Gazette photographers were there to capture the scenes on the last day of these institutions.
And here is the proof. We have 9 archive photos which show the end of an era.
There is everything from shoppers grabbing one last bargain to children enjoying a final runaround in the school playground.
Take a look through our selection and then get in touch to tell us more.
1. Saying goodbye to Woolworths in Jarrow
The shelves were emptying as shoppers grabbed bargains on the last day of Woolworths in Jarrow in 2009.
2. One last day in the classroom
The final day at King George V School in 2007. Can you spot someone you know?
3. The final bell in 2008
Head teacherFINAL DAYS ... HEAD TEACHER KAREN PEMBERTON LOCKS UP ST MARY'S C OF E FOR THE LAST TIME.
4. Farewell to a favourite
WH Smith's final day on King Street in 2020. Were you pictured?
Photo: Stu Norton