In the meantime, let’s re-live some memories by taking a look inside some of the borough’s hostelries in times gone by.
From the Steamboat to the Stag’s Head, we have plenty of reminders of locals from the Shields Gazette archives.
So whether they are waiting to re-open or are merely fond memories from a time gone by, let’s enjoy a look back to happy times in the pubs we’ve loved.
1. New arrivals at the Pickwick Arms
New tenants at the Pickwick Arms in South Shields in 2004, with David Spraggon and Christine Campbell pictured.
2. Raising money at the Steamboat
Fundraising at the Steamboat for St Clare's Hospice in 2008. Does this bring back memories?
3. Back to 2010
Derek Bellis in the Stag's Head in South Shields 11 years ago.
4. Pictured in Laygate
Back to 2004 inside the Eureka pub in Laygate.