Reader Ken Russell had special reason to get in touch when we posted a 1965 photo of Peter Johnson’s South Shields factory on Facebook – for three members of his family worked there.
Ken wrote: “My dad,John Russell, worked there, as did my uncles, Joe Hyde and Dick Russell” while Denise Souter said: “My dad Geordie Gibson worked there.”
Marie James asked Dorothy Faulkner “is this where Harry worked?” prompting Dorothy to reply: “Yes, 1966.”
A question posed about a second picture, also posted on social media (why were guards patrolling flats at Hebburn in 1983), however, remains unanswered.
Nigel Banks told how he lived in Gatesgil Court, describing them as “cockroach-infected slums”.
Pat Oliver quipped: “Yes, we lived there, Northumberland Court. And yes the cockroaches were massive, but I didn’t think they grew large enough to need guards.”