"For our tea we ate food like beans on toast, corned beef hash or grilled spam. A chinese takeaway was a treat because we couldn't afford it, but we were no different from anybody else on our estate.
"Mam would buy us things from catalogues and save up to pay the bill at the end of the month. Sometimes we wore hand-me-down clothes, but that was completely normal.
"Neighbours and relatives passed things on; that was what everybody did. Pride was a massive thing for Geordies and Mam made sure that, one way or another, we always looked presentable and we never went without."
– From Cheryl: My Story