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Gateshead woman's incredible story arrives on stage

Joanne Milne's story inspired people from across the world. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A play about a Gateshead woman whose first experience of hearing inspired people form across the world has opened at Newcastle's Live Theatre.

'Everything is Wondrous' tells the story of Joanne Milne, who had cochlear implant surgery in 2014 to restore her hearing.

The play features a mix tape made by one of her friends to help her catch up on 40 years of music.

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Ken Dodd to return to Whitley Bay

Ken Dodd will be performing in Whitley Bay in August.

The comedian Ken Dodd will be performing at the Playhouse Whitley Bay this summer.

He will perform his 'Happiness Show' at the theatre on Saturday 8th August and Sunday 9th.

Ken Dodd celebrated his 60th year as a professional entertainer last year.

You can see more information about the show here.

Tony Blair to step down from envoy role

Tony Blair will step down from his role as Middle East envoy next month. Credit: PA

The former Sedgefield MP Tony Blair will step down from his role as a Middle East envoy.

Mr Blair has represented the so-called Quartet of powers, which consists of the UN, the US, the EU and Russia, for eight years.

He took on the role immediately after resigning as Prime Minister and MP for Sedgefield in June 2007. He will leave the post next month.

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