Archive for November 2006
Glorious swathe of autumn colours as leaves surround the Edwardian band stand in the West Park, South Shields.
This is the statue to commemorate Dolly Peel (1783 – 1857), she stands guard on the old ballast hills on River Drive, South Shields. She was known as a fish wife, but was also a smuggler, poet and story teller and served in the Napoleonic wars. She lived in Shadwell Street in South Shields and on numerous occasions hid her husband from press gangs. She was a great favourite of Robert Ingham, the town’s first MP.
Billy Gofton was the sculpture and the statue was unveiled in 1987.
South Shields Metro Station
A rather dismal and damp scene at the Metro Station on Sunday as a few shoppers come to town, they weren’t keen on standing in the rain. I found out yesterday that the day after Thanksgiving in the USA is known as Black Friday, a day when retailers traditionally go into the black (financially). This is because it is a HUGE shopping day, the first shopping day of the Christmas season, I wonder if we should have an “official” first day of the season here?
Self portrait (ish)
After a long hard week in the Corner Shop, I decided to relax by going to South Shields Snooker Centre to watch my favourite football team (Sunderland) playing an away match at Wolverhampton Wanderers. The match was broadcast live via satellite and quite a few of us were there to generate a little atmosphere. Of course, we enjoyed a few pints of beer as well. My father took the photograph.
South Shields Town Hall
This statue of Pan (the messenger) stands above his copper domed cupola directly above the Council debating chamber at South Shields Town Hall. Full meetings of South Tyneside District Council take place here every six weeks. We have 54 councillors representing 18 wards across two Parliamentary Constituencies (South Shields and Jarrow.) The chamber is one of the most ornate in the North of England with hand carved oak paneled walls, leather upholstered oak seating, and stained glass windows, and a canopied raised dais for the Mayor, who chairs the meetings.
A peaceful country park
This is the lake at Hardiwick Hall Country Park just outside of Sedgefield, County Durham. There is a large stately house there and the park is filled with “follies” (fake ruined castles etc.) It’s a great place to take the children, both in summer and winter with lots of adventure trails and playgrounds, there is also good provision of tables and chairs for a picnic.
Less than fourty minutes drive away too!