15 remarkable photos from the day Muhammad Ali came to South Tyneside

He was the king of boxing and came to South Tyneside in July 1977.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 6:00 am
Join us on a journey back to 15 remarkable scenes. Photo: Freddie Muddit.
Join us on a journey back to 15 remarkable scenes. Photo: Freddie Muddit.

Muhammad Ali’s visit to the borough can be brought to you thanks to these 15 wonderful photos.

We are indebted to two superb sources – Fietscher Fotos of South Shields and South Tyneside History – who agreed to share the images with the Shields Gazette.

The photos show Ali surrounded by thousands of fans as he passed through the streets of Jarrow and South Shields.

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Muhammad Ali meets his adoring fans in South Tyneside. Are you pictured in the crowds? Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos) and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.

There are reminders of his marriage being blessed and of the world champion meeting civic dignitaries. Take a look and re-live a remarkable piece of local history.

Our thanks go to Fietscher Fotos (which was the name of Freddie Mudditt’s photography studio) and its Facebook group can be found here.

People can also find out more about the South Tyneside History group by visiting here.

An open-top boxing tour for a boxing hero. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos) and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
A wave for his adoring fans. Were you among them? Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos) and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
A momentous day in South Tyneside history as Muhammad Ali takes an open top bus tour through the borough. Photo: Freddie Muddit, to Fietscher Fotos of South Shields and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
A packed and adoring crowd surrounds the champion. Can you spot someone you know? Photo: Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
The bus arrives to a packed stand. Does this bring back wonderful memories? Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
What a day as Muhammad Ali meets the public which turned out in their thousands to see him. Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
It was a huge day in South Tyneside history. Were you there in 1977? Photo: Freddie Muddit.
The blessing of Muhammad Ali's marriage to Veronica. Photo: Freddie Muddit.
Mohammad was surrounded by crowds during his visit to the borough. Photo: Freddie Muddit.
Did you get to see Muhammad Ali on his visit to the area? Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
The Mayor of South Tyneside and Muhammad Ali on stage in July 1977. Were you pictured in the crowd? Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
Who do you recognise in this photo from 1977? Photo: Freddie Muddit and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
Muhammad's marriage is blessed in South Tyneside. Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos) and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
A special moment for Muhammad. Does this bring back memories? Photo: Freddie Muddit (Fietscher Fotos) and thanks to www.southtynesidehistory.co.uk for their help.
What are your memories of the visit by Muhammad Ali to the region? Tell us more by emailing [email protected]