South Shields’ pipers strike a chord

Seven members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band were chosen to play in the Scottish Pipe Bands opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in Edinburgh, in 1986. Led by Pipe Major Deborah White, there were Duncan Bird, Dylan Sewell, Graham McCormick, Hayden West, Roy Sloane and Craig Sedlacek.
Seven members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band were chosen to play in the Scottish Pipe Bands opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games, in Edinburgh, in 1986. Led by Pipe Major Deborah White, there were Duncan Bird, Dylan Sewell, Graham McCormick, Hayden West, Roy Sloane and Craig Sedlacek.
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The recent picture spread featuring members of the South Tyneside Pipe Band from over the years certainly struck a chord with a lot of readers.

Dave West got in touch to say: “It was good to see the photos of the South Tyneside Pipe Band in the Gazette.

“My eldest son Hayden West is the piper standing next to Pipe Major Colin White on Page 31 and also third from the left in the group photo above.

“The piper first on the right in the group photo was one of Hayden’s best friends, Roy Sloan, who later went on to become a piper in the Black Watch.

“After 20 years in the Army, he left and became a police officer in the London Met. I believe he is now an inspector.

“Hayden and Roy still stay in touch.

“I believe they would have both been about 17-years-old at the time, and yes, they were both part of the lucky seven who played with the massed bands at the opening of the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

“Sadly the STPB was disbanded, I think in the late 80s or early 90s.

“Hayden, meanwhile, went on to become a member of the North Tyneside Pipe Band before going to university and then going off to work abroad.

“For a while he was also a member of a pipe band in Berlin.

“I am writing this on Hayden’s behalf as he has lived and worked abroad for almost 20 years, mainly in Germany, but currently is working in Abu Dhabi. His wife and young daughter are also out there.”

Meanwhile, a photo taken inside the Bushing Co Ltd and posted on Facebook prompted a lot of you to get in touch.

John Caudron said: “Worked there from 1985 until it closed. Worked there for 27 years, big part of my life.”

Tracey Cox posted: “My uncle Bobby Lackenby worked there”, while Louise Brown added: “Aww, my dad Martin Clayton used to work there.”

Paulette Mcintyre Dingwall took to social media to reveal that her dad also worked at Bushing, while Christine Green told us: “My dad Eddie Brady worked there for 34 years.”

Debra Duncton was another reader who went on Facebook to say: “My Dad used to work there”, while Peter Malone said: “My uncle John Malone worked there.”

Another picture, this time, featuring Bill Owen (Compo, from Last Of The Summer Wine) visiting a factory on South Tyneside, also got you posting.

Dominic Ravenscroft told us that the visit was at Remploy in Jarrow. Standing next to him is “Mr Joseph Tobin who used to help BSL interpreter for some of the deaf workers.”

Christine Dewhurst confirmed this, saying: “Yes, it’s Joe Tobin who was interpreting.”

As to the identity of the woman whose hand Bill was kissing, Stephen Barnett revealed: “It’s my grandma, Marjorie Thompson.”

Alan Douglass agreed, saying: “Look to me like Marjorie Thompson, something Barry Siddons was quick to confirm.

Christine Dewhurst posted: “Looks like Marjorie Thompson,” and Dolly Ann Francis said: “Yes, Marjorie Thompson, wow pretty.”

Did you or anyone you know work at Bushing? Thanks to all of you who have taken the time and effort to go online, write and ring in order to comment about the Time Of Our Lives articles and Facebook picture posers.