Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Journey Goes on for an Ever-Changing Suburb

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Journey Goes on for an Ever-Changing Suburb

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The changing face of Jesmond over the years is what keeps long-time resident Pat Hughes in love with the suburb, despite the huge influx of students in recent years.

The part-time administration worker moved to the area with her parents from the south 26 years ago, and admitted at that when she first thought about living in Newcastle, she didn't "know her Jesmond from her Gosforth".

But the 58-year-old mother-of-two was drawn to how much she could afford for her money compared to where she used to live, and quickly settled in to her new surroundings.

With two-year-old son Michael in tow, she snapped up a home in Sanderson Road, Jesmond, at a time when she said it was "bedsit land".

Ms Hughes added: "Part of Jesmond's charm is the fact that it is always changing, and when I moved in I watched it slowly moving from bedsit land to more of a family area.

"Then again it slowly changed to be much more of a place for young people, with students and young professionals, but I would not be at all surprised if it went back to a family areas again. …

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