17 November 1989 - Hebburn History:
Paul Tolson left the dole queue to take on a new job – as custodian of the history of his home town of Hebburn.
With the help of the Government’s enterprise allowance scheme, father of five Paul opened a local history and art gallery in former storeroom premises in Ellison Street.
The Quayside Gallery is already displaying a large selection of photographs, maps and memorabilia, illustrating past decades in the town’s history, and Paul hopes townspeople will donate more.
Former labourer Paul, 41, of Glen Street, Hebburn, said: “We have photographs of the shipyards that show the way people worked and photographs of things like the Kelly warship.
“What we are trying to do is to preserve the history of the town. It is the kind of place that a grandmother could take her grandson when he asks her what the town was like when she was growing up.”
Paul, his wife Catherine and their children, have collected old photographs of the area for several years and Mrs Tolson has already staged exhibitions of them in Hebburn.
She said: “We’re a bit of an old-fashioned family and like history, especially local history. The whole family love old photographs.
“It is something that has never been done before in Hebburn and we know there is a lot of interest in what Hebburn looked like in the past.”
Quayside Gallery on Ellison Street, Hebburn:
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