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Ex-South Shields cadet’s journey to join RAF

When we featured a photo of Les Gustafson sitting in an ejector seat at the HQ of 324 South Shields Squadron Air Training Corps, it revived many memories for other fellow former cadet members.


Hundreds of model railway fans from across country attend annual exhibition

Model railway enthusiasts from all over the country flocked to Jarrow for the annual Perth Green exhibition.

Daffodil Tete a Tete in flower.

Gardening: Daffodils nearly three weeks later flowering than last year

It appears ‘better late than never’ looks like the gardening phrase of the year.

Nestle factory.

Step inside the Easter egg factory

Have you ever wondered where Easter Eggs come from? Tim Worsnop tells the mouth watering story of one factory that produces literally millions of them every single year. Welcome to chocolate heaven!

Are you a nosey neighbour?

15 things that make you a nosey neighbour - how many have you done?

They say curiosity killed the cat, but Brits are a nation of nosey neighbours if new research is to be believed.

Work is under way at Newcastle International Airport as it builds a new arrivals hall for passengers.

Airport's new arrivals hall en route for summer completion

Touching down after a holiday will be made that little bit easier as the North East's biggest airport makes improvements to its arrivals hall.
How many of the faces do you recognise at this Plessey's social night?

Former Plessey’s workers urged to dig out their old photos for reunion

A reminder to all you former Plessey’s employees, that a reunion party is due to take place in South Shields next week.


In pictures: Some of the best pick ‘n mix sweets - which was your favourite?

Can you remember the days of 20p mix-ups and penny chews?

The Golfe du Morbihan.

Travel: Hidden gems in untapped region of France that’s ripe for exploring

There are still surprisingly hidden gems just a short ferry trip to France away which, as yet, remain relatively undiscovered.

Morphy Richards Evoke Pyramid Kettle

Gadgets: 5 of the best kettles

We look at 5 of the best kettles

3 Rustic Terracotta Pots in wire basket

Gardening: 5 of the best garden baskets

We look at 5 of the best garden baskets

Barrie Downey, left, hands over the cartoon to Paul Clark.

Son nets old South Tyneside footy club cartoon showing his dad in action

What a result!

What was the reason for you moving home?

Nightmare neighbours, change of job and having a baby among top reasons to move home

Nightmare neighbours are among the top reasons why people are looking to move home, a survey has found.

South Shields and Jarrow pubs of the past: How many did you have a pint in?

Fancy joining us for a merry little trip down memory lane, to some of South Tyneside’s pubs of yesteryear?

Air raid survivors are given a meal..

Recalling wartime raids on South Tyneside

Last week I told you how reader Barrie Downey had found an old cartoon whilst rummaging in his loft.

A digger clears a load of bricks and mortar away from the demolished Ingham Infirmary.

Memories of the old Ingham Infirmary

Although the Ingham Infirmary was pulled down in 1991 to make way for housing, memories of the place, the people who worked there and of the patients they treated remain, as we found out when we posted a photo of the demolition on Facebook recently.

Bamboo gloves, secateurs and gardening pouch to raise cash for Breast Cancer Now. Picture by Town & Country

Gardening: Buy these products and support Breast Cancer Now

This week saw International Women’s Day and today is Mother’s Day, so what could be more fitting than gardening products to raise money for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity?

Feature: Getting to the root of green renaissance

Feature: Getting to the root of green renaissance

On the deck of the Esso Northumbria, which was launched by Princess Anne.

Seeing the Esso Northumbria on the Tyne

When the giant 253,000-ton tanker Esso Northumbria sailed down the Tyne after her launch in 1969, it certainly left its mark on many South Tynesiders, judging by the reaction to this photo that we posted recently on Facebook.

Men going down a tunnel in a bucket - but where were they?

Digging into the past - but what were these workmen building?

The attached photo had readers guessing when I popped it online and asked you if you knew where it was?

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