AS council bosses press ahead with their £100m plan to revamp South Shields town centre, here’s a reminder from our archives of how things used to be.
This aerial picture of the town centre was taken in the early 1980s.
Many of the buildings have already gone – including the Gazette’s former office in Chapter Row and the General Havelock pub opposite.
The 365 plan aims to transform the town, increasing the shopping and leisure on offer as well as improving the way people travel to, from and around the town.
The Word – to be built on the North side of the Market Square – will provide a library and interactive exhibition space to provide a home for local writing talent and become a community hub.
Work is set to begin imminently, with the aim of the building being open to the public in late 2016.