I took my mother over to Consett early yesterday morning for a dental appointment.
While I was sitting in the Landrover in the car park, listening to music and generally pondering, well nothing, I found myself gazing at the scene in front of me. When I left Consett in 1981 the whole of the view (and very much more) in the photograph below was occupied by the historic Consett steel works.
I have to say that given the choice I would rather be looking at one of the best steel plants in Europe (the world?) than Aldi, Morrisons, KFC, McDonalds and a now closed Focus store. Not to mention yet another new estate of unsaleable houses being built…….
The Consett I grew up in was filthy dirty but it was a community that had enormous pride. Today? To me it is now a complete soulless dump.