In the Christmas story, the stable at Bethlehem has its fair share of animals, and so did the Christmas editions of the Consett Iron Company Magazines. As well as the inevitable turkey picture – from a local farm in Knitsley – there are tales of race horses and escaped wolves to name but a few.
The most charming story is that of Geordie Dodds in the December 1958 magazine. Geordie was a rigger at Templetown Brickworks and the resident cat at the brickworks had selected him as a particular favourite. Every morning the cat would run specifically to Geordie, jumping onto his shoulders and snuggling in. Geordie was equally soft, visiting the cat even when on leave from work. As the magazine notes, this is indeed friendship.