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Voices from the North East

Voices from the North East

By Paul
Sharing the stories of the North East from the people who lived them.

Paul shares the small stories of life in North East England which make up its rich history.

You can join in the show by sharing your stories of life in the North East...

Send your own voice messages to the show by emailing

Each episode is like eavesdropping on the table next to you in your favourite café.

You’ll laugh, cry and maybe be inspired occasionally too.

You won’t regret adding this to your listening list!
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Heatwave 1976
As we embrace the heatwave of 2022 we turn the clock back to the heatwave that everyone who was there still talks about, you know it, the long hot summer of 1976. Here’s some wonderful memories for you to sit back with a cold one and enjoy, there’s a bonus interview with James too oh and I even managed to get a Carry On from quote into this episode! Enjoy!
July 22, 2022
5.4 The Bomber over the Wansbeck
This is a great episode! Justine and I talk to Rob McGinley about Ashington during the Second World War. From the thought of plans flying over the town to the tragedy of one that crashed into 5th Row! Remember if you’ve a story to share you can reach out via our email -
July 16, 2022
5.3 Workie tickets!
In this episode we talk to JoJo, the founder of the north east theatre company Workie Ticket about their work and upcoming show Magnolia Walls. JoJo worked with Alice who we also get to chat to about the research which has fed into creating the new production. To find out about the show and company follow this link
June 22, 2022
5.2 A more sustainable life
Regulars George, Judith and Jacqueline are joined by a new voice, Justine Fox (not to be confused with Co-host Justine Wright). We’re talking about recycling in the 50s, 60 and 70s and Justine (Fox) talks about what’s going on in Ashington now in 2022. Enjoy this on fans, all the best, Justine and Paul
June 18, 2022
5.1 Jubilee memories
We start series 5 celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee- by remembering the celebrations from yesteryear! Join Justine (yep she’s now officially Co-host!) and I as we introduce a fab new voice to the show as well!
June 04, 2022
Durham City of Culture
Northern culture is amazing, it’s diverse and bright and colourful and loud and proud! So when we heard Durham was bidding for city of culture status we wanted to know more. Thanks to Tony Harrington we now do, and so will you after this episode! It’s a really exciting time for Durham and the north east cultural sector! This was yet another treat for us as interviewers and hopefully a treat for you our wonderful listeners. Enjoy this special episode and stick with us, series 5 is just around the corner!
May 03, 2022
Special - Woodhorn Museum Archives - The 1916 disaster
A special episode this week - I was very lucky to speak to Georgina Ascroft who works for Museums Northumberland. This episode uses part of a longer interview. In this episode Georgina talks about the 1916 Woodhorn Pit disaster and some of the ways funds were raised for the families effected by it. Enjoy!
May 02, 2022
Special - Interview with North East author L J Ross
We talk to the incredible author and all round wonderful person L J Ross about how social history in the North East has influenced and continues to influence her incredible writing. This is a special episode listeners, a conversation with a great author and compassionate Northerner! Enjoy! PS. Louise’s latest novel Bamburgh is out in paperback on April 30th 2022!
April 29, 2022
Special Episode - Time Machine to Hawthorn Road!
In this episode I’m chatting with a new voice on the show. Nik shares amazing family photos of life in Ashington from the 40s onwards on her Instagram account (@Hawthorn_Road) they’re amazing. I asked Nik to choose three photos to chat to me about. With a bit of luck we’ll talk about more in future episodes! To get the most out of this episode watch it via our Facebook page where I’ll include the actual photos Nik is describing. Just search for the podcast on Facebook. Enjoy!
April 24, 2022
4.10 Easter
What a wonderful way to close series 4 (don’t panic series 5 is in development!) Jacqueline and Adele chat about Easter - from chocolate eggs to painted eggs! Enjoy!
April 15, 2022
4.9 Cragside house
Cragside House and estate. Join me as I explore some fascinating finds inside the grand old house on the hill !
April 12, 2022
4.8 First Jobs
Let’s rewind to the 60s and 70s and talk about first jobs. Co-op electric veg van in North Seaton to the local paper shop and later stacking the shelves on the last shift at Presto! (P.S I make a mistake in this ep, I refer to Presto being where Wilko is now, that’s wrong, Presto was always up at the top end of town).
March 22, 2022
4.7 Books, books, books
I asked Mam and Dad to chat about the books they remember from their childhood to the books they love now. Mam talks about loving reading all her life, Dad talks about finding his love for reading late in life thanks to his discover of books written by Author L J Ross ! This is a fab short episode to celebrate world book day 3rd March 2022
March 02, 2022
4.6 What’s on your pancake?
A short episode to mark that delicious day - Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday). Mam and Dad chat about favourite toppings, and pancake making disasters! Enjoy this episode while you tuck into your own pancakes this year!
February 28, 2022
4.5 Remember your comics and magazines?
From the Beano and the Bunty to Jackie and Judy and 200AD! Our regulars take a nostalgic trip to the corner shop to remember magazines, comics and annuals from yesteryear!
February 23, 2022
4.4 Mother knows best
In this episode our regular voices chat about the medicines and remedies Mams and Grans would swear by!
February 08, 2022
4.3 Sweet treats at the end of the lane (a short episode)
Remember the sweet treats from the shop at the end of the Row? Milk lollipops, penny sweets, sherbet or rhubarb and sugar from home. In this short episode (short because I’m fighting off covid-19 at the moment) four of the usual voices on the show chat about their favourite treats from yesteryear. Enjoy. Don’t forget to search for and like the show on Facebook so you don’t miss any content.
January 31, 2022
4.2 Remember these Northern words?
Do you remember these Northern words? From Cree to Bogie and bleezer and many many more. Tune in and see how many words and phrases you can remember for yesteryear! Don’t forget our Facebook page to stay up to date.
January 22, 2022
4.1 The Social Clubs
Happy 2022 everyone! We are starting a new series with a drink “down the club” with some of our regulars reminiscing about the hay day of the social clubs in Ashington. Enjoy the trips down memory lane! Don’t forget to share the show with friends and family - help us keep our shared local history and stories alive.
January 08, 2022
Spooky Special story - Found in the sand
The final spooky special for the Christmas/New Year season. Just before we welcome in the new year let’s say goodby to the old year with one last spooky story. All the best for 2022 everyone, in the words of the song “things can only get better”. Enjoy ‘found in the sand’ written and recorded by me. All the best, Paul.
December 31, 2021
Christmas Spooky Special 2021
The Alnwick Vampire - Sit back in a candlelit room and enjoy the story of the vampire you may be unfamiliar with. Sylvia from the Haunted Palace blog joins the Voices from the North East podcast again to fill us in on some spooky folklore just in time for a Christmas fright! Enjoy! Check out the blog for more spooky folklore here:
December 24, 2021
3.10 What Christmas means to us
“It’s Christmasssssssss!!” My favourite time of year! The regular voices of the podcast come together to discuss their fondness for the season! From food on the big day to toys remembered all their lives! This is an episode not to be missed, you’ll laugh, smile and night even shed a tear or too! There is also the Netty Before Christmas poem by Neil King specially recorded to end this episode and series 3! Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to all 🎄
December 23, 2021
3.9 Changing rooms: Home decor through the years
From Wood Chip on the walls to carpet up the bath! In tonight’s episode the regulars discuss those home decorating trends we were so proud of once but might look back at now quite differently! Happy decorating!!
December 22, 2021
3.8 Remembrance- the letters of Private William Nutter
This is the story of Private William Nutter. His letters were found in my loft and after a great deal of research and reading I’d like to tell you about his War.
November 15, 2021
3.7 Remembrance: The bombing of Newbiggin-by-the-sea
On the night of November 7th 1941 a German plane appeared from the sea, swept over the church point and headed towards the town. In a matter of minutes it would change the town forever. This special episode is released to form part of the festival of remembrance 2021. I was lucky to be invited to join the Newbiggin Genealogy Group for a walk through their towns history. It’s fascinating and moving and a wonderful listen. Please plug in your headphones and take a few moments to listen to this fascinating and harrowing tale. If you enjoy the podcast please take a minute to leave a review where you can and please pass the show on to friends, family and other interested parties, the aim is to keep local history alive through the voices from the north east podcast.
November 11, 2021
3.6 Penny for the Guy !
A bonfire night special. Here I asked my Mam and Dad to interview each other about their bonfire night memories. Everything from ads at the cinema to Accident’s in the garden and taking me and my brother to community displays in the 80s and 90s. Hope you enjoy this wonderful trip down memory lane - sparklers in hand!
November 05, 2021
3.5 The mist on Rimside Moor
The second episode in series 3 dedicated to Halloween and the spooky folklore of Northumberland. This tale covers Rimside Moor and the Devils Causeway from Alnwick/Wooler down to Morpeth. I hope you enjoy this spooky tale - connect with the show via the links here:
October 29, 2021
3.4 The Wallsend Witches
Our first Halloween Special ! (There are 2 this year) In this first special I was so lucky to talk to Sylvia who curates a great blog all about spooky folklore. Check out the blog for more stories
October 29, 2021
3.3 Neil and his Uncle Joe
Neil King recounts tales of his uncle Joe. “The only blind man who drove to the blind club”. These stories cover a few decades and take place in Ashington and Cresswell. From dangerous driving to dangerous crabbing by the sea Neil recounts fondly stories of his ‘uncle’ Joe. Enjoy!
October 24, 2021
3.2 Cresswell Pele Tower
This is a great episode, I got to sit down and interview Steve Lowe and some of the team behind the restoration and reopening of the Cresswell Pele Tower. For more info tower please visit their website: or search Cresswell Pele Tower on Facebook
October 13, 2021
3.1 North Seaton football club reunion
Series 3 kicks off (pun intended) with such a special episode. I was honoured to be invited to join the recent North Seaton Football club reunion night. I met so many of the players and got to listen to lots of stories. In this episode I’m sharing the best recordings from that evening. Enjoy!
September 25, 2021
Series two selected stories
Specially selected snippets from series 2 of the show! This is another great show to listen to if you’ve not heard the show before. Stories include memories of Sunday dinners, allotments and trips to the cinema! Enjoy the episode!
September 03, 2021
Series 1 selected stories
In this episode I’ve selected some of my favourite stories told in series one. Everything from dangerous games played in the North Seaton mine overflow tunnels to memories of the Hirst East School. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to these. This is a great jumping on point for a new listener and a lovely treat for those of you who’ve been listening to the show for a while now. All the usual voices make worthy contributions to this episode, my parents, Neil and Eleanor and Jacqueline all have tales to tell and memories to share. Pour yours self a cup of something, disconnect the telephone and enjoy listening to this special episode. Series 3 will being very soon (in sept 2021).
August 29, 2021
2.10 More from an adventurous childhood in the 60s
North Seaton Colliery in the early 1960s! More stories shared by my Dad, I’m labelling them ‘stories from an adventurous childhood’. Plug in your headphones and be ready to smile and laugh in equal measure!
July 18, 2021
2.9 TV and Radio that stays with you!
Join myself, Neil and Eleanor as we wind back the clock to the 50s and 60s. We’re talking everything from Radio Luxembourg to Andy Pandy on the TV and even Quatermass! Here’s the link to every way you can listen and connect to the show: Be involved: Email thoughts, stories (abs even praise) to Also… Here’s how to leave a voice message for the podcast 1. From your phone, tap the link 2. When asked to access your microphone choose ‘allow’ 3. Now press the red ‘start recording now’ button 4. After you’re finished (you get 1min) leave your name and email address so I can send you a message when I use your clip in the show There are a few sound clips in the show taken from these places and used to enhance our conversations: Radio Luxembourg Radio Caroline Quatermass
July 09, 2021
2.8 Saturday night at the movies
Let’s have a night out at the cinema! But which one? There were five to choose form once upon a time! Get your ticket, grab your popcorn and join our regular voices for a trip down memory lane.
June 20, 2021
2.7 The Wreck of the Tadorne
This episode is an experiment (be kind lovely fans). In this episode I am recording a story I wasn’t aware of until this week. Inspired by a photo this is the story of a ship wreck off the Northumberland coast. I have tried to make sure it’s accurate, the boat is french so I apologise if I mispronounce it. But everywhere else I’ve tried to make sure it’s historically accurate. Now, sit back and enjoy the story of the Tadorne.
June 10, 2021
2.6 Grandads allotment (Jacqueline’s memories)
A sneaky extra allotments episode - Jacqueline shared some wonderful stories and memories of visiting the allotment as a child. I hope you enjoy this last instalment in our allotment trilogy. Next we turn our minds back to the cinemas in Ashington.
May 28, 2021
2.5 - Down on the allotment again (with Neil, Eleanor)
The Kings (Neil and Eleanor) recount memories from their fathers and grandfathers allotments on Green Lane and Woodhorn Rd. Get set for everything from pigeons to 3 legged pigs (it’ll make sense when you listen!) enjoy.
May 21, 2021
2.4 Allotments: Living the good life!
Down on the allotment. Join us for the first of a few episodes looking at allotment life. In this episode I talk primarily to my parents about their allotment memories and activities. Sit back and enjoy our first out door (socially distanced) interviews!
May 08, 2021
2.3 Sunday Dinner
We end our food trilogy of reminiscing with Sunday dinner memories (and a few others) from Jacquline.
April 23, 2021
2.2 Food for the Kings
Eleanor and Neil King share their memories of meal times. From the fish man in the street to the jug filled with ice cream when the ice cream van came down the street. This is an episode full of laughs, and Neils jokes!
April 16, 2021
2.1 Forgotten foods
Welcome back to series 2! We’re starting series 2 with a look at food, over 3 episodes our regulars talk about the food they remember from their own childhoods and the food their own parents/grandparents ate. Prepare for Boily, Drippin, rabbits hanging in the outhouse and freshly baked breads! In episode one my mam shares stories from her own family. Welcome back everyone series 2 is going to bring you so many more stories!
April 06, 2021
Special 2: The Boys Brigade
This is a fun interview with dad all about his time in the Boys Brigade. From twice weekly meetings to the camps and other fun activities this is an episode that will make listeners smile.
March 12, 2021
Special 1 - The Ashington Pantomimes
In the first of the special episodes I’m talking to Neil and Eleanor King about the Ashington Pantomime Group. From how it all started to how hard it was to miss a show when COVID hit and the community desperately needed the laughs! Sit down, pour a cuppa and get ready for a good laugh!
March 05, 2021
1.10 Post 11+ School Stories
Find out where our regulars went after their 11+ exams! This is the last episode of the first series. It’s been such a success thanks you all you supporters out there! Series 2 is already in development so don’t worry, and the ‘two weeks off’ will be filled with two special episodes! Stay safe and well eat soon.
March 01, 2021
1.9 Junior School Stories
Part 2 of our first school memories trilogy - this episode focuses on Junior school memories from Ashington and North Seaton Northumberland. These memories were recorded earlier this week with family and friends of the show. Sit back and let’s go back to school together!
February 19, 2021
1.8 Infant School stories
Episode 1 of a 3 part school special! We start with Infant School memories in this episode. Get ready to revisit Ashington and North Seaton Infant Schools in these memories. Remember I'm always on the look out for new voices, people to talk to and interview for the show. If you'd like to talk to me and share your memories with your community please get in touch when we post on Facebook or email me (Paul) Please keep sharing the show, its wonderful to see our listeners connecting to the show from locations around the world including America, South Africa and Australia.
February 12, 2021
1.7 The Games we played (Part 2)
More memories of childhood games from our local voices. This is part two, for part one start at episode 6. To be on the show share your story with us using
January 30, 2021
1.6 The Games we played (Part 1)
New contributors, old stories. This is a jam packed episode of fun! Some wonderful childhood memories of indoor and outdoor, solo and group games. We even tick off some North East Royalty in a connection to the Charlton’s! Such a big show I’ve cut it in two! Part two will be online just one a day after part 1! Enjoy
January 28, 2021
1.5 Ashington Main Street memories
Remember all the department stores on the Main Street? Remember ‘getting dressed’ to shop? Remember the ice cream, the tidy pavements and the busy roads? Enjoy a walk down memory Lane with voicemail messages left by some of the more frequent contributors!
January 17, 2021
1.4 Eleanor’s story
Eleanor shares her story, from birth to marriage! 1950s Ashington Northumberland to boarding school in Cheshire and then Married life in the 1970s. This is a delight to record! Enjoy! Remember you can share your stories in recorded messages with me via
January 12, 2021
1.3 The bath is kept in the yard!
Judith tells us about waking up on winters mornings in a 1 bedroom house with no heating, an outside toilet and a bath tub you keep hung up in the yard! Happy Days! If this story sparks a memory the visit our webpage and leave us a voice message with your own story! and I’ll include you in a new episode.
January 10, 2021
1.2 The Miners strike snowball fight
We go back to the Miners strike of the 1980s in Ashington and hear from Neil to shines a light on some of the funnier moments! If you have a story to want to share visit and hit the message button to record me your story so that I can feature it in another episode. Enjoy!
January 09, 2021
1.1 A childhood before health and safety
Lets go back in time to 1960s Northumberland. In this episode Dad and I talk about a childhood without health and safety worries. Playing in mine tunnels, swimming in the river Wansbeck oh and forgetting which arm you broke! Enjoy! Visit our show page to send us a message with your own recording of your own story, as simple as pressing record.
January 08, 2021