Dozens of landmarks to take part in free for all

Tynemouth Watch House.
Tynemouth Watch House.

DOZENS of North Tyneside landmarks are inviting visitors in for free next month to give them the chance to learn more about the history of the borough.

More than 30 buildings, parks and other venues of historical interest will be taking part in the nationwide Heritage Open Days initiative, an annual celebration of the country’s architecture, history and culture.

North Tyneside Council is lining up more than 30 events and activities between Thursday, September 6, and Sunday, September 9, to tie in with the initiative.

Highlights include tours of the newly-restored Tynemouth Metro station, an open day at the refurbished Wallsend Memorial Hall and music performances on the site of the former King George V Coronation Bandstand in Whitley Bay.

Events are also planned at venues including Rising Sun Country Park in Benton, Cullercoats Community Centre, North Shields Fish Quay, Stephenson Railway Museum, also in North Shields, and Wallsend’s Segedunum Roman fort.

Several churches are joining in too, including St George’s in Cullercoats, St Alban’s in Earsdon, St Bartholomew’s in Longbenton, Christ Church in North Shields and St Peter’s and St Luke’s, both in Wallsend.

Cullercoats’ Dove Marine Laboratory and watch house and Tynemouth’s Grand Hotel will also be welcoming in visitors for a look round.

The council’s cabinet member for community and regulatory services, George Westwater, of Cullercoats, said: “North Tyneside has a rich and diverse heritage.

“The Heritage Open Days provide lots of exciting opportunities for visitors and residents to discover something new about the borough.

“It’s completely free to take part, and I would encourage as many people as possible to take the opportunity to get involved.”

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Copies of a booklet giving details of Heritage Open Days activities are available at libraries, tourist information centres and museums.

Bookings are now being taken for the tours and walks.