Aye, South Shields
The seaside town with sandy beaches was once famous for its shipyards, coalmines, salt pans and glass-making. The last shipbuilder (Readhead's) closed in 1984 and the last pit (Westoe Colliery) in 1991. Today, the town relies largely on service industries, while many residents commute to work in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Sunderland.
One thing that will never change is that South Shields is my home town and I have lots of great memories of it. At the end of the road where I lived was a shipyard and from my house I could see the cranes that built the ships. A whole community with rows and rows of houses had appeared over the years to support the need for workers and although none of my family worked in the ship yards, I lived in one of them. I love to see old photos, especially ones where I can spot places and see how they have changed over the years. I have pulled together a small set of images that show places I grew up with and indeed, one could have been taken out of my bedroom window.
I'd love to increase this collection of images from yesteryear, if anyone has any suitable shots, then post them and I'll add them to the gallery.
You can view the gallery here.