We live in a pretty wonderful place here in South Tyneside, and with Valentine’s Day increasing our expressions of love we decided to look at some of the things that are special about our towns and villages.
We’ve kept it to 14 in honour of the date, but we’re sure you can think of plenty more.
1. The ponies returned to Cleadon Hills last month. Picture by Tim Richardson.
The highest point in the borough and just beautiful, with sweeping views over the town and out to sea, and home to the landmark old mill and water tower - not to mention the semi-resident Exmoor ponies. Photo: Cleadon Hills
2. Rich history
The remains and reconstructions at Arbeia, and St Paul’s, the monastery ruins and Jarrow Hall remind us we were home to the supply fort for the Roman Wall and the scholarly genius of St Bede. And they make great places to visit too. But we have many more centuries of rich history, from the crowning of King Oswald in South Shields to our maritime, mining and industrial heritage. Photo: Stu Norton
You don’t have to go far to escape urban life and get a dose of nature, from the more well-known nature reserves such as Tilesheds, to hidden oases like the lake tucked behind Mill Lane in Hebburn. Photo: AN
4. Ice cream
Minchella and Co and its classic offerings are arguably the most famous, but with Toney Minchella, Scoop and Bean, Cream Curls and others, we are well served when it comes to the fluffy cold stuff - and whether its 25 degrees or sub-zero, we love a trip out for an ice cream. Photo: Stu Norton