Lionel Percy Tate.

Hopes rise for an end to war

As November 1918 opened, the local population had rising hopes of an end to the seemingly unremitting tragedy of the four years long war.

Thomas Grieves & Co.

Looking Back at Thomas Grieve

Thomas Grieve, one of the best known local tradesmen, was the senior partner in the firm of Messrs Thomas Grieve & Sons, ship furnishers, ironmongers etc., of Bedford Street and Clive Street.

Acc 15769 J P McArdle Wallsend Mayor

Looking Back at Mayor McArdle

The first Labour Party candidate to win a seat on Wallsend Council was Paul Joseph McArdle in 1923. He remained on the council until his death in 1960, aged 69.

Bon Marche.

Looking Back at Bon Marche

An advert in the Wallsend News from 1959 stated that Lily Smith opened her draper’s shop on March 7, 1904, and chose the name Bon Marche because the shop next door was already called Smith’s.

Council School Whitley Bay.

Looking Back at the Whitley and Monkseaton Council School

This old postcard is postmarked July 12, 1907. The caption states only that it is a picture of a Council School in Whitley Bay. Comparisons with other photographs and maps reveal that this was Whitley and Monkseaton North School, Park Avenue, seen from what would now be the back garden of 9 Coquet Avenue.

William Godfrey Charlton.

Their days were numbered

By the end of August 1918 it was clear to the German High Command that their days were numbered and that they were losing the war.

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