‘TTB recently decided that he’d like to visit Newcastle. This was lucky, because his humans have a friend there, so they all went together to do some ‘splorin’…’
Anyway, while his humans were catching up with their friend and doing boring human things, The Travel Bug took his little brother out to have a look round Newcastle. Or, The Toon, as the local bugs call it. These are the fascinating facts they uncovered…
Newcastle’s award winning Millennium Bridge sits over the River Tyne and was the world’s first tilting bridge. It’s also known locally as the ‘blinking eye’. When boats are due to go underneath, the alarm sounds and everyone has to clear the walkway (or fly away…). Once it’s clear, the bridge tilts all the way up and all the little boats can sail underneath. The alarm is really loud and it woke Travel Bug up from his afternoon nap.
Legendary guitar supremo, Jimi Hendrix was discovered by a Newcastle producer when he playing in New York in 1977. The producer quickly brought him back to the city where he often used to busk at Heaton’s bar. Travel Bug quite likes Jimi Hendrix and he sometimes hears him singing in his Mum’s car.