The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 19

International spotlight on North East Tech

Offshore wind clusters, AI and data transformation and education via Lego, motorised cars and LED light displays; all wildly different topics and all on the vast menu at the region’s biggest tech event this month. Following a hugely successful debut last year, TechNExt 2024 will take place across the North East between June 17-21, welcoming …

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 …

Hebburn honours hometown hero

A Tyneside airman who became one of the Second World War’s most audacious escapers after being shot down has been honoured by his hometown. Flight Lieutenant Dominic Bruce, who was born in Shakespeare Avenue in Hebburn, escaped from two notorious German Prisoner of War castles. At Spangenberg Castle, he and two fellow PoWs hatched a …

The wonderful world of Kathryn Tickell

A busy summer lies ahead for Kathryn Tickell including a clutch of gigs in Canada and one in France. First, though, there’s her appearance with Amy Thatcher at What A Wonderful World Festival in Alnwick. And what a wonderful name for a festival. Established in 2022, it brings together luminaries from science and the arts …

Professionals join Tees youngsters in opera extravaganza

The results of a groundbreaking — and ear-pleasing — collaboration between the Royal Opera House and 1,500 schoolchildren from across the Tees Valley will be unveiled in a series of performances next week. Professional musicians will travel to the North East from Royal Opera House HQ to take to the stage alongside primary school pupils …

Choir still hitting the right notes at 70

Newcastle Choral Society, formed in 1954, is marking its 70th anniversary this weekend (Saturday, June 15) with a concert in the Civic Centre’s grand banqueting suite. It should be quite an occasion, worthy of all the creative energy that has been expended over the decades to entertain North East audiences and, of course, themselves. Singing …

Charity boss sees red over blue badge parking

Disabled drivers in the North East are being let down by a lack of Blue Badge parking spaces in the region’s towns and cities. That’s the view of a leading charity boss after some local authorities admitted the number of designated disabled parking spaces in their boroughs is ‘unknown’. Department for Transport guidelines currently recommend …

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