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Photos from around Lower Northumberland

A building demolition in progress around a busy intersection.

It鈥檚 the end of an era in Newcastle, however short it was, as the temporary shipping container food court鈥揷um鈥損ublic square鈥揷um鈥搒hopping centre Stack comes down after three years. The former site of an Odeon cinema was set to be turned into a mixed-use development, but the pandemic caused a change of direction from the developers. The plans have since been slimmed down to just comprise what lockdown proved was truly, 100% necessary:

Offices.

A grassy path surrounded by bright green bushes and trees and a clear cerulean sky.

You鈥檇 never guess it, but this luscious green path (carefully cropped so that you don鈥檛 see the yawning gravel service road behind the camera) is on the former site of a colliery in Bedlington. There鈥檚 not much left to see 鈥 the neighbouring pit town was bulldozed in the 鈥70s, and the farmers have done a bang-up job of hiding any traces of the mines that lie underneath.

An old-fashioned railway station.

After 2.3 million pounds and a skyscraper鈥檚 worth of scaffolding, Morpeth鈥檚 central station has finally been restored to its former Georgian glory, red fences and all. The locals will be pleased to know that Lumo, a sparkly new Ryanair-ified third-class train service from Edinburgh to London, have no choice but to stop here thanks to a sharp bend in the track.

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