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PUBLISHED: 15:13 29 June 2011 | UPDATED: 21:35 20 February 2013

Fiona Bruce - Antiques Roadshow

Fiona Bruce - Antiques Roadshow

A summary of news and happenings from across the North East, compiled by Andrew Smith

Delaval Hall hosts Antiques Roadshow

BBC ONEs ever popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow will be filming for its 34th series at Seaton Delaval Hall, near Whitley Bay on Thursday, July 14. The doors open at 9.30 am and close at 4.30pm. Entry to the show is free.

Presented by Fiona Bruce, the show is watched by an average six million viewers. Some of Britains leading antiques and fine arts specialists will be on hand at Delaval Hall to offer free advice and valuations to visitors.

Series Editor Simon Shaw says: The team are all looking forward to visiting Seaton Delaval. We regularly see between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors on the day and despite the high turnout everyone will get to see an expert.

School plans 18m relocation to Wynyard

Red House School, Norton, is planning to relocate the award winning co-educational independent school to a purpose built 22-acre site at Wynyard Estates in Teesside.

Since its foundation in 1929, Red House School has become synonymous with teaching and sporting excellence with a formidable academic record, backed up by its present position at the top of the Sunday Times Great Britain Parent Power league tables.

In order to meet demand for places by parents and accommodate an increasing school roll, the school expects to move to its new site at Wynyard Estate by September 2013.

Dream comes true for Phyllis

Phyllis Samuels, from Fairfield, Stockton-on-Tees, was announced winner of the Dream Image North East competition over afternoon tea at The House in Yarm.

An unsuspecting Phyllis was oblivious to the fact that the other finalists would not be attending, and that she was in fact the winner when she was driven to the venue by Linda Heads, competition organiser and co-ordinator

Phyllis, 52, will now embark on a course of dental and cosmetic treatments, skin and beauty therapies, hair, make-up, fitness and dietary advice worth tens of thousands of pounds. It is anticipated that the makeover will be complete in nine to 12 months.

Phyllis was chosen by the public as a deserving winner because of the hardships she had been dealt as a child and in later life.

Choir in fine voice for charity

The renowned Aber Valley Welsh Male Voice Choir will perform a fundraising concert for local charity The Sick Childrens Trust, at Newcastles Royal Grammar School on July 18.

The evening, which is being sponsored by law firm Ward Hadaway, will raise funds to go towards running the charitys Home from Home accommodation, Crawford House, which supports families of children who are currently being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Dave Reardon, engagement secretary for The Aber Valley Welsh Male Voice Choir said: It is such an important charity for families across the North of England and even beyond and we cant wait to perform and entertain the people of the North East with traditional and contemporary songs.

Tickets are 10 and are available to purchase by contacting The Sick Childrens Trust fundraising office on 0191 282 5825.

Inner Wheel donation

Durhams Inner Wheel Club presented a cheque for 1,400 to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundatioin at its annual inter club meeting at Ramside Hall.

The meeting marked the first civic engagement for the new Mayor of Durham, Councillor Les Thomson and Mayoress Lucille Thomson, who were guests of honour alongside Lady Elsie Robson.

Lady Robson was pleased to accept the cheque, which was raised by the Inner Wheel Club of Durham over the last year for her husbands cancer charity. A further 375 was raised on the day through a raffle for a beautiful hand-made quilt.

To make a donation, view messages of support, or for more information please visit or donate by sending a cheque to Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Room 203, Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 7DN.

Joe to play home town gig

X Factor star Joe McElderry went home to South Shields to help launch the South Tyneside
Summer Festival.

Joe, who won the ITV series in 2009, is to perfiorm a homecoming gig at the festival on July 24 as part of a packed three-month programme of free events.

As well as Joes concert, the South Tyneside Summer Festival will include two further open air Sunday concerts in Bents Park, South Shields, featuring headline performances by Sophie Ellis Bextor, with support from rockabilly band Sinead and Dawnbreakers and up and coming boyband Twenty Twenty (July 17) and 90s groups The Lightning Seeds and Dodgy (July 31).

Joe said: The people of the North East were extremely supportive during my time on the X Factor and have been ever since. Im really looking forward to performing for them once again in my home town.

All events being held as part of the South Tyneside Summer Festival are free.
For more information, or to get a copy of the free printed guide call 0191 454 6612, email or call into the Tourist Information Centre, library or Minchella & Co in South Shields.

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