Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Business on the Quayside

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Business on the Quayside

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MEMORIES of the Guildhall, in the Evening Chronicle, brought back my memories as a 14-year-old, starting work at the Commercial Exchange in 1938, at 7s 6d (approx 37p) at the Chamber of Commerce. They quayside was a hive of activity in those days, business was just picking up after a recession - remember the Jarrow March - shipbuilding was getting going again. The Swing Bridge was constantly open to allow Colliers (ships) access to the coal staiths at Dunston.

Stephenson-Clarks boats were very prominent taking coal to the power stations on the Thames. Tyne-Tees and the Coast Lines were also prominent.

I recall the Highlander bringing cattle from Aberdeen and the Lochside bringing ale from Montrose every week.

Lloyds Hailing station at North Shields rang me every morning at 9am, giving arrivals and sailings from the Tyne. Each day between noon and 1pm, and again between 4pm and 4.30pm the Exchange was full of shipowners and collier owners looking for business. …

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