his friends. When Billy diedhis wife, Evelyn, moved to Don View. - John Kirton.  Click here to see the photo.

2.  We used to play with Evelyn, Billy Mustard's daughter, she was probably born in 1940.  We used to play in the Mid-Cluband went to the same schools Boldon Infants the Boldon Junior.  -Margaret Simpson and Pat Moore.

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The next meeting of the Boldons History Society will be held on Tuesday 27th October when Walter Car will give a presentation entitled "A Mystery".
The meetings are held in the function room of the Grey Horse, Front Street, East Boldon at 7 pm on the last Tuesday of each month excepting December .  All are welcome.

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