Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Day in the Life.Of Gosforth High Street

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Day in the Life.Of Gosforth High Street

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Just a few miles out of Newcastle city centre, Gosforth High Street is full of contrasts.

It combines beautiful red brick buildings with more modern architecture, green parks and busy roads, and elderly residents live next to the local primary school.

We went to investigate what the shoppers, local employees and residents think of the shop-ping facilities and general atmosphere.

Kathryn Marsh, 29, of Walkerdene, admitted this was a rare occasion for her to be in Gosforth: "I am just here for lunch with a friend. It has been somewhat difficult finding somewhere to sit and it is not exactly the most scenic area."

Her friend Anne Witton, 27, from Heaton, works in Gosforth and says the location is appeal-ing as it is so close to home. When asked whether she shops in the high street, she replied: "I sometimes go to the charity shops as they are better than the ones in town. I collect books and like searching in the second hand shops. Otherwise I just walk past most shops on my way to and from work."

Many parts of the street have not been developed, leaving sections of greenery, especially beside churches.

Jackie Flett, of Shieldfield, was sitting outside All Saints Trinity Church with son Stuart.

She said: "We are just visiting a friend. I used to work on Salters Road but not any more, so I only come to this side of town to see people. The shops here are good, though Asda is not so convenient for people without cars. I also looked in some of the estate agents."

Stuart said: "The local park is really good so you can always just go there."

The pleasant and quiet park, just behind the High Street, is popular with local children and people just wanting to sit and relax in the sporadic sunshine.

Having travelled there by bus, Jackie thinks that the service is good and with the High Street lying between two Metro stops, South Gosforth and Regent Park, public transport is easily accessible.

Ross McDonald, 24, from Newburn, who has been working at Oddbins for nine months, said: "The Metro is at least a 10-minute walk away and I do not like the buses. …

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