A haven for stag and hen parties, Newcastle is well known for its array of pubs and clubs, Tyne Bridge and Brown Ale.
Situated in the North East of England, Newcastle has produced a lot of famous and successful people who have excelled in a variety of different fields.
The area is famed for its music and has produced a wealth of musicians and singers, including Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole and of course everyone’s favourite singer/humanitarian Sting.
Newcastle’s contribution to the entertainments business actually stems further afield than musicians, with a wealth of Geordies popping up on television in some capacity or another.TV presenters Ant and Dec have cemented themselves as the nation’s favourite hosts after fronting shows such as I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Britain’s Got Talent. Jill Halfpenny is an actress and dancer who attended the same school as Ant and Dec, as did model and actress Donna Air, while Jimmy Nail can boast a CV that includes acting and singing.
To a lot of people Newcastle is most famous for its football team, Newcastle United. “The Toon Army” are owned by Mike Ashley and managed by Alan Pardew and are followed like a religion in that part of the world with players like Steve Harper, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Hatem Ben Arfa currently turning out in the famous black and white stripes. While the club can also count a number of former legends including Peter Beardsley, Alan Shearer, Andy Carroll and Paul Gascoigne or “Gazza” as he is more commonly known.
Although football crazy, Newcastle can also lay claim to a number of other sports stars from the non-football world such as former England Test cricketers, Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison and enthusiastic darts commentator Sid Wardell.
Elsewhere other famous Geordies include screenwriter Paul W.S Anderson, actor Rowan Atkinson, Peer Herbert Laming or Baron Laming as he is also known, as well as Huck Gee, who is a contemporary artist, Illustrator and toy maker.
By: Gareth Williams