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WATCH: Amazing drone footage of our region – and meet the man behind it

The Angel of the North.
The Angel of the North.

FAMILIAR South Tyneside sights pictured at greater heights are being revealed by a dad who has taken to the skies with his latest gadget.

John Evans spends his workdays with the Home Office, but away from his job has set about visiting the North East’s best known locations to capture them from a different angle.

The 42-year-old uses a drone to video the iconic places, editing together pieces to take people on a tour through their screens.

His work is beginning to gather a following on YouTube.

Film taken at Souter Lighthouse and its coastline down to Whitburn also manages to take in the neighbouring Marsden Quarry in the distance.

Marsden beach has also been given the bird’s eye view treatment, with the top of the rock, the section which can only be seen from the sea and a glistening section taken along its sands.

Souter Lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse.

North East beauty spots including Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles, Durham Cathedral, the Angel of the North, the Wearmouth Bridge and Penshaw Monument also feature in scenes.

John can monitor what the drone camera via a hand-held screen he can see as he manoeuvres around his subject.

John, who is married to Tracey, 50, and dad to Harvey, 16, and Alfie, 14, said: “I’ve liked photography for a long time and then I saw some drone footage.

“When I got one, I got back and put some stuff on YouTube of Penshaw Monument, which was a bit rubbish, so I went and spent a bit of money on a much better one and I was shocked at how good the footage was.

There have been a lot of people saying they wish they could get that view and it’s good fun to do, but it does have it’s legal limits that have to be kept to.

Photographer John Evans

“You can see it starting up and off and around.

“I always ask permission. I’ve got a full mile range and can go up 1,500ft, but I only go up to 400ft and then put it online, it’s a hobby.

“But I’ve also been asked by an estate agent to shot some high-end properties.

“I’ve had nothing but positive comments and I’ve put it on different Facebook pages.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

“It’s views that people never ever see and that’s what got me into it.

“People who have moved away from the North East a long time ago really like it.

“They see two minutes of somewhere they remember from when they grew up.

“There have been a lot of people saying they wish they could get that view and it’s good fun to do, but it does have its legal limits that have to be kept to.”

The footage by John, who lives in Sunderland, can be found via his YouTube channel John DJI Evans.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

Flying film maker John Evans has filmed the region's landmarks, including Penshaw Monument, with his drone cam.

John trying out his drone camera at Herrington Country Park.

John trying out his drone camera at Herrington Country Park.

Souter Lighthouse.

Souter Lighthouse.

Marsden beach.

Marsden beach.