When ATC exercises took place on Cleadon Hills

When it comes to providing stories from the past, the sky’s the limit as far as Gazette readers are concerned.

The Latino nightclub.

How South Shields dancer became the queen of clubs

On Monday we paid tribute to young airman Sgt Bert Llewellyn Henry, who died too young at the age of 19, serving in the RAF during the Second World War.

The start of a junior girls race in  October 1977.

Looking back at the South Shields Harriers

Over the years, members of South Shields Harriers must have run miles and miles in races throughout South Tyneside and beyond.

The picture Derek Hare is hoping to get a better copy of.

Search for photo from 1950s Westovians Dinner Dance in South Shields

I’m sometimes asked by readers to help track down an old photo of a family member or special occasion that was held here on South Tyneside.


Take a trip down Memory Lane in fancy dress

Fancy dress is the theme for the latest in our regular series of slideshows of photos from the Shields Gazette archives.

An Armstrong-Whitworth Whitley bomber.

RAF hero’s message to the enemy

During the Second World War, RAF crewmen not only dropped bombs on the enemy, they also dropped propaganda leaflets.

Isabelle Lathan, Debbie Ridley and Denise Davies, tap dancers from Miss Hardys School of Dancing, pictured 1971.

Taking dance lessons at Miss Hardy’s

Readers took a quick step back to the past when we featured a photo of young dancers “strutting their stuff” on the Gazette’s Facebook page.

HMS Kelly.

It’s hardly surprising that local historian Andrew Grant has such a passion for the past – looking back at his own family roots was obviously enough to spark such an interest.

Ellison Junior School, Jarrow  netball players, from left to right:  Natalie Brown, Kay Willis, Tanya Moor, Joanna Lawson, Caroline Grief, Rachel Hudson and Samantha Fraser.

Sporty South Tyneside pupils from years gone by

For many children, school games were a blessing, the chance to get out of the classroom and let off steam – for others though, they were a curse.

So many people attended the party, many of them in fancy dress.

Coronation celebrations in South Shields

Today we feature more photographs of a street party held in South Shields to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.

A fancy way to celebrate such a special day.

Celebrating the Queen’s Coronation with a party

The Queen’s Coronation in 1953 made for many memories – especially for those who attended the many street parties held throughout the land to mark the occasion.

DJ Eleanor Minikin and sports programme presenter Paul Keenan in the new studio at Radio Ingham.

Making music for South Tyneside’s hospitals

The current state of the NHS is a real talking point.

Details of Ann Whitehead's application to sell intoxicating liquors.

Help sought over old South Shields pub

When it comes to tracing the history of pubs and publicans here on South Tyneside, Gazette readers are always eager to help provide some answers.

At the bar of The Red Duster.

Remembering when you could smoke in the pub

It was certainly a sign of the times when, looking at a photo of the Red Duster pub, taken in April 1964, you could see a chap at the bar enjoying a cigarette.

Jarrow Comprehensive School under 13 football team  in April 1976.

Putting names to faces of footballers of the past

It was a somewhat strange phenomenon that as professional footballers in the 1970s grew their hair longer and longer, so their shorts seemed to shrink in equal measure.

Air cadets with V bombers ejector seat.

South Shields cadets still have ejector seat

Take a seat and fasten yourself in for more memorable moments from South Tyneside’s past, courtesy of the Gazette’s Facebook page – and our readers’ wonderful recollections.

Piping in the haggis at Hedworth Hall in 1978.

Piping in the haggis in Shields as Burns Night arrives

What better way to mark Burns Night than bring you this wonderful image from the Gazette’s picture archive.

Draughtsmen from John Readhead and Sons.

Working and marching in days gone by

Today’s nostalgia page features photos showing working and social life on South Tyneside over the years.

The newly-installed sauna at Derby Street baths in 1966.

There was no stopping Derby Street baths swimmers

Despite the risk of stinging eyes from the chlorine in the water, so many of you have incredibly fond memories of the old Derby Street baths in South Shields.

Karl Peacock and Ian Gardener take a rest as they make the most of their last day at Derby Street baths before it closed in 1993.

Diving into the past at Derby Street baths

Mention of the old Derby Street baths, in South Shields, made quite a splash when we featured a photo of its last day in August 1993 on Facebook.

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