Family connections run deep between North and South Shields

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SOME folk on this south side of the lower Tyne may think they don’t have much in common with those on the north side.

But they could be surprised to find that there are actually family connections that originate deep in the history of what was, originally, a close relationship between the harbour towns of North and South Shields.

This recalls film maker Gary Wilkinson’s latest project, Shiels, which explores the historic links between the two communities and whether or not they can be revived.

An on-line reader, Geordiman, says: “I have grown much closer to North Shields since I did my family tree and found loads of family connections with people over there. It is the same for my wife’s family.

“We often have a day out to the fish quay via the Metro to Cullercoats.

“It’s a great day out. The quayside has the best fish and chips at reasonable prices, with excellent, friendly service.

“They are a lovely treat at lunchtime.

“As a kid, the ferry was always exciting to travel on and although there isn’t the same engine noise or smoke smell, I still get a great deal of pleasure out of the modern ferry crossing.”