When runners took to South Tyneside streets

It’s just as well there was no ice on the road when these runners took to the streets in years gone by.

A winter scene at Simonside Hall.

Helping out at Simonside Hall

The Gazette’s recent picture spread of South Shields’ old football ground at Simonside Hall proved to be a winner, with lots of you coming up with some Premiership memories.

A scene from "Plutonium Paul" a musical presented by St Gregory's Junior Mixed Infants School. The production tells a modernised version of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Young stars of the sports field and stage

We go back to school today to meet the South Tyneside pupils who, over the years, excelled on the sports field and on stage.

Pupils from St Oswalds RC School as an angelic choir.

It’s the season to dress up and sing carols

With Christmas fast approaching I thought it would be timely to feature a few photos of youngsters taking part in some suitably seasonally activities, such as pantomimes and carol concerts.

James Grant, far right, with his Army mates during the Second World War.

Watching Mosley’s black shirts on South Shields streets

When it comes to tracing your family roots and learning about the lives of your ancestors, local historian Andrew Grant is a fine example of just exactly what you can uncover.

Simonside Hall in 1969.

Remembering when Shields played at Simonside Hall

Memories came flooding back for many Gazette readers when we featured a photo selection of South Shields football club’s old Simonside Hall ground recently.

Cousins Gary Cavanagh, 6, Victoria Cavanagh, 7, and Lora Cavanagh, 8, sledging at Robin Hood Bank, Primrose, Jarrow.

Snow brings back memories of pain and pleasure of winters gone by

Having had our first taste of snow this winter, and with more of the white stuff on the way, we thought it would be timely to remind you of some seasonal scenes from years gone by.

Davison Street, Boldon Colliery, pictured in April 1980 .

Stepping back in time to your childhood streets

When we posted a photo from 1980 of a woman pushing a pram in Davison Street, in Boldon Colliery, we were sure that it would bring back some wonderfully emotive memories among readers.


Snowy scenes from South Tyneside's past

After the first snow covering the borough at the end of last week, we've had a look in the archive for wintry scenes from days gone by.

Mothers and children enjoying themselves in Mozart Street in April 1975.

Community spirit in South Tyneside streets

As one reader put it after we posted a picture of Mozart Street in South Shields in 1975 – community spirit was very much alive in the town in those days.

Ingham Infirmary in 1973.

Looking at our health service under the microscope

The national health service today finds itself under the microscope like never before.

Cdr G Shaw, Area Officer of the Sea Cadet Corp, from Rosyth, inspects the guard of honour at T S Collingwood, during the annual visit.

Memories of South Tyneside sea cadets’ past parades

Looking shipshape and Bristol fashion, that’s these young South Tyneside sea cadets.

Brownies from the 4th St Pauls and the 5th St Peters on an open night for the girls parents at St Peters Church Hall. They are pictured with Brown Owl Caroline Waggott.

Guides and Brownies show their girl power

In the tradition of the Spice Girls (remember them?) we salute girl power, and the local Guides and Brownies.

The Mile End Road bus depot.

Memories of South Shields bus depot

Your comments on the Gazette social media pages proved just the ticket when we asked for your memories of the Mile End Road bus depot in South Shields.

Forking the Simonside Hall pitch to get it ready for a game against Halifax Town in January 1966  are Kenneth Smith, Kenneth Sanders and Kenneth Irvin.

Memories of when South Shields FC called Simonside Hall home

Newer fans of South Shields FC may be surprised to learn they haven’t always played home games at their current Mariners Park ground.

Non League
Darth Vader visits South Shields in 1982.

The day Star Wars villain Darth Vader came to South Shields

As movie fans count down the days to the release of the new Star Wars film, The Last Jedi (out on December 15), I thought it was appropriate to post this old photo of one of science fiction/fantasy’s most iconic “baddie” Darth Vader paying a visit to South Shields.

Mothers and children  in Mozart Street in  April 1975.

Waltzing back down Memory Lane to revisit South Tyneside’s past

Communities come and go and here are some of the people and houses that made-up South Tyneside’s past.

The Mission to Seafarers, South Shields.

How the Mission To Seafarers are still going strong after 160 years

It has not been all plain sailing for the Mission To Seafarers in South Shields.

On your marks! March 1976.

South Tyneside’s sporting youngsters of the past

Today we look back to the 1970s and ‘80s – and the activities of a host of sporty and cycling-proficient youngsters.

South Shields Round Tablers at Harton Comprehensive in March 1993. They are:    Ken Charles, Kenny Daniels, Jim Colledge and Eric Gill.

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.

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