| ||Our latest release, Discovering
NewcastleGateshead, is much more than a walking guide! This new and enlarged edition
comprises thirty fascinating journeys, all revealing interesting snippets about
significant people and places on Tyneside. Here, you can encounter a rich
mixture of history, culture, art, sport and entertainment against a background
of industrial regeneration.
| Written by Peter Donaghy, it allows walkers of all abilities to
enjoy relatively short walks of four to six miles, with the opportunity to
visit museums and art galleries, stroll through parks, proceed along the banks
of the Tyne and wander along coastal promenades. The walks are sequenced so as
to enable those wishing to undertake longer distances to combine journeys. All
walks start and finish at metro stations or bus stops, and refreshment
facilities are never far away.
| ||The comprehensive index enables users to search among the
highlighted vignettes for personalities, buildings and monuments that may be of
particular interest. The maps even allow the ‘armchair’ walker to enjoy a
virtual tour! Here you will find major figures from the world of industry and
engineering; sporting heroes: world champion oarsmen, football legends,
athletes and even a Wimbledon ladies tennis champion; leading civil rights
campaigners; song writers and music hall artists; leading religious and civic
figures. More commemorative plaques now help to reveal the role of previously
forgotten contributors to life in this region.
| Naturally, the castle that gives its name to Newcastle, the
bridges that cross the Tyne - including the emblematic Tyne and Millennium -
the Angel of the North and two cathedrals feature heavily. However, the walks
lead to numerous other gems that perhaps are hidden in nooks and crannies that
may not be so well known, even by long-standing residents.
Author Peter has derived particular pleasure in discovering
locations associated with two internationally acclaimed pupils from his former
school, architect Sir Terry Farrell and rock star Sting. Peter was a
contemporary of Sir Terry and later taught Sting at St Cuthbert’s Grammar
School. He also enjoyed discovering that his own great-great-great grandfather
was buried in St Nicholas Cathedral!
| || It is evident that this vibrant region continues to be transformed
and to evolve as creative minds explore new concepts to meet new
challenges. Therefore, readers need to be conscious of change, as new venues
and attractions emerge and sometimes treasured establishments disappear. This,
too, is all part of the discovery process that this book hopes to encourage.
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