Playtime fun in the 1970s and 80s

Where are they now? How many of the children featured in this weeks photo selection do you recognise?
Where are they now? How many of the children featured in this weeks photo selection do you recognise?

Oh what fun we used to have when we were young.

These little ones were captured on camera enjoying themselves at various playgroups and clubs throughout South Tyneside, from East Boldon to Jarrow and South Shields.

Members of the "Open air youth club" in West Park, Jarrow, in  August 1970.

Members of the "Open air youth club" in West Park, Jarrow, in August 1970.

How many of them do you recognise?

And despite the passing years, the pastimes they appear to favour have changed very little, be it painting or playing on the slide.

What were your favourite pastimes from your childhood, and why did you find them popular?

Who remembers the pungent smell of the Plasticine that came in pristine individually-coloured strips (until they all mixed together) or those great chunky crayons that were both round and square?

Memory Lane  May 1985  Claire Iley aged 4, of Boldon Community Association Playgroup studying her entry in the South Tyneside Playgroups' painting exhibition in the Central Library. play group

Memory Lane May 1985 Claire Iley aged 4, of Boldon Community Association Playgroup studying her entry in the South Tyneside Playgroups' painting exhibition in the Central Library. play group

And what about the thick gloopy poster paint that little ones always seemed to delight in mixing and then sloshing onto easel-bound bits of paper?

I remember one classmate who used to eat the paint, now he was one colourful character!

Pupils from East Boldon Infants School pictured in February 1986.

Pupils from East Boldon Infants School pictured in February 1986.

Memory Lane  June 1971  St Hilda's playgroups morning session.

Memory Lane June 1971 St Hilda's playgroups morning session.

Memory Lane  May 1982  Two year old Lucille Patrick of Hedgley Road Nursery and Mayoress, Mrs Kathleen Fox cut the 21st anniversary cake for the Pre Schools Playgroup Association at a giant picnic held by South Tyneside playgroups on Gypsies Green.

Memory Lane May 1982 Two year old Lucille Patrick of Hedgley Road Nursery and Mayoress, Mrs Kathleen Fox cut the 21st anniversary cake for the Pre Schools Playgroup Association at a giant picnic held by South Tyneside playgroups on Gypsies Green.