Weather-wise, our Christmas journey north didn’t start off too well. Howling gales & lashing rain – awful driving weather, but probably a quite typical English Xmas drive on the M62 & A1…

However, Boxing Day saw a real change in the weather and so a trip to the coast was in order, but not before we went to see the beautiful Angel of the North, by Antony Gormley.

The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England (Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE9 6AA). It is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across. There is a free car park, no admission and is accessible all year, including Xmas & New Year.