Boats looked like a scene from the movies

On Saturday, September 20, the Great Tyne Row took place with 36 rowing boats, mainly four-man coxed boats from near and far clubs.

They started off up river at Newburn and rowed a hard 16 miles to the finish on the beach at Tynemouth Rowing Club on Priors Haven, Tynemouth.

The boats were held up at one point by two container ships and a North Sea ferry.

I have been involved with Tynemouth Rowing Club for more than 30 years and have never seen such a spectacular sight as the boats came round the Black Middens to the beach. It was like a Viking invasion you would see in a film.

Well done to all the crews who took part and for Tynemouth Rowing Club for all the hard work hosting the event.

Paul Middleton

Tynemouth Rowing Club