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30 Oct 2018

The initiative that helped bring Nissan to the region is still hard at work, writes Alastair Gilmour.

John Sanderson with Richard, one of his three sons, at The Centurion, Newcastle

Nissan arrived in Sunderland in 1986 and has thrived ever since Margaret Thatcher opened the first factory in what is now a giant complex. But now Brexit threatens its North East future and that of the 7,755-strong workforce and 30,000 jobs in the supply chain.

More than 30 years ago, the chairman of the Northern Development Corporation told The Sunday Times that there were three reasons why Nissan had chosen Sunderland – the...

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Meet and Drink writer Alastair Gilmour regularly conducts beer events throughout the UK and internationally – tours and tastings that have included a platform suspended 30 metres above the River Tyne and a real ale festival in a Moscow nightclub – and was for several years on the judging panel of the Pilsner Urquell International Master Bartender programme. [READ MORE]


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