Picture drummed up plenty of happy memories for Kim

I recently featured a photo of a young drummer in the pages, and as a result Kim Sambridge got in touch to say: ”It’s me!”

Private Thomas Coutts, who died in 1916.

Remembering a South Shields Tommy who died for King and country

There have been a lot of memorable anniversaries this year, including the 100th anniversaries of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.

The 43rd (St Margaret's) Girl Guides band leads the parade down Fowler Street, South Shields, on its way to St Hilda's Church for the Guide movement's 75th anniversary thanksgiving service.

When Shields girls celebrated the anniversary of guiding movement

Today it’s all about the girls again, as we feature more pictures of guides and brownies.

Shields Memory Lane scanned hard copy  October 1988  no old ref number 
Rainbow Guides enrolement ceremony.  Pictured, Division Commissioner Dianne Burton, left and District Commissioner Jessie Whitfield.

Shields girls just wanted to have fun

The recent scouting articles and pictures generated so much interest among readers that I decided to feature some more shots of youngsters, this time from the guides, brownies and Rainbows.

Johnny Caesar.

How a birthday guitar landed entertainer gig performing with Daniel Craig on Our Friends in the North

Today entertainer and actor Johnny Caesar concludes the story of his colourful career.

Johnny Caesar.

How Johnny had fun on the farm down at Emmerdale

Having made his mark as a singer/songwriter and performer, Johnny Caesar went on to turn his hand to acting, as he explains in the latest look back at his life.

Some of the South Shields district Cub Scouts who took part in an Easter Egg and Easter mosaic competion at the Brownsea Hall.

Be prepared to tell us what you know about these South Shields scouts

Continuing the scouting and guiding theme of recent days, I have picked out a selection of pictures which are sure to bring back a lot of memories.

Tom Jones

Revealed: South Shields songwriter’s connection with Tom Jones

Today musician and actor Johnny Caesar continues his fascinating life-story -

Johnny Caesar.

When the Caesars ruled in Shields

You may remember the wonderful photo of South Shields pop group The Caesars which appeared in Time Of Our Lives.

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

When Shields scouts were quizzed by US home guard

The recent scouting features brought a wonderful response from John T Korn, who got in touch from the United States.

South Shields Scouts advertising their annual Bob-a-Job Week.

Boy scout’s Bob-A-Job blues

David Rose’s scouting reminiscences got me thinking back to the days of my own times as a cub scout, and in particular Bob-A-Job week.

Gang show programme.

South Shields scouts’ gang show was a real highlight

Today we continue David Rose’s nostalgic trip back to his boy scouting days.

Five members of the 7th South Shields Scout Group studying for the Northern Junior orienteering championships.  Left to right:  Stephen Mitchell, David Cunningham, Michael Alder, Michael Bishop and Peter Gardner.

Remembering some great times at scout camp

Having unearthed a treasure trove of old photos featuring cub scouts from South Tyneside from down the years, I asked former scout David Rose to recall his times with the ever-popular group, created by war hero and writer Baden-Powell.


Can you help solve Shields sextant mystery?

I know that many of you like to solve puzzles, so here’s a little teaser for you.

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Gary Wilkinson visiting the Baron's grave at Shotley Bridge.

The Baron and South Shields

The internet is a wonderful way of spreading information near and far – both instantly and over an indefinite period of time.

Shields Gazette Memory Lane  scanned hard copy   February 1982  no old ref number   
Ten year olds Claire Conway and Claire Smith from St Gregory's School, present a cheque to Mrs Joan Bradshaw, of the Michael McGough Research Fund for Liver Disease in Children.

Pictures from happy days in the 1970s and 80s

We have a sea of young faces in today’s picture spread, ranging from the 70s to the 80s.

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Battle of The Somme.

Somme 100 film set for North East screening

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of The Somme certainly generated a lot of interest among people, both young and old alike.

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The Swingettes.

Playing accordion with Hawaiian band

Time to catch up with a few of your letters and emails relating to recent articles and pictures.

Amy Flagg, the photographer who documented wartime South Shields.

South Shields wartime photographer is focus of attention

Renowned local film-maker Gary Wilkinson has recorded the lives of many formidable and extraordinary women over the years.

The liner Lusitania sunk by a U-boat off the coast of Southern Ireland in 1915.

Ship’s sinking led to anti-German riots in South Shields

Community interest company boss Sylvie Fisch today concludes her account of the backlash faced by Germans living in this country following the sinking of the ocean liner Lusitania.

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