More details have been revealed about plans to redevelop the seafront at Whitley Bay.
Plans have been submitted to North Tyneside Council for a 68-room Premier Inn hotel and a Beefeater restaurant on a derelict carpark near the Spanish City site.
The development could create more than sixty jobs, but a number of locals have called for a more imaginative use of the space.
The plans from Kymel Trading Limited are expected to bring more than £1million annually into North Tyneside’s economy.Read the full story ›
Rare footage of the shipbuilding industry from the Tyne Tees archive is being shown at this weekend's Whitley Bay film festival.
The documentary made in the 1980s followed the work of ships' pilots who worked on the River Tyne.
Frances Read takes a look at the footage:
Northumbria Police were called to a flat on York Road in Whitley Bay just before 6.30pm on Tuesday August 25th.
The victim was found inside with stab wounds to his stomach and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.
An investigation is underway after a police car was involved in a collision in Whitley Bay.
Officers were responding to an incident at around 10.30pm on Tuesday when their vehicle collided with a car on Earsdon Road.
The female driver and police officers involved were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, in Newcastle, for treatment.
A section of Earsdon Road remains closed as investigations continue.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101.
North Tyneside Council has unveiled a £36m Seafront Masterplan for Whitley Bay.
The council plan to convert brick shelters into shops and to create beach huts where tourists can stay overnight.
The authority is also asking the public to help design new railing and seating for the seafront.
Key proposals going on show include:
- Outline proposals to develop brick shelters on Northern Promenade into shop units
- Details of the second phase of work to improve the Watts Slope area to create a gateway to Northern Promenade
- An opportunity for the public to comment on new balustrades or railings for the coast
- Proposals for new ‘heritage style’ seating along the coast – including a bench for the public to try
- Proposals for day and overnight stay beach huts and beach showers
- Ideas for a Land Train, including a proposed route
- A £2.5m scheme to improve St Mary’s Lighthouse and Island
- Plans for the restoration of Grant’s Clock on Central Promenade
- Plans to restore the Coronation Fountain on Northern Promenade.
“Residents, visitors and businesses have told us that they want us to deliver a seafront that is an attractive, vibrant and appealing destination, all year round - and that is exactly what this Master Plan is working towards. This event will be a great opportunity for the public to see the plans again, hear about new developments and find out about the progress we’ve made so far.”
You can see the plans at Whitley Bay’s Customer First Centre, on Monday, July 13th (from 2pm until 4pm) and Tuesday July 14th (from 10am until 7pm). Whitley Bay’s Customer First Centre is located on York Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AB.
A North Shields based milkman has escaped jail after stealing money from a vulnerable elderly customer.
Kyle Rosemurgey, 21, from Appletree Gardens in Whitley Bay, was convicted by a jury on four counts of burglary from a dwelling and a single count of theft from a person.
He was working as a milkman in the North Shields area at the time of the offence and the 93-year-old victim was one of his long-standing customers.
Due to her old age and vulnerability she would leave her door open so he could let himself in and deliver her milk, but police say Rosemurgey took advantage of the situation and stole her money.
Officers eventually discovered the 21-year-old was responsible and he was given a 12 month sentence, suspended for 24 months, at Newcastle Crown Court in May.
Sergeant Steve Nicholson, from North Shields Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "It is a terrible and frightening thing to know that a person you trust, and rely upon, is stealing your money behind your back".
Protecting the vulnerable in our communities is high on our priorities. The offender has abused his position of trust and took his role as an opportunity to steal cash instead.
It has been satisfying to bring this person to justice and bring some form of comfort to his victim and her family during this terrible ordeal."
As well as his suspended sentence Rosemurgey was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and must pay £130 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.
The comedian Ken Dodd will be performing at the Playhouse Whitley Bay this summer.
He will perform his 'Happiness Show' at the theatre on Saturday 8th August and Sunday 9th.
Ken Dodd celebrated his 60th year as a professional entertainer last year.
You can see more information about the show here.
Rock star Roger Daltrey is heading to the region to be part of the Whitley Bay film festival.
Organisers of the festival revealed the coup at a pinball session at a cafe in the town this morning (April 13).
The Who front man will watch a special 40th anniversary screening of his cult film "Tommy" at the Playhouse in Whitley Bay in August.
Festival Director, Ema Lea, says it is great news that the rock legend is making an appearance.
Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade have been called to a fire in Whitley Bay. It happened at the Sea Shell fish and chip shop on Front Street. The property is said to have suffered severe damage.