YESTERYEAR has been brought back to life for history-loving South Tynesiders.
Nineteen venues across the borough have taken part in the annual Heritage Open Days campaign during the last week.
The event, which has been running for 12 years, gives people the chance to discover exciting facts about our past.
Staff at Cottam Brush, based in Monkton Business Park North, Hebburn, took the opportunity to educate visitors on the family run business’s 150-year history and provide them with the chance to make their very own souvenir brushes to take home.
Mark Cumberledge, company accountant, said: “As a local family run business with more than 150 years of history, we are never short of stories to share with our visitors. We are always amazed by the demand for our tours and are often fully booked within a few weeks of the heritage brochure being published.
“This year has been no different – we were fully booked and it was another successful event for us. We love seeing enthusiastic visitors with plenty of questions for us and interacting with our staff, allowing them to show off their skills.”
Plenty of folk have headed to the North East Maritime Trust in Wapping Street, South Shields, over the last few days.
Not only were they given a tour of the workshop, but they also had the chance to get up close to The Tyne – Britain’s second oldest preserved lifeboat, which is being revamped before heading back to its home in Ocean Road, South Shields.
Trust treasurer Tim West said: “We’ve had quite a few people popping in, they’ve stayed for about an hour at a time.
“They’ve all seemed very interested in what we’ve told them, and it’s been nice that they’ve had the chance to see The Tyne being worked on as well.”
People have also been popping into St Nicholas’ Church in Hedworth Lane, West Boldon, throughout the week.
The place of worship was founded in 1220 with strong evidence of Saxon origins and members are hoping the weather stays fine for their outdoor tea party this afternoon.
Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council, is delighted the campaign has been received so well.
He said: “The annual Heritage Open Days are a marvellous idea as they never fail to capture people’s imagination in the borough. This year’s events have been very well received with venues and organisations providing a wealth of culture and heritage to interested audiences.”