CUPID’S arrow will strike the Tyne Tunnel on Valentine’s Day.
Tunnel operator TT2 is looking for the region’s most romantic couple, who have a love story linked to the river transport link.
The successful love-birds will see the Tyne Tunnel renamed on February 14, after the sweetheart of the winning entrant.
They will also be treated to a romantic meal for two, receive a one-month pre-paid tunnel permit and a luxury handmade cake.
Rachel Turnbull, TT2’s chief executive, said: “Since both tunnels came into use, lots of of people have told us how much they love the Tyne Tunnels.
“We also know that some interesting love stories have been played out through the Tyne Tunnels over the years – including a marriage proposal!
“It might not be everyone’s idea of a romantic setting, but we’re sure there are many more Tyne Tunnel love stories out there and we’d love to hear them. We’ve heard about couples who flirted at the toll plaza, a first date that involved a drive through the newly-opened northbound tunnel back in 1967, and a couple who love to drive through the tunnel to eat fish and chips on the beach at South Shields as the sun sets.
“We will publish the most romantic Tyne Tunnel stories online and, who knows, perhaps the tunnels will become known as the Tyne’s most romantic river crossing!”
To enter the competition, send your Tyne Tunnel love stories via e-mail to ValenTYNE@tt2.co.uk before midnight on February 10, including your name, address, telephone number and the name of the person you would like to see the Tyne Tunnel dedicated to this St Valentine’s Day.
Entrants should also say how the Tyne Tunnel has played a part in their love story, in fewer than 200 words.