Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle? No Gateshead

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Newcastle? No Gateshead

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I AM going on 80 and this will be my third letter to you, maybe you will print it, or not, it's up to you - we will see.

I would like to write about two councils, one on the south side of the river and one on the north side. Now Gateshead, as far as I know, has always been Labour, what I would call the old type of Labour, and Newcastle was Labour for about 30 years, then I think about seven years with the Liberal Democrats who never had a chance, then back to Labour.

Anyway let's look at the two councils, Gateshead first.

What have they done over the past 30 years or so, here's my list: the MetroCentre, National Garden Festival, Angel of the North, The Baltic, Millennium Bridge, The Sage, new bus station, new civic centre and let's not forget the flower shows which both my wife and myself go to.

These all help to bring people to Gateshead.

The people of Gateshead may not like them all but they can see where their money has gone, and now a new town centre. …

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