Google 'Penshaw Monument' and 'The Angel Of The North' .......?
That angel thing is ugly, a hunk of rusty metal overlooking the M1. The Geordies are welcome to it.
I'm a Mackem and whenever I'm on the A19 coming home, I see Penshaw (pronounced 'Pensher') and I breathe a sigh of relief ...... I'm home; it's a beacon, a gateway to Sunderland.
Do you have a landmark local to you that has a similar affect?