It has not been all plain sailing for the Mission To Seafarers in South Shields. But despite its difficulties, the charity is still helping merchant navy sailors from around the world – and is now celebrating its 160th anniversary. Just five years ago, the future of the charity was in doubt as the mission’s head office in London announced plans to move its welfare officer and support staff. The uncertainty was compounded by a flood at the Mission’s Mill Dam home.
Today we look back to the 1970s and ‘80s – and the activities of a host of sporty and cycling-proficient youngsters. They include pupils from Ashley Road Junior School in South Shields, and members of the town’s Harriers and Athletic Club. In July 1988, children at Ashley Primary School were photographed after achieving a 100% pass mark in their cycling proficiency test, while fellow pupils were captured in the swimming pool, practising for a forthcoming gala.
Entertainment comes in all forms – for as well as the professionals pictured here, we have images of some talented locals. The professionals come in the form of comedian Norman Collier, seen here on stage in what we think is one of South Shields parks, and local actress Ann Dover, who, back in April 1980, was about to appear on Emmerdale Farm as a VAT inspector. From the Gazette’s Youth Notes of 1956 comes a portrait of young crooner Tom Duffy, pictured at the Tyne Dock Youth Club.
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