Taking history on board

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VISITORS to the borough’s coastline can now take on board a whole lot more about its history.

North Tyneside Council has installed a series of heritage panels at 11 locations from the promenade beneath Collingwood’s Monument in Tynemouth up the coast to St Mary’s Island.

There are also two visitor orientation panels, at Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, featuring maps of the borough.

The installation of the panels is part of borough mayor Linda Arkley’s three-year coastal recovery plan.

Mrs Arkley said: “Tourism is worth around £240m to the local economy, so we need to make visiting North Tyneside a rich and worthwhile experience.

“Our coastline is one of our greatest assets, which is why it’s vital we make the very most of it.

“These heritage panels should enhance the coast for visitors and residents.”

Each panel contains a quick response code.

The new interpretation panels add to 19 already in place in the borough.

Two were installed in Cullercoats in September 2010 to shed light on the history of the village as an artists’ colony, and the other 17 form part of the North Shields town centre and fish quay trail, a joint venture by the council and transport operator Nexus.