A VICTORIAN station which underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment has been given the royal seal of approval.
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal visited Tynemouth Station today to view the restoration work of the historic station, unveiling a plaque to mark its completion.
Hundreds of residents gathered at the station to catch a glimpse of Princess Anne as she met officials from each of the key partners, community groups and Tynemouth Market traders before being taken on a tour of the regenerated station, where the final phase began in August 2007.
She viewed a photographic exhibition charting the history of the station, being presented with a book that marks its 130th anniversary, before meeting pupils from Cullercoats, King Edward and Priory primary schools who had created a mural for the station.
North Tyneside’s School Concert Band performed a musical composition that was commissioned to mark the station’s refurbishment, composed by local composer James Rae, before finally unveiling the plaque.
The Grade II-listed structure, which celebrates its 130th birthday this year, has undergone a £3.68m grant-aided restoration, including £1.9m from the government’s Sea Change programme plus support from North Tyneside Council, Station Developments Ltd, English Heritage and Nexus.
There was also help and support from local community and interest groups, including The Friends of Tynemouth Station and Tynemouth Village Association.
Work has included the restoration of its distinctive glazed canopies, with each pane of glass being individually sized and measured with more than 4,600 panes being installed above the 18 restored bays.
The station’s concourse was also enhanced, providing additional retail and performance space.
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