Facebook Postings 2015
What would Local Historians Frank Manders, Clarence Walton, The Dodds sisters, John Oxberry, Peter Haywood, Joan Hewitt, Chas Taylor et al make of Facebook Groups eg Memory Lane, Felling Past and Present, Felling Group etc? This is just a sampling of the value of shared memories. They would have loved it and I'm sure they would have seen the historic merit in recording the views of ordinary people on everyday subjects.
Here's a few postings. I doubt whether the actual postings will last into history and they are not searchable. These reproduced samplings are searchable and postings on this website will survive into history, if not online then certainly in a printed form
This is the sort of record for the future that a tape recording of folks chatting in a pub 100 years ago would be. A great insight into what people were thinking and talking about
JB This is an interesting photograph. I had forgotten there was a William IV pub on Bottle Bank. Here we see the pub on the day of Tot Anderson's funeral. Tot owned and ran the pub and the Gateshead Post reports "People lined every inch of the route to St Mary's Church in Gateshead where a service was held"
JB Sodhouse Bank, back then when the Three Tuns had not been rebuilt (in 1923) and the church at the top of Kells Lane was not modern. See from today's pic nothing much has changed
JB Not to harp on about the Quayside but even before the Sage and The Millennium Bridge, the old fashioned one was still bordering on magnificent
JB Had a pint in the Metropole today. It's good with lots of nooks, good decor, trombone lighting..but a few too many TV's for my
liking. Pics on the wall are about brewing. I would have expected a theatre theme. Got chatting to a guy formerly in the pub trade and he just would not accept the building's origin as a theatre. That it's ornate, has three storeys and the previous and current pub signs were theatrical in theme altered his view not a jot
I left with a suggestion that he consult Google when he got home
Thomas Wilson's house up for let so they turned it into Lowery's Lane Car Park but not before waiting nye on another Century, allowing it to become a dangerous but fun adventure playground for little tykes, including myself
308-318 High Street, Gateshead, c1929