Spandau Ballet superstar to headline Festival by the Sea

One of the biggest pop stars of the 80s will be headlining this summer’s Festival by the Sea in Northumberland. Spandau Ballet member and actor Martin Kemp will be entertaining Sunday crowds with his massively popular Back to the 80s disco. Festival by the Sea – which began life as the North East Chilli Fest…

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TV Chef and MFC Foundation take Kitchen Therapy to East Cleveland

A free project which helps groups of people overcome problems with their self-esteem by cooking together has been launched in East Cleveland. Kitchen Therapy has been developed by TV Master Chef quarter finalist Matei Baran and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation. Their first course, which took place at Middlesbrough College last year, resulted in half the…

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Newcastle children’s charity and TV chef announce new partnership

Stepney Banks Stables – England’s original children’s charity incorporated with an inner-city riding school – has teamed up with a TV chef in an exciting new partnership to promote a healthy lifestyle. The Big Chef Mini Chef Coffee Shop at the Stables will provide free cooking masterclasses for children and parents and also offer work…

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New deterrant to counter increase in ATM attacks

Innovative companies have joined forces to create a new deterrent to attacks on ATMs which are costing millions of Euros and endangering lives. In 2018 – according to the European Association of Secure Transactions (EAST) – there was a 27% increase on physical attacks resulting in losses to banks of €36 million. That figure does…

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Cramlington school “among the best” for promoting wellbeing

Cramlington Learning Village, which last year celebrated record exam results, has now received national recognition for its work to support the mental well-being of both its students and staff. It is only the sixth North East secondary school to receive the Wellbeing Award for Schools and becomes just the 56th in the UK. The award…

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Dog cafe to become centre for coast’s canine community

The new owners of Whitley Bay’s first and only dog café are promising a pedigree service for both their animal and human customers. The Barking Bistro, which opened in 2017, has been bought by dog lovers Graham Siddle and Lynda Maitland who plan to establish the café as a centre for the coast’s canine community….

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Giant artwork starts life in Middlesbrough shopping centre

A giant artwork, which is likely to be displayed in galleries all over the world, is starting its life in Middlesbrough’s Dundas Shopping Centre. Altered States is taking Saltburn artist Deb Covell and her four assistants weeks to create and when it is finished it will be enormous – 80 sq ft. “You’ll be walking…

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TV chef hopes 11 stones weigh loss will inspire others

A TV chef who in 2019 lost a staggering 11 stones in weight hopes his story will inspire others in the New Year. Matei Baran topped 28 stones when he reached the quarter finals of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016. He revelled in the nickname of Big Chef, even though his morbid obesity was causing…

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Onesies warmed ice judges on Christmas TV special

The Dancing on Ice judges were kept warm for their TV Christmas special by wearing special festive onesies made by The All-in-One Company. The ITV programme, which is being shown on Sunday, ordered six cosy outfits for the four judges – Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Ashley Banjo and John Barrowman – and two unnamed…

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