I’ve lived in the North East my whole life and am very proud of my roots. A strong sense of family and community is very important to me. I think this is typical for many people from the North East.
Newcastle is a vibrant city with an eclectic blend of cultural diversity, world-class educational establishments and industry-leading businesses. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else – although a holiday home somewhere a little warmer would be nice.
Geordies have pride in our region, and genuinely care about our communities and the future that we’re all part of creating. Over the last 30 years we have had to recreate ourselves following the decline of some of the industries that employed many North East families. I think the legacy of the current generation will be something we can all be immensely proud of.
In Newcastle, we are very fortunate to be a stone’s throw away from some fantastic coastline. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of days out during school holidays, with our family loaded into the car, a packed lunch and bucket and spade visiting the coast. Now I have a family of my own, we spend much of our time in the same way.
I always make sure that I get a window seat when travelling north on an East Coast Mainline train. It means that I get to see much of the coastline that I have visited over the years, from the pretty coloured houses of Alnmouth to the causeway and castle on Holy Island.
I love visiting Latimer’s Seafood in Whitburn. It is a fresh fish and seafood deli with a café attached. It stocks and serves fresh fish caught in the North Sea and regularly tweets about its catch of the day. For a seafood lover, it is an absolute treat.
Kielder Observatory is a magical place of knowledge and infinite possibilities. It’s situated in the heart of Kielder Forest, which has one of the darkest skies in Europe, and was recently recognised as the third largest protected Dark Sky Reserve in the world. We’re so lucky to have an observatory like this on our doorstep and I’d highly recommend its public events.
Sage Gateshead is a great venue for an informal business meeting. There is parking right outside and you can get fantastic coffee while enjoying wonderful live music and soaking up the fabulous views of the River Tyne. I’ve had many creative conversations at the venue.
The best corporate facilities I’ve experienced in the region are Rockliffe Hall and Close House because they focus on customer service. The award-winning Rockliffe Hall is a beautiful five-star hotel and spa while Close House is recognised as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses in the UK and Ireland. Both facilities are a credit to the North East.