Posing outside the front entrance at the official opening is the Bishop
of Durham (Dr Hensle Henson), who performed the opening ceremony, With him are the Mayor and Mayoress
of South Shields (Councillor and Mrs E Hill), Colonel and Mrs Robert Chapman, Alderman and Mrs
Chuter-Ede, Alderman and Mrs J Ranson, Councillor Mrs Peel and Mr VC Carter. It's worth noting
that Alderman James Chuter-Ede was MP for South Shields at this time, and was later to become
Home Secretary and then Leader of the House.