Zeppelin raids must have been terrifying

Jarrow suffered badly from Zeppelin raids during the First World War.
Jarrow suffered badly from Zeppelin raids during the First World War.

A SHATTERED shop frontage in Earsdon Terrace (now Boldon Lane) in Shields was recently seen in a photograph I featured.

It was of, possibly, First World War vintage, and I’ve since had a reader query if it showed damage from a Zeppelin raid.

I tend to think not. Jarrow suffered badly from such raids, but less so, Shields, or so I believe.

But there were terrifying encounters. I’ve just been looking at one from the spring of 1915 when a fishing boat, the Grecian Prince, was off the Tyne, when a Zeppelin hove into sight.

At one point it was only about 150ft above the boat, so close the crew could see men on the ‘verandah’ of the airship, who they suspected were taking observations.

How scary must that have been?

Also, thank you everyone who entered the competition to win copies of Tyneside: Remembering 1914-18.

The answer to the question was that it was the Ellison family who had originally had Hebburn Hall, which became a military hospital during the conflict.

Congratulations to the winners: Ray Robinson, Ravensworth Terrace, South Shields; Mrs Ruffell, Langholme Road, East Boldon and Bill Nicol, Willow Grange, Jarrow.