Visit to The Victoria Tunnel
Thu 8th January 2015 at 18.30 - 20.30
Club visit to the Victoria Tunnel, Newcastle
ROTARY GOES UNDERGROUND!
The club had a most interesting and informative visit this evening to The Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This is a fully preserved 19th century waggonway under the city from the Town Moor to the River Tyne, constructed to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river.
It operated between 1842 and the 1860s.
Later it was converted and used during WWII as an air raid shelter to offer protection for the citizens of the city.
The Tunnel was carefully repaired and opened for guided tours with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and TyneWear Partnership.
Since 2010 the Ouseburn Trust has operated guided tours with fully trained volunteer guides.
Well worth a visit.
Following the tour, a meal at the Marco Polo restaurant in Dean Street completed an informative and enjoyable evening.