Images of a bygone era on South Tyneside

HOMETOWN TRIBUTE ... Clare and Peter Kelly. Peters images are now in a Youtube video.

HOMETOWN TRIBUTE ... Clare and Peter Kelly. Peters images are now in a Youtube video.

PHOTOGRAPHIC images of a bygone South Tyneside era have been put to music by a former borough bus boss.

Peter Kelly left his home town of South Shields, with wife Clare and their two young sons, James and David, to take up a post as the general manager of a transport company on Merseyside in 1987.

Before his departure, he had been based at Chichester as a manager with the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority.

Always a keen amateur photographer, he took a series of evocative images of famous borough landmarks in the 1970s.

They include the former Monkton Cokeworks in Hebburn, Freda Cunningham ferry, South Marine Park and a number of coastal and riverside scenes.

And rather than have the pictures gathering dust in a drawer, he recently decided to utilise the treasure trove.

Now retired and a keen musician Mr Kelly, 64, recorded his own version of the Vera Lynn classic, We’ll Meet Again, and posted it – alongside the images – as a video on Youtube.

He said: “The video includes a series of pictures I took around the river 40 years ago.

“It just seemed appropriate coming up to the new year to let people see them, rather than have them stuck in a drawer.

“I added some of my own croaky vocals to give it a little nostalgic ambience.

“I have been interested in photography since my teens, and I had a dark room when I lived in Sunderland Road.”

Mr Kelly, who now lives in Warrington in Cheshire with Clare, who was a ward sister at the old Ingham Infirmary in South Shields, stays in touch with what’s happening in his home town through Facebook and the Gazette on-line.

To watch his video, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYLO40h PwGc

Twitter: @shieldsgazpaul




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