When they were so Young at heart

At one time, Jimmy Young was a chart-topping singer and one of radio’s most popular DJs.

Harton Comp, under 12 team pictured in  May 1979.  Back, left to right:  McAlister, Gaff, Chastney, Elsdon, Smith, Anderson, Mellish, Burdon, Front: Mordain, Hogg, Welsh, Cook, Simpson. Rear centre, teacher coach, Mr Bill Graham.

Class acts from South Shields’ past

We all remember our school days – whether for the good times or the bad.

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Treasured reminders of South Shields boys’ big game

Treasured reminders of South Shields boys’ big game

You will remember that former South Shields goalkeeper Sid Palmer got in touch after we featured an article about the town’s boys team when they took on Manchester Boys in the quarter-finals of the English Schools Shield – attracting thousands to Simonside Hall in 1957.

South Shields Amateur Opera Society, with Andre Gaffney, middle row, far right, leaning in.

South Shields’ man provides entertainment for thousands

Back in 1988 a young Andre Gaffney was pictured performing with the South Shields Amateur Opera Society in a production of Hans Christian Andersen.

The  Co-operative store, in Westoe Road.

When an alligator turned-up in South Shields

Here’s a selection of photos that we posted on Facebook recently, and which I wanted to share with you today.

These youngsters swept the board at under-16 level. Do you recognise the joyful team members?

Harking back to Harton Comp

There’s more to school life than just books and study as these old photos, taken at Harton Comprehensive over the years, testify.

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Another trip down South Tyneside's Memory Lane courtesy of Freddie Mudditt's photo archive

It is time to take another trip down Memory Lane South Tyneside-style.

A photo of Plesseys 5005 Crossbar telephone exchange equipment being assembled at the companys new �500,000 factory at South Shields, taken in November, 1969.

How Plessey’s nearly didn’t make it to South Shields

In its heyday, Plessey’s used to employ hundreds of people in South Shields.

Boy Meets Girl in February 1978.

The stylish place to shop in South Shields

When it came to trendy places to shop, it would seem that the Boy Meets Girl boutique, in King Street, South Shields, was one of the “must visit” stores to spend your hard-earned cash in.

Mile End Road, in the summer of 1941.

Memories of Mile End Road

When I posted a photo of Mile End Road on Facebook, and asked how many of you lived there, the response, as usual was “streets” ahead.

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Derby Street in 1941.

The ‘true grit’ of South Shields folk

Thanks to the research of historian Dorothy Ramser, I recently ran an article paying tribute to South Shields man Robert Stanley Chipchase, whose raft invention helped save the lives of countless seamen during the Second World War.

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Watch: Picture slideshow and your memories of Sunderland's FA Cup final against Liverpool

This week marks a quarter of a century since Sunderland's last FA Cup final appearance.
Shields Gazette offices of old.

Visiting South Shields offices and factories from the past

Following the popularity of our Plessey photo posting, I thought you would like to look back at some more workplaces and people from the past.

South Shields FC.

Shields were a Premier side in Northern League

Before the advent of mobile phones, many football fans would take a tiny transistor radio to the match with them to catch up with the half-time scores.

A Plesseys sports day. Were you there, or can you remember taking part in one and what are your memories?

So many Plessey memories

As promised, here’s more of your magical memories prompted by our Facebook picture of workers soaking up the sunshine outside of Plessey’s factory in South Shields .

The photo, showing workers sitting outside of Plesseys, which prompted a massive response online.

Plessey’s posting sparks the imagination of thousands

Wow, Plessey’s South Shields factory must have been a great place to work, judging by the comments posted on Facebook after we popped a photo of workers sitting outside in the sunshine.

An unknown jazz band marching in Jarrow in 1970.

Recalling all those South Tyneside juvenile jazz bands

From Fusiliers to Hussars and Beachcombers to Franconians, you marched with them and more during the days when juvenile jazz bands were huge here and elsewhere.

April 1988  Hans Andersen  Michael Urwin seated centre

Stage was set for young South Shields performers

All dressed up and ready for the show, that these youngsters from years gone by.

A juvenile jazz band marching past Jarrow Town Hall in 1970.

Thousands recall being in South Tyneside juvenile jazz bands

Being in a juvenile jazz band was certainly a big part of a lot of your lives, if the reaction to a picture we posted on Facebook recently is anything to by.

Memory Lane  July 1963  South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club, at the Northumberland and Durham Royal Lifesaving Society's lifeguard competition.

When summers lasted forever in South Shields

Back in July 1963, members of the South Shields Volunteer Lifeguard Club took part in the Northumberland and Durham Royal Lifesaving Society’s lifeguard competition.

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