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Celebratory tea for North Shields Inner Wheel

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of North Shields are pictured enjoying afternoon tea at The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth, to celebrate World Inner Wheel Day.

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The Ridges Inn, North Shields

Looking Back at The Ridges Inn

On April 16, 1940, the Shields Evening News ran a full-page covering the opening of The Ridges Inn, North Shields.

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Lesley Stanbury from Free from Freak at a previous North East Vegan Festival

North East Vegan Festival (Nevfest) returns to Sunderland

Thousands of vegans are set to swamp out the Stadium of Light as the North East Vegan Festival (Nevfest) returns to the home of the Black Cats.
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Looking Back at Howdon Branch Library

Howdon Branch Library was officially opened on January 15, 1959. The Mayor of Wallsend Dinah Sowerby JP officially opened it.

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This photograph shows no.13 Front Street, Cullercoats as it looked in 1954.

Looking Back at Cullercoats cafe

This picture shows 13 Front Street, Cullercoats, in 1954.

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Tynemouth Flower Club chairman Beryl Thompson and vice chairman Mary Christopher with a certificate of appreciation from Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Flower club arranges a donation

Charity giving is blooming among North Tyneside club members.

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Front Street, Tynemouth

Looking Back at Poletti’s Bazaar

These dilapidated buildings were on the north side of Front Street, Tynemouth, where Mister Woods Coffee Shop now stands.

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Holy Cross Church, Wallsend

Looking Back at Holy Cross Church

This atmospheric image shows the ruins of Holy Cross Church, Wallsend, in 1869. The original church was built around 1150, with later modifications made in the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Hickey Hay and Straw Merchant.

Looking Back at Henry Davison Hickey

Henry Davison Hickey was born in Newcastle in 1874 to John and Jane Hickey.

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The Toffee Shop in Church Bank, Wallsend.

Looking Back at the toffee shop

On Saturday, March 3, 1934, the Shields News published a picture of this building with the title ‘Famous Tyneside Toffee Shop’. The shop was situated in Church Bank, Wallsend, and the paper states that Grannie Watson was once the proprietor.

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Mr Edward Eccles was born in Yorkshire and came to Tyneside in his youth and worked at an office on the Quayside.

Looking Back at Edward Eccles

Edward Eccles was born in Yorkshire and came to Tyneside in his youth. He worked at an office on the Quayside. Eventually he became a ship owner and coal merchant, and Eccles Colliery, which was named after him, opened in 1905.

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Where the toll booths now stand outside the Tyne Tunnel was once a thriving community.  The photograph was taken from the west over the Tyne Improvement Commissioners raft yard.  To the left is the Shipwrights Arms which appears to date from the mid 1850s although it might earlier have been known as the Carpenters Arms.  The pub does not seem to be remembered locally.

Looking Back at The Shipwrights’ Arms

Where the toll booths now stand outside the Tyne Tunnel was once a thriving community. The photograph was taken from the west over the Tyne Improvement Commissioners’ raft yard.

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The name of the Fat Ox Hotel is entrenched within local folklore due to its association with Edward Halls infamous large ox that chewed the cud in Whitley during the 1780s. The ox weighed 216 stones, 8 lbs before its slaughter by Newcastle butcher Thomas Horsley on March 18th, 1789 and was immortalised in a copper-plate engraving by Thomas Bewick. The original 19th century building was described as being thatched and picturesque and served up popular girdle cakes that attracted picnic parties driving from as far afield as Newcastle. There was also a rowdy side to the establishment with 1842 police reports recording an assault on PC William Armstrong immediately outside the public house. Pigots Directory for Northumberland lists Robert Hiddleston as the custodian of the Fat Ox c.1827.

Looking Back at The Fat Ox Hotel

The name of the Fat Ox Hotel is entrenched within local folklore due to its association with Edward Hall’s large ox that chewed the cud in Whitley during the 1780s. The ox weighed 216 stones, 8lbs before its slaughter by Newcastle butcher Thomas Horsley on March 18, 1789, and was immortalised in a copper-plate engraving by Thomas Bewick.

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When do you put your decorations up?

When should you put your Christmas decorations up?

We're not even into December and we've already spotted a few houses with their Christmas decorations up.
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Alexander Wilkie supervising the hand rope making process in his ropery at Percy Square, Tynemouth.

Looking Back at Wilkie’s Ropery

Alexander Wilkie supervises the hand rope-making process in his ropery at Percy Square, Tynemouth. The original Rope Walk is on the 1896 Ordnance Survey map, and the 1901 census lists Alexander living with his wife Mary at Linskill Street, North Shields.

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Whitley Park Hall.

Looking Back at Whitley Park Hall

In 1842 the Tyne Pilot advertised Mrs Wright’s mansion, Whitley Park Hall, for sale or rent. The house stood in 11 acres, and was passed twice a day by the Blyth-Shields coach.

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Whitley Bay grandad Kevin Brown who won �100,000 on a National Lottery Instant Win Game. Picture by Gareth Jones.

Grandad scoops a £100k lotto win

A grandfather is celebrating a £100,000 win after feeling lucky the day before his birthday.

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Del Boy and Rodney of Trotters Independent Traders (Photo: BBC)

Only Fools and Horses tops 20 most watched shows of the last 80 years - pick your favourite

Today we celebrate 80 years of TV - and these are the 20 most watched shows during that time.
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Salt and vinegar in a green bag?

The biq question answered: Should cheese and onion crisps be in blue or green packets?

The nation has spoken - the correct colour for cheese and onion crisp packets is green.

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