Scratching the Groyne Itch

From an aerial view, the mouth of the River Tyne looks like the head of an enormous sperm; the river forming the tail behind the pointed bulge created by the two long sweeping piers that stretch out from Tynemouth and South Shields.  At the end of each pier stands a lighthouse to guide shipping between … Continue reading Scratching the Groyne Itch

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Pier to Peer

    Though I've walked the length of Roker Pier at the mouth of the Wear many times, in all my visits to South Shields I'd never walked the pier there. Until today. I've set foot (and tyre) upon it many times as I emerged from the road behind the amusements, but always to turn … Continue reading Pier to Peer

Welcome to McElderry Country?

To the native Celts it was Caer Urfa.  When the Roman's sought to fortify the mouth of the Tyne with a fort, they called it Arbeia ("place of the Arabs"), a name which could have been reapplied in the 19th Century when a Yemeni community was established there.  To us it's South Shields.  Or just … Continue reading Welcome to McElderry Country?