The QT

Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

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DEPUTY NAMED: North East mayor Kim McGuinness has named Gateshead council leader Martin Gannon as her deputy. Gannon will step into the role of second in command on the new North East Combined Authority (NECA) having led Gateshead Council since 2016, and will make decisions in the mayor’s absence. A Labour councillor since 1984, Gannon …

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Autumn tour for Love It If We Beat Them Following a successful run at Live Theatre as part of Live Theatre’s 50th birthday celebrations in 2023, Rob Ward’s play, Love It If We Beat Them is returning to stages across the North East later this year. Directed by Bex Bowsher, the critically acclaimed drama about …

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HOMESCHOOLING GROWS: The number of children moving to home education is at its highest level since the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the results of a  BBC investigation Councils across the UK received nearly 50,000 notifications in the last academic year from families looking to take their children out of school, although the figure does not …

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Bringing music and dance to the Fish Quay Fishermen will be sharing North Shields Fish Quay with a troupe of contemporary dancers and musicians for a couple of weeks this summer. Anthony Lo-Giudice’s Ghosts of England will offer a taster of a bigger touring project in 2025 that will tour nationally and internationally before returning …

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A1 WIDENING APPROVED: Permission has been granted to widen a 13-mile stretch of the A1 in Northumberland. Development consent was given for a dual carriageway between Morpeth and Ellingham by the Secretary of State for Transport last Friday (May 24). Funding will be reallocated from the scrapped HS2 rail project. The much-delayed scheme has been …

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Sting trumpets cinema release for Message in a Bottle film A film of an ‘extraordinary dance show’ which is based on the music of Sting and The Police will be shown in 500 cinemas across the UK this week (May 30-June 6). Kate Prince’s acclaimed dance theatre production, Message in a Bottle premiered at Sadler’s …

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Tees Valley Artists of the Year unveiled Five artists have been announced as recipients of a new initiative designed to ‘drive forward the arts’ in the Tees Valley. Tees Valley Artists of the Year is run by Tees Valley Combined Authority and offers five artists a £30,000 investment — including a real living wage bursary …

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AIRPORT NOT FOR SALE: Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has claimed Teesside International Airport is ‘not for sale’ in the face of growing interest.  Businessman Michael Flacks said he was ‘engaged’ in talks to buy a 49 per cent stake in the publicly-owned site, with an airport spokesperson confirming the ‘expression of interest’. However, Mayor …

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MAYOR STEPPING DOWN:  Dame Norma Redfearn has announced she is to step down from her role as Mayor of North Tyneside in 2025. Having held the position since 2013, she has decided against standing for re-election for a fourth term. The news was confirmed via an email to local Labour Party members earlier this week. …

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RIP Supergran The actress who blazed a trail for grandmothers everywhere has passed away. For people of a certain age (those of us who watched children’s telly in the 80s), Gudrun Ure was an absolute legend. The Scottish star of the Emmy Award-winning series, which followed the adventures of a super-powered, superhero pensioner, died this …

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