The QT

Friday 17 May 2024
17/05/2024

Sunderland

Eyes and ears

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. …

Culture digest

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 …

Veteran actors give students some pointers

North East acting stars have been offering inspiration and advice to aspiring performers at the University of Sunderland. A series of special events have given students studying Screen Performance the chance to interrogate Jimmy Nail, Robson Green and Melanie Hill, whose collective CVs are peppered with TV classics such as Coronation Street, Soldier, Soldier, Spender, …

Culture digest

Sir Ridley Scott honoured at Windsor Castle Oscar-winning North East film director Sir Ridley Scott was awarded the Knight Grand Cross by the Prince of Wales for services to the UK film industry. The 86-year-old whose incredible career includes classic films such as Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise and Gladiator was knighted in 2003 …

Cultural bodies celebrate a funding boost

Six North East cultural organisations are to receive just over £2.1m in capital investment from Arts Council England (ACE) to improve accessibility, reduce environmental impact and support new business models. It’s the region’s share of the second round of ACE’s Capital Investment Programme which will see a total of £24.2m distributed to 67 organisations across …

Orchestral manoeuvres in the North

I defy you not to be thrilled by Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. It is a defining icon of western music, an energetic, graceful and tactile masterpiece threaded through our cultural DNA. And this month you have not just one but three chances to hear it live in North East England: Royal Northern Sinfonia perform it …

Let’s hear it for the lasses!

Approaching Tyneside while driving north at night from the south, a fiery flare would appear in the distant darkness. Looking like a giant Olympic torch, it was a sign that home was within reach after a long journey. This was the flaming stack of Monkton Coke Works, on the edge of Hebburn in South Tyneside, …

Eyes and ears

KEMP SURVIVES: Newcastle City Council leader Nick Kemp has survived a challenge to his leadership of the ruling Labour group. Councillor Dan Greenhough, who has never held a Cabinet position and is part of the group with loyalties to previous leader Nick Forbes, narrowly lost a vote at last night’s AGM (Wed). It is the …

Tribute to ‘the King’ of Sunderland

Two men were responsible for the lifelong love affair/affliction* which has been my relationship with a football club. The first was my dad. He would be left with his two children to look after each Saturday as my mother went out to a part-time job to supplement my father’s wage as a pitman. My father, …

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