Born and bred in Stockton -On-Tees and this place has no appeal to anybody but smackheads and alcoholics . This once great town has been destroyed by poor corrupt councils who think only of the expense sheet that they submit after spending copious hours drinking in one of the many public houses . For a drinking man you may well feel in paradise as this Town must have the largest number of licensed premises per square mile as anywhere in the UK . The feeling here is of depression and the numerous empty shops and huge amount of charity shops tells the true story, even Macdonalds pulled out of this god forsaken place . If you are in the North East of England do yourself a favour and avoid this place like plague , the only reason i visit is to see family .