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  1. An up-and-coming star is set to be a roaring success when he takes to the stage in Northumberland this January. When Morpeth Pantomime Society launches its annual show on January 25, audiences are in for an extra-big surprise: a T-Rex has joined the cast and is about to make a debut - with a bit of snarling and tail-swishing - in The New Adventures of Alice. The dinosaur has been awarded a special role in the society’s latest pantomime, its 39th, which will have four performances in the market town. And it certainly will prove a new adventure for Alice as the fresh take on the tale of storybook heroine who falls down a rabbit hole will sees the animatronic star, called Tyrone, share the limelight with the likes of Alice, The White Rabbit and the Mad March Hare. The high-tech dinosaur was made in China especially for the society which came up with the ambitious idea last autumn. Committee member Ben Gammer said it was all part and parcel of plans to grow audiences for the shows following a period about five years ago when numbers took a dip.
  2. Northumberland County Council has unveiled plans to spend £17million on refurbishing its outdated headquarters. County Hall in Morpeth , which was built in 1981, is set to have its interior updated to give it a new lease of life. And once the work is complete, an entire wing of the building is to be rented out in the hope of generating income for the council. The proposed redevelopment has been included in the local authority’s medium term financial plan, but it has not yet been approved by full council. The Conservatives, who pledged to stay at County Hall after a dramatic win in last May’s elections, said it was a great deal for taxpayers. A spokesman said: “We’re investing to refit a building which is internally dated but structurally sound after years of neglect from the old Labour council.
  3. Many people start the New Year with a resolution to lose weight and get fit so we’ve taken a look through our archives for the top tips from readers to help and inspire you. Our video gallery shows all the superslimmers’ before and after photographs, followed by their top tip to stay healthy and lose weight. Do share your story using this form: Do you have the ChronicleLive app on your phone or tablet? The ChronicleLive app allows you to tailor what news you consume and when as well as receiving breaking news alerts to your phone so you can be first to know about things happening in your area.
  4. Little Frankie Sherwood won the hearts of the North East as the region raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to get him pioneering treatment in America. But before he met his £550,000 target, the four-year-old’s family have been given the heartbreaking news that the cancer he has been fighting so hard is now growing on his brain. Now, Frankie’s parents have taken the devastating decision to stop fundraising for the trip. Devastated mum Hayley Laidler has been keeping her supporters on Facebook updated after setting up the Help Save Frankie Sherwood page. And now she has posted the tearful message saying “there is nothing in this world that can make this better” after tests have revealed growths. She posted: “This is so heartbreaking for me to write but we got absolutely awful news yesterday and Frankie’s biopsy came back and Frankie’s brain is covered in neuroblastoma.
  5. Little Frankie Sherwood won the hearts of the North East as the region raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to get him pioneering treatment in America. But before he met his £550,000 target, the four-year-old’s family have been given the heartbreaking news that the cancer he has been fighting so hard is now growing on his brain. Now, Frankie’s parents have taken the devastating decision to stop fundraising for the trip. Devastated mum Hayley Laidler has been keeping her supporters on Facebook updated after setting up the Help Save Frankie Sherwood page. And now she has posted the tearful message saying “there is nothing in this world that can make this better” after tests have revealed growths. She posted: “This is so heartbreaking for me to write but we got absolutely awful news yesterday and Frankie’s biopsy came back and Frankie’s brain is covered in neuroblastoma.
  6. The first Newcastle Restaurant Week of the year is almost upon us, with special deals around the city from January 15-21. There will be another one coming our way in the summer. Find online details of this one at http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/all-about/restaurant-week But that’s not all. The North East, with its fast developing reputation for fine and diverse food and drink, is also a place that likes to put on an event. The 2018 calendar is already filling up fast with festivals, markets and restaurant deals. Here are just some of the red letter foodie events already confirmed for the coming months. Others, surely, are set to follow. Taking place over the weekend of January 18-21, you’ll find meal deals for £5, £10 and £15 at various independent and chain restaurants across the city.
  7. The first Newcastle Restaurant Week of the year is almost upon us, with special deals around the city from January 15-21. There will be another one coming our way in the summer. Find online details of this one at http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/all-about/restaurant-week But that’s not all. The North East, with its fast developing reputation for fine and diverse food and drink, is also a place that likes to put on an event. The 2018 calendar is already filling up fast with festivals, markets and restaurant deals. Here are just some of the red letter foodie events already confirmed for the coming months. Others, surely, are set to follow. Taking place over the weekend of January 18-21, you’ll find meal deals for £5, £10 and £15 at various independent and chain restaurants across the city.
  8. It won't be long before we are able to sniff spring in the air and first sight of the new season's flowers - whose shoots are already appearing - is enough to have everyone scampering outdoors. But why wait. The recent grim weather may have put off all but the most hardy from enjoying a walk but we have some stunning locations around the region whose scenery alone should be enough to lure us out. Jesmond Dene has been named in the past as one of the North East's top beauty spots where you can go for a leisurely stroll but there are plenty more places - hundreds in fact - around our picturesque region. We’ve picked out five of the the best to tempt you to don your coats and hats. Plessey Woods Country Park, Northumberland Plessey Woods is located between Bedlington and Cramlington, not far from Morpeth, and you can get to it from the A192 at Hartford Bridge.
  9. One of Newcastle’s most popular bars is set for a makeover as part of grand plans for 2018 for owners Vaulkhard Group. The group owns and runs a long list of city leisure spots including The Blackie Boy, Perdu, Bealim House, Quilted Camel, Barluga and Blakes Coffee House, having brought all the venues under the one firm in April 2015. A plan to give modern makeovers to the extended portfolio saw Fluid Bar in Gallowgate became Bealim House and bars including Perdu, Blackie Boy and Quilted Camel receiving significant makeovers. Now director Ollie Vaulkhard has revealed how £1m is set to be invested into the Mushroom bar and Blakes Coffee House this year to entice in new customers as well as keep loyal customers happy. The plans for the year ahead follow a period of consolidation for the firm, after several years of making heavy investments into its venues, which the firm outlined in most recent accounts for the business, which cover the year to March 31 2017. In the accounts the leisure firm said it had decided to consolidate “to enable some of the recent investments to mature”.
  10. Six hospital wards are now on lockdown as outbreaks of norovirus continue to spread across Northumberland and North Tyneside . The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation trust has been battling cases of the winter vomiting bug at its sites for around three weeks. On December 29 the number of ward closures had dropped to one after reaching as high as 10 in the run-up to Christmas. But on Thursday, January 4, the trust confirmed that the number of sealed wards had gone back up to six - including one at Blyth Community Hospital, which had been previously unaffected. Trust bosses introduced visitor restrictions at nine hospitals across North Tyneside and Northumberland in a bid to stop the bug spreading further. On Thursday visitor restrictions will be lifted for one hour between 2pm and 3pm, on wards that have not been affected by norovirus and limited to two visitors per bed.
  11. The A1 was closed to traffic near between Morpeth and Felton after a lorry burst into flames. A fire broke out as the lorry was parked in a lay-by near Northumberland Country Zoo in Felton. Firefighters and police arrived on the scene at around 9.15am on Thursday and the road was closed in both directions as thick smoke was reducing visibility for drivers. The fire has now been extinguished and the A1 reopened between the Causey Park turn off and the Felton turn off at 10.30am. Arriva bus service X15 had been diverted off the A1 southbound near Felton during the road closure.
  12. Many people start the New Year with a resolution to lose weight and get fit so we’ve taken a look through our archives for the top tips from readers to help and inspire you. Our video gallery shows all the superslimmers’ before and after photographs, followed by their top tip to stay healthy and lose weight. Do share your story using this form: Do you have the ChronicleLive app on your phone or tablet? The ChronicleLive app allows you to tailor what news you consume and when as well as receiving breaking news alerts to your phone so you can be first to know about things happening in your area.
  13. Here are six of the best ways to help improve the North East in 2018. Better transport, better social welfare and an eye to the region’s needs in the Brexit deal, they are all on our list. As is, inevitably, football. It was a rough 2017 so who can blame us for a bit of wishful thinking? There are plenty more things we could have chosen but these will do for starters. A takeover between Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley, who fronts PCP Partners Capital group, is the number one priority on our list.
  14. See the wall-to-wall luxury at The Birches at Tranwell Woods - but to buy it you'll need very deep pockets
  15. Here's a handy guide to shopping centres and supermarket opening times for New Year's Day in and around Newcastle. Not all are open on January 1 so make sure you check before setting out Main stores in Newcastle, the Metrocentre, Silverlink, Byker and Kingston Park are closed on New Year's Day. The Team Valley branch is open 10am to 5pm and Washington Galleries is open. Smaller outlets such as Newcastle Central Station is open normal hours (7am to 10pm). Ponteland, Hexham and Eldon Square branches are closed on New Year's Day but the Jesmond Little Waitrose is open.
  16. With New Year’s Eve looming most of you will be busy planning how you’re going to celebrate seeing in 2018. Most of you will be going out to with friends or family, but for those of you hosting a party are you prepared? You don’t want to be setting out at the last minute to buy food and drink only to find the shops are closed. So here’s a handy guide to shopping centres and supermarkets that have announced their festive opening times. intu Eldon Square and Metrocentre The shopping centres are both open from 11am till 5pm on New Year's Eve, with Grey's Quarter restaurants in Eldon Square open until 10pm.
  17. Just one hospital ward remains closed due to an outbreak of norovirus which hit a North East NHS trust almost two weeks ago. The winter vomiting bug has affected more than 170 patients and staff at the Northumbria Healthcare NHS trust, with the number of ward closures reaching as high as 10 in the run-up to Christmas. Now the trust has confirmed that Ward 24 at North Tyneside General Hospital the only one that will be completely closed to visitors on Friday. Health bosses also said flu has started to arrive “in force” at hospitals in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle this week, and urged people to stay away from hospitals if they or their loved ones have symptoms. There have also been cases of flu in Sunderland and South Tyneside. “The worst thing about this bug is how easy it is to spread,” said Dr Jeremy Rushmer, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
  18. Another ward at Wansbeck General Hospital has been closed as the North East’s worst norovirus outbreak in years continues. Three hospitals still have wards sealed due to the winter vomiting bug, which has struck down around 180 patients and staff in just over a week. Trust bosses introduced visitor restrictions at nine hospitals across North Tyneside and Northumberland in a bid to stop the bug spreading further. These are: Northumbria Special Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington Hexham General Hospital North Tyneside General Hospital Morpeth Cottage Hospital Wansbeck General Hospital Alnwick Infirmary Berwick Infirmary Blyth Community Hospital Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital On Thursday the trust confirmed that the total number of closed wards remains at seven - with one ward at the Northumbria hospital in Cramlington clear of norovirus, but another one at Wansbeck now affected. On Thursday, December 28, visitor restrictions will be lifted for one hour between 2pm and 3pm, on wards that have not been affected by norovirus and limited to two visitors per bed.
  19. This round-up of events is written by readers. To get your charity event or story included, simply fill out the form at www.chroniclelive.co.uk/charitynews Raising money for: Northumbria Blood Bikes Volunteer publicity officer of Northumbria Blood Bikes Kirsty Lawrence said: “Blood Biking Santa run spreading festive cheer to The Great North Children’s Hospital. Many of those children unfortunately find themselves spending Christmas in hospital undergoing specialist care. Thanks to the generous donations from charity volunteers, their friends and family plus the support of local companies NBB were able to make an early delivery to the youngsters on the wards.” Treasurer Barbara Morrow said: “People in Pelton woke up on Christmas day to find more than 1,500 knitted angels around the village. They were knitted by Pelton methodist ladies and included a simple Christmas greeting. The angels are free and make a huge impact especially to the children of the two schools in the village. This is a simple way to remind people about the true meaning of Christmas.” As 2017 draws to a close and Northumberland Freemasons mark the end of the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, the organisation has given away £600,000 to local and national charities.
  20. Millions of pounds have been spent getting flood-damaged communities back on their feet - two years after one of the worst storms in recent memory hit the North East. High-speed winds and heavy rain caused flooding and severe disruption to transport in 2015 as Storm Desmond brought chaos to parts of the region. In Corbridge, Northumberland, families were evacuated from their homes as the River Tyne reached its highest level since Environment Agency records began. And in County Durham, the River Wear breached its banks and roads were flooded, while high winds caused major delays to the Metro and the West Coast Mainline. Corbridge Cricket Club was badly hit during the storms after its pitch flooded and water got into the clubhouse, changing rooms and a storage unit. The club’s secretary, Michael Robinson, said: “It’s been a long road back and I’d estimate it cost up to around £430,000.
  21. Many people start the New Year with a resolution to lose weight and get fit so we’ve taken a look through our archives for the top tips from readers to help and inspire you. Our video gallery shows all the superslimmers’ before and after photographs, followed by their top tip to stay healthy and lose weight. Do share your story using this form: Do you have the ChronicleLive app on your phone or tablet? The ChronicleLive app allows you to tailor what news you consume and when as well as receiving breaking news alerts to your phone so you can be first to know about things happening in your area.
  22. A norovirus outbreak which has seen visitors barred from nine North East hospitals was caused by someone taking shellfish onto a ward – health bosses have revealed. A spokesperson for the Northumbria Healthcare trust says the NHS body believes the outbreak started when a visitor brought mussels for an inpatient at Wansbeck General Hospital. Oysters, mussels, scallops and clams can harbour the highly contagious bug. Around 180 visitors and staff have been affected by the bug at four hospitals, with seven wards closed altogether across North Tyneside and Wansbeck hospitals. The trust has now banned visitors - except where the patient receiving end of life care - from its nine hospitals across North Tyneside and Northumberland in a bid to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug. Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK.
  23. This is the heartwarming moment two-year-old Samuel Wright defied the odds by taking his first steps. Samuel’s little face was full of joy as he put one foot in the front of the other after undergoing revolutionary therapy in London. It is a moment his parents, Jonathan and Anna, thought they’d never see after their son was diagnosed with severe quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy. Jonathan, of Morpeth, Northumberland, said: “In the video he had a little bit of assistance but he was able to walk, which he hasn’t been able to do. “There were several different doctors involved in his care and when he left hospital they said he would never walk independently. “To see him go from that to learn how to take steps forward by himself is unbelievable.”
  24. Schools and nurseries across the North East have been invited to send us their photos of festive performances and costumes for this year's galleries of Christmas stars. These photographs show nursery and reception children in their fabulous costumes ready for their nativity at Cambo First School in Morpeth , Northumberland . School secretary and bursar Carol Flatman said: “Cambo children took to the stage on Friday, December 15 in the village church. There was not a spare seat in the church, in fact half of the audience had to stand at the back! "The production was called The Snow Child and the story was based on a Russian tale. Two people desperate to have a child had their wish granted one snowy night when they made a child of the snow-Crystal. Wonderful singing, acting and lots of laughs! An encore at the end of the performance was a just reward for all their hard work. A fantastic evening for all." The photos show tinsel-crowned angels, tulip crowns and Christmas jumpers - as well as a beautiful traditional Russian costume. So much work has gone into the productions, including costumes and stage sets as well as all those rehearsals. And it is all very much appreciated by friends and families, creating fabulous memories for all in the years to come.
  25. Millions of pounds will be invested to create more than 500 new classroom places at schools across Northumberland. Northumberland County Council’s cabinet approved plans to use £4.5m of Government funding to create 579 additional places at schools in Blyth, Seaton Valley and Morpeth. The schools who will benefit from the cash are New Delaval Primary School, Horton Grange Primary School, Whytrig Middle School and Chantry Middle School. The money will be spent on refurbishing existing schools and building new classrooms to cater for the extra pupils. Council leader Peter Jackson said: “We promised we’d deliver a county that works for everyone. “A key part of that is allowing parents to feel confident that their children are getting the best education possible.”
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