Favourite eateries from South Tyneside’s past

Staff waiting to serve at the Wouldhave Restaurant.
Staff waiting to serve at the Wouldhave Restaurant.

A photo taken inside the old Wouldhave Restaurant, on South Shields’ foreshore, certainly provided food for thought when we posted it on the Gazette’s Facebook pages recently.

For when we asked readers to name their favourite eating places from the past, you were quick to respond.

Wendy Price posted: “Good old Frankies Cafe!

“There was also a big DIY shop in Frederick Street in the 70s that I loved going in with my dad.

“Afterwards he’d take me (next door I think) to a cafe that served amazing hamburgers. Anyone know the name of it? Long gone now of course.”

Lee Chow told how “the 1A Cafe was lush, loved going there.”

Others also favoured the 1A Cafe, including Sheryl Davison who recalled the delights of pot pie, peas and chips along with apple pie and custard.

Keith Hardy has “fond memories of 1A” as does Julia Stewart and Wendy Evans.”

Alan Smith was also a fan of 1A along with The Scarlet Coat

Heather Ditchburn Curry suggested: “Porrettas, in Frederick Street. Savoury sandwiches were epic!”

Delaine Johnson also championed Porettas, saying “savoury sandwich was lush.”

Keith C Thompson suggested: “Star of India and Colmans circa 1960.”

Another Facebook-posted picture, taken in 1975, showing pupils from Hedworthfield Secondary School, in Jarrow, also got people posting.

The photo showed pupils helping Mr Christopher Souter, a director of shipping firm Souter and Co. Ltd, to open a batch of gifts from the firm’s ship, the Stolt Sheaf. The school, apparently adopted the ship, and the present was a gift from one of the ports she had visited – a case of butterflies from Brazil.

When readers were asked about their favourite school lessons, Susan Sinclair posted: “Domestic science, English, swimming and biology, hated the rest!”

Angela Nicoll said: “Typing, office practice and shorthand. Not that I was any good at it. It was a good cop-out at the time.”

A clutch of photos, featured online and in the paper, showing the Mariners’ old home at Simonside Hall, also revived some great memories.

Bernard Forrest posted: “My dad and brother and me went there, even though my brother and me were Newcastle and Sunderland supporters, but dad was all Mariner.”

Judith Fenwick took to Facebook to say: “ Used to go there with my dad.” Kenny Martin told how he “saw Sir Stan Matthews play there, and England youths.”

One of the pictures showed the ground being cleared of snow, prompting Denise Houston to say: “That’s what I call proper snow.”

Yet another picture, this time from 1967, and showing part of a group of people taking part in a War On Want protest march encouraged Nikki Ratcliffe to get in touch.

He explained that: “St Gregory’s Infant and Junior School and another school, and another set of children from another school, used to practise at St Gregory’s Church.

“Then one weekend we went to South Shields to sing for the War On Want. Think that was the 1970s onwards. I was in the junior school then.”

Do you recall dining at the Wouldhave Restaurant? Did you ever take part in a War On Want protest march?