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Commemorative Plaques, commonly known as 'Blue Plaques' (even though they don't have to be blue), recognise the importance of a person or building to the history and heritage of South Tyneside.
There are numerous plaques located across the Borough commemorating people and organisations such as:
Elinor Brent-Dyer, a successful novelist during the 1920's from Westoe Village
John Simpson Kirkpatrick, 'the man with the donkey' who saved many lives through his selfless actions during World War One. There is a Commemorative Plaque at Littlehaven where he worked giving donkey rides to beach visitors
South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade has a Blue Plaque on the Watch House demonstrating the organisation's important role in the last 150 years and the service given by its members