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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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Professional Travel Photographer and Teacher of Photography living in County Durham, North East UK.

David Lewins Photography

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  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiover 4 years ago

    Nicely captured David, the lighting on the bridge is quite beautiful (would have been nice if the sidewalk lights had been turned on also), excellent low light shooting as always!!

  • I can’t agree with you more John, must have a word with the local council as they are not being fair to photographers!! ;-) Thanks for the comment, appreciated as always.

    – David Lewins

  • Phoxford
    Phoxfordover 4 years ago

    I love night-time shots and this one is quite lovely. I sense that there was a bit of work in balancing out the lights, near and far. Good job.

  • Thanks very much David, pleased you like it.

    – David Lewins

  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 4 years ago

    Beautiful night shot, David.
    Very nice colors and reflections.

  • Thank you very much Adrian, appreciated

    – David Lewins

  • stebird
    stebirdover 4 years ago
    Hi David. Lovely Shot. Gorgeous colours. Water looks almost frozen. Great job with the lighting. Cheers Steve
  • Thank you Steve, I enjoy difficult exposures, makes me think! :-)

    – David Lewins

  • Polly x
    Polly xover 4 years ago

  • Thanks

    – David Lewins

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured

  • Thank you Kathy, appreaciated as always

    – David Lewins

  • peterellison
    peterellisonover 4 years ago

    An excellent image!
    Love the colours.

  • Thanks very much for your kind comment Peter, much appreciated.

    – David Lewins

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelover 4 years ago

    Wonderfully crisp image, David. And thanks (from a Sydneysider) for putting the record straight…

  • Thanks John, you’re more than welcome

    – David Lewins

  • Ozcloggie
    Ozcloggieover 4 years ago

    Greetings from Sydney, where – of course – when I saw the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
    Not so!
    Good one. THanks for adding to the Bridges group.

  • Thanks for the comment, appreciated

    – David Lewins

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleover 4 years ago

    Lovely composition of the bridge. Wonderful use of lighting

  • Thank you for your kind words Karen, appreciated

    – David Lewins

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