A bit of retail therapy in South Shields of the past

Alan Brown Photographics shop in Frederick Street.
Alan Brown Photographics shop in Frederick Street.

Who’s for a bit of retail therapy?

Well how about a trip to New Green Street in December 1974, where you could have popped into Markworth’s shop and inspected some of the fabulous toys on display.

Woolworths in Jarrow.

Woolworths in Jarrow.

Or why not drop into the Alex Bruce shop, in East Boldon, in 1967, where the “modern” shelves were certainly well-stocked. The Gazette at the time reported: “It has the lay-out of a supermarket but the personal service is still there.” Then again, you could always “mooch” around Woolies in Jarrow’s Ormonde Street or visit Milbruns, the “spacious and airy” bakers in Frederick Street, South Shields or the town’s Alan Brown Photographics shop.

And, of course, in order to get from one shop to the other, you’d need to fill up (if you were lucky enough to own a car!). The solution – a visit to Redwood Motorama, in Jarrow.

Memory Lane  March 1970  Redwood Motorama, Jarrow Road garage

Memory Lane March 1970 Redwood Motorama, Jarrow Road garage

Markworth's toy department, in New Green Street, in 1974.

Markworth's toy department, in New Green Street, in 1974.

Memory Lane  February 1979  Milburn's shop Frederick Street  shopping bakery

Memory Lane February 1979 Milburn's shop Frederick Street shopping bakery

Memory Lane  July 1967  Alex Bruce shop in Station Terrace, East Boldon. shop shopping

Memory Lane July 1967 Alex Bruce shop in Station Terrace, East Boldon. shop shopping