Tours to take in heritage of the borough

Cullercoats Watch House.
Cullercoats Watch House.
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HERITAGE enthusiasts are being urged to sign up to explore famous sites and buildings in the borough.

Tours are selling out fast for next week’s Heritage Open Days initiative.

The four-day event, from Thursday, September 6, to Sunday, September 9, offers free access to properties usually closed to the public or that charge for admission.

And residents are being encouraged to act quickly if they want to secure a spot on a number of tours taking place.

On the Thursday, the Cullercoats Art Guided Walk will give people the chance to walk around Cullercoats and explore its history as an artists’ colony.

The walk will begin outside Cullercoats Watch House in Front at 2pm.

The following day there will be an insight into the borough’s coastal heritage and history with a trail from Tynemouth Station to Cullercoats from 1pm to 3pm.

A guided walk of Preston Cemetery in North Shields will take place on the Friday from 2pm to 4pm.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn about the history of local burial grounds, architects and monuments to local personalities, as well as finding out about Preston as a recreation ground.

Also at the cemetery, the following day, a guided walk of the First World War graves and family memorials will begin at 1.30pm.

People can learn about how the borough of Tynemouth contributed to the war effort and hear the stories behind the men commemorated.

More than 30 venues and activities are part of this year’s North Tyneside Heritage Open Days offer.

A booklet listing all the events in Tyne and Wear is available from libraries and tourist information centres, or at www.twhods.org.uk

Tours and walks must be booked, and to reserve a place call (0191) 643 7420 or (0191) 643 7413.