I've noticed a decline in efforts to keep the tourism momentum rolling. Should I call time on Hit the North?
Coronation Street celebrates its 50th birthday on December 9 and ITV will mark the big day with what is alleged to be the most expensive shoot in soap history.
Manchester has lead the way in the Northwest over recent years, reinventing the urban cityscape, revolutionising tourism and engendering northern pride.
The comments at the end of the piece make for some fascinating reading and an insight into an age-old debate.