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Monday, July 17, 2017

Quay Motorcycle Club North Shields


Quay Motorcycle Club, North Shields.

Each year the Quay Motorcycle club holds a bike show to raise funds for the RNLI at North Shields Fish Quay, some of these bikes are real works of art.
Photos taken 16/07/2017.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Seaton Delaval Hall Northumberland


Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland. 

The Delaval family built Seaton Delaval Hall in the 1700's although it was severely damaged by fire in 1822.
The hall & landscape was designed for the Delavals by famous architect Sir John Vanburgh.
The hall is now owned by the National Trust who are renovating the property.
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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Night Photos of Tynemouth.


Night Photos of Tynemouth. 
For further photographs from Tynemouth & Whitley Bay please click here.
Further night images from Tyneside can be seen here.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Tynemouth Beaches


Tynemouth Beaches

Tynemouth has three distinctive beaches, Priors Haven which is situated next to Tynemouth Priory and Castle and is home to Tynemouth sailing club, King Edwards Bay and the longest beach, the aptly named Longsands.
Please click here to see photos of the two Tyne Piers which protect the River Tyne.
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Second World War at the North East Coast.


Second World War at the North East Coast.

Pictures of buildings which have relevance to the Second World War ( and in some cases they have histories which goes back much further than that).
Some of the buildings shown are hidden in plain sight and go unnoticed by most of us.
One of the biggest tragedies in WW2 happened in North Shields when a single German bomb killed 107 people in a bombing raid on a concrete air raid shelter under a lemonade bottling factory on May 3rd 1941.

WW2 Gun at Tynemouth Castle.
There were several guns based at the castle, the 6 inch gun which can be seen in the photo is a genuine 1944 weapon & can be seen in  position in one of the castle’s gun emplacements. 
The castle was used throughout World War Two and previously World War One.  In 1943 the Home Guard, with many regular army gunners fighting overseas,  took over the operation of the guns. In 1956 most of the guns at the Castle were scrapped however many standing remains from the two world wars military involvement at the castle can still be seen and are in good condition.
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Second World War at the North East Coast.


North Shields Cliffords Fort.
The Fort was used for a short period in World War Two as an  emergency coastal battery, with two 12 pounder guns and searchlights based there. Also near to Clifford’s Fort there were soldiers barracks, air raid shelters and the area was surrounded with barbed wire, the two covered 12 pounder guns, faced out towards the mouth of the river, and were in place by late 1940 as protection against German naval attack, and a mortar position and and barrage  balloon were also installed.  On 10th April 1941 a German bomber dropped four high explosive bombs near to the fort the only time that Clifford’s Fort was attacked by the enemy.  By 1942 the garrison held 56 officers and men, but the battery was dismantled in May 1944.
Cliffords Fort has been restored with some of the original pre-World War Two features.

Second World War at the North East Coast.Second World War at the North East Coast.


Cullercoats, Brown’s Point.
The station was used as a communications post in World War Two, after having been used for the same role in World War One. The two buildings were  damaged when a German parachute mine exploded after landing on rocks nearby. After the war, the station was used as part of the Coast Radio Station service until 1999. The site remains in good condition, and the basic structure of both  buildings has only slightly changed,  The site is now  being used for residential purposes.

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.

North Shields ferry landing 
This armoured firing position would have had a good range of fire across the Tyne and is located next to the modern ferry landing, it would also been camouflaged to disguise it against the industrial background of the time. 

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.


Tynemouth, 47A Percy Gardens, Command Post.
47A Percy Gardens Command Post is one of the more unusual structures connected to both world wars on the North East coast. In 1916 a six story tower was constructed, attached to the back of an existing house which was owned by the War Office (now the Ministry of Defence), and designed to act as a control centre for Tyne gun batteries.
The tower and house were retained until World War Two. In September 1938  it was clear that war with Germany was almost certain and the house and tower were occupied by military personnel in preparation of a German invasion across the North Sea.
It is now a  private residence. 

Second World War at the North East Coast.

Second World War at the North East Coast.


We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender.

Winston Churchill, June 1940.

Further photos of Second World War buildings and structures in Newcastle can be seen here
A little way along the coast is the Blyth Battery.   
Photographs of the Newcastle Remembrance Day Parade