Ferry gets first woman boss in 700 years

MEET the new boss of the Shields Ferry - the first woman in its 700-year history.

Carol Timlin, 50, will manage day-to-day operations after taking on the newly created role of service delivery manager, based at the ferry landing in South Shields.

There has been a ferry service between North Shields and South Shields since 1377, but never has a woman been at the helm.

Mrs Timlin, from Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "It's nice to think that I'm the first ever woman to manage the Shields Ferry. It's an historic moment for a service that dates back hundreds of years.

"We already run an excellent service across the Tyne, but perhaps a woman's touch around the place certainly won't go amiss here and there."

Director general of Nexus, Bernard Garner, said: "We're delighted to have Carol on board.

"She's the first woman to manage the day-to-day operation of the ferry service, so it's definitely one for her to tell the grandchildren about."