SOUTH Shields has always had, within it, distinctive and important localities over the years.
One of these is Tyne Dock, and businesses and institutions would often have a Tyne Dock branch that served the west end of the town, with its concentration of industry and dense community of streets.
The Shields Gazette was no exception, though I have to confess that I have only limited knowledge of our old office in Hudson Street there, though I have spoken to readers over the years who, as paper boys, collected their papers from it to sell.
It was pretty old-established, I think.
I’ve been contacted by a lady who is researching the area and is seeking information about the office.
I’m not able to tell her much, and I wonder if there is any old colleague out there who can furnish us with a few details please?
I do remember being told a story that, under the nearby embankment on Slake Terrace, opposite the Port of Tyne’s offices, there is supposed to be a press buried underneath all that earth, but I can’t now recall why.
We didn’t print at that end of the town, unless it was to produce bills etc.
I would, as they say, very much like to ‘read all about it’!