A look back at working days on South Tyneside

Harton laundry workers in the 1940s.
Harton laundry workers in the 1940s.

We turn the spotlight on the world of work today, with scenes from South Shields’ past.

There are some familiar names, and hopefully, faces for you to spot.

Detectives Norman Bell, seated, and William Maughan inspecting fingerprints in the photographic department at South Shields police headquarters in  October 1970.

Detectives Norman Bell, seated, and William Maughan inspecting fingerprints in the photographic department at South Shields police headquarters in October 1970.

How many of you recognise the old Hartonclean laundry at the company’s headquarters at Harton, or the former J Barbours and Sons factory at Simonside.

We’ve included a couple of photos from Allen-Bradley Ltd, the former Morganite Resistors factory. Did you used to work there?

There’s also an image of “practical work” being undertaken at the town’s General Hospital in 1955, along with a shot of two detectives inspecting fingerprints at South Shields police headquarters in 1970.

Where did you used to work and what are your memories of the place and the people there?

J Barbours & Sons factory in Simonside.

J Barbours & Sons factory in Simonside.

Xavier Henry de Frahan, from Belgium, one of a number of overseas trade press editors with interpreter Sue Joseph watching Joyce Crook, left, and Margaret Caskey working at the Jarrow factory of Allen Bradley Electronics.

Xavier Henry de Frahan, from Belgium, one of a number of overseas trade press editors with interpreter Sue Joseph watching Joyce Crook, left, and Margaret Caskey working at the Jarrow factory of Allen Bradley Electronics.

Nurses at work in the old South Shields General Hospital in August 1955.

Nurses at work in the old South Shields General Hospital in August 1955.