- May 24th 2017
Barbour has had its home in South Shields, where the River Tyne meets the North Sea, since being established in 1894, when it began as a supplier of fit for purpose garments to the fisherman and dockers that worked at the mouth of the Tyne.
As the weather warms up and we launch our SS17 Beachcomber and Original North Sea Outfitters collections, we're giving you a few North Sea facts to inspire a trip to the coast…
1. There are 230 species of fish in the North Sea, and they share the water with seals, dolphins, porpoise, and whales – which you can spot on one of many wildlife spotting boat tours.
2. The North Sea borders England, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany, and covers an area of 220,000 square miles - in areas it is up to 700 meters deep!
3. There are 54 lighthouses along the English North Sea coast, including 12 that are operational. The oldest is the North Foreland Lighthouse in Kent, built in 1636. Some you may recognise one or two from Barbour photoshoots, including St. Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.
4. A number of fossils and bones of extinct animals have been found on the North Sea bed, including the complete skeleton of a 40,000 year old woolly mammoth unearthed in 2012.
5. Some of Britain’s best surf spots can be found along the North Sea coast, including Tynemouth, Saltburn, Peas Bay, and Scarborough.
6. The North Sea, which is the home of Barbour, is the coldest sea in the world, with an average temperature in summer of 17 degrees and 6 degrees in winter - so make sure to pack your Barbour Men's Bede Wellington Boots if you want to go paddling!