Looking Back at a royal visit

King and Queen on a specially built platform in Church Way .
King and Queen on a specially built platform in Church Way .

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth paid a three-day visit to the north east in February 1939.

Their programme began on Tuesday 21 with launching the battleship King George V at Walker and continued with an inspection of the new maternity block at Wallsend Infirmary.

After leaving Wallsend the royal couple drove through the Ridges Estate to the centre of North Shields to view the new Sir James Knott Youth Centre. Erected at a cost of £50,000, it was designed as a centre for all Tynemouth Borough’s youth organisations, including the YMCA. Finished in 1938, it had a membership of 2500.

The picture shows the King and Queen on a specially built platform in Church Way with the Mayor of Tynemouth Harry Gee and town clerk Fred G. Egner.

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