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Jarrow in general
Member Name: carltonp
Jarrow in general
Date: 13/12/00, updated on 13/12/00 (101 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap beer & food, comedy townsfolk, better than Hebburn
Disadvantages: Nothing to do, scruffy, opinionated, little ambition beyond gatting married and moving three doors from your "mam"
If you're from outside Jarrow, and especially if you come from the hated South, then you might find the place a charming, quaint, derelict backwater. The great irony that afflicts Jarrow is that everything is so cheap, yet no-one has any money so it doesn't matter anyway. As a visitor, you would benefit from the former part of that statement without necessarilly suffering the latter. As a student, I find my money goes a lot further outside term time than when I'm at college.
A previous reviewer mentioned the abundance of young delinquents to whom he referred as "charvas". These people should not be seen as something to fear, but rather something to be laughed at and mocked (but not in front of them, obviously). Many a time my afternoon has been brightened by seeing one of the aforementioned in a truly disgusting and improbable tracksuit combination.
Jarrow should be seen as an exciting place to visit, where the smallest sum of money can buy quantities beyond your wildest dreams, and where every conversation is a challenge. At least you get a phrase book when you go abroad. And don't think that just because you can make yourself understood in Newcastle, the same will apply here. Strange things happen as you head east along the Tyne.
Tourist attractions include (in fact ARE) Bede's World/Jarrow Hall and St Paul's Church, both of which are very close to each other, and both of which are impossible to find for non-residents, which is a shame. As for residents, most don't even know these places exist, apart from a few more enlightened young folk, who added to the serenity at the ruins of the monastery (where Bede wrote his 'Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum' as far as I'm aware) by spray painting such informative slogans as "LEE WOZ ERE" (sic). It should be noted, however, that there has rarely been a better time to visit Jarrow, as now visitors have the opportunity to
go and watch Morrison's being built.
The town boasts a few amenities, most notably a bus station, a metro station and a pedestrian tunnel (with historic escalators), all of which should take you out of the place should it all become too much.
To be fair, Jarrow isn't great, and I wouldn't go out of your way to visit. But if you do have to, then your chances of survival aren't so bad.