Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Princess to Wave Final Goodbye to the Tyne; the Boat Will Sail on Sunday

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Princess to Wave Final Goodbye to the Tyne; the Boat Will Sail on Sunday

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Byline: Chris Robinson

FOR some it helped make the North East the party capital of the world. But with its cut-price booze promotions it hasn't been without controversy.

On Sunday Tyneside will wave goodbye to floating nightclub the Tuxedo Princess after more than 25 years on the River Tyne.

Its owners Absolute Leisure sold the vessel - locally known as The Boat - to foreign investors and it is now set to drop anchor in Greece.

Last night the Port of Tyne Authority said it was due to set sail during low tide on Sunday morning when it will be towed to Northumbria Quay, North Shields.

The former Sealink ferry will then be collected by a salvage tug where it will sail out of the Tyne and into the North Sea on Monday morning destined for Piraeus, near Athens in Greece.

The Millennium Bridge, specially designed so it can accommodate such a move, will open so the vessel can cross under it after it leaves its berth at Hillgate Quay, Gateshead.

With the Tuxedo Princess falling out of character with the regeneration of the Quayside, a multi-million pound office and restaurant development is now planned for the location by Gateshead Council.

Coun Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council said: "The Boat has been part of Tyneside folklore for many years but the area has changed massively in the past few years and I think it's probably time to move on.

"We have a new vision for the area and this will open up the site to further redevelopment.

"We have exciting plans for the Gateshead Quayside and this will be another great step forward."

A Port of Tyne spokesperson said: "She is scheduled to leave her berth at approximately 8am on Sunday and she will be towed to North Shields.

"A salvage tug will collect her on Monday morning and after leaving the river she is scheduled to be towed to Greece."

Last night Tony Knox, managing director of Absolute Leisure, with owns the Tuxedo Princess, said he could not confirm anything until final checks had been made. …

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