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Life of railway great celebrated

Robert Stephenson
Robert Stephenson designed the High Level Bridge in Newcastle

The life and work of a Tyneside railway pioneer is being celebrated with a cathedral service on the 150th anniversary of his death.

Robert Stephenson helped his father, George, design and build the most famous early railway locomotive the "Rocket" in 1829.

He also founded the world's first purpose-built locomotive factory behind Newcastle's Central Station.

The service is being staged at the city's St Nicholas Cathedral on Monday.

Michael Stoddart, who will direct the music at the 45-minute event, said: "It's entirely appropriate that this takes place here in Newcastle where Robert and his father George created so many engineering masterpieces."

Wreath laying ceremonies are also taking place at the Stephenson monument in Westgate Road, Newcastle, and at Westminster Abbey in London.

The Stephenson family home at Dial Cottage in Killingworth is being opened to the public and the start of the Stephenson Exhibition at the National Railway Museum at Shildon has been timed to coincide with the anniversary.

Stephenson, who was interred in Westminster Abbey after his death in 1859, designed the High Level Bridge in Newcastle and also served as an MP.

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