• Kielder Water, the largest artificial lake in the UK is surrounded by Kielder Forest, one of the biggest man-made woodlands in Europe. As millions of Brits look to holiday in the UK the sensitive development of Kielder will bring much needed income to the local economy.

  • Otterburn Castle was founded by a cousin of William the Conqueror in 1086 as a bastion to repel the Scots. It is not anticipated we'll bring it back into use as the canny Scots know they are better being a free independent country as part of UK rather than a zone of one nation EU

  • Holy Island is linked to the mainland by a high tide covered causeway where many a tourist has been stranded. A symbol of unity and possibly the holiest site of Anglo-Saxon England, Lindisfarne was founded by St. Aidan, an Irish monk, who came from Iona, the centre of Christianity in Scotland.

  • Spanish City in Whitley Bay, with its distinctive dome, was built in 1910 and was a popular visitor attraction before falling into disrepair in the 1990s. The Spanish-themed building has now been restored to its former glory and shows how ambition and vision can transform our region

  • Newcastle Quayside the throbbing heart of the friendliest most welcoming city in the UK with restaurants and night life second to none

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Hugh Jackson, our UKIP candidate for North of Tyne Mayor was born in Corbridge, raised in Gateshead and graduated in Newcastle. From University he joined the regular army as an officer adding management experience to his growing portfolio of talent.

Settling in North Tyneside after his spell serving his country, Hugh utilised his skills working with the Territorial Army before moving on to a career in teaching. He found that helping develop the skills and talents of young people was very rewarding.

Hugh's introduction to politics came when he was elected as a Conservative Councillor on North Tyneside Council and became the Council representative on the North East Assembly and the Court of Newcastle University. He was also elected to the role of Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Hugh says that "varied roles within the local council gave me an invaluable insight and understanding of the workings of local government"

Hugh has a lot of drive and enthusiasm and aims to focus his attention on attracting to the region state of the art industries, particularly in the renewable energy sector to the region to utilise talented youngsters in the area. The development of a Centre of Excellence for Engineering and Manufacturing is one of Hugh's priorities for the North of Tyne area. It will complement the industries that have come to develop and produce renewable energy hardware.

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