At the tender age of 63 I fell in love and her name was Northumbria.
How could I have all this scenery and architecture in front of my eyes and yet not
appreciate her beauty. Oh how we look but never see - from the busy fish quay to the
Tyne valley, the delights abound.
I was introduced to this wonderful creature by the pupils of St. Thomas More School
whilst doing a project with them for the Northumberland tourist board. Maybe it was
seeing it through their eyes that made look at things differently. Who can not be moved
by the wonderful beaches at Tynemouth and Bamburgh and talking about Bamburgh for
me her greatest attraction is her castle. But then I must point what for me is her
crowning glory, the roman wall which is also a world heritage site and I must confess
this was the first time I had visited this wonder of the ancient world, I hate how much
beauty I have missed by not appreciating what was around me. When I walk down Grey
Street now it’s with my head up and my eyes open, taking in it’s splendour. What a
wonder and thing of beauty you are Northumbria.