Official opening of new £3m building

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A new £3m centre in the heart of North Shields town centre has been officially opened.

North Shields Customer First Centre in Northumberland Square opened in June following its refurbishment.

North Tyneside Council's Customer First Centre at Northumberland Square, North Shields, hosts its official opening celebration-Dr Gordon Adam who opened the original building is seen with Mayor Norma Redfearn.'REF 2609130018

North Tyneside Council's Customer First Centre at Northumberland Square, North Shields, hosts its official opening celebration-Dr Gordon Adam who opened the original building is seen with Mayor Norma Redfearn.'REF 2609130018

A special ceremony was held last week at the building, which was first opened in February 1975 by the then mayor of North Tyneside Council, Dr Gordon Adam.

He was joined by Mayor Norma Redfearn to look around the new centre, which includes the library, customer services and housing teams.

They took a tour of the building and saw some of the activities that take place.

As well as books, spoken word and DVDs for loan, the library has wi-fi, computers, photocopier, community rooms for hire, tourist information leaflets, newspapers and magazines, toilets and baby changing facilities.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I was delighted to be joined by Dr Adam. Since he opened it the first time round in 1975 he will have seen fantastic changes, moving away from a traditional library to this state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Shields.”

Dr Adam said: “After 40 years it’s a privilege to be back. It has remarkably improved since 1975.

“The building is so important for our citizens and it’s encouraging to hear that more and more people are making use of it.”

The building’s windows are decorated with art created by artists Mick and Cathy Sharp, based on drawings by children from Norham Technology College, Collingwood Primary, Christ Church Primary and Spring Gardens Primary schools.

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