Chilli Fest organiser looks forward to return to Blyth

The organiser of the North East Chilli Fest, which attracted thousands of visitors over the weekend, said he is looking forward to bringing it back to Blyth next year. The Chilli Fest took place for the first time at Meggies Burn Fields at South Beach, and Mark Deakin – who, with his wife Shelley, started…

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Author uses fiction to convey the true horrors of Syria

The author Cathy Cassidy has told Cramlington students how she used her latest work of fiction to convey the true horrors of war-torn Syria. Sami’s Silver Lining tells the story of a family who escape Syria and head to England, where their relatives live. On the way teenager Sami’s parents and sister die until eventually…

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North East Chilli Fest to heat up weekend

One of the biggest outdoor events of the Northumberland summer takes place next weekend. The seventh North East Chilli Fest – a celebration of food and drink, music and comedy – opens at 5pm on Friday (13 July) and runs until 6pm on Sunday. It has a new home, Meggies Burn Fields at South Beach…

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Iconic Park Hotel Tynemouth undergoing £3m transformation

The Park Hotel Tynemouth – one of the area’s most iconic landmarks – is undergoing a £3m transformation. The first phase of work, costing £2.5m, began in January 2018 and has seen all 55 en-suite bedrooms and bathrooms extensively refurbished, as well as the construction of a new restaurant and kitchen. The Park Hotel Tynemouth…

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National recognition for Calmer Therapy’s support of 1000 families

A support group in Northumberland – which is helping more than a thousand families with children who have additional needs – is attracting significant national recognition as it celebrates its third birthday. Calmer Therapy was founded by Donna Swan who decided the best way to help her young son – who had been diagnosed with…

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Acting family approval for vegan curry chefs on a mission

A couple on a mission to improve the quality of vegan food at festivals already has a pair of celebrity endorsements in the bag. Peter and Paula Horsley, from Gateshead, started Nomad Curries 18 months ago and over the weekend their food proved highly popular at the Whitley Bay Proper Food and Drink Festival, which…

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Thousands expected at tasty Whitley Bay festival

Thousands of people are expected to visit The Proper Food and Drink Festival when it returns to Whitley Bay this weekend. They will be able to buy the very best in local produce from dozens of stalls, and try drinks and freshly cooked food which take their inspiration from all corners of the globe. The…

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Newcastle business Concept teams up with one of city’s oldest charities

A Newcastle business has teamed up with one of the city’s oldest charities to help children and families in need. Concept, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xerox, has chosen Children North East to be the beneficiary of this year’s football fund-raising. Since 2014 prominent businesses in the region have taken part in the Concept Cup –…

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All roads lead to South Shields for proper food and drink

The biggest South Shields Proper Food and Drink Festival saw the return to the town of a local couple who are starting to make a splash in the world of spirits. Steven and Sally Green grew up in South Shields before moving to London and successful careers in the television industry. Five years ago they…

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