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Old January 23rd, 2015, 01:05 PM   #521
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Michael Portillo Visits the Newcastle Swing Bridge

Courtesy of the Port of Tyne web site @ http://www.portoftyne.co.uk/news/por...-swing-bridge/
Michael Portillo Visits the Newcastle Swing Bridge
22nd January 2015

Great British Railways Journeys visits Newcastle and the world's earliest swing bridge.

In the episode broadcast on Friday 23 January with his Bradshaw's guidebook in hand, Michael Portillo journeys up the North East coast to Lindisfarne and stops along the way for a tour of the bridge to meet the team at the Port of Tyne who keep the Swing Bridge in working order.

Port of Tyne's Mechanical Craftsman, Stephen Porter helps show Michael Portillo the ropes and he swings the bridge as his uncovers the history of the famous inventor and engineer, Sir William Armstrong.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne, said: "We were delighted to welcome Michael Portillo and very proud to be the custodians of the Swing Bridge which is not only regarded as an Ancient Historic Monument but remains one of the most used bridges spanning the River Tyne."

Episode 15 in series 6 of the popular BBC 2 programme was filmed on location at the bridge last July and follows in the footsteps of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook, travelling the length and breadth of the country.

Steve Ellwood

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