John Mac 2011.

USA 2011.

I have worked all my life, starting off as a milk boy at Ilfracombe Dairies, of Whickham, delivering milk, door to door, as they did back then in the 60's, followed by batching up concrete for stone masons at Swalwell Concrete Works.

Then moving onto Pioneer Plant Hire, Dunston, "Good Hard Work" but best pay around then, this place was managed & owned by Gordon Haddow, who I personally found to be a hard, but fair boss.

"Out Of All My Working Life I Had More Respect For Gordon Than Any Boss I Have Worked For Since", as he would never tell you to do anything that he could not do himself.

Gordon & his wife June now runs & own  Kenwith Conifer Nursery, Bideford, Devon, UK.

I also spent nearly 34 years working for Dunlop at TVTE, Gateshead, and Dunlop Hiflex, Sunderland, and I still tell great and affectionate stories, about my time spent there.

The last 11 years of my working life has been spent in administration/customer service for H.M.R.C.

I Am Now Happily Retired Since December - 2014.


Since 1970 when I first started travelling, I have travelled on 6 of the continents, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa & Australia. As well as being in Russia in 1987.

I have hiked and camped all over Europe, as well as visited lots of European destinations on package deals and mini breaks. As well as camped in Egypt and toured South Africa, I also toured Australia, as well as New Zealand. Asia is another one of the great places I visited, including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia.

I have also toured in South America including Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay & Peru.

I  have also visited North America, I first went to the USA in 1977, and have travelled there 23 times in all, I have planned to visit the USA again in June 2020. In 2004, I had by then visited every single state in the USA, including Hawaii & Alaska. I have visited Canada on numerous occasions. 

I have of recent times been on 3 seperate cruises as follows, Norway's Midnight Sun Cruise - 2017, Baltic Capitals Cruise - 2018, The Wonders Of Asia 2 Cruise - 2019.

As well as having numerous mini breaks in our European Neighbours countries.    

My Great Passion Is Travel, Photography, Keeping Fit & Walking, As Well As Taken Advantage Of The Beautiful Countryside & Coastline Of Northumberland & Places, So Close To Where We Live, Here In The North East Of The UK.

"My Vacations/Walking Have All Been Done With Some Great Friends Of Mine, Who Are All Like Minded People"


I have in the past worked as a doorman, in the bars, pubs, and clubs in Newcastle upon Tyne, starting off in Hofbrauhaus Newcastle, Waterloo Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. This was with my long time friend Hedley Welsh (Hed), also worked in Scamps Nightclub, and spending around 20 years working at The Old George Inn, on Newcastle's Cloth Market, with some great friends, Hed, Alder, Mark, Kevin, Chris and the late Splash, making lots of friends with a great bunch of customers, including the Old George manager Michael Gibson, Happy Memories.



In my early years going back to the 70's I practised Martial Arts, Wadu Ryu, Karate, under Sensei Brian Crossley, I gained a Black Belt, First Dan, I also studied Wing Chung, Kung Fu, under Sifu Peter Yeung.

In the early 80's I got interested in running, and completed the Great North Run, in 1 hour :17mins in 1982.

I got into the Gym culture which I loved Bodybuilding, and working out at The Vigour Gym, at Gateshead, with some great lads.

John Mac Looking Good 1992.

John Mac, Great North Run, 1982.

Dunlop T.V.T.E. - Running Team - 1982.

John Mac, Working Out.

John Mac - 1981.

John Mac, Wadu Ryu Karate.

Saltwell Wadu Ryu Karate - 1975.

Still living in Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, I still enjoy going out into Newcastle city centre for a few cold quenches, with my good friends, John Moore (Scona), Ray Pallan (The Chink), John Finlay (Fid), Maureen Finlay, and all of my friends from over the years, old and new.

My Interest At The Moment Is I am Trying To Photograph All Of The Beautiful Places We Have In The North & North East Of England.

Walking Within Our Beautiful Countryside & Coastline Of The North East Of The UK.

Travel & Photography Is Still My Number One Interest.

Keeping Fit.

***I Just Love Life***

John Mac - 14/March 2020.

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© John Macs Travel & Photography - 2020.

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