Time of our Lives: Share your memories with the Gazette

Written in sand at Shields.
Written in sand at Shields.

Welcome to the first of our new Time of our Lives pages.

First and foremost, I need to thank all the people who have taken the time to get in touch with me, to let me know what they would like included in each edition.

Your comments and kind words will certainly help me shape the way in which we present local nostalgia – the stories and memories of a rich and colourful past.

In particular, the people who have e-mailed and spoken to me, are keen to spread the nostalgia net even further afield (time-wise and travel-wise) so that we have more recent reminisces included in the pages, especially from the 60s and 70s, along with tales from further afield.

And as part of this “broadening of horizons”, there was a demand that more musical memories and photos should be included.

John Bage highlighted the days when The Latino, in South Shields, attracted some of the country’s chart-toppers, while others spoke about the town’s links to some of music’s most flamboyant musicians, such as US hard rockers Twisted Sister.

John was also keen to trace the travels of South Tyneside folk as their fortunes fluctuated over the years.

“I don’t see why we can’t have local history articles in the Shields Gazette which encompasses a wider area.

“In doing my family history, I found that my great grandfather’s brother, whose parents had originally come to South Shields, from Kepier, in Durham, left South Shields and settled in Brandon and Byshottles , Durham, while other branches went on to Easington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

“ I think it would be interesting to read articles in the Shields Gazette about those areas.

“Miners would move around the area to different pits once there was a decent rail network so I would think a lot of people have links with other areas just like my ancestors.”

Gill Forth and Jack White, meanwhile, were keen to see more articles on the history of scouting in and around South Shields, while others had their own ideas about cooking and recreation (in the countryside and on the coast).

You really have given me lots of food for thought, so please keep your ideas coming.

Also, if you have any stories or photos that you would like me to share with readers, do get in touch.

E-mail your memories to peter.french@jpress.co.uk or ring (0191) 5017476 or write to Peter at Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

Mike Reynolds is keen to hear about the music scene of the 70s and 80s

“There were lots of kids around here who were into punk and then they started to listen to the New Wave of Heavy Metal bands.

John Bage, wanted me to dig back a bit further.

He told me:“I was fortunately around for the beginning of the swinging sixties. In South Shields there were a number of nightclubs which were extremely popular. First and foremost was the Bailey Club called The Latino, which was the Springs building opposite the Town Hall.

“It was an amazing experience with top acts on every week. Top charting groups such as The Searchers, Tremeloes, Showaddywaddy.”

What are your musical memories?

E-mail your memories to peter.french@jpress.co.uk or ring (0191) 5017476 or write to Peter at Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.