Bell ringers and choristers from South Tyneside’s past

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

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

From the 1970s and 80s, the photos capture some of the highlights in the calendar year of St Hilda’s Church, in South Shields.

A worker soaks up the sun outside St Hilda's Church in  July 1978.

A worker soaks up the sun outside St Hilda's Church in July 1978.

Do you feature in any of the pictures included or do you recognise any of those people singing, bell-ringing or taking a glimpse of the town’s industrial past.

The choristers were at the church in May, 1984, having travelled from all over Tyneside, Wearside and Teesside, to take part in a special even-song service.

They were conducted by Richard Lloyd, organist and master of the choristers at Durham Cathedral.

Our favourite, shows a young worker enjoying a lunch-time nap in the sun – laid out in front of the church’s headstones.

Still ringing after 35 years are vicar of St Hilda's, the Rev Jim Vincent and the three Softley sisters who began a family tradition of bellringing. Pictured in In  December 1981 are, left to right: Enid, Kath and Brenda.

Still ringing after 35 years are vicar of St Hilda's, the Rev Jim Vincent and the three Softley sisters who began a family tradition of bellringing. Pictured in In December 1981 are, left to right: Enid, Kath and Brenda.

Organisers of the harvest festival at St Hilda's Church. Left to right: Rev Michael Woodhall, Rev Charles James, Miss Dorothy Reid, Mrs Betty Clark and Mr Tom Logan.

Organisers of the harvest festival at St Hilda's Church. Left to right: Rev Michael Woodhall, Rev Charles James, Miss Dorothy Reid, Mrs Betty Clark and Mr Tom Logan.