41 Reasons The North East Is The Best Place In England

No arguments.

1. To start, the north east is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the country. Just check out the coastline at Tynemouth Priory…

2. …where trawlermen bring in the freshest catch of the day straight from the North Sea, fried up in some of the country’s best fish and chip shops.

3. We’re also the birthplace for some of the best people in the world. Like Earl Grey, after whom the tea was named.

4. Our culture’s been ahead of the curve since the 8th century when we produced the Lindisfarne Gospels.

5. How about explorer Captain James Cook, Middlesbrough’s most famous son, who charted Australia and New Zealand for the first time.

Australia appreciated him so much they built a monument to him on sunnier climes.

6. Slag it off if you want, but we’re still pretty proud of our shipbuilding heritage.

The spirit of Wallsend shipyard lives on in Shepherd Offshore, employing thousands of people.

7. Oh and we’re still proud to make things. Drive a Nissan Qashqai? Yep, that’s one of ours.

Nissan is one of the biggest regional success stories. The U.K.’s largest car factory rolled half a million of these cars off its production lines last year.

8. And now we’ve got a vibrant tech startup sector.

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9. We also innovate. The Centre for Life is one of the main cornerstones of Newcastle’s science sector, which produces world-class medical research that’s seen across the world.

10. Cultures come together in the north east. Newcastle has an Irish Centre sitting at the end of Stowell Street in Newcastle, the city’s Chinatown.

11. And we’ve got cool castles like Warkworth.

12. The Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge, whose majestic majesty managed to bring back Auf Wiedersehen, Pet from a long hiatus.

13. Or the trusty Tyne & Wear Metro.

14. The Hoppings, the region’s travelling fun fair, which makes its return after a hiatus later this year.

And yes, we know it’s likely to rain.

15. Thousands gather for the Sunderland Air Show every year.

16. We love our football more than anyone else in the world – win or lose.

There’s nothing quite like St. James’ Park, the Stadium of Light, or the Riverside rocking on a Saturday afternoon.

And that passion is present all the way down: from Hartlepool, Darlington and Gateshead through to the teams in the Northern League.

17. We like our football heroes to be local, just like Peter Beardsley…

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18. …or Bob Stokoe.

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19. But we’ll make the odd exception for the likes of Juninho.

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20. But wherever they’re from, people in the north east know how to pay tribute to our heroes.

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One fan took his dedication to the next level, getting Robson’s face tattooed on his thigh.

21. We do culture, too. There’s this place, The Sage Gateshead, an internationally-acclaimed concert hall.

22. And this place: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, a converted flour mill that hosted a record-breaking year for the Turner Prize for art.

23. For the bookworms, there’s Barter Books in Alnwick.

The bookshop in a disused railway station also rediscovered the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster, but it’s much more - a great repository for books.

24. And though our regional press has been through tough times, it’s fiercely loyal and hardworking.

The Newcastle Journal, the Chronicle the Sunderland Echo, the Middlesbrough Gazette - all backed up by numerous radio stations and local BBC and ITV coverage.

25. Don’t go thinking we’re all pretentious, mind. A couple of brothers and their mate keep us firmly rooted in the vulgar: Viz was born here.

26. We do good, honest food that people crave when they move away. Who wouldn’t want a stottie filled with pease pudding and ham?

27. You can buy them from Greggs, the local bakery chain started on Gosforth High Street that’s taking over the country.

28. We have Teesside to thank for the parmo, sweet salvation to many drunks from Lands End to John O’Groats.

29. And how about that nightlife? The region’s known for a good party, regardless of where you are.

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Newcastle Brown Ale was born here, and has spread the world since.

30. Admittedly, sometimes we take it too far (and we’re very sorry about that).

31. There’s nothing better than passing through Durham on the train and seeing the cathedral in all its glory.

32. Head north and you’ll see Holy Island, a secluded place off the mainland.

(Which is brilliant because people from outside the area get trapped on the causeway between the island and the mainland.)

33. We’re proud that this is frontier country, which is why we have Hadrian’s Wall.

You haven’t lived until you’ve walked the wall on a sunny day.

34. We’re pretty amazing at music, too. From the Animals…

35. …To Sting…

36. …To Maximo Park.

37. Or prefer banging pop songs? We’re the home of Cheryl Cole.

38. For years we were the hub of music, art and culture on a nightly basis. The Tube came from Tyne Tees’ City Road studios every week.

If you were a child of the 80s, you needed to watch this. Jools Holland, Paula Yates and Leslie Ash barely keeping control of a manic riot of live TV.

39. But we can also be pretty dumb. Students from the north east started what the Daily Mail called “the most pointless craze yet”: milking.

40. We’re endlessly inventive with words — so much so that we have our own unique dialect.

People think of the Geordie accent as welcoming, research says — and certainly you’re unlikely to be called hinny, pet or petal outside of the north east.

41. But it’s not just the accent that makes us welcoming — we actually are. Geordie, Mackem or Smoggy, you’re sure to receive a warm welcome.

Take that, London.

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