Gateshead's Dunston Staithes to be restored

Related Stories

A Grade II listed timber structure on the River Tyne is to be restored.

The Dunston Staithes in Gateshead played a crucial role in the transport of millions of tons of coal.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded almost £420,000 to restore the landmark and open it up to the public for the first time.

The wooden staithes was closed in 1980 and abandoned with the demise of the coal industry and have since fallen victim to vandalism and two fires.

The 130-year-old staithes was built by the North Eastern Railway at a cost of £210,000 and is thought to be the largest timber structure in Britain.

Martin Hulse, from the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, said the staithes are "an iconic symbol of the region's industrial heritage".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites


Newcastle upon Tyne

15 °C 9 °C

BBC Local Live

    Tell us your views 15:12:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    News on the hour 14:55:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    Burglars steal hospital tools 14:44:

    Gardening equipment including a lawnmower, strimmer, leaf blower and hedge cutter have been stolen from a storage unit at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Newcastle.

    The burglary happened between 14:00 on Tuesday and 08:00 yesterday. Information can be reported to Northumbria Police on 101.

    Female sailors train for race 14:31: Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    The first all-women's team to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race for 12 years has been training at South Shields.

    training women

    Eight teams are training there all this week. The race starts in October and lasts nine months and the teams at the Marine Safety Training Centre, which is part of South Tyneside College, include the first all-women crew for more than a decade - Team SCA.

    Video: Boy in manhole fall 14:20: Northern Echo Newspaper

    A shocked couple are calling for action after a manhole cover gave way and their three-year-old son narrowly avoided plummeting into a drain.

    Stewart and Amy Akenhead want more checks to be carried out after young Oliver fell into a manhole in Kelloe, County Durham, on Tuesday afternoon.

    PoW grave found 70 years on 14:09:

    A special service is being held in Poland today with the official dedication of a North East soldier's grave 70 years after he was killed.

    Bishop Auckland-born L/Cpl Tommy Saunders was shot while a prisoner of war at Lamsdorf on 21 July 1944. His nephew Tom Hutchinson has spent 29 years trying to find Tommy's final resting place.

    Tommy Saunders
    News on the hour 13:58:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Fatal bite police dog will be put down 13:47:

    A police dog which attacked a woman who later died is to be put down.

    Irene Collins, 73, died four days after being bitten several times by the German shepherd which police took into her garden in Middlesbrough while searching for a suspected burglar in July.

    Cleveland Police said the dog will be put down after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is completed.

    Missing man could be in region 13:35:

    Police believe a man who was reported missing in Scotland may have come to the North East.

    Kevin Bailey

    Kevin Paul Bailey, 51, was last seen in the Midlothian village of Newtongrange on 12 August. Mr Bailey has an English accent and is believed to be wearing a large red rain jacket.

    Jump goaders condemned 13:20: Northern Echo Newspaper

    Police and charity bosses have criticised people who goaded and filmed a vulnerable man after he climbed on to a fourth-storey hotel window ledge.

    Cloudy and cool this afternoon 13:16: Lisa Gallagher BBC Weather

    There'll be showers with some sunny spells this afternoon. With temperatures reaching 14C (57F), it will feel unseasonably cool. Check the forecast here.

    BBC weather
    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    Stockton work starts 12:51:

    A £250,000 facelift of the Teesdale area of Stockton is under way.

    Stockton Council will replace and install new lighting, resurface the riverside paving area and refurbish seats and bins on the land formerly owned by the Teesside Development Company. The work will take about 20 weeks.

    Train delays ongoing 12:40:

    Problems persist on East Coast and CrossCountry train services due to signalling faults at Newcastle.

    Thousands are having their journeys disrupted with delays being seen across the North East. Get the latest here on the BBC's revamped travel website.

    Jonathan's valuables on show... 12:26: BBC Newcastle

    Antiques Roadshow is coming to Durham. Steven Moore from the show inspected Jonathan Miles' precious heirlooms (and offered him 50p for the lot!)

    Steven Moore and Jonathan Miles

    Missed it? Catch up here.

    Roy "Chubby" Brown fined 12:14:

    Comedian Roy "Chubby" Brown was caught on camera reading a newspaper while driving along the A19.

    Roy Chubby Brown

    The 69-year-old was fined £30 by Northallerton magistrates and got four points on his licence.

    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    'Passion for The Simpsons' 11:49: Rachel Kerr BBC News

    The pews of St Mary's Cathedral were packed during the service for Liam Sweeney. The congregation heard of Liam's passion for Newcastle United and his love of music, reading and The Simpsons.

    There was also special mention for John Alder, the fellow fan whose body has not yet been found.

    Top cop shop opens 11:39:

    Durham Police has been given the keys to its new headquarters built next to their current offices at Aykley heads in Durham City.

    The big move starts today, with Chief Constable Mike Barton saying disruption to the service will be kept at a minimum.

    Getting the keys

    The new centre will house about 600 staff, an improvement on the old centre which Mr Barton described as a "drain on resources".

    Man's jaw broken in attack 11:24:

    A 21-year-old man suffered a broken jaw after being repeatedly punched in the face by two men in Newcastle.

    The attack took place in the smoking area outside Digital in Times Square on 10 August.

    Give us your feedback 11:18:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    Pardew embraces dad Barry 11:08:

    Barry Sweeney is hugged by Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew outside St Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle, after the funeral of his son and flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney took place.

    Barry Sweeney is hugged by Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew outside St Mary"s Cathedral, Newcastle, where the funeral of his son and Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney took place
    Funeral cortège leaves 11:04:

    Liam Sweeney's funeral cortège has now left St Mary's Cathedral for its journey through Newcastle city centre, including stopping off at St James' Park.

    Funeral cortege leaves cathedral

    He will then be laid to rest at a private ceremony.

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Coffin leaves after funeral 10:53: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Liam Sweeney's coffin leaves St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle after his funeral:

    Liam Sweeny's coffin
    Family say goodbye to son 10:48: Duncan Leatherdale BBC News Online

    Barry Sweeney followed the coffin of his son Liam into St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.

    He earlier told the BBC today would be a celebration of his son's life, not his death.

    Barry Sweeney arrives
    SAFC pay tribute to NUFC fan 10:34:

    Sunderland football club also sent a tribute to Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney's funeral:

    Sunderland football club also sent a tribute
    Funeral order of service 10:31:

    The order of service also shows Liam Sweeney during his younger years:

    Liam Sweeney order of service photographs
    Airline pays tribute 10:27: Rachel Kerr BBC News

    Malaysia Airlines, which operated flight MH17 which came down in Ukraine, killing Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, have sent a floral tribute to his funeral.

    Malaysia Airlines tribute
    Poem to be read 10:22: Rachel Kerr BBC News

    The order of service for Liam Sweeney's funeral - there will be three hymns and a poem read by Liam's friends Malcolm Pegg and Amanda-Jade Fowler.

    Order of service
    Banners mark funeral 10:19:

    There are also banners around the cathedral in Newcastle marking the funeral of devoted Magpies fan Liam Sweeney.

    Liam Sweeney banner
    Newcastle United represented 10:16:

    Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver, managing director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew, followed by club captain Fabricio Coloccini, have also arrived for the funeral of Liam Sweeney.

     Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver, Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley and manager Alan Pardew, followed by club captain Fabricio Coloccini
    Mourners arrive for funeral 10:14:

    Micky Horswill (left) and Bobby Moncur arrive for the funeral of flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney at St Marys Cathedral in Newcastle.

    Micky Horswill and Bobby Moncur
    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Bite police dog destroyed 09:49: The Gazette Newspaper

    A police dog has been put down after it attacked a member of police staff.

    The German Shepherd, which was due to retire from duty in a month, bit the member of staff at the police dog kennels at Ormesby Hall, Middlesbrough.

    GCSE results in 09:40:

    It's GCSE results day - but there's been lots of changes to how it works. Here we look at what's different in 2014.

    Exam room
    Gazza 'to make football comeback' 09:29:

    Former England and Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne could be set for a surprise comeback after reportedly signing for a Sunday league football team.

    Paul Gascoigne

    The Gateshead-born former midfielder, now 47, has apparently been persuaded to sign for Division Four outfit Abbey in Bournemouth.

    Top headlines
    Seventy-year wait for wings 09:15: Duncan Leatherdale BBC News Online

    Today is a big one for former airman Wilson Taylor, 89, who will get his wings 70 years after qualifying for them.

    Mr Taylor, from Jesmond, Newcastle, will receive them this morning in a service at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, near York.

    Wilson Taylor
    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Missing girl found 08:52:

    A 16-year-old girl who went missing from Redcar in Teesside was found safe in the town yesterday evening, police say.

    Signal problems cause delays 08:45:

    Signalling problems at Newcastle are causing delays on the East Coast Mainline between London and Newcastle and from Durham to Berwick.

    There are also problems between Newcastle and Carlisle and services from Tyneside to Middlesbrough.

    Rain patches and cool 08:33: Duncan Leatherdale BBC News Online

    Weather-wise it's not looking great today, forecasters predict it will be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

    During the afternoon the rain will turn more showery, with some bright or sunny spells developing. It will feel unseasonably cool, so maybe it's time to dig out the knitwear?

    Warning on NE oil cash 08:27: David Rhodes Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Sir Ian Wood issues a warning about a sharp decline in North Sea oil revenues in the next 35 years.

    The economy of the North East as well as Scotland is dependent on oil and gas. It brings 50,000 jobs and £2.5bn to the north-east England economy.

    Liam Sweeney's funeral 08:18:

    The funeral of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney will be held in the city today.

    Liam and fellow fan John Alder were killed when Malaysia Airways flight MH17 came down in Ukraine. They were on the flight as part of their trip to see the Magpies play in New Zealand.

    Liam Sweeney
    A179 temporary lights 08:09:

    Here's some traffic news to start your day: The A179 in County Durham has temporary traffic lights and electricity work on Powlett Road in Hartlepool at the Stonethwaite Close junction.

    Meanwhile, resurfacing work in Whitley Bay has seen the closure of Park View at the junction with Beech Grove. Find out more at the BBC Tees and Tyne and Wear travel pages.

    Good morning 08:00: Duncan Leatherdale BBC News Online

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments and pictures then send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.



BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.