Back in 2010 Josh Boyle completed the Coast to Coast cycle route. Elated and tired Josh was surprised to feel slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a place, a real finishing line, somewhere he could meet friends and family to mark his achievement.
This moment facilitated a conversation with his brother Mark and their friend Gareth and The Watch House Garden project was born.
At present The Coast to Coast Bike ride and Great North Bike Ride currently have no infrastructure to provide a welcoming end to a significant achievement. We want to change this!
Mark, has owned a property on the Spanish Battery, Tynemouth for the last 16 years and has an intimate understanding of the area and the need for a sensitive approach.
Brothers, Mark & Josh are both from the area of Tynemouth. Mark the elder of the two brothers was educated at near by John Spence Community High School and Josh attended the neighbouring Marden High School.
Upon leaving school, Mark immediately joined the British Army and initially trained as an Aircraft Technician within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) before changing cap badge to the Army Air Corps (AAC). Mid way through his career when he was awarded his Army Flying Badge and subsequently became an Instructor Pilot at the Defence Helicopter Flying School. After 23 years of service, Mark retired from the forces and now works in the UAE where he continues to teach people how to fly.
Josh also followed the engineering route but in the civilian sector and trained as an electrician. He has subsequently moved through the trade group and quickly progressing from Apprentice to Electrician then to Electrical Engineer, on to a project manager and now a Director of one of the leading local Electrical Contracting firms. Josh was responsible for the electrical design and installation of a number of contracts around the north east, one of which was Local Fish restaurant in Tynemouth Longsands Fish Kitchen.
Gareth is also from the local area having attended Marden High School. He left School for University in 1996 before joining the British Army as a Parachute Regiment Officer. Later in his career he was also awarded his Army Flying Wings and became a Helicopter Pilot in the Army Air Corps as a Major. Mark and Gareth first met whilst based in North Yorkshire together. He now works as a Consultant in UAE.