German cyclists make pilgrimage to the Angel of the North

Group of German cyclist at the AOTN

A party of German cyclists on a town twinning visit to South Shields have made a pilgrimage to Gateshead's Angel of the North.

The party, who were mostly from Wuppertal in Germany, were on an exchange visit to their twin town of South Shields and requested a visit to Gateshead's greatest landmark.

The reason they wanted to see the Angel up close is because the group were already keen Angel enthusiasts - and even have one of their own!

Angel Wuppertal
Above: the Wuppertal Angel
One Wuppertal resident - who is English by birth but is now married to a German - decided to acquire her own slightly smaller version of the Angel of the North after expressing a desire to have something to remind her of home. She erected the steel reproduction of the Angel of the North in her garden where, much like the original, it has now become a local landmark.

Last year the Wuppertal Angel was proudly shown to the visiting South Shields town twinning group. But one of them - who happens to work for Gateshead Council - said 'well, if you think that's impressive then you ought to see the real thing'!

So this month the party cycled from Wuppertal across The Netherlands to make their bi-annual visit to South Tyneside and then cycled from South Shields to Gateshead to see the real Angel of the North up close.

The visitors were amazed at its size and statue and spent a good while posing for photos at the Angel site.

The group were welcomed by local councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport and himself a keen cyclist.

"It's amazing to think that the Angel of the North can inspire such enthusiasm, and that people are prepared to cycle hundreds of miles to pay homage to it," he said.

"We sometimes forget just how famous this sculpture is, so it's great to hear that we have Angel of the North fans in Germany as well as Gateshead."

Group of German cyclist at the AOTN
05 July 2019

A party of German cyclists on a town twinning visit to South Shields have made a pilgrimage to Gateshead's Angel of the North.

The party, who were mostly from Wuppertal in Germany, were on an exchange visit to their twin town of South Shields and requested a visit to Gateshead's greatest landmark.

The reason they wanted to see the Angel up close is because the group were already keen Angel enthusiasts - and even have one of their own!

Angel Wuppertal
Above: the Wuppertal Angel
One Wuppertal resident - who is English by birth but is now married to a German - decided to acquire her own slightly smaller version of the Angel of the North after expressing a desire to have something to remind her of home. She erected the steel reproduction of the Angel of the North in her garden where, much like the original, it has now become a local landmark.

Last year the Wuppertal Angel was proudly shown to the visiting South Shields town twinning group. But one of them - who happens to work for Gateshead Council - said 'well, if you think that's impressive then you ought to see the real thing'!

So this month the party cycled from Wuppertal across The Netherlands to make their bi-annual visit to South Tyneside and then cycled from South Shields to Gateshead to see the real Angel of the North up close.

The visitors were amazed at its size and statue and spent a good while posing for photos at the Angel site.

The group were welcomed by local councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for Environment and Transport and himself a keen cyclist.

"It's amazing to think that the Angel of the North can inspire such enthusiasm, and that people are prepared to cycle hundreds of miles to pay homage to it," he said.

"We sometimes forget just how famous this sculpture is, so it's great to hear that we have Angel of the North fans in Germany as well as Gateshead."

More Gateshead news

Share this page