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An unusual vehicle has gone on sale in Newcastle as the city council desperately seeks to save money due to budget cuts.
It does not have a motor and its previous careful driver was the Lord Mayor of Newcastle. Watch the full report:
Newcastle City Council is selling off a piece of the city's heritage in a bid to help plug a £90 million funding gap.
The carriage is valued at £80,000 and has been seen on Newcastle's streets for the last two hundred years - acting as coach to the Lord Mayor.
A piece of Newcastle’s heritage is going to be sold to help plug a multi-million funding gap.
The Lord Mayor's official coach, which has been pulled through the streets of the city for more than 200 years is valued at £80,000 and will go towards filling a £90 million gap.
It is a decision the council says it is doing “reluctantly” after “cuts in Government grant and rising cost pressures”.
The council says it has endured two years of Government cuts with another three to come. It says any money raised will be classed as a capital receipt and used for newcapital investment in the city such as highways and schools.