The South Shields autograph hunter who was mistaken for a pop star

Just a blink of an eye ago, I asked about the autographs readers had collected over the years – from celebrities to sportsmen and women and, of course, musicians.

Westoe Cubs dressed as Native American Indians in 1986 to celebrate 70 years of scouting.

Blasts from the past: From dressing up as Native Americans to free squid rings

Funny how you wait for a particular bus and then two of them come along together.

South Shields Boys and officials at Cleadon Recreation Ground in  May 1962.

Young South Shields footballers being put through their paces in the past

We’ve got a line-up of young South Shields footballers from the 1950s to the 1970s on today’s picture spread.

Back in  February 1969,  The Sheriff and his two men, Marks and Sparks, played by Ken Lowther, Alan Bucknell and Dave Lowther were ready to take part in a show. Do you know which one it was?

The great shows of old from South Tyneside’s thriving am-dram scene

The people of South Tyneside must have seen some funny sights over the years thanks to the local amateur dramatic groups’ attempts to find suitable locations for publicity shots for their latest productions.

Seven members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band were chosen to play in the Scottish Pipe Bands opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in Edinburgh, in 1986. Led by Pipe Major Deborah White, there were Duncan Bird, Dylan Sewell, Graham McCormick, Hayden West, Roy Sloane and Craig Sedlacek.

South Shields’ pipers strike a chord

The recent picture spread featuring members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band from over the years certainly struck a chord with a lot of readers.

Children at Whitburn Junior School being served with their school dinner in  March 1984.

School meal-times in South Shields

When we posed the question as to whether school meals from the past were a tasty treat or if they left a bad taste in the mouth, you were quick to respond on social media.

A Spitfire fighter plane.

No forgetting brave airmen from South Shields

The day after RAF fighters stemmed, what local historian Dorothy Ramser describes as the Luftwaffe’s concentrated attempts to bring Britain to its knees, Prime Minister Winston Churchill saw for himself the bravery of the Allied fliers.

The  Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside presenting Scottish Pipe Band Association College certificates to members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band.

In pictures: South Tyneside Pipe Band from the 70s and 80s

Pipe bands make an impressive sight – as well as a formidable sound – and the South Tyneside Pipe Band will no doubt have ticked both boxes when these pictures were taken.

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A Spitfire.

South Shields fighters sent enemy crashing into the sea

This time, 77 years ago, the RAF was desperately trying to ward off the threat of the German Luftwaffe in a deadly struggle that became known as the Battle Of Britain.

An iconic Spitfire.

Our brave Battle Of Britain pilots remembered

During the summer of 1940, the RAF repulsed the might of the German Luftwaffe in daring dogfights high above the land and sea in what became the Battle Of Britain – and through their efforts helped changed the course of the war.


Watch: More South Shields flashback pictures from photographer Freddie Mudditt's archives

Here is another collection of archive pictures chronicling the changing face of South Shields.
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Tom Moran and Janet Wylie with The Handy Shop display.

Memories of South Shields turn back the hands of time

The display of local companies, shops and businesses, as hosted by the Streets of South Shields local history group, held in the town’s St Hilda’s Church, certainly revived a wealth of memories for so many people.

Paul and Maureen Thompson with local photographer Bill Clavery at the display.

Display of South Shields’ past drew the crowds

As mentioned recently, local history group the Streets of South Shields held a farewell display in town.

Memory Lane October1963  Jib of new crane being assembled at the shipyard of John Readhead and Sons Ltd.

Some were going nowhere as others were set to motor

We’re out on the streets of South Shields for this week’s picture special, with pictures of people, places and vehicles from the 1950s and the 1960s.

Enjoying school dinners in December 1986. Do you recognise the pupils?

Remembering school dinners on South Tyneside

School meals have often suffered from a bad press, but were they really as horrible as some pupils would have you believe?

The Redwell Comprehensive School Brass/Wind Band.

Striking a chord thanks to South Shields band

We certainly hit the right note with readers when we featured a photo on Facebook of Redwell Comprehensive School Brass/Wind Band.

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Staff at the Half Moon, in Easington Village, prepare to ban smoking back in 2007.

Poll: 10 years on, was England right to ban smoking in public places?

Health campaigners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of smoke-free legislation in England - saying it has had one of the biggest impacts on public health over the last decade.
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Watch: More school prom memories from across South Tyneside

Exams are thankfully over and school prom time is well and truly upon us.
Stanhope Junior Girls' rounders team from  July 1977.

Remembering the days of rounders in South Shields

You were certainly on the ball when it came to posting comments on Facebook following the publication of Stanhope Junior Girls’ School’ rounders team on the Gazette’s social media pages.

David Bowie performs at the old Roker Park home of Sunderland AFC on 23 June 1987.

South Shields fans recall David Bowie’s gig at Roker Park

There were no shortage of South Tynesiders at Sunderland’s Roker Park, when David Bowie performed there in 1987, judging by the deluge of Facebook comments following our photo posting of the gig.

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