‘TTB recently decided that he’d like to visit Newcastle. This was fortuitous, because his humans have a friend who just bought a new house there and it seemed like a good idea for them all to jump in the car and go together. It’s great when these things work out, isn’t it?…’
Anyway, while the humans were catching up and looking at paint and light fittings (yawn…), The Travel Bug took his little brother out to have a look round town. Or, as it is in this case, the Toon. This is what they found out:
The award winning Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne was the world’s first tiling bridge. It’s also known as the ‘blinking eye’. When boats are due to go underneath, the alarm sounds and everyone has to leave the walkway. Once it’s clear, the bridge tilts completely, thus allowing safe passage for the boats beneath.
Jimi Hendrix was discovered by a Newcastle producer when playing in New York in 1977. He promptly brought him back to the city and he used to busk at Heaton’s in the city.