Etcetera - news from around the North East

PUBLISHED: 01:15 06 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:00 20 February 2013

Etcetera – news from around the North East

Etcetera â€" news from around the North East

A summary of news and happenings from across the North East

Sun shines on Philippa
ITV Tyne Tees & Borders news presenter and weather girl Philippa Tomson is celebrating after winning theRoyal Television Society award as best presenter, held at the Sage, Gateshead.
The Royal Television Societys annual awards are now established as the biggest media awards ceremony outside of London. Each year their seven awards ceremonies recognise excellence across the entire range of programme making and broadcasting skills.
Philippa said: I am absolutely delighted to receive this coveted award. It means a great deal to me.

Cottages in line for top award
Doxford Cottages, near Embleton, in Northumberland, has been shortlisted for the Enjoy England Self Catering Holiday of the Year 2010 and will receive either the gold award or one of two silver awards at the national ceremony in London this month.
Set in a 2,500-acre country estate on Northumberlands Heritage Coast, the eight Doxford Cottages were restored from obsolete 19th century farm buildings in 2008.

Its a man thing . . .
Castle Galleries in Newcastle has been selected to show a number of signed limited editions from the fabulous Jack The Lad series, created by local artist Keith Proctor.
Keith, who was raised in Northumberland, has been painting as a hobby for 25 years and enjoyed exhibitions in London and US galleries in the 1990s. Now, thanks to a nationwide publishing deal with Washington Green Fine Art Publishing, his oil paintings featuring a loveable young lad, Jack, exploring the outside world are being brought to the attention of the general public across the UK through the Castle Galleries group of art stores.
Keith said: I wanted to portray the close bond between father and son. Although my son Jack is the model for the paintings, the beauty of each playful, boyish scene is that they could be anyones son, nephew or grandson.
Castle Galleries can be found in Unit 13, Monument Mall, Blackett Street, Newcastle. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, and on Sunday 11am - 5pm. Contact the gallery on 0191 233 2200 or visit

Bamburgh Castle to open all year
Bamburgh Castle, which traditionally closes between November and March, will be open to the public all year round in a commitment to further boost tourism in the area.
The announcement comes after the runaway success of Bamburgh Castles first-ever February opening, which saw more than 2,000 people visit the historic landmark during half-term week.

Director Chris Calvert said: The castle has just enjoyed a phenomenal February opening. The demand is there - more people are coming to the area during off-peak times and they want places to visit and things to do. This figure has justified our decision to open all year round, not just for peak times, and is furthering our commitment to making Bamburgh and the surrounding area a year-round tourism capital.
The castle has employed two new members of staff, while several part-time positions have been made full-time.
For more information on visiting times go to

Becky joins brides on a bus
Darlington model Becky Magson is currently starring in a series on Wedding TV called Brides on a Bus, which is presented by David Van Day.
Its an 11-part series in which ten brides-to-be travel from Lands End to Gretna Green in a double decker bus, completing various challenges along the way, in an attempt to win a wedding at Gretna Green.
Whether it be sheep-herding in Devon, cheese rolling in Somerset or playing football with a Premiership player in Blackburn, the brides-to-be have had to prove their worth. Becky and the other nine finalists were chosen from hundreds of entrants. An added pressure comes with the chance for the girls to vote each other off the bus and out of the competition, with David Van Day delivering the devastating news to the booted bride.
Becky said: There is a lot of drama along the way, including tears and arguments.
You can view more info at the website which is

Check this out, mate
An all-new production of the legendary West End and Broadway musical Chess is to premier at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, before embarking on a major UK tour.
It appears from Friday 27 August 27 to Saturday 11 September 11.
Directed by Strictly Come Dancings Craig Revel Horwood, the new staging of the musical includes all the great songs of the original, written by Tim Rice, with Benny Andersson and Bjrn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame.
The story centres on the love affair between two Chess champions, one Russian, one American, during the era of the iron curtain in the late 1940s.
Tickets are priced 12 to 37.50 and can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 112121 or online at

Protection for pro footballers
Platinum Players is an exclusive website that offers luxury lifestyle products and services to professional footballers.
The website is the brainchild and creation of Middlesbrough FC footballer Andrew Taylor.
Andrew came up with the idea after he was ripped off by a company that had done some work on his house. When he spoke to several of his team-mates about his experiences he discovered it was fairly common, particularly among foreign players who had just arrived in the UK.
His idea was to set up a non-profit-making website specifically for players where they could get recommendations on everything from builders to jewellers, cars to holidays, and a host of other services, including security.
Go to

Prestigious invitation to Middlesbrough artist
Middlesbrough artist Margaret Shields is staging a solo exhibition of her paintings and small watercolours at Artco Gallery, Meanwood Close, Meanwood Road, Leeds LS7 2JL.
This is a prestigious venue for the Northern region, with an unrivalled reputation, representing acclaimed artists such as Chris Wood, Norrie Harman and Joash Woodrow. The website is:, and the gallerys telephone number is 0113 262 0056.
Margaret is also exhibiting a number of paintings at Artsbank, a new gallery at the former HSBC Bank site in Saltburn, which we feature in this issue (Page 32). The opening will be on Friday and Saturday, April 2 and 3, between 10am and 5pm. Canapes and wine will be available after 2pm. The gallery is at 29 Milton Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1DJ and its website address is:

Girls night in, at the Stadium of Light
It will be a night strictly for the girls when Sunderlands Stadium of Light hosts a Girls Night In Night Out, on Wednesday, April 28.
The evening will give women the chance purchase everything from beauty products and treatments to jewellery, cosmetics, accessories and a range of other products. The event will also include a special area where a range of psychics will be offering readings plus therell be a number of special demonstrations from top brands and fashion houses.
Tickets for the event are 5 each. For further details, to book tickets or to inquire about booking a stall - call Sorted PR on 0191 265 6111.

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