Old photo brings back memories

The Meadow Dairy Company Ltd, in North Shields. Picture courtesy of Discover North Tyneside, part of North Tyneside Libraries.
The Meadow Dairy Company Ltd, in North Shields. Picture courtesy of Discover North Tyneside, part of North Tyneside Libraries.
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An old photograph published as part of a First World War heritage project stirred up memories for one resident.

The picture of the Meadow Dairy in North Shields featured in the News Guardian as part of North Tyneside VODA’s Business As Usual volunteering project, exploring the impact the war had on local businesses.

And the image triggered the memory of a North Tyneside resident who said: “My maternal grandmother (whose maiden name was Fleetwood) worked at the Meadow Dairy where she was to meet her future husband.

“I believe that her sister was also working there during the same period. At one time, our family had a photograph which, from memory, looked very similar to the one printed.

“Unfortunately, at some point, we lost the small collection of photographs owned by my grandparents.”

VODA is currently researching the photograph and the people pictured in it to establish if there are any connections.

VODA’s Jo Woolley, who is coordinating the project, said: “It’s really exciting that people have taken the time to get in touch with us and that the photograph has sparked people’s memories about their relatives during the First World War. We’d love to hear from anybody else who has stories, photographs or even records related to the dairy – however short or vague the memory.

“Any information would be useful to this heritage project.”

For more on the project, contact Jo Woolley at VODA on (0191) 643 2626.

Alternatively email jo.woolley@voda.org.uk