The start of the South Tyneside Cookson Festival parade 17 years ago. Are you in the picture?
The start of the South Tyneside Cookson Festival parade 17 years ago. Are you in the picture?

England were crowned world champions but what was happening back on South Tyneside in 2003?

Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson, Martin Johnson and all. They were crowned world champions 17 years ago and fans can re-live the whole experience on ITV.

But while we look back on 2003, who can remember what life was like on South Tyneside?

Here are some reminders from the Shields Gazette archives and we hope they bring back happy memories.

There’s a popular festival, junior football, a sponsored dip and scenes of fans watching live music to enjoy.

Take a look and then get in touch to share your own memories.

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