A magician has created a shrine to a North East city - in his toilet.

Chris Cross has filled his mini musuem with memorabilia relating to Newcastle - and he's named it 'The Bog on the Tyne'.

He even invited Newcastle United football legend Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald to perform the opening ceremony.

Chris, 34, has made his shrine to the Tyne at his private residence in High Spen, near Gateshead.

Geordie stars and invited guests gathered to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Sunday.

After cutting the ribbon to open the unusual facility, Macdonald said: “I’ve opened shopping centres, landmarks and appeared at thousands of events across the UK, but in my multitude of appearances over the past few decades, this is certainly a first.

The Northern Echo: Malcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremonyMalcolm ‘Supermac’ Macdonald cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony (Image: PAUL KNIGHT/STARSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

"As unusual a request as it was, I’d do anything for Chris - he’s full of fun and has a real passion for the North East.

"Chris is my favourite magician and I love magic, my wife and I have been to a lot of his shows, so when he asked me to carry out the honours, I almost certainly said I’d be more than happy to oblige.”

Star of the Geordie cult classic movie ‘Purely Belter’, Chris Beattie, was also on hand to open the mini private museum.

He said: “I’m honoured to have been invited along to my friend’s gathering to open his toilet.

"When it comes to anything being called purely belter, that’s exactly what his quirky little collection of toon memorabilia is.”

The Northern Echo: 'The Bog on the Tyne' is a mini-museum toilet shrine to all things Newcastle'The Bog on the Tyne' is a mini-museum toilet shrine to all things Newcastle (Image: PAUL KNIGHT/STARSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHY)

The walls, doors and even the toilet itself are plastered with iconic images, autographs and more.

A signed guitar from Sam Fender, a signed poster from Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Alan Shearer’s shirt, Gazza’s football boots, Viz comic original artwork and even a hand-written archive letter from Catherine Cookson are among the collection.

Wallsend singer Junior Turner has written the lyrics to his 'Take me home to the banks of the river Tyne' song on the wall and he said he was “proud as punch” to be among the local legends making up the display.

Chris said: “We have a lot of parties at my place and the downstairs guest loo is one of the most frequented rooms in the house - so it just made sense to make the place a bit interesting and exciting. It’s a real talking point."

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He added: "I haven’t actually paid for any of the artwork and memorabilia in ther, it’s all been donated from local showbusiness friends and colleagues. My friend, Tim Healy, will hopefully be popping in soon with some bits and pieces for me too.

"The only problem with this little idea of mine is that we won’t be able to get people off the bog, as there’s that much stuff to read and look at in the walls.”

Alongside all of the memorabilia, Chris has added some of his own personal items from his career to the walls - including a poster for his upside down straitjacket Escapology stunt, which he performed over 80ft above ground from the riff of Newcastle’s castle keep in 2016.