Newcastle was sunny and friendly drivers , Stagecoach at South Shields came out topp on the friendly stakes though, the sun shone there and it was almost not freezing cold for a whole, it's always sunny when I go there. Mandy hadn't been to the North East for a few years. We had breakfast at the M&S branch in Newcastle when we arrived, no Bakewell tart though so had crumbly carrot cake instead. In South Shields we had lunch cuppa and cake at Debenhams which is a bit like a poor mans John Lewis's with cakes to match but clean toilets. The old market area in South Shields where the trolleys went seems to have been pulled down, most of the river end of town looked as if it were being redeveloped yet again.
Gateshead doesn't change much, the variety of liveries seems endless, Stagecoach seem to resist the N East obsession with route branding and it's vehicles seem to be well turned out and very clean. Anyway we got home mid evening and I've run off the film ready to get the first of three volumes done in the morning before we go off to the golden wedding anniversary which isn't far away, intending to have a bit of a lay in through!