Looking Back...at Alderman Sidney Brown

Alderman Brown handing the chain of office to Coun Alfred Ernest Walton as he took his place as Mayor of Whitley Bay for the period 1958-59.

Alderman Brown handing the chain of office to Coun Alfred Ernest Walton as he took his place as Mayor of Whitley Bay for the period 1958-59.

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The Shields News presented Alderman Sidney A Brown with an album of photographs commemorating his civic duties 1957-58.

Alderman Brown handed the chain of office to Coun Alfred Ernest Walton as he took his place as Mayor of Whitley Bay for the period 1958-59. Ald Brown received a medallion as outgoing Mayor from Coun Walton in May 1958.

Ald Brown’s family lived in the Seaham Hotel in Whitley Bay.

He was chairman of Whitley and Monkseaton UDC from 1952-53, and during his time in office he was present at the reading of the Royal Coronation Proclamation of Elizabeth II at the Whitley Bay Priory Theatre, at which the buglers were from the Wellesley Training School in Blyth.

Coun Brown was also chairman of the Whitley Bay Accident Prevention Committee and a representative on Northumberland County Council, and he played a major part in the fundraising effort for the victims of Canvey Island flood disaster in January 1953, when a 350-mile stretch of land was swallowed by the sea.

In October 1957 there was a joint civic visit as ex-pupils of Todd’s Nook School by Coun Brown and Ald John W Telford, Lord Mayor of Newcastle.

Later that month he was invited to open the new Whitley Bay Girls’ Club, run by Iris Mitchell and secretary Mrs EC Colquhoun at Etal House in Marine Avenue. Mayoress Norah Brown was presented with a bouquet by 14-year-old Maureen Smith.

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