Newton Aycliffe: 24th December 2014
We were staying at the Holiday Inn, just outside Newton Aycliffe. Like Travelodge or Premier Inn, it’s usually just somewhere clean, comfortable and secure to lay your head. They’re nothing to complain about … but nothing to write home about, either. Usually, they’re built and managed to a uniform standard, and, whether you’re staying in Perth or Penzance, the experience is about the same.
Now, if your chosen resting place is in a motorway service area, you really can’t go anywhere unless you drive. This one is on the A1(M), but located at a junction, so a short walk is possible.
My leg-stretch took me as far as a nearby roundabout, where a sculpture of a human figure, rather reminiscent of our own ‘Ancestor’ peered over a hedge.
I found later it was called ‘In Our Image’, designed by Joseph Hillier and constructed by Aycliffe Fabrications.
It’s 16 metres tall, and weighs 4.7 tonnes, and was commissioned to commemorate Newton Aycliffe’s industrial heritage.