I have to remain unbiased here, as a Smoggie myself it does seem fitting that the Mackham’s home-town has stolen the spot on the list for the North East. With one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe, and also having plenty of its own run-down areas, one comment (definitely not from a Geordie) states “It’s a pretty sad place, to be honest. Find somewhere with easy access to Newcastle City Centre and you’ll be happy.”
Over the years, Sunderland grew as a port trading coal and salt. The area grew into a commercial centre for the automotive industry, science and technology and the service sector. It’s referred to as the silicon valley. A person who is born or lives around the Sunderland area is usually known as a Mackem.
Just the name Gravesend doesn’t instil instant images of some idyllic town, does it? Most of the bad reviews of Gravesend seem to mention a certain minority group – the Chavs – who seem to be one of the causes for Gravesend finding its way back in to this list after dropping out for a brief spell. One review sums it up with “If you must come to Gravesend, please stop by the estate agents and buy my house.”
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