Nexus has announced that metro memorabilia has been donated to a local museum following the permanent closure of a station.
Iconic items, including signs and one of the famous yellow Metro station ‘cubes’, has been given to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
Nexus wanted to ensure that some of the former station’s features were retained before the building is completely demolished.
South Shields Metro station was closed to the public in July to make way for a new £21m transport interchange.
What did the officials say?
Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said:
“We were determined that some of the most iconic features of the old South Shields Metro station were retained for heritage purposes.
“This station has been part of everyday life in South Shields town centre over so many years. Many people will have fond memories of making journeys from there, so it was only right that some of that history was kept for future generations.
“That familiar Metro station signage in the classic Calvert font and the iconic yellow station cube have both been passed over to South Shields Museum to keep hold of now that the demolition work has got underway.”
Adam Bell, assistant keeper of history at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery said:
“The museum collection reflects the key moments in time from the South Tyneside borough and its people. We’re very excited about these new acquisitions, to receive such iconic memorabilia.
“The museum is planning a major exhibition charting the history behind public transport in South Tyneside for 2021. These items will make a great addition, not only to the Museum’s permanent collection, but also to the content of that special exhibition.”