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Thursday 16 May 2024
16/05/2024

Hexham

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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 …

No let-up in canvassing for votes

Around 40 Labour supporters have gathered in Hexham on a dampish Sunday — just three days after their local election triumph. No bank holiday weekend off for these doorstep canvassers — there’s still much work to do.  An ordinary looking chap strolls up accompanied by another ordinary looking chap. One is Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, …

Review: Limelight at Theatre Royal Studio

There were certain freedoms to be enjoyed by an actress in the mid-19th Century, as one of the characters confides in Janet Plater’s entertaining new play. However, it seems the same could be said of audience members, at liberty to holler dissatisfaction mid-performance or hurl ‘clarts’ at the stage. In Limelight we are backstage ‘flies …

In Tyne Rivers we Trust

With a land area of 2,936 sq kms and 4,400 kms of waterways, Dr Ceri Gibson’s patch is sizeable to say the least. The Tyne Rivers Trust environmental charity, of which she is chief executive, oversees the North and South Tyne, and their tributaries the rivers Rede, Allen, Nent, and the Tarset Burn. Then there …

The Singing Politician

It could all have been so different. If the 2019 General Election hadn’t been a Boris “Get Brexit Done” landslide then Penny Grennan might have become Hexham’s Labour MP. Right now she would be gearing herself up to defend the seat, fighting to persuade her party to solve problems which still keep her awake at …

Quarry hosts performance for peace

Dress appropriately for the weather and rough terrain, it states on the flyer. This, you’ll gather, is no ordinary theatrical offering from Hexham-based Théâtre sans Frontières (TsF). Not that this adventurous company, initiator of more than 50 productions  since its inception, has ever dealt in the ordinary. Movement-based theatre shows performed in French, Spanish, German …

Eyes and ears

VIRGIN TAKEOVER: The largest building society in the UK has reached a preliminary agreement to takeover Virgin Money in a £2.9bn deal. Nationwide said the merger means they would become the second largest provider of mortgages and savings in the UK. In a message to Virgin Money staff, Swindon-headquartered Nationwide said they ‘value Virgin Money’s …

Spring event has a compelling story to tell

Politics is writ large at this year’s Hexham Book Festival as the popular literary event returns to its springtime slot for 2024. A busy 10 days will see 55 events taking place across the Northumberland market town, including in conversation gatherings, film screenings, writing workshops and book group events. The Queen’s Hall Arts Centre and …

Traders accuse Hexham of commercial suicide

If you live in, or visit, the picturesque Northumberland market town of Hexham you’ll know exactly what this means — ‘thank goodness it’s nearly over’.  Town centre roadworks — or to use county council speak: The Hexham Public Realm Improvement Scheme — have dragged on for nearly 10 months.  According to some furious traders, if …

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