Toasting the Brigantine pub

The Brigantine pub.
The Brigantine pub.

Many of you were left toasting the old Brigantine pub and the memories it brought back when we featured a photo of the well-known South Shields watering hole recently.

The picture, posted on the Gazette’s Facebook page, was taken in December 1967.

Gillian Mckenzie took to social media to post: “My late dad played darts there in the 70s and 80s, and he was fab at it too,”

Maria Wilkinson recalled: “Killer pool on weekends with my uncle and family/friends” while George Skelton said: “Great pub, played for the pool team, 80 to 84. Peter Flemming was the manager.”

Alum Ale revealed that: “My dad ran it in the late 70s” while Michelle Mason told how: “My uncle Tommy used to drink there.”

Helen Banks had her own memories of the pub, namely “my brother’s wedding, a mint night was had by all” while Brenda Williams had her wedding reception there.

Alan Smith spoke of a pint of Tartan while Keith Ford said: “The wife and I used to visit regularly.”

Johan Dodds took to Facebook to say he would go in “when the Commado was quiet” while Melanie Baker recalled “the week ends” and Sheila Tebble “New Year’s Eve”.

Kelly Marie Robson said she had loads of memories, while Linda Wood spoke about “getting served under age. lol.”

What are your memories of the pub and the people who used to go there?

What is/was your favourite South Tyneside pub and why?

Meanwhile, readers were also quick to share their memories on Facebook of a picture taken in May 1976, showing Mr Arthur Cousins, chairman of the South Shields Committee of the Save the Children Fund, and Mrs Margaret Lawlan, who was president, counting washing power packet tops at the end of a campaign by to raise money for a worthy cause.

Bernie Finlay went online to correctly say: “That looks like Arthur Cousins, a relative of mine, who was a head teacher in South Shields and who was involved with the Save the Children Fund.”

Agnes George agreed, saying: “Definitely looks like Mr Cousins. He was my headmaster.”

Nikki Ratcliffe posted: “I remember collecting Persil coupons and when you got so many you could get train tickets” while Sarah Wood “remembers those ring pulls!”

Jean Jamieson told how she collected milk bottle tops in aid of a good cause while Karen Ratcliffe recalls collecting “Pennies in Smarties tubes at Girls’ Brigade”.

I seem to remember that when we were at school, we were also encouraged to collect milk bottle tops and any other types of aluminium.

Every week, we would take our haul of tops and scraps into school and the teacher would add them to the expanding ball of silver that was stashed in the classroom cupboard.

Soon the scrap metal ball seemed to take over the place as children took great delight in adding to its dimensions.

Eventually the ball would be taken away and any money raised as a result would be given to a local charity, though I can’t remember which one.

Postage stamps were another favourite as were cardboard boxes (usually kept in a storage bin for making things in craft lessons) item to collect. What did you used to collect when you were at school and why?