Your memories of shopping at Axelbands

Axelbands shop window in 1983.
Axelbands shop window in 1983.

The sign on the front of the South Shields shop, Axelbands, boasted “every thing for the baby” – and judging by your comments, it was certainly true.

When we posted a picture of the shop on Facebook, one reader described it as “an Aladdin’s cave” while others were quick to sing its praises.

Joyce Richardson took to social media to post: “Mam always bought clothes their for me when I was little. My first Shirley Temple dress was from there, and the liberty bodice and knickers too. I always wanted the big baby doll in the window.”

The same was true of Evelyn Gardner, who said: “Liked the doll in the window, and what about the liberty bodices with the rubber buttons?”

Jackie and Jim Waugh told us: “We lived in Marshall Wallis Road, and Frederick Street was our local shopping area. My mam shopped in Axelbands all the time, and she always got our ribbons and socks there for Easter.”

Gail Nicholson recalled how: “My mam bought Zorbit terry nappies and ribbons for us there” while Jennifer Pybus told how they “sold everything, don’t know how they got everything in such a small shop.”

Although Susan Sinclair didn’t shop there “my mam did, for me”. “Apparently they sold everything from baby clothes to knicker elastic!”

May Jones went online to say: “Fantastic shop, they kept everything, no need to go to town” while Alison Campbell posted: “Ah my mam loved it here. I remember mam taking me in here when I was little,”

Looking at the shop window, Axelbands was certainly well stocked.

Linda Wood stated: “Loved it.” (as did Jackie Evans), “it was like Aladdin’s cave,” recalls Linda.

Sylvia Dixon voiced her recollections, saying: “Good shops then, could get every thing you needed.”

Gloria Garland Davidson went on Facebook to say: “Shopped there quite a bit, nice woman who owned it” while Yvonne Lydon confirmed she was a customer, adding: “Used to get hair ribbons for my daughter.”

Sharing her thoughts too was Beverly Olds who commented how “they sold lovely, quality stuff” while Sue Saunders said: “They used to sell baby nighties, with the ties at the bottom.”

It’s clear that Axelbands was a much-cherished shop. Lesley H Eslop (was Topham) simply posted: “Loved their windows.”

Meanwhile, another photo, showing youngsters saying their prayers in West Park on Good Friday, in 1968 (more on them soon), also generated a number of readers’ comments.

Amy Riley took to social media to say: “I loved the jazz bands, they should definitely make a come back.”

Linda Wood told how she remembers: “getting my orange at church, and new shoes and white lace gloves.” Sarah Pascoe enjoyed seeing the photo which brought back “a good memory from childhood.”

From praying to purveying, and Liptons, whose shops were so popular in years gone. A picture of a local Liptons store encouraged Michael Jacobson to write on Facebook: “The first time I tasted cashew nuts was here.”

As ever, it’s great to hear from you regarding articles and pictures that have appeared in previous articles. Tim Hudson, of East Boldon, got in touch following the publication of a photo showing the River Tyne in 1966.

Tim wrote: “The ship in your picture is the Strait of Canso. I sailed on her as Chief Engineer for several voyages when she was very new. A fine ship, trading mostly around St Lawrence/Newfoundland/East coast U.S.”

Meanwhile, Jill Quiantrill took to email following the recent spread on Dicksons butchers shops. She wrote: “I am emailing to inform you of names in regards to the main picture in the ‘famous butcher stores’ article.

They are: Cathy, Joyce Brennan, Heather Hambling, Carol Carr, Doreen Dunleavy, Margaret and Edna. My mum is Carol Carr, now Quantrill.”