Over the years, hundreds of people will have performed on stage (and busied themselves behind it) when the South Shields Amateur Operatic Society put on one of its lavish musical shows.
Many more will have watched as these talented amateurs, some of whom went on to become professionals, trod the boards both here on South Tyneside and at the Sunderland Empire.
Following on from Maurice Powell’s super look-back at the society’s history, today we feature a selection of photos of cast members from down the years.
It would be wonderful if you could put names to the faces and contribute your own memories of being in the society or seeing the shows.
Also, if you were in the local Gilbert and Sullivan society, please get in touch.