Tuesday, 3 June 2008
The Customs House
Dottie was jumping with joy as she wandered down the road towards the Customs House at South Shields.
The Customs House was built in the 1860's as a customs post , just before South Shields was declared an independant port, and at a time when the River Tyne was a thriving centre of trade and activity. After the decline of the shipping industry the building fell into disrepair in the 1960's.
In the 1990's Tyne & Wear development Corporation funded the capital development of the Customs House turning it into an Arts and Entertainment centre for the people of South Tyneside. This was done by refurbishing the original building and adding a new extension on the back. The Grade 2 listed building opened its doors in November 1994 providing South Shields with its first Theatre and Cinema for 12 years.
Dottie was excited and was looking forward to visiting the office.