By: Isabella Alice Embleton (nee Seymour).

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I remember the Embletons who lived on Broadway Avenue in Trimdon Village. Their daughter Helen attended the Trimdon Parochial School at the same time as my younger brother Paul. Mrs. Embleton (Isabella) taught for a while at the Village school, her husband John was the Prudential Assurance Agent in the area.

Isabella was 78 years old when she wrote this story in 1986, I believe she died in 2002. The most famous member of her family was her brother Stan Seymour, former Newcastle United; footballer, manager and director of the club.

John was very well known and liked in the community, visiting most houses to collect insurance premiums. He changed his career in the 1950’s after going blind. I enjoyed chatting with him on the bus from Hartlepool on our way back from work.

The story came to me from the estate of my late brother Billy as a booklet inscribed as “A bit of social history.” I thought it worth reproducing to preserve the past.

John Robinson.


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