With the year behind us, ’tis the season to get yourself down to your local theatres and enjoy the pantomime.  Every Christmas we look forward to theatres coming alive with dames, villains and laughter.  Local panto star, Andy Power-Tate, starring in the Consett Empire Theatre production of Aladdin, said: “It brings families together and is […]

Falling leaves and ageing trains are being blamed for delays to Metro services but solutions are on the way, says service operator Nexus.  “Low rail adhesion” due to the change in seasons and a 43 year-old train fleet have been identified as reasons for a rise in delays on Metro services. But despite the on-going […]

Whether or not you play Pokemon, it is fair to say that it has stood the test of time. Since the release of Pokemon Red and Blue in 1996, the franchise has changed and developed to keep up with the tastes of gamers across the world.  Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have innovated again, taking lessons […]

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has set out his priorities for the British economy with major changes in taxes and greater amounts of investment in critical public services. Despite the UK heading towards a recession, the Government established its priorities as “stability, growth and public services.” During his fiscal statement on November,17 the Chancellor highlighted the impact […]

Dates have been confirmed for Newcastle’s Christmas market which is expected to be the biggest one yet. The market is set to take place from November 19 to December 23 where visitors will be able to find traders from around the region selling everything from bratwurst to cheese. The market has been extended with stalls […]

North East Conservative Party members have insisted that the appointment of Rishi Sunak as PM is constitutional despite calls for a general election. The leadership contest lasted only a matter of days, as just one candidate, Mr Sunak, managed to achieve the 100 plus nominations needed to stand in the party’s election. After frontrunner Penny […]

Reports from The Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the Government may U-turn on its commitment for a smoke-free UK by 2035.  The initial smoking action plan, proposed in the Conservative 2019 manifesto may have been called into question by the current health secretary Thérèse Coffey, according to Whitehall insiders. Those same sources have suggested that […]

It’s the end of an era as Sunderland City Council has axed the Annual Sunderland International Airshow due to the climate crisis. In recent years it has been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but the council has now permanently shelved the event blaming the climate crisis and cost.  Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland Council, […]


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