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Then and now: Pictures show changing face of Jarrow

Danesfield Maternity Home, Bede Burn Road 1960
Danesfield Maternity Home, Bede Burn Road 1960

A South Tyneside history lover is celebrating the past and the present in a new exhibition showcasing the changing face of his home town.

Author and photographer Paul Perry has compiled a picture timeline of life from behind the lens in Jarrow from a bygone era to the present day.

The talented snapper, from Raby Gardens, Jarrow, has put together 75 evocative street scenes from Jarrow in the 1950s and 1960s – combined with fresh pictures of the same locations taken in 2015.

The thought-provoking Jarrow Then and Now exhibition is being launched by Mr Perry at Jarrow Library today – and will be on display at the Cambrian Street venue for the next three weeks.

Mr Perry has amassed an impressive haul of 37,000 archive pictures of Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields since kicking off his collection with eight picture postcards in the 1960s – and has also penned 18 books on the history of the borough, mainly focusing on Jarrow.

He said: “There are 150 pictures in the exhibition.

Some of the pictures are of places in which I can remember playing as a boy, so they mean a lot to me.

Paul Perry

“Seventy-five are old pictures, taken in the 1950s and 1960s, and I have taken 75 new pictures of the same locations to show how the area has changed.

“Some of the pictures are of places in which I can remember playing as a boy, so they mean a lot to me and are very evocative.

“There are also a lot of pictures of churches in the town, which have since been demolished, and the old railway station, built in 1872, which is where the Metro station is now.”

Mr Perry has also chronicled Jarrow life in film and the written word through book Changing Jarrow, featuring images from the last century, and his DVD, Bede, Battleships and Jarra Lads.

Jarrow photographer and historian Paul Perry looking at images from his forthcoming book, Changing Jarrow

Jarrow photographer and historian Paul Perry looking at images from his forthcoming book, Changing Jarrow

For more details on the book or the DVD, call Mr Perry on 0191 422 1131, or email paulperry64@hotmail.com

Walter Street 1958

Walter Street 1958

North Street 1959

North Street 1959

J & H Coop Market Square 1961

J & H Coop Market Square 1961

Grange Road 1961

Grange Road 1961