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HUNDREDS JOIN HERITAGE TOURS OF PORT OF TYNES NORTH 09 Sep 2013

The Port of Tyne is set to throw open the doors to two of the region's most iconic and historic buildings as hundreds are expected to join heritage tours at Tynemouth Lighthouse and the Swing Bridge as part of Heritage Open Days.

 

Heritage Open Days return 12 - 15 September across the region, and already over 200 people have registered to tour Tynemouth Lighthouse, with a further 150 taking a tour of Newcastle's Swing Bridge.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne's Director of Corporate Affairs, said: "We are delighted to be extending our support of Heritage Open Days by providing additional funding this year to ensure that as many people as possible are made aware of this unique opportunity.

"This year the Port is proud once again to be joining hundreds of organisations opening their doors to the public."

Leading the tours at the Port's North Pier in Tynemouth is Pier Watchman, David Appleby - an expert guide for not just the Port of Tyne's Lighthouses but Lighthouses of the UK.

David from North Shields has worked at almost three quarters of the Lighthouses in England, Wales the Channel Islands and Gibraltar and more closer to home was the last hand at Souter and St. Mary's.

"I've worked at Wolf Rock, Eddystone, and Longstone but Tynemouth Lighthouse is one of finest in the UK.

"I'm looking forward to giving people a closer look at the Pier and the Light, which is fully operational and still provides a vital navigational aid to visiting ships," said David.

Newcastle City Council is coordinating events across Tyne and Wear and for more information on the tours available at Tynemouth Pier and the Swing Bridge please visit www.twhods.org.uk.

 

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, PR Manager

Mobile: +44 (0) 79123 90777 Tel: +44 (0191) 455 2671 Email: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

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