Cullercoats Bay – July 6, 1952

Cullercoats Bay, 3pm, Sunday, July 6, 1952.
Cullercoats Bay, 3pm, Sunday, July 6, 1952.

This image of Cullercoats Bay was taken at 3pm on Sunday, July 6, 1952, as beaches attracted record crowds.

From this unusual angle it is possible to see in the distance the cranes on the pier beyond the Priory headland.

Classic landmarks are the Grand Hotel in the centre of the skyline, the Plaza (then known as Gala Land) and the spire of the Congregational Church (now Land of Green Ginger) in Front Street, with Beaconsfield House just visible behind St George’s Church.

Shields News reported that Whitley Bay Police operated a ‘lost children shuttle’ from the Lower Promenade and queues stretched from Whitley Bay Station along Station Road into Whitley Road, with extra trains laid on.

Similar weather is hoped for at Cullercoats Lifeboat Day on Saturday, July 13, and Tynemouth Lifeboat Day a week later on Sunday, July 21.

Coble & Keelboat Society, a charitable organisation with an interest in all kinds of boats, will be there with a selection of books, CDs and DVDs for sale and you can also catch them at the Fishermen’s Mission open day at the Fish Quay, North Shields, on Saturday, August 3.

New members are welcome with discounts off book prices, trips and meetings at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats each month – ask for details or pick up a joining form at any of the events.

If anyone has further information, please ask for Discover North Tyneside at North Shields Customer First Centre on (0191) 643 5270 or email