But way back in the mists of time, in the 8th century, the monastery of Saint Paul in Jarrow
was home to the Venerable Bede, regarded today as the greatest Anglo-Saxon scholar and the father of English history.
These days Jarrow
, like other postindustrial towns up and down the country, is doing its best to adapt to the profound changes Britain has undergone since the 1980s.
And on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the new Jarrow
Focus was the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ken Stephenson, with a new commemorative plaque also unveiled to mark the transformation of the former community centre.
Older townsfolk will remember the venue as the Metupa, its name derived from the names of Jarrow
's main employers - Metalworks, Tubeworks and Palmer's - who were the stadium's custodians in its early days.
Billingham proved too strong for Jarrow
in the first half scoring eight tries in total, Jody Lenord and Josh Moffat being the other try scorers and with Josh converting five.
Another 120 minutes had failed to separate the sides after they were deadlocked at 1-1, with Jarrow
taking a 70th-minute lead through Andy Raey before Tipton substitute Andy Checketts equalised from a Scott Stevenson cross nine minutes from time.
The revitalised theatre space, home to Jarrow
Musical Theatre Company, features a striking new auditorium complete with new lighting and sound systems, fullyrefurbished back stage areas and dressing rooms as well as retractable tiered seating for around 170 spectators, with additional floor space bringing audience capacity up to 300.
The plaque honours former Jarrow
mayor and councillor, Joseph Bede Symonds.
Leigh Venus operations manager (culture and heritage) at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle with responsibility for Jarrow
Hall said: "I think it's wonderful that Jarrow
Festival is enjoying its inaugural Dragon Parade, the first of what we'd love to become an annual event.
The Go North East vehicle became almost completely engulfed by fire at Jarrow
bus station on South Tyneside yesterday afternoon.
YOU could argue that Jarrow
provides an apt metaphor for the life and times of wider industrial Tyneside.
Vikings raided Jarrow
Monastery in 794 AD, and set fire to it, but the Viking leader was captured and killed by the locals!