Some people in the United Kingdom (and even in nearby Newcastle-upon-Tyne) insist that the whole of Gateshead is an edgeland or sacrifice zone. This is most unjust, of course, but there have been times in the recent past when parts of the metropolitan borough have resembled such shunned and marginalized places (see an earlier post entitled “Edgelands and Sacrifice Zones: Turkey, United Kingdom, etc.” for a description of what an edgeland or a sacrifice zone might be). As those of you who know the area will realize, the photos I share below, although taken no longer than four years ago, reflect a world that no longer exists. Cosmetic tidying up and more substantial redevelopment are slowly transforming the town. Whether all the changes are beneficial is hotly disputed by many local people, perhaps especially in relation to the iconic multi-storey car park brought to international fame/notoriety by “Get Carter”, a film released in 1971 (the 1971 version of “Get Carter” is not to be mistaken for the 2000 version set largely in Seattle, USA. The 1971 version of the film is an embarrassment, but the latter is even worse).
All the photos below were taken in the centre of Gateshead or in nearby Felling (a part of the metropolitan borough of Gateshead accessible via the excellent Metro system). The photo of the Gateshead bank of the River Tyne was taken from the iconic High Level Bridge connecting Gateshead with Newcastle-upon-Tyne.