Published on September 3rd, 2019 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Staiths a little bit longer
The Staiths Café Bar, perched on the riverside at the eastern end of Dunston Staiths has installed three keg taps to supplement its fridge full of local beers in bottle and can. The relaxing atmosphere is perfect for a stop-off while cycling or walking the south bank of the Tyne to and from Newcastle and Gateshead.
A recent art project by illustrator Simon Turner and wordsmith Christine Frazer (pictured above) celebrating the incredible Staiths structure – which the café enjoys as a backdrop – has been unveiled under the auspices of Big Local Gateshead, a community development programme. Its overall aim is to improve the lives of local people and make the area an even better place to live through health initiatives for all ages and improving the built environment while also organising community events and festivals – all of which gets local people involved for their own benefit.
Simon’s charcoal-like imagery and Christine’s poetry can be viewed on the riverside walk artwork where the words “As the café bustles, the gulls soar and dive. The song of the river still very much alive.” spring into life.