Fifteen of Stockton’s oldest businesses have been recognised for their contributions to the borough.
The companies, which have a combined age of 1,950 years, were commended for their efforts in employing local people and helping put Stockton on the map.
They were presented with special awards by the outgoing mayor of Stockton, Councillor Maurice Perry, at the council’s annual meeting this week.
They included Billingham Press, established in 1942 – the above picture, courtesy of Ivan Harrington, shows the business in action back in 1962.
The oldest company to be recognised was Newbys Solicitors. The business, based on Stockton’s Finkle Street, was established in 1725 by attorney Thomas Raisbeck, who later became the mayor of Stockton.
Other firms recognised included JB Smith of Stockton, established 1832; Pickerings Lifts of Stockton, established 1854; Strickland & Holt of Yarm, established 1854; Stockton’s Jacksons Law Firm, established 1876; Harrison Packaging of Thornaby, established 1882; M. Arrowsmith of Stockton, established 1885; Francis Brown Engineering of Stockton, established 1903; Tomlinson Hall of Billingham, established 1919; Baines Jewitt of Stockton, established 1907; Amos Swift & Co of Stockton, established 1926; Billingham’s Lucite International, established 1933; Devereux, also of Billingham, established 1937; and Stockton Castings, established 1947.
Mayor Perry said: “It was a privilege to present these awards to such a fantastic group of businesses that have worked so hard for so long.
“I know there’ll be a lot of the borough’s residents who have worked for one or more of the companies at some point in their lives and that goes to show how much of a widespread impact they have had on the Borough across the decades.”