What I love about Newcastle upon Tyne
- •It's friendlinessPeople talk to each other. On the bus or Metro, in the street. It may be a city, but it's a real community.
- •It's sizeIt's a medium-sized city, with the amenities and attractions of a major city, but within 15 minutes you can be at the coast. In 30 minutes, you can be in the countryside. It's easy to walk from one part of the city to another.
- •It's lookWith its multiple bridges spanning a broad, deep river valley, imposing. It's filled with history with a castle almost a thousand years old. City walls that were built 800 years go, Buildings from the 16th, 17th and 18th century, and a large chunk of the city with handsome, sweeping sandstone streets built in the early 19th century. It feels sophisticated, light and open, even under grey skies
- •Civic PridePeople from the city, and even people from the surrounding region have a deep connection and pride for the city. There's a real sense of identity. Loyalty to our city comes before loyalty to our nation.
- •Our Accent and Dialect.I love our accent. It's both hard and lilting. It's modern English, old English, Scots, Norse, Dutch, German and Gaelic all rolled into one.
- •We are diversePeople have come to Newcastle from all over the UK, and all over the world and made it their home. In the 1930s, our fathers and grandfathers literally chased the fascists out of town. In more recent times, tens of thousands of us have marched against racism and in support of our diverse community.
- •Our attitudeWe don't give in. We've seen some pretty tough times, but we always try to stick up for ourselves, and at the same time, enjoy life and take as much positives as possible.