Wallsend

A History of Freemasonry in Wallsend

Compiled by George C. Laws

The Compiler of this book has been actively involved in Freemasonry for the last 28 years, 10 of which were in an active capacity in the running of the Wallsend Masonic Hall Company. It became obvious to him that although a great deal of information was available within Lodges, it was not generally available to individual Masons unless requested, and not at all to the general public.

He therefore decided to collate the information held by Lodges into a single source for the use of all those who may be interested in Freemasonry or indeed just curious.

128 pages including 36 colour illustration.

The proceeds of the work beyond production costs will be donated to various Charities.

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North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s

Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.

‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.

With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.

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North East Life in the 1960s

by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1960s’ recalls a memorable decade – thought by many to be one of the most exciting periods in our history. The music scene had everything from Beatlemania, to local lads in The Animals achieving worldwide success and some of the great artists coming to the North East. The night scene was vibrant with clubs such as the La Dolce Vita in Newcastle where Tom Jones, at the height of his fame, appeared in 1966. Also in that year there was the greatest day in English football when England won the World Cup at Wembley and had in the team Bobby and Jackie Charlton from Ashington. Other memories include 1960s fashion, work, schooldays, entertainment, holidays and jazz bands.

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North East Life in the 1970s

By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.

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North East Life in the 1980s

by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor

In ‘North East Life in the 1980s’ the authors share their memories of fashions; early computers and video recorders; popular toys and games; happy times at Metroland; first holidays abroad and concerts at Newcastle City Hall. The decade saw many new developments in the region such as the opening of the Metro transport system, the MetroCentre and Nissan’s car factory. Also featured in the book is the music of the 1980s as well as television shows and films set in the North East such as the hugely popular TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. There were also many other days to remember such as the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub coming to the Tyne and the biggest musicians in the world playing at St James’ Park, Roker Park and Gateshead Stadium.

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Pit Ponies

by Mike Kirkup

Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.

Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.

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Wallsend Best

A Personal Experience of the Rising Sun Colliery
by Ron Curran

This hight quality book is a history of the Rising Sun Colliery in Wallsend from the 1940’s to its closure in 1960’s.

The book contains over 100 unique illustrations many never published before.

The book contains 116 pages.

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Wallsend Football Past and Present

by Dave Mooney

Wallsend Football Past & Present is a celebration of the local teams and players from the town over the past 100 years. Included are many of the great teams that people remember alongside the players who went on to play League football, win FA Cup and Champions League medals as well as representing England. Also featured are schools, youth, Sunday, Over 40s and ladies teams – and the many charity games that once drew large crowds. Finally, we remember the men who organised the teams, raised the money, went to the meetings and put the post and nets up.

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Wallsend Remembered

Looking back at growing up in Wallsend, Howdon & Willington Quay
by Steve Boundey

Wallsend Remembered covers a variety of memories by local author Steve Boundey. The book recalls the places people used to live that have now long gone. It also features the many local schools, as well as sport, transport and community activities. Another section describes how young people used to play – in ways very different from today.

It is a personal view but it is hoped that the stories will help readers recall their own memories of growing up in the area.

With over 240 photographs of Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay from the early 1900s to the present day.

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Wallsend Remembered Volume Two

Another look at growing up in Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay
By Steve Boundey

‘Wallsend Remembered Volume Two’ is the latest book from local author Steve Boundey. With over 250 illustrations, the book contains people’s memories of growing up in Wallsend, Howdon and Willington Quay.

Interesting times in Wallsend are recalled with old photographs of streets, buildings, shops, cinemas, factories and shipyards – many now demolished but not forgotten.

People are also featured with school photos, sports teams, drama groups, jazz bands, day trips and celebrations. Also included are stories of local people who have made a contribution to their community.

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