New trail to put town on the map

Mayor Norma Redfearn with Deputy Young Mayor Bethany Amer and Lewis, of Christ Church School, who designed the logo for the trail.

Mayor Norma Redfearn with Deputy Young Mayor Bethany Amer and Lewis, of Christ Church School, who designed the logo for the trail.

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A new feature has been launched to highlight the vibrant and historical attractions in North Shields.

A new town trail route has been developed to showcase the heritage of North Shields – including the vibrant centre, Northumberland Park and historic Fish Quay.

Invited guests, including Mayor Norma Redfearn, businesses, schools and voluntary organisations, helped launch the trail on Tuesday.

The circular walk, which is just over two-and-a-half miles long, starts and ends at the Beacon Centre, taking in the town centre, Linskill Centre, Northumberland Park, the Old Low Light and the Fish Quay.

Mrs Redfearn said: “North Shields is rich in heritage and this trail route will help people to explore and discover some of the town’s wonderful characteristics.

“It’s fantastic for visitors and I’m sure many residents will also discover something new about their town.”

“Particularly as we get into the spring and summer months, I’d encourage people to take part in the trail and enjoy all North Shields has to offer.”

David Bavaird, Chair of North Shields Chamber of Trade, added: “A number of members of the Chamber had the idea to celebrate our town’s rich heritage by creating a town trail and we quickly found that the idea was of real interest to lots of organisations in the town.

“I would like to thank all who contributed so enthusiastically and quickly.

“The North Shields Town Trail will be another reason for visitors and residents to visit our town and to help celebrate our rich heritage.”

The trail is available from North Shields Library, Linskill Centre, Glasshouse Tea Rooms, the Old Low Light Centre or download at www.northshieldstrail.org.

It has been launched in partnership with North Tyneside Council, North Shields Chamber of Trade & Commerce, Christ Church School, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College and the voluntary sector.