WE’VE all heard the superstitions: don’t walk under a ladder, don’t let a black cat cross your path and ... 13 unlucky for some
But is banning the number from new housing developments a step too far?
Durham County Council has decided to exclude the supposedly unlucky number from being used on houses in new developments.
Builders have claimed that selling properties numbered 13 is more difficult, and the superstition has gone so far that some hotels and tall buildings, particularly in North America, don’t have a room or floor numbered 13.
But do people in South Tyneside believe in this superstition, or would they happily set up home at No13?
James Redpath, 54, a children’s home worker from Whiteleas, said: “I would move into a No13. It wouldn’t put me off, as long as the price was right.
“It’s just a silly superstition as far as houses are concerned. I don’t believe in any of those things.”
Grandmother-of-five Ellen Raine, 63, from Whitburn, says she would also live at No13.
The retired dinner lady said: “I don’t see why people wouldn’t live there – it’s just a house.
“I do believe in some things, like never walking underneath ladders, but living at No13 definitely wouldn’t bother me.”
University lecturer Keith Hussein, 46, from the Lawe Top, South Shields, said: “I’m not superstitious at all.
“I’ve never believed in anything like that. It’s all just coincidence.
“I think it’s stupid for people to choose not to live in a house because it’s No13, and I think councils choosing not to include No13s in new developments is ridiculous.”
Jim Dighe, 74, a retired HGV driver from Westoe, South Shields, said: “I can’t believe people are crying out for houses, yet they’ll turn ones down because they’re No13. You read in the papers that people are begging to move house, and then you hear things like this.
“The number 13 makes no difference, it’s just a number and it’s just a house.”
Gemma Layton, an electric engineering student from Hebburn, agrees that 13 is just a number.
The 19-year-old said: “I think it’s stupid. Living at No13 isn’t going to bring you bad luck.
“I think people make their own luck. It’s nothing to do with numbers or anything else.
“It’s just silly for people to not live in a house just because of which number it is.”
Craig Scurfield, 30, an offshore worker from West Park, South Shields, said: “I think it’s a load of nonsense.
“I can’t see why people would not live in a house just because it’s No13
“I live at 31, which is 13 backwards, and I don’t get bad luck. If it’s a nice house and it’s a good price then why not go for it?
“I don’t think people would have bad luck just because of a number.”