John Gilroy of Newcastle designed the famous old Guinness advertisements.
The Sydney Harbour bridge has 6 million rivets and is stamped MADE IN MIDDLEBROUGH.
The kipper is a North East invention. Originated in Seahouses in 1843, Craster kippers probably the best oak-smoked kippers in the world.
There was a water chute at Whitley Bay in 1909.
During the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV’s biggest gun was named ‘Newcastle’.
Anne Wood, creator of the Teletubbies grew up in Spennymoor.
South Shields once had the largest alkali works in the world.
Newcastle claims to be the first town in England to brew ale.
The first football team to make an overseas tour was Sunderland AFC. They toured the USA in 1894.