This is Eric Burdon's favourite view
Posted: 08 Jul 2010
Tyneside rock legend Eric Burdon lives in California these days but his soul is still in his beloved North East. He loves Lindisfarne - and the famous Collingwood statue at mouth of the Tyne holds treasured memories
Pictures copyright Graeme Peacock
Eric says: "If my soul resides anywhere, it must be on the road from Newcastle to Lindisfarne. Itís cold, mysterious, dark and yet a bright light breaks through the clouds, the sky always moving. And then there is the imagined fear of invasion.
"Itís truly Northumberland.
"Holy Island holds mysticism that only the birthplace of Christianity in England could hold until the Viking Hordes arrived.
"Also, there is the entrance of the river Tyne where the Collingwood Statue over looks the mouth of the river. There, we college kids would get away, smoke passing clouds, talk of girls and movies and look on in envy at ships departing the Harbor.
"As for moving back to the North East, if I could find a cottage near a stream, with a border collie, under floor heating, a large fireplace, a range rover outside, a local pub down the pathway, then I could stand a little drizzle."