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14th time lucky for Ant and Dec at the National TV Awards

Ant and Dec accept the award for Best Entertainment Presenters during the 2015 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London. Credit: PA

It looks like it's a case of 14th time lucky for Ant and Dec at the National Television Awards as they pick up Best Entertainment Presenters once again.

The night began with a win for the Geordie duo, who also picked up Best Show with I'm a Celebrity.

On accepting the award, Ant said:

"In the car on the way here we were like, 'I don't think we're going to win...' It's got to come to an end one day and we honestly thought tonight was the thank God it wasn't!

We genuinely love what we do and we wouldn't want to stop it for a second. We feel priviledged to do the shows that we host and thank you so much for voting."


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Paloma Faith announces North Yorkshire forest gig

Paloma Faith has announced she will play a gig in North Yorkshire woodland as part of a summer Forest live tour.

Paloma Faith announces North Yorkshire forest gig Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The singer/songwriter will perform at Dalby Forest near Pickering on Friday June 26 as part of the Forestry Commission’s outdoor concert series, having performed to sell-out crowds in 2013.

“I am so excited to do the forest tour. I did it before and had such a wonderful time. We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again. See you all in the summer. ”

– Paloma Faith

Tickets go on sale from 9.00am on Friday 23 January from the Forestry Commission

Precarious statue theatre safely removed

A statue on top of the Sunderland Empire Theatre, which toppled over on to its side during high winds has been safely removed.

A crane was brought in to take down the figure of Terpsichore, a Greek goddess of dancing.

The statue was a fibre glass replica of a bronze statue inside the theatre.

It was in poor condition and badly damaged in the weekend gales.

It will now have to be replaced.


Terpsichore safely removed from Sunderland Empire

The statue on its way down to the ground...

Preparing for removal...

A crane was able to go up today because the windy weather has calmed.

Meeting to assess Sunderland Empire damage

A meeting is due to be held this morning to decide whether work can go ahead today to remove the damaged statue from the Theatre roof.

The statue of Terpsichore is hanging precariously from it's position Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The statue of Terpsichore blew over in high winds on Saturday and is dangling precariously seven storeys above the ground.

A crane needs to be used to lift the statue to safety but can not operate until the winds drop. Today Empire Theatre and council officials will meet to decide if the work can be carried out.

The Theatre itself, the road and several nearby businesses remain closed until the statue is made safe.

The road outside the Empire Theatre is cordoned off Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Theatre statue "precarious and potentially dangerous"

Statue remains in a precarious position above Sunderland theatre Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Sunderland Council have released a statement on the statue which has become dislodge above a theatre in the city.

"Due to the ongoing high winds the iconic statue of Terpsichore (The Greek Muse of dancing and choral singing) at the top of the Sunderland Empire Tower has been dislodged and remains in a precarious and potentially dangerous position.

"Following a site meeting this morning it was found that the statue appears to have moved further but with wind speeds gusting up to 40mph it is still not safe to take action at this time.

"Our prime concern continues to be the safety of everyone in the area. With this in mind a section of High Street West and Garden Place adjacent to the main entrance to the theatre remains closed.

"We appreciate the issues that this is causing local businesses and residents and we are working to resolve this matter as quickly and safely as possible.”

– Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council
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