A HOMESICK ex-pat got a welcome reminder of home when she spotted Teesside steel on the other side of the world.

Julie Gordon, who moved to New Zealand in 2003, was thrilled to discover a bridge constructed using Dorman Long &Co steel girders close to her holiday home at Waikawa Beach.

She said: “I’ve always had pictures of the Transporter Bridge up in the house as reminders of my home town.

“Waikawa Beach is gorgeous but I never guessed I’d find a real link to Middlesbrough there – 12,500 miles away. So you can imagine our surprise and delight when we saw that the little bridge there is made with steel from Dorman and Long in Middlesbrough.”