South Tyneside

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South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, north-east England, on the south bank of the River Tyne where the river flows into the North Sea. It contains the towns of South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn and the villages of Boldon and Whitburn; the population of the borough is 151,489 (2004 est).[1] Like most of industrial Tyneside, South Tyneside's economy was based on coal mining and coal export (especially from Tyne Dock, long the greatest coal export dock in the world), shipbuilding and chemicals manufacture; of these, only ship repair and conversion remains as a significant industry.