Did you know....Beowulf was the first major poem written in a European vernacular language. It originated in Northumbria in the 7th or early 8th century. It is about events that took place in the 6th century, and did not appear in print until 1815.
Did you know...The Team Valley Trading Estate is the first government sponsored trading estate in the world. It was built in the mid-thirties to combat unemployment caused by the Great Depression. The boundaries were expanded in 1951 and it has continued to grow.
Did you know...The South Shields Gazette is the UK's oldest provincial evening paper.