AFTER the initial euphoria, following the launch of the first feasibility study in December 1986, which was carried out to see how Tynemouth Station could be restored, little did we anticipate what a long journey lay before us, compounded by the vagaries of political machinations, both local and national.
It is almost unbelievable that it has taken over 30 years to realise our dream and to have celebrated this on July 2 when Her Royal Highness Princess Anne officially opened the restored station.
On behalf of the Friends of Tynemouth Station, and to everyone else who believed in the project, I would like to give special thanks to everyone who made this dream come true.
To Morris Muter and Lord Devonport for refusing to walk away from the project when many would have done so, and to all the contractors, consultants and funders who have enabled the station to arise phoenix like, to possibly become The Crystal Palace of the north east.
Words cannot express my joy and excitement at seeing the station’s completion in all its glory.
I doubt if anyone will have seen it in all its pristine splendour since 1882 when it was first opened.
May Tynemouth Station have a fantastic future and be enjoyed by future generations in the years to come, so our future descendants will be able to say ‘Thank you for a job well done’.
YLANA FIRST MBE
Secretary FoTS and Arts Co-ordinator Tynemouth Station