This week marks 35 years since the end of the miners’ strike so we have looked back to what life was like for miners in the borough back in the day.
Join us on a trip down memory lane, as we take a look back at life down the pits in South Tyneside.
1. The Marsden spirit, 1983
July 1983. The banner may be battered, the pit closed but the spirit of the Marsden Lodge lives on. Photo: Shields Gazette
2. Whitburn Pit, 1968
Whitburn Pit, which closed in 1968. Photo: Sunderland Echo
3. Tea break, 1972
Miners coming off picket duty queue up for soup and tea at a kitchen set up for them and their families at Boldon Miners Hall in February 1972. Photo: Shields Gazette
4. A family affair, 1984
Striking miners and their families stage a protest march to highlight the threat of electricity being cut off at miners' homes because of non payment of bills, in May 1984 Photo: Shields Gazette