10 stunning photos as we look back at South Tyneside in the late 1960s

Double Your Money and Take Your Pick were TV highlights and Mary Hopkin was topping the charts.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 7:00 am
Lots of reminders of a bygone era but how many do you recognise?
Lots of reminders of a bygone era but how many do you recognise?

And back in the late 1960s, the Shields Gazette photographers were hard at work capturing these scenes.

They include a new carpet shop in King Street as well as the Cross Bar Club coffee bar.

There’s a view of a busy day at Binns and a new attraction at Wouldhave House.

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Daily chores being carried out in 1969 i the shadow of the tanker Esso Northumbria, which was to be launched on the Tyne by Princess Anne.

Now it is the turn of the second half of the decade and we hope these scenes bring back happy memories.

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Plessey workers arriving for a day's work in May 1967.
New Lake Carpets Ltd in King Street in 1968. Were you a customer?
Back to 1969 for the window display of Graham and Warren, South Shields travel agents.
A November 1966 photo showing the new bar at Wouldhave House with Lennard May - South Shields entertainments official - and Mrs Franchi being served coffee by Michael Franchi.
Mothers and children packed the toy department at Binns when Pierre the Clown visited in November 1966.
The Cross Bar Club coffee bar in 1965. Can you spot someone you know in this photo?
The first children to use the Perth Avenue subway in March 1967.
Waiting to cross King George Road in October 1965.
Peter Johnson & Co in November 1965. Did you work there?
Members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade taking part in a mock rescue in May 1968.
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