Coast history project is a shore thing

WE do like to be beside the seaside and always have done, and now a new project has been launched charting the history of North Tyneside’s beaches and the place they hold in our affections.

North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency has been given £22,100 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project, called A Day on the Beach.

A group of young volunteers will look back at the history of Tynemouth and Whitley Bay’s beaches and gather together memories and memorabilia from decades gone by for the benefit of future generations.

Ivor Crowther, regional head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “We are pleased to be supporting A Day on the Beach, which will equip the young project leaders with skills to help them in the future.”

Robin Fry, a volunteer centre manager for the agency, added: “We are committed to providing new opportunities for young people to give up their time to benefit others while also developing useful skills along the way.

“The combination of North Tyneside’s rich heritage and passionate young people should result in a fantastic experience for all.”

North Shields Library Club will be working with the young volunteers to collect and record people’s stories, experiences and memories of the north east’s seaside resorts.

Original photographs and memorabilia dating back to the 1940s and 1950s will be brought together for an exhibition recounting people’s precious seaside moments.

The collection will also be uploaded onto a website.