Cheers 49

So there we were, sitting at the bar being amazed at the fact that we’ve reached April already. One of us asks where the winter has gone, while another reckons we got off canny, weather-wise. We’re all in high spirits and looking forward to those extended days. Shortened nights are not so attractive, but more pub time is theaggregate opinion.

For once, nobody puts forward a negative view – OK, there’s the odd football moan about Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead which is only to be expected (though someone pipes up “what about form team Hartlepool United and North Shields FC in the FA Vase?”), plus the price of this and the lack of that and how low British politics has sunk if a party leader’s kitchen makes headline news.

All in all, though, we’re looking on the bright side.

We’ve got beer festivals galore coming up this month and next – again involving Newcastle and Gateshead – so it’s a real opportunity to sample the odd ale or two and report back to our local and recommend (nay, demand) they get some of the more interesting ones in for everybody to try.

The sharper-eyed among you will have noticed that this issue of Cheers is number 49.  Next month’s therefore is a real landmark, so we’re planning a few things to celebrate. We love to involve you in everything we do, so if you’ve got any lightbulb moments for marking the occasion that we possibly haven’t thought of, please do let us know via email at

In the meantime, we’ll see you in the pub.