Local residents and pupils were invited guests at Riverside Academy’s open day to celebrate the opening of a new school building on 18th September. Northern Architecture showed archive footage of Dunston Staiths, and talked to visitors about its place in the community now. Gateshead project officer, Clare Ross, shared information on the wildlife around the Staiths and visitors were invited to create their own Saltmarsh garden on a plate, or make a Staiths badge to take away.
Local historian, Ken Fitzpatrick, lent his expertise in sharing Riverside’s school archives. Lots of former pupils spotted themselves in photographs spanning the last forty years!
Civil engineers, Owen Pugh, kindly loaned a scale model of Dunston Staiths, which is currently being used as a learning resource by Class 3 pupils.
Councillor Alex Geddes, Gateshead’s Mayor, and Lady Mayoress Freda Geddes, talked to teachers, pupils and residents about Dunston and its communities, past and present.