I’ve lived in Newcastle upon Tyne (or very nearby) for the past 16 years this week. Sixteen years ago I arrived for Freshers week, and moved into halls at Northumbria Uni. It’s such a long time ago but it also feels like yesterday! I can still remember that feeling of excitement and nerves, happiness and sorrow.
However, I’ve lived here for all of that time, but until now never been to the Angel of the North! I remember laughing at Byker Grove one day because someone, feeling angst-ridden, went to the Angel for a mope. Like it was right next door to Byker. Not that Byker Grove is filmed in Byker anyway!
When I’ve seen it from the road it has symbolised being ‘in the North’, or ‘nearly home’ so I decided to correct the fact I’ve never been before.
James had a run around the area, enchanting Japanese tourists with his impression of the Angel, but mostly getting in the way of their photos!
Good luck to everyone moving into Halls this weekend, and very best wishes to all starting university. You’ll be grand.