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Part 1 HERE

Travelling up the Tyne we saw plenty of birds, and I got lucky to catch a shot of a heron

Back in 2012, the BAE plant, previously Vickers-Armstrong, on the river was a closed down with the loss of 300 or so jobs. It’s now been taken over by the Reece group,had a £20 million revamp and it’s 500 workers manufacture equipment including tank parts, sub-sea products and pot-hole repair technology.

More bridges

We saw what looked like racehorses in a dubious looking stable building

there had to be a pub at some point

and these reminded me of a song, ‘little boxes, on the hill side, little boxes made of ticky tacky…’

Back down the other side of the river now..

The Blaydon Races are famous in our neck of the woods. They began in1811 but were discontinued and then resurrected in 1861 on a circular island – a mile in circumference – in the Tyne called Blaydon Island, and known locally as Dent’s Meadow, and moved by 1887 to Stella Haugh on the riverside. In the later decades of the 19th century and into the 20th, crowds flocked to the Blaydon Races. Even, in 1916, as World War I raged, permission was granted to hold the event as long as a large donation was given to the British Sportsmen’s Ambulance Fund.  On September 2nd 1916, more than 4,000 punters attended day one of the races, but come the following day – September 2 – all hell broke loose. There were suspicions races were being rigged and when the heavily-tipped nag, Anxious Moments, was disqualified after winning by six lengths a full-scale riot broke out. In the absence of many police, members of the crowd went on the rampage, smashing up the weighing house and throwing equipment into the Tyne.  And that, it turned out, was to be the end of the famous Blaydon Races…

EMR Scrap Metal

Dunston is particularly known for wooden coal staithes, first opened in 1893 as a structure for loading coal from the North Durham coalfield onto ships. Today, the staiths are reputed to be the largest wooden structure in Europe, and are protected as a Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Still more to see, so stay tooned!

16 comments on “River Tyne Cruise~ July 2017~part 2

  1. beetleypete says:

    Great shots combined with history, FR. A real delight!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks Pete (not in spam 😊)

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  2. Great shots…love your eye…the boxes on the hillside, the cool bridge….and the scrap metal!Love it!

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    1. Thanks Clare 🙂

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  3. Feels like I’m there with you. The row of blue houses looks like out of a picture book.

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    1. Thank’s Cindy, they look quite soulless to me, but a roof over your head is a roof over your head!

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      1. Yes, soulless is a good word for them. I’d get lost in the dark trying to find mine!

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        1. I’d be in the river!

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  4. joshi daniel says:

    Wonderful as always and my favorite is the first picture 🙂

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  5. I love the heron (or similar looking bird) in that pics with the gulls – he looks much more placid than the rest of the birds!

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    1. Cheers, think he was waiting for fish.

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  6. Eddy Winko says:

    We were taught a song about the Blaydon races at School, but until now never knew what it was about, cheers 🙂

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    1. Phil can sing it, me not so much 🙂


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