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John will be your river guide for 2017. He looks forward to welcoming you on board the Shields Ferry.

John Grundy

“I was born in Carlisle, trained to be a teacher at Neville’s Cross College, Durham and since 1970 have lived in the same house in Newcastle. I am married with three grown up children. For almost 40 years I worked as a teacher of English in Gateshead and at South Tyneside College but along side my day job, I am lucky enough to have done a whole pile of things to do with history and architecture. I gave up teaching for a few years in order to work on the re-survey of Listed Buildings for English Heritage in the 1980s and from there went on to co-present a programme called TOWNSCAPE for BBC North East.”

“Since then I have worked for Radio Four (Take a Place Like… and The Heritage Show) and for the Radio Two Arts Show. I have made ten series of programmes about architecture for Tyne Tees TV, first of all under the title GRUNDY GOES when I used to dress up in funny clothes and do silly things, and more recently under the title GRUNDY’S WONDERS and finally GRUNDY’S NORTHERN PRIDE.”

“I also returned to BBC North East and have been a regular contributor to LOOK NORTH.”

“I write regularly for local magazines such as The Northumbrian. I co-wrote the second edition of the Northumberland Volume of Niklaus Pevsner’s, “The Buildings of England” for Penguin Books. I wrote a book called “Northern Pride” about Northern architecture which was published in 2004.”