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History of Hebburn in the Spotlight

Councillor Nancy Maxwell is pictured with the Jarrow and Hebburn Local History Society, Secretary Cicely Horspool with an original box Brownie camera.

The history of Hebburn is being portrayed in pictures following the opening of a new exhibition.

The Jarrow and Hebburn Local History Society has launched its annual exhibition at the former Mountbatten Medical Centre, off Victoria Road West.

Hebburn then and now is a collection of hundreds of archive photographs and artefacts covering all aspects of life in the town over the last 100 years.

These include images of old Hebburn pubs, schools and industries to the demolition of former town landmarks, such as the former Simpson's Hostel in High Lane Row and shots of the old Hebburn Newtown School in the 1940s.

One of the items on show is an original box Brownie camera, which may well have been used to shoot some of the pictures on display.

Cicely Horspool, Secretary of Jarrow and Hebburn Local History Society, said: "It's one of the biggest displays we've ever put together and it covers all aspects of town life."

The group has been running for 26 years and meets every Wednesday from 10am to 2pm, in Jarrow Community Centre. They hold exhibitions every year in Jarrow and Hebburn.

Councillor Nancy Maxwell, who helped the society to secure the former Mountbatten Medical Centre as a venue, went along to the opening of the exhibition.

She said: "This is a wonderful exhibition showcasing the rich history of the town. The society's exhibitions are always very well attended and I'm sure anyone with an interest in local history will find this display fascinating."

Hebburn then and now is running until Saturday 5th October, from 9.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Any local schools, groups, care homes or people living in sheltered accommodation wanting support with their local history research or projects can contact the society on (0191) 420 6010 for further information.

The society is also happy to make visits and run slide shows for people.

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