Angel of the North

Prior to 1974, Gateshead was part of County Durham and here stands one of Britains most famous landmarks.The Angel of the North is the outstanding landmark to the entrance to Tyneside. Its wide, open arms Wider than a Boeing 767 but definitely not meant to fly
give  visitors a warm hearted Geordie welcome as they reach Gateshead, whether they come by road or rail. The statue is now a World famous icon of the North East of England.
With a wingspan wider than a Boeing 767, the 20m high by 54m wide steel sculpture is now one of the World’s  best known and most controversial landmarks. To stop the angel literally taking off in strong winds, the sculpture has been designed to withstand gusts of up to 100 miles an hour.
Its silhouette at the head of the Team Valley rivals that of the famous Tyne Bridge. It can be clearly seen by more than 100,000 drivers a day on the A1 – more than
one a second, which slows the traffic dramatically – and by passengers on the East Coast main line from London to Edinburgh

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