A Magpies view of the Toon

The Northern Echo: THE MAGPIE VIEW. Members of the media are some of the first people to experience the views from the top of St James' Park following the launch of the new stadium tour. Picture: DAVID WOOD THE MAGPIE VIEW. Members of the media are some of the first people to experience the views from the top of St James' Park following the launch of the new stadium tour. Picture: DAVID WOOD

NEWCASTLE United has started tours for people with a head for heights - providing a Magpie’s view of the city.

A new stadium tour at St James’ Park includes the chance to savour the views from the highest points at the Milburn Stand and Leazes End.

St James’ Park stadium tours controller Gill Hillary said: “What we are trying to do is develop a new sight-seeing experience.

“It’s not only for fans of Newcastle United. We are also hoping to bring more people into Newcastle.

“Everything is so close at hand they will be able go and see the landmarks knowing that they are within walking distance.”

Visitors are given a high-visibility jacket and a hard hat and binoculars. There is no need to be harnessed.

Among the landmarks visible from the roof are the Civic Centre, Leazes Park, The Baltic, Sage Gateshead and the Millennium and Tyne Bridges. The North Sea can also be seen in the distance on a clear day.

The roof itself, at the time of its construction, was the largest cantilever roof in the world.

The tours will take place four times a day on Saturdays and Sundays, with ten people allowed up on each tour.

For further information contact 0844 372 1892 or visit www.nufc.co.uk

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