Newbiggin history available at the click of a button

Information about hundreds of historic sites and buildings in Northumberland’s most heavily-populated area has been made available at the push of a button

Neal Younger from Synergy Radio, Richard Pyle and Will Rogers
Neal Younger from Synergy Radio, Richard Pyle and Will Rogers

Information about hundreds of historic sites and buildings in Northumberland’s most heavily-populated area has been made available at the push of a button.

After three years of research and development, Richard Pyle has created an audio-visual phone app for people who want to find out more about the history of the south east of the county.

Richard, 53, now lives in Zurich but was born in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, and his home community is one of 14 towns and villages showcased on the Village Guides app.

Thirty sites in the coastal town –- including Church Point, The Haven and the former Newbiggin Colliery – are included.

As well as producing the pictures and text for the places of interest, Richard delivers audio descriptions.

Richard, who describes himself as a “huge local history buff”, said: “I completed my masters degree in British history at Newcastle University a couple of years ago.

“I specialised in the  history of south east Northumberland, and my dissertation centred on Newbiggin.

“The app is aimed at visitors and residents alike, and I hope it will contribute to a better understanding of the area's heritage.”

Newbiggin mayor, Will Rogers, welcomed the new app.

He said: “I think it’s incredible and an excellent guide to the area. We want people to come and visit Newbiggin and this guide is a great and innovative way to sell the area.”

The guides are available at the iTunes app store, priced 99p to £1.99p.

Richard's commentaries will feature in a series of broadcasts on Synergy Radio, when the station returns on 87.7FM – and online at synergyradio.co.uk – in August.

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