River’s history added to new heritage trail

(Left to right) Ferry master Trevor Errington, Ferry manager Carol Timlin and Ferry master Stephen Beck.
(Left to right) Ferry master Trevor Errington, Ferry manager Carol Timlin and Ferry master Stephen Beck.

A new display celebrating the heritage of the river Tyne has been unveiled by the Shields Ferry.

Nexus, which owns and manages the cross-Tyne service, has installed the new display board in the passenger waiting room at the South Shields landing.

The colourful display, which features a map of the Tyne from Newcastle-Gateshead to the mouth of the river, details its most iconic landmarks and charts the huge industrial changes.

Shields Ferry manager Carol Timlin said: “More and more visitors to the region are travelling on the Shields Ferry, which is why we have installed this new-look display about the Tyne and its iconic landmarks.

“The format makes it easy for people to follow, but at the same time we have packed in as much detail as possible.

“We’re really grateful for all the support we have had from local writers and historians, as well as Port of Tyne and Tyne and Wear Museums in putting the display together.

“There has been a ferry service on the Tyne for over 700 years and we can now share that history.”

Prominent landmarks on both banks of the Tyne are marked out on the board.

It delves into the history of the Tyne’s world famous bridges, as well as its history dating back to Roman times, and the river’s more recent industrial heritage. A focus is also on the Tyne as a thriving port.

The prominent landmarks of North Shields and South Shields are also marked out and are featured including Tynemouth Priory, the Collingwood monument and North Shields Fish Quay in North Shields.

The Shields Ferry itself is also a prominent part of the display. A whole section is devoted to the history of cross-Tyne ferry services, from their early beginnings in the 14th century, right up to more recent times.