We are delighted to be part of Elmer’s Great North Parade, so come along and see our fantastic Elenora the Explorer elephant sculpture.
Created by Cullercoats artist Joanne Wishart, Elenora has pride of place close to the tunnels on the Wallsend (north) side, set against a mural designed and painted by another local artist, Mark Shields. The backdrop, painted directly onto the TT2 administration building, depicts a north east coastal landscape, featuring Bamburgh Castle, Holy Island and St Mary’s Lighthouse.
TT2 staff and several companies donated their time and resources to support us and make Elenora the Explorer a tourist experience, including Jewson North Shields, Easigrass Gateshead, Chevron Traffic Management and St Astier Consulting Contractors.
Children from Cragside Primary School and Burnside College created Elmer pictures, and the team at TT2 chose ten winning designs, which have been made into vinyl banners to be displayed at the Wallsend exit to the Tyne Tunnels, near the sculpture. We also have toys to entertain the kids and hot and cold drinks and snacks are available from the North East Coffee Company.
You can find Elenora the Explorer behind the TT2 Administration building by:
- Driving through the north bound Tunnel (if you are on the south/Jarrow side of the river) and staying to the right hand lanes upon exit for A187, then take the fifth exit at the roundabout (look out for the cones and coffee hut) and there’s free parking.
- By foot through the pedestrian tunnel from Jarrow, cross the road and walk to the right through the gate.
- On the Wallsend north side of the river drive along the A187 towards the Tunnels and take the first exit at the roundabout (opposite Sambucas restaurant).
We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to take a selfie and upload it to social media (Facebook @tynetunnels, Twitter @TT2Limited, Instagram tyne_tunnels) and you could win some lovely Elmer goodies for the best picture!