A CANNON hidden in plain view for over 150 years is to return home to Tynemouth Castle, when the Mayor, Coun David Charlton, presents it to the Tynemouth Volunteer Artillery Association.

The gun had been upturned and buried on Military Road, North Shields, since the 1800s to stop the entrance to the old drill hall getting knocks from horse-drawn carts and carriages.

Last year council officers rescued the cannon when they demolished the old drill hall to make way for a development on adjacent land and contacted the Tynemouth Volunteer Artillery Association (TVAA).

Mr Peter Ridley, secretary of the TVAA, said: "We are delighted that the cannon is being returned and can once again take pride of place in Tynemouth Castle where it belongs.

"It will be in a sorry state after being upturned in concrete for all of these years but we are confident that we can get it back to full working order and use it as a saluting gun in the Armistice parade."

The gun will be brought over on trailer from Killingworth and presented to members of the Old Comrades Association and Territorial Army on Saturday.

The ceremony starts at 2pm.