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Haunting pictures show the buildings that time forgot; Urban exploration opens door to past.

Byline: By TOM MULLEN

THESE fascinating pictures open the door to a forgotten world.

Taken by a member of a cult urban exploration group, the photographs show the ghostly interiors of buildings and structures.

The old Whitley Bay Dome and Spanish City is shown and a night-time shot of Newcastle is taken from a window of the now-demolished Scottish & Newcastle Breweries.

Candlelight illuminates a shot of the disused Victoria Tunnel, which was built in 1839 to transport coal from Spital Tongues Colliery to ships on the Newcastle Quayside.

Other pictures feature a deserted iron foundry in Cambois, Northumberland, and an underground RAF bunker in Kenton Bar, Newcastle.

The urban explorers meet online at www.28dayslater.co.uk to exchange pictures after visiting sites around the region.

They have been known to trespass, but members are adamant they never force entry and always take necessary safety precautions.

One 18-year-old member, who wished not to be named, said: "I really don't want people to think it's something negative. We don't do any harm and we are always careful.

"It's probably not something people should think about doing, but we know what we're doing.

"There is a danger from carbon monoxide poisoning in many places. We wouldn't recommend anyone without the right knowledge tries this.

"We use maps and everything is properly researched."

Yesterday the Chronicle revealed pictures of the interior of West Jesmond Picture House in Newcastle, which has lain dormant for more than a decade.

Decaying stalls, discarded photographs and projection equipment were shown in the building.

The member said: "The North East is one of the biggest and best places in the country for amazing places like these.

"People down in London travel hundreds of miles to come here.

"They see the pictures of the places we go to on the internet and can't wait to come up and have a look for themselves."

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SECRET WORLD: The explorers gain entry to an old RAF Fighter Command bunker in Kenton Bar, Newcastle; GHOSTLY: The Victoria Tunnel lit up by candlelight; SEIZED: Long-disused equipment at the Vlad Birn Foundry in Cambois, Northumberland; TUNNEL VISION: Daylight floods through an old storm relief drain; CAVERNOUS: A huge space inside the Vlad Birn Foundry; CITYSCAPE: A view of Blenheim street from the now-demolished Scottish Newcastle Brewery; SEASIDE: From top to bottom, the shell of Spanish City in Whitley Bay
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 29, 2007
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