What does Wor Tyne Bridge mean to you?

New campaign launched to celebrate why the Tyne Bridge is so special to our region.
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Newcastle City Council’s assistant director of transport, Pamela Holmes. A white woman wearing a yellow high-vis jacket and a white hard hat standing with the Tyne Bridge and Gateshead Quayside in the background.

As work to restore the Tyne Bridge gets underway, a campaign to celebrate what the bridge means to Geordies around the world is being launched.

Famous faces, local people, school children and members of the team working on the bridge’s restoration will all share their own thoughts about what the bridge means to them as part of the Wor Tyne Bridge campaign.

Starting today (11 April), the campaign, supported by Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and main contractor Esh Construction, will feature individual stories, highlighting people’s different connections with the bridge and the reasons it is special to them.

Many of the contributors are born and bred on Tyneside, others have adopted the region as their home, but the one thing they have in common is their shared admiration for this much-loved crossing over the River Tyne.

The series will start with Newcastle City Council’s assistant director of transport, Pamela Holmes.

Pamela, who is leading the team of engineers tasked with the important job of restoring the Tyne Bridge back to its former glory, said: “This is a fantastic project and I’m really excited to be a part of it.

“When I went to university, I went to study civil engineering and I went because of this bridge. 

“When I went there, I took a picture of the Tyne Bridge, with a beautiful sunset in the background, and that was my inspiration.

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to be part of this. I can’t wait to see the successful restoration of this iconic structure.”

Other contributors sharing their thoughts on the bridge include talented local poet Papi Jeovani, Great North Run founder Sir Brendan Foster, first team coach at Gateshead FC Carl Magnay and pupils from St Paul’s C of E Primary School, in Newcastle.

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