In my study of the comparisons of many of your wonderful Then & Now pieces, I canít help but feel that today many of those areas look empty and devoid of life Ė even those rebuilt on by vast estates. In saying that, I donít want to cast any aspersions on the integrity of todayís buildings or the lovely people living in them (my uncle lived in the Quay in its heyday, and still lives in the same house over 60 years later), just that the two donít have the same vibrancy, and I think that is due to the disappearance of the local industry.
Maybe one way of explaining the difference might be with animals: We can see animals in a zoo, or animals at the circus; they might be the same animals and same crowd watching them, but the experience has a totally different vibrancy. The vibrancy of the great industrial Hebburn has now been lost.
Alas, James, as you will well understand, young folk that never experienced Hebburn in its heyday will not completely comprehend the different vibrations in your Then & Now creations.
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