Hello there, I’m flattered that you’d like to know more about little old me, Rachel Kershaw, so where do I begin? Well, for starters I should confess that I’m not actually a Geordie born and bred, I’m originally from Rochdale in Lancashire. I moved up here over ten years ago and after settling down in Fenham (in the West end of Newcastle) with my native Geordie boyfriend and forging out a career at the local radio station, Metro Radio, I’m very proud to call Geordieland my home.
It’s hard to say what I love most about being an adopted Geordie because even though I’ve lived here over a third of my life I’m always discovering new experiences and unearthing hidden gems. Peaceful parks, world class arts and culture and an abundance of festivals and events means there’s never an excuse to be bored! Plus, when it comes to my guilty pleasures, shopping and food, I’m seriously spoilt for choice!
In summer 2012 I was lured away from my much loved places in NewcastleGateshead when I was selected to be Visit England’s ‘Fan in a Van‘. I embarked on an epic three month adventure following the Olympic Torch Relay around England in a vintage campervan called Rosie. There was never a dull moment as I experienced everything England had to throw at me, from hot air ballooning, sailing and pork pie making to surfing, museums and bungee jumping!
Throughout the journey I provided the National tourist board with blog posts, tweets, photos and videos that were used to encourage the public to get out there and experience England for themselves!
When I returned to Geordieland it seemed obvious that I should continue writing about the places I love right here in NewcastleGateshead. So here on this blog I will share with you all my favourite places to visit, I’ll write about my weekends which are often spent on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside where the iconic bridges will give me many photo opportunities and no doubt there’ll be tales of nights on the Toon where our nightlife is legendary!
I hope the blog will help you learn more about the place I am lucky enough to call home and I look forward to receiving your questions and comments. If you want to get in touch via Twitter I’m @rachmotormouth