Pictures from a couple of trips to the coast north and south of the mouth of the Tyne.  Plus pictures from the Miner’s Gala and the Angel of the North.

July: South

SouthShieldsBeach

Beach at South Shields [55 0 2 N, 1 24 54 W].  Not exactly a classy place, but the beach is large and clean, with plenty to go around.

SouthShieldsHarbour

The south wall of Tynemouth harbour.

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The Angel of the North is a massive steel sculpture (reflecting the industrial heritage of the  region) which overlooks the A1 on the way north into Tyneside.  Although initially controversial as a piece of publicly-funded art, the statue has become a symbol of the region and an icon for the regeneration of Gateshead.

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A couple of pictures from the Miner’s Gala which was on the same day. A major political event in the days when mining was strong, the Miner’s Gala is now just a reminder of earlier times.

August: North

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The castle at Tynemouth [55 1 3 N, 1 25 11 W].  Like many other places, the north is the more upmarket side of the river.

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St. Mary’s Lighthouse to the north of Tynemouth.  This must have been close to the peak of the tide, since the island is normally accessible by a causeway which here is disappearing into the sea.

Coast + Miner’s Gala

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