Growing up in the shadow of the arches, bombing around Tyne Dock on my Grifter bike, playing football on St Mary’s field and when I was a teenager a member of Tyne Dock Youth Club in South Shields. They had a film night every Sunday. No matter what film was screening I’d get a chair and plonk myself down at the front. The film was projected from a room at the back of the hall. The pictures, colour and sound were amazing. Three films stand out from those Sunday nights – Carrie by Stephen King, Monty Pythons Life of Brian and Duel by Stephen Speilberg.
About 10 years ago I started researching my family tree. The Local Studies Library in South Shields was a great resource to find information. Putting the story together I knew of a family connection to Ireland, but never realised the full impact that the Irish had on the North East and in my case, Jarrow. The research led to making a documentary Little Ireland. Since then I have filmed a lot around South Tyneside recording stories by local people talking about memories of their home town. Skuetenders, War Stories, Home from Home, Westoe Rose and Secrets & Lies. It’s been interesting to uncover and record stories that would have been lost or forgotten. This link is to a documentary filmed late 2011 ’Tyne Dock Borders’ including interviews with local residents and featuring Writers Catherine Cookson and James Mitchell as they were born in Tyne Dock.
’Tyne Dock Borders’ was originally 70 minutes but for the purposes of uploading the documentaries on You Tube and sharing them on social media I have recently edited the films down to short stories.
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Gary Alikivi 2018