pn3704 23 9 1976 Northern EchoNEWSPAPER coverage of Teesside’s most famous landmark the Transporter Bridge is the inspiration for a forthcoming talk.

The Tees Transporter Bridge: The ‘Majestic Dinosaur’ or ‘Monster’ that survived Middlesbrough’s boom and bust, takes place on Monday (January 12) at The Institute at The Avenue Primary School in the first of Nunthorpe History Group’s 2015 lecture programme.

Presented by Transporter Bridge Education Officer and historian Tosh Warwick, the talk is centred on historic Evening Gazette and Northern Echo newspaper cuttings dating back more than a century and held in the collections of Middlesbrough Reference Library.

The presentation also includes footage of the landmark from the North East Film Archive collections, as well as photographs and clips of visits to the Transporter Bridge by Fred Dibnah, and NBC’s Ann Curry’s bungee jump that was broadcast across the globe.

Construction photographs and documents from Teesside Archives’ collections also feature.

Tosh Warwick said: “The Transporter Bridge has towered over the Teesside skyline for over a century and throughout its history has been the subject of great affection and debate in the local press and amongst the wider population.

“This talk as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Project explores the different ways in which the Transporter Bridge has been perceived since the early 20th Century ranging from having been dubbed a ‘Majestic Dinosaur’ to a ‘Monster’.”

  • Monday’s talk – part of the £2.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project – starts at 7pm and is open to all on a first come, first served basis with a room capacity of approximately 40.

More information on the talk and Nunthorpe History Group can be found at http://www.nunthorpehistorygroup.org