Newcastle’s most instantly recognisable structure is the Tyne Bridge. It was opened by King George V on 10th October 1928. Movietone News recorded his speech for one of their first talkies, local schoolchildren were given a day off, and in the days after its opening unprecedented traffic jams were caused by those wishing to use this toll-free crossing. The jams continue to the present day.
Some people still believe that this bridge was the model for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. This is not so, as the contract for the Australian bridge was signed in March 1924 and that for the Tyne Bridge in December of that year. However, the larger bridge down under was not completed until 1932, over three years later than the Newcastle one and this gave rise to the notion that the Tyne Bridge was the practice version for the other.
Both structures were based on an idea suggested by the Hell Gate Bridge in New York.
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