Dome turned into an outdoor gallery

Whitley Bay on camera photographic contest organised by North Tyneside Council.'Photographers Ken Drew, Stephen Czopinski, Emma Seed, Trevor Ermel and Gren Sowerby with Mayor Norma Redfearn, third from right.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Whitley Bay on camera photographic contest organised by North Tyneside Council.'Photographers Ken Drew, Stephen Czopinski, Emma Seed, Trevor Ermel and Gren Sowerby with Mayor Norma Redfearn, third from right.' Picture by Jane Coltman

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An iconic building has been turned into a giant outdoor gallery.

Whitley Bay’s Spanish City Dome has been the main focus of countless pictures taken over the years.

But now it is the venue for seaside pictures by local photographers.

Boards in place around the Grade II-listed building while it undergoes a refurbishment are being used as exhibition space for ten winning images from a photography contest to capture Whitley Bay on camera.

The contest, managed by North Tyneside Council, challenged residents and visitors to share their own inspiring pictures of the town and more than 100 entries were received.

Ten of the best photos were chosen by a panel of local judges to be displayed at the Spanish City Dome site, as well as at other locations along the coast.

Each image will be displayed with the name of the local photographer, plus a short description.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This new exhibition of images will transform plain white hoardings into a wonderful outdoor gallery of bright and vibrant images we can all enjoy and admire.

“These photographs have been taken by local people and prove that we have so much to be proud of in Whitley Bay.”

Each photograph has been displayed on a 2.4m wide by 1.2m high board to create a high-impact display.