South Tyneside is celebrating Local History Week next week (6th - 12th May) with displays in the Central Library featuring royalty and royal visits to the Borough as well as interesting talks on local events and organisations.
On Wednesday 8th May, the first in a series of four local history talks takes place at 2pm in the Central Library Theatre, South Shields. Writer Janis Blower of the Shields Gazette will be 'Looking at history through the Gazette'. Devotees of the Cookson Country page will be able to talk to Janis about her work.
This will be followed on Wednesday 15th May by David Bell, speaking on 'The Roots of the Tyneside Music Hall'. David, a retired lecturer from South Tyneside College, has published several small books on the history of the area. A compilation of some of these has appeared in 'Ships, Strikes and Keelmen' from the local publisher TUPS Books.
On Wednesday 22nd May Tom Fennelly, Secretary of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade will describe the history and work of this much loved and valued local organisation. Charting the Volunteer Life Brigade from its formation in 1866 to the present day, Tom's talk will prove fascinating to all local people.
The final talk on Wednesday May 29th by writer Mike Hallowell will talk about local 'Ales and Spirits', the subject of his book describing the haunted pubs and inns of South Tyneside.
All the speakers' books will be available for sale at the sessions and there will be an opportunity to have copies signed by their authors.
Tickets are expected to be snapped up for these sessions so local history fans are urged to hurry along to the Central Library and collect tickets from the Information Desk. All the talks start at 2pm in the Library Theatre. For more details telephone 424 1818 ext. 7863 or 424 7865.