Tyne & Wear

Newcastle Turkish Baths: 'New hope' with £10,000 grant

Turkish Baths
Image caption Newcastle Turkish Baths on Northumberland Road opened in 1928

Campaigners fighting to save Newcastle Turkish Baths have been given "new hope" that it could reopen, thanks to a £10,000 grant.

Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths closed in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

Since its closure, the Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group has been campaigning to save it.

The group has been given funding to help research options for reopening the Grade II-listed building.

Teresa Marshall, of Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group, said the grant was a "vote of confidence".

She said: "Newcastle Turkish Baths are one of only a very few remaining original Turkish Baths in the country, and we are keen to do everything to have this much-loved and greatly missed facility re-opened for the benefit of residents and visitors to Newcastle."

The group is appealing for any organisations with an interest to come forward so it can look at "possible collaborations".

The facility on Northumberland Road opened in 1928 and is one of only 11 of its kind in England.

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