Thank you!

A huge thank you to all of our parents for following our journey. We really hope that have enjoyed seeing your children have the most wonderful time. I know you have worried about keeping them warm and had concerns over what they have been eating but I can assure you they have all tried something new and been a pleasure to take away. We would like to share one final memory with you that we have created. We don’t want to rock the boat but here is the finale and the sequel to ‘Rock the Boat’ where Rockingham take on Bamburgh Castle! We hope you enjoy and we are looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of hours. The children have not seen this yet so it would be lovely to share this with them this evening.

Love Mrs Greenwood

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The Angel of the North!

As we pass the Angel of the North and talk to the children about it, one of the children asks, is that the Statue of Liberty ? I think we need to teach more geography next term.

ETA

Our current ETA is 4pm this will depend on the traffic, we will keep you updated along the way. We are all safe and back on the coach, I’m sure we will have more sleepy photographs to follow.

Tired Faces!

We were all tired during lunch, here we are at Gateshead having lunch by the Millennium bridge. Here are a few interesting facts for you –

36,000 people lined the banks of the River Tyne to watch the bridge tilt for the first time on 28 June 2001

Contains enough steel to make 64 double decker buses or 16 Chieftain tanks

Cost £22m to build

Each opening and closing takes four and a half minutes

Cleans up its own litter – anything dropped on the deck automatically rolls into special traps at each end of the bridge each time it opens

Can withstand a collision from a 4,000 tonne ship travelling at 4 knots

Has concrete foundations stretching to 30 metres, anchoring it to the river bed

Is powered by eight electric motors – enough power to run more than eight Ford Focus cars

Sits on 19,000 tonnes of concrete

Stretches 126 metres across the River Tyne

Was lowered into place by Europe’s largest floating crane – Asian Hercules II

The very top of the arch stands 50 metres above the River Tyne when in its normal state

Weighs more than 800 tonnes

Is adjacent to an area called Baltic Square: an open-air performance space which has been host to a number of high profile events such as the first ever Top Of The Pops outdoor event in July 2004, Orange Evolution music festival 2005.

Has been used in numerous television, film and media projects such as 55 Degrees North (BBC), the national football film GOAL! (GOAL Productions) and on the front cover of Bentley magazine

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge appeared on a pound

coin from the Royal Mint in 2007, representing England.