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Blyth Town Information

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Blyth Marina - Photo © Mick Garratt
Blyth Marina - Photo: Mick Garratt CCL

The port and town of Blyth, Northumberland's largest, dates back to 1723. It was home to the Blyth Ship Building yard, the largest on the north east coast, until its closure in 1967. Blyth also grew as a major shipping port for the export of Northumberland coal from its own and other local collieries.

All though most of the collieries have now closed, Blyth is still a busy seaport who's main trade is aluminium ore, imported coal, wood and paper. It also supports the North Sea oil and gas industries. A notable point about the port today is the Blyth Windfarm - a row of nine wind turbines, which line the north pier generating electricity for the National Grid.

The harbour is also home of the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, and with the long golden sandy South Beach being popular with windsurfers and fishermen, there is plenty to do on the water. Back on dry land, there is a large leisure centre and swimming pool complex and the Phoenix Theatre. As well as the indoor Keelrow shopping centre housing a wide variety of shops, Blyth also hosts weekly markets.