Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Celebrating a Part of the Fabric of Our Lives

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Celebrating a Part of the Fabric of Our Lives

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Byline: Paul Delplanque

THIS week we have been celebrating the 140th anniversary of the founding of the Evening Gazette, which began life on Monday, November 8, 1869.

To mark the occasion we have already published a feature on the Remember When website and all this week we are featuring vintage photographs of the staff and building at the Evening Gazette in the Remember When section on the letters page.

But the major event is the publication of a 20-page supplement tomorrow which chronicles in words and pictures the life and times of the Evening Gazette and the people of Teesside.

Whenever anything has happened that has interested people in this great area of ours, the Evening Gazette has always been there to report on the event.

In this way the Evening Gazette has created over the years the most detailed history of Teesside imaginable.

The Gazette was there when Middlesbrough Town Hall opened in 1889. It was there when the first passengers were ferried across the River Tees by the Transporter Bridge in 1911. It fell to the Gazette to list casualties from the Front during the Great War. And later it fought to bring more jobs to Teesside between the wars. It brought the people of Teesside the news that war had been declared again in September 1939 and that it was all over in Europe in May 1945.

But it wasn''t only there to record the major events in our lives. But for the Gazette, who would have recalled that between August and October in 1949 Teesside all but ran out of water because of a severe drought? Or that there were plans (scrapped because of the war) for a huge sports complex with bars, restaurants, squash courts and indoor bowls to be built in 1940 at Clairville in Middlesbrough? And what of the great potato famine of 1947 when Teesside waited for a goods train rumoured to be carrying a supply from London? Or the so called 'race riot'' in Cannon Street in August 1961? And who remembers that the sky turned black at midday in July 1968 creating what has been named as the 'Dark Day''? Its stoic reporting of court cases over the years gave us an invaluable insight into attitudes of the times. …

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