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South Shields dancer crowned Mr Gay World

A dance teacher from South Shields has been crowned Mr Gay World at the competition in Rome. Stuart Hatton competed after winning Mr Gay UK. He is the first UK contestant to win Mr Gay World. Before flying out, Stuart said it would be hugely important to him to take the title. Now, he leaves Italy a winner.

Stuart Hatton
Stuart Hatton Credit: Terry George

"I am overwhelmed to be Mr Gay World and the first ever winner to be from the UK. I am now able to use my voice to help those in countries around the world who have no voice or equality rights such as people in Malaysia and Iran. My plans are to show the world that it doesn't matter if you are gay or if you are straight, if you have brown eyes or if you have green eyes, we are all the same. We are all human and all gay people around the world deserve the same human rights as each other. This is just the beginning."

– Stuart Hatton, Mr Gay World

Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

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Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec

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Sting returns to the North East to perform at the Sage

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Credit: Yui Mok/PA

To celebrate the Sage Gateshead's 10th birthday, Sting will return to the North East to perform songs from 'The Last Ship', his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name.

Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, 'The Last Ship' the musical tells of experiences working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut - but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of 'The Last Ship' should be performed for a North East audience:

The demise of industry - not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit - has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.

– Sting

Sting will be joined onstage at the Sage in April 2015 by many of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham,Co. Durham.

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Collabro beat Ed Sheeran to number 1 spot

(L-R) Richard Hadfield, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan, Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert of Collabro
(Left to right) Richard Hadfield, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan, Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert of Collabro Credit: PA

BGT winners Collabro have reached the number one spot, in the Official Album's Chart, with their debut album 'Stars'.

They have overtaken Ed Sheeran's album 'X' which had been number one for eight weeks.

Collabro released their album on August 18th. They won Britain's Got Talent in June after what one of the judges called a 'perfect performance'.

Read: Collabro launch debut album in Carlisle

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Joey Essex in Gateshead

Joey Essex
Credit: ITV

ITV reality star Joey Essex has been in Gateshead talking to young people about the options they have after school.

The 'Joey Essex Live' event was hosted by Gateshead Council Learning Skills. The aim of the day was to promote apprenticeships within the North East region.

Hundreds of people were there to listen to Joey talk about his own experiences with education.

Joey said:

"I am here because I have had a unique experience with education. People are here because they don't have jobs, they struggle to get jobs, and they don't know what to do.

When you leave school it is strange and when I left school, I then had to do another year. I tried hard and I look back and I know I did my best. I am here to tell people to do their best."

– Joey Essex

Kaiser Chiefs announce Newcastle tour date

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Kaiser Chiefs lead singer Ricky Wilson on stage at V Festival Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

British indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs are set to perform in Newcastle as part of their UK tour.

The band have announced dates for nine shows across the UK, including the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 5 February 2015.

Kaiser Chiefs held sell-out concerts at the same venue in 2007 and 2009.

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