Locomotion No 1 should be put on High Row to kick start Darlington's tourist economy, councillor claims

Locomotion No 1 at Bank Top Station in 1933 – a group of young boys investigate

Locomotion No 1 at Bank Top Station in 1933 – a group of young boys investigate

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Darlington reporter

LOCOMOTION No 1, the world’s first passenger steam engine, should be given pride of place in the centre of Darlington to encourage tourism in the town, a councillor has argued.

Councillor Tony Richmond made his call for the historic steam engine to be moved to Darlington’s High Row during a debate about whether enough is being done to exploit the town’s role as the birthplace of passenger railways.

Members of Darlington Borough Council’s scrutiny committee agreed that the town’s engineering past was vital to securing its economic future through tourism and new manufacturing enterprise, although some warned against the dangers of dwelling on the past.

Locomotion No 1 was built by George Stephenson and pulled the first passenger train service to operate on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825, heralding the Industrial Revolution.

The engine was on display at Darlington’s Bank Top railway station between 1892 and 1975, when it was moved to the Head of Steam Railway Museum, in North Road, on long term loan from the National Railway Museum.

Coun Richmond, a Conservative, argued that Locomotion should be displayed prominently in Darlington to remind people of the town’s heritage and to signpost people to the railway museum.

It was pointed out that the National Railway Museum is unlikely to allow the 200-year-old historic engine to stand exposed to the elements, but it was suggested that a replica could be used instead.

Coun Richmond said: “Darlington has a unique selling point in terms of its heritage. I’m of an age where I can remember seeing Locomotion in Bank Top station.

“People could see it and touch it and then it was moved to the railway museum, where it’s out of the way. One of the ways of attracting tourism to Darlington is to have it somewhere like the High Row.

“It could be used to encourage people up to the museum and remind people that the funding for that passenger railway came from a bank on High Row.

“The Stockton and Darlington Railway was built with private investment – it was an act of faith.

“That was pretty much the start of the Industrial Revolution, it was that act of faith in Darlington, and we should promote that.”

Coun Fred Lawton, a Liberal Democrat, gave his support to the idea and called for Darlington’s railway heritage to be given a more prominent position in a new document outlining the town’s aspirations for the future.

He added: “The cultural aspect of the Stockton and Darlington Railway is something we should jealously guard.

“From an economic perspective, we’ve seen at Shildon that the railways are a huge attraction. Our past is still a huge future for us in terms of the opportunities it provides.”

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8:31am Thu 10 Apr 14

abdarlouk says...

If you want it to be destroyed then sure go put a valuable rare antique right in the middle of vandalism central.
When the knitters were putting things around the town centre I told everybody at work watch how long it takes the mindless few to destroy the hard work that people have put into it. And that was just some wool.
Now they want to go put something like this on High Row. Maybe behind bullet proof glass, suspended from a crane 50 feet above the ground surrounded by armed guards. Even then though on the first Saturday night you'll find some drunk moron urinating against it.
If you want it to be destroyed then sure go put a valuable rare antique right in the middle of vandalism central. When the knitters were putting things around the town centre I told everybody at work watch how long it takes the mindless few to destroy the hard work that people have put into it. And that was just some wool. Now they want to go put something like this on High Row. Maybe behind bullet proof glass, suspended from a crane 50 feet above the ground surrounded by armed guards. Even then though on the first Saturday night you'll find some drunk moron urinating against it. abdarlouk
  • Score: 48

8:47am Thu 10 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

Who were these councillors who warned of living in the past?

Does Liverpool not benefit from its association with the Beatles. Stratford on Avon with Shakespeare? To this point Darlington's railway heritage is a valuable tool sadly squandered and undervalued

We are not saying build Victorian artefacts but use it to portray Darlington as a place of innovation, imagination and hard work.

I'm afraid the big difference is that Darlington's forefathers had imagination and vision. Some of these people running Darlington today are sadly lacking in these areas.
Who were these councillors who warned of living in the past? Does Liverpool not benefit from its association with the Beatles. Stratford on Avon with Shakespeare? To this point Darlington's railway heritage is a valuable tool sadly squandered and undervalued We are not saying build Victorian artefacts but use it to portray Darlington as a place of innovation, imagination and hard work. I'm afraid the big difference is that Darlington's forefathers had imagination and vision. Some of these people running Darlington today are sadly lacking in these areas. Homshaw1
  • Score: 54

9:22am Thu 10 Apr 14

RealLivin says...

If the council want to add tourism based on the history of the railways as usual they have missed the opportunity. Darlingtons claim to fame is the first passenger railway between Stockton and Darlington, the attraction would have been one the best in the world but no the couccil decide to sell land of for housing and build a road over the old line instead of rebuilding it and making it the main attraction, the spin off could have been fantastic not just for Darlington but the whole of Teeside.

Tourists coming in train loads taking a ride to Stockton on a replica or a normal train if being in coal trucks is their thing, covering the full journey for the original track from Middlebrough docks to Shildon and looking over the Shildon museum. To finish of your wonderful tour how about a nice run out to the Pennies and Teesdale and thats just UK tourism. Our overrated over bearing US allies just love this sort of thing and we know what they are like a 4/5 hour train ride from Heathrow is not good enough but a 30 minute flight to Teeside Airport (sorry Durham-Tees-Valley) would have been just the ticket. The potential was there for every one to see but all DBC can see is the next election and now the chance is gone. Typical short sighted politians
If the council want to add tourism based on the history of the railways as usual they have missed the opportunity. Darlingtons claim to fame is the first passenger railway between Stockton and Darlington, the attraction would have been one the best in the world but no the couccil decide to sell land of for housing and build a road over the old line instead of rebuilding it and making it the main attraction, the spin off could have been fantastic not just for Darlington but the whole of Teeside. Tourists coming in train loads taking a ride to Stockton on a replica or a normal train if being in coal trucks is their thing, covering the full journey for the original track from Middlebrough docks to Shildon and looking over the Shildon museum. To finish of your wonderful tour how about a nice run out to the Pennies and Teesdale and thats just UK tourism. Our overrated over bearing US allies just love this sort of thing and we know what they are like a 4/5 hour train ride from Heathrow is not good enough but a 30 minute flight to Teeside Airport (sorry Durham-Tees-Valley) would have been just the ticket. The potential was there for every one to see but all DBC can see is the next election and now the chance is gone. Typical short sighted politians RealLivin
  • Score: 46

9:59am Thu 10 Apr 14

hgvdriver says...

Reallivin completely agree you however there is an idea in there somewhere would be nice to travel the country and when people ask you where your from 'Darlington' wheres that they say the cheek lol
Reallivin completely agree you however there is an idea in there somewhere would be nice to travel the country and when people ask you where your from 'Darlington' wheres that they say the cheek lol hgvdriver
  • Score: 8

10:15am Thu 10 Apr 14

wizziewig says...

I think that DBC should but a replica and put that on High Row, its a bit late in the day trying to attract tourist to Darlington what is there to share?
I think that DBC should but a replica and put that on High Row, its a bit late in the day trying to attract tourist to Darlington what is there to share? wizziewig
  • Score: 18

10:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

gramps427 says...

Its been a long time in coming but we should welcome this move; World Heritage Site status would be a real bonus and the line for North Road Station to Shildon could be used to run the working replica between the two museums. We need to let the World know that Darlington is still here even though we have lost much of our historic industry and buildings; we also need to have our local airport alive and kicking to bring in tourists to the Tees Valley region along with the rich people in their private planes.
Its been a long time in coming but we should welcome this move; World Heritage Site status would be a real bonus and the line for North Road Station to Shildon could be used to run the working replica between the two museums. We need to let the World know that Darlington is still here even though we have lost much of our historic industry and buildings; we also need to have our local airport alive and kicking to bring in tourists to the Tees Valley region along with the rich people in their private planes. gramps427
  • Score: 19

10:46am Thu 10 Apr 14

Jackaranda says...

Are we coming up to election time?
Are we coming up to election time? Jackaranda
  • Score: 10

11:27am Thu 10 Apr 14

calumannabel says...

It would be covered in parking tickets by the end of the first day on display.
It would be covered in parking tickets by the end of the first day on display. calumannabel
  • Score: 22

11:54am Thu 10 Apr 14

Madadrian says...

When I first moved to Darlington over 40 years ago it was a picturesque Victorian market town that drew in coachloads of tourists and pensioners on day trips. As the council slowly dismantled the Victorian fabric the tourists dwindled. Having a shopping centre that looks no different to every other town in the country is no way to draw tourists. And closing public toilets is a real deterrent to those of a certain age
When I first moved to Darlington over 40 years ago it was a picturesque Victorian market town that drew in coachloads of tourists and pensioners on day trips. As the council slowly dismantled the Victorian fabric the tourists dwindled. Having a shopping centre that looks no different to every other town in the country is no way to draw tourists. And closing public toilets is a real deterrent to those of a certain age Madadrian
  • Score: 34

12:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

oxbridge says...

The original rail journey no longer exists you now have to go via Thornaby to get to Stockton, I wonder how many people know this.
The original rail journey no longer exists you now have to go via Thornaby to get to Stockton, I wonder how many people know this. oxbridge
  • Score: 8

1:36pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RealLivin says...

oxbridge wrote:
The original rail journey no longer exists you now have to go via Thornaby to get to Stockton, I wonder how many people know this.
I am also lead to believe the original Stockton station is gone, but this link http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Stockton_an
d_Darlington_Railway shows a map of the original route and it would not have taken much to connect the original line back the still existing and part of the modern line section. European funding for things like this always seem to be available so may not have cost as much as thought, but alas thanks to short sightedness we have lost this piece of our history for good.
[quote][p][bold]oxbridge[/bold] wrote: The original rail journey no longer exists you now have to go via Thornaby to get to Stockton, I wonder how many people know this.[/p][/quote]I am also lead to believe the original Stockton station is gone, but this link http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Stockton_an d_Darlington_Railway shows a map of the original route and it would not have taken much to connect the original line back the still existing and part of the modern line section. European funding for things like this always seem to be available so may not have cost as much as thought, but alas thanks to short sightedness we have lost this piece of our history for good. RealLivin
  • Score: 8

2:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Alan Macnab says...

Hold on everybody there is a group called the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway who care deeply about the railway heritage of the area and want to see the 1825 Stockton and Darlington Railway line receive the recognition and the protection it deserves as the world’s first steam powered passenger railway and from which all passenger railways across the world developed.

The vision of the Friends is "to work with the statutory, non statutory and voluntary bodies to identify, preserve, promote and develop the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway line as an educational, cultural and historic site of international significance and to develop its recreational, economic and tourism potential. The long term vision is to secure National Heritage Listing for England and World Heritage Status for the 1825 route."

The Friends have a project plan which was drawn up by heritage experts and this will drive forward the work of the Friends.. Good progress is being made on the project plan. A really good newsletter has been produced and issued within the last two weeks. The Friends business plan has been completed and is out for consultation.

If anyone is interested please come along to the next Friends meeting which will take place on Monday 28th April at 7 p.m. at Polam Hall School. New members will be made very welcome.
Hold on everybody there is a group called the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway who care deeply about the railway heritage of the area and want to see the 1825 Stockton and Darlington Railway line receive the recognition and the protection it deserves as the world’s first steam powered passenger railway and from which all passenger railways across the world developed. The vision of the Friends is "to work with the statutory, non statutory and voluntary bodies to identify, preserve, promote and develop the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway line as an educational, cultural and historic site of international significance and to develop its recreational, economic and tourism potential. The long term vision is to secure National Heritage Listing for England and World Heritage Status for the 1825 route." The Friends have a project plan which was drawn up by heritage experts and this will drive forward the work of the Friends.. Good progress is being made on the project plan. A really good newsletter has been produced and issued within the last two weeks. The Friends business plan has been completed and is out for consultation. If anyone is interested please come along to the next Friends meeting which will take place on Monday 28th April at 7 p.m. at Polam Hall School. New members will be made very welcome. Alan Macnab
  • Score: 12

4:14pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

I here what you are saying about the Friends of Darlington and Stockton railway and they are a valuable pressure group. The problem is the council. Some councillors think talking about the Towns heritage is dwelling in the past. There is talk of closing the Rail Museum and it seems part of the historic route has been lost to housing and roads. They are at best sending out a confused message.

Everyone from 2 to 90 loves trains. They are a dream marketing tool but the council are ultimately running the show and they are confused and half hearted as they are on many issues.
I here what you are saying about the Friends of Darlington and Stockton railway and they are a valuable pressure group. The problem is the council. Some councillors think talking about the Towns heritage is dwelling in the past. There is talk of closing the Rail Museum and it seems part of the historic route has been lost to housing and roads. They are at best sending out a confused message. Everyone from 2 to 90 loves trains. They are a dream marketing tool but the council are ultimately running the show and they are confused and half hearted as they are on many issues. Homshaw1
  • Score: 14

5:03pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Alan Macnab says...

Thanks Hornshaw1. You are right. However efforts are being made to save the railway museum. I want it to be kept open beyond 2016. Darlington has the greatest collection of early railway buildings in the world.

I have talked in Council and made a presentation to the Darlington Railway Heritage Group about the the huge tourist potential of the area based on the S & D Railway. Nationally Heritage tourism is a £12.4bn a year Industry. Telford and the Wrekin Council in Shropshire which
has Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site within its boundaries report the tourism sector supports almost 4,500 jobs in the area and welcomed around 2.1 million visitors in 2009, including 1.8 million day trippers,
bringing in over £133 million to the local economy. The Friends business plan makes reference to the huge tourist potential of this area. Let's do it.
Thanks Hornshaw1. You are right. However efforts are being made to save the railway museum. I want it to be kept open beyond 2016. Darlington has the greatest collection of early railway buildings in the world. I have talked in Council and made a presentation to the Darlington Railway Heritage Group about the the huge tourist potential of the area based on the S & D Railway. Nationally Heritage tourism is a £12.4bn a year Industry. Telford and the Wrekin Council in Shropshire which has Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site within its boundaries report the tourism sector supports almost 4,500 jobs in the area and welcomed around 2.1 million visitors in 2009, including 1.8 million day trippers, bringing in over £133 million to the local economy. The Friends business plan makes reference to the huge tourist potential of this area. Let's do it. Alan Macnab
  • Score: 13

5:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

grandmab says...

I agree the Darlington to Stockton railway should be honored but how can you recreate it now they have built roads and houses etc on the original line. I think the last few councils have had no interest in trains or history, all they could see was destroying what was unique about this town to promote their own pet schemes and dreams. Most of them were influenced by those who were keen cyclists so we got a cycle town which quickly turned into a chav's on bikes town. Not what they intended I'm sure. We are best known around England as the Traveller capital of the north. Not what the people of Darlington want. If people would get out and vote instead of sitting home grousing maybe we could elect a council that would respect our past successes and get our tourists back. Without public toilets and accessible attractions the bus tours will give us a miss.
I agree the Darlington to Stockton railway should be honored but how can you recreate it now they have built roads and houses etc on the original line. I think the last few councils have had no interest in trains or history, all they could see was destroying what was unique about this town to promote their own pet schemes and dreams. Most of them were influenced by those who were keen cyclists so we got a cycle town which quickly turned into a chav's on bikes town. Not what they intended I'm sure. We are best known around England as the Traveller capital of the north. Not what the people of Darlington want. If people would get out and vote instead of sitting home grousing maybe we could elect a council that would respect our past successes and get our tourists back. Without public toilets and accessible attractions the bus tours will give us a miss. grandmab
  • Score: 7

6:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Peg Powler says...

Not to knock the enthusiasm of the councillors quoted above, but on the whole Darlington Council has an abysmal record when it comes to our railway heritage and has only itself to blame if visitors to the town are unaware of it. With the bicentenary of the World's First Public Railway to use Locomotives looming in 2025, the council tirelessly promoted the Cross Town Route until they had their way and destroyed the original railway line east of Darlington. And NOW they care? As for the crackpot idea of moving Locomotion to High Row, nothing would be more likely to cause the National Railway Museum to recall their loan and remove it to York or Shildon. And people wonder why the national museums are sometimes reluctant to lend things to the provincials!
Not to knock the enthusiasm of the councillors quoted above, but on the whole Darlington Council has an abysmal record when it comes to our railway heritage and has only itself to blame if visitors to the town are unaware of it. With the bicentenary of the World's First Public Railway to use Locomotives looming in 2025, the council tirelessly promoted the Cross Town Route until they had their way and destroyed the original railway line east of Darlington. And NOW they care? As for the crackpot idea of moving Locomotion to High Row, nothing would be more likely to cause the National Railway Museum to recall their loan and remove it to York or Shildon. And people wonder why the national museums are sometimes reluctant to lend things to the provincials! Peg Powler
  • Score: 5

10:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Awake-in-Darlo says...

Homshaw1 wrote:
I here what you are saying about the Friends of Darlington and Stockton railway and they are a valuable pressure group. The problem is the council. Some councillors think talking about the Towns heritage is dwelling in the past. There is talk of closing the Rail Museum and it seems part of the historic route has been lost to housing and roads. They are at best sending out a confused message.

Everyone from 2 to 90 loves trains. They are a dream marketing tool but the council are ultimately running the show and they are confused and half hearted as they are on many issues.
A replica or in fact ANY reference to the importance of Darlington`s railway
history would enhance the town centre. But those inside the Town Hall seem to be intent on turning our town into a replica of Milton Keynes.Kill
any local colour, encourage soul-less stores and takeaway food outlets.
Horrible new (and existing) ugly buildings, obsession with carparks and traffic schemes constantly in progress (e.g.St Cuthberts Way) will not attract tourists or anyone to the town. Conserving and improving on historic assets works as an economic booster...it is not dwelling in the past but is paying respect to our heritage. Perhaps we should have a steam railway preservation society based here, such as at Pickering, Bridgenorth, Kidderminster, Haworth etc. Too late ? Probably.
The council seem to be lacking in vision and go for making a fast buck
with no regard to sensitive town planning or what residents feel.
[quote][p][bold]Homshaw1[/bold] wrote: I here what you are saying about the Friends of Darlington and Stockton railway and they are a valuable pressure group. The problem is the council. Some councillors think talking about the Towns heritage is dwelling in the past. There is talk of closing the Rail Museum and it seems part of the historic route has been lost to housing and roads. They are at best sending out a confused message. Everyone from 2 to 90 loves trains. They are a dream marketing tool but the council are ultimately running the show and they are confused and half hearted as they are on many issues.[/p][/quote]A replica or in fact ANY reference to the importance of Darlington`s railway history would enhance the town centre. But those inside the Town Hall seem to be intent on turning our town into a replica of Milton Keynes.Kill any local colour, encourage soul-less stores and takeaway food outlets. Horrible new (and existing) ugly buildings, obsession with carparks and traffic schemes constantly in progress (e.g.St Cuthberts Way) will not attract tourists or anyone to the town. Conserving and improving on historic assets works as an economic booster...it is not dwelling in the past but is paying respect to our heritage. Perhaps we should have a steam railway preservation society based here, such as at Pickering, Bridgenorth, Kidderminster, Haworth etc. Too late ? Probably. The council seem to be lacking in vision and go for making a fast buck with no regard to sensitive town planning or what residents feel. Awake-in-Darlo
  • Score: 6

11:10pm Thu 10 Apr 14

LUSTARD says...

promoting engineering skills in darlington, no ,, no engineering college either, join the guru gang like the council members and smoke the pipe, you will have forward vision for the town and everyone else wont be able to understand what your doing. people in australia do though, newman i believe is on the ball
promoting engineering skills in darlington, no ,, no engineering college either, join the guru gang like the council members and smoke the pipe, you will have forward vision for the town and everyone else wont be able to understand what your doing. people in australia do though, newman i believe is on the ball LUSTARD
  • Score: 6

12:45am Fri 11 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

So Locomotion is moved to High Row and then there is less at the station to see and then less people go and then the council's cabinet members close the station and then they sell the station and put a bit more in their pension pot. This is the Knock-On effect. Leave Locomotion where it is and here is an idea, support Alan McNab, the Lib Dem Councillor to build up the museum as a world heritage site and stop wrecking our town and its history. It really looks like Burns and Dixon are trying to wreck this town. The whole place is a shambles and every step they take makes it worse. Vote them out . . . . Oh! We can't vote Burns out as she was never elected to her £186,000 + expenses executive position. Maybe we should just sack her the same way she has sacked so many council workers while keeping all the executives in nice cushy jobs and large salaries.
So Locomotion is moved to High Row and then there is less at the station to see and then less people go and then the council's cabinet members close the station and then they sell the station and put a bit more in their pension pot. This is the Knock-On effect. Leave Locomotion where it is and here is an idea, support Alan McNab, the Lib Dem Councillor to build up the museum as a world heritage site and stop wrecking our town and its history. It really looks like Burns and Dixon are trying to wreck this town. The whole place is a shambles and every step they take makes it worse. Vote them out . . . . Oh! We can't vote Burns out as she was never elected to her £186,000 + expenses executive position. Maybe we should just sack her the same way she has sacked so many council workers while keeping all the executives in nice cushy jobs and large salaries. Spy Boy
  • Score: 9

1:46pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Homshaw1 says...

Don't think you could put the real Loco on High Row
Don't think you could put the real Loco on High Row Homshaw1
  • Score: 3

8:20pm Fri 11 Apr 14

LUSTARD says...

strike force raptor, i do apologize
strike force raptor, i do apologize LUSTARD
  • Score: 0

10:12am Sat 12 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

An old gypsy caravan and a gypsy rose lee booth would be more fitting... Maybe have a combination attraction... A 'recreational drugs and benefits claims through the ages' museum, complete with a ' history of the violent thug' section..

Maybe call it 'Gipsy-Chav central'...

" Come and visit our depressing wonderland and marvel at a town full of real uncivilised and primitive thugs, dossers, street urchins, druggies and low-lifes of all descriptions..."
" Experience the brutal totalitarian parking regime exclusively rolled out across the town..."
" Visit the council offices and witness a real money furnace in action (hi viz required) Don't forget to visit the 'Utter Contempt for the Taxpayer' section whilst you're there"
"For an extra £150 you can visit the special trough in the Council leaders office (money to be deposited in said trough of course) and observe Darlington's finest stuff their every orifice with every penny put in there"

Visit Darlington..Blind voters paradise...
An old gypsy caravan and a gypsy rose lee booth would be more fitting... Maybe have a combination attraction... A 'recreational drugs and benefits claims through the ages' museum, complete with a ' history of the violent thug' section.. Maybe call it 'Gipsy-Chav central'... " Come and visit our depressing wonderland and marvel at a town full of real uncivilised and primitive thugs, dossers, street urchins, druggies and low-lifes of all descriptions..." " Experience the brutal totalitarian parking regime exclusively rolled out across the town..." " Visit the council offices and witness a real money furnace in action (hi viz required) Don't forget to visit the 'Utter Contempt for the Taxpayer' section whilst you're there" "For an extra £150 you can visit the special trough in the Council leaders office (money to be deposited in said trough of course) and observe Darlington's finest stuff their every orifice with every penny put in there" Visit Darlington..Blind voters paradise... tomtopper
  • Score: 1

7:44pm Sat 12 Apr 14

pensioner2 says...

If you really want Locomotion destroyed that is about the best way of doing it.
It will probably end up being taken apart from a certain part of the community and all the metal bits sold for scrap and of course all the CCTV around the town will not spot a thing, the same way they missed the shops in Duke Street bing broken into (despite a camera right opposite to the shop) or the cars up near the arts centre being broken into (despite a camera on the Stanhope Road/Abbey Road roundabout) and the camera not seeing a thing there either. However drop a sweet wrapper and the cameras will pin point your exact location and the magistrates will throw the book at you- it seems to carrier a heavier sentence that any dished out to the many repeat offenders who now seem to be best buddies forever with the magistrates and get let off time after time after time with slappy wrists, a nod, a wink and perhaps a raised trouser leg or two instead of being given 5 and 10 years sentences to keep our streets just that little bit safer for X number of years from that particular criminal.

What ever happened to Great Britain, the Great Britain that thousands upon thousands of men, women and children fought and died for which now seems to have been handed over by the likes of Tony Blair and his labour government and continued by Cameron and Clegg in the tory/lib pact to anyone who cares to walk, fly or sail across our borders. Heck we cannot even deport terrorists, or murderers or other criminals now due to their human rights, which seem to over rule any human rights the british once had.

We even have one Ethiopian farmer using LEGAL AID TO SUE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT for giving Somalia AID!! using OUR money to sue us in OUR Country for even more money- you could not make it up!!

Use google and search for- ethiopian farmer to sue british government

What stupid mugs we british are to even contemplate allowing such goings on. Our war heroes will be turning in their graves as will George Stephenson as he watches his prized engine destroyed should it appear on High Row. Use a replica if anything but NOT the original.

Darlington used to be such a wonderful place, but thanks to uncle bill and the labour council's mis-management it has turned into scum central. My heart bleeds for my wonderful home town being destroyed by such an inept council which cares not for the citizens and does what it likes because it knows the morons who vote labour always have and always will, regardless of what harm they do to the town. We desperately need a change, complacency from those elected year on year regardless of actual policy and deed is rife and council wages restructured, the council have too many highly paid do very little chiefs and too few poorly paid indians who do all the work. No wonder we do not have any public toilets left, yet sneak down a back alley for a quick pee because there are NO TOILETS and the council give you a fine- its all money in the bank to them even though they are the ones who closed the toilets, part of a dastardly plot? Perhaps we should all go round to Bills house or Ada burns and pee into their garden bushes, maybe then the toilets will get re-opened? or maybe just get rid of bill and his wages and pay for the opening and running of public toilets out of his ex-wage- it would be a far better use of the money. Get rid of Ada Burns and some of her outrageously highly paid seconds in command and we can start to re-build darlington with the money saved from paying them too?? just a thought!.
If you really want Locomotion destroyed that is about the best way of doing it. It will probably end up being taken apart from a certain part of the community and all the metal bits sold for scrap and of course all the CCTV around the town will not spot a thing, the same way they missed the shops in Duke Street bing broken into (despite a camera right opposite to the shop) or the cars up near the arts centre being broken into (despite a camera on the Stanhope Road/Abbey Road roundabout) and the camera not seeing a thing there either. However drop a sweet wrapper and the cameras will pin point your exact location and the magistrates will throw the book at you- it seems to carrier a heavier sentence that any dished out to the many repeat offenders who now seem to be best buddies forever with the magistrates and get let off time after time after time with slappy wrists, a nod, a wink and perhaps a raised trouser leg or two instead of being given 5 and 10 years sentences to keep our streets just that little bit safer for X number of years from that particular criminal. What ever happened to Great Britain, the Great Britain that thousands upon thousands of men, women and children fought and died for which now seems to have been handed over by the likes of Tony Blair and his labour government and continued by Cameron and Clegg in the tory/lib pact to anyone who cares to walk, fly or sail across our borders. Heck we cannot even deport terrorists, or murderers or other criminals now due to their human rights, which seem to over rule any human rights the british once had. We even have one Ethiopian farmer using LEGAL AID TO SUE THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT for giving Somalia AID!! using OUR money to sue us in OUR Country for even more money- you could not make it up!! Use google and search for- ethiopian farmer to sue british government What stupid mugs we british are to even contemplate allowing such goings on. Our war heroes will be turning in their graves as will George Stephenson as he watches his prized engine destroyed should it appear on High Row. Use a replica if anything but NOT the original. Darlington used to be such a wonderful place, but thanks to uncle bill and the labour council's mis-management it has turned into scum central. My heart bleeds for my wonderful home town being destroyed by such an inept council which cares not for the citizens and does what it likes because it knows the morons who vote labour always have and always will, regardless of what harm they do to the town. We desperately need a change, complacency from those elected year on year regardless of actual policy and deed is rife and council wages restructured, the council have too many highly paid do very little chiefs and too few poorly paid indians who do all the work. No wonder we do not have any public toilets left, yet sneak down a back alley for a quick pee because there are NO TOILETS and the council give you a fine- its all money in the bank to them even though they are the ones who closed the toilets, part of a dastardly plot? Perhaps we should all go round to Bills house or Ada burns and pee into their garden bushes, maybe then the toilets will get re-opened? or maybe just get rid of bill and his wages and pay for the opening and running of public toilets out of his ex-wage- it would be a far better use of the money. Get rid of Ada Burns and some of her outrageously highly paid seconds in command and we can start to re-build darlington with the money saved from paying them too?? just a thought!. pensioner2
  • Score: 6

9:35pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Spy Boy says...

Maybe you could use the toilets in the Dolphin Centre, or even the Town Hall. No doubt Bill and Ada have some nice ones installed there for their executive use. They probably have swipe cards to get into them though. I would have thought that it would be a legal requirement to provide toilets in the town centre, but Bill and Ada and their posse of dimwits don't need them, so we don't have them.

Having mentioned the Dolphin Centre, just wait and see the management put a block on using their loos.
Maybe you could use the toilets in the Dolphin Centre, or even the Town Hall. No doubt Bill and Ada have some nice ones installed there for their executive use. They probably have swipe cards to get into them though. I would have thought that it would be a legal requirement to provide toilets in the town centre, but Bill and Ada and their posse of dimwits don't need them, so we don't have them. Having mentioned the Dolphin Centre, just wait and see the management put a block on using their loos. Spy Boy
  • Score: 5

8:58am Mon 14 Apr 14

Lifetime Townie says...

There used to be a model of Loco 1 on High Row before the Pedestrian Heart job was done but when asked why it wasn't put back on High Row after the project the council replied that it would never be put back as it was classed as "STREET CLUTTER"
There used to be a model of Loco 1 on High Row before the Pedestrian Heart job was done but when asked why it wasn't put back on High Row after the project the council replied that it would never be put back as it was classed as "STREET CLUTTER" Lifetime Townie
  • Score: 6

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