This is Washington-born Bryan Ferry's favourite view
Posted: 16 Oct 2009
Pop's king of cool Bryan Ferry is fiercely proud of his North East upbringing and loves Penshaw Monument.
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Bryan dancing on Penshaw picture courtesy of Bryan Ferry
"If I was asked what was my favourite North East view I would have to say the view of Penshaw Monument which I used to see every day from my house in Washington where I grew up.
"I have lived in London since 1968, but I still feel that the North East is my spiritual home. It’s a very true saying that ‘you can take a boy out of the North but you can’t take the North out of the boy’.
"I have four sons and I have always made them very aware of my and their North East heritage. They are staunch supporters of Newcastle United football team but I do wish they had more direct contact with the area. Luckily my Uncle Bryan, after whom I was named, now lives and works with us in the South and has taught them some good North East values.
"I sometimes fantasise that I could one day end up back in the North, probably on a farm in the Border Country, which is I think one of the best places in the world."