Summer Walk Report 11 - Royal Quays Marina & Coble Dene Park, 7th August 2012.

On Tuesday 7th August 2012, Morpeth Camera Club's Summer Programme of visits to places of local interest continued,
as fourteen members met on the Tyne Commission Quay for a circular walk around the Royal Quays Marina & Coble Dene
Park at North Shields.
The Marina and adjoining housing development were built around the site of the old Albert Edward Dock. This dock was
famous for importing millions of wooden pit props from Scandinavia for use underground in the regions pits, whilst at the
same time exporting coal from the same mines to destinations all over the world.
After falling derelict, the area was transformed between 1997 & 2003 and the locks & docks were retained to form the basis
of the three hundred and fifty birth marina, boatyard and leisure complex.
On arrival, one feature that dominates the skyline is the huge 21 metre high, bright red metal sculpture named " Tyne Anew ".
The top of this art work by Mark di Suver, resembles a compass point and its gentle movement means that the sculpture’s shape constantly changes direction with the wind, whilst the solid steel legs remind us of the heavy industrial and shipbuilding past.
The warm evening light on the calm waters of the dock provided many colourful reflections and these together with HMS Archer,
a Royal Navy training ship moored just outside the dock entrance, gave members an unlimited a source of photographs.
With views down the River Tyne to the Fish Quay, and up river to the international Ferry Terminal ,there was plenty to see as
our route took us through Coble Dene Park & around the dock. Returning to our starting point, we ended our evening at the
Earl of Zetland, a converted ferry, now moored in the marina as a floating bar and restaurant.
Thanks to those who attended for making it an enjoyable walk.

Davy Bolam.