Shields Ferry users can get history lesson while they wait

ON BOARD ... Shields Ferry's new history display with ferry masters Trevor Errington, left, and Stephen Beck and ferry manager Carol Timlin.
ON BOARD ... Shields Ferry's new history display with ferry masters Trevor Errington, left, and Stephen Beck and ferry manager Carol Timlin.

SHIELDS Ferry passengers will be able to enjoy a new display which celebrates the heritage of the River Tyne.

Nexus, which owns and manages the cross-Tyne ferry service, has installed the new display board in the passenger waiting room at South Shields ferry landing.

The colourful exhibit, which features a map of the Tyne from Newcastle-Gateshead to the mouth of the river, details the river’s most iconic landmarks.

It charts the huge industrial changes and regeneration work that the River Tyne has undergone.

Carol Timlin, ferry manager, said: “More and more visitors to the region are travelling on the Shields Ferry, which is why we have installed this new-look display about the Tyne and its iconic landmarks.

“The format makes it easy for people to follow, but at the same time we have packed in as much detail as possible. I’m sure many regular travellers will also find it a fascinating read while they are waiting to catch a ferry crossing.

“We’re really grateful for all the support we have had from local writers and historians, as well as Port of Tyne and Tyne and Wear Museums in putting the display together.”

The board also delves into the history of the Tyne’s world-famous bridges, as well as its history dating back to Roman times, and the river’s more recent industrial heritage.

A focus is also on the Tyne as a thriving port.

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