The workers who kept South Shields postal service going in the 60s and 70s

Let's hope it's a red-letter day for memories thanks to this week's selection of photos from the Gazette's archives.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:57 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:51 am
Do you recognise any of the people pictured? Did you used to work in the local postal service in the past?

Today we feature a wonderful selection of images showing postal workers in South Shields during the Sixties and the Seventies.

A lot has changed over the years, both locally and nationally.

South Shields Memory Lane October 1978 no old ref number Customers at South Shields post office where a new queueing system went into operation.

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The widespread use of more modern methods of communication, and the growth of social media, has made letter-writing something of a lost art.

What are your memories of sending and receiving letters in years gone by? Would you rather receive a hand-written letter or a tweet?

The wide picture across the page, taken in October 1978, shows customers at the town’s postal office getting used to a new queuing system. Do you remember the occasion?

Memory Lane March 1971 Postal workers prepare for the first delivery from South Shields sorting office .
South Shields Memory Lane October 1978 no old ref number Customers at South Shields post office where a new queueing system went into operation.
Memory Lane March 1971 Postal workers prepare for the first delivery from South Shields sorting office .