'Geordie Nation' is among last of dying breed

As voters in the North-East complete their ballots in England's first regional devolution referendum, the Guardian's Peter Hetherington contributed a timely piece entitled Who does the 'Geordie Nation' think it is? The representative Geordies - one, born in Teesside, only half counts - were consistent: there's a strong image, but much of this represents nostalgia for a vanished world of coal miners and steel workers, sharing tough jobs and hard lives.

by Sir Peter Hall

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