CHILDHOOD memories can be vivid, so it can be discombobulating when they are called into doubt.
Moira McGinley got in touch hoping readers could confirm her memory of a Salvation Army citadel in Havelock Street in Shields.
“I was told by a Salvation Army officer that the only citadel was at Tyne Dock,” she says.
Moira, you see, remembers going as a little girl of about five years old on a Sunday night with her auntie, Mary Richardson, who had a shop not far away in Regent Street, which sold delicious pies and peas.
“I believe the citadel was demolished in the early 1950s and that it is now a car park behind what used to be the Curiosity Shop in Frederick Street,” she says.
Well Moira, readers may be able to add more but, yes, there was a Salvation Army citadel in Havelock Street, which was just round the corner from the old Palace cinema in Frederick Street here.
An old directory of the period shows it being there going back to before the Second World War.
Its neighbour – or it may even have shared the same premises with it – was a billiard hall.