Today (11 January 2024) in Parliament, Labour MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, raised the lack of recognition for the real route of Hadrian’s Wall through the West End of Newcastle.
Chi asked for the government to do more to help local communities celebrate the history in their backyard.
Julia Lopez MP, the Minister of State for Media, Tourism and Creative Industries, promised to take this up with Lord Parkinson, the Under Secretary of State of Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
“Hadrian’s Wall runs through the heart of Newcastle’s West End, but it is little celebrated or signposted. Indeed, the National Trails Hadrian’s Wall path does not follow Hadrian’s Wall through Newcastle Central.
“What help can the government offer to local communities keen to celebrate this history which is literally in their backyard?”
Julia Lopez said,
“I was not aware of this outrageous oversight on paths and signage. I shall certainly raise this with the noble Lord Parkinson when I next get the opportunity.”
Chi called a debate on this topic in Parliament in February 2022 which received national press coverage. She has been campaigning with local groups and leaders, including the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hadrian’s Wall chaired by Mary Glindon, MP for North Tyneside, for better recognition of the Wall’s real route across Tyneside.
Labour MPs across the North East, cultural organisations like English Heritage, and local community groups are united in supporting the proposal to recognise the real route of Hadrian’s Wall.