The Shields’ G&S Society’s magnificent seven

Members of the South Shields G&S Society.
Members of the South Shields G&S Society.

It’s wonderful to hear that so many of the old photos from the Gazette’s picture archive are reviving fond memories for readers.

The picture of South Shields Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society’s production of The Gondoliers, taken in 1963, is one of those that has prompted a great deal of interest.

Indeed, Beatrice Mills, got in touch with Time Of Our Lives to identify the seven people pictured in their costumes.

She revealed that they are, from left to right, John Murphy, Pearl Box, Maureen Hope, Sid Gowdridge, Denver Codling, Mary Dutton and William Henderson.

Beatrice also asked that I make mention of the society’s latest production, As Time Goes By, which is being staged from Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25, at the Pier Pavilion.

The show, which is described as featuring a “delightful selection of songs from across the decades”, starts at 7.30pm at the pavilion, in Pier Parade, South Shields.

Tickets, which are available from Haven Point, Pier Parade, cost £8 for adults and £6 for under 12s. Telephone (0191) 4247788 or (07733) 595970 for further details.

Watch out for more pictures and memories from the society’s past later in the year.

Another photo that appeared recently, of a ferry boat (Wednesday, June 1), prompted Thomas Scarth to get in touch.

“I was on one of those boats, pre-war, 1938 or 1939,” explains Mr Scarth.

“The picture was taken at Wylam, where there was a fairground, with shuggy boats and the like.

“You would go there for a picnic day out, taking your own food.

“It was a beautiful day out. I was there recently, you can still see the jetty, and the steps in the ground.”

Please keep sending me your memories.

Meanwhile, Pat Pierpoint, of the Northumberland and Durham Family History Society, has been in touch to say: “There are still places available for our one-day family history conference, to be held at Brunswick Methodist Church, in Newcastle, on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The theme of the conference will be “The Making of the North East”, giving delegates an insight into family life and work in north east England in the early 19th Century.

There will be four guest speakers, as well as a project research exhibition by members and a selection of family history stalls.

The morning programme will feature two talks, the first by Dr W S Howard of Sunderland University on “Our Peculiar Race of Pitmen – the making of the North Eastern Mining Family”, followed by Norman Welch speaking on the migration of families, “What and where were they then? What and where are they now?”

Lunch will be taken from 12.30 to 2.00 pm, and the afternoon speakers will be Dinah Iredale on “The Bondagers of Northumberland and South East Scotland” and Dr Ian Roberts on “Metalworkers in the Dales”.

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