Being part of our family means you are Newcastle United through and through. Despite recent form, us Geordies are nothing if not loyal, our two children have already caught the NUFC bug and Eva went to her very first match at just 4 years old (Stephen Harpers testimonial).
Having visited The Discovery Museum earlier in the summer for Fairs Cup Day (will blog that later, it was groovy baby), I just knew we had to go back with Daddy. The exhibition is closing this weekend, 5th October, so we took advantage of a day off together and visited last Sunday.
I love The Discovery Museum, every time we visit, I wonder at how this amazing place is free to the public, they have tons of different activities on throughout the year and all are always expertly done.
Having arrived a bit late, we headed straight to Toon Times to check it out. The exhibition is in conjunction with the Newcastle United Foundation who do some amazing work within the community, we have been lucky enough to meet some of these guys at various events and they are brilliant with the kids.
As we entered the exhibition, we passed the inspiring words of Sir Bobby Robson on the wall, Sir Bobby is a much missed figure in Newcastle upon Tyne, indeed the world and is still very much loved. A perfect entrance to Toon Times, after all, if you are not inspired by Sir Bobby, you are unable to be inspired in my opinion!
We then passed underneath the beloved 'Howay The Lads' sign, which, if you are a NUFC fan, you will know is the sign above the players tunnel at St James' Park when you run out onto the pitch.
The exhibition is fantastic, it charts the history of NUFC from being formed in 1881 right up to the present day. There are interactive things all the way through including mock up changing rooms and a TV screen showing old footage from some of our most famous games. One thing I particularly loved, was the input from fans, there were quotes all over the walls from real people recalling their memories and telling us why they love NUFC so much. There is a fun photo prop in which you can become heroes yourself and there is also a table football game. Tons of memorabilia to browse, including Alan Shearer's famous Number 9 shirt and many medals from over the years. A particularly poignant feature for us, was the acknowledgement of Gary Speed being one of the best, very touching and an excellent tribute.
It is very obvious that this exhibition has been put together by fans for fans and we loved it. It is on until tomorrow, if you have spare time, pop along to the museum and check it out, you won't be disappointed.