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London, United Kingdom
August 7, 2002
The River Tyne’s newest bridge is the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, which is a spectacular modern design, and unlike its London equivalent, it is perfectly safe for the public to use! It is a footbridge in the shape of an eyelid…at least that’s the closest description I can think of. The eyelid opens up in order to let boats through if they are a bit too tall to fit underneath. There is also a Swing Bridge which is at a very low level, which not surprisingly given its name, swings open to let boats through if necessary.
The whole Quayside area near these bridges has been the beneficiary of much urban regeneration in recent years, after the area fell into decay. Its former prime was when the shipbuilding and coal mining industries were strong, and the quayside was a hive of activity. These days it is somewhat more salubrious, and is home to luxury flats and apartments, and swanky bars and restaurants...how times have changed!
Every few years the Quayside has also been home to part of the Tall Ships Race, when many old style sailing ships are moored on the river, giving the quayside a historical feel, and a glimpse of what it used to be like, with tall ships everywhere.
From journal Geordie In Wonderland
August 6, 2001
From journal Geordie Journal