Secret South Shields

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Post by malaymac » Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:09 pm

comeonthen wrote:
jimmywizz wrote:the old parks bogs, blocked of many years ago, i wonder whats inside today ? owt worth flogging on ebay ? :lol:

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I wonder who this picture will bring back happy memories to. comeonthen
Well it brings back a lot of memories to me coz as kids we used to go in there, and climb up over the urinals (I know, the filthy daft things we did)
and then lower ourselves down on the other side and sneek through the fields and nick the neeps (turnips).

If we felt really brave, we would go further over the gardens and creep round near the sanitorium,,,,,,,very scary thing that was....

Hard to believe, I know, but somehow we thought we were doing all this in complete secrecy from anyone......how stupid we were
as all the residents living in Sunnirise could simply look out of their back windaz and see us being the daft lads we were. #-o

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Re: Secret South Shields

Post by comeonthen » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:24 pm

Bless the innocents. I was actually refering to cottaging.
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Re: Secret South Shields

Post by stevea » Thu Apr 09, 2009 8:11 pm

Anyone heard that there is some sort of bunker under Temple Park ?

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Post by Barney » Thu Apr 09, 2009 9:37 pm

There used to be a "bunker" under the corner of Temple Park at King George and John Reid Road.
It was supposed to be a nuclear shelter for the council if there was a strike - a happy days!!! LOL

The front rooms of the quite extensive dugout where used as changing rooms for the football teams that used to play on the park. At the back there was a locked door which we never got past.
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Post by sless » Thu May 14, 2009 10:03 pm

we got past the door,AND IT LEAD FOR MILES
SOMEONE SAID IT WENT ALL THE WAY TO MORTIMER SCHOOL
didnt go that far tho
it was a bit shi*ty down there
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Post by nesr012 » Sat May 23, 2009 6:56 pm

There is only ONE nuclear bunker for the whole of North East England, and it ain't in South Shields. :shock:

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Post by rusty » Wed Sep 02, 2009 10:44 am

i heard it was a civil defence hq

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Post by Barney » Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:12 pm

Ah, yes! "Civil Defence".

That was a euphemism for "Kiss Yor Sorry A ss Goodbye!", or "The Coonsil is safe - Screw the Rest of Ya!" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by memor » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:46 am

If only we could con them into thinking there was an imminent nuclear strike.

They'd all go down there all cosy and safe

and we could pop down the hardware shop and purchase several large bolts to fit the door and stop the b*stards from coming out.

Oh what a happy time we'd have getting everything done properly.

Where I work someone show me a photo taken late sixties it show all of the staff plus three lovely ladies.

The three lovely ladies sort out holidays pay, pensions everything.

Today we have sixty people doing the same thing for the same amount of staff.
food for thought I think
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Re: Secret South Shields

Post by stevea » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:04 pm

Is it right there is a similar bunker in Whitburn Village just along front street opposite the junction with Sandy Chare ?

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Post by jimmywizz » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:45 pm

that one looks more like a 2nd world war bunker to me, not 100% sure

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Post by ralph » Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:33 pm

Does anyone remember the pipe more towards the centre of the beach, which ended at the sea in a structure we used to call 'Monkeys Island.' It had a pole above it which in the distant past was surmounted by a ball made of iron strapwork. I assume this acted as a hazard warning to boat owners when the tide covered the rest of the structure.

Depending on the tide, we would swim off the 'Island', as we did,(shudder the thought), off the 'Letter T' sewage outlet near the Pilot Jetty. Kids, 'Pip' the dog, sprats, and dogger crabs, all living in harmony with nature and its effluent discharge, without apparent harm! How we ever grew up, is quite a mystery, and all without Health and Safety Legislation. Mind, you were more likely to see the odd kid with callipers of some kind, perhaps proclaiming a 'brush' with the dreaded polio - or infantile paralyisis as it was more widely known then.

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Post by StottieCake » Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:50 pm

Pilot wrote:Image


There is mention of the old Smallpox hospital at Whiteleas before the modern estate was built.
Thanks to the Shields gazette for the cutting.
Was there a shop at that house on the corner of the Gazette pic "Gibbons" (Andy Gibbons?). In the 1960's I would visit a local corner shop (near where the Whiteleas Club is now, heading towards Tyne Dock) Anyway, Pilot's clip reminded me of that kind of place.

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Post by Barney » Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:29 am

StottieCake wrote:
Pilot wrote:Image


There is mention of the old Smallpox hospital at Whiteleas before the modern estate was built.
Thanks to the Shields gazette for the cutting.
Was there a shop at that house on the corner of the Gazette pic "Gibbons" (Andy Gibbons?). In the 1960's I would visit a local corner shop (near where the Whiteleas Club is now, heading towards Tyne Dock) Anyway, Pilot's clip reminded me of that kind of place.
Gibbons shop was at the far end of the row of houses, actually on the other corner, the north-east corner of Gosforth Avenue and Percy Scott Street.
It was still there in the late '70's, but was knocked down when they started to prepare the land for the new housing development.
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Post by StottieCake » Tue Jul 13, 2010 9:39 am

Thanks Barney :)

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Post by lawrenson » Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:41 pm

Hi,

I asked my (elderly) dad, and he reckons that first pic is the old seaplane taking-off ramp.

He remembers it, and playing round the old swimming pool round there just after the war when the pool was closed off :)

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Re: Secret South Shields

Post by mamita » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:45 am

I remember a kid getting knocked down on the corner of Gainsborough and Whiteleas Way, and the ambulance and police were called from that police box. Most people didn't have their own phones - only rich and posh folk!! Many's the time we were chased by cops or adults for messing about with it, or even just hanging around it!!! :wink:

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Post by Barney » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:38 pm

mamita wrote:I remember a kid getting knocked down on the corner of Gainsborough and Whiteleas Way, and the ambulance and police were called from that police box. Most people didn't have their own phones - only rich and posh folk!! Many's the time we were chased by cops or adults for messing about with it, or even just hanging around it!!! :wink:
Hi mamita and welcome to Sanddancers boards.
There were a few people knocked down in front of the Duster and the shops on Whiteleas Way over the years, as well as on Gainsborough Avenue.
The one you mention might have been Graham Wood, who lived on Turner Avenue.
He survived with only a broken leg, but others were not so lucky.
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Re: Secret South Shields

Post by martymont » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:42 pm

Barney Gordon Esdale got knocked down and killed, in Gainsborough, our Heather got knocked down in Lorraine Road.

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Post by Barney » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:52 pm

Hi martymont. I remember a young boy called Stephen was killed by a bus just outside of our house - that would have been 1962 or 1963.
Also, one of the Newsome brothers was killed, too, either on Whiteleas Way or Gainsborough.
Mickey Sullivan was knocked down by St. Oswald's, too, and two young sisters were run down by a bus on Gainsborough near where the old persons day centre is now.

ANd lately, Shep's son was killed near my mother's house.

A lot of tragedy on those streets. :(
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