Share your scouting memories - and see who you know in our pictures

Today we feature more photos of cub scouts from the 1970s and 80s.

Cub Scout Anthony Seales, 10, pictured when he and his pack, 15th St Peters presented a cheque to South Atlantic Fund. 1982.

See if you recognise these South Tyneside Cub Scouts

According to The Scouts Association, “Scouts don’t get bored – we’ve been having fun and going on adventures for more than a century”.

Andrew's junior school class.

Trudging through the snow to get to school in South Shields

In the second part of his latest piece of family research, local historian Andrew Grant today goes back to school where he “used to ask too many questions”.


Watch our slideshow of Memory Lane pictures of South Shields tennis players

It may have escaped your notice given all the World Cup football mayhem - but our annual dose of tennis fever will soon be served up.
Andrew's class at Whiteleas Infants School.

Recalling times at South Shields schools

For some people memories of school days linger, for others they’re glad to cast them to the back of them mind, where, hopefully, they’re forgotten.

Landing a precious cargo of fish.

How these heroic fishermen fought back against Nazis

Today historian Dorothy Ramser continues to pay tribute to the trawler crews who battled against the Germans to keep the nation fed during the Second World War.

Trawlers in dock just before the Second World War.

The ‘overlooked’ role of wartime trawler crews

“The part played by British fishermen during the Second World War has largely been overlooked,” says historian and regular Time Of Our Lives contributor Dorothy Ramser.

John Readhead�s Shipyard Offices as it is today.

Life and times at Readhead’s shipyard

Today historian John Bage tells us more about working at Readhead’s Shipyard in South Shields, sharing with us the memories of former colleague, draughtsman Bill Stephenson.

Common Brothers tanker at Readhead Yard in 1975.

Remembering the days of work at Readhead’s

Readhead’s Shipyard was as much a part of South Shields as the lives of so many townspeople were a part of it.


Oom pah pah! Were you in a silver or brass band in South Tyneside?

Today we’re taking a trip down memory lane to the good old days of silver and brass bands.

St Oswald's Junior School pupils in Bugsy Malone.

Memories of custard pie gun fights

Memories of fighting with custard pie guns came shooting back for one reader when we featured online a photo of St Oswald’s Junior School performing Bugsy Malone in the 1980s.

The Pilot Office in 1980.

Can you help uncover Bone’s Hall’s past?

It’s a building with a most peculiar name and a fascinating history – now modern-day residents of what was Bone’s Hall, in South Shields, are trying to find out more about it, and secure any old photos readers may have.


Picture special: All the fun at the YMCA in South Shields

There are many ways to have a good time at the YMCA.

Beckett, featuring Terry Slesser, in the middle.

Charting the days of South Shields group

Today local film maker and blogger Gary Wilkinson continues his look back at South Shields rock band Beckett – through the eyes of founding members Les Tones and Arthur Ramm.

Les Tones.

How South Shields band Beckett almost made the big time after tours with Slade and Rod Stewart

The music and record business is littered with groups and singers who nearly “made it”.

An undated team shot, featuring Harry at the back.

Can you shed more light on South Shields goalie?

Calling all footy buffs, can you help Jackie Williams (nee Jackson) find out more about her dad, Harry Jackson, who used to play in goal for South Shields football club?

The Coral Isle.

Reader tells of trawler tragedy which claimed the lives of two Shields men

The recent article, told to us by Terence Grewcock, concerning the tragic disappearance of the steam trawler Jeanie Stewart, with the loss of all nine crew, including two men from South Shields, 80 years ago this year, brought back sad memories for another reader, June Rutherford.

Pupils from St Joseph's Comprehensive School in Hebburn dressed up for a fundraising disco back in July 1987.

Memories of school discos and other pictures from the past

School discos were always fun events, as pupils donned their best bib and tucker and danced to the hottest sounds of the day.

A forerunner of the modern supermarkets.

Looking back at shops you may remember

Shopping has undergone something of a revolution in a relatively short period of time, with some of us having witnessed considerable change in the world of retail within our lifetime.

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