And we have reminders of all that and more in this retro selection of photos from clubs in the South Tyneside area.
Are you pictured at a charity concert or a children’s party or perhaps in the concert room?
Take a look and see how many scenes you recognise?
1. Perseverance Social Club
A May 1993 showing the Perseverance Social Club at Tyne Dock. Are you pictured? Photo: Shields Gazette
2. On the oche in 1963
Cleadon and District Working Mens Social Club games room pictured 60 years ago. Photo: Shields Gazette
3. Entertaining the children in 1963
Fred Finch introduces one of his father's puppets to a group of children at a 1963 party held for them by the Westoe Mechanics Social Club in the Boldon Lane Community Centre. Photo: Shields Gazette
4. Presentation night in 1977
A cadets presentation night at Elmfield Social Club, Hebburn. Remember this from 1977? Photo: Shields Gazette