North Shields centre to host local history event

The aftermath of the Sarajevo assassination that sparked the First World War.
The aftermath of the Sarajevo assassination that sparked the First World War.

Though May is Local and Community History Month, the North Shields Customer First Centre will be staging its annual local history day on Saturday, April 23.

It’s on from 10am to 4pm and will feature numerous events and stalls.

Talks will be given, and musical entertainment will be on offer throughout the day.

Members of groups with an interest in local history and heritage will be on hand to give advice to anyone seeking to do research into their family roots or any other aspects of the past.

The Northumbria World War One Commemoration Project will be present to explain its ongoing work to complete the story of the contribution of all areas of North Tyneside to the war effort between 1914 and 1918.

Volunteers will be on hand to help anyone looking to find out more about a relative killed in or otherwise lost to the Great War.

We will be pleased to talk to anyone keen to learn about volunteering and the many aspects of the project’s work, including gathering oral history and the placing of blue memorial plaques on the former homes of casualties. Some 180 are now in place across North Shields, Tynemouth and Cullercoats.

We will also explain the substantial amount of research work expected to be ongoing through to 2018.

By then, we hope to have expanded our database to cover all the casualties of the war in North Tyneside, a number we expect to total 4,500, including the 1,800 men already researched in the former Tynemouth borough.

The Dominion Geordies in World War One project, on which the project is collaborating with Northumbria University, will also be attending.

Anyone with relatives who served in the Dominion forces of Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Newfoundland will be welcome to make inquiries or volunteer to work for that project.

It is studying the 7,200 men and women identified as being from Northumberland and Durham who, after emigrating, served during the war in the forces of their adopted homelands.

Anyone with information on any of these men and women will be welcome to go along and speak to the project volunteers at the event.

The next in our series of monthly talks at the Low Lights Tavern, on Brewhouse Bank at North Shields Fish Quay, will be given at 7.30 pm on Tuesday next week.

Its subject will be the 1914 assassination in Sarajevo that sparked the war. Such dreadful consequences would have been unimaginable to the parties involved in the original incident, a bungled operation offering scope for black humour throughout.

This free talk, by Ian McArdle, is well worth the venture down to the fish quay.

Anyone with information about any North Tynesiders killed in the First World War is asked to contact the project.

The project workroom is open from 10am to 4pm each weekday at Linskill Community Centre, in Linskill Terrace, North Shields.

A memorial garden is also accessible daily, from 8am to 5pm, at the centre.

The details of more than 1,800 casualties from Tynemouth are now to be found on our online database at www.

To view them, opt to search within area on the database and select Tynemouth. The database is being expanded to include other areas of the borough, with new names of casualties being added weekly.