|The Grainger Market in Newcastle Town Centre gears up for the Jubiliee|
|Blowsy poppies in the churchyard, Holystone, Northumberland|
|A fishing boat picking up the lobster pots outside Craster Village, Northumberland|
Craster Village is an unspoilt gem on the Northumberland coastline. Just north of Alnwick, its inhabitants still make a living from the sea and it's famous for it's smoked kippers. As you walk through the village you pass the harbour and up the hill following the smell of the smoking fish. There's a little pub that overlooks the harbour and out to sea from where we watched a small fishing vessel picking up its catch. From Craster, you can do a wonderful walk to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle which began life in 1313 and saw many fierce battles before falling into decay after the War of the Roses.
|Dunstanburgh Castle, looking north from Craster|
We ended our northern jaunt with a ritual visit to the best fish and chip shop in the northeast! (that's my opinion anyway) set right outside the North Shields Fish Quay, it's fish caught and fried within hours of the catch landing. It was also a chance to reflect on the changes on the Tyne, the boat yards gone, even the fisherman's mission is now home to a growing collection of yuppified pubs and bars, but the fishing industry lives on regardless.
|The Tyne, looking downriver and the local fishing boats at North Shields|