Report Carr In Top Gear in Newcastle Forum Posted August 7, 2007 :jangles keys: My Newcastle postcode says otherwise. The City of Sunderland is a metropolitan borough in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, England. It contains Sunderland along with Washington, Houghton-le-Spring, and smaller settlements. The district had a population of 280,807 at the 2001 census. NE postcodes like they carry any weight. Wooler is 48 miles from the toon and that's NE71. By any definition people from Washington are known and accepted as mackems. Did you go to skewl or skool? Honest answer. Skol, are you from Washinton? Mackem territory, I'm afraid.