NZ2563 : 'Showboat', Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival

taken 12 years ago, near to Gateshead, England

'Showboat', Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival
'Showboat', Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival
Spectators line the Newcastle Quayside at twilight as lights illuminate the bridges at the start of 'Showboat', a music, lighting and firework event to celebrate the life of the River Tyne and its 7 iconic bridges linking Newcastle and Gateshead. Orange flares burst out from a Tyne & Wear Marine Ltd. barge moored to the east pier of the Swing Bridge as it sets off down river at the start of the display to the deafening roar of foghorns from a floating sound system down river.
Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival

The Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival was held on 13-14th August 2011 LinkExternal link

Events over the weekend included Armstrong's Lost Garden NZ2563 : A garden on the Swing Bridge, Newcastle Gateshead Bridges Festival, a model boat regatta, live music and street theatre, Quayside seaside area NZ2563 : Palm Beach on Newcastle Quayside and much more.

The 'Showboat', at 9pm on Saturday night, was a performance by 'Walk the Plank' LinkExternal link set on the River Tyne between the Swing Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The light and pyrotechnic display, to a musical score featuring sounds from the Port of Tyne, was designed to celebrate the life of the River and its iconic bridges, including marking the 10th anniversary of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Movement and lighting of the Swing Bridge, originally built in 1876, were designed by artist, Johnny Goodwin, changing every hour through Saturday and Sunday nights of the festival.

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Geographical Context: Lowlands Rivers, Streams, Drainage People, Events River: Tyne other tags: Bridges Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
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Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 13 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 14 August, 2011
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2532 6376 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.0695N 1:36.3623W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2547 6392
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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