Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dome's Haul of Treasures Given Their Own Exhibition; MEMORABILIA DISCOVERED DURING SITE'S RESTORATION ON DISPLAY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dome's Haul of Treasures Given Their Own Exhibition; MEMORABILIA DISCOVERED DURING SITE'S RESTORATION ON DISPLAY

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Byline: TONY HENDERSON Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

HOW a celebrated seaside landmark is now a storehouse of memories was made plain at the opening of an exhibition devoted to its past - and future.

The Spanish City Dome at Whitley Bay has been showcased in everything from railway travel posters to the Dire Straits song Tunnel of Love.

Now Dome Sweet Dome, the exhibition at the Old Low Light heritage centre on North Shields Fish Quay, will explore the role - both socially and culturally - of the listed attraction over the years.

Visitors can also learn about the major work currently under way to restore the Dome.

And North Tyneside Mayor Norma Redfearn, who opened the exhibition which will run for two weeks, has her own Spanish City memories.

She said: "I lived in Wallsend and my gran used to take me to the Dome, where we watched the dancing and enjoyed an ice cream on the steps.

"When the restoration is complete in spring next year, my feeling will be one of elation.

"It will make a dream come true and give us something to be proud of.

"People have told us 'we have fantastic memories of the Dome, so bring it back.' "I am delighted that residents and visitors will get the opportunity to find out more about one of our most-loved buildings as this free exhibition will really bring to life some of the stories from the Dome's past while detailing the exciting future in store as the restoration work progresses.

"It has been a long time coming but there is now a real sense of optimism and excitement and this is a great way to celebrate the success of our recent public tours."

Objects salvaged from the building during the ongoing work are on show, including original features and photographs taken during the successful recent public Spanish City, are also on display.

Barbara Davidson, who grew up in Benton and now lives in Jesmond in Newcastle, has several of her tour pictures in the gallery.

She said: " My parents used to take me to Whitley Bay most weekends and it will be amazing to see the Dome reopened.

"It is very important to keep buildings like that. …

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