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That was entertainment, South Tyneside style

Entertainment comes in all forms – for as well as the professionals pictured here, we have images of some talented locals.

Farouk Hussein serves drinks from the new cocktail bar at the Shanti Tandoori in December 1984.

Some favourite South Tyneside eating places

Lips would undoubtedly have been smacking when we raised the subject of the food and drink you used to enjoy.

Meconopsis Lingholm (Himalayan blue poppy). Picture by: Plant World Seeds

Gardening: Get free seeds with Plant World Seeds’ new catalogue

The Plant World Seeds offers have always been very popular – and here’s a new one to celebrate the company’s new catalogue.

What are your memories of learning to drive?

100 lessons and a test in a lorry - your memories of learning to drive

With the new driving test looming, I wondered what memories readers had of the time they attempted to secure their licence.

Morecambe Sailing Club.

Travel: Morecambe on comeback trail to reclaim title as ‘Naples of North’

There was a time when Morecambe was known as the Naples of the North.

Sony MDR-XB650BT On-Ear Headphones, 76.99,

Gadgets: 5 of the best headphones

We look at 5 of the best headphones

Hunter Red Original Tall Gloss Boot

Gardening: 4 of the best wellington boots

We look at 5 of the best boots for the garden

Princess Balroubadour, Dorothy Ramm; Vizier, Ron Markwick; So-Sho, Liz Ayre; Emperor, Jack Parkinson back in  January 1975 .

Memories of the wonderful Westovians

There’s a real mix of costumes and make-up among these local actors and actresses who were pictured over the years putting on various shows for South Tyneside audiences.

Westovians Junior section staging  Outward Bound in 1987.

Westovians stage shows of the past

Today the curtain rises on some splendid pictures that chart a little bit of the history of the Westovian Dramatic Society.

A copy of the invoice.

From an ash toilet slum to a luxury new home in South Shields

Quite a long time ago, reader Stephen Gray kindly sent me a number of items and associated words relating to his and his family’s times in South Shields.

How were your tomatoes this year?

Gardening: How were your tomatoes this year?

It’s November and the last of the tomatoes have been used – so what’s the verdict on this year’s crop and varieties?

Watching the troops walk by.

We will never forget our war heroes

As we prepare to observe a minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday to honour the men and women who gave up their lives for this country of ours, I thought it would be a fitting tribute to present a pictorial portrait of uniformed service personnel from days gone by.

The Toy Appeal launch. Left to right are Jill Calderwood, Shannon Crowder, from Hope 4 Kidz, and Angela Stephenson.

How an extra gift from you can help our Christmas toy appeal

Today sees the launch of the Gazette’s annual Christmas Toy Appeal - and once again we are asking you to dig deep and buy one extra gift while you are out shopping to help bring a smile to a child’s face.

Picturesque views of Boston.

Travel: Boston – home of ball games, seafood and lots of boiled treats!

There are three things that I love about Boston and Massachusetts – the sport, the history and the food.

When two Sunderland-built ships became the centre of an intriguing Cold War dispute

When two Sunderland-built ships became the centre of an intriguing Cold War dispute

A contract won by Bartram and Sons in 1948 to build two motor tankers for Gdynia America Shipping Lines (later Polish Ocean Lines) lead to an intriguing Cold War dispute.

Customers at Banwell's nightclub collected tins for the elderly and needy.

When nightclubbers helped South Tyneside’s needy

Sad to say that some things have moved on little in the 32 years since this photograph was taken.

Picture by PA

Six ways to stay happy and healthy in winter

We can all find the motivation to throw on our trainers when the pavements are hot and eat healthily when the days are long.


The 12 predicted top-selling toys this Christmas as parents set to spend an average of £121 on each child

The latest Nerf blaster, the original Stretch Armstrong action figure and the sequel to last year's Hatchimals are the must-have toys this Christmas as British parents prepare to spend an average of £121 on each child.
Owner  of the Cavern, the Sports 21 Club, South Shields, Jack Leighton and his manager Charles Spencer, pictured in 1964.

Looking back at local pubs and clubs

Public houses come in all shapes and sizes, with most having their own peculiarities and, some would say, “personalities”.

Maxwells -  Do It Yourself shop in Boldon Lane, which was formerly the Boldon Co-op store.

Shopping for luxuries and life’s essentials on South Tyneside

When it comes to shopping, there are some things we would like to buy and others that we simply have to buy – the essentials in life.

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