A creative non-fiction piece about the North East’s enthusiasm for shopping and how the Metrocentre filled the transitional period for the region when heavy industry had gone, and the region was looking to new service and retail economies. The Metrocentre was the first UK shopping centre of its kind and heralded the start of new era which itself now appears to be coming to an end.
Andrew Hankinson bio
Andrew is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the The Guardian, Wired, and the New Yorker. He wrote the award-winning book, You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat]. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University.