Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

First Say

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

First Say

Article excerpt

This is my very last welcome message to readers of Culture because, sadly, this is the very last issue of the magazine.

It has been quite a journey. The first issue back in February 2005 was published not long after Sage Gateshead opened to the public.

There was an air of euphoria with much talk across Britain and abroad of the cultural renaissance on the Tyne.

Millions had been invested in world-class buildings for the arts and the financial crash wasn't a twinkle in a banker's eye.

Times and priorities change and hopefully the end of the magazine will not be a bad omen.

We will continue to follow the story, in fact the many stories, of North East culture in The Journal and online at, carrying the spirit of the magazine into that coverage.

Inside you will find details of all those up for The Journal Culture Awards, which will be presented during a fabulous ceremony in Hexham Abbey on May 11 in association with Northumberland County Council. …

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