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In search of lost Tyne

Newcastle has been rebranded from a city of heavy industry to a raucous capital of culture. But in leaving its grittier past behind, how much has the place lost?

By Richard T Kelly   May 2008

London to Newcastle isn’t rated among the world’s great train journeys, but for any returning native of the northeast there are sights along the line that will elevate the spirits. I start to feel my heart lift as the train passes the modest brick HQ of North East Granite Co—maybe because I find something nearly poetic in that plain trading name, but mainly because I know we’re now at Langley Moor, County Durham. (Two miles east over green fields is High Shincliffe, the suburb where Tony Blair spent his boyhood.) In short order thereafter come some of the major landmarks…

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