Jarrow Town Hall set to welcome visitors, but South Shields’ Old Town Hall will be closed

Mayor Coun Richard Porthouse, mayoress Patricia Porthouse and Couns Alan Kerr and Fay Cunningham at the back.
Mayor Coun Richard Porthouse, mayoress Patricia Porthouse and Couns Alan Kerr and Fay Cunningham at the back.

One borough town hall will be open for business as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days - but another will be out of bounds.

Jarrow Town Hall in Grange Road is remembered as the place where marchers set off on their way to London on the famous Jarrow Crusade of 1936.

And people are invited to join a free tour of the building led the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, on Saturday, September 12, from 10.30am to 11.30am.

The Mayor said: “It’s a real pleasure to be able to show people around this beautiful building with its breathtaking stained glass windows, marbled steps and wood panelling throughout, and to showcase the Jarrow March memorabilia which will be on display.”

But an exhibition due to be staged this month at South Shields Old Town Hall, in the town’s Market Place, has been cancelled due to safety concerns.

A spokeswoman for South Shields Local History Group, which was organising the display, expressed regret at the cancellation but said it had been rescheduled for May next year.

A council spokesman said: “Development works around the Market Place mean that safe access cannot be guaranteed to the Old Town Hall. It is for this reason that regrettably this event has had to be cancelled this year.

“A wide range of other properties will be open to the public as part of the annual Heritage Open Days which allow people a rare glimpse of some of the fantastic heritage we have here in South Tyneside.”

For full listings, specific opening times or booking information for events in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/hod

Copies of the Heritage Open Days booklet are also available at local libraries and the Visitor Information Centre at Haven Point, South Shields.