Billy Elliott is supposed to be Easington Colliery. The mrs took me to see the London production at the theatre years ago as a treat and I said it was b0ll0cks as all the miners had wimpy homes, colour teles, Ford Cortinas and went to Spain on holiday. Poor miners my arrse - they were minted. Should have come from where I came from the tw@ts in sunny Sunderland.
Took the wife for a drive from the Mouth of the Tyne to Hartlepool, she has never seen that part of the world and she found it informative, she has an interest in urban housing, we went through some of the coal villages with the terraces of houses and she said they were actually bigger than what is known as the workers cottages in Clapham, I did point out the biggest difference is about a million quid now. We did go through Sunderland, plan to go back and explore further.