Welcome to South Tyneside!

South Tyneside is a Metropolitan Borough in Tyne and Wear, in the North East of England

It is bordered by Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and North Tyneside. The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of South Shields, Jarrow, The Boldons and Hebburn.

South Tyneside has an area of around 24.88 sq miles and an estimated population of 153,700. It is bordered to the east by the North Sea and to the north by the River Tyne.

The area is made up of South Shields, which is the main town, Jarrow, Hebburn, Cleadon, Whitburn and the Boldons.

South Tyneside is represented by two Members of Parliament, one constituency being South Shields and the other one being Jarrow.

Ship Building was a massive trade in South Tyneside, years ago 25% of the world’s ships were built on the banks of the Tyne.  Ship Building is still an important part in this part of the world, with many employed refitting ships. South Tyneside College specialises in maritime training,  and attracts students from around the world.

Tourism is also an important industry, and with beaches like the ones we have in South Shields that is no suprise – clean and well maintained, with a beachfront fair and soft play, the only thing that could improve it would be if we could guarantee the weather…………….There are beautiful gardens to be found in Marine Park, with a boating lake and miniature railway, amusement arcades….with the miles of sea front from South Shields through to Sunderland, with plenty of places to eat and keep you entertained for a lovely day out South Tyneside is well worth a visit.  With caravan parks and plenty of B&B’s there are places to stay to suit everybody.  During the summer months there are live outdoor music events in Bent’s Park and at the ampitheatre

South Shields town centre has 2 Supermarkets, as well as high street shops, and there is also a  regular market.  South Shields museum & art gallery is worth a visit, it has everchanging displays, as well as children’s crafts etc through school holidays. Arbeia Roman Fort Museum offers a reconstructed Roman fort at the Lawe Top.  On the coast road to Whitburn, Marsden Rock, a limestone sea stack colonised by sea birds, is a longstanding tourist attraction. Less famous is the nearby Souter Lighthouse, the first in the world to be generated by electricity, and the secluded Jackie’s Beach is a welcome change from the busier beaches of Marsden.

The Customs House Arts Centre,situated in the Mill Dam conservation area hosts theatre,cinema, art gallery and restaurant and is open 363 days a year

Well-known South Tynesiders include author Dame Catherine Cookson, former three times Prime Minister of New Zealand Sir William Scott, actress Dame Flora Robson, Monty Python actor Eric Idle, Hollywood director Ridley Scott, waxed jacket inventor J Barbour and athlete Steve Cram. Author Lewis Caroll was inspired to write ‘Alic’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glasss’ by local residents he met when staying in Whitburn. Singer Joe McElderry who won the 2009 X Factor also comes from the area as well as 2011 X Factor Winners Little Mix.  Ginger of British rock heroes The Wildhearts is from South Shields.

 This info was gathered from Wiki

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