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Appeal for Spanish City pictures from the past

A family photo outside the Spanish City in 1955 featuring Steve Yarrow and his dad Norman. Credit: Steve Yarrow

An author is appealing for people to share their treasured memories and family photographs at the famous Spanish City.

In partnership with North Tyneside Council, Whitley Bay resident Mick Sharp is working on a follow-up to his successful book The Dome of Memories.

The book was released in 2011 to mark the centenary of the iconic building.

Artist impression of how the Spanish City might look after the work to restore it is complete Credit: Artist impression

Developers are working to restore Spanish City to its former glory as part of the council’s Seafront Master Plan.

Author, Mick is busy researching details of the attraction’s rich past for his next edition:

I’ve already had a great response from people on social media but now I’m looking to widen my appeal for memories and photos.

Plenty of people have shared photographs showing scenes of the Spanish City but what I’m really looking for are things like family snapshots – personal pictures of people enjoying days out there.

The human element is absolutely fascinating and it’s so nice to see photos of parents and their kids, or groups of friends, doing the sorts of things that people used to do on a day out there having fun. The pictures don’t have to be great and it doesn’t matter when they were taken either as I’m creating a cross section of memories throughout different periods in the history of the Spanish City – although it would be fantastic to get hold of some really old shots.”

– Mick Sharp
Construction works at Spanish City Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Mick is also keen to hear from anyone north of the border who used to come to Whitley Bay for the so-called ‘Scottish fortnight’:

Every year, for two weeks in the summer, all the Scottish factories would close and thousands of workers would come to Whitley Bay and take over all the B&Bs.

If anyone can remember what it was like here at the time, or if anyone has any photos to share, I would love to hear from them.”

– Mick Sharp

How to send your treasured memories to Mick: