From the 1960s to the 80s, we’ve images of workmen carrying out building and demolition projects across South Tyneside.
The work included brick-laying and pointing, as well as paving and digging, taking in buildings such as All Saints’ Church, in Cleadon Village, the old South Shields General Hospital and St Hilda’s Church.
By far the biggest project, captured by the Gazette’s photographer in 1965, was the South Shields to Newcastle dual carriageway,which spanned the Don Valley, near the Robin Hood Inn, in Jarrow. There was also quite a dismantling job going on at Harton Colliery in 1970 when the old pit headgear was being cut-up.
Perhaps the most evocative image is that of the workmen of the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company sheltering from the rain in 1965.