Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In My View

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

In My View

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Byline: By Andrew Dixon

There is something positive about arriving back in the North-East. I have heard many people talk about the warm glow as they see Durham Cathedral or cross the River Tyne on the train back from London.

For others, the first sighting of Penshaw Monument or the Angel of the North produces a real sense of homecoming.

I recently went cycling to Holland via the DFDS ferry out of North Shields. Holland has much to teach us about cycling and sustainable travel, but the North-East has much to show the Continent about how to welcome people.

The ferry's return into the North-East is nothing short of spectacular. To approach the Tyne via the stunning cliffs of Marsden was something I had expected. However, the image of the welcoming arms of the Tyne, overlooked by the elegant Tynemouth Priory and the Juan Munoz sculpture in South Shields produced an overwhelming sense of local pride as I arrived home on a sun-drenched Monday morning.

The sheer engineering prowess of the snaking breakwater in South Shields must impress many international visitors, reaching out as it does to greet people and welcome them into the safety of the river.

When the QE2 sails into the Tyne for its 40th anniversary cruise this autumn, we have the opportunity to show why it should have been coming here for the previous 39 years.

Cycling into NewcastleGateshead, I was confronted by the arching welcome of the six bridges that we now take for granted as an everyday sight.

We should not underestimate the impact such an arrival has on visitors as they see a world class display of architecture and engineering. I spoke to two Dutch pensioners who were cycling to Carlisle, but stopping to see the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Sometimes we need to stand in different places to realise the greatness of our city, home town or village. …

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