Mythra still burning bright after decades of rocking

As a denim-clad hard rock-loving lad, I was always keen to find new heavy metal bands to listen to.

Who is the lone policeman in this photo of an England v Ireland schoolboy match?

A look at the golden age of local football in South Shields

With the good times returning to South Shields as far as football is concerned, here’s another look-back at a “golden age” of local schoolboy soccer.

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Singers from Tyneside, Wearsaide and Teeside churches joined for a special even-song service at St Hilda's Church, South Shields, in 1984

Bell ringers and choristers from South Tyneside’s past

The church is very much at the heart of this week’s picture spread, with bell ringers and choristers taking centre stage.

The league-winning Perth Green Youth Club netball team from 40 years ago.

Recalling once-popular South Shields youth club

I’m sure you’ll recognise a lot of familiar faces on the two old photos sent in by reader Ruth Anderson.

William S. Watts.

IRA link to South Shields soldier’s death

He survived the First World War and entertained the troops as part of a concert party, but just two years after the end of hostilities, South Shields man Lieutenant William Spalding Watts was killed – believed to be the victim of an IRA death squad.

Dexters Wine Bar  April 1989

Raising a glass of cheer to those Dexter’s days

You were quick to raise a glass of cheer in memory of Dexter’s Wine Bar when we popped a photograph of it, taken from the outside in 1989, on Facebook.

Axelbands shop window in 1983.

Your memories of shopping at Axelbands

The sign on the front of the South Shields shop, Axelbands, boasted “every thing for the baby” – and judging by your comments, it was certainly true.

Hebburn skiffle group, The Sinners

South Shields bands and musical visitors

From jazz to skiffle and pop to rock, this week’s picture selection features a broad spectrum of musicians, whose sounds over the years have changed as dramatically as their dress.

Minchellas. Do you recognise the lady in the window?

Memories of marvellous Minchella’s

When we posted an old photo of Michella’s on Facebook and asked you what you would order there, you came up with some truly scrumptious suggestions.

Memory Lane   May 1967  shop shopping department store mens

This mystery picture of Sixties socks is still proving a puzzle

When it comes to posing questions involving old photos, featuring scenes of South Tyneside that we’ve posted on Facebook, getting to the truth of the matter is not always as simple as you would imagine, with readers often disputing the identity of the place pictured.

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The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Bands impromptu jazz session.

Old job offer letter found during South Shields house clearance

It’s wonderful when you get in touch after reading a story or seeing a photo in the paper or online.

October 1985  and South Shields Angling Club members are pictured fishing.

A prize catch of fishing photos from South Tyneside’s past

Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes here in the North East and further afield.

Displaying a Thunderbirds Tracy Island and TV Gladiator toys.

Bringing must-have Turtle toys to South Shields

The recent article about “must-have” toys, and mention of the still-popular-today Teenage Mutant (Ninja) Hero Turtles, prompted reader Colin Campbell to get in touch with a wonderful tale of those “turtles in a half shell”.

The Groyne around 1978.

In pictures: Yesteryear photos of South Shields from the sky

Noted photographer Freddie Mudditt set high standards for himself when he set out to capture his home town of South Shields on camera.

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Youngsters saying prayers in West Park, South Shields.

Marking Good Friday in South Shields in years gone by

It must have been a chilly day when the four youngsters pictured took part in a Good Friday service back in April, 1968.

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Marine Park on Whit Monday afternoon in  May 1971.

Enjoying time in South Shields park

With the weather becoming more benign, a growing number of people will be tempted to take a stroll in the spring sunshine.

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The circus parade passes through town.

Helping at the circus when it came to South Tyneside

Many of you will have lined the streets of South Tyneside when the circus parade passed through town in years gone by. But not many readers will have gone on to work on the Big Top.

It'sy 1956  and South Shields Boys are in training.

South Shields Boys in training for big match

It says something of the support for South Shields Boys when you look at the size of the crowd in one of the pictures featured in this week’s photo spread.

One of those elusive Tracy Island toys. Do you recognise the person selling it?

Who remembers making a Tracy Island?

Do you remember those must-have toys, you know the ones you just couldn’t get hold of in the shops?


Slideshow: South Shields and South Tyneside pub photographs from yesteryear

Cheers to the daughter of respected photographer Freddie Mudditt for sharing another round of pictures with us from his vast archive.
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