Kath Smith writes:
Today the presentation team are putting the finishing touches to our ‘Heavy Weather’ Zoom presentation which is going out on Thursday 19th November. I thought you would like to see one of the images from it, taken by our wonderful photographer, Ernest Storey, back in 2017. We love to put presentations together so more people can share in the material we’ve collected over the years. It’s also a great way to find new memories.
The theme ‘Heavy Weather’ has brought out some interesting, sad, funny and almost unbelievable stories from the collection. For example, contributors have told us that ships and sailors weren’t always completely safe from the elements when they were in the River Tyne. Would you believe that a 47,000 ton ship could keel over in a dry dock? Well, it’s true; MV Stonepool tipped over in Swan’s yard in 1967 and a witness has written a first hand account for us which we’ll share on the 19th.
Don’t worry if you can’t attend, for the first time we’re going to record the presentation and make it available on the website so you’ll be able to see it at your leisure and hear all the stories we’ve got to tell.