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Music

Lindisfarne’s Geordie Genius: the Alan Hull story

North East Bylines

Brit Award winner Sam Fender goes in search of a musical hero from another era – the late, great, Alan Hull of Lindisfarne in this one-off BBC Four documentary. Sam is amazed how few people, outside of his native North East, know about his hero’s work. He’s now on a mission to win back Alan’s […]

Theatre

The return of the People’s Panto

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Once upon a time a beautiful Princess was placed under a terrible curse by the wicked fairy Carabosse! Just one prick of her finger and Princess Beauty would fall into a cursed sleep for 100 years only to be woken by true love’s kiss… With the help of the Queen and the hapless court jester […]

“Brexit isn’t working” event in Newcastle today

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North East residents will be on the streets of Newcastle today to protest against the local impact of the recent HGV and supply chain crisis. Campaigners from North East for Europe will be speaking to members of the public at Grey’s Monument on Saturday 20 November about shortages of goods and the difficulties faced by […]

Another ‘levelling up’ letdown: Leamside Line snubbed in rail plan

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps have today unveiled plans to modernise rail connections in the Integrated Rail Plan.  However, the mothballed Leamside Rail Line which runs from Gateshead, through Washington, Penshaw, Fencehouses, West Rainton, Belmont and Shincliffe before merging with the East Coast Main Line at Ferryhill, was not included.  The campaign to re-open the line has […]

Teesside Stagecoach strikes suspended as members ballot on new pay offer

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Strikes by bus workers employed by Stagecoach on Teesside have been suspended following an improved pay offer. The strikes scheduled for Thursday 18 November, Saturday 20 November and Monday 22 November have all been called off to allow members to ballot on the improved pay offer. Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a potential breakthrough in the dispute. […]

Happy 20th birthday to British Theatre Guide

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  British Theatre Guide, one of the first sites dedicated to theatre in Britain on the new World Wide Web at the turn of the millennium, celebrates its 20th birthday on 17 November 2021, although its online roots go back even further. 20 years, 20,000 reviews, 1,000 newsletters, 200 podcast episodes, 20 (+5) Edinburgh Fringes […]

The failure of COP26 to protect the world from disastrous over-heating

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Following the publication of COP26’s final agreement, Molly Scott Cato, former Green MEP and now Professor of Economics at the University of Roehampton, says the event has failed in what history will see as our last chance to protect the world from disastrous over-heating. Molly said: “The fundamental purpose of COP26 was to ensure that our climate does not […]

Chris and Rosie Ramsey in new comedy entertainment

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Following on from the huge success of their award-winning podcast Sh**ged.Married.Annoyed. (which has seen almost 90 million downloads worldwide to date), real life husband and wife duo Chris and Rosie Ramsey are bringing The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in 2022. Made by Avalon (Taskmaster, Starstruck, Breeders, Spitting Image), this brand new […]

The sun to power a Mosque in Glasgow

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To mark the COP26 Climate Conference solar panel systems are being installed at Glasgow Central Mosque. The largest of Scottish Mosques joins an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of mosques and other community buildings internationally. The project is supported by Greenpeace Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Islamic Relief, both members of the […]

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Climate change march and European solidarity in Glasgow at COP26

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A number of grassroots pro-European groups are gathering in Glasgow today to join the COP26 Climate Change march. The Glasgow Loves EU group and members of some of the other Scottish groups will be joined by groups from the North of England. Groups joining include North East for Europe and Manchester for Europe. Organisers look […]

North East MPs hopeful despite Leamside pushback

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Last week the final round of successful bids from the Restoring Your Railways programme were announced by the Government in the Spending Review. Sadly, one of the unsuccessful bids was the bid to re-open the Leamside rail line. This was sponsored by Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, and Paul Howell, MP for Sedgefield.  […]

Barred from justice: vulnerable EU citizens were locked out of system says new report

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Three vulnerable EU citizens living in the UK were locked out of accessing the justice system to challenge deportation orders because of conflicting government procedures and lengthy delays. These are the findings of a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation published today. A law centre charity that provides legal representation for people who have […]

Theatre

The Offing at Live Theatre

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From page to the Live Theatre stage with a hauntingly beautiful score. The sensitive new adaptation of Durham writer Benjamin Myers’ best-selling novel The Offing travels from Scarborough to Newcastle’s Live Theatre on 3 November, following a superb sell-out opening at Stephen Joseph Theatre. The show runs from Wednesday 3 to Saturday 27 November and […]

NUFC takeover: a statement from Newcastle Amnesty Local Group

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As part of the major organisation campaigning on human rights worldwide, Newcastle Amnesty Local Group are of course concerned about the serious human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia in the wake of the NUFC takeover by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. At the same time we understand and share Newcastle fans’ excitement at the […]

Theatre

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: magic comes to Northern Stage

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the sorcerer's apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is set in the streets of Newcastle but it is not as we know it… Northern Stage will produce a magical new adaptation of family favourite The Sorcerer’s Apprentice this Christmas (27 November – 31 December). Audiences will be treated to live music, puppetry, magic and illusion as they follow the adventures of Hatty […]

Supporting refugees in the North East: launch of ANEW

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a photo of a sign saying refugees welcome

A group of volunteers in the North East are working to support and resettle refugee families who find a home in our region. The ANEW team (that’s Amnesty North East Welcomes) must raise funds, find suitable accommodation and work for at least one year – if not two – on integrating the new arrivals into life here in the […]

David Amess MP, a tragic loss on so many levels

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North East Bylines would like to express our deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess, MP who was killed whilst out meeting his constituents yesterday. MPs are the first port of call for many and the last bastion of hope for others. They are central to a functioning democracy. They […]

Black History Month

Representation Matters: a paradigm shift is needed

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Representation Matters is an upcoming event as part of Black History Month. The event is being organised by Loujane Alasi, who is Media Communications Officer for Success4All, an education charity based in Newcastle. Success4All is an education charity based in Newcastle. It prepares children and young people for a brighter future. Their Learning Hubs, Bus, […]

North East People

World’s oldest retired firefighter celebrates 108th birthday in style

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A war veteran from Walker who is believed to be the world’s oldest retired firefighter has celebrated his 108th birthday – with a visit from a fire engine. Evergreen Joe Dixon celebrated his special day style last Friday (1 October) when the crew of firefighters turned up at his Northumberland care home. Tyne and Wear […]

Interview

Haulage: a perspective from Poland

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Gregor Gowans lives in Poland and is a journalist at trans.INFO. North East Bylines interviewed him to find out first-hand about lorry driver shortages and related matters. Gregor confirmed that there is indeed a lorry-driver shortage in Britain and throughout Europe, including Poland. But, he stressed, it is: “emphatically not true that there are empty […]