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Tyne Bridge just before it opened. Photo: Getty Images

The Tyne Bridge just before it opened

The Tyne Bridge at 80

The Tyne Bridge is one of Tyneside's most recognisable icons and in October 2008 it celebrates its 80th birthday.

For many Geordies nothing means home so much as the Tyne Bridge.

The magnificent arch was a symbol of Tyneside's industrial pride when it was first opened on 10 October 1928 and 80 years on it remains a much-loved icon.

Grainy footage filmed during its construction shows what an engineering feat it was to build.

Tyne Bridge

The Tyne Bridge is much-photographed

Work started in 1925 and was completed in 1928. It was opened by King George V and Queen Mary.

Read more about the construction of the bridge and watch footage on the BBC's Nation on Film website:

The Tyne Bridge is still one of the most-photographed icons by both residents and visitors alike. See some of the photos of the bridge from over the years:

What are your memories and thoughts about the Tyne Bridge? Tell us using the form below or send an e-mail to:

last updated: 13/10/2008 at 09:39
created: 09/10/2008

Have Your Say

What does the Tyne Bridge mean to you?

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Mr S Reay
Simply put HOME! Whenever i return from a holiday i love to cross the Tyne bridge.

Ronald Tynes (US-2010)
Discovering my heritage, this bridge helps lead to my roots!

The tyne bridge truely tells me i'm in Newcastle, my favourite city. Its a fantastic site and the city is fortunate to have such a monument.

kenneth bolt
the bridge was started the year i was born so it will allways remind me of home I livein n.s.w where that other bridge is but the tyne is the greatest aye marra

My dad used to work at Armstrong Whitworth and crossed the bridge every day. When I was little and passed the bridge on the train it was always 'Daddy's bridge' It still is!

I live and work in the South of England now - the Tyne Bridge for me means 'I'm home'.

Tom Whitfield
I am a de-tribalised Geordie living in New Zealand and the Tyne Bridge symbolises the City as does the Sydney Harbour Bridge for Sydney Having been to Sydney many times I was surprised to learn that their Harbour bridge was started before the Tyne Bridge, so the Ockers didn't pinch our design but they copied the Hell Gate Bridge in New York.How about that?Tom.

Tony Rasmussen
It makes me realise I'm home after my travels.

Martin Morris
My dad was a young lad in Gateshead during the construction. One evening he and his mates crossed over the bridge before the roadway was in place. They went from girder to girder by using the workmen's planks. Don't look down!

Avril Lowerson
The Tyne Bridge was opened by king George, but the first person to cross the bridge in a car was Sir George Renwick. (actually it was his chauffeur my grandfather, John Renton Dickson)

john marshall
it means when i am heading north and i see the bridge i am now home and a very nice bridge but it needs a nice coat of bright paint not dull green a bright blue or a nice red or even white

K. Thomas
I lived overseas for many years and every time I returned, as soon as I saw the Tyne Bridge, whether from the train or the coach from London airport, I felt I was HOME! I am now home permanently but I still remember those feelings whenever I see the Bridge.

Philip Coward, South Gloucestershire
My grandfather Arthur Selkirk of Gosforth was a labourer who worked on the Tyne Bridge when it was being built.To all my family the bridge is special.

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