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An introduction to the people making it happen

What do the people working in NewcastleGateshead’s venues and hotels think makes the place so special? We asked our cover stars, people who welcome delegates and make events brilliant every day, to share their thoughts on NewcastleGateshead.

Dave Kerr and Sheila Smith

Dave Kerr
Wylam Brewery, Quality Control Manager

I love living in NewcastleGateshead because... For me it’s the friendliest city in the UK. The people make this city a vibrant and fun place to live!

Sheila Smith
Life Meetings and Events, Meetings and Events Sales Manager

If you come to NewcastleGateshead you must... Visit the planetarium in Life Science Centre. Stunning! Then have a drink in the Science Bar, great for funky cocktails.

Claire and Jamie

Claire Lambert
Newcastle United, Mathchday Hospitality Sales Manager

I love living in NewcastleGateshead because… It has everything you could wish for in a city: culture in abundance, great food, amazing architecture, a vibrant nightlife and the best football team in the UK!

Jamie Rao
Assembly Rooms, Supervisor

The best thing about Newcastle is... The collaboration of the old and new. It’s a city that holds a wealth of historical significance and has now developed a broad platform for business. For some industries, NewcastleGateshead has become a global leader, putting it on the map for the future.

Ryan Hall and Jess Cullum

Ryan Hall
Crowne Plaza Newcastle, Restaurant Supervisor

My favourite venue in NewcastleGateshead is... St. James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United – my childhood team that I was born into and have supported ever since. Being able to see an army of 50,000 Geordies going to support the club makes you feel so proud and nothing compares to it, simply thrilling!

Jess Cullum
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Chef

NewcastleGateshead is an amazing place to host events because... It’s very inclusive, friendly and exploding with culture. From music concerts and community festivals through to conferences and even large international events, this city is equipped to deliver.

Nicola Railton and Kemoy Small

Nicola Railton
Sage Gateshead, Association Sales Manager

An interesting fact about NewcastleGateshead is... It is home of renowned civil engineers father and son George and Robert Stephenson who invented the ‘Rocket’ – the most famous early railway locomotive.

Kemoy Small
Royal Station Hotel, Sales Manager

Not a lot of people know this about NewcastleGateshead... The city developed around the Roman settlement Pons Aelius and was named after the castle built in 1080 by Robert Curthose, William the Conqueror’s eldest son.

Photography by North East Times.

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