Memories of sunny days spent at Marsden

Waitress Ann Price looks over Marsden Bay from the Grotto terrace in 1972.
Waitress Ann Price looks over Marsden Bay from the Grotto terrace in 1972.

With another Bank Holiday on the horizon later this month, let’s hope the weather is as good as it was when this picture was taken.

Taken in 1972, it showed waitress Ann Price looking over Marsden Bay from the Grotto terrace.

Athletes from South Shields Harriers and Athletic Club and the Jarrow Athletic Club before leaving for Wuppertal in 1976.

Athletes from South Shields Harriers and Athletic Club and the Jarrow Athletic Club before leaving for Wuppertal in 1976.

When we posted the picture on the Gazette’s Facebook page we asked readers for their memories of the bay and its scenic surrounding area.

Maureen Moore Tindle posted: “Every summer when I was little, the whole family, aunt, uncles and cousins” would go there. “We got deck chairs and tents from the cave. Best sandy beach around then. Still go regular but beach is all pebbles. Love the grotto.”

Carl Lister said: “The chip shop ... fish cake and chips with batter ... plenty of salt and vinegar ... lush” while Lynn Hill emailed “smashing photo!” and Margaret Knight added: “This is a fantastic photo. Well done!”

What are your favourite memories of this part of South Tyneside?

Niven Anderson, managing director of Rippons (South Shields) Ltd, receiving a cheque from former MP for Durham, Charles Grey. The firm won the prize in a window display competition in 1970 .

Niven Anderson, managing director of Rippons (South Shields) Ltd, receiving a cheque from former MP for Durham, Charles Grey. The firm won the prize in a window display competition in 1970 .

There are so many splendid places hereabouts to spend a Bank Holiday, what would you choose – the seaside or the countryside?