Binns was the business!

Shopping at Binns, in South Shields, was certainly an experience that many of you will never forget, if your wonderful memories are anything to go by.

King Strreet in June 1986.

When King Street in South Shields was king

The photo of King Street in 1986, posted on the Gazette’s Facebook page, certainly caught the imagination, with readers remembering the days when there were “plenty of good shops, always buzzing, and like a day out”.

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A motorcycle is presented to Harton Comprehensive School.

All revved up for a trip back to South Tyneside schooldays

Education is the theme for this week’s picture spread, with pupils taking part in a wide range of activities.

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It's November 1966 and  Franchi's new bar opened in the Market Place.

Photos spark memories of great South Shields meeting places

When I posted online photos of Franchi’s bar and Dexter’s wine bar, in South Shields, recently, you were quick to recall the “lush” coffee and “fab” nights.

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Three officers reading the Shields Gazette on board the vessel Nurtureton, while it was  moored in Bombay in 1934/35. This is the vessel Joe R Franklin (pictured in the centre of the photograph) was serving on just prior to the publication of the stowaway story. Ann would like to know the names of the other two officers.

The South Shields link to the tragic stowaway

Many of us have trinkets and mementoes which we have kept down the years – some of which have sentimental or curiosity value.

Launch of Protector.

Recalling happier times of tragic South Shields pilot cutter

My thanks go to Kevin Blair who got in touch following the recent article on the tragic pilot cutter Protector.

Wavis as Steve Harley on Stars In Their Eyes.

When South Shields man had stars in his eyes

Despite not making the Christmas number one spot, the Jo Cox charity single, produced in memory of the murdered Labour MP, still managed to raise more than £35,000 for worthy causes.

This picture, taken in November 1984, shows the corner of Russell Street and Smithy Street.

The bustling streets of South Shields

Imagine you had Doctor Who’s Tardis and you could travel back in time.

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Jack and Sheila Castling.

The ‘splendid war’ of a South Shields lad who was evacuated twice

During the Second World War many children throughout the land were sent away from home as evacuees in order to escape the wrath of the Luftwaffe.

The old building.

Shedding light on old South Shields building

When Brian Martin, formerly of Cleadon, and now living in Paphos, Cyprus, posed the question as to whether photos he sent to me were that of his grandmother’s pub in the old Mill Dam area of Shields market place, next to the old Mission to Seamen, you were quick to respond.

De La Salle award winners.

Youth club’s awards in memory of former members are inspiring others

Yesterday we heard how the De La Salle youth group in South Shields is continuing to remember former members, thanks to a host of highly-prized memorial trophies.

Commodore 64

The future is retro: could your old tech be worth a fortune?

While shiny new PlayStation 4 Slims and Xbox One S games consoles are likely to be high up on the wish lists of many this Christmas, others would like nothing more than to slip back in time to the golden age of video games, between the late 70s and early 90s.
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De La Salle.

Remembering De La Salle members

You will remember that a few months ago I interviewed Patricia Folland, the woman who masterminded the success of the De La Salle youth group in South Shields.

Skiers and tobogganists on Cleadon Hill.

Stuck in the snow in South Shields

Do you remember the nursery rhyme: ‘The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,

Allied forces following the Battle of Veghel.

How South Shields’ dad out-ran German gunfire

Today we continue local historian Dorothy Ramser’s dramatic account of how British gunners found themselves surrounded by ruthless German Panzer Grenadiers during the Battle for Veghel, part of Operation Market Garden, in the Second World War.

Veghel in September 1944.

Shields dad and his brothers-in-arms alone to face the enemy

British soldiers fighting in the Second Word War faced danger and the threat of death on a daily basis.


New Year’s Eve tragedy off South Shields

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that pupils from a South Tyneside school had been learning about the fate of the pilot cutter Protector, which was sunk off the North Pier of the Tyne by a mine, with the loss of all aboard.

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Heavy metal South Shields-style

Time for a few of your letters and emails, that add a bit more detail to articles and photos that have appeared recently in the page.

Back in 1994, two youngsters were pictured taking it easy down Erskine Road.

When the weather outside was frightful

Do you remember when, in the words of the song, the weather outside was frightful?


Memories of man with “firework imagination”

He was one of South Shields’ most colourful characters, a man who counted Picasso and George Bernard Shaw among his friends, and who ended his days here in the town.

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