They were happy times
How many of these things can you remember?
Binns toy department, T&G Allan, Woolworths, Geordie Jeans for your Christmas clothes - what more did you need? Or getting a bit of tinsel to go round your head if your hair was deemed golden enough to be an angel. And visiting the amazing toy department in the basement! Remember when we had all those little butcher's businesses in South Shields? You possibly also had to make a hat to wear, with the best one winning a prize. Before the Customs House opened and the Boldon multiplex was built, this was all we had after the other cinemas closed down. Depending on your age and where your family shopped, you may remember Hintons, or the getting the lift down from Presto's car park. Or you were musical, performing in King Street yourself - or at old people's homes - with the school choir or orchestra. See also: watching the Snowman and longing to build one yourself How many Shields mams are still putting these on the tree every year? Pick 'n' Mix, giant bars of Cadbury's, chocolate Santas, selection boxes - Woolworths had it all And maybe getting an ice cream from Minchella's even though it was cold And told you'd be getting coal if you misbehaved. Perhaps after it was heavily diluted with lemonade by a parent.