Ohio says ahoy to South Tyneside13 Mar 2012
A group of 11 students studying Class Politics and two lecturers at the University of Ohio arrived as guests of David Milliband and took in a view of the Port of Tyne from the River Tyne.
The group was viewing the Port as part of their course, British Politics, guided by Port of Tyne's Deputy Harbour Master, Alan McPherson.
Alan McPherson said: "We are always pleased to welcome visitors to the Port of Tyne and spread the word about what the Port does for the regional economy and local community."
The day, being led by David Milliband's agent Keith Palmer, consisted of an hour's boat trip and visits to Harton Technology College, South Tyneside Hospital and Citizens Advice Bureau before completing their tour across the UK.
This is the first time that the group has visited South Tyneside. Gracy Amber, one of the students, said: "The people here are amazing; they are so generous in the ways of teaching and helping us to understand what goes on around the river. It is great to see what the Port does for the region in terms of regeneration, which is the reason why we are here today."
The Port of Tyne was named UK's Best Port of Call in 2011 and is now the UK's no. 1 car exporting port. The Port contributed £467m to the economy of the North East region in 2011, directly supporting over 9,000 jobs.