Does anyone have any photos of old Shiremoor as I remember it in the 1960s? The fibreglass factory, the brickworks, the Methodist chapel and the colliery rows, old Emerson Place, the area behind the Blue Bell. The dolly washer on the pit heaps behind Stanton Road, the burn that's now in a pipe that I used to dam and flood the fields! Best playground a young kid could have, no wonder kids now have nothing to do, no pit ponds even... That whole area was great to grow up in, there were loads of old buildings to play in and ponds to raft on. The place is sterile now and heartless and soulless too.
Memories of Tyne and Wear
I was born and lived in Forest Hall. My father Gerry Malone was also born in Forest Hall, his cousin Jimmy Malone, lived in West Allotment, he used to sing in a lot of social clubs around the area, and also in West Allotment Social or Working Mens Club. I was told that he had a wonderful voice. Sadly he passed away a few years ago. Does anyone remember him?
I Was Born There
Does anyone know or have any photos of Foster Avenue in Murton? I think it had a nick-name of 'Wembley estate'. I was born there, my nana and granda lived in the village, Bob and Nella Young. I used to go to stay with them in the summer holidays.
1949 - 1961
I lived at Station Road in Murton and remember playing with my best friend, Doreen, down the bakery and in Windes Lodden. Does anyone remember my dad, Walter Simpson Smith, who was born at Cold Hesleden? I also went to Murton Girls Secondary School which is no longer there.
Fifty Years or so Ago.
I lived on Hesleyside Road, Wellfield in the late 1950s/early 1960s and as a boy knew all the local fields and highways and by-ways. Although I left the area some years later as I entered my teens I never really lost touch with the vicinity due to a wealth of relatives and friends living in SE Northumberland and on Tyneside. In those days Earsdon had three pubs that I was too young to visit, although I undertook a Scouting 'bob a job' task at the now long gone Phoenix Inn. At that time the no 17 bus used to wind its way through Earsdon village as did the burgundy/chocolate coloured Hunters single decker from Seaton Delaval to Shields. From my bedroom window I could see the beam from St Mary's lighthouse flashing across the night time sky and the distant roof of the Beehive Inn over the flat fields; also in my first year or so living there, the faraway plumes of smoke from the steam-hauled local trains from Monkseaton... Read more
Not Exactly Backworth
I was born in May 1950 at 85 Killingworth Avenue, Castle Park, Backworth. I was the only child in the street for a few years and I remember going into everyone's house for biscuits. I played with everyone's cats and dogs and played in their gardens. I remember my third birthday and watching the Coronation on my Nana's new television, that was 1953. In September 1953 we moved across the road to Number 78 Killingworth Avenue and my sister was born.
I started school in 1955 and remember walking into Annie Browns sweet shop on my way to school (Backworth County Primary School). I can still see the complete layout of the school, the smell of vegetables cooking in the kitchens, the smell of the toilets across the yard. Falling over in the PE lesson and getting a huge pebble stuck in my knee (still have the scar). My first teacher was Mrs Broadbent, then Mrs Robson and then Mrs Dunn (they were both in the 'huts'). Standard 1... Read more
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