Great North Run landmark pub demolished to make way for care home

ATHLETES will have to make do without one of Great North Run route’s landmark pubs after it was demolished to make way for a care home.

The Black Bull in Wardley, which for years has sat overlooking the A184, just after the half marathon’s five mile mark, has been razed so that an 88-bed home can be built on Lingley Lane.

Tony Maughan, who runs the Maiden Over pub in nearby Heworth, said the demolition marked “a well sad day for me and sad day for Wardley.”

“The Bull just like life, created and then turned to dust,” he said. “We have used big skips for the plaster, big skips for the bricks, and even bigger for the timber – but we couldnt find any skip big enough for the memories.

“It’s gone and I don’t think it will be ever forgotten – but like life things move on.

“So big thank you for happier days we have had.”