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