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Great North Road trip

Phil Coomes | 10:42 UK time, Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The roundabout near the London Museum at the start of the A1

Viewfinder is about to take a road trip. Nothing as exotic as Route 66 for me though, oh no, I'm off up the A1, which pretty much mirrors the Great North Road - an ancient coaching route that stretches 409 miles from London to Edinburgh.

Together with journalist Paula Dear I'll be blogging during the journey, which starts on the A1 in London on Monday 14 September and ends in Edinburgh on Friday 18 September.

The journey takes place on the anniversary of the start of global recession.

We're taking the story to a more local level - our aim is to see how the recession has affected the lives of those who live or work near the A1.

So if you live or work near the A1 - or you're on the road next week - and have a story to tell, or just fancy a cuppa, then drop us a line by commenting below or via e-mail and maybe we can call by. The way the recession has affected you could be big or small, good or bad, direct or indirect.

Photo by Paul GrahamPaula and I will be following in the footsteps of photographer Paul Graham who travelled the route in the '80s and produced one of the great colour documentary series of that time, one that influenced a generation of photographers, including myself. You can see Paul's work on his site, and I'll be referring to it again during the week.

The A1 itself has changed dramatically in the last decade and now much of it is a motorway so we'll be heading off on to the old A1 route from time to time.

Throughout the week I'll be posting pictures to a Flickr group and you can add your photos too.

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