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Tony 'the Fridge' wins Pride of Britain Fundraiser Award

The North East fundraiser known as Tony the Fridge has won ITV Fundraiser of the Year at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison, from Hebburn, was nominated by ITV News Tyne Tees viewers for the Local Fundraiser award. And he has beaten 14 other nominees from every other region in the country.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison has run thousands of miles carrying his 42kg fridge Credit: PA

Tony raises money for charity by running thousands of miles with a fridge strapped to his back. His award was presented at a star-studded ceremony in London by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver, Paul Hollywood, and Mary Berry.

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards will be televised on Tuesday, 7th October at 8pm on ITV.

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Tony the fridge 'humbled' ahead of Pride of Britain finals

ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal with Tony the Fridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

ITV Tyne Tees' Kenny Toal caught up with Tony the fridge, as he heads for the Pride of Britain finals.

Tony "the Fridge" Phoenix-Morrison has run numerous marathons with a 42kg fridge strapped to his back, to raise money for cancer research.

The 50-year-old from Hebburn will represent the North East at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards ceremony in London.

He told Kenny that he feels "humbled to be in the company of so many like minded people" and that getting to the finals was something he is "very proud of".

Tomorrow, Tony will be making a visit to Downing Street.

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Laurel letter sells for £1,400 at Newcastle auction

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend has sold for £1,400 today in Newcastle.

The letter was sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

A spokesman for Anderson and Garland said they are "delighted" with the sum.

Laurel of Laurel & Hardy was 'a Geordie at heart'

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

Fred Wyrley-Birch, an auctioneer at Anderson & Garland, says Laurel always had strong North East connections.

Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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