The QT

Saturday 15 June 2024

Author name: Simon Rushworth

Ad Gefrin enjoying taste of success

Whisky bosses are toasting a hat-trick of global awards with the promise of much more to come as North East newcomer Ad Gefrin goes from strength to strength. The Northumberland-based distiller won three medals at the prestigious 2024 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) just over 12 months after opening to the public. And the …

There’s something special about Mary

It’s a genuine page turner. From the rebellious teenager to the cancer survivor who rose through the ranks to helm one of the world’s most beloved publishers, Mary Cannam’s life story is compelling.  There’s the sliding doors moment at the job centre in Crook, County Durham, when a call out for booksellers suddenly caught her …

Nothing Trumps Donald hype 

I’d spent most of the afternoon on board the US Navy ship turned five-star visitor attraction Intrepid, learning all about life at sea and enjoying unrivalled views of New York’s Hudson River from the famous Pier 86. It reminded me of my brief stint with the Sea Scouts in Blyth: I immediately felt a deep …

Outrage over damning child poverty stats

Tackling the ‘shocking and completely unacceptable level’ of child poverty across the North East must be a top priority for the incoming government. That’s the verdict of a leading campaigner for health equity after a damning report laid bare a crisis affecting families across the region. Hannah Davies, Executive Director of Health Equity North, who …

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