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New seating to help promote coast views

Taking time out from their seafront stroll are visitors Irma Coates (red coat) and Joyce Daley.

Taking time out from their seafront stroll are visitors Irma Coates (red coat) and Joyce Daley.

Walkers enjoying a stroll along the seafront can now take in the borough’s sea views while enjoying a well-earned rest.

A total of 20 traditional-style benches have been installed at various points along the promenade from Cullercoats to St Mary’s Island.

The seats, so people can sit and relax in style, have been installed by North Tyneside Council as part of its multi-million pound regeneration of the seafront.

The wooden seats are manufactured by Key Enterprises, an independent charity based in North Tyneside that works with people who have mental health and learning difficulties, teaching new skills and offering opportunities to gain qualifications.

The charity has made all the traditional wooden benches used by the council for the past three years.

Borough Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Our fantastic seafront is extremely popular and enjoyed by thousands of visitors throughout the year who brave all kinds of the weather.

“I’m delighted that we’re providing 20 new benches as people are always telling me how much they love walking along the promenade and they would appreciate more places to sit and take in the view for a while.

“These lovely new seats not only add charm and rest points on the promenade, they’re also made by a North Tyneside-based charity that does excellent work helping local people with mental health and learning difficulties.

“I’m really looking forward to a nice walk along the seafront during the Easter holidays and I’m sure I’ll be taking a seat and enjoying a rest.”

 

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