Factory workers picture takes the biscuit

BISCUIT MAKERS ... from Wright's factory in South Shields. Below, the Aggas family.
BISCUIT MAKERS ... from Wright's factory in South Shields. Below, the Aggas family.

THIS photograph should bring back some sweet memories for anyone ever associated with Wright’s Biscuits in South Shields.

It shows a group of women workers, plus one unknown gent in the front row, at a dinner in the town’s Armstrong Hall.

During the Second World War, the factory at Tyne Dock remained open day and night making biscuits for the Army.

Some 300 employees, mainly women, worked shifts around the clock.

Wright’s closed in 1973, but it reopened two years later under the name of Lowe’s, but this time making dog biscuits.

It finally closed in 1983, and its buildings, including a famous chimney rembered as a landmark in Tyne Dock, were demolished.

Elsewhere, Anne Aggas, of Fellside, South Shields, after becoming the youngest grandmother in the country at the age of just 34 in 1922, and became a great-great-grandmother at the age of 75.

The women in Mrs Aggas’s family believed in marrying young.

She herself wed when she was only 16, and so did her eldest daughter, Eleanor Lowther, of Thames Lane, South Shields.

“I must be the youngest great-grandmother in the country,” said 58-year-old Mrs Lowther.

The Gazette pictured Mrs Lowther’s eldest daughter, Florence Carruthers, 40, and her daughter, Dorothy Bell, 17, with her baby daughter Dorothy.

“I am as fit today as I was 50 years ago,” the oldest resident of South Shields, John William Turnbull, told the Gazette as he turned 100.

Mr Turnbull, of Wenlock Lodge, South Shields, spent his big day going through his post, including a greeting from the Queen.

Meanwhile, former Sunderland and England legend Raich Carter was appointed as new manager of Middlesbrough.

Carter had captained Sunderland to their famous FA Cup win in 1937.

It was a momentous week on Wearside as a few days earlier, a beat combo called the Beatles appeared at the Sunderland Empire as a support act for teenager Helen Shapiro.

, best known for the single Walking Back To Happiness.