Kielder Water celebrates 30th anniversary

Kielder Water today Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Kielder Water in Northumberland is three decades old. During that time it has become a much loved feature on the county's landscape.

Its construction took place between the mid-1970s and 1981 and had a huge impact on the North Tyne valley. Forty families had to move to new homes when the valley was flooded.

The reservoir was designed to serve industry as well as homes but with heavy industries already in decline, some labelled Kielder Water a white elephant.

Thirty years on, and many local people say the reservoir has provided new opportunities. The reservoir itself has also provided job opportunities for people like Jonty Hall.

Kielder Water is also a popular with tourists and day trippers.

It was on the 26th May 1982 that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited Kielder to officially open the reservoir.

Watch Helen Ford's full report here on ITV News online