Authors to celebrate North Shields’ history

The Low Lights, in North Shields.
The Low Lights, in North Shields.

A group of local authors are celebrating the rich history and heritage of North Shields.

A local history book day has been organised that will bring back memories of the fish quay; remember life during the Second World War; recall the days when there was a pub on every corner; or delve into the early history and development of the town.

The free event is taking place at The Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort, North Shields, and is a joint venture between The Net, a heritage and cultural project, and local publisher Summerhill Books.

Authors include Charlie Steel, Jack Shotton, Mike Coates and Daniel Turner.

Andrew Clark, of Summerhill Books, is the author of ‘Life in the North East in the 1930s, 40s and 50s’ and as part of the day he will have on display his collection of old objects that were once familiar around the home and now are museum pieces. Music will be provided by Whitley Women Community Choir.

The local book day is being held on Saturday, December 6, from 11am to 3pm.

The Old Low Light is the oldest surviving building on North Shields Fish Quay. It began life as a lighthouse and was enclosed by Clifford’s Fort in 1672.

In the early 19th century, it was converted into an Almshouse. It is now the home of The Net group who are working to develop a Cultural and Heritage Centre.