7272 2727

Here’s an interesting thing. As the Samaritans hit 60, I’ve recalled an odd family story. The Samaritans’ Newcastle number apparently used to be 7272. Meanwhile, my grandparents’ number was 2727. So they often ended up answering calls from people who were feeling suicidal.

The Newcastle number is still (0191 232) 7272 by the way. The national number is 08457 90 90 90.