Tyne & Wear

Newcastle United wrought iron gates reinstalled

Old Newcastle United gates reinstalled at St James Park
Image caption The gates were to be covered and kept secret before an official unveiling

Wrought iron gates which once stood at the entrance to Newcastle United's football ground have been reinstalled.

First put up at St James' Park in 1989, the gates have been in storage at former club owner Sir John Hall's Northumberland home.

They spent 14 years at Woolsington Hall after being removed from the stadium to make way for the main stand expansion.

They have now been restored and sunk into concrete by the wall outside the Milburn Stand entrance.

It had been planned for the installation to happen very early in the morning and for the gates to be covered and kept secret ahead of an official unveiling.

Some fans on the social networking site Twitter questioned why the gates had been put by the wall, rather than used at an entrance.

Others said the return of the "historical monument" was "fantastic".

Sir John had intended to put the gates at the entrance of a new training facility at his home, but it was never built.

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