LUXE LIFE: GEOFF THOMPSON

Geoff Thompson is a familiar face on the North East business scene who after ‘retiring’ has thrown his efforts into running South Shields FC and the many community projects associated with it.
Geoff Thompson

Geoff Thompson is also involved in property development as a director of Stella Property Investments Originally from South Shields, he now lives in Corbridge with his wife Andrea. 

Luxe people >>

Andrea and our children and our growing brood of grandchildren. Beyond them, colleagues at the football club and in our property business – and friends at Close House Golf Club.

Luxe places >>

For a weekend > I enjoy a trip to the Rennaissance Golf Club in East Lothian. Beautiful coastal views, it’s next to Muirfield.

A long holiday > Barbados for some winter sun – on the west coast in a hotel or villa.

A treat > A city break. We recently went to Paris and watched the Ryder Cup with a few other couples.

Luxe relax >>

Best food > I like Indian food and there are some good places to eat it in the North East,

Best wine > I am at the stage in life where I know what I like. I’m a working class North East lad and I’m not going to claim I know a great deal about wine but I like a white Burgundy such as a Montrachet or if it’s red, a Bordeaux claret.

Best restaurant > Café 21 in Newcastle and recently enjoyed Hawksmoor in Edinburgh.

Perfect weekend > Golf with Andrea and friends then of to Mariner’s Park to see South Shields FC win, then dinner with friends. Sunday is about a nice lunch – not cooked by me, with the family.

Downtime means > I am a bit of a car fanatic and am more than fortunate to have three classic cars – a 1961 DB4 Aston Martin, a 1965 DB6 Aston Martin and a 1962 Series 1 e-type Jaguar. I’d take one of them for a run out!

Best telly > Football, golf, news, current affairs and history. Don’t have a lot of concentration for box sets!

Best book > Biographies and history – and recently enjoyed The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle. I’ve just got into the Audible app and enjoy listening to books.

Best sounds > Eclectic music tastes I’d call them. Punk to classical. I love that you can now have access in seconds to tunes you’ve not heard for 30 years. My last gig was the Rolling Stones in Edinburgh. A bucket list tick there – fantastic!

Luxe shop >>

Best shopping city > Not a great fan of shopping and something of a creature of habit.

Favourite shop > Jules B.

Luxe retail treat > A good wine or something from Jules B.

Best buy > In terms of pleasure, a classic car. But the football club is a project for South Tyneside and a host of other things longer term.

Luxe party >>

A memorable night out > Would be with a small groups of friends. I’ve promised myself one day I’ll charter a flash yacht for a great party – not had time or budget yet!

Best dress > I am a jacket and jeans kind of person but I like the black tie thing for a big dinner. I’m lucky to still have good hair and teeth!

Dinner date > With Andrea in Paris at a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city. Or a dinner with all my sporting icons, not least Seve Ballesteros.

Luxe thing in life >>

I’ve got to the age where I am far more reflective of what is important in life. We choose material things, but they are actually not that important and I genuinely mean that.

I try and make sure I conduct myself properly and treat people as I would like to be treated. Honesty, integrity being kind and in good health all matter.


 

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