Monday, 13 May 2013

Newcastle Upon Tyne

I went up to Newcastle Upon Tyne on Friday last to give a talk to the Northern Magic Circle Juniors on Saturday morning. It is only the second time I've been back to Newcastle since I was a law student there at the University 1971 - 1974! The city is much bigger and busier than I remembered. I had a good walk around and many things have changed in forty years of course! However, some things are still the same. The magnificent view down Grey Street, for example. I walked up Richardson Road to the Castle Leazes Halls of Residence where I lived then. The Halls are still there. Did we walk so much every day to go to University? My room overlooked the main reception so I could see who was coming and going. Unfortunately the Honours Board has been stored away - I was Junior Common Room Secretary. 
Grainger Market is still brilliant with Robinson's bookshop still going (founded in 1881). There are many new buildings at the University but the Arches are still the same of course. 
There are many new shopping malls. The view of the bridges across the Tyne is still impressive. The refectory at the Cathedral contains a cafe with a refreshing cup of tea and biscuits. 
I would like to return again with Joan and spend more time exploring Newcastle and the Northumberland coast.

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