We have plenty of people who need homes, but cannot afford them: Rents are expensive; mortgage deposits are extortionate; the bank of mum and dad has been squeezed dry. Hard working people desperately need homes.
Middlesbrough seems almost hell-bent on shortening its name out of all recognition. I rarely see the name on any sign, taxi or business. What I see instead is “Boro”.
I wasn’t born in Whitley Bay, nor did I grow up here. I chose to move here when it came time to raise a family. It’s that kind of place: safe, cosy, aspirational.