Read & Research News A Grand Party for the Victoria Tunnel A Grand Party On 7th April 1842 when the Victoria Tunnel was opened to great acclaim a grand party was held for all the great and the good of Newcastle at the time. On 7th April 2017 our Volunteer Tunnel Guides are celebrating the Victoria Tunnel’s 175th anniversary by holding another grand party in the Old Assembly Rooms and you are invited to attend. As in 1842, the Lord Mayor and the High Sheriff will be joining them to celebrate the amazing engineering feat that is the Victoria Tunnel. Earlier this year our Victoria Tunnel Guides re-enacted the workers’ party at the Unicorn Inn on the Bigg Market, this year it’s the ‘Posh Do’ and Guides, Lynn and Amanda, have been busy planning a real extravaganza. There will be entertainment from 7pm – songs and stories, magic and music hall – and a three course meal plus coffee – all in Victorian style. (Victorian costume would be welcome but is not essential.) The evening will include a special performance of The Spital Tongues Tunnel song, written in 1842 by Tyneside bard, Robert (Bobby) Nunn. Tickets are £30 per person, and you can book individual tickets or tables of 10 guests. 120 tickets have been sold already so contact [email protected] to reserve your place at this very special event. You can also support the event by buying a ticket for the Grand Raffle to be drawn at the Party. Ten luxury prizes have been donated by generous local sponsors. Tickets are available now from the Ouseburn Trust office at 53-55 Lime Street.