South Shields Matrimonial College

Skye Sierra
20th April 2009, 15:24
Reading Mike Allan's post #28 in the 'If I had my time again' thread set me to wondering.............................

Over the years how many on this site met their partner and married as a result of sitting for tickets or attending nautical courses at the South Shields Marine & Technical College?

I'll be the first to put me hand up



20th April 2009, 16:37
Yup, me too. Met her at the "Yellow Welly" in Westoe. "Yellow Welly" transcribes to "The Golden Slipper", later to become "The Hedworth"
30 something years ago

20th April 2009, 16:40
Not me. But how many of you who did fall for the fatal charms also ended up living up there, not too far from her Mam?

Nick Balls
20th April 2009, 17:01
No. But my wife was the VHF voice at the coastguard down at G Yarmouth at one time.

K urgess
20th April 2009, 18:23
Not quite but my electronics ticket at Saudi Shields and getting home each weekend made sure the Memsahib's claws got a good grip.
We got married in 1975 a year after I finished at Martec.
Still going strong.

21st April 2009, 07:38
Don't suppose it counts, lived 10 minute walk from the Marine & Tech, took my tickets there and married a good Geordie lass. Difference is I then moved 'darn sarf' to live. Back to front !


21st April 2009, 08:12
I met one there that I should have married!!

peter drake
22nd April 2009, 20:29
I met one there that I'm b----y glad I didn't

Ian Bunting
1st February 2016, 17:51
I sat my Chiefs part A in 1978 and also met my wife to be in the Beacon at Law top. We married in 1979 and although I'm from Derbyshire we've been in or around Shields since!!

10th February 2016, 10:50
I was one of those "lucky ones" I met her when serving my apprenticeship there with P & O in 1970 and got married in 1976 . even though I was a southerner I ended up staying up there but got divorced in 1984 and moved to Norway. I remeber a few from our years intake (1968) staying there Think a few are still up there

10th February 2016, 12:12
I was another one caught, back in 1982. Married in 1984 - but she decided to walk out on me in 2008 after 24 years & 3 children... Her loss - I met memsahib #2 (NOT from the Shields area) the following year, and life is good :) . Still in the North East too - even after 37 years up there I still look on it as being on missionary work!

23rd October 2016, 08:18
I was there as a Deck Cadet from 1976-1980 - whilst I kept and married my girlfriend from Blackpool - quite a few guys on our intake fell for the Geordie charms and got married up there - I had the chance to re-visit South Shields in 2004 - what a dismal depressing place it was - I went for a pint I the Westoe and it was full of Cadets from every country on the globe except the UK !! very sad but no regrets - had a great 4 years up there - Russ Purdie

24th October 2016, 07:33
Yes I went back to visit in 2005 and you are right, wow what a depressing place it is , maybe it was always like that but we just didn't care what it looked like as long as we were getting what we wanted !!!

24th October 2016, 08:03
No, I it wasn't always a depressing place. I was raised there as well as taking my tickets and it was a typical sea port of some notoriety amongst the seafarers of the world and a bustling town !

I have been living down south for 11 years and before we left it was starting to have a down at heel feeling and this feeling didn't change on intermittent visits back to canny 'Shields.

It might be a coincidence but the slide downwards coincided with the death knell of the main industries on the Tyne ie mining, shipbuilding and seafaring.

What caused that is a whole new ball game !!