Greggs the bakers first opened in Gosforth, 1951. Today, there are more of them around the country than there are branches of McDonald’s.
5. When we built the glorious Millennium Bridge, you got excited and tried to come up with one of your own.
7. We could bang on about stadium size, trophy hauls or your tendency to get relegated every other year, but it might be simpler to point this out:
In case you’re wondering, Shola has fifteen, Sunderland has five. That’s our third choice striker, by the way.
8. In terms of famous sons and daughters, we’ve got the most popular TV presenters in the country.
9. And the most beautiful woman alive.
According to FHM and L’Oréal, anyway.
13. Newcastle has inspired many iconic films and TV programmes over the years - like Get Carter.
14. Purely Belter.
16. And the epoch-defining Byker Grove.
17. Sunderland? They filmed an episode of Come Dine With Me there once.
18. Newcaste’s nightlife, of course, is the stuff of legend, voted Great Britain’s number 1 tourist attraction by The Rough Guide.
It says so here.
23. Mind you, with all this to enjoy, why wouldn’t we have a smile on our faces?
Newcastle’s Monument, looking down Dean Street (left) and Grainger Street (right).