Echo reader chooses new name for National Glass Centre restaurant

National Glass Centre assistant restaurant manager Andrew Keegan, right, presents winner Frank Jackson with his prize, after renaming the brasserie The Glass Yard.

National Glass Centre assistant restaurant manager Andrew Keegan, right, presents winner Frank Jackson with his prize, after renaming the brasserie The Glass Yard.

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The restaurant at National Glass Centre is looking forward to a new chapter after an Echo reader renamed the eatery.

Frank Jackson, 68, from Penshaw, has won our competition to give the Brasserie a new identity with his suggestion of The Glass Yard.

The grandad of five’s winning name will feature on menus and branding when the restaurant is relaunched in January.

National Glass Centre teamed up with the Echo to find a new name in order to give it more of a local identity.

Frank, who is married to Dorothy, 68, said: “I saw the competition in the Echo and thought it would be great to combine the glass making heritage with shipbuilding.

“I remember when there were shipyards on the Wear and it’s great to see the site being used like this now.

“I feel really proud that my suggestion was chosen for the new title. It will be great to bring the grandchildren here and tell them that their grandad chose the name.”

There were hundreds of suggestions put forward for the competition to win a £50 voucher, which can be used in the restaurant or gift shop.

Sara Jo Harrison, from National Glass Centre, said: “Frank’s suggestion is just what we’ve been looking for as it combines glass making with ship building.

“It celebrates the merging of two of Sunderland’s most important industries.

“Visitors always say they like that it’s on a site which represents the area’s history, and we’re hoping to get away from the name Throwing Stones, which it hasn’t been for years.

“We will be highlighting the area’s heritage in the new decoration of the cafe and restaurant and will be linking it more with the centre.”