South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Distant memories

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Trow Quarry, South Shields

Looking across Trow Quarry, South Shields, at peace with a lily.

I remember this view,

as a child and an adult too.

Do you remember, it was oh so long ago, we played on The Leas with footballs and kites,

we walked forever whether at morning or during summer nights.

The wind blew through my hair as we gazed at the ships out there,

and you dreamed of a life at sea and building a life we could share.

I remember this view,

as a child and as an adult too.

The beach beyond was a world of fun, in the longer days that were warmed with the sun,

the grass in winter became a blanket of white, and we sledged down Blackberry Hills, just for fun.

We brought our children here so they could spend their time,

watching and waiting for traffic leaving the River Tyne.

I remember this view,

as a child and an adult too.

I hope you will remember us for ever and a day,

and the life we lived in South Shields with it’s carnivals, hooray!

Remember us, and remember this view forever,

and one day, once again, we will be united together.

There are scores of these seats along the paths that snake across the cliff tops in South Shields, bought by families and dedicated to their loved ones to provide a resting place for weary legs making the four mile walk from Whitburn. The money raised goes directly to the National Trust and helps them to maintain The Leas, those wide swarthes of grassy goodness that makes our coastline a joy to visit.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/125th. second, f9.5, iso 200


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Written by curly

April 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I have a need to know: Were the lilies there naturally, or did you pose them?

    Nice pic,


    April 26, 2008 at 7:51 am

  2. I guess they were left there by the relatives of the deceased.


    April 26, 2008 at 9:02 am

  3. A beautiful photograph complimented by a wonderful and moving poem.


    April 26, 2008 at 5:19 pm

  4. lovely…

    S Wilson

    April 26, 2008 at 11:39 pm

  5. What a moving poem to your childhood place…makes me very nostalgic and homesick.
    Lovely photo!


    April 27, 2008 at 4:10 pm

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