From spring sunshine to festive fun

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AGAIN, only in Cookson Country... It is unseasonably warm spring weather at the time of writing but we ‘magic’ that away to a winter and Christmas more than 70 years ago.

This is the other photograph that I promised you, featuring the now-late South Shields-born writer, James Mitchell, as a boy.

It comes from reader Joan Beech (nee Chenery) a friend of his childhood and youth.

This was the Christmas party at Barnes Road Infants’ School in the town in 1933. Joan is the little girl second from the left with the ringlets, and James is the boy with the glasses sitting under the poster for September at the back.

Perhaps others recognise themselves.

I mentioned that James Mitchell’s associations with Tyne Dock are mentioned in the new film, Tyne Dock Borders, which premieres at South Shields Library on April 11.

Says film-maker Gary Wilkinson: “There is a short scene outside the house in South Frederick Street where he lived.

“It was good to read that someone can remember him living there. He was baptised from 140 Dean Road but only stayed there for six months, and spent most of his growing up years at 131 South Frederick Street.”

Tickets for the film cost £1 from the library’s information desk, telephone 424 7863.