When South Shields played at Simonside Hall

The Mariners may be looking forward to their trip to Wembley, for the final of the FA Vase, but today we look back, at the time South Shields played their home games at Simonside Hall.

Southl Shields verses Bradford in a  cup-tie in 1959.

Calls for South Shields team reunion

As South Shields continues to celebrate the success of its football team, who have secured their place in the FA Vase finals, one former town team player has come up with a cracking idea to mark the occasion.

Dicksons Pork Butchers shop in  Fowler Street, in  November, 1976

Meat and greet with famous South Shields butchers Dicksons

The fame, and indeed produce, of South Shields butchers Dicksons has spread far and wide – much to the delight of those with a taste for good wholesome food.

Staff in one of Dicksons Pork Shops in November 1983.

Memories of South Shields cinemas and saveloys

From your favourite South Shields picture houses to the pick of Dicksons pork butchers shops, you’ve been enjoying some of the recent pictures we’ve posted on Facebook.

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Eldon Street and Barnes Road School, on right.

Zooming in on the past

Photography has changed beyond recognition in recent times with the advent of digital cameras and mobile phones.

Dame Vera Lynn's image was projected onto the white cliffs of Dover to celebrate her 100th birthday. Pic: PA.

Dame Vera Lynn's face appears on white cliffs of Dover as she turns 100

There were no bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover as Dame Vera Lynn turned 100 today, but they received a makeover of a different kind.

An aerial view of the docks on the River Tyne.

Tribute to South Tyneside war hero dock workers

Yesterday we told of the steps that the Tyne Improvement Commission took to protect its dock facilities in South Shields, and the welfare of its men.

Dock workers on South Tyneside.

Dockers went off to war knowing their jobs were safe - if they survived

When South Tyneside dock workers, along with so many other men, marched off to war in 1914, they must have been filled with so many doubts.

Eying up a Duran Duran record in The Handy Shop.

South Tyneside shops so “Handy” for bargains

It’s funny how times have changed.

Folkmoot 77.

Recalling a ‘special year’ on South Tyneside

A call from museum staff for memories and memorabilia from South Tyneside’s “special year of 1977” is being answered by townsfolk.

A programme of the production.

When South Tyneside school staged ‘Amazing’ Joseph show

Songs and music often bring back fond memories of the past – and so it is with one reader, who shares her recollections of the time that Joseph brought his technicolour dreamcoat to South Tyneside.

Mantle family photo.

Can you solve the mystery of this family picture?

The photo may be a bit grainy, but one reader is hoping it will help her find out more about two of the people on it – and perhaps even track them down.

Michael Stokes with his pumpkin grown from seed.

South Shields’ schoolboy’s giant pumpkin cheered poorly children

They say that every picture tells a story, well three photos that appeared in the page recently have certainly proved the point.

Alan Brown Photographics shop in Frederick Street.

A bit of retail therapy in South Shields of the past

Who’s for a bit of retail therapy?

Frederick Street, November 1988.

Memories of South Shields’ ‘evil’ parrot and monkey

It seems clear to me that if you had the chance to physically walk down memory lane, Frederick Street in South Shields would be up there with the pick of them

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Postal workers in South Shields.

South Shields’ family’s happy coincidences

During the past few days, I’ve featured a look-back at the old Horsely Hill Road Stadium, where South Shields football team used to play and greyhounds raced, and photographs of local postal workers working in the town.

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SLIDESHOW: Travel back in time with South Shields photographer's archive pictures

Here is another slice of nostalgia courtesy of photographer Freddie Mudditt's vast archives.
Shops in Frederick Street, South Shields, pictured in November, 1975.

Your favourite Frederick Street shops

When I asked our online readers which was their favourite shop in Frederick Street, South Shields, the response was overwhelming.

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South Shields Possible and Probables before a pre-season game in the 1947-48 campaign.

Happy times at Horsley Hill stadium

Today Les Crompton continues his story of the days when South Shields Football Club played at the stadium in the town’s Horsely Hill Road.

Do you recognise any of the people pictured? Did you used to work in the local postal service in the past?

The workers who kept South Shields postal service going in the 60s and 70s

Let’s hope it’s a red-letter day for memories thanks to this week’s selection of photos from the Gazette’s archives.

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