PICTURE SPECIAL: Is photo treasure trove your family’s?

THEY are a treasure trove of photographic memories believed to have been hidden from sight for decades.

Workmen stumbled across dozens of family photographs while carrying out Decent Homes renovation work at a property in Hedworth Avenue, Simonside, South Shields.

PICTURES FROM THE PAST ... the photographs found in the house in Hedworth Avenue.

PICTURES FROM THE PAST ... the photographs found in the house in Hedworth Avenue.

Now, the owner of the property has handed over the dozens of images, some dating back more than 70 years, in the hope that family members will reclaim them.

The occupant, who did not wish to be identified, said: “I couldn’t stand the thought of just throwing them away.

“There are obviously some treasured memories here, and it would be such a shame if they were lost forever.

“I’m assuming that they are members of one family, stretching back many years.

“It would be wonderful if they were reunited with their rightful owners.”

Among the plethora of photographs is one of two sailor lads enjoying a beer with a couple of pals, possibly taken in the 1950s, and a wedding couple outside South Shields District Register Office in Barrington Street, surrounded by family and friends.

There are baby photographs, one dated June 5, 1942, another, from 1961, featuring two youngsters called Deborah and Leslie.

One wartime photograph is particularly poignant, with the message “best love Bill” written on the back.

Are you a member of the family in the photographs?

If so, contact the Gazette on 427 4852.

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