The QT

Saturday 18 May 2024
18/05/2024

Wearside

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 …

Potted history of life in Sunderland

The owners of Sunderland’s thriving 18th and 19th century pottery industry were no mugs. They produced vast numbers of jugs, mugs and wall plaques, many of which illustrated dominant occupations such as mining, maritime, farming and brewing. Pieces were relatively cheap and decorated local workers’ homes and were also bought as keepsakes by visiting sailors. …

The story of a different Billy Elliott

The true story of a young orphaned choirboy, whose scribbled plea to be remembered was found more than 100 years after he wrote it, will be told in a new BBC audio play. North East production company Sister Sounds have produced William’s Castle which will be broadcast on Radio 4 on the afternoon of April …

Review: Aladdin

The spectacular musical Aladdin opened at the Sunderland Empire with all the magic, fun and glamour you would expect from Disney – and more. It’s a breathtakingly gorgeous show that shimmers and sparkles with non-stop song, dance and humour.  I might be biased because I love a good musical, but I defy anyone who says …

Wear backing city’s movie ambition

The driving forces behind hit Netflix show Sunderland ‘Til I Die have renewed calls for the investment the North East requires to become an international movie hub. Plans were submitted in November to develop state-of-the-art film studios on the site of the Crown Works, in Pallion, on the banks of the Wear. And Fulwell 73, …

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