Gateshead has often been portrayed as the `poor relative' in comparison to its larger and more glamorous Tyneside neighbour, Newcastle. But Gateshead has a long and proud industrial and social history, much of which has sadly gone, but in recent years there has been a revival in Gateshead's social and cultural infrastructure, which has placed it firmly on the tourist map.
The twentieth and twenty-first centuries wrought huge changes on Gateshead, but traces of the town's fascinating history are visible to the enquiring eye. Local author Rob Kirkup delves into the past in this unique approach to the town's history, blending dark deeds and strange tales with long-forgotten facts and amusing stories, seeking out Gateshead's many hidden secrets.
A dedicated ghost hunter from the north east, Rob Kirkup has had a life-long fascinating with 'things that go bump in the night!' This interest was taken to the next level in 2002 with Rob's first ever ghost hunt for a local radio station. Rob has now established himself with over 50 investigations and several published books on the subject.