Author: Emily

Keep Britain Tidy reveals the best beaches in the North East

From today, six beaches across the North East will be able to fly a Blue Flag – an international award that tells the public it’s one of the best beaches in the world. Awarded beaches include Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Sandhaven Beach and Whitley Bay, so those visiting them can be sure of a clean, safe beach with great facilities and water quality. What’s more, eight beaches in the region have also received the Seaside Award – Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities. The news comes as research*...

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Mayor Presses Transport Secretary to Transform Darlington Station

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen today pushed the case for a £100million scheme to transform Darlington station in a meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. The ambitious project will see a major overhaul of the station and reconfiguration of rail track to ensure the station is able to accommodate new high speed services on the East Coast Main Line, while also unlocking capacity on the local rail line. This will lead to faster, more frequent and better quality services across the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire, and better freight connections from Teesport. Mayor Houchen has insisted that...

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Join the fun at Darlington Dance Festival 2018

HUNDREDS of dancers will take to the streets of Darlington this weekend to celebrate the town’s annual Dance Festival. Taking place over two days the festival will see a mix of professional and amateur dancers show off their routines and encourage as many people as possible to take to the dance floor. The event is best known for the hugely popular Mass Dance, which will see more than 700 dancers from dance schools and community groups across the borough complete a routine they’ve been practising for weeks. Organised by the Darlington Dance Festival Association, the theme of this year’s...

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NHS seeks patient views on recent hospital care in South Tyneside and Sunderland

The NHS in South Tyneside and Sunderland is asking patients and members of the public to feedback about their recent experiences of using hospital services as early work begins on ‘phase two’ of the Path to Excellence programme. Over 4,000 local people are being encouraged to complete a survey about their experiences across a range of emergency and planned healthcare services which are provided at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital. Any patients who have used emergency care services in South Tyneside or Sunderland over the past two years, or who have attended either hospital for planned...

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North East companies join forces to help people suffering in silence

Two North East companies have joined forces to help people who have difficulty in swallowing their tablets. The condition – dysphagia – can occur after a stroke or affect people with cancer, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Some medications cause a dry mouth which then makes it difficult for patients to swallow them. People also have problems taking large tablets, children might struggle making the transition from liquid medicine to tablets and capsules, and people young and old suffer from pill anxiety. A new liquid swallowing aid called Med-Easy™ – designed to help all of these people – has now been...

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Liam Hughes signs for Quakers

Darlington have today signed midfielder Liam Hughes. Liam, 25, is an attacking midfielder who started his career at Cambridge, for whom he made 177 appearances in the National League and League Two, scoring 14 goals, and also played and scored for them in the National League play off final against Gateshead (who included Darlo’s Phil Turnbull) in 2014. He also played for Cambridge in their FA Cup tie against Manchester United in January 2015. Darlington have today signed midfielder Liam Hughes. Liam, 25, is an attacking midfielder who started his career at Cambridge, for whom he made 177 appearances...

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Call for Businesses to Join Tees Valley Skills and STEM Event

Businesses have been urged to sign up to the 7th annual Tees Valley Skills And STEM Event following Mayor Ben Houchen’s launch of a £3million careers initiative. The event will take place at the Olympia Building at Teesside University on Thursday, July 5th, but there is still time for employers to sign up to make the day bigger and more impressive than ever. Hosted by Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership (NYBEP), Teesside University, Tees Valley Learning Provider Network and Sirius Minerals, it is one of the largest events of its kind in the area....

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School children get a special tree-t

A COUNTY Durham school class couldn’t be-leaf their luck when a local company branched out and sent them on an all-expenses-paid day out at Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale, North Yorkshire. The year four class from North Park Primary School in Spennymoor was rewarded with the trip to the historic woodland and animal centre after classmates Alfie Spragg and Darryl Fothergill, both nine, won an art competition. Based on the theme “from acorn to oak tree”, North Park pupils were invited to draw trees representing their dream futures by Spennymoor housing development, The Acorns. More than 150 pupils from...

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Marco Mendoza UK Tour

Presently on tour with a pair of Northern Brits, American guitar legend, Marco Mendoza, heads to the UK next month for a ten-date mini-tour. Beginning in London on June 2, Mendoza, along with guitarist Micky McCrystal (Tygers of Pan Tang) and drummer Kyle Hughes (Bumblefoot) will perform eight dates finishing in Newcastle on June 10. The UK tour is an additional circuit to the second leg of Mendoza’s ‘Viva La Rock Tour,’ which promotes his latest album, Viva La Rock released earlier this year and is the third solo offering for the bass guitarist known for his performances with...

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North East Debt Expert Advises Early Action To Stop Money Worries Causing Mental Health Issues

People in the North East with money worries should act early to get help to avoid them impacting on their mental health. That’s the view of Andrew Haslam, North East chair of insolvency and restructuring trade body R3, who is using this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week to reinforce the importance of taking steps to solve growing personal debt problems before they become overwhelming. Research conducted by R3 last year found that over a quarter of adults in the North East felt their personal or household finances had a negative impact on their mental health, with 27% of them...

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Extra staff join fight against littering

The region’s largest council is stepping up the fight against littering and dog fouling. Durham County Council has increased the number of staff members who are able to hand out fines for environmental crimes. An extra 14 council workers, including head of Direct Services Oliver Sherratt and the authority’s clean and green team leaders, have received additional training and are now authorised to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN). They join neighbourhood wardens, PCSOs, police officers and some town and parish council staff in being qualified to issue the fines for offences such as littering and dog fouling as well...

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Next week (week commencing 21st May) at Sage Gateshead

Coming up at Sage Gateshead next week (week beginning 21 May 2018) The world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, presents an evening of expeditions, adventure, and exploration. Legendary artist and activist, Joan Baez, showcases her new album, as well as classic tracks from her 50 year career. One of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, Gretchen Peters, brings her moving and poetic music to Sage Gateshead. Tickets are still available for these shows and more, taking place week commencing 21 May. An Intimate Acoustic Evening of Songs and Stories with Nils Lofgren Monday 21 May, 7.30pm, Sage One Celebrating his 50th...

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Against The Current UK Tour Announced

Fueled By Ramen recording group Against The Current have announced a surprise release of two new songs – the pop-rock trio’s first new material in more than two years. “Almost Forgot” and “Strangers Again” are both available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services; the latter track is joined by an official companion video, directed by Emmy Award-winner Kyle Cogan and streaming now at the official Fueled By Ramen YouTube channel. “Almost Forgot” and “Strangers Again” are the first tastes of Against The Current’s hugely anticipated follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed debut album, In Our Bones, due to arrive everywhere later this year. This surprise for fans comes off of...

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Glasvegas to Perform Debut Album in its Entirety in Run of Special 10 Year Anniversary Shows

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of their Mercury nominated self titled platinum selling debut album the band announce their biggest run of live tour dates in five years ​playing a select run of shows across England & Wales where the band will perform the debut album in its entirety. Released in 2008 “​Glasvegas​” reached No.2 in the album charts selling 500,000 copies worldwide​. Glasvegas are James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) & Jonna Löfgren (drums). Tue 09 Oct 2018 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club Wed 10 Oct 2018 – Liverpool,...

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Thanks to heroes of the Big Spring Clean

A massive ‘thank you’ has gone out to the heroes of this year’s Big Spring Clean who helped clear tonnes of rubbish and litters from streets, parks and open spaces. Organised by LitterFree Durham and Darlington, in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council, the Big Spring Clean ran from 19 February until 15 April with litter picking events across the area. More than 1,090 volunteers took part in 68 events across Darlington borough donating in excess of 1,150 hours of their time to clean up streets, parks and green spaces. A huge 1,102 bags of litter...

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