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Exhibition: Our Coastal Heritage at the Watch House, Cullercoats

Photographers are to show the North East coast in its best light in a new exhibition being held in Cullercoats

Phil Whittaker Cullercoats

Stunning images of the North East coast are to be exhibited at the Watch House on Cullercoats seafront this weekend.

The exhibition, called Our Coastal Heritage, has been organised by North East photography collective ARamblewithAmble.

Photographs showing the splendour of our beaches, castles and coastal communities will be displayed on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm as part of Heritage Open Days.

Members of ARamblewithAmble have mounted several acclaimed exhibitions celebrating the region’s coastal heritage.

They also contributed to A Year in the life of our North East Coast, a book published by Newcastle University.

Contributors to this weekend’s exhibition include Norma McKellar, of Sheerlight Photography, Mark Bradshaw, Phil Whittaker, James Thow, Mick Ridley, Mark Southgate, Stu Patterson, Dru Dodd, Alan Dingwall, Simon Lowe and Doug Inglis. The Watch House, one of the most important historic buildings in Cullercoats, was designed by architect Frank William Rich and built in the late 1870s for use by the Cullercoats Volunteer Life Brigade.

Early in the project it was decided to add the clock turret with the clock coming from a private house in Cullercoats.

A bell was also added which could be rung in foggy weather to help guide boats ashore.

The Watch House was officially opened on October 13, 1879 by Thomas Gray, assistant secretary to the marine department of the Board of Trade.

It features in paintings by renowned artists such as Winslow Homer, who lived in Cullercoats from 1881-2, John Falconar Slater and Robert Jobling.

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