Looking at life on river

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I am a researcher at Newcastle University and have recently started a project looking at the importance of the Marine School for South Shields and I am trying to collect stories of those who moved into the area to study or train from 1945 to 1980.

My father, Terence Yarker, moved to Tyneside from the South East of England in 1969 to attend the college and pursue a career in the Merchant Navy.

He has lived in the North East ever since and expresses a great fondness and attachment to the River Tyne and its industrial history.

I am a social science researcher and I am currently working on the project, funded by the Catherine Cookson Foundation, to collect the memories and stories of men who, like my father, moved to the North East to work in the various marine and ship building industries along the Tyne.

Now that many of these industries have all but gone from the river this research project is interested in hearing about what it was like to arrive in Tyneside from elsewhere, live and work there, and how people feel about the area today.

I am interested in both positive and negative accounts of moving to, and living in Tyneside.

The analysis from the stories will be used to write academic research papers and presentations from which any identifiable information such as your full name, address and employers would be removed if you so wished.

In addition to this it is felt important that those who contribute their own stories are able to hear those of others in the project and therefore a small booklet is planned which would contain an edited account of each participants story.

Each participant would receive a copy of this once complete.

If you would like to be involved in the project or have any questions about, please contact me, Dr Sophie Yarker at Newcastle University, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University or email me at Sophie.yarker@newcastle.ac.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Sophie Yarker

Teaching Fellow,

Newcastle University