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Ashington is a small town in the county of Northumberland and lies on the banks of the River Wansbeck. As coal-mining started to develop in the area, people moved in from the countryside and settled down in Ashington. Towards the end of the 20th century, the town started moving away from industry and towards the more residential side, with new development aimed at improving quality of life. Woodhorn Pit, once a major coal-mine, has been converted into a museum while Riverside Park and Queen Elizabeth II Park are two major landmarks in the area. Jack and Bobby Charlton have been past residents of this town, as has Jackie Milburn, of whom there is a statue on Station Road.
This may appear to be a small town but there is a thriving commercial side too. Companies like Perspective International Ltd. have office space in the area, as does Fleur & Rocci Ltd. There are many other companies such as public relation firms and fashion houses in Ashington, alongside lawyers, courier & delivery services, engineering firms, tour operators, and taxi companies.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Ashington has undergone a facelift and that development has included a number of entertainment venues including Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway, which provides families with a great way to spend the day. Just a few minutes from the area, there is Live Theatre for those looking for some stage-action while Showcase Cinema is also within easy reach. Dining out in Ashington is a delight with exotic cuisines including the Afghan food on offer at AmeerA. Those looking for something more traditional will find a comprehensive British menu at The Portland Bar & Grill while Amaretto serves up authentic Italian dishes.
Ashington is connected to the rail link by Pegswood Railway Station, which is a short walk from the town-centre. This operates on the East Coast Main Line, connecting the town to Newcastle and Morpeth. Bus and coaches use the main trunk roads to get around with the A189, A19 and A196 linking the town to the rest of the county. The A1 goes all the way through to Edinburgh, Scotland. Newcastle has the nearest international airport as well as ferry services to the Netherlands and Norway.