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Diners tuck in to first South Tyneside Restaurant Week

The first ever South Tyneside Restaurant Week is underway giving diners a chance to try something new for a discounted price.

Organised by the council, it is running across the borough until Saturday October 10, with visitors enjoying a range of special two and three course menus, starting from £8.50.

Those taking part, including restaurants in Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn and South Shields, have each developed their own unique offering.

There are more than 28 venues taking part in South Tyneside Restaurant Week 2015, not only offering a wide range of foods but participating from right across the borough.

We hope that this will encourage diners from South Tyneside and further afield to take advantage of the special offers available until Saturday and to come and sample some of the fantastic cuisine that the borough has to offer."

– Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council

For a full list of those taking part, including their individual menus and prices, visit


SSI UK: Hargreaves updates stock exchange

Hargreaves has released an update to the UK Stock Market clarifying its position.

  • Contrary to press speculation over the weekend, Hargreaves has never contemplated buying the steelworks with a view to re-starting the blast furnace when market conditions improve.
  • The company is willing to support any viable plan that can be developed to prevent the coke ovens from being destroyed. In the absence of such a plan being developed and implemented, we have prepared plans to wind down operations on site with immediate effect.
  • The liquidation of SSI will leave the company with coal and coke stocks of approximately £14m. These stock positions have been very carefully managed and monitored and will be turned into cash in an orderly fashion over the next twelve months.

SAFC Blog: Brendan Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time

Brendan Rogers among favourites to be Sunderland boss Credit: PA

By Martyn McFadden

It’s been a week of misinformation and speculation as far as Sunderland are concerned, culminating in us being managerless yesterday afternoon.

The Sunday papers said "Advocaat quits Cats", but he hadn’t. They also said the Congerton left on Friday, or Saturday, but he didn’t. It would have been nice had there been a club statement that simply said yes or no to the Congerton question, although the Director of Football/Sporting Director role at Sunderland has been proven to be at best suspect, and at worst totally inefficient.

I doubt if there’d be many tears shed on Wearside if the answer was "yes." Then, of course, came announcement that Dick had indeed left, apparently of his own volition and without financial compensation. New manager, please.

The second most important thing at the moment is to get some points on the board, and the performance against West Ham, first half in particular, showed that we can play football.

In what was by far our best performance of the season, we should have been over the hill and far away from the Hammers by half time, but firstly allowed the visitors back into it, and then to draw level. Poor goalkeeping for the second, and a freshly-booked Cattermole holding back to allow the cross for the first. Add 90 minutes of inconsistent refereeing, a spot of stupidity by Lens, and it was a typical outcome for a Sunderland "improved performance."

As I write, I have no idea who will be the next boss. Allardyce is the easy target for speculation, Dyche had a good plan but insufficient quality at Burnley to make it work, Vieira says he's not interested but lacks experience anyway and Rogers is the right man at entirely the wrong time.

Therefore, I don't know who's next. We'll find out soon enough, I hope


Middlesbrough care facility rated 'inadequate'

Middlesbrough care facility The Evergreens in Hemlington village has been rated 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission.

The report was published after an inspection in August this year.

The Evergreens is made up of five self-sufficient bungalows that each accommodate between four and ten people who have physical and / or learning disabilities.

In it, the Care Quality Commission found:

  • Staff did not understand and work within the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • The service’s procedures for recruitment did not protect people. Not all staff had completed an application form and proof of identity was not available for all staff employed.
  • Staff had not received any training around the appropriate use of physical interventions such as physical restraint and breakaway techniques.
  • Medicines were not always administered as prescribed and appropriate records were not always kept.
  • At times staffing levels had been insufficient to ensure that the needs of people were met.
  • Care records had not been updated as people’s needs changed.

The service was found to be caring, with staff respecting and protecting the dignity and privacy of those under their care.

ITV News Tyne Tees contacted the home and parent group 'The Orchard Group' but no one was available for comment.

See the report here

Samoa work up a sweat!

Samoa working up a sweat in the gym at Gateshead Sports College.

Le Manu play Scotland in their final game in Pool B at St James' Park, Newcastle on Saturday.

Weight training:Samoa in action this morning in Gateshead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Samoa spinning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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