Shields is a shortened version of South Shields, a small seaside town near Newcastle, in the North East of England. South Shields is well known for it's long, sandy beaches. Locals are often referred to as "Geordies" though are more locally known as "Sanddancers". If you are from Shields, you more than likely despise Sunderland suppoerers "Mackems" and support Newcastle United (football, or "soccer" as you Americans pointlessley name it).
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