A day when the snow came down in huge clusters, but it gave me the chance to day to see what was happening at the two biggest private sector employers in the area - SCA in Prudhoe, and Egger in Hexham.
Between them they employ nearly 900 people in the area. Both are modern companies committed to their products and are a vital part of the community. The sense of enthusiasm for their products and their resolution to see this recession through was obvious. A fascinating day.
As the son of an engineer, I was very interested the mechanical engineering aspects of both sites and need to revisit [probably with my dad] to take it all in properly.