Pupils’ singing fills the tunnels

Couns Tom Hanson and Frank Lott with George Barrett of Coquet Park, Whitley Bay, and Amber Hewitt from Dunn Street Primary School, Jarrow.
Couns Tom Hanson and Frank Lott with George Barrett of Coquet Park, Whitley Bay, and Amber Hewitt from Dunn Street Primary School, Jarrow.
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YOUNG singers from Whitley Bay have been hitting the right notes as a Tyne crossing marks its diamond jubilee.

Children from Coquet Park First School gathered together to sing traditional songs in the middle of the Tyne pedestrian and cyclist tunnels, at the old boundary of County Durham and Northumberland.

Pupils from Dunn Street Primary School in Jarrow, also joined in, singing and cutting a ribbon to mark the 60th anniversary and the start of closer links between both schools.

The youngsters later returned to the Jarrow school to work on a frieze about the tunnels.

Coun Tom Hanson attended the ceremony with Coun Frank Lott, a fellow member of Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA).

Frances Moore, Year 4 teacher at Coquet Park, said: “We were delighted to be invited to share in this special jubilee celebration.

“Our Year 4 children always enjoy their annual school trip to the tunnels.

“Today has been a wonderful opportunity for the children to listen to stories of the tunnels’ past, make new friends and have lots of fun.”

The tunnels were officially opened by then-Transport Minister Alfred Barnes on July 24, 1951.

Built at a cost of £833,000, to mark the 1951 Festival of Britain, the Grade-II listed transport link was the country’s first purpose-built cyclist and pedestrian tunnels.