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By Joseph Lynch  Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – five words that can conflict a conversation. The original Star Wars trilogy reigned the silver screen from 1977 to 1983. The characters were immensely compelling, the fight scenes were stupendously crafted, and the level of poignancy and emotional depth that was applied was so strong that […]

Michael Van Gerwen made it three consecutive final wins at night four of the Professional Darts Corporation (DPC)  Premier League in front of a sold-out Utilita Arena in Newcastle. A packed-out and lively Tyneside crowd saw Van Gerwen dispatch Gerwyn Price, Luke Littler and Nathan Aspinall on his way to extending his lead at the […]

Newcastle United Women booked their place in the FA Women’s National League Cup final with a win against Portsmouth at a lively St James’ Park. The scenes were a stark contrast to those seen by long-serving players of the club, who at one point had to pay to represent the club. Joshua Nichol reports from […]

MORE than 100 people joined Ukrainian refugees for an anti-war rally in Newcastle at the weekend, to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in which 10,582 civilians have been killed. The crowd gathered at Grey’s Monument in the city centre on Sunday (Feb 25), with Ukrainians draped in their national flags, […]

A new era began at Blyth Spartans yesterday as Irfan Liaquat’s takeover of the club was announced, but who is the new owner?  The takeover comes following a tricky few years at Blyth, the Spartans currently sit 15th in the National League North, having narrowly avoided relegation in the last two seasons with consecutive 19th […]

Police have launched a fresh appeal in the search for a Newcastle man who went missing in South Shields over a month ago.  There have been no sightings of Ray Johnson since the 48-year-old was reported missing on January 20. He was last seen on CCTV in the Temple Park Road area of South Shields […]

The British music industry contributed £6.7 billion to the UK economy in 2022. Yet, according to the Music Venue Trust, 66 venues have closed in the last 12 months. But why and what can be done? The origins of this crisis are due to rent increases with 125 UK venues abandoning live music in the […]

  At Northumbria University, students and staff gathered for a candle-lit vigil organised by the Friends of Palestinian Society, demanding a lasting ceasefire in Gaza. Over 28,000 Palestinians have been killed since the war broke out.  Similar vigils spanned across multiple cities globally for consecutive months, highlighting a unified plea for an end to the […]


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