Readers put The Guardian in the picture after columnist linked North-East to Detroit

Headland from the headland looking north up the coast

Headland from the headland looking north up the coast

MAIL readers have hit back at national press slurs that likened the North-East to America’s run-down Detroit by sending in stunning snaps of the area.

Guardian columnist Andy Beckett wrote an article in which he questioned whether the North-East can avoid becoming “Britain’s Detroit” which was once a successful car manufacturing heartland.

But readers angered at the damning article in the Guardian were quick to send us pictures of the area’s beauty spots including Hartlepool’s Headland.

Hartlepool resident Graham Rochester sent us a stunning picture of the Headland taken at sunset looking north up the coast. He said: I have only lived in Hartlepool a couple of years but I think it’s a great place to live.”

Another reader, Barry Hodge, also sent us a picture of the Headland’s popular Fish Sands as well as Tynemouth beach.

And Lee Benson sent us pictures he had taken of Whitby in North Yorkshire, which attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Another of his pictures showed the bridges over the River Tyne in Newcastle while also featuring the modern multi-million pound Sage music venue.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright also earlier defended the town and branded the article “rubbish” and “ill-informed”.

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