Souter Lighthouse ~ March 2019

The History Bit On the coast near the village of Marsden on the outskirts of South Shields, stands the rather magnificent looking Souter Lighthouse. This lighthouse was the first in the world to be designed and built specifically to use AC (alternating electric current) and was the most technically advanced lighthouse of its day. Opening in 1871 it was described as ‘without doubt one of the most powerful lights in the world’.  Originally planned to be built on Souter Point, from where it gets its name, it ended up being built on Lizard Point which had higher cliffs and therefore better…

South Shields Food Fair ~ May 2018 ~ part 2

More photo’s from the fair,         I had a go at ‘doing a Joblin’ which is to say, trying to do people, (which I’m mostly rubbish at as I don’t like pointing my camera at people I don’t know in case they lump me one), a bit like street photography (like my mate John Joblin does on his excellent blog HERE) only in a park. 😀  Also I made up what I thought their faces are showing, you can do your own 🙂                   That’s the end of our…

South Shields Food Fair ~ May 2018

Sophie and I love a good food fair, most of the stalls have free tasters which we take advantage of whenever possible, we buy stuff you can’t really get in Tesco’s and have a cool lunch from one of the stalls.  I love to unleash the camera on some unsuspecting people for a change too. Back in May, we went to the one at Bent’s Park on the seafront and were not disappointed with the wares available.                   That’ll do for part 1 I think, don’t want you falling asleep. Stay tooned…

Camel Parade South Shields~ Dec 2017 ~ Part 2

Part 1 HERE After the drummers finished it was time to walk down and find a good spot to set up the tripods for the firework display over the sea. On the way I took a couple of shots of the illuminated people and strange looking Father Christmases So on to the fireworks, which I only get to practice once a year at this event, so this is my 2nd ever attempt. Marginally better than my 1st attempt last year, but that’s not saying much! Full album HERE and a little video so you can hear the snap, crackle &…

Camel Parade~South Shields~ Dec 2017~ part 1

2017 saw the 4th year that the Camel Parade has been an event in South Shields, Sophie and I went for the first time last year a few photo’s of which I posted HERE, so this year we made a return trip knowing what to expect.  It involves 3 camels with their handlers and riders dressed up as wise men, parading the length of Ocean Road, which is quite a long old road, followed by stilt walkers and a drum group called Sparks! It’s been controversial as the animal rights group PETA, who I have a lot of time for…

Tynemouth Murder Mystery Tour ~Part 2

Part 1 HERE Tynemouth Boating lake was made in Victorian times, you can row around it and it’s home to swans and ducks and other watery birds, and as one of our clues was found there I took a few shots , there was a dramatic sky that day! These chaps run the boat hiring. Police box 16 which has been up for sale since 2015 and as far as I know is still available!   Part of our quest involved a long walk along the coast, in the picture below you can see South Shields and Herd Groyne lighthouse…

Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum~part 2

Part 1 HERE The reconstructed Roman Barracks show how the soldiers lived at the time when the fort was in use.  The first room you come to shows how the barracks are actually built, daub and wattle on a wicker frame. The rest of the rooms show the soldiers home life. The commanding officers house is really well done. Many of the local schools have day trips to the fort, and whilst I was there a group were in getting some bootcamp training for legionnaires. The kids loved it. This week the Fort has been awarded £150,000 funding boost for…

Fraggle report ~ Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum, Sept 2016, part 1

The History bit…. The ancient Romans certainly left their mark across the world.  Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification in the Roman province of Britannia, begun in 122 AD in the reign of the emperor Hadrian. It ran from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea, and was the northern limit of the Roman Empire, immediately north of which were the lands of the northern Ancient Britains. The Roman fort at Arbeia once guarded the entrance to the river Tyne and served as a supply centre, receiving goods from across the North Sea and along the east coast to supply…