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Caption for Whitley Bay, South Lower Promenade C1955: It was the coming of the railway that transformed Whitley Bay into a resort and commuter country. Like Blackpool, Whitley Bay became a popular destination for holiday-makers from Glasgow, and it also prospered as a tripper resort for the people of Tyneside. Special low fares after 6.00pm brought in evening visitors by the hundreds. The railway also turned Whitley Bay into commuter country for those who could afford to escape the grime of Newcastle.

An extract from Northumberland Tyne and Wear Photographic Memories.

Memories of Whitley Bay

I lived at Links Avenue, West Monkseaton between 1965 and 69. Went to Park Road Junior school next to what was then the cinema, and Spanish City. Ended up at Valley Gardens Secondary Modern. Names I remember from those days are, Donald Gibson, Colin Williamson (lives at Lytham St Annes now), David Addison, Clive (...Read full memory)

I lived in Jesmond Terrace at No.41. I had been taken to the airraid shelter and was back to sleep when a bomb hit No.55. It did not explode and we were all rushed to the underground shelter at the end of Victoria Terrace and Trewitt Road, now just a triangle of grass, but every time I see it my memory goes back and you think what if the bomb had exploded?

My mother lived on the Esplanade in the 1940s just about opposite Colman Cafe. She taught in a local school. My father was a policeman in the town, and met my mother there. He related interesting stories of the bombing of the town during the Second World War, such as being knocked off his feet by a nearby blast when on air (...Read full memory)

The people sitting on the seat in the foreground of this photo are actually my grandparents and aunt, visiting - as they regularly did - from their home in Annfield Plain, Co Durham. This photo was taken a couple of years before I was born and also before my parents were married. Sadly they are no longer alive, but little did they know they had been snapped for posterity!

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