Archive for September 2006
Middle Dock Demolition
It’s back to the demolition at the old Middle Docks, South Shields for today’s picture. A desolate scene encompassing almost total destruction as old makes way for new.
Honda Formula 4-stroke Championship.
A recent event in South Shields was a two day -two rounds heat of the Honda Formula 4-stroke Championship for power boats. The event at Sandhaven Beach drew large crowds on what was a very misty day, the sea fret extending up over the beach and onto the promenade. However, I managed to pull some shots out of the murky mist, and I’m quite happy with the sharpness of most of them considering the high speeds of the competitors.
Park Lane Interchange
This is Sunderland’s primary bus station in Park Lane, It is also the Metro (underground) railway station, so the two link together nicely. You can travel to Sunderland from South Shields either on the bus or the Metro and end up here, right in the town centre. This is what I like about our public transport, it is well integrated. There are similar interchanges in Gateshead, South Shields, and Newcastle (Haymarket)
This is the entrance to our newest shopping development in South Shields. Waterloo Square has four quite large retail outlets, British Home Stores, Debenhams, Next, and River Island. It has been a big success so far after being built on the land vacated by the old Victorian police station and the fire station.
Middle Dock demolition
On my recent visit to the old Middle Dock in South Shields I found that I was fascinated by the destructive power of the demolition crew. Centuries of maritime history, ship repair and shipbuilding skills, reduced to dust and rubble. Here is the office, an old portacabin, used by the demolition men.
South Shields harbour
This shot was taken from Tynemouth on the North bank of the River Tyne looking into South Shields harbour, and it shows The Groyne pier and the South pier at low tide, at around 06.00 a.m.
Sean Hedges-Quinn’s bronze statue of Bob Stokoe was unveiled at the Stadium of Light in July by Stokoe’s daughter Karen Craven. It’s a very realistic image of Bob, whom many fans referred to as “the Messiah” after he led Sunderland to that famous 1 – 0 victory over the mighty Leeds United in the F.A. Cup Final at Wembley in 1973. One of the most popular memories of that day is the lasting image of Bob racing onto the pitch at the final whistle to hug and embrace goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, who as much as anyone was responsible for that cup win.
It is fitting that an appeal by fans and the club raised all of the money to pay for the work, and that it now greets fans as they arrive at the stadium.
I hope you like my interpretation of it.