Book takes readers back to 1950s South Shields

South Shields author Eileen Burnett with her first book on South Tyneside pubs.
South Shields author Eileen Burnett with her first book on South Tyneside pubs.
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Nostalgia lovers will be able to take a trip down memory lane with the latest novel by a South Shields author.

Eileen Burnett’s new book looks back on a thriving decade in the town.

South Shields in the 1950s: Ten Years that Changed a Town.

South Shields in the 1950s: Ten Years that Changed a Town.

Eileen, of North View Gardens, South Shields, is set to release her second book – South Shields in the 1950s: Ten Years that Changed a Town – on January 15.

The book, published by Amberley Publishing, will be Mrs Burnett’s second historic book on the town she grew up in, after releasing her debut title South Shields Pubs.

The retired 68-year-old started work on the book in April last year, which saw her conducting interviews with friends who lived in the town during the decade, and researching at South Tyneside Library.

The book looks at how the 1950s proved to be a period of great change in South Shields, when residents were beginning to put their lives back together after the Second World War.

The historian said: “I was born here but in the 1970s and moved to Bristol and then lived in a few parts of the country before moving back in 2003.

“In the 1950s, I was between three and 13 years old and the book is a mix of personal memories of the town during that time and research. I joined South Shields local history group at South Tyneside Library around seven years ago and my interest has stemmed from there.

“The book looks at various aspects including housing; childhood; days and nights out; transport and working lives. Growing up, I loved Frederick Street. It was a brilliant place to shop.”

The book, which costs £12.99, will be available from www.amberley-books.com, Amazon and local stockists.