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Let’s Not Forget…

Let’s Not Forget…

Today, let's not forget those 107 lost at midnight on May 3/4 1941 at Wilkinson's. As usual, I'll take a walk past the communal graves. May they rest in peace.

Book Stockists and Postage Costs

Book Stockists and Postage Costs

Following the high levels of interest in North Shields 173 - the book, at the Local History Day event at North Shields Library on Saturday, I'm very pleased to confirm a new stockist. In addition to copies being available from North Shields Library, they are also...

North Shields 173 – The Book

North Shields 173 – The Book

At long last, I've got around to writing up the story and I've self-published it as a "real book". It should be out on Saturday May 11th and should launch at Local History Day at North Shields Library. Following this event, the library will have copies for sale..or...

Wilkinson’s Photo..from Above!

Wilkinson’s Photo..from Above!

A step nearer the Holy Grail of a photo of the W.A. Wilkinson's factory in North Shields. A timely reminder from site friend Steve Hislop to revisit the Britain from Above website and a 1927 photo of North Shields, Dockwray Square and environs. I'd seen this before...

Harry Rose – Wartime Memories

Harry Rose – Wartime Memories

I met Harry at the 2018 Local History Day event and after a really interesting chat, I asked him to write his memories down. He has. Thanks very much Harry! I was born on March 2nd 1935, so one can say that I was a child of the Depression. I cannot recall much of that...

Local History Day – 12/5/2018 at North Shields Central Library

Local History Day – 12/5/2018 at North Shields Central Library

Come along on Saturday 12th between 10.00 and 4.00 and have a chat about Wilkinson's. We'd love to meet you and hear your stories. And...if you can bring photos etc, so much the better. We have a table at the event...you can look at the Tynemouth Borough Bomb Map,...

77 Years Ago Tonight

77 Years Ago Tonight

This from our friend Terry Wilkinson: On this night, 77 years ago, my great grandfather's lemonade factory in North Shields was hit by a bomb from a lone German raider. The three-storey premises were destroyed. The bottling machinery fell to the air raid shelter in...

Mary Gargett – Wilkinson’s Employee 1930s-1941

Mary Gargett – Wilkinson’s Employee 1930s-1941

With many thanks for the following to Edwina Thewliss who contacted us regarding her mother Mary Gargett (1917-2014) via the North Shields Nostalgia Facebook group. Mary was employed at Wilkinson's from, we believe the 1930s up until the bomb destroyed the factory in...

The Ward Family

The Ward Family

Many thanks to site visitor Kathleen Alderson who contributed the following: Obviously before I was born (1950) back in 1941, my aunt Lilian May Ward went to a photographer together with my cousins Lilian and Maureen Ward. She got her 6 week old daughter’s photograph...

Tonight…76 Years Ago.

Tonight…76 Years Ago.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday 3 May 1941 a lone German nuisance raider dropped 4 bombs on the Tyneside town of North Shields.  Tragically,  the fourth bomb scored a direct hit on Wilkinson’s lemonade factory. The Public Air Raid Shelter in the building’s...

Mapping The Disaster

Mapping The Disaster

Over the next month or so I'll be re-working some of the Google maps on the site to incorporate more meaningful markers, text explanations and where possible, images. CodeCabin_ have kindly allowed free use of their pro WP GoogleMaps plugin which will enable this...

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