Memories of Watch House I would love to share

I noticed recently in the News Guardian that a lot of interest is being taken in the Watch House (Brigade House we called it) and the Spanish Battery.

It has brought back so many memories to me.

I am 91 and probably the last one who remembers how Tynemouth was in those days.

My aunt and uncle, Minnie and Dick Blackburn, lived in the Brigade Cottages where I spent all my school summer holidays.

Uncle Dick was captain of the Life Brigade, his picture I believe is still hanging in the Brigade House.

Even though I am 91 I have vivid memories of my childhood holidays staying in Tynemouth.

My grandmother lived in the village and at one time owned the shop which is now the guest house in Front Street.

I would love to share my memories if anyone is interested.

I even remember Knotts Flats being built, which I watched from Aunt Minnie’s bedroom window.

Joyce Milne

Shiremoor