Do you remember South Shields’ old library?

Today, in the light of the opening of The Word, we continue Robert E Owen’s affectionate look-back at South Shields’ former Ocean Road library.

Miss Elsie Ord, schools librarian, looks at some of the new books to arrive at South Shields library in 1968.

A new chapter for South Shields library

The recent opening of Word in South Shields has prompted reader Robert E Owen to get in touch with his memories of the town’s former library in Ocean Road.

St Wilfrids School  July 1991  young actors in rehearsal of Blast Off.

Celebrating St Wilfrid’s 40th anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of St Wilfrid’s Comprehensive School in South Shields.


Sad reminder of once great South Shields’ shipyard

Recently I’ve featured photographs showing the South Shields shipyard of John Readhead & Sons Ltd during its heydays, when it employed thousands.


Harking back to heyday of Tyne’s shipbuilding industry

The recent articles about Readhead’s shipyards, in South Shields, has generated a lot of interest among readers.

Band Aid.

Remembering Band Aid’s historic recording

Thirty two years ago today a group of musicians, touched by the plight of those starving to death in famine-plagued Ethiopia, recorded a pop song that still touches hearts today – the multi-million selling single Do They Know It’s Christmas.

Shields Memory Lane  June 1964  
The Strangers. Left to right:  John Haynes, John Elliott, Bill Bell, Barry Thompson, Bill Mounsey and Dave Ellison.

Do you remember these pop and rock groups of the past?

Ready, steady go, for some shots of local pop and rock musicians from the past.

Wynn Waton, the Unwicked Witch, with Wobbie (Anne King) and Hobbie (Pat Moore) in a scene from Unwicked Witch, which Cleadon Village Drama Club was presenting in the Little Theatre.

Past dramas from South Tyneside club

Today we look back at some of the productions staged by local amateur dramatic group, the Cleadon Village Drama Club.

Hadrian Year 6 at St Stephens Memorial Garden.

South Shields youngsters learn about Tyne’s past

Youngsters from a South Tyneside school were recently given a lesson with a difference – when they learned about wartime and the loss of a local pilot cutter.

Former footballer Joe Jopling.

When one South Shields footballer played against Best, Law and the rest

Today we continue the Boy’s Own story of South Shields-born Joe Jopling who started his working life as a welder, but retired as a professional footballer.

British troops in the First World War.

Recalling the end of the Battle of the Somme

Today marks the centenary of the official end of the Battle of the Somme.

Former footballer Joe Jopling

South Shield’s lad’s Leicester City dream signing

Some young lads (and these days, lasses) dream of becoming professional footballers, not so Joe Jopling.

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Old scouting document.

Shields scout is in 7th heaven

You’ll remember that local scouting volunteer Jack White recently shone a light on the South Tyneside Scout District.

site of the proposed memorial to North Shields fishermen.

Memorial to brave fishermen becomes closer to reality

There’s a distinctly nautical theme to today’s column thanks to the sea-swell of emails that have flooded in recently.

The Fleet replenishment tanker Tidespring, going down the ways after being launched. at Hawthorn Leslie, Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn.

Looking back at some of the ships made or sailed by South Shields

Today we’re pushing the boat out with a selection of ships.

Men went from one shipyard to another, to wherever the work was.

Shipyard buzzer signalled ‘charge of the Light Brigade’

How many former shipyard workers and those living nearby remember the works buzzer?

Amusement Park residents with their bonfire.

Remember when a firework display cost just £50?

Whether or not you got to a firework display over the weekend, here’s a selection of dazzling pictures from bonfire nights from years ago that are sure to spark your memories.

Working at Readhead's shipyard in South Shields.

Memories of playing tiggy at South Shields shipyard

Today Geoff Henderson continues his look-back at South Shields shipbuilders, John Readhead & Sons Ltd.

John Readhead & Sons poster.

Sailing back to Readhead’s heydays

Today we journey back in time to when a South Shields shipyard was producing vessels that sailed the seven seas and provided employment for thousands of men.

Members of the 22nd South Shields Cub Scouts who left Brownsea Hall for the Whit camp held at Moorhouse, County Durham.

The French connection with Shields

More readers have been in touch regarding our recent selection of old scouting photos – including one person from across the Channel.

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