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Yellow Socks Affair

The Yellow Socks Affair was a series of arrests of gay men that occured in the early 1950s in Newcastle. 

By mid-1952 ten men appeared in Newcastle Court on charges of "abominable offences" and the names of 12 gay men were published in The Newcastle Herald. Among these men was Keith Robinson, a well-known businessman in Newcastle. It is alleged that it was the colour of the display in his menswear store on Hunter Street that gave the men their name - the Yellow Socks Gang. 

Below you can find a number of photographs relating to the Yellow Socks Affair. For more information you can also view the oral histories of Danny Dodd and Kevin Coleman; and reporting of the event in The Newcastle Herald

 

Keith Robinson in front of Holden van at Catherine Hill Bay
Keith Robinson in front of Holden van at Catherine Hill Bay
Keith Robinson 1970s
Keith Robinson 1970s
Keith Robinson and Kevin Coleman portrait
Keith Robinson and Kevin Coleman portrait
Mock up for an  advertisement for Paramount Shirts
Mock up for an advertisement for Paramount Shirts
Keith Robinson fashion parade: male model
Keith Robinson fashion parade: male model
Keith Robinson fashion parade: Preparation for parade
Keith Robinson fashion parade: Preparation for parade
Keith Robinson at Catherine Hill Bay
Keith Robinson at Catherine Hill Bay
Keith Robinson and Kevin Coleman
Keith Robinson and Kevin Coleman