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'This will be a Godsend...' says Dec after opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

After opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital, alongside Alan Shearer, Declan Donnelly, from celebrity duo Ant & Dec said the opportunity for families to be able to stay with their children during their heart operations 'at a really incredibly stressful time' would be 'a Godsend'.

Ant & Dec and Alan Shearer opening new accommodation at the Freeman Hospital

Ant & Dec with Alan Shearer after his Testimonial match in 2006. Credit: PA

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant & Dec) are opening brand new family accommodation for families of child heart patients at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The celebrity presenters and Newcastle United legend are unveiling Scott House, a £1.85mil ‘Home for Home’, as part of their work for the The Sick Children's Trust and Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF), where they are patrons.

Alan Shearer with 7-year-old Sadie Metin at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Credit: PA

The free accommodation hopes to give emotional, as well as practical support for families through en-suite rooms and a self-contained flat for families with children who have undergone a heart transplant.

The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas, who believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery.

ITV News poll: Was Michael McIntyre right?

Michael McIntyre Credit: PA

Comedian Michael McIntyre walked off stage and asked security to 'sort out' a woman in the audience who was being disruptive and making phone calls.

ITV have been keeping you up to date on reaction to the incident which happened on Monday night at Darlington Civic Theatre.

Fellow comic Jason Manford has joined the debate and said Michael was '100% in the right' but we want to know what do you think?

Take part in our poll below, and then share it with friends.

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Michael McIntyre storms off stage in Darlington

An angry Michael McIntyre stormed off stage during a sell out performance because a member of the audience would not stop using her mobile phone.

McIntyre demanded that security remove a woman using her phone. Credit: Empics

The comedian had been performing at Darlington's Civic Theatre when he spotted the woman in the front row and asked security to intervene.

He told a guard: "Sort it out. I'll be back." The star then walked off while theatre staff spoke to her and some members of the audience chanted for her removal.

McIntyre returned to complete his set a few minutes later last night (October 13).

I was quite shocked when I found he was coming here.

It's great because he's such a big star coming to such a small town.

– Theatre-goer Rachel McGargle

Over the weekend it emerged that McIntyre only discovered his dad had killed himself 17 years after he died.

He had originally been told his father, comic Ray Cameron, had died of a heart attack.

New T'Pau tour date released

Carol Decker

After disappointment when the original date was cancelled, a new date has been announced for the T'Pau Pleasure and Pain Tour'.

The Pullman Hotel at Seaburn was due to host the first night of the tour earlier this month, but the gig had to be cancelled following the death of lead singer Carol Decker’s mother.

The group will new head to Sunderland on February 12.

“We were really sorry when the tour had to cancelled but we’re delighted that T’Pau will be back with us early next year.”

– John Gray of The Pulllman Hotel

Anyone who has bought tickets and requires a refund should contact The Pullman.

Slipknot set Newcastle 2015 tour date

Slipknot performing at Donnington Park Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

US heavy metal band Slipknot will be performing in Newcastle on next year's UK tour.

The multi-platinum, Grammy-Award winning group are playing at the Metro Radio Arena on 19 January 2015 in as part of their 'Prepare for Hell' tour. Fellow American metal band Korn will also be performing as special guests on the tour.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor said:

The UK has always been very special for us. In a lot of ways, it's where this insanity began. So, for this tour, we decided to try and hit as many places as we could - not only England, but Scotland and Wales as well.

Technically Ireland is Europe, but we're going there too. We're coming back for the people who started this for us: that would be YOU.

Prepare yourselves... Hell is coming.

– Corey Taylor, Slipknot lead vocalist

Tickets costing £39.50 will go on sale at 9:00am on Friday 17 October from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office.

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