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Blyth Rainbow

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Image of The Spirit of the Staithes

Blyth used to be a large coal-exporting port. Ships would berth at the quayside and trains laden with the coal would travel along an elevated track supported by timber frames - the staithes.

This contemporary aluminium sculpture, "The Spirit of the Staithes", represents those staithes, showing a train at the exact height at which the originals would travel. They would stop next to a ship and discharge the coal directly into the open holds below.

On this particular day there was a rainbow in the background, a reminder that God has promised every living thing - including your pet dog or cat! - that He will never again flood the Earth as He did in Noah's day.

Moreover, the rainbow is a promise that "As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night." It seemed appropriate that this rainbow should appear on the day Blyth Community Church celebrated a Harvest Festival, when the clocks changed from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time in anticipation of the forthcoming winter.

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story | by Dr. Radut