18 Geordie stereotypes that are true and we're actually proud of

Chronicle Live 2 weeks ago

Geordie stereotypes can be annoying when those in other parts of the country tar us with a certain brush.

And we are the first to defend ourselves when our reputations are tarnished.

It is true we’ll talk to anyone and it is definitely fair to say we love to party.

So here at ChronicleLive, we have pulled together a list of stereotypes that are actually true.

From being chatty, to loving Greggs and our sport, we hold our hands up to the stereotypes we are proud of.

And if you think of any others don’t hesitate to let us know in our comments.

1. We love Greggs and there is one on almost every corner

It started from humble beginnings in Gosforth and now it is the largest bakery chain in the country, employing over 22,000 staff, with goodness know show many customers. The chain was started here on Geordie soil and it’s swept Britain. It goes to show we obviously have good taste!

2. We are friendly

Smiling senior female having tea among her friends
Older people enjoy tea together

We sure are. We befriend everyone and anyone. We are a sociable bunch and like to spread the love.

3. We talk to anyone

Young positive smiling man shows the way for female tourist
Young positive smiling man shows the way for female tourist

We can’t help ourselves. We are a chatty lot, we do it on the bus, train, plane, Metro, in the car, at the checkout, anywhere really. It’s because we have great confidence and top personalities. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

4. We have great banter

Women partying : PA Photo/Generic
Women partying : PA Photo/Generic

You can't beat a couple of Geordies having bit of banter together. Their quick wit is second to none.

5. We can down our Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newcastle Brown Ale. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

It’s nectar of the North and Newkie Brown is not only enjoyed in Geordieland but across the world. Of course we love it here were it was invented. A bottle please!

6. We do like to party

People Partying: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.
People Partying: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Absolutely. Who doesn’t like a good old knees up. Our friendly personalities, wit and banter, our love for Newcastle Brown Ale and a plate of Greggs pasties sounds like a great party to us.

7. We are sport mad

Yes we are. Newcastle United supporters are the best in the world and even ex-players and managers will tell you that. Yes we do moan about our team quite a bit but we continue to pack St James’ Park on home games. We are called the Barmy Army for a reason!

8. We do think the North East is the best place on earth

Bamburgh Castle and beach

We certainly are. It’s because we are friendly, like to party, have a good old natter and welcome people with open arms. We also have magnificent countryside, beaches, shopping, bars - need we say more?

9. We love to shop

Student shopping night gets under way in intu Eldon Square, Newcastle
Student shopping night gets under way in intu Eldon Square, Newcastle

Yep, we really do. When we’ve got great retail such as Newcastle’s Eldon Square and Gateshead’s MetroCentre, who can resist going shopping? Geordies say retail therapy is a great way to relax.

10. Shout about our Tyne Bridge

General view of the Tyne Bridge
The Tyne Bridge

Yes we do - and the Tyne Bridge looks great when thousands of athletes run over it each year in the Great North Run. There is even a carbon copy of it in Australia - so yes we love it. Many of us even get emotional when we return home on the train and see it’s silhouette. It’s a symbol that rolls Newcastle up in one.

11. We love a spray tan

James Tindale is back on Geordie Shore for series 20
James Tindale is back on Geordie Shore for series 20

Both men and women love looking bronzed and beautiful all year round. And those of us who do may be stereotyped with Geordie Shore - but we don’t care because the rest of the country have followed suit with their spray tan obsessions too.

12. We do cherish our fish and chips

Fish and chips make up the nation's favourite dish
Fish and chips make up the nation's favourite dish

With award-winning fish and chip shops in our region who doesn’t like our delicacies? With our fresh fish straight from the North Sea and our beautiful batter, of course we love them.

13. We like to relax

Getty generic. Woman relaxing
Getty generic. Woman relaxing

Some may stereotype many Geordies as layabouts but that is often mixed up with us just liking to relax.

The thousands of us who do work and put in a hard day’s graft love a good lounge about in our onesies at the weekend. We deserve it.

14. We adore a pie and a pint

A pie and a pint: Getty Images
A pie and a pint: Getty Images

They go together like salt and pepper or strawberries and cream. A pie and a pint are a great duo - especially at the match.

15. We do get up to mad antics

Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip
Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip

It’s down to our fun-loving personalities that we love to get up to mischief. A little naughtiness keeps us young. We even do New Year's Day dips in the North Sea when it is freezing. How mad is that?

16. We like to stick up for ourselves

Angry Woman: Picture:Thinkstock Getty images
Angry Woman: Picture:Thinkstock Getty images

Geordies are very passionate in what they believe so we can get argumentative when someone rocks our boat. We admit we are not frightened to say our piece but we also love to end an argument with a friendly Geordie hug.

17. We are proud of our industrial past

The huge supertanker Esso Northumbria that was built at Swan Hunter’s in Wallsend and launched on 2nd May 1969 by Princess Anne
The huge supertanker Esso Northumbria that was built at Swan Hunter’s in Wallsend and launched on May 2 1969 by Princess Anne

We’ve got some clever clogs from our region who have made a huge impact on the world, including George Stephenson with his locomotive, Sir Joseph Swan with his lightbulbs and William Armstrong whose home in Cragside was the first house in the world powered by hydroelectricity.

Our mines were the backbone of Britain and umpteen famous ships were built on the Tyne. Of course we are very, very proud of our past.

18. We love to be generous

Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.
Christmas presents under the Christmas tree. PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

Ask anyone a couple of days before payday how friendly Geordies are. There is always your mam, dad, brother, sister or friend who will lend you a tenner - even if they are pretty skint themselves.

And when it comes to birthdays and Christmas we reckon we are the most generous in the country. Santa always seems to leave more on our settees than anywhere else in the country !


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