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● Pretty good – Alina from her pre-wedding photo shoot

With the Greetings Today regional focus on her area, and her wedding set for later this month, North-East agent Alina Powell wants to talk about love.

Summer of love

Summer of love

month’s regional focus is on my area, I’m going to tell everyone everything I love about the north east and why I love being an agent here. There’s a misconception about the north east due to its history with the


Jarrow March and the mines, that it’s a poor and deprived area. At a recent sales meeting for one of my principals an agent from “down south” was surprised that an agent from “up north” was doing well with a particular range. This really struck me as it highlighted what some others currently think of the north east, that it’s still a poor area and we all still have tin baths, coal fi res and no electricity – and I do sometimes still get asked that, albeit jokingly (I think)! In our defence a recent poll in one of the national quality papers showed we have more Michelin star restaurants than anywhere else in the UK.

After India and Australia, Yorkshire, in particular, is the third best place to go on holiday in the whole world! We have, of course, been chosen for the opening races of this

summer’s Tour de France due to our dramatic and beautiful countryside and perfect cycling landscape. This is bound to have even more of a positive effect on the area with its

infl ux of tourism and exciting vibe as well as many yellow jerseys dotted around the place! We have abundance of stately homes, national parks, seaside areas, lush department stores, and posh farm shops as well as up-and-coming trendy cities like Leeds, York and Newcastle. There’s a fair bit of money here too, traditional working class areas which have prospered in recent years and we also have a sense of traditional values, along with community and family spirit so buying cards for loved ones is something we do in abundance. My chosen wedding venue is a beautiful stately home where I have supplied the gift shop for years – coincidentally the buyer is going to be master of ceremonies for my big day. I couldn’t be more pleased and she’s even promised not to do a few

top-up orders with me in the morning – it’s the only day ever in my life I will be pleased of the let-off! T: 07908 792420


T’S JUNE and it’s offi cially the wedding month – well it is for me anyway as I’m getting married! As it’s the summer of love – as I’ve now nicknamed it – and this

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