Not only my birthday, but it's Philippa'a
birthday too - and her 21st no less!
A quick visit to look at the remains of Marsden Rock, which had
a magnificent arch that sadly collapsed in 1996 and some other
parts had to be demolished afterwards. On one of the hottest
days in June, Lee manages to get a sunburned head at the Superbikes
Grand Prix apparently it was all Suzi
Perry's fault! Couldn't blame her for breaking the bike
And for my birthday itself - the day is spent down on the Quayside. In
particular at the Free Trade (which along with the Trent House)
is one of my fave bars anywhere. According to the Observer the
Free Trade is "a dump, but it's a superbly situated dump nonetheless. Endearing
in its scruffiness, the Free Trade is set high over the bend of
the Tyne, with unparalleled city views. Newcastle has a dearth
of beer gardens but here, rather greedily, there's two." And
it has a free jukebox too!