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Jarrow in general
Jarrow in general
Date: 12/12/00, updated on 24/11/04 (612 review reads)
Jarrow is famous for the Jarrow March... and little else. The Queen visited Jarrow on the 8th of December 2000. Little else happens, ever. Jarrow has: a small(ish) secondary school, quite a few small(ish) infant and primary schools, a hospital, a very cheap pub (the Ben Lomond - a pound a pint - visit it!) and a statue of a Viking. The Viking statue is next to the Viking shopping centre, surprisingly. Jarrow's main claim to fame is that STEVE CRAM went to school here. Wow. So did I.
Having recently picked up a South Tyneside tourist brochure, I can assure you that Jarrow is nothing like it says in the brochure. The bus station smells, and its seats have been specifically designed with a near-45-degree slope on them, so all the old-age pensioners (and Jarrow is full of them) slide off them. A few weeks ago a 16-year-old was raped at Jarrow metro station. And a few weeks before that someone hanged himself in the school. It's all happening...
There are so many Charvas in 'Jarra' that I felt they deserved a subtitle. I don't know if charva is just a Geordie word, but basically it is the name of a species of teenager who hang around on street corners in big groups, drinking cheap cider, and accosting passers-by ("Hav ah god a telly on me head leeya-ike?"). The female of the species has a very large, ridiculous fringe that curls round and, if we're lucky, obscures their face. The males have a similarly ridiculous fringe that sticks straight up into the air. I am worried that the species is increasing in numbers - there are definitely more 10-year-old charvas around now than a few years ago. All genders of this species speak in a really irritating nasal whine which is something between a whinge and strangulation. In Bristol I believe they're called Pilkies.
(For more info. on charvas see my review of Hebburn)
Anyway, the only things I can think of that Jarrow can be proud of are:
's World - did I mention that the venerable Bede lived in Jarrow. It was all forest then, of course, but you can visit Bede's world which not only has a museum but also a medievil working farm. St. Pauls church dates from the 6th century AD, and is very cold. The Jarrow football team (Jarrow Roofing FC) is in the Northen Alliance League Second Division. As you can probably guess, they're not very good. They're still better than Sunderland, though.
To summarise: Jarrow is not worth visiting. If you live in Tyne & Wear you may have to pass through Jarrow on the Metro system, but please don't go out of your way to visit. You have much better things to do with your time (like visiting the Metrocentre and St. James' Park, for example).