There are so many people in the borough who have given all their working life to one business, shop, or charity.
This is a small sample of those dedicated people and all these photos come from the Shields Gazette archives.
Is there someone you know in the photos? Or perhaps you know of someone who is still giving fantastic service to their workplace after decades in the job.
Take a look at our retro selection and then get in touch to tell us more.
1. A long-serving lollipop lady
Rita Campbell was recognised for her excellent service and pupils from St Oswald's Primary School helped her celebrate in 2003.
2. So loyal to the charity
Who recognises these long service people pictured at the Marie Curie shop in 2006 with Mayoress Alice Malcolm?
3. Wonderful at the WRVS
WRVS members were pictured receiving their long service awards from the Mayor, Coun John Wood and Pat Morris in 2004. Remember this?.
4. Super at Stapleton House
Staff of Stapleton House received long service awards from Ray Spencer in this 2003 photo. Are you pictured?