Summer Walk Report No 5, North Shields Fish Quay - Tuesday 1st July 2014.

   

                              
A popular feature of Morpeth Camera Clubs Summer Walks programme is the inclusion of a Fish & Chip night
so it was no surprise when eighteen hungry members turned up at North Shields Fish Quay on Tuesday 1st
July for walk number five.
The evening started with our expected purchases from a local establishment and the group sat outside in
the sunshine enjoying their fresh fish suppers whilst overlooking the River Tyne.
Suitably refreshed, we started our circular walk and entered the Fish Quay where the evening light had now
illuminated several freshly painted fishing boats, providing stunning reflections and patterns in the water.
Nets, ropes, lobster pots & scavenging seagulls were all recorded as we walked through this working harbour.
Moving on, we continued past the Lowlight lighthouse, Cliffords Fort and fish wholesalers to a colourful public
art installation. Here a number of redundant marine buoys had been restored & placed in prominent positions,
adding to the nautical theme of the area. These were also well photographed before we left the riverside.
Climbing the Union Street steps brought us out onto Tyne Street, high above the quayside. From this position
we had fine panoramic views, east to the piers at the Mouth of the Tyne, south to South Shields & then west
following the river inland.
Passing both Highlight Lighthouses we entered Laurel Park in Dockwray Square where a statue of Stan Laurel
is situated. Half of the famous comedic duo Laurel and Hardy, Arthur Stanley Jefferson, (to use his real name),
lived here in North Shields from 1897 to 1902.
Members continued west to the Maritime Chambers building, which was once the head office of the Stag Line
Shipping Company, and paused at a huge ships anchor that is a fitting memorial to those lost at sea.
Steps down to the riverside brought us out next to the Old Wooden Dolly public house and its wooden ships
figurehead and we returned to our starting point to complete our walk around an interesting area that is
steeped in history. Thank you to those who attended.

               

Davy Bolam.