The workers who kept South Shields postal service going in the 60s and 70s

Do you recognise any of the people pictured? Did you used to work in the local postal service in the past?
Do you recognise any of the people pictured? Did you used to work in the local postal service in the past?

Let’s hope it’s a red-letter day for memories thanks to this week’s selection of photos from the Gazette’s archives.

Today we feature a wonderful selection of images showing postal workers in South Shields during the Sixties and the Seventies.

South Shields Memory Lane  October 1978  no old ref number   
Customers at South Shields post office where a new queueing system went into operation.

South Shields Memory Lane October 1978 no old ref number Customers at South Shields post office where a new queueing system went into operation.

A lot has changed over the years, both locally and nationally.

The widespread use of more modern methods of communication, and the growth of social media, has made letter-writing something of a lost art.

What are your memories of sending and receiving letters in years gone by? Would you rather receive a hand-written letter or a tweet?

The wide picture across the page, taken in October 1978, shows customers at the town’s postal office getting used to a new queuing system. Do you remember the occasion?

Memory Lane  March 1971  Postal workers prepare for the first delivery from South Shields sorting office .

Memory Lane March 1971 Postal workers prepare for the first delivery from South Shields sorting office .