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Historical Walks Lead to Success

Organisers of two special historical walks which highlight Newcastle’s industrial and wartime heritage have been delighted with the response from members as both tours are now fully booked.

‘Carrying Coals’ and ‘Sirens and Shrapnel’ take place on Saturday 14 and 28 February.

These walks explore the city’s connections with mining and focus on life in Newcastle during the Second World War by following the route of the Victoria Tunnel, an underground waggonway which later converted into a wartime air raid shelter and is now a wine bar.

The two walks have been organised by the Victorian Tunnel Education Project which hopes to run more walks in the near future.

Marian Jones who is a heritage volunteer support officer for the Victoria Tunnel Education Project said: “We are thrilled at the success of these walks which tell an amazing story of life in Newcastle during World War Two. It is also fantastic that so many people are interested in learning more about the city and its important role in the economic success of the region.”

For more information about the project and to find out about future walks go to www.newcastlecommunityheritage.org/victoriatunnel.