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The Viking Shopping Centre, Jarrow

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Viking statue, Viking Centre, Jarrow

“Plum and Duff”

Jarrow in South Tyneside has a very long history indeed, it was one of the first places along the North-East coast of England to have been invaded by the Vikings from Scandinavia (they were beaten back at first) who eventually colonised these parts. Jarrow was also the home of the Venerable Bede the monk famous for his ecclesiastical writings and historical early texts, and of course in the last century Jarrow is famous for it’s “March” to London campaigning for jobs during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, and it is also the location of the Tyne Tunnels linking North and South Tyneside.

Today’s Jarrow has a 1960’s designed shopping mall, The Viking Centre, and these two Viking fellows were erected when the shopping centre opened. They have become almost iconic for Jarrow as images of the marchers from the 1930’s.

We like to call them Plum and Duff in South Shields.

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Written by curly

August 26, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. […] have taken to making regular visits to Jarrow recently and the once dreadful 1960s edifice called the Viking Centre is vibrant, busy, bustling with shoppers and offers an altogether better experiance. It’s […]

  2. […] have taken to making regular visits to Jarrow recently and the once dreadful 1960s edifice called the Viking Centre is vibrant, busy, bustling with shoppers and offers an altogether better experiance. It’s […]

    Curly’s Corner Shop

    September 6, 2008 at 10:41 am

  3. Can anyone remember the Men’s clothing shop that was in the viking center about 1970. There was Burton’s but I believe there was another one, oposite Carricks and a bit further up, towards the bus station. Any help would be appreciated.

    Peter Young

    September 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    • Yes it was called chris b watsons it was a male fashion boutique sold trendy shirts like ben shermans and desert boots which were all the rage, as well as jeans, cheese cloth shirts and suits, could this be the shop u mean??

      Shelagh mcelwee

      December 9, 2009 at 10:24 am


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