Fish Quay - North Shields

17 November 2015

North Shields Fish Quay has been in use since the 13th Century and contains many points of interest such as the High Lights and Low Lights lighthouses, and even a statue of Stan Laurel who lived nearby as a boy. This historic site is still a working port and is full of the sights, sounds and smells of the sea. Today the main catch is crab and prawn and the area is home to a working trade fish

Not only a place to watch the catch of the day being landed – if you’re an early bird of course, the Quay is now also a place to gather and dine thanks to a major regeneration project. The Quay has benefitted from over £2million pounds of funding from the European Fisheries Fund, which contributed towards reconstruction, allowed businesses whose premises faced demolition to relocate to other parts of the Quay, and investing in a high specification facility for a local factory. The EFF programme has worked in partnership with other organisations such as North Tyneside Council, the Marine Management Organisation, and English Heritage, and this has ensured that the significant funding required for this major project has flowed into the area. It’s a great example of how our EU membership directly benefits us here in the North East.

The legacy of this major project is a thriving, vibrant area attracting businesses and visitors alike.

So why not go along to the Fish Quay and try its famous fish and chips, EU’ll love it!

The North East has received billions of pounds of investment over the decades from the EU. We are a net recipient of EU funds and the North East is entitled to more European funds than any other English region. The European Social Fund alone paid £157 million into the North East from 2007-2013. The European Regional Development Fund guaranteed £255 million between 2007 and 2013. Over the next five years the North East will get £726m in EU funds. The North East is also a net recipient of EU funds, which means for every £1 that we put in, we get £10 back—as well as the original £1.

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