From a smart little guesthouse at Tynemouth to the wide open spaces of Kielder Water – there were winners of all shapes and sizes at the North East’s annual tourism awards last night.
The Sage Gateshead picked up an award for Access for All. But it turns out that the venue has also clinched an honour of a different kind. It is to host the VisitEngland Awards for excellence next year, when tourist industry experts will head to our glittering bauble by the Tyne.
It’s a first for the North East and a great fillip for the Sage.
Of course, home advantage has nothing to do with how prizes are handed out at these affairs. Nevertheless, let’s hope that the representatives of all those tourist attractions don’t leave the North East with too many prizes.