As I was in Birtley this morning, I followed the road into the adjoining town of Chester-le-Street, probably best known to those outside the North East as the home of Durham County Cricket Club. Their ground has a picturesque location on the banks of the River Wear, so it was here that I headed for some pictures.
The area is dominated by the 14th Century Lumley Castle, reputedly one of the most haunted buildings in the region. No sign of any ghosts today, just intermittent autumn sunshine enjoyed by golfers on the course below the castle, and Aydin, a young Turkish man who was enjoying the riverside park with his son.
I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.